"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|1 year 6 weeks ago||Interesing||
In reading the responses I wonder if anyone actually bothered to read the article.
Redfield isn't your typical 5* football player.
The first two paragraphs of the article (below) make that clear and explain why he choose ND over USC.
ND doesn't win many battles for 5* kids who are all football. There are plenty of schools with better women, weather, and easier class loads.
The 5* guys they get tend to be guys like Redfield who see life beyond football.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Five days a week, Max Redfield takes a Mandarin Chinese class at Notre Dame. There is a quiz nearly every day, two assignments due per week, plus oral exams, movie narrations and skits. There are 3,000 characters to learn, sometimes 15 strokes to a character, and one errant swipe is the difference between right and wrong. For a college football player with a packed schedule, it is not a particularly advisable course of study. That's why the sophomore’s academic advisors wonder why he chose it. He has answers for this blowback.
Redfield has always been intrigued by China. It is an expanding market with a booming population and, as the international economics major notes, a lot of money to be made. Also, in middle school, he caught a couple episodes of CSI. That sparked an interest in criminal investigation and forensics, which sparked an interest in government agencies, which has him now aiming to join the CIA. Learning Chinese is tradecraft, a tool to help Redfield blend in.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||"I would also never let ND||
"I would also never let ND have a shot at the playoffs unless they play a conference championship game."
Does that rule also apply to the Big XII (Texas, Oklahoma)?
To me your rule doesn't really make sense. As I see it winning a conference championship is secondary to playing a quality schedule. With conference expansion 1/2 the teams in conferences don't even meet. This has led to situations where teams have won championships without playing the best teams in their conference. Why should we reward a team who played a weak schedule but won their conference championship game.
I think strength of schedule is the best way to pick playoff teams.
Given similar records I just couldn't vote a team with the 42nd rated schedule into a playoff ahead of a team with a top 10 SOS simply because they won their championship game (where they may have beaten a team with a 8-5 record).
|1 year 44 weeks ago||"I guess they'll offer more||
"I guess they'll offer more than 9/million a year when the contract expires in 2 years."
Maybe. Maybe not
I'm not sure what UM's leverage is to force Addidas to pay more. UM's 8.2 million dollar a year deal is the 2nd largest in the industry. If Addidas offers 8.2 million again I don't see where UM goes to get a better deal.
Nike isn't an option. They are the market leader. As such they don't pay what Addidas and UA pay.
UA would be an option, but only if UM wants to play 2nd fiddle to ND, because after what happened with Addidas you can bet you life that ND has MFN rights with UA for the length of their contract.
Secondly, ND is getting at least 9 million a year. What people have not mentioned is that THEY HAVE STOCK OPTIONS with the fastest growing apparel company in the market.
ND's stock options make the financial aspects of their deal with UA almost unmatchable for any other company.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||"I think a dual THREAT should||
"I think a dual THREAT should be a guy who can beat you with his arm and his feet. Barnett looks like a guy who can keep plays alive with his feet, but he's not going to take over a game on the ground."
IMO, a dual-threat QB is one whom you must account for on every play.
It doesn't matter if he can go the distance like Robinson or RGIII. Brian Kelly and Nussmier certainly aren't looking to run Barnett or Town 15 times a game. What coaches are looking for in DT QB's are guys who's ability to run & pass create (favorable) numbers situations. If you have to use a defender or two to defend the QB against a possible run, the offense has a numbers advantage at the point of attack.
As a defense you only have 11 guys to deploy. With a pocket passer, or a QB who isn't a threat to run, you as a defense have numbers. You have 11 guys to defend 10.
Ah, but if the QB can run, the numbers now now favor offense in that its 11 on 11, or even 11 on 10 or even 9 depending on formation.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Depth. ND took 5 OL in 2011:||
ND took 5 OL in 2011: Hanratty (G), Niklas (OT), Hegarty (G), Hounshell (G), N. Martin (G).
Niklas played OLB his first year and was moved to TE last year. Hounshell moved to DL.
So the real haul from that class was 3 OL.
ND took 2 OL in 2012: Stanley (OT), Harrell (G)
So ND took 5 OL over two classes 11 & 12.
ND took 5 OL in 2013 (last year): Bivin (OT), Elmer (OT), McGlinchey (OT), McGovern (G), Montelus (G).
So over the last 3 season ND has taken 10 total OL. That's kinda low numbers wise and I suspect that the reason why they'll do 4/5 this year is to get numbers and competition up to an acceptable level (3 lines deep). They'll probably go light 1 or 2 on OL next year.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||ND will take at least 4 OL||
ND will take at least 4 OL and will go as high as 5 ONLY if the fifth OL is 5* OT/G Braden Smith. All the recruits have been told the numbers situation and know that 4 is the magic number. B. Smith (TCU, & ND lead) has specifically been told that they'll reserve a 5th OL spot for him.
FWIW, most of the ND sites expect Bars to fall to them by the middle of the month.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||It'll probably stick||
I don't think Hood himself ever had distance concerns about ND.
It was his parents who were concerned about the distance and wanted to know more about who would be looking out for their son..
His parents visited ND over the weekend and finally meet Kelly and everyone. Evidently they loved they loved the place and after meeting everyone they had no concerns about the people who looking out for Elijah for the next 4 years.
Once Elijah had their blessing he promptly committed to the school that he seemingly wanted to go to all along.