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Probably the most important recruit of the cycle.

 

I wonder what the pay differential will be between the OC and the DC next year.

Tommy will be a hot commodity soon enough...

 

Bearcat Journal's Chad Brendel, the owner of 247Sports' Cincinnati site,said of Freeman:

 

"As an Xs and Os guy, Marcus Freeman is as good as anyone I’ve ever covered on the defensive side of the ball. Over the past 4 years at Cincinnati he’s shown a 4-3 base that has morphed into more of a 3-3-5 as an adjustment to the pass happy schemes in the AAC," said Brendel. "He’s also broken out a 4-4 to slow down Navy and then a Bear 5 man front this year against Army when they were expecting the 4-4 he showed Navy. He isn’t married to any specific system, and he recruits in kind with versatile players than can slide up and down a position or two as they develop and find a role.

 

"His leadership and recruiting skills go hand in hand," Brendel continued. "At only 34 years old, it wasn’t long ago that he was a star LB at Ohio State, and more than anything on both fronts he is completely honest with players, recruits and parents. Guys always know exactly where they stand, and exactly what they need to do to fit what he’s looking for on game day and as a recruiter. That allows him to be a guy that can finish, both on the field on game day and delivering commitments for prospects he has a clear plan for from the day they arrive on campus.

 

"I’m sure a lot of this comes off as over the top, but you have to consider this is a guy that took over one of the worst defensive units in the country four years ago and turned them into one of the elite units in the nation at all three levels," Brendel added. "And did so with mostly under the radar 3 star prospects that he helped turn into not only All Conference guys, but several into All Americans and NFL Draft prospects. It’s almost impossible to have his resume at 34 years old, but he’s done it at Cincinnati with ease."

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While the choice between ND and LSU right now seems to me to be overwhelmingly ND I still appreciate that this feels like snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. In college football taking from a potential opponent is a double win.

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This shows me , ND is at least thinking about trying to become elite. 1.6 million is a large salary for an assistant coach. Only football factories pay that kind of money for a coordinator.

With this hire we went above 2 it sounds like. I am shocked.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Please welcome Bob Hinton Defensive Coordinator/LB coach, <a href="

">@Marcus_Freeman1</a>. ☘️<br><br>📰 <a href="https://t.co/ZMIEQvRhun">https://t.co/ZMIEQvRhun</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoIrish?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoIrish</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rally?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rally</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ovy89FyBBb">pic.twitter.com/Ovy89FyBBb</a></p>— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) <a href="
">January 8, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
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Great job by Swarbrick and Kelly. Seems that they have finally learned. Why try to be cheap while pursuing a NC? Do everything in your means to get there. Be ND legends!

 

Freeman is impressive. I can't stand it when coaches insist on a specific system or scheme. The scheme changes both yearly based on current players and game by game based on the opponent. Freeman changing schemes so easily and readily shows me he is smarter than egotistical. I will bet the 2022 defensive class is going to be outstanding due to Freeman.

 

I hope Elston will understand and stick around. He's a good coach.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Please welcome Bob Hinton Defensive Coordinator/LB coach, <a href="
">@Marcus_Freeman1</a>. ☘️<br><br>📰 <a href="https://t.co/ZMIEQvRhun">https://t.co/ZMIEQvRhun</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoIrish?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoIrish</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rally?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rally</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ovy89FyBBb">pic.twitter.com/Ovy89FyBBb</a></p>— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) <a href="
">January 8, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

 

That’s crazy! There’s a good story buried in there somewhere.

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That’s crazy! There’s a good story buried in there somewhere.

 

Maybe someone can explain why Bob Hinton was in the tweet? I think that may the story, I guess he endowed 5 mill a year ago to the d cord position? Wondering if he decided to pay Freeman’s salary, I may be totally out of it, but I have no clue what that tweet means.

 

“Please welcome Bob Hinton Defensive Coordinator/LB coach, “

 

Again I may be crazy, when I first looked at it was wondering if Marcus Freeman had an alias, before I looked up who Bob Hinton was.

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Maybe someone can explain why Bob Hinton was in the tweet? I think that may the story, I guess he endowed 5 mill a year ago to the d cord position? Wondering if he decided to pay Freeman’s salary, I may be totally out of it, but I have no clue what that tweet means.

 

Yeah has to do with a large donation that has paid for the Defensive Coordinator position year after year. Kelly is the Corbett head coach.

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Yeah has to do with a large donation that has paid for the Defensive Coordinator position year after year. Kelly is the Corbett head coach.

 

Ahh that makes sense. I guess it seems like it is possible without big time donors ND is unwilling to put up the funds for staff. I am sure it is like this at other schools as well. Just interesting. Thanks for the info.

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Agree with other posters that A) it's great to see the pocket books opened and B) it's great to get a guy that adapts the system to the need.

 

I mentioned with the Lea news that we finally seemed to be in a position where we had the blue chip opportunity for DCs, and winning toe-to-toe against LSU bears that out. Our cupboard is rich with talent, we pay competitively and (what I believe is most important) our track record with DCs under Kelly is pretty stellar, at least as an ambitious, marketable DC would be concerned. One DC washed out, the others translated their success in to HC jobs directly from their DC roles under Kelly. Compare that to Pelini getting 86'd for a crummy year and the decision suddenly doesn't look that hard.

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Ahh that makes sense. I guess it seems like it is possible without big time donors ND is unwilling to put up the funds for staff. I am sure it is like this at other schools as well. Just interesting. Thanks for the info.

 

I think they did this fairly recently. Like Starting with Kelly and I want to say Diaco

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Yeah has to do with a large donation that has paid for the Defensive Coordinator position year after year. Kelly is the Corbett head coach.

 

Hinton's $5 million dollar donation will not go far when DC's make $2 million a year now.

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Hinton's $5 million dollar donation will not go far when DC's make $2 million a year now.

Yeah, they may take the interest and five hundred thousand a year from the endowment. Who the hell knows. I am sure they will get some big donors to pitch in somewhere. ND can afford it if they want to even without the endowment they just got to have the want too.

 

ND is great at milking the fan base for money. uNDefeated in that area.

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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!

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Yeah, they may take the interest and five hundred thousand a year from the endowment. Who the hell knows. I am sure they will get some big donors to pitch in somewhere. ND can afford it if they want to even without the endowment they just got to have the want too.

 

ND is great at milking the fan base for money. uNDefeated in that area.

 

This has been my biggest gripe with the university. Every year we are #1 or #2 for money generated from football. We should spend like that too, or at least close.

Obviously all of us love ND, but what about the next generation if ND doesn’t have success? Eventually the money will dry up. Glad to have donors helping, as does most major college sports.

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