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  1. Compounded by the number of players in the Transfer Portal. Going to further inflate the difference between the high revenue schools versus those who can't afford to cover the cost of so many players on Schollie. Hard to imagine the NCAA wouldn't have accounted for this when adjusting eligibility for Covid but roster management won't be brought under control for a number of years. GO IRISH!
  2. So Big, with the announcement of Freeman as the new DC, do you see a quick hit impact with some of the difference makers you highlight or is it a more a wait and see after year 1 in his system. I know Kelly stipulated the Rover position would remain and see no issues with Freeman accommodating, or else he wouldn't have accepted the job, but with his coming from Cincy and not being a factor for a lot of high 4 or 5* kids, will this be enough to turn the tide and gain immediate traction? Also any news on Diggs? What's your Crystal Ball telling you? Thanks as always and GO IRISH!
  3. Totally agree...best coach on the staff for recruiting + developing a stud dline. Love the way he rotates players and having clearly defined roles for each to focus on. Great coach who's always singled out by recruits and would be a kick in the balls to lose him to Purdue. Personally don't see him meshing well with Harbaugh and his oddball personality. So much for another quiet offseason in South Bend! GO IRISH!
  4. If we have Spring ball, the staff will get a feel where all 4 QB's are at and allow them to have a plan in place for when Fall camp rolls around. One key point not addressed from the posts I saw is the defensive schemes the teams we play. Knowing WI as well as I do, it would be a tall task to put a Frosh starter up against a Jim Leonhard defense. He's the next Wunderkind in the coaching ranks and a master at mixing up coverages and fronts. Kelly is paid to win games and if Coan has the ability to read D's better than Buchner, then play him. If not, play the QB who gives us the best chance to win. ND is positioned to reload, not rebuild and combined with the reconfigured Oline, seeing which of our many talented WR's emerge will be the the factors the coaches make the decision on as to who will play. Thankfully we have known entities at TE and RB. Finally, why the rush to decide a starter in January when the kids aren't even on campus yet? On a side note, my daughter and I have already planned to be at the ND vs WI game at Soldier Field and just got a whole lot more interesting with the sub-themes of what was already going to be a great game to go to. Anyone else planning to go, there's a good ND bar in the South Loop and we'll be bellying up to the bar once it opens. Great spot for a DD pre-game venue! GO IRISH!
  5. Great WIN and kudos to ND by putting an offer together that competes with the salaries paid out by SEC and other high paying powerhouses like Texas, LSU, Clemson and Bama. 4 years @ $2.5MM per puts us at the top of the wage scale and diminish the perception of ND being tight fisted when it comes to paying for top talent. With the loss of Joseph to Texas, focus now is to retain Elston as rumors are floating he may be a candidate for the Purdue DC job. I truly feel for Elston as he's the longest tenured coach yet now been passed over twice and no one can blame him if he chooses to pursue a DC job, yet no coach has done a better job of recruiting top end Dline talent and getting the most out of each. Hopefully Kelly and Swarbrick gave him a bump and retains the title of Asst. Head Coach as while the loss of Joseph will surely hurt, losing Elston would be worse. But welcome aboard Marcus and with is connections to OH and surrounding areas, praying it pays dividends in not only developing the talent on the roster but start getting the difference making playmakers needed to be a legit contender for the CFP. GO IRISH!
  6. As an Ex-Badger and avid fan of both UW and ND, this is a logical move and one I think will pay dividends for the Irish as they build up Buchner. While not as dynamic as McCaffery, did he ever indicate he was interested in ND? I haven't heard a peep living in MI and likely ND reached out and was told no. So with who's on the board, Coan fits, was a one time Lacrosse commit, so clearly can run, and gets to fulfill his earlier goal of suiting up for an ND Sport. Best of luck to him and GO IRISH!
  7. Rees was not the reason we lost. Clemson was the better team and we were the better team in South Bend. If Rees lost the game, how did we hit them for 47 the 1st game. Damn good reason Lawrence will be the #1 pick along with a host of other players. He was the difference and time for the ND fanbase to give credit where credit is due. Venables is one of the highest paid assistant coaches in CFB and yesterday showed good reason as to why. They won, we lost, end of story. A&M is not very good based on the number of games I've seen them play this season, OSU had to come back in the 2nd half against a good Northwestern team but saw no reason why ND wouldn't beat them on a neutral field. We are a Top 5 team and hope the committee drops us no further than #4 and see how we stack up against the team I think is the best in CFB, Alabama. You come to ND to play the best and hope the kids get the chance. Go IRISH!
  8. Believe he already announced he's not coming back for a 7th year. Gonna test the NFL Waters then proceed with his life. GO IRISH!
  9. With it looking more likely Harbaugh will not return, the position coaches Edward's has developed relationships with will likely be gone as well. With the rumor mill running full speed, Campbell is the name most often mentioned but it will come down to Edward's wanting to play for State U and not the head coach. Have to believe it is at a minimum weighing on his mind though his HC is a former WR for MI so strong ties to the school. GO IRISH!
  10. He's from Nashville, played at Vandy and leading one of the best defenses and the #2 ranked team. Not to mention a proven recruiter...those are factors which can't be ignored though like everyone else who's an ND fan, praying he stays but one would have to understand Kelly is already on the prowl for his replacement. Coaches have enough ego to believe they can resurrect or win at any school willing to shell out the money to lure them...Lea shouldn't be considered to be any different. Vandy is awful but if anyone understands how to recruit high character, academic oriented talent, it's Lea. Considering the talent which is within 200 miles, he can certainly improve the program from the dumpster fire left behind by Mason. GO IRISH!
  11. 'Bama deserves the recognition they're getting with their WR's and Oline. But it's more difficult to gauge until they play FL in the SEC Championship as it's been a down year for the SEC overall and they've yet to face a D that can take on their Oline and pressure the QB. He's had all day in the pocket, allowing the Receivers to gain separation. If we in fact play them, I firmly believe our front 7 will be the best they'll face and if we can get to the QB, then game on. Urbie said on the Fox post game he feels FL has the players to take on Bama and if so, we'll learn a lot more about our chances should we have the opportunity. On the flip side, we'll know a lot more about our team when they play Clemson as they'll have far more to lose and miss out on the CFP with 2 losses. We win this game and ND becomes the odds on favorite to make it to the Championship game. GO IRISH!
  12. No tougher position than the QB at ND and he's handled the criticism and negative comments better than any who've preceded him. Kudos to finishing as the All Time leader in Wins and praying he adds to those totals before the season is finished. As he said following the game, 3 more to play! GO IRISH!
  13. To think ND fans were in a panic when Saban took a look at him and now he's coaching at Tulane. Considering how bad FSU is, telling that Norvell didn't bring him in to FSU so his reputation with the kids is something he's going to have to work thru to get back into a Power 5 program.
  14. Got me to laugh literally out loud with that one...but I think his leg is still attached but his injury was worse than Jaylon Smith and doubt ND would take a look based on the risk. Nice player but more of a runner than passer correct? With our WR & TE Talent, keep the kids we have + keep bringing in studs each year.
  15. Nice post and another thing in our favor are the kids like Botehlo, the giant German, the WR's, Johnson and Watts...plus those out for the season like Nanah Mensa...building speed and quality depth...key looking forward is who will emerge as the QB. Hoping the reserves get quality minutes today and get good looks at Clark and Pyne. Can't remember if Buchner will be an EE but if so, with the hoped for return of Spring Ball and an actual camp to start the season, who gets the nod will determine what we can expect for the season. Not worried about the Oline as we've got the incoming studs you mentioned plus the highly ranked kids already in the program...I respect Kelly for not being the type of coach who runs up the score but I'm a bit selfish today and hope we're up by enough to get them in no later than the middle of the 3rd Qtr and keep the offensive play calling aggressive. Whole bunch of great reasons to watch the game in its entirety to see the kids! GO IRISH!
  16. Don't forget what Kelly referenced last year as a key to their recruiting, build depth on the roster from 65-85 and it's come to fruition this year as we've never rotated as many players and the results speak for themselves. Depth is the key and trends to being the 3*'s referenced and they've come thru better than we fans could've hoped for. Heck, we rotate 10 guys on the Dline! 5 deep on TE's, safety...yes, CB needed work but the class of '21 has gone a long way to improving and if the pan out, won't be a weakness going forward. GO IRISH!
  17. Don't forget, several schools, including the reference to Buchner, had abbreviated or postponed seasons so no new evaluations possible. ND targeted these kids beginning freshman to sophomore seasons, in most cases, and know what they're getting. Ratings this year, just like CFB in general, all come with an asterisk due to the insanity Covid has wrought. GO IRISH!
  18. I agree with the general sentiment of fans who wish we could land more of the Top 25 kids but when taking a deeper dive, how many really want the challenge of being a student & athlete at ND when they can play for a program which will allow the emphasis to be on athlete...they've been coddled since Peewee and all have aspirations of playing 3~4 years with the NFL always their goal. Don't discount the high 4 stars we continually recruit plus the annual 5* Olineman or TE. Don't overlook players such as Kyren Williams being a 3* but with the will and desire to succeed not to mention being coached up by an elite RB coat in Taylor. I know the stats play out the higher percentage of 5*'s making it to the league but player development at ND more than makes up the difference and we need no further proof than this year's team for proof. Red shirt, develop with the occasional contributing Frosh and then bring them up once they've had a year in Ballis's program and learning from the upper classmen. Winning will help but ND has a program in place to insure long-term success and this year's class looks to fill needs at all positions and momentum for '22 will continue to build. GO IRISH!
  19. You've not spent enough time in Georgia. No complaints with the talent SC has to offer but Georgia is always on my mind. GO IRISH!
  20. Well at least in MI, Matt Campbell's name seems to be the Fan Favorite but not sure if he's gonna stay in college or move the NFL. With Patricia's firing yesterday, it's already being floated Harbaugh to the Lions and Campbell replacing him. Apparently the "need" to have a MI Man at the helm of the program is no longer as important as it was before. In my opinion, it's a fanbase pipedream but who knows...While Lea is deserving of a shot, call it a gut feel, I don't see him leaving but nothing definitive to back it up. Give him and Tommy both a bump in pay and keep them motivated to have Kelly as the CEO while each runs their units with a degree of autonomy. Who knows but GO IRISH!
  21. If we were to lose him to Vandy, you offer up an interesting scenario. Didn't know of his connection to the program and while Mason is a good guy, can't imagine he'll be the coach beyond this season. Hypothetically, if he can get Vandy back to Franklin's tenure, he'd be a great fit to take over ND following BK's retirement. GO IRISH!
  22. Totally agree...all due respect to the Services, like you, I look at offers and considering the success with our TE recruiting, plus the addition of McNulty as the position coach, my feeling is if they want him, he's good enough for me. Another thing, Tremble is 6'3'' and a 3* as well and look how his career is going! Never hear about his length or "measurables" and gets as much air time and TV commentary as any player on the roster...GO IRISH!
  23. You may be too young to know/remember but Barry Alvarez was Lou's D Coordinator when we won the NC in '88. Did a pretty good job and able to leverage it into the HC job at Wisconsin and the rest is history. That said, the game has changed so much, hard to compare the 2 however Lea is absolutely deserving of the recognition he's getting and a salary to match. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong but believe the 2 highest paid CFB Coordinators are Elko and Venables both at ~$2.5MM. I wouldn't have any problem whatsoever of paying him the same if it keeps him at ND. Hopefully Lea's character is more along the lines of Venables as he's turned down a number of HC opportunities to remain at Clemson while Elko has chased the money for his last two hires, 1st ND, then Texas A&M. Don't fault him at all but obviously the Venables situation is best for us fans and Team. We'll certainly find out once the season concludes and vacancies become known. Some program is sure to take a run at him but he's got the luxury of being able to choose so going to be a few tense, rumor fueled weeks until he comes out publicly with his decision. Fingers crossed and GO IRISH!
  24. With Book's invite and commitment to the Senior Bowl means he's definitely deemed worthy of NFL consideration. It's the premier event for college players with NFL aspirations and with 2 NFL coaching staffs, every GM, Player Personnel / Scouts in attendance, only works in his favor. If not a late round pick, sure to get an invite as a preferred FA with time on a Practice Squad to further develop.
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