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Schrage's dismissal could play role in Starling's decision

Jun 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

It seems the apple of Notre Dame’s eye at quarterback is Kansas athlete Bubba Starling, who has already taken numerous visits to campus over the last few months. As mentioned before, Starling also has a future ahead of him as a baseball player, which adds a layer of complexity to the recruiting strategy.

Starling is looking at both the football and the baseball programs at perspective colleges, and seems intent on playing both sports collegiately if the allure of a big-money signing bonus doesn’t keep him out of college all together.

With Notre Dame announcing the firing of Dave Schrage after four disappointing seasons as Irish baseball coach, Starling talked with’s Steve Wiltfong about the effect that might have on his decision.

“Every time I’ve been up to Notre Dame, I visited with coach Schrage and the other coaches, and he’s just been real nice and helpful about doing both sports,” Starling told ISD. “He’s been helpful talking about the baseball program and how things would work out. He was great and we were in contact with him. I might have to wait. We’ll have to see how this visit goes for Nebraska. I’d like to see who Notre Dame hires for their baseball staff and get everything figured out with that.”

As much as a new baseball coach is an important factor in Starling’s decision, there isn’t a coach in America that wouldn’t welcome a guy with Starling’s raw tools onto his college roster, especially if he isn’t costing him a scholarship.

The real question for Starling will be whether or not he’ll ever step foot onto a college campus, as he’s seen as one of the top prep pitchers in next year’s amateur draft, and many high school power arms that are 6-foot-5 end up with seven figure signing bonuses that force them to skip college all together.

From everything I’ve heard, the Irish are in fine shape with Starling and they expect him to come into the fold eventually. The firing of Schrage wasn’t exactly a surprise after four seasons, and regardless of how cozy he was with Starling and his family, the real decision for Bubba will be college football or pro baseball.

  1. TLNDMA - Jun 15, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    Keith, hope you don’t mind if I get off topic here but, Pete Carroll’s and Mike Garrett’s reactions to the NCAA’s findings are astounding.

  2. VeronicaFletcher21 - Jun 15, 2010 at 11:22 PM

    It’s known that money makes people independent. But how to act when somebody doesn’t have cash? The one way is to receive the loan or just short term loan.

  3. Art Vandelay - Jun 16, 2010 at 12:19 AM

    Nice post by VeronicaFletcher21. It is either an astute and poignant allegorical treatment of the human condition vis-a-vis its borrowing practices or it is spam which MSNBC should know how to prevent. KA – glad to hear you played out your fantasy career without incident. The fall is rapidly approaching and we couldn’t afford to lose you to some freak injury. Sounds like it was a blast.

  4. borromini - Jun 16, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    AV, I’m betting it’s the latter…

  5. Quron Myrick - Jun 16, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    How bout we not worry about what college or pro team he goes to and focus on his last year in high school……… I hope to see you on the field again to redeem myself and my school SCHLAGLE STALLIONS

  6. Mac - Jun 18, 2010 at 4:14 AM

    This guy is bound for Nebraska. Good friends with Husker recruit Dylan Admire. Sorry Irish. We’ll take your spot in the Big Ten, and your QB recruit. Thanks.

  7. grew up Irish - Jun 24, 2010 at 4:47 AM

    I will wager (don’t have much money) that Nebraska will really be featured on the 52″ screen starting in 12. If they have a good team (which is likely) the TV people are going to love showing them in Madison against Barry’s guys (Barry played at Nebraska) or Columbus where Pelini played or at Penn State with 110,000 plus or at Lincoln against those guys. The possibilities just keep going on and on however, it’s too bad Notre Dame isn’t going to be there with them. Also, I think at the end of the year during the bowls whether it’s the BCS Championship or Rose Bowl…when they announce “Here come the Big Ten champions”’s gonna be something really special. I guess Notre Dame could also come out of that tunnel as the Big East Champions, but the wow factor would is not going to be there.

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