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Urban Meyer and ESPN tackle Irish spring football

Apr 5, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

It turns out Urban Meyer wasn’t just in South Bend to be a featured speaker at the Notre Dame coaching clinic, but he was also wearing his ESPN analyst hat when he visited Brian Kelly and company for spring practice.

Here’s the segment ESPN produced that aired today featuring Meyer, Kelly, HelmetCam, and the epic 3-on-3 battles taking place during these 15 practices.



For all the vitriol that Irish fans have had for Meyer since he chose Gainesville over South Bend, Meyer was incredibly complimentary about the upgraded facilities, the defensive players coming into campus and the momentum the Irish have coming into the 2011 season.

  1. vegasirish - Apr 6, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    I found it interesting that Urb mentioned the fact that the facilities were better than 10 years ago. Was he insinuating that facilities were the reason he didn’t take the ND job in 2004?

    • bernhtp - Apr 6, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      There was no such implication. He was just saying that the facilities were radically upgraded to among the best anywhere. I can attest to that having visited campus several times a year for the past decade.

      The rest of the segment (not in the link here), where the panel discussed Notre Dame’s, was also very positive about the program and their prospects this season and beyond.

    • pwt3 - Apr 9, 2011 at 4:39 AM

      He didnt take the ND job because he didnt feel he could academic exceptions, which is a nice way of saying he didnt feel he could make ND a national power without thugs. I dont care that he won two titles at FLA, the reasons he didnt take the ND job tell me all I need to know about him. Not a brave, confident or visionary guy – not very loyal, either.

  2. paiten34 - May 14, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    Meyer didn’t take the job in 04 because he was in the final part of contract talks with Florida before ND even spoke to him about the job.

    The upgrade to the facilities at ND is night and day from just 5 years ago. You walk in to the main hall and you see the greatness of ND. All the trophies from national titles, Heismans, bowl games and even the trophies that are won from games VS USC Boston college and so on. The training and weight rooms are now among the best in the country. The fact that in the early 90’s ND was worried about being seen as to much of a football factory is eye opening. I’m just glad that ND has decided improve their facilities to equal that of other top programs.

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