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Jun 26, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT


Let’s talk some football! Or futbol. (Or not.)

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  1. mediocrebob - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    With the new rules regarding summer workouts, how involved are the coaches right now and do these workouts give the incoming freshman a better opportunity to get a feel for the next level? Do these workouts benefit offensive skill players more than say a Nyles Morgan?

  2. johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Will we see a QB carousel with Zaire and Golson this season or are we doing to see one QB take the reins. Also while Golson’s play has been the best in BK tenure it seems that the up speed Oregon style offense was never run. Is BK trying to run more of a Oregon style offense or Auburn Offense ? I would love to know exactly what type offense he is going to install this year.

    • 25kgold - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Carousel: if we want to keep Zaire happy in South Bend.

      • mediocrebob - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        If that’s the case , count on at least 4 losses again.

      • ndgoldandblue - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        I agree with bob again (this is getting weird). Kelly’s got to have a number-one guy and a relatively long leash for him. I felt bad for Golson getting yanked those few times in 2012. And it’s as I said before, I’m a sucker for a good redemption story. I’d really like to see Everett come back and succeed both in the classroom and on the football field for the Irish.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      In your opinion Keith can Notre Dame fill out its recruiting class and rank in the top ten.

  3. domer77blowsgoats - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    What are the implications of the un-retirement of Nudeman on the 2014 season?

    • getsome99 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Nudeman doesn’t retire. He just changes usernames.

      • danirish - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        I knew it!

    • sjb198 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Will domergoat ever get over his nudeman crush?

      • danirish - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Maybe domergost is head minion?

  4. notredameirish1980 - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Your prediction: After the Barnett flip, will ND pass on a QB this year given that they probably return 3 scholarship QB’s next season, two with multiple years of eligibility, and concentrate on getting the RKG for 2016? RB and impact front seven players seem to be a higher priority as the remaining scholarship slots dwindle.

  5. notthatconfused - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    What’s Ernest Jones doing these days? He went to UConn as an assistant to Bob Diaco, got in trouble for some explicitly Christian remarks, apologized and then abruptly resigned in February. After that, I don’t know? Is he coaching? Spending time with his family? What’s the scoop?

  6. ndadvocate - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    • ndadvocate - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Oh, and recruiting.

  7. shaunodame - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    For the love of God, Keith. Please explain to me, once and for all, why we call our Slot receiver a Z? What are all our receiver designations then?

    • notredameirish1980 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      It’s French for zee slot receiviore.

      • danirish - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        That thar is funny, I don’t care where ya from!

  8. coachtemp - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Receiver positions are X, Y and Z and align as follows:

    X receiver is a “split end” usually aligned on the opposite side from the “tight end”.

    Y receiver is the tight end position which can either be traditionally aligned next to the tackle or “flexed out” away for the tackle position.

    Z receiver (traditionally known as a flanker) can be aligned on the same side as the “traditional” tight end position OR he can align on the inside position of the X receiver making him a “slot” receiver. The Z receiver MUST BE ALIGNED in the backfield and NOT on the line of scrimmage like the X and Y players.

    I was a HS head coach for 17 yrs. (25 yrs in all) Hope this helps your understanding.

    • ndadvocate - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:56 PM


    • shaunodame - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      Coach, thanks for the explanation. I’m a HS coach too, glad to have another on this message board. Also, want to say thanks for all the young men’s lives you have touched. However, while I can’t argue anything you wrote I have to respectfully disagree on this point. The designation of Z as a slot receiver makes sense when theres only 2 WRs on the field and both to the same side. But, in our offense we see plenty of 3 WR sets (still with a Y [TE] attached or split out). What happens when X is split left, Y is attached right, Z is split out to the Y side and there is an additional receiver in the SLOT either to or away from X? That’s the spot CJ Prosise and Amir Carlisle will be playing, and the spot Keith has been referring to as the Z (even with two other receivers already on the field).

      This might be a little too technical for most here, but if anyone wants to get in on the discussion please feel free to do so. Also, Keith, whenever you’re ready go ahead and join in.

      • irishpuma - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:36 AM

        excellent Shauno and forget about the 5 wide texas Tech run and shoot!

      • Keith Arnold - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Coach sounds like he has it handled. And I call the slot the Z because the coaching staff does, and for the reasons that were mentioned above.

        Same reason why you saw Dog and Cat for linebackers, and why you’ll be reading about Sam, Mike and Will moving forward.

      • Keith Arnold - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        Shaun, I saw that your comments were getting caught in the filter for swearing, so I spent a little bit more time digging into the Xs and Os that you were complaining about me covering. (Sidenote: There are about one million websites that spend their time breaking this stuff down. Go to to get yourself a tutorial, i’m a little bit busy here trying to break down the entire 83-man scholarship outfit. does a great job too if you are looking for ND centric stuff.)

        Coach has it right. But ND plays/IDs a Split End and a Flanker. They also call their third WR the slot/Z. What does the next guy get called in a 4 wide? Honestly, not completely sure.

        I’ll try and get some clarification, but this is literally the few week ND’s staff gets a break, so I’m not sure I’ll have the answer all that soon.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      I am glad you were not my coach I would have joined the wrestling team. judas

      • shaunodame - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        You would never have been on my team johngaltisatroll. We don’t accept trolls. My kids would wouldn’t want to be around such a debby downer either.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:41 AM

        Just being honest Homer

      • ndgoldandblue - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

        shaun’s right, john. It’s one thing to provide a critical opinion here or there to balance out the board, but you’re heading in the direction of a few of the other infamous posters here. You don’t always have to be negative. By the way shaun, I love the use of “debby downer”. I always chuckle whenever someone uses that.

  9. rocket1988 - Jun 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Do you see the addition of home and homes with SEC teams being the death of Shamrock Series games? And top three cities you’d like to see a one off game in?

  10. martyhealy - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    When does fall practice start? Any idea if they will return to that retreat in Ind as last year?

  11. danirish - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Who the heck is going to:
    1. return punts?
    2. return kicks?
    3. Score first for the Irish?

    Are we going to:
    1. return a punt for a TD?
    2. return a kickoff for a TD?


  12. simmel65 - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I have always loved how Notre Dame plays one of the toughest schedules in the nation, but are we getting to the point where that might be counterproductive? Look at Alabama’s schedule. They always have a bye or a patsy before a big game. Our schedule is so dependent on everyone else’s, that it seems like we are going to end up stacking a ton of solid teams up in a row which just may end up keeping us out of the playoffs. Thoughts?

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      God for bid you make sense. the Irish alums will say your scared. I think they fail to realize if we ever want a shot at a bowl game we don’t need to add sec teams but more Rice type games. Usc and Stanford is enough.

      • mediocrebob - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        You a) don’t realize what Notre Dame ( the university and the football program) stand for and b) can’t comprehend that SOS is important now. C) are scared.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        Notre Dame has not had a winning run in Football in over 20 years. Football has changed and we are no longer the only one selling Academics. These schedules are just getting ridiculous. Now if everyone played competitive schedules like Notre Dame than fine a few losses will still get you in the Playoffs. But for an independent that just plays for NC we are almost certainly taking ourselves out of the playoffs. We should at least have a chance don’t you think ? (Which reminds me of Austin Powers hitting on 20 wanting to live dangerously.) Recently we have had a terrible run against Michigan, Stanford, Pitt and in the past USC ( Sanctions ). Why don’t we just schedule Alabama, LSU, Florida State, USC, Stanford, South Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon , Texas, Oklahoma, and Clemson all in the same season. These Schedules are just nonsense they prove nothing and if we drop 1 game its over. Notre Dame has 24 points for the Florida State game. I am not the only one with a low confidence level for the Irish.

      • domerboyirish - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM


        You have a few parts that I disagree with but I’ll stick to one for the moment. With a difficult schedule, even as an independent, we can lose a game and still make the playoffs. I think the media loves us and hates us all at the same time. It just depends on how it can make them money. Preseason, when they need to generate revenue, ND is ranked in the top 25, whether they should be or not. It generates interest and that’s what sells. During the season, the press is quick to hammer ND where it can for several reasons, in fact, too many to list. For these reasons, anything more than one loss, and the lack of a conference championship game, probably costs them a spot in the playoffs. Sorry folks but even with a strong SOS, I think 2 losses keeps us out of play top 10 and essentially out of playoff consideration.

        So playing a brutal schedule does NOT help our cause when we talk about playoffs. However, it’s great for the fan base, the students and the university overall. Playing FCS schools once or twice a year is insulting and an embarrassment to a quality university and I’d rather have some class and play a REAL schedule and not cop out with several cupcakes every year. If the SEC wants to play Money Laundering State University and the Local 252 every year then God bless them and their phony win loss record and boring non-conference slate. At least we can say that we ATTEMPTED to play a real schedule and I get to watch 12 regular season games that I actually want to watch.

      • domerboyirish - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        I’d also like to add that the ND campus is electric on Saturdays in the fall and the amperage gets cranked up to 11 with quality opponents. Rice and Temple are OK but they don’t create nearly the same level of excitement as let’s say Stanford, USC, Michigan, etc. Just being on campus before one of those games is worth the trip itself. If this is something that you clearly don’t get then so be it.

        My guests, even the ones that don’t care for ND, have always left campus with a respect and understanding for why I love going to the games. Give me a tough schedule! It’s more fun.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        domerboyirish – Good Post at least one person gets it on this board. Constantly being called out as a troll for disagreeing with an opinion is the MO of a typical Homer. I think 1 loss will keep us out of the playoffs. This is one of the reasons why I hate CFB. They went to a somewhat playoff system but I am convinced more than ever that the SEC is flat out running CFB. The new 4 teams playoff has basically reserved 2 seats for the SEC no matter what happens. I think at the end of the day we need to have an 8 game play off with everyone belonging to a conference in DIV 1 Football. All Div 1 Football teams must play other Div 1 Football teams. Sorry Oregon no more Savannah State and Georgetown. Sure you’re gonna get a flock of schools trying to load up teams like Purdue and Colorado but if the teams are part of Div 1 than its fair game. They need to eliminate the Gymnastic Rankings as they mean 0. You have 4 conferences each one plays and sends a representative to the playoff. Its simple its fair and with everyone playing a brutal schedule 2 or 3 losses might still get you into the big one. The way it is currently Notre Dame is hosed.. They first play a schedule that is beyond ridiculous even for SEC teams. But to add in the fact that they are not recruiting like these other teams it makes the odds of them winning even 9 or 10 games a remote occurrence. Sure I get it the old timers are gonna say we are so big and bad we play anyone and we are not scared of nobody. GREAT ! But guess what we don’t have a shot at winning ! The entire purpose of ND Football is to win a NC. In order to win a NC its all starts with the schedule. All great coaches in the country have acknowledged that the schedule is key to a successful year. And at the end of the day what does it prove ? We played a harder schedule than Alabama in 2012 and we got SMASHED in the NC ! I am not saying that we need to schedule crap teams but USC, Stanford, and a strong team from the ACC that is all we need ! You start adding Texas, Georgia, USC, Stanford, Michigan State and god knows who else you are just setting yourself up for a losing season.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        domerboyirish I understand the excitement of the tailgate before playing an opponent like Michigan , Oklahoma, or soon to be Texas. From that standpoint I understand. But I would like to at least like to have a chance at winning. Currently we are taking ourselves out of the big one by playing a schedule that is just unwinnable.

        On another note and one that I think is a huge problem for ND is the environment / excitement. Last year I went to the Alabama / Ole Miss Game. All I can tell you is nothing compares to an SEC Game day NOTHING ! I have been to a ton of games on the west coast as well, Oregon Washington. The fan participation is like no other !

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        One other thing to add to this entire discussion about CFB. Even if you go to a correct playoff where all the teams are playing DIV1 teams there is still one problem remaining. Taking out the criminal element of the sport.

        The NFL is having a huge problem with crime along with CFB. There is one simple move that would solve everyones problem in football. So incredibly simple that even a politician would think its a good idea. (NOT !) The NFL should require all college football players to obtain a degree. That one simple change would stop teams like alabama from signing 7 – 5 Star players every year. In addition if we have to monitor the schools you could do that with a simple test every year. Simple easy and it restores football back to a great American Sport. The way its going now there is a good chance football will be gone in less than ten years.

      • domerboyirish - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Yikes that’s a lot to reply to! I have a job to do ya know…

        I respectfully disagree about the one loss. I think the media has hammered the strength of schedule thing so hard with the selection committee that our schedule will be impossible to ignore at crunch time. They have backed themselves into this corner. Plus, the network suits love Notre Dame for travel and TV ratings. They generate cash for the people in control. Love them or hate them, they raise the interest in the game. I think a 1 loss Irish team, with this schedule, would be tough to keep out. That’s why, for me, a second loss kills them, not the first.

        I agree that CFB has a serious Jones for the SEC. ESPN has more than a rooting interest in the SEC due to the network affiliation. It is a big reason why I don’t trust their recruiting rankings. Doesn’t it help the network if the SEC schools get the best kids? Watch the next eight months, as kids commit and ‘lean’ towards certain schools, how their ratings get ‘adjusted’ accordingly.

        As far a tailgaters and game atmosphere, I’ve been to several SEC games and they do have rockin’ parties. However, I find that they are all the same. ND has something different. It has a special feeling you don’t get in the SEC. I’m not sure if it’s the history, the religion, the sense of family, etc? It’s just different, and I think, better.

        Don’t even get me started on the NCAA and what is wrong with college sports…

      • domerboyirish - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        Also, according to the Bleacher Report, our game day experience ranks 3rd behind only LSU and Alabama. I’d say being in the Top 3 makes ND a special place on Saturday.

  13. ndrocks2 - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM


    Surprised Koyak is getting preseason mentions as one of best TE’s? Is it based on how we use the position or is he the real deal just buried on depth chart in the past?

    RB & recruiting are you hearing anything/anyone leaning our way?

    Hilliard, what are you hearing?


  14. onward2victory - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Keith, if you were a betting man, which of the Golden Nugget ND spreads do you like most? Is FSU really 24 points better than us?!?

  15. johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I just watched Alabama and Oklahoma. how does Oklahoma beat Alabama with 0 qb skill. and how does notre dame walk into a NC game and look like a high school football team. is our coaching really that bad.

    • c4evr - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:17 PM


    • mediocrebob - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Right. Oklahoma has ZERO QB skill. Once again, John, showing your colors. Get a grip

  16. glowplugv - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    The defense seems like it has a lot of moving parts that have to fit together to make it work under the new scheme. Do we really have the corners to play man coverage? Seemed like we saw a lot of first down and long passes with the 2013 group when the blitz was on and they were in man coverage. Will 2014 be different?

    • sjb198 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      you call that a blitz? Diaco’s blitz packages were piss-poor at best.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM

        diaco bend but dont break unless your playing Alabama in which case you stop playing.

  17. irishpuma - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Keith what are you wearing?

    And are you as conflicted as I was, when I heard about ND landing that great kicker, Justin Yoon?I was thrilled on the one hand and I did watch his tape, amazing leg and seems accurate, perfect replacement for Kyle. So what’s bothering me? The only 5 star we have and its a KICKER!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe he knows a punter he can bring along!!! Joking I know we already have the kid we picked up last year.

    The class is starting to shape up and if BK can make a few more gets we have a really nice class!

    • shaunodame - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

      Puma, I gotta admit I was with you there at first. However, when I came to think about it (with my obvious bias), landing a 5 Star Kicker (or LS like Daly) might be even more impressive than landing any other 5 Star because the kickers are that much more rare. Just being unashamedly optimistic again lol

  18. iamgolden4life - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    johngaltisspeaking – Jun 26, 2014 at 8:48 PM
    Usc will be unbeatable in 3 years. this year alone they are poised to sign 5 5 star players.

    Looks like we have a USC troll that follows Irish Football very closely, such a Sad Life you live. Get out of your moms basement LOSER!!!… WEAreND

  19. iamgolden4life - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Keith, I wondering if we were to land Hilliard July 2 if you will do an article on who the most likely to follow him to South Bend might be. I also know of course we may miss on him, but he looks very happy and comfortable in the pics of him I’ve seen while visiting ND. Lastly I’ve heard that he expects the school he chooses to be a top class, ND currently #8 and ohio st #23.(seen on twitter he wants to bring 5 players w/ him) This class has a chance to be very special, but it first starts with landing a young man with a very tough decision. WeAreND

    • domerboyirish - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Great question. Keith, please answer this one.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Lastly I heard that he expects the school he chooses to be a top class, ND currently #8 and ohio st #23.

      If you go by Crystal Ball Predictions its Ohio State

  20. domerboyirish - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I’m planning on coming to campus this year. I plan on doing some tailgating and will need some supplies. In the South Bend area, what is the preferred seafood to shoplift?

  21. steincj36 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Have any lawsuits popped up which might provoke the USTPO to re-think protecting the “Fighting Irish” name? Is the brand worth more than the brand “Redskins”?

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      WOOW that could be huge…

    • bigmix86 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

      Find me an Irishman who would complain about that name and then we can discuss it.

  22. irishdog80 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Is our new TV contract with NBC performance based…the higher the ratings, the more NBC and Notre Dame make? If so and if not, how much does the NBC TV agreement dictate our scheduling outside of our obvious games against the ACC and traditional rivals?

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      how much is the contract. is it on par with the longhorn network.

  23. ndtod - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM


    Not football related, but WTH. Played the Warren course recently and rumor is a big tournament coming there in 2019 or 2020. Prior to that, school considering building villas or cottages on the course. True? What say you?

  24. irishmob89 - Jun 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Keith, do you prefer chicken or roast beef? And will we finally see an up-tempo no huddle attack from the offense this season?

  25. onward2victory - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    In the spirit of pure speculation, which opposing QB that ND will face would start over Golson if that QB was Irish?

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