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And so it begins: BK talks 2012 season

Aug 2, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

Brian Kelly podium

Brian Kelly doesn’t officially kick off the 2012 football season until tomorrow, when his opening press conference takes place before the start of training camp. But that didn’t stop talk of the quarterbacking race from starting early.

Joining WSBT’s Sportsbeat with Darin Pritchett and Eric Hansen, Kelly answered questions from fans all across the country for 45 minutes, giving the first look at what’s to come in the upcoming season. Talking about everything from his successful recovery from back surgery to changes to the natural grass surface in Notre Dame Stadium, Kelly was in midseason form on the talk circuit, with the quarterbacking race taking center stage.

“We all know that we’re going to be starting a young man that hasn’t started a game at that position,” Kelly said about heading to Ireland without suspended quarterback Tommy Rees. “We won’t be lacking plays. We just need to execute them well.”

Another major offseason storyline was officially put to rest when Hansen asked Kelly about Tee Shepard. The one-time early enrollee cornerback, who was likely going to play a huge part in the Irish secondary this fall, left Notre Dame before he ever had a chance to practice with the Irish, doing so beneath the fog of rumors concerning a heart problem, suspicions of academic inadequacies, and a lot of Notre Dame fans scratching their head after two of Fresno’s most talented players in years, both long committed to Notre Dame, will apparently never play football for the Fighting Irish.

While answers are still hard to come by, Kelly was overly complimentary about Shepard, but also closed the door on any return to the Irish, a rumor that was largely fueled by Shepard himself via Twitter this summer.

“That door has now closed and we have invested those assets in other positions,” Kelly said. “That ship has sailed.”

One ship that hasn’t sailed is the playing surface inside Notre Dame Stadium. When asked about the future of natural grass, Kelly was cut and dry not only about his preference for field turf, but also spoke pointedly that the artificial surface was making its way inside the house that Rockne built.

“Field turf is coming,” Kelly said.

Kelly also spoke highly of the offseason work done by veterans like TJ Jones, Theo Riddick and Zeke Motta, and a freshman class that came into camp in better shape than anyone expected. He talked up local talent Daniel Smith, who had another summer surgery to get him healthy, a never-ending theme for the physically gifted wideout.

The battle along the offensive line seems to be focused on right guard. With Christian Lombard seemingly owning the right tackle slot, it’ll be fifth-year grad Mike Golic battling Nick Martin for a starting role and Tate Nichols likely relegated to backing up Lombard. The unit will look to get more consistency and better with its technique under new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

“We wanted somebody who could get to the point where technique was number one,” Kelly said of Hiestand. “Ed Warinner did a very good job for us, but I was look for something a little bit different this time around. We wanted to focus on the fundamentals.”

Speaking of the fundamentals, nowhere will that come into play more than at quarterback. After spending the spring focusing on taking control of the offense and holding onto the football.

“Take great care of the football,” Kelly said, pointing to the key criteria in the quarterbacking battle. “The quarterback that’s going to play against Navy is the one we trust most to take care of the football.”

Kelly perhaps revealed his hand a bit when asked the million dollar question that’ll likely shape preseason camp. When asked if he had an idea of who that quarterback would be, Kelly didn’t hesitate.

“I do. I’ve got an idea in my mind,” Kelly said. “But we now have to take that from  meeting room talk and go apply that. One’s not good enough. We’ve got to get a couple guys ready for Navy and for the season. We’ve got a couple ideas, but it’ll take some time.”

 

  1. jimbasil - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    After revisiting the Stanford game, it was obvious the Offense responded well to a more mobile QB AH. Knowing that, I wonder why Kelly would even think to have TR start the FSU game.

    Now with Rees sidelined for the Navy game, Kelly is forced to play the more mobile QB. Surely there will be some growing pains but this is an Offense with an OLine that’s been waiting to be dominant and prevail in a big way. Now the Oline knows the QB behind them will be able to move away from the defenders and make a play on his own when necessary. This will allow them the confidence to do what they’re supposed to do instead of worrying if the QB has put himself in harm’s way and needs to be bailed out. Usually seen in the holding penalties.

    Also, there will be more space for the receivers to maneuver with the QB’s ability to stretch the field. This will open up the run game and the intermediate passing game. I look forward to a power run game between the tackles with the O being able to spread the defense laterally too.

    The offense is there, it just needs some room to breathe.

    So sorry to hear Tee will not really be able to join ND. It appeared he really wanted to be Irish.

  2. bernhtp - Aug 2, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    No surprise about Tee. It was simply a mistake and ND has moved on. This was clear long ago.

    Regarding the QB question about whether he’s decided who will start:

    “I do. I’ve got an idea in my mind,” Kelly said. “But we now have to take that from meeting room talk and go apply that. One’s not good enough. We’ve got to get a couple guys ready for Navy and for the season. We’ve got a couple ideas, but it’ll take some time.”

    Maybe I’m parsing his words far more closely than intended, but Kelly seems to have one clearly in mind, but having one ready isn’t enough. When I hear the term “a couple of ideas,” my mind gets quickly drawn to a two QB system. You don’t have a couple of ideas about a standard depth chart; you simply decide based upon what you see. You have “ideas” about something nonstandard.

    • jimbasil - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      I’m really hoping this will not be a 2 headed QB system. This offense needs to be settled from day 1.

      I’m also wondering about Golic being in the mix to start. I see a quality back-up but not the athlete needed to be the starter.

      • bernhtp - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        This has nothing to do with not settling the offense. Florida ran Tebow as a package QB in a two-QB system to very good effect in his early years. While nonstandard, it can be very productive if you have the right personnel.

        Golic has supposedly worked really hard in the off-season and gained a lot of strength – his biggest deficit when filling in for Cave. He’s a smart and versatile player that loves Notre Dame and shows a lot of leadership. I trust the coaches to make the right decision on the starter, but I do expect Golic to have a bigger role than last year even without injuries.

      • nudeman - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        Agree and have always subscribed to the idea that 2 QBs = 0 QBs
        I have a hard time believing Hendrix will start
        Minimal PT advantage vs EG and has shown a proclivity for mind numbing INTs
        But I think he’ll play

      • bernhtp - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:24 PM

        Nude: You’re way too hard on Hendrix. The kid has many wonderfully positive qualities like high intelligence, rocket arm, strength, speed, durability, character, and leadership. My belief is that his weakness, at least thus far, is the game is going too fast for him. He can’t process all of the information he gets fast enough and sometimes makes a bad decision because of it.

        However, this is not at all uncommon in sports. The game is too fast until it isn’t; the player has an epiphany where everything magically slows down. We see it all of the time when a player makes a big breakthrough. It usually happens on the 10,000th repetition where the previously difficult becomes easy. No, it doesn’t always happen, but often does. I believe the reason Hendrix got his 4-star rating and recruited by Weis as his number one was because he had everything else and the bet was that the feel would come with experience. This is what Kelly calls art; Hendrix has the science and in spades.

      • nudeman - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM

        bern
        I’m sure we’ve had this argument before. Yes, many wonderful qualities about AH
        But more about his athletic ability as opposed to being a polished QB

        As far as his 10,000th rep, sorry, Malcom Gladwell need not apply
        College football doesn’t provide that luxury
        If you can’t exhibit some sense of calm and poise in the pocket by your sophomore year, then it’s most likely not gonna happen

        Has a great arm, true. But has a Tebow-esque delivery, and no touch whatsoever
        I’ve even heard Chuck Martin say he lacks field vision

        In CFB, there is not an infinite amount of time to develop, and usually those who show a little bit of “Joe Montana calm” in the early years develop nicely, even if they don’t have 5 star raw ability
        The great athlete who remains schizzy doesn’t
        That would be Andrew

      • jimbasil - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:56 AM

        Nude watch Hendrix work the ND offense here. He has a small portion of the offensive play book to work with. Note how the offense gets more confidence as the half goes along with AH at the helm.

      • nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        jim
        I watched about the first 2 min this a.m.
        No question he adds something exciting.

        But not not pick nits, did you see the throw at the 30 sec mark?
        Threw it RIGHT TO a red shirt who dropped it. Right behind him was another red shirt.
        Then behind him was the ND receiver.
        Later in the game I think he made a similar throw to a Stanford LB that wasn’t dropped

        This is what scares me about Hendrix. I don’t know if you would call it “poise” or “field vision” or what; but he seems to decide as he takes the snap that he is going to make a certain throw regardless of the coverage. In this regard, he’s really no better than Rees. Just a different kind of careless.

        He’s faster, more elusive and has a stronger arm. But I don’t trust him throwing the ball.

      • jimbasil - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:30 PM

        And how many games had AH played in up to that point? Even, how many practices was he the principle QB receiving a majority of snaps? There’s got to be a point where you notice he’s actually a FR being asked to be a savior halfway through a game with a very tough well coach opponent and rescue his team. You’re not just a tough critic, you’ve lost perspective.

      • nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        jim
        Just my opinion, but the ready/FIRE/aim thing just speaks of a guy who’s not a natural QB
        I would not trust him with the game on the line any more than I’d trust Rees, frankly

      • dickasman - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

        I really hope youre right jimbobs. 2 headed QB’s should be used only in the pornos not on the football field but to my demise, I am assuming at Burger King will be 100% deploying the 2 header because he’s not gonna come out and say I dunno how to recruit or coach a QB. Bk’s totally into DP’s.

  3. idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    BK’s interview with Jack Nolan today (broken up into 7 videos)

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      regarding the QB job…nudey will love these quotes…

      “Certainly Tommy will continue to get work and we’ll keep him sharp…..He’s a winner. He’s a guy that understands our offense.”

      and later in the interview, when Jack asks him what the QB that is named starter will have done to earn the job…

      “more than anything else, you’ll see a guy that we trust with the football.”

      For clarity, i think the “we” that BK is referring to is his staff….I don’t think he means “we”, as in nudey, idratherbe, bernhtp, and the rest of the cronies on the message boards.

      JUST SAYING!

      • nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        Just watched most of the 7 cuts
        My only comment is that BK is very skilled at saying absolutely nothing

      • dickasman - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Yeah he’s a winner alright but let’s also not forget that he’s a drinker and cop kicker and a taser victim.

      • dickasman - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        Right on nude. Absolute Irish Romney but Romney is better than Obama in my book.

  4. andy44teg - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Nude, I couldn’t agree more, myself. The Int’s that AH threw last year were quite possibly the worst decisions I’ve ever seen. And even in the BG game he hit Ishaq between the 1 and 1. Mind boggling. I don’t know what fantasy land Bern lives in but in today’s college football, nobody is getting a ton of reps to somehow, magically, find their game. As if Michael the Archangel floats down and bestows upon AH the ability to play quarterback in big time college football after a certain amount of reps. I’m not saying that he can’t play QB this year. I just haven’t seen anything saying he can, though, either.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Aug 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      I agree andy, and to honest, AH’s decision making is no better than Tommy’s…he just has the mobility that makes him a trendier pick than Tommy.

    • 9irish - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:35 AM

      oh boy….here we go. I agree Andy…it’s just such a state of flux that they need to figure out PDQ. There is so much talent on that team. I am so tired of being in the red zone and thinking, “Ohhhhhh…hope we score!” Tired of a punt coming and just cringing about the outcome. Just a lack of confidence. I miss just being inside the ten and you did not really have a prayer of stopping us.
      Same way with the QBs…who the hell was Kevin McDougal? I know that we are so “over-informed” now, but he was a nobody, who was a hell of a quarterback. So all these blue-chippers don’t really mean anything to me, until they prove it. Somebody needs to takeover, not have that “deer in the headlights” feeling that we see so often, and get the job done. Easy for me to say, I know…alot of pressure. But that’s who we need.
      So we’ll see

      Go Irish

  5. c4evr - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    “The quarterback that’s going to play against Navy is the one we trust most to take care of the football.” Really? What a glowing endorsement. If I were one of the candidates, I’d be so jazzed to hear my coach point to the lowest common denominator as the deciding factor heading in to the season. How about, “We’re going to put in the hands of the guy who gives us the best chance to win…”. And for all you guys who come back with ‘that’s what he meant’, why did he accentuate the negative with his choice of words? If this team plays precariously this upcoming season, they will have come by it honestly.

    Question for all you posters. we all know it’ll be EG or AH in Ireland. What happens if the offense still sputters? What then? Does BK pull a BK and throw TR back behind center (likely)? Or does he settle on a QB – something he hasn’t been able to do to date – and plow ahead? Either way, he’s on the hook. And I don’t hear a lot of optimism for a 2 QB system. I think he just digs a deeper hole for himself if it backfires. What happens when Kelly runs out of excuses for this team’s underachieving??

    • irishbornraised - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      I don’t know if you heard, but the game will be played in Dublin, Ireland! Tommy is suspeded, he can’t just take a call from BK during halftime saying he’s needed, put on his super cape and rush in and save the day

    • joeschu - Aug 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      So I’m going to try to be an optimist this year, but it is REALLY hard. If you take the evidence we’ve seen these past few years and extrapolate out, the easy prediction is:

      The Irish have a stellar fall camp. Each press conference is filled with references to equal snaps, charted plays, and fair evaluation. The Irish open up the zone read and other QB run threats in the playbook all camp long. One of the Goldrix boys gets the first snaps in Dublin with the other consoled by competing hard in camp. First two series go poorly. Shattering the confidence of the first guy, he puts in the other one, and things go so/so. The shaky feeling takes over the whole team and the season gets off to a horrible start. In week 2, the less mobile QB is reinstalled “because he has a great record,” and we have to “thin down the playbook” from what they worked on in camp. Basically, we’re back to zero and starting over with Purdue in a few short days. They play well enough to beat Purdue and a few of the other easy games, but can’t even compete in the bigger games. 8-5, here we come.

      Please please please, in The Name of All That Is Holy let this be a time where “past performance is not an indicator of future results.”

      Let’s try again… this time on the idealistic/optimistic side. BK actually instructs Golson on how to get guys to the line and get plays off. They put in a set of sideline calls, checks and reads that work, and we see the emergence of the next great Irish QB. He confidently handles the team and takes care of the ball vs. Navy and begins his Kevin McDougal-like arc from the bench to a magical season. Seeing the QB position played at such an athletic level, the best since Rice, is inspiring to ND players and fans alike and the season is simply magical. Hello BCS game. (BTW, if this happens, we need to throw a parade for Chuck Martin, because he’s the wildcard vs. last year).

    • mayo1010 - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Wow C4evr bashing BK again! Who would have “thunk” it? All I had to do was see your name and I knew it was another BK bashing rant! Give it a rest you are way too predictable.

      • c4evr - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        Make you a deal, Mayo, since you obviously didn’t see my previous post in favor of giving BK another couple of years on his recruiting prowess alone. I’ll become Kelly’s biggest cheerleader if they win 10 (or even 9) games this year and I will write nothing but positive affirmations… if you agree if it’s another 8 (or less) win season that it’s not talent/strategy/recruiting that’s causing the mediocrity, but the unmitigated arrogance and unaccountability of a coach not willing to admit he’s in over his head. I may be a noisy, repetitive gong, but it’s no more a waste of time in my eyes to see posters argue X’s and O’s when the root of the problem goes much deeper. If you recall, Kelly came out of the gate like a gambler going for it on fourth downs, throwing in the end zone when a chip shot field goal wins it, etc.. And when the cowboy approach backfired, then it’s the players’ fault because he’d been doing it the same way for so long that it couldn’t be him. Read again Lou’s article on 1988 and the biggest surprise years and see the eerily similar circumstances to this year’s edition of the Irish. Again, I’ll be more than happy to eat crow if he’s able to pull off a ‘Holtz’ this year. Oh yeah, forgot to mention the one dissimilar point, Holtz’s teams – even the first 2 years – were able to defeat ranked teams. Even the 4 ranked teams he lost to in ’86 were by a combined 14 points. When I see a Kelly team not lay down against a BCS opponent/not consistently make mental errors/not turnover the ball/SHOW INSPIRED PLAY, then I’ll be more than happy to drink the Kool-Aid.

      • nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        c4
        Short sighted in my opinion
        Program clearly on an upward trajectory
        BK has driven me wild with some of his decisions, but if they were to can him for only winning 8 games, then who do they get?
        In case you don’t know, right now this job is not hugely coveted like it was in the 70s

        Give the man a couple more years
        If they’re still stuck on 8 wins and no BCS after 2014 or 2015, then it’s not working

      • c4evr - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        nude,

        totally concur… which makes it all the more maddening. I Iobbied for this guy in the beginning. Are you kidding me… he had all the makings of the next great Irish coach down to the name. Sure we’re in better shape and we certainly couldn’t attract an A-lister at this point. We’re stuck between a rock and a hard place, buit forgive me for wishing we were stuck between a Rockne and a hard place (rim shot).

      • mwmg42 - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        C4…I would love to have a 9 or 10 win season. I would love if the Irish went undefeated but the fact is that we have the toughest schedule in the nation.
        If you caught up with the recent preseason top 25 we have; #3 USC(in LA), #4 Oklahoma(in Norman), #8 Michigan, #13 Michigan State (in East Lansing), and #18 Stanford….These are aside from the always potential pitfall in BC (away), Miami (in Chicago) and even the Navy game in Ireland.
        I think a 9-win season would be great and a 10-win season would be fantastic. Just be realistic with your expectations of Kelly, this season and most of all, this schedule.

      • c4evr - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

        mwmg42,

        None of us would post here if we weren’t all passionate about seeing the team succeed. Though perceived as a negative Nelly, I hope to see ND return to prominence as much as anybody. I just think the kids and the University deserve someone who exemplifies all that is good about Irish tradition. Some of Kelly’s early dealings with, granted, challenging and difficult issues (Sullivan, Crist, personnel moves, head scratching play calls, and public passing the buck to his players – or worse yet, Weis’ players) left a really bad taste in my mouth. So yes, I’m a detractor. I’m a detractor because I think the kids deserve the best the University can offer and they have to settle for less than that. And unfortunately, I think I’d be writing this even if it were some other b-list coach in there in stead of Kelly.

        The ranked opponents we face this year SHOULD provide the same motivation and drive that the 1988 team faced when they also ended the previous year with a heartbreaking bowl loss. That team arguably had as tough a schedule facing #1 Miami, #2 USC, #3 West Virginia (al beit in a bowl game), and #9 Michigan. Along with Penn St., Pittsburgh, and Mich. St., I’d put that schedule up along side 2012’s any day.

    • nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      c4
      Re: the lowest common denominator, very true. But that’s how bad they were last year.

      Why can’t they just commit to being a smash mouth team this year?
      Throw it no more than 20 times and let the O Line and the RBs carry the load
      By the end of the year, Golson will be much better and able to throw it 25-30 times.

      • c4evr - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        In other words, use the blueprint from the 1988 team. I think that’s the best, most concise game plan I’ve seen so far.

    • irish4006 - Aug 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      “What happens if the offense still sputters? What then? Does BK pull a BK and throw TR back behind center (likely)? Or does he settle on a QB – something he hasn’t been able to do to date – and plow ahead?” – Apples and oranges, or, to be more accurate, apples ane watermelons. BK didn’t trust Crist (although many of us disagreed, but, the last time I checked, I was not the head coach with my job on the line) and didn’t have an option not named TR. This is a very different year, “pulling a BK” (whatever that means) is not an option. That will only mean that he is not the coach we hoped he was… If he does indeed put TR under center, that will be, in my book, his failure to produce a viable QB in 3 years (maybe 10 in NFL equivalent). If you look at the man’s resume, it is as unlikely an outcome as anything. BTW, I have a feeling that TR will continue to be in the mix as a key backup due to “his knowledge of the playbook”, an option I don’t foresee using except for injuries.

    • mayo1010 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Nude…no use in rationally talking to C4…he obviously has an agenda with BK. And Ya C4 i did see your post about the “lesser of 2 evils” is to keep BK for a few more years. IMO not a glowing endorsement. You forgot, my man, what he inherited! A pathetic football team left by a pathetic College Head coach…Charlie Weis! Look at the roster then and look at it now….Tell which team is in better shape going forward?

      • c4evr - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        Point taken. Thanks for helping my argument… Holtz inherited same and made significant strides each year (average 3+ wins). Like I said, I hope BK proves me wrong. I actually anticipated all thumbs down from other posters on my original post, but by the almost equal number of thumbs up, I can only surmise I’m not alone in observing some of Kelly’s shortcomings. Are we trending up? Yes. Are we deeper and more talented than under Weis? Yes. Are we winning more games in the same amount of time? Eh, not so much. But, since I’m a one trick pony, in the future, I’ll just post, “How’s the weather in South Bend?” from now on. Go Irish!

      • irishbornraised - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Holtz went 8-4 in ’87 with a 2.5 touchdown bowl loss

      • bernhtp - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

        Faust was actually a very good recruiter and left Holtz with way more talent than was left Kelly. Faust was just a terrible coach, but back then the Notre Dame name still had considerable cache and consistently drew top-5 recruiting classes.

    • dickasman - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      It’s ok c4evr we got George omalley waiting in the wings on the speed dial with that alcoholic red lobster face.

      • c4evr - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        Dickasman,

        I assume you mean George O’leary… the guy who guided UCF from 0-11 his first season to 8-5 in his second after being fired from the ND job. The same guy who also publicly admitted, “Due to a thoughtless and selfish act many years ago, I have personally embarrassed Notre Dame, it’s alumni and fans.” Yes, I’d say keep him on speed dial a little longer. Humility and accountability are good starting points in my book. And nothing says Irish quite like O’leary and an ‘alcoholic red lobster face’.

  6. norcalirish - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    The day turf is installed is the day I stop regularly watching ND football home games. I’m happy I went to school at ND when they played under real grass, wore student painted helmets, and walked to the Stadium from Mass.

    • joeschu - Aug 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      You should let NBC know, they’ll probably want to factor that in to the contract next year – one less viewer.

      Unless you’re also going to insist they go back to the leather helmet and wing T, you may want to get over it.

      • nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        “You should let NBC know, they’ll probably want to factor that in to the contract next year – one less viewer”

        joeschu

        LOFFFL
        Best wisecrack here in a long time

    • bernhtp - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      There are good technical reasons for modern field turf. While the older astroturf-type fields caused more injuries, the new technology shows itself to be superior for protecting players as well as the advantages of consistency and durability.

      I am more ambivalent about the jumbotron. It can add to the atmosphere and give an important replay ability, but it also distracts/detracts from other important elements of the stadium experience, particularly the prominence of the best band in the nation. I noticed this at last year’s USC game when they started to pipe in Ozzie between plays. The new sound system is really kick ass (the best I’ve heard in a stadium), but left wanting for the band. Maybe it’s because the team sucked that night and I was still in catatonic shock from the Crist fumble.

      The jumbotron placement is also a bit tricky. The design of the stadium requires two smaller ones instead of a huge one, which would require the removal of a large section of seats. You can’t have them over the goal posts (touchdown Jesus) or the 50s (press box on one side), and that leaves you with two opposing corners (probably NE and SW).

      • joeschu - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        There was good discussion of a “4 corners” video board approach on OFD that sounded like a good compromise of keeping existing site lines. Here’s the link: http://www.onefootdown.com/2012/5/2/2938141/notre-dame-stadium-is-a-1958-cadillac

  7. bodonnell1120 - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    Field turf and jumbotron = has to happen … Get over it man this isn’t 1960 anymore

  8. bernhtp - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Subway Domer has a great breakdown and analysis of why we want a new QB on the field.

    http://subwaydomer.com/2012-articles/august/tommy-rees-caught-on-tape-part-ii.html

  9. bblack55 - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    The city installed this artificial turf on the soccer fields near my home. The kids play there seven days a week in all kinds of weather and, after two years, it’s in perfect condition. Given a choice, I don’t see why anyone would play on anything else – especially for “tradition”.
    QB controversy? What controversy? If the other 21 (40) guys play up to their potential, it won’t matter who takes the snap – ND should beat the teams with less talent and compete evenly with teams with like talent. Throw in a couple of over-achieving Saturday’s and we have a good season. If we’re waiting for a QB miracle to occur, we’re in bad shape.

  10. joeschu - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    SBT coverage of BK’s presser from today quotes him as saying “nothing is off the table” with respect to the QB race. Am I the only one who secretly longs for him to just pick a guy and ride him? Rees has always felt like the “safe out” for BK, and it gives this whole “QB thing” an air of butt-covering more than leadership.

    For example, he starts out saying he’d like to make a decision in the first week, then totally hedges. Am I being unreasonable in wanting him to make a declaration and sticking with it? To me, it gives the team a rallying point and anchor that seems to be missing if you can’t name who your best QB is.

    • nudeman - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM

      joe
      I know you know that he’s not going to give us much re: the QBs in a presser

      My guess is that this is the situation:
      1) He absolutely knows who he wants to start (my guess is it’s Golson)
      2) He has told that person “in the next 2 weeks, I need to see A, B and C from you”

      If he sees “ABC” that person gets the job

      For Golson I’d guess ABC = Playbook command, getting guys lined up on time and securing the ball

      For Hendrix I’d guess ABC = Ball security, specifically no throws into quad coverage, good decision making, specifically when to tuck and run vs throw it.

      Despite saying “nothing is off the table”, I’d guess starting Kiel isn’t going to happen.
      That would be pretty cool though,m wouldn’t it?

      • joeschu - Aug 5, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        Nude, I’m happy that you know that I know what we know…

        However, once is an anomaly. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is a trend. We’re now entering the 2nd consecutive camp with a “wide open” race with reps being split equally and little confidence bestowed upon whoever gets to the top of the depth chart. If BK’s quick trigger fires again this year, I think we’re in REAL trouble.

        You don’t blindly stay with someone, but I’m ready to hear him talk someone up and declare “that’s our guy” and we go where he’s going to take us.

        Here’s the insanity: If it really is Rees, then let it be Rees. Name him the starter and ride him. BK’s the only one collecting a paycheck based on the decision, and if he’s willing to bet that paycheck against being ESPN’s 4th tier color guy in 3 years, then I guess that’s the way it goes.

        The indecision around this is one of the toughest things to get over with BK. I’m just praying Chuck Martin is the difference maker here.

      • nudeman - Aug 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM

        joeschu
        You had me up until the point about “if it’s Rees, then let it be Rees”

        Under no condition should it be Rees
        None
        Adds nothing to the offense except turnovers

  11. smurphdoggy29 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Offensive Coordinator Martin has something in store for this season and I don’t feel it includes much of Tommy. Pass catchers are going to explode and I would be interested to hear about their attitudes and approach during Fall camp which would speak volumes towards what is coming, much more than the Coach speak.

    Also the Coaches know they have something here overall and are just doing their best to practice containment, mostly because they know the fan base would ramp it up way too much.

    The Team showcased at Aviva Stadium will be the beginning hybrid of the entire offensive coaching staff molded by Martin and Kelly, it won’t resemble what we have seen the past 2 years in general terms.

    Also keep in mind the sage advice of Lou, Ara, Frank, Dan, and Rock…a football team makes its greatest improvement from week one to week two. So the team seen on 1 September will not even be the same on 8 September.

    GO Irish !

    See you in Brazen Head er I mean Dublin !

  12. idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 3, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Date Visitor Home Time
    6-Sep Pitt Cincinnati 19:00 ESPN
    7-Sep Utah Utah St. 19:00 ESPN2
    8-Sep Penn St. Virgina 11:00 ABC
    8-Sep Auburn Miss. St. 11:00 ESPN
    8-Sep Maryland Temple 11:00 ESPNU
    8-Sep Central Florida Ohio State 11:00 ESPN2
    8-Sep Tulane Tulsa 11:00 FoxSportsRegional
    8-Sep New Hamp Minnesota 11:00 BigTenNetwork
    8-Sep Miami Kansas State 11:00 FX
    8-Sep Purdue Notre Dame 14:30 NBC
    8-Sep TBD 14:30 ABC
    8-Sep Florida Texas A & M 14:30 ESPN
    8-Sep Mich. St. Central Mich 14:30 ESPNU
    8-Sep TBD 14:30 ESPN2
    8-Sep Delaware St. Delaware 14:30 NBCSN
    8-Sep Rice Kansas 14:30 FoxSportsRegional
    8-Sep Iowa St. Iowa 14:30 BigTenNetwork
    8-Sep Wisconsin Oregon St. 15:00 FX
    8-Sep Washington LSU 18:00 ESPN
    8-Sep Arkansas La-Monroe 18:00 ESPNU
    8-Sep Neb. UCLA 18:30 Fox
    8-Sep Army San Diego St. 18:30 NBCSN
    8-Sep Georgia Missouri 18:45 ESPN2
    8-Sep Vanderbilt Northwestern 19:00 BigTenNetwork
    8-Sep Illinois Arizona State 21:30 ESPN

  13. idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 3, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Date

    Visitor

    Home

    Time

     

    6-Sep

    Pitt

    Cincinnati

    19:00

    ESPN

    7-Sep

    Utah

    Utah St.

    19:00

    ESPN2

    8-Sep

    Penn St.

    Virgina

    11:00

    ABC

    8-Sep

    Auburn

    Miss. St.

    11:00

    ESPN

    8-Sep

    Maryland

    Temple

    11:00

    ESPNU

    8-Sep

    Central Florida

    Ohio State

    11:00

    ESPN2

    8-Sep

    Tulane

    Tulsa

    11:00

    FoxSportsRegional

    8-Sep

    New Hamp

    Minnesota

    11:00

    BigTenNetwork

    8-Sep

    Miami

    Kansas State

    11:00

    FX

    8-Sep

    Purdue

    Notre Dame

    14:30

    NBC

    8-Sep

    TBD

     

    14:30

    ABC

    8-Sep

    Florida

    Texas A & M

    14:30

    ESPN

    8-Sep

    Mich. St.

    Central Mich

    14:30

    ESPNU

    8-Sep

    TBD

     

    14:30

    ESPN2

    8-Sep

    Delaware St.

    Delaware

    14:30

    NBCSN

    8-Sep

    Rice

    Kansas

    14:30

    FoxSportsRegional

    8-Sep

    Iowa St.

    Iowa

    14:30

    BigTenNetwork

    8-Sep

    Wisconsin

    Oregon St.

    15:00

    FX

    8-Sep

    Washington

    LSU

    18:00

    ESPN

    8-Sep

    Arkansas

    La-Monroe

    18:00

    ESPNU

    8-Sep

    Neb.

    UCLA

    18:30

    Fox

    8-Sep

    Army 

    San Diego St.

    18:30

    NBCSN

    8-Sep

    Georgia

    Missouri

    18:45

    ESPN2

    8-Sep

    Vanderbilt

    Northwestern

    19:00

    BigTenNetwork

    8-Sep

    Illinois

    Arizona State

    21:30

    ESPN

  14. idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 3, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    Date

    Visitor

    Home

    Time

     

    6-Sep

    Pitt

    Cincinnati

    19:00

    ESPN

    7-Sep

    Utah

    Utah St.

    19:00

    ESPN2

    8-Sep

    Penn St.

    Virgina

    11:00

    ABC

    8-Sep

    Auburn

    Miss. St.

    11:00

    ESPN

    8-Sep

    Maryland

    Temple

    11:00

    ESPNU

    8-Sep

    Central Florida

    Ohio State

    11:00

    ESPN2

    8-Sep

    Tulane

    Tulsa

    11:00

    FoxSportsRegional

    8-Sep

    New Hamp

    Minnesota

    11:00

    BigTenNetwork

    8-Sep

    Miami

    Kansas State

    11:00

    FX

    8-Sep

    Purdue

    Notre Dame

    14:30

    NBC

    8-Sep

    TBD

     

    14:30

    ABC

    8-Sep

    Florida

    Texas A & M

    14:30

    ESPN

    8-Sep

    Mich. St.

    Central Mich

    14:30

    ESPNU

    8-Sep

    TBD

     

    14:30

    ESPN2

    8-Sep

    Delaware St.

    Delaware

    14:30

    NBCSN

    8-Sep

    Rice

    Kansas

    14:30

    FoxSportsRegional

    8-Sep

    Iowa St.

    Iowa

    14:30

    BigTenNetwork

    8-Sep

    Wisconsin

    Oregon St.

    15:00

    FX

    8-Sep

    Washington

    LSU

    18:00

    ESPN

    8-Sep

    Arkansas

    La-Monroe

    18:00

    ESPNU

    8-Sep

    Neb.

    UCLA

    18:30

    Fox

    8-Sep

    Army 

    San Diego St.

    18:30

    NBCSN

    8-Sep

    Georgia

    Missouri

    18:45

    ESPN2

    8-Sep

    Vanderbilt

    Northwestern

    19:00

    BigTenNetwork

    8-Sep

    Illinois

    Arizona State

    21:30

    ESPN

  15. idratherbeinsouthbend - Sep 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Thursday — Pitt @ Cincinnati — 7pm on ESPN
    Friday — Utah @ Utah St. — 7pm on ESPN2
    Saturday — Penn St. @ Virgina — 11am on ABC
    Sunday — Auburn @ Miss. St. — 11am on ESPN
    Monday — Maryland @ Temple — 11am on ESPNU
    Tuesday — Central Florida @ Ohio State — 11am on ESPN2
    Wednesday — Tulane @ Tulsa — 11am on FoxSportsRegional
    Thursday — New Hamp @ Minnesota — 11am on BigTenNetwork
    Friday — Miami @ Kansas State — 11am on FX
    Saturday — Purdue @ Notre Dame — 2:30pm on NBC
    Sunday — TBD @ — 2:30pm on ABC
    Monday — Florida @ Texas A & M — 2:30pm on ESPN
    Tuesday — Mich. St. @ Central Mich — 2:30pm on ESPNU
    Wednesday — TBD @ — 2:30pm on ESPN2
    Thursday — Delaware St. @ Delaware — 2:30pm on NBCSN
    Friday — Rice @ Kansas — 2:30pm on FoxSportsRegional
    Saturday — Iowa St. @ Iowa — 2:30pm on BigTenNetwork
    Sunday — Wisconsin @ Oregon St. — 3pm on FX
    Monday — Washington @ LSU — 6pm on ESPN
    Tuesday — Arkansas @ La-Monroe — 6pm on ESPNU
    Wednesday — Neb. @ UCLA — 6:30pm on Fox
    Thursday — Army @ San Diego St. — 6:30pm on NBCSN
    Friday — Georgia @ Missouri — 7pm on ESPN2
    Saturday — Vanderbilt @ Northwestern — 7pm on BigTenNetwork
    Sunday — Illinois @ Arizona State — 9:30pm on ESPN

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