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Oct 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT


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  1. NotreDan - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Which blog do you like writing for better, Inside the Irish, or Bleacher Report? Which blog has better readers?

    • nudeman - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      And while we’re at it Keith … boxers or briefs?

      • NotreDan - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:03 PM


    • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      Lololololololol you guys…actin like buncha asman jr’s. Love it

    • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      Cats or dogs?
      Blunts or joints?
      Pro life or choice?
      Gay or straight?
      Military or doggy?
      Miami or Florida state?

    • asmansleftnut - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      I can’t believe they banned me but It’s been a pleasure everyone. I won’t be commenting on here anymore as I know when I’m not needed and Keith has I’m sure put up w a lot of garbage because of me which I apologize for. Clearly they put in this “report comment” thing to avoid people like me and I will commit Hari Kari. Been great interacting w everyone!

  2. obie1818 - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Keith, do you think we’ve turned the corner to be an elite program again? With the recruting and coaches in South Bend? I’m scared to say it but I feel like for the next 4 yrs a 3 loss yr will be a disappointment. I just can’t think of going back to 8-5? Thoughts?

    • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      If golson doesn’t come back and/ or we don’t land a bonafide 5 star qb,”ladies n gentlemen, please buckle your seat belts” ( curls wrist)

  3. jcmpa - Oct 30, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    What’s next for Tommy Rees? Do you think an NFL team will give him a shot? Chad Pennington had a nice career as a high IQ/weak arm QB, could Rees follow that path?

    • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:32 AM

      I highly doubt it. I drafted free agent possibly but I sure hope he comes back as graduate assistant.

    • charlie617 - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      What happens next is that Tommy Rees will be drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Bears.

      Work crews will spend the next month trying to clean up the damage caused by Nudeman’s head exploding.

      • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Packers can draft him.

      • nudeman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        Well … I worry about that (Rees drafted by Bears) like I worry about my Nobel acceptance speech, which also ain’t happening.

  4. jcmpa - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Are you related to Nick Friedell from ESPN Chicago? He could be your doppelgΓ€nger.

  5. dudeacow - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Will ND’s run game have its first dominating performance of the season? Why has it struggled so much?

    • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:34 AM

      Yes. Because we haven’t been playing the armed forces. I expect another lame air forcish game.

  6. bernhtp - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Golson: Training with George Whitfield in San Diego for around six months can’t be cheap. From where does the money or subsidy come? Because Everett was expelled from ND and not currently enrolled, are there any NCAA regulations that cover payments/subsidies for such training or a contract about reimbursement from future income? Given the public profile, I’m sure ND is extra-scrupulously clean here, but I wanted to have some insight into the operative rules and limitations.

    • nudeman - Oct 30, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Now that is a 5 star question.

      BTW, I read somewhere that Whitfield treats high profile guys like Golsten and Manziel as “loss leaders” to keep his name out there. That thinking says his real dough comes from camps, 1-1 training with high schoolers and that sort of thing.

      Don’t know of that’s right but I’ve read that a couple times.

      Also bern, your question would seem to apply to Manziel as well.

      • bernhtp - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        I’m pretty sure Golson could not accept something of high value – what others pay lots for – for free or at a sharply-reduced price if he were enrolled. The NCAA regulates gifts and special treatment of all kinds, including those that are a fraction of the value of six months with George Whitfield in San Diego. Look at what happened with free tattoos at OSU.

        I bet that Manziel’s family, purportedly well heeled, paid for Johnny’s time with the guru. Regardless, my question about the rules still stands – especially any differences with Golson’s status not enrolled in any school.

      • bearcatirishfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        A logical follow up to that is since gouldstein is academically ineligible and not enrolled anywhere does the NCAA rules even apply to him as far as taking gifts. Does the NCAA have any rules for non student athletes that are expected to be student athletes once again, and if so can they enforce something one someone who is not technically under the NCAA banner at the time of the alleged infraction.

      • nudeman - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        If he returns to South Bend in a Rolls and wearing a mink coat, we’ll have our answer
        In all seriousness, I’d guess the rules DON’T apply. He’s not part of any program right now.

        Having said that I’m sure ND has coached him to stay the f away from anything like this.

      • bearcatirishfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        I would agree, but it would account for how the fees for the George Whitfield camps could be waived and not become an issue following the lost leader considering the lost leader marketing concept mentioned earlier.

    • NotreDan - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Totally agree. Outstanding question. Would love to see a real answer from someone who knows

    • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      I’m willing to brush this under the rug because it’s possible nd qb involved and I like the weird drills he runs .

      Nothing to see here folks.

    • rossumnminor - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      Not to be too critical here but I’m almost certain it’s not a 6 month gig. I’m pretty sure I read( either on here from Keith or BGI) that he landed in SD on Labor Day after his time in Chicago. He’ll also be back with team possibly for the 15 bowl practices. Fyi burn you’re one of the few people who’s input I read on this site.

      • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        Burn me all you want, I’m like hell I don’t feel it. When you say “bowl” practices you mean football not marijuana right? Because he will be flying right back to SD.

        PS, Bless your heart! I know Asman fans have to be silenced in this world full of obamaness that is inside the irish. Til next time America…

      • bernhtp - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        Agreed. I was using Whitfield and 6 months as a shorthand aggregation of his May-Jan time in the desert, mostly away from home and with various athletic programs/training.

  7. irishdodger - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Why is it that most of the CFB media speak as though the SEC is the only conference whose teams are affected by key injuries? Every week I hear injuries as the reason that teams such as Georgia, Florida, South Carolina are underperforming. Maybe they’re just overrated? Sure Georgia lost 5 or so starters…but they were on offense so why is it their defense still can’t stop air? No mention that ND had to play their entire season w/o the starting QB. Add the loss of Spond, Grace, Hounshell, etc & Notre Dame (like every team in CFB) has their share of attrition. I’m not crying about ND’s loss of starters this season, but I am tired of SEC teams using this as an excuse to being average. Outside of Alabama (who I’m sure will win it all again this year), the SEC is not dominant.

  8. mediocrebob - Oct 30, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    I may be getting ahead here. Assuming Tuitt and Nix are both gone next year and also with the loss of depth in Schwenke (?) , how much confidence does the staff have in Springman and Hounshell(?) ? I’m not sure that the Irish will get Elam (Bama) or Holley (OSU). Scary thin up front if it plays out this way.

  9. rocket1988 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    If the NCAA were to outlaw cut blocking on the offensive line do you think that the service academies could still compete in big time college football? Would any big time coach venture out to take a job there like Bobby Ross once did? Enjoy the blog. Go IRISH

    • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      I’d think that they could easily run the spread w less talent n size. The problem is on defense. Part of running the option is because of defense or lack thereof.

  10. irishaggie - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    If you look at Tommy’s career we all know he wins, but he also averages 1 TD pass per 10 attempts and is intercepted once every 29 attempts while having a 61% completion rate. Other than Everett there haven’t been any other consistent QBs since 2010. In your opinion does Brian Kelly owe Tommy Rees for still having a job?

    • tucsonfan - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:39 AM

      Wow. First, “other than Everett” is like saying “but how was the play Mrs Lincoln?”. EG was recruited and developed by none other than BK and he’s a terrific weapon who would have made a big difference in our offense. How may people going into the season were saying “I hope Tommy beats out Golson” before Golson got booted? We all groaned on the news of EG, and I thought the season would be a disaster. And Kelly had nothing to do with EG getting suspended.

      As for BK stiil having a job due to Tommy, do you really think after a 12-0, ranked number 1 regular season last year, getting to the NC game (blow out or not, we haven’t come close to that level since Holtz), then having the Administration kick out the starting QB, that Kelly’s job would have been in jeopardy this year if we’d ended something up like 6-6? Not believable unless you belong toe the NDNation crowd of lunatics.

      As for Tommy himself, while I think we would have been favored and probably would have won the UM and OU games with Golson, Tommy has developed pretty nicely through his own efforts, and, by the way, some darn good coaching that has helped him develop into a much better QB than he’s ever been before. I wish him the best and appreciate what he’s done for this team.

    • bernhtp - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      I always love the questions that go like “without that 82-yard run, he only averaged 3.2 yards/carry.”

      I normally suppress the impulse to respond “without the imbecilic comments, you sound like a pretty sharp guy.”

      Happy Halloween.

      • nudeman - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        In a related annoyance, I love the ones that go like this (I’ve actually read this one just this week):

        “Take away those turnovers against UM and OK and we’re undefeated”

        Jesus …

      • mtflsmitty - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        Hey, Nude! That was me, not The Big Man.

        I can see how one might think that was a dumb comment. I’m certainly as capable as the next guy. But the words which immediately preceded the comment to which you refer were, “I know this is an ‘ifs and buts’ sort of comment…”

        The point was that TR and this team have had a handful of horrific plays….AND THAT’S ALL IT TAKES TO TURN A SEASON FROM GREAT TO GOOD. Likewise, one 87 yd run is all it takes to have a great day at RB.

  11. scottatnd - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Keith, how tall is Alex Flanagan? Does she ever ask about me?

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Excellent question and, other than how is EG paying for his Cali vacation, the only one I’m interested in seeing the answer to.

  12. 04domergrad - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    This also concerns the run game, but which of these do you think is the biggest reason for our lack of success?
    1) Scheme – we remain committed to an offense designed for option runs and without Golson, there’s only one option – hand the ball to the back. You can see run plays coming a mile away based on our formation and personnel, and without a lead blocker (fullback, motioned slotback, TE, etc.), the backs are often swallowed up immediately.
    2) Personnel – the pass protection has been solid and surely the big nasties up front have the beef to overpower Air Force for example, so I don’t think it’s the talent on the line. Atkinson still runs tentative and looks afraid to get hit, Carlisle seems to need space be effective so he’s been underwhelming, McDaniel excels at grinding out 4 yard runs instead of 3, and Folston is still a question mark that has yet to find any kind of rhythm.
    3) Opponents – teams stack the box, make our receivers win 1-on-1 and force Tommy to make the tight throw down the field. It’s hard to argue with this because that’s how I’d defend ND too.

    • ndirish32 - Oct 31, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      I’m interested in seeing Keith’s response to this question. In my opinion, it’s 100% the scheme. And I’m not talking about the pistol, that can be effective with the right personnel. I’m talking about all the shotgun formations with the back next to the QB where the QB takes the snap and hands the ball to the RB only for him to get swallowed up for a 2 yard loss. Or even worse that stupid chest pass toss sweep they kept running earlier in the season. That was good for a 4 yard loss most times.

  13. stedward - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    What conferences are in a position to leave bowl slots empty? A lot of predictions have ND in the Pinstripe Bowl and I wondered what other non-BCS type bowl could be on the table.

  14. ndgoldandblue - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Keith, I was at the debacle in the Meadowlands in 2010. Do you think the Midshipmen will pull off a similar feat and beat the Irish on Saturday?

  15. getsome99 - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Bears to draft Rees. Maybe he could teach Jay Cutler how to be a winner.

    • nudeman - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      And your question is …

  16. italianirish - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Miami (FL) is a 21.5 point dog to Florida State. At 7-0, how good/bad is Miami really?

    • rossumnminor - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Ranked high by default. Noles cover.

  17. ndadvocate - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Come on Keith! Ive been waiitng on some recruiting news and predictions. What do ya say?

  18. nudeman - Oct 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    This one HAS TO get in:

    Keith, will you be releasing weekly/monthly statistics on the new “Report Comment” feature?
    FOllow up is who do you suppose will finish 2nd?

    • dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Y I’m not diggin it so much. That ll be the death of asman I’m sure but it’s been fun. I came, I con.,..well I just came n we ll just leave it at that.

    • asmansleftnut - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      Guys it’s official. Asman has been banned. He told me through his urethra that he will no longer be reading or commenting on this site. It has been a pleasure to have an outlet to be able to interact with the fellow irishers! Even the losers as I always welcome all comers.

      Go Irish and Piss out y’all!

    • ndirish10 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Please let it be don’tgetsome…Please let it be don’tgetsome…Please, please, please, please!

      • getsome99 - Oct 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Report this:


        GO IRISH!

  19. irishlee10 - Oct 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Everett Golson is gripping the ball with the laces now! Does this mean we win the national title next year?

  20. runners00 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Navy averages five yards per carry and 290 rushing yards per game. How many yards are due to chop blocks?

    More seriously, what do the Irish have to do to slow down the Midshipmen’s rushing game?

  21. dickasman - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM


  22. ndirish10 - Oct 31, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Let’s say the stars align, and our beloved Irish win out and top 3-15 ranked teams end up losing 1-2 games. And seeing how Oregon (Pac 12) will most likely go up against Alabama in the NCG, could there be a chance that ND plays in Pasadena on January 1st (unfortunately not Jan. 6th)?

  23. drempala - Oct 31, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Hi Keith:

    I’ve noticed that several players have been injured in the past couple weeks. Is there any way we can blame that on Tommy Rees?

  24. richisirish - Oct 31, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Which Irish back gets the most carries on Saturday? And over or under 130 total rushing yards for ND?

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