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  1. Doesn't say he will still ALSO be Associate Head Coach, though, which all the news reports have said he won't be. Yes, still D-Line coach. No one questioned that.
  2. You're saying that BOTH Polian and Elston are Associate Head Coach? Elston had been Associate Head Coach the last 3 years, and that title is being removed from him. Instead, he's adding recruiting coordinator and Defensive Run Game Coordinator. Not a demotion, per se, but definitely changing of titles.
  3. Weis certainly did talk about the fact that not a lot of the top tier recruits can get into ND. It's been talked about for many coaches now, even back to Lou.
  4. To be fairly answer your question you would have to interview each recruit to find out why they choose another school over ND. We would just be guessing otherwise. Interesting statement Marcus Freeman made when asked about his recruiting. He said something to the effect that it’s hard work and it takes a lot of time. That you have to build relationships with these guys that takes a lot of time. Because of that you just couldn’t offer everyone. Well based upon the numbers of offers it looks like Kelly is willing to spend twice as much time trying to build relationships then his previous regime was willing to do... Yeah, some of this is really tough to answer. We do know that Weis had a determination that he would chase the top 100 type recruit all the way to the end, even sometimes at the cost of other primary targets that were more of a 4 star or high 3 star, and sometimes ended up with absolute emergency type takes. However, by staying in on those guys late, he got a lot more of them. I don't necessarily know the setup of the recruiting office, but Elston and Freeman both made comments along the lines of "can't expect the head coach to text everyone 6 times". But shouldn't we? Even if it's a recruiting intern with "coach Kelly's phone" following him around and quickly typing out some texts to communicate? Granted, ND is proud of how much money the football program sends the university each year, and adding administrative costs like deeper staffing in football support positions would hurt that, but if ND had a championship this decade, wouldn't that pay off?
  5. He had signed a "retirement deal" with NBC for that role before this past NFL season to take effect whenever he retired. It was believed that he would do the ND games, as they only otherwise have the Sunday Night NFL game and the studio on Sunday night. I, for one, enjoyed Dungy. Easy on the ears, imparted knowledge most of the time, and didn't necessarily overstep his areas of expertise. He always seemed excited to be at ND, too, which didn't hurt. A 3 man booth would be great, If those are the 3 involved.
  6. According to the article, he was/will be punished.
  7. Oh, that's exciting! Really thought we lost him to LSU. Great young, dynamic coach. Well loved here in Cincy. Seems like a natural fit!
  8. Stockton is a finalist. The award hasn't been given out yet.
  9. Kane Wommack took the head coaching job at South Alabama in the last week or so. He also will coach at IU through bowl season, but he’s been introduced as the head coach down there.
  10. There have been a handful of guys to get a 7th year of eligibility in the last decade in the FBS. He would be the first at ND in recent memory, for sure.
  11. Courtesy or not, it's at least a good sign of the state of the program that we have our assistant's interviewing for power 5 head coaching jobs instead of MAC or lower level jobs. But for his sake, I'd hope he waits. I know it's his alma mater, and he played there, and is from around there. It'd be perfect in those ways. But man, is that a dumpster fire of a program that I don't know if it can get out of it's own way to ever succeed.
  12. Yeah. This man must have a real reputation around college football if this seemed like the best landing spot for him.
  13. They've got a full buyout, both ways, reportedly. If Allen were to leave, he'd owe Indiana something like $22m total this offseason. And, it's got a perpetual extension toll on it. For every year he takes IU to a bowl game, he gets an extra year added onto his deal, and the buyout remains the same. Sounds like he's the IU coach until he retires.
  14. I mean, that's the general argument against ND every other year of "Shouldn't playing the conference championship game, and 13 total, count more?"
  15. Golic got "re-assigned". He's still under contract to ESPN for another year or so. Looks like he just lost out in the jumble of trying to re-catch listeners as ESPN won't adapt in a world that less and less uses cable and broadcast radio.
  16. I didn't say he was a downgrade. I merely raised the point that we simply don't, and cannot know, if he's a downgrade yet. Season hasn't started, practice hasn't started, and he hasn't had a chance to really host recruits yet like he should've if not for Covid. Time will tell, and I'm hoping for the best, but we can't answer it either way.
  17. To me, it probably seems a bit early to make any judgements whatsoever either way with much of Rees' tenure coinciding with forced recruiting dead periods and lack of ability to schedule visits due to the Covid 19 actions nationwide. Is it a downgrade? Maybe. Is it due to the inability to get guys who may not know the campus in town and sell them? Maybe. Unfortunately, either way, we'll see when it's probably too late?
  18. Maybe, but Mandel having Bill Clark of UAB on his last at all makes me more comfortable with him. Look at UAB's history and tell me that Bill Clark isn't a tremendous program builder and coach. Remarkable what he's done there.
  19. You're right. They fell off a cliff with him and after him with no clear sight back up. Still, I think a lot of this can be explained with being non-conference in the upper midwest vs being in the southeast and the view that only southeastern coaches can coach in the southeast. If you've already left ND, and your position has been replaced, there's not an awful lot of other upper midwest school openings that would be viewed as "on-par or better" with ND. OSU for sure. Would you say PSU and Michigan? No one else, really. That's not a lot of positions to be competing for.
  20. Maybe. Chuck Martin is doing a helluva job at Miami, though. Might it be said that Diaco and Sanford jumped too early at the first chances and ended up at schools on the precipice of failure? Clearly, Diaco isn't responsible for UConn falling off the cliff, and appeared to have at least had them maybe more stable than they were? WKU has also fallen off a cliff since before Sanford. Molnar was pushed out the door from here and didn't really have a choice. But some of the hirings are regional too. College football staffing has really appeared to be more and more regional over the years, which is a bit surprising. BVG was an abject failure. We can all agree on that, though.
  21. Currently? Yes. But, most all of those guys left for promotions. Molnar, Martin, Sanford, and Diaco left for head coaching jobs at DI schools. Hudson was just an interim and only filled the spot since he was on staff already and we had a midseason turnover. Elko is at worst lateral, but one could consider it a promotion in that he was lured away with a record breaking salary level for an assistant coach at the time. Now, is it rough that assistant coaches have left us for head coaching jobs at group of 6 programs like WKU, Miami of Ohio, UMass, UConn, etc, while assistants have left SEC schools for head coaching jobs in the Big 12, ACC or SEC? Maybe.
  22. Reports state “more than doubled”. I mean, can’t blame him.
  23. Off topic a bit, but oddly, in the Cincinnati Enquirer this past sunday, the article on Fickel considering MSU kept harping on "This isn't Notre Dame, this isn't Ohio State" with references like "all good catholics want to coach at ND". I know Weis really went hard at hiring Fickel way back when he was just a position coach at tOSU, but is there something out there that Fickel would also seriously consider ND or "lusts" after the ND job? Or is it just that it's Cincinnati, and two of their best coaches in recent memory went on to take over MSU and ND?
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