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Stephon Tuitt vows to return for senior year (Or did he?)

Oct 17, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

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Michael Floyd. Tyler Eifert. Manti Te’o. Louis Nix. All elite Notre Dame players who decided to return for their senior season and get their degree at Notre Dame. It appears Stephon Tuitt looks like he’s on the way towards joining that club, according to the Notre Dame student newspaper, The Observer.

Assistant Managing Editor of The Observer Matthew DeFranks posted a story that should make Irish fans very happy, with the 6-foot-6, 322-pound defensive end announcing he’ll be returning to school.

“I’m coming back next year,” Tuitt told The Observer. “I’m a junior. I still have one year.”

News spread quickly across Twitter as DeFranks’ story was retweeted over 100 times. With Tuitt unavailable to the media this week, the Observer scored the scoop thanks to their weekly “Insider” piece that’ll be running in tomorrow’s student paper.

Throwing a curve ball in the proceedings, Tuitt briefly posted a Tweet that seemed to refute the report, writing, “Can’t Believe everything you read. Goodnight.”  Yet Tuitt deleted the tweet minutes later.

I reached out to DeFranks tonight, who confirmed that he has audio of Tuitt saying he’ll return for his senior year twice in an interview. The senior Finance major with a minor in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy filed his story late Wednesday night, likely confirming a huge boost to the future of the Irish defense.

Tuitt has until the end of January to officially make his decision, but if he returns he’ll pair with Sheldon Day to provide bookends that’ll surrounding an uncertain nose guard position and a front seven that’ll need to replace three starting linebackers as well.



  1. dickasman - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM


  2. dickasman - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:41 AM


    • bearcatirishfan - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      I would say that the chances of dickasmans’s maturation are as good as Obamacare being repealed before the end of the year.

      • dickasman - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        I don’t understand WTH did I say that was so bad?

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        yeah, what did you say, I’m kind of curious now.

  3. deaconjack - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Your chances of maturing by then would appear to rather slim to none.

    • dickasman - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Wanna bet, jacka$$?

  4. viktory2013 - Oct 17, 2013 at 4:07 AM

    It’s because at ND players actually attend classes and are obligated to do well, thus becoming successful in professional fields after the NFL. They attend Notre Dame as a higher learning institution and not a farm team for pro football. That having been said, having Tuitt as a senior gives 2014’s defense instant credibility.

    • tburke9601 - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      All depends on what Tuitt we are getting. Hopefully no off season surgery this year.

      • dickasman - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Y really hard to recover from circumcision. I’m surprised he got on the field as early as he did. Hopefully he’s completely healed by now.

  5. irishwilliamsport - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    He wants to get his degree and his family wants that also, I hope he stays and has a monster year next year.

    Judging by his opening comments, whats his name is either on or off his meds again.

    • dickasman - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Lol, wouldn’t you like to know, I’ll never tell!

  6. tsombanj - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    His focus should be on getting better every week and finishing the season strong. He shouldn’t be thinking about next year. No offense, but it’s almost like a recognition on his part that he has played subpar this year and so he knows he needs another year to get into the first round. I would rather hear him say how he is going to work and play his ass off so that teams can’t pass on him in the first round….this year. And in the offseason if he decides to stay, then God Bless him.

  7. irishdodger - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    His mom has already confirmed that she is doing her due diligence in selecting the right agent. Not sure what state of mind he was in if/when he spoke those words to the reporter but he’s obviously backtracking on Twitter & his mom & friends back home claim Tuitt hasn’t expressed this sentiment. He’s likely gone after this year. Even w/ a subpar performance after recovering from surgery, I think he’s a late first rounder. No reason to come back vs. risking 1st round money

  8. onward2victory - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    As a fan, I really hope he comes back!

    This year the D-line has played really well IMO but the opponents have been getting the ball out of the QB’s hands so quickly, taking advantage of our secondary and negating our D-line pressure. Next year, our secondary should be much more athletic with Cole Luke, K Russell, Shumate, Redfield, and Jaylon all athletic enough to play press man. Hopefully this will force the opposing QB’s to hold the ball a bit longer, allowing Tuitt and others to rack up several sacks a game.

    I can dream right?

  9. NotreDan - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    His draft stock as fallen this year with his slow start.

    The comment about just focusing on getting better every week is spot on. I also think he could potentially be a Kappy next year if he stays.

    He can get his degree normally, focus like crazy, workout like a madman all off-season, stay healthy and crush offenses next year… then… high first rounder after next year.

    • nudeman - Oct 17, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Or he can listen to some hip-hop agent (“hey babe, degrees don’t matter no more; we’re gonna make millions; your momma gonna’ be living in a mansion; you’ll have 7 cars and 15 AK-47s, and GOLD TEETH babe”)

  10. ndirish32 - Oct 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    He will probably reach out to the governing body that gives players their draft grades and they will tell him he’s a 3rd rounder and then who knows what he’ll do. NO WAY is he a first rounder in the shape he’s currently in (round is a shape). His conditioning is terrible. He would be an absolute monster at 295, he’s just a buffet buster at the 322 he’s listed at currently. (Though I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s closer to 350 than 300.)

  11. 25kgold - Oct 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    This is just like those transfers that happens at ND. We’ve been there–done that before, and made it (making it) through those times, haven’t we?? The only difference here is–this particular player will transfer to the NFL. Move on.

  12. 1historian - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    This reminds me of a story I heard back when Lou was coaching. The clock was winding down on the recruiting season and one of the biggest remaining prospects was a kicker (from Colorado?) whose dad had played at ND and who was assumed to be ready to pick ND. At the last moment he picked Florida State and Lou is reputed to have said “He didn’t just make a FOUR year mistake, he made a FORTY year mistake!”

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