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|5 years 32 weeks ago||Question from a Notre Dame fan...||
"I did enjoy hearing from Borges in this week's press conference that Michigan barely got into the offense."
Can anyone give me some more context on this quote? Was he saying that their staff saved plenty of stuff for ND? Or more that, since its a new system, they don't have the entire playbook installed yet?
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Do you really think that Rees||
Do you really think that Rees is a better QB than Crist?
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Just a couple thoughts||
1) I'm an ND fan and this game worries me. It worries most of the ND fans I know. We know that going into your stadium for a night game will not be easy. Yes, I think we have certain advantages, and it won't surprise me if we're favored, but Michigan definitely has some things working in their favor too. I'm not at all overconfident about this one.
2) Not sure where some people are getting the "ND has an easy schedule" idea (like the poster above). Probably no elite (top 5) teams on the schedule, but no real gimmes either. I think any pre-season strength of schedule ranking you want to look at will back me up here.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||And those weights across the||
And those weights across the line don't include the guy ND fans are most excited about- Louis Nix and his 330 lbs. He might not start right away, but he'll get a lot of playing time this year (rotating with Cwynar (your 285)). ND fans think this should be our best defense in a long time.
I am worried about what some posters have pointed out- not knowing exactly what Michigan is going to throw at us with your new offense. The first game won't tell ND much, unfortunately. I think Michigan will have a nice advantage there.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Not really||
Not really. Neither is a great runner, but Rees barely runs at all. Crist used to be a solid runner, but not sure how that will look after his second knee surgery. Kelly will have him run a few times per game this year though, he has to in Kelly's offense. Rees might be a bit more accurate with the short throws. Crist has a better arm.
|6 years 46 weeks ago||I'd say probably a bit more||
I'd say probably a bit more ignorance than jealousy. That's not not a slight, just a fact when you're dealing with fans of another team (i.e. ones that don't know ND's roster all that well). I mean, I just read things like "they lose all defensive contributors except Te'o" and "no offensive line!"
The question marks for me are just basic things like a new QB and the offense learning a new system (which some have mentioned). I actually have more faith in the defense this year than the offense (at least initially).
Anyway, there are definitely reasons why ND could be a pretty mediocre team again this year. But I don't think it's "insane" to think they'll finish in the top 25. Since there will very good talent on the field, I guess the thought is that Kelly will not turn out to be very good. I guess you guys can hope for that!
|7 years 11 weeks ago||Hi!||
Seriously though, no one should be surprised that Coach Rod continues to pull in recruits of very questionable character. He's always done it.
Between Kiffin and Rodriguez, Irish rival coaches sure are something.
|7 years 11 weeks ago||Awesome||
I guess that is something to root for.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Dana||
I don't really understand why this is always an issue.
Yes, ND admits football players with grades/test scores far below what the average student has to get to be admitted to ND. Every school does this. You don't have to be a genius to get into ND! That said, a potential football players still has to try and take certain courses in high school, and get a decent ACT/SAT, in order to get in. Definitely tougher for a football player to get into ND than most other schools.
But I think the real difference between ND and pretty much any other school you'll see in the top 25 (besides Stanford) is what happens once the football player gets into school. There are no joke majors (although there are some joke classes that athletes do their best to get into). Nope, definitely no Kinesiology major. If you're a football player, you're going to every class, studying your butt off, and getting your degree. And yes, there are tutors and programs to help them out, but not any different than any other school.
I really don't mean to put down any other school, but I just think people should realize that academics for football players at ND are different than those at most other schools. That's a good thing, and I wish people wouldn't scoff at it or try to pretend it doesn't exist just because they don't like ND. This stuff is becoming a cesspool, and I'm glad some schools are still trying.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Winner||
The "OMG Brian Kelly is an awful person!" stuff just makes whoever posts it look bad.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||No||
They're not "meaningless." They should be taken in context, of course. Some of that context is the Big East competition and you're right, that competition is not great.
Additional context is just as important. For example, that ~25th ranked defense is made up of very lowly-ranked guys, most of whom (10 of 11) are new starters. It's not like Kelly took a defense full of 5star players and only mustered a ~25th ranked defense against the crappy Big East. The competition was pretty equal.
So taken together, the stats and the context basically tell you that Cincy had a pretty solid defense.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Some stats from this year on that (from cfbstats.com)||
A year where Cincy had to replace 10 starters on defense...
Yards per play is another indicator I like:
I have some question marks with Kelly, but I think his defense is getting a worse rap than it should. First 8 games of the year no team put up more than 20 on them. The last 4 they gave up much more, maybe they were worn down.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Ha||
Charlie probably should have kept his mouth shut on this one. Although apparently it was supposed to be off the record, and only one of the 4 or 5 reporters in the room chose to publish it.
But whatever, if this causes some local newspaper to look into it, or if some woman comes forward, I'll love it.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||FYI||
Kyle McCarthy was a lower ranked white safety from Mooney too. He ended up started a couple years from ND and was a pretty damn good player. If I were you guys, I'd not freak out about this. See how he's doing in a couple years.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Eh||
There are plenty of reasons I could pass up a million dollars. But that doesn't make it likely, or a good decision.
Your second point is the interesting one.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Agree||
I agree with a lot of what you wrote.
I do like Harbaugh a lot as a coach. My only problems are a) he's a Michigan man (ha, sorry, but true) and b) I think he wants to go to the NFL. Neither is enough to write him off though.
Don't underestimate the feeling of wanting to start anew after you've been at a place for a decade and are starting to become underappreciated. OK, I'll stop banging the Stoops drum here, I just don't want you guys to be too shocked if it does happen ;)
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Haha||
Come on Lou, you're better than that! Petey is too dirty/shady.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Ummm||
We are actually very painfully aware of the fact that many programs have passed us by in the last 15 years.
But that doesn't mean this next hire will be a bad one.
I'm not going to predict anything. All I'm saying is that the Stoops rumors right now are at an all-time high, and it wouldn't shock me at all. And if not Stoops, I'm not sure why Kelly would pass it up.
The next 3 or 4 days will be very interesting.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Dana||
I can spare you some time... the Stoops smoke is out of control.
|7 years 21 weeks ago||Blah||
The athletic department has been very tight-lipped about the search.
|7 years 22 weeks ago||FWIW||
FWIW, I wouldn't trust that blog.
I'd love Meyer or Stoops, but I think it's a pipe dream. It will probably be Kelly.
|7 years 23 weeks ago||Dana||
I agree with the poster above who said that the article is pretty worthless.
I'd be pissed if we got Ferentz. Kelly is the obvious choice here. If we don't get Kelly, there is something seriously wrong with the ND administration.
|7 years 24 weeks ago||I agree that Meyer isn't coming||
Well, actually, I'd say there's about a 5% chance of Meyer coming. It's worth a blank check offer. There were a couple of specific reasons why Meyer didn't come, even though he is a big fan of Notre Dame. And there has been some changes to those situations since then. Again, all I'm saying is that it's worth a shot before you move on to Kelly/Gruden.
As for Gruden, I'd be excited if we got him. But after striking out on one pro guy, I just think it's too risky.
|7 years 24 weeks ago||As a ND fan, I think this is the most likely result||
I'm not convinced that Kelly is some supergenius, but he's probably the best choice out there (besides Meyer).
My main concern is recruiting- he has not shown that he can recruit the elite guys.
And yes, I think if ND offers him he'll take it in a heartbeat.
|7 years 24 weeks ago||Interesting||
Interesting that both ND and Michigan fans are now starting up the coaching search rumors.
I think Rich will definitely be given another year though. Weis, on the other hand, is gone. Gruden will probably be looked at. My bet is Kelly.
So yeah, if its any consolation, we ND fans are suffering as much (probably more) as you guys.
|7 years 24 weeks ago||Sort of||
He covered ND for the Fort Wayne paper.
He was never a ND homer though, if I recall correctly he went to Syracuse. I think he was pretty objective.
|7 years 24 weeks ago||Just curious||
Just curious, what do you guys think about your chances with Seantrel?
|7 years 32 weeks ago||First off, let me extend my||
First off, let me extend my sympathies to you- its got to be, um, interesting going to grad school at a school you hate. I can't imagine going to Michigan as a grad student!
But I have to imagine your situation is more of a "You go to ND and you hate them!" than a "You're Catholic and you hate ND?!"
But hey, I won't deny that the sentiment exists. I just think it is much much less common than people who hate ND like to think. And personally, I think anyone who is shocked and confused that a Catholic might not be an ND fan is just stupid.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||"I just hate the notion that||
"I just hate the notion that they feel like you ought to root for them because you share a religion."
I don't know a single ND fan who thinks this. And I know many many ND fans.
|7 years 32 weeks ago||Hemmingway||
Wait, is Hemmingway really out?