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  1. Elston leaving, doesn't hurt recruiting, it hurts the culture. I think Elston was a marginable at best recruiter. Until Marcus came along, our DL was ok, with normally one 4 star a year. Now maybe it was more because of Lea, who didn't recruit at all, but the recruits were not Top 100 until Marucs started to help. Maybe Elston stepped up his game once he saw the effort Marcus was putting in? Maybe. This isn't about recruiting. We will be fine without Elston recruiting, and we may even be better. This is about personality; it's about cuture. Mike used to open up his house and family to recruits and dlineman. There was a story out about Mike was on the road, and couldn't take his daughter to a dance (I think), and Kurt Hinish took her. They were family. This is the loss here -- family. I guess the right word is bummed. I'm bummed that Mike is leaving. He is a good man. He's what we want our athletes to see as a future in coaching.
    7 points
  2. Remember when this thread was about Angeli?
    4 points
  3. All this just in time for Elder coming back....
    4 points
  4. The real problem is that people shouldn’t be “unavailable” for simply having Covid. How many of these guys play through the flu. Same difference. Could you imagine if they made Joe Montana sit out for the chicken noodle soup game? friging done with this shit…
    4 points
  5. Everything reported is simply insider information, Notre Dame has not publicly said anything about Heacock and they were looking at other people. Maybe Freeman thought he could convince Heacock to come without his fellow coaches. Most of the fanbase was not super happy with Heacock, just a neutral day in my opinion. Just want the coaching positions filled soon, but they gotta be the right hire.
    4 points
  6. Yesterday, I watched film of Notre Dame defensive recruits even as the TV showed the NFL playoffs. The talent of the players being pursued by Notre Dame is amazing. It’s purely subjective, but I picked a player for each level of the defense that I like best. Nykoles Harbor, Washington D.C defensive end. 6-5/225. I doubt Harbor has ever played a game where he wasn’t the best athlete on the field. He’s my #1 choice for the defensive line because I feel that as good as he is at rushing the passer, he has the speed and athleticism to be equally good at dropping into coverage. (To me, he seemed the fastest of the linemen I watched.) Anthony Hill, Texas linebacker. 6-2/225. Hill is a violent athlete blessed with speed and football acumen. Players fly backwards when he hits them. (I love seeing a player lying on the field, arms and legs akimbo. Hill hits them that hard.) Malik Muhammad, Texas cornerback. 6/170. The highlight films show him at receiver and at cornerback. Either way, he is smooth, fast and football-savvy. He makes plays everywhere. Caleb Downs, Georgia safety. 6-1/185. WOW! (To have Peyton Bowen, Aiden Schuyler and Caleb Downs all committed would be the best safety recruiting class ever!) While all these players are talking to Notre Dame, I don’t know how high Notre Dame stands with any of them.
    3 points
  7. he might not be motivated by money. He might want to a coordinator
    3 points
  8. Swarbrick has got to decide if and to what extent he wants ND football to be a consistent championship contender. If he's committed to that, he's gonna need to step up and increase the pay for the assistant coaches and even expand the staff. Feels like the team is getting close. Just need a push to put them into the same level as the top 5 perennial schools each year.
    3 points
  9. He's a higher profile Hoke. Harbaugh somehow looks like both his clothes and human body are made of whatever Gumby is made of. They got lucky in the weakest B10 I can remember.. no doubt in my mind we would've trucked them this year. From the bottom of my heart, I hope that human slimjim stays there forever.
    3 points
  10. Honestly it's kind of hard for me to believe that this guy wouldn't come to ND because ND wouldn't allow him to bring other coaches. I probably don't pay attention to situations at other schools enough, but I don't remember ever hearing of a very mid-tier coach being offered a coordinator position at a top tier program who thought he'd be able to bring his buddies along. It seems like a mid-tier coach almost always jumps at a chance to go to a major brand school. Maybe he has major ties to Iowa. Maybe he didn't want to disrupt his family's situation with schools. Maybe Iowa State offered him a lot more money than ND did. Maybe he just didn't like Marcus or the weather in South Bend (more snow than in Ames?). But, it's going to take a lot to convince me that he didn't go to ND just because he couldn't bring assistant coaches with him.
    3 points
  11. I’m hearing the same things. Some of us need to step back from the ledge a little bit. If the issue was that he wanted to bring some of his coaches and we are already set there than it is what it is. I don’t think this is a who is our second choice or third choice situation.
    3 points
  12. Me too. When he took over all I heard was how great he was. National champion from here until eternity. I'm telling ya. Worst fan base in history. No joke. This Hutchinson cat....I agree he's decent. Heisman runner up??? He shouldn't have been in the running. The dude from Alabama #31 makes Hutchinson look JV. I'd take Foskey eryday twice on Sunday over that cat. Met up with a couple deployment buddies. Been sippin.
    3 points
  13. We need to try to get Oklahoma State senior DB Jarrick Bernard-Converse who as entered the transfer portal. You won't find many players in the transfer portal more accomplished than Bernard-Converse (6'1/200), who was named first-team All-Big 12 in 2021 after posting 51 tackles and pass breakups for one of the best defenses in the nation. Bernard-Converse has started 47 games for Oklahoma State and was a member of its 2018 recruiting class. The former three-star prospect should have a hot market, as he brings both a wealth of experience and production.
    2 points
  14. Well, I do not think he will come to Notre Dame because the staff "shouldnt" guarantee him a starting spot. If I were JT Daniels, I would not go anywhere that I was not pretty much guaranteed a starting spot.
    2 points
  15. 1. I didn’t even care about the bowl game honestly. But what we truly need now imo is an elite corner. Just one to cover that side of the field. 2. Speedy shifty receiver. I mean a Rondale Moore type. No reason ND still hasn’t found one in over 12 years. Or whenever Tate left. 3. A great Defensive Coordinator. Can’t rely on Freeman to do both. Too tough to do these days. 4. More talent at qb. Need to be the most talent on the depth chart. Right now it might be the weakest I’ve seen in a long time. Sorry guys there…
    2 points
  16. The ACC is against it in part because of ND. They know the smaller playoff increases the odds ND would see the point in joining a conference. A larger playoff could in theory give ND less of an incentive depending on how it is structured.
    2 points
  17. Keeley does like the Washington hire.
    2 points
  18. IMHO I think the ACC and possibly others are concerned with the college football landscape changing too quickly …..with NIL, transfer portal , coaches salaries . College is were students go to learn to further their education. Colleges should not become a semi pro league for football. Again just my thoughts why the ACC is trying to put the brakes on this.
    2 points
  19. Your wish came true!Breaking news: Al Washington has been hired as ND's next DL coach and yes it is a home run hire!
    2 points
  20. He wasn't offered the position. He wanted to bring his own coaches in, Freeman wanted to keep Mickens and O'Leary (plus that new LB assistant, the OSU LB), so they both went their separate ways. Why are you being so pessimistic about this? It is almost a non-issue.
    2 points
  21. Very true. He is 61 and got a raise from ISU to stay there, so he might be contemplating retirement soon, and starting all over at another stop may have been the reason why he said when he found out they would give him a raise to match or come close to ND's offer
    2 points
  22. I read he wanted to bring some of his coaches and ND said no. Reading into this it was probably secondary coaches. We are locked in there and like who we have.
    2 points
  23. Started Monday. So glad ND is built by Matt Balis
    1 point
  24. It i am remembering correctly it is a PWO spot and teammate of Keon Keeley
    1 point
  25. This might be not along the lines of this post, but is there a positive side affect to the NIL money that these 5th years are receiving? O ne thing I was thinking about is who takes over Kyle Hamilton's podcast. It could be some of these guys. Foskey is definitely going to profit from staying, and the others will also probably increase. Maybe its a DLine podcast or something like that. Also, here's another thing to think about, these players are probably or their NIL agents are, weighing where they would get drafted and what the rookie contracts are. They may make MORE by staying in college because the NIL at ND is probably more that what they would get as a 6-7 round or undrafted FE practice squad NFL player. So this is probably not the culture they are intending, but I wonder if the NIL money for 5th years is an added benefit....
    1 point
  26. That would be sweet for ND. Not that I have doubts about Angeli. It just sounds like Moore has all the tools, while Angeli may lack arm strength and mobility. I do look forward to seeing what Angeli’s got.
    1 point
  27. There is a limit of 25 combined incoming freshmen and transfers with the exception you add one more inbound transfer for every outbound transfer up to a total of 32.
    1 point
  28. Per the Atlantic, Freeman had Chad Bowden stop by Keon's school last Friday to "check in on him"
    1 point
  29. Did Bramlett have some secret pact with BK knowing he was going to LSU. Joking aside, good luck to the kid.
    1 point
  30. I hope it’s enough to keep him. Man he is a huge piece of the 23’ class. No one is irreplaceable but he’s got the skills to be a great one.
    1 point
  31. Marcus Freeman has now added four assistant coaches to his first official staff at Notre Dame – even if none have been officially announced – and on Sunday, he made another great hire by replacing Mike Elston with Al Washington. Unfortunately, the beloved former Irish DL coach left the program for Michigan last week, but … The post Notre Dame, Freeman Nails Another Hire with Al Washington appeared first on UHND.com - Notre Dame Football, Basketball, & Recruiting. View the full article
    1 point
  32. Al Washington can recruit and he has coached a couple studs at both OSU and Michigan (LBs coach). Lance Taylor was a solid coach, but his recruiting was a little lacking according to some insiders/experts. I think it is clear Freeman prioritizes recruiting in his coaches. Hopefully it pays off.
    1 point
  33. That’s a monster, huge, f’ing fantastic hire!
    1 point
  34. 1 point
  35. They did that for signing day… now let these guys go who isn’t a DAWg recruiter
    1 point
  36. He’s also going to have to get in the NIL game. Big time. That train isn’t slowing down unless it gets regulated by the NCAA
    1 point
  37. I agree with all 3 of those to an extent. I think the tackling was inconsistent as there were some games they were bad and some games they were great; it was about 50/50 from my recollection. 1. Run Blocking - There is not much to say about this, this was weak all year long and Kyren made things happen on his own. Even the 200+yard games we had this year were not very good (against weak run defenses) and Kyren had a lot on his own (like the 90+ yard for a TD that he did IN SPITE of the terrible Oline). 2. I also agree with your #3 regarding the WRs, however, I would like to be a little more "all-encompassing." It was not just their routes that need help, but getting off the line, winning the 50/50 balls (if you look back, we had very few this year). You are correct, they won by simply being a better athlete majority of the time, which is why they could not do anything against Cincy and their stud CBs. 3. Better DB play. Once Kyle Hamilton went down, the only person who was consistently good was Cam Hart (they also rarely threw to him). The other CB spot was our weak point on the defense and it was pretty evident to see. However, I felt as though our Safety position was very inconsistent once Kyle Hamilton went down. Both Griffith and Brown would miss tackles that they needed to make, they were out of position enough times to deem it noticeable. The backend needs to step up next year and the defense could be even better and be stout against even the elite offenses.
    1 point
  38. Hey, @Big23Head is M'Pemba a legit option, or is that just leading us on into wishful thinking?
    1 point
  39. If it is Al Washington, then 247 likes him as a recruiter. Rated him sixth highest recruiter. (not sure what time period but he did land four five stars in past few years) https://247sports.com/coach/Al-Washington-1764/
    1 point
  40. ya, that is a pretty negative (and inaccurate) way of looking at it. Notre Dame simply wasn't willing to give Heacock what he wanted. Iowa State didn't "beat" Notre Dame at anything, Notre Dame was in the driver's seat and wasn't willing to take Heacock where he wanted to go.
    1 point
  41. Motivations are vastly different from person to person though, so who knows why he would choose not to come. At the end of the day, there might be several reasons outside of the professional opportunity that had him say "No thanks."
    1 point
  42. Here's one I'm a little more proud of. Still a bit of work to go before we're at the top for "Notre Dame Forum", however.
    1 point
  43. I hate the 3-3-5 and with the DL being our strength and the DBs being our weakness right now. I do not like this idea at all.
    1 point
  44. Because we have a new coach? Dude, your balls must be raisins…
    1 point
  45. ND biggest weakness and it has been for 20 years is secondary play. We don’t have a corner who can play man v man, not one. When your cbs can’t play man, it makes the DC call plays accordingly. ND next step and freeman will get them over that hill, is recruiting secondary guys who can play that tough sec man v man defense. Cincy has two all American corners who both held their own last night vs Bama. Freeman will bring that to ND.
    1 point
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