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And this is all under the crazy assumption that Kelly will allow for a run game to be implemented.

 

Perhaps ND hires a really good RB coach (better than Alford) who impacts their average play? Perhaps ND's RBs actually perform to their capability? Perhaps ND's RBs produce multiple 100 yard performers? Perhaps the RBs resurgence energizes the entire team to play better? Perhaps, due to the play on the field being raised by everyone, other topflight recruits see this and it makes them give ND a shot in recruiting them--making up for the Alford void?

 

The overall point trying to be made here is that it is very possible that ND could find a better RB coach that could impact the product on the field.

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Must be a year old bio.. Tevin Coleman had 2,000 yards rushing this year .. I watched an Interview of Mcculough.. Very impressed.. I know we all went Autrey as I think he could sell ND like no other player could.. But this guy may be a better coach.. At least for now.. I like this guy a lot.. He did this at Indiana.. I think he will be a good recruiter as well, once he establishes relationships. I like both candidates a lot.

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Must be a year old bio.. Tevin Coleman had 2,000 yards rushing this year .. I watched an Interview of Mcculough.. Very impressed.. I know we all went Autrey as I think he could sell ND like no other player could.. But this guy may be a better coach.. At least for now.. I like this guy a lot.. He did this at Indiana.. I think he will be a good recruiter as well, once he establishes relationships. I like both candidates a lot.

 

Yeah, not that he was fully responsible for it, but an Indiana RB was in Heisman consideration for a while this year. That is enough for me to not be upset if he ends up being the guy hired.

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And this is all under the crazy assumption that Kelly will allow for a run game to be implemented.

 

Perhaps ND hires a really good RB coach (better than Alford) who impacts their average play? Perhaps ND's RBs actually perform to their capability? Perhaps ND's RBs produce multiple 100 yard performers? Perhaps the RBs resurgence energizes the entire team to play better? Perhaps, due to the play on the field being raised by everyone, other topflight recruits see this and it makes them give ND a shot in recruiting them--making up for the Alford void?

 

The overall point trying to be made here is that it is very possible that ND could find a better RB coach that could impact the product on the field.

 

Not to be a turd in the punchbowl but our guys had some decent YPC's. Kelly just don't seem to be a pound the ball coach. He'd probably rather have a back that can get 50 yds rushing and 50 yds catching over a 100 ypg back.

 

Recruiting concerns me much more then coaching.

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Not to be a turd in the punchbowl

 

[proceeds to be a turd in the punchbowl]

 

I get your concerns with recruiting but I'm quite certain that if the play on the field improves, that problem should correct itself. There was a time before Alford that ND recruited pretty decent backs and various other positions. All is not lost.

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Hearing Leland McCollough from Indiana and Autry Denson are the top 2 candidates currently. Denson for obvious reasons and the staff likes what McCollough has done at IU. His bio below:

 

http://www.iuhoosiers.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/mccullough_deland00.html

 

Meh.

Give me Denson all day long. ND alum, Florida native, NFL background. Perfect for the job.

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Meh.

Give me Denson all day long. ND alum, Florida native, NFL background. Perfect for the job.

 

McCullouch seems like a rare breed... Dude has been a stud at every level and has an immediate trend of coaching up a 2 star into a Heisman contender at Indiana...Indiana !!

 

Denson has my heart as a fan...but if I'm picking horses, McCullouch looks like Sea Biscuit

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And this is all under the crazy assumption that Kelly will allow for a run game to be implemented.

 

Perhaps ND hires a really good RB coach (better than Alford) who impacts their average play? Perhaps ND's RBs actually perform to their capability? Perhaps ND's RBs produce multiple 100 yard performers? Perhaps the RBs resurgence energizes the entire team to play better? Perhaps, due to the play on the field being raised by everyone, other topflight recruits see this and it makes them give ND a shot in recruiting them--making up for the Alford void?

 

The overall point trying to be made here is that it is very possible that ND could find a better RB coach that could impact the product on the field.

 

The RB play was just fine. It's the overall recruiting where it hurts bad. There's no silver lining to any of this.

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And this is all under the crazy assumption that Kelly will allow for a run game to be implemented.

 

Perhaps ND hires a really good RB coach (better than Alford) who impacts their average play? Perhaps ND's RBs actually perform to their capability? Perhaps ND's RBs produce multiple 100 yard performers? Perhaps the RBs resurgence energizes the entire team to play better? Perhaps, due to the play on the field being raised by everyone, other topflight recruits see this and it makes them give ND a shot in recruiting them--making up for the Alford void?

 

The overall point trying to be made here is that it is very possible that ND could find a better RB coach that could impact the product on the field.

 

Hmmmm,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Perhaps.

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The spirit of the post is correct: all of the handwringing about losing alford is misguided.

 

  • Having alford for the past two years was a miracle
  • If he doesn't start winning 9+ games/season, kelly's gone
  • If kelly's gone, Alford's gone
  • If he starts winning 9+ games a season, Kelly will find it easy to land RB's (and a similar volume of recruits from Florida)

 

Yes, it would have been wonderful to keep Alford this year and it sucks to lose him. But, he's been gone for a few year's running and the Kelly era is reaching a critical mass where Alford's immediate impact on recruiting was about to become far less relevant. That's not a silver lining but it's a fact of the matter that makes the sting of Alford's loss immaterial.

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