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Monday, May 27, 2013

Diamonds don't just grow on trees...they come from PRESSURE! was your Memorial Weekend?

About 2 weeks ago I called a friend named Pete at a 
Irish web site and asked.."Hey have you heard anything about 
Golson having issues?"

It was about that day till now...I've not slept real well since!

I reached out to a friend close to his family...Nothing!

I chalked it up to just rumors...rumors about a young
QB destined for greatness this season....

That's when all Hell broke loose in the past few weeks!

Now...if you read my last blog I'm not here to mince words!


This has been HORRIBLE..
I'm feeling crazy !

Now this is not a "spin" conversation!

This is not a "puppies and rainbows" type of article!

This is real...

It's happend!...He's gone...Will he be back?...Time will tell!


Do you realize that if this happend to the majority of
college football programs they would be DEVASTATED!

Not set back...not "We will see.." but SCREWED!

What if this happend to...

Tajh Boyd goes down!
Cole Stoudt with his 60 snaps as a jr. steps in!

Texas A&M 
See what happens if Johnny Football leaves!
Matt Joeckel steps up?...he's thrown 11 career passes!

Marcus Mariota blows out his knee...
3 star true Freshman Jeff Lockie get's to step up!

We have 3 VERY viable options at Quarterback!

Tommy Rees...Tommy is the Honda Accord!

He's not fancy....he's not fast..but he's CONSISTANT!

He get's you from point A to point B!

The bottom line is we are BLESSED to have a 
senior with over 600 snaps under his belt!

With a career 61% completion ratio!

That has played at Michigan at night!
Won at USC at night!
Beat Stanford in OVERTIME!

This kid is un rattled by the FLASHBULBS!

He's seen it all!

We have 
Andrew Hendrix!

I met him at the Touchdown Club of Columbus the year
before Tressel was fired for the cheating scandal!

I watched as Tressel damn near tear up telling Andrew how 
sad he was he didn't attend O$U..and remember we landed him over
the "Heart Attack" waiting to happen coaching the Gators!...

At the Notre Dame Coaching Clinic I was told that this has been 
his best year as far as development since they arrived!

That the "light had gone on" for Hendrix!

That if Golson went down...Hendrix could step in!


This kid was the number 1 QB in the state of Ohio...
We took him right out of Urban's back yard...

I talked to Zaire's buddies in camp...they said he get's up 
EVERY day at 4:30 just to watch film...

A coach told me that Zaire is the most mentally gifted 
freshman he's ever coached!

Zaire is the future...maybe this year...maybe not!...
Maybe after Golson returns?
Maybe Golson opened a window of opportunity he 
shouldn't have?

This is our schedule!

Game one is a open scrimmage!
An opportunity to just throw some spagetti against
the wall and see what sticks!

Ree's has 430 yards and 70% comp ratio 
He's beat them before and seen their place!



Arizona State
Better have some answers by then!


Air Force=Air Force




Better be ready!

So realize the glass is not's not jagged 
at the top, and it's not gonna cut your lip!

The glass is...

So throw some ice in it...relax and splash some 
Jameson on the other half and let Kelly do his job!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sack up...Wipe your tears away & Shut your mouth!

One of my favorite sayings in the world is,

Well we have...thats college football..EVERY TEAM 
has been here before!

This week reminds me of a situation, almost 
EXACTLY one year ago, with a player I won't
even mention by name because I know right 
now EVERY day he is kicking himself for 
leaving the University of Notre Dame!

This player had a bright future...he was an elite 
athlete.  Had all the potential in the world but 
refused to be coached... Refused to listen to mentors 
around him, and to his own mother, on what life was all 
about and how hard it could be if he didn't maintain the 
path that he was on...

He left the school...watched his teammates go 12-0
and make an appearance to the 
WITHOUT him...

I made a statement last year on some message boards about this 
player...I said that our season would be just fine!
That losing him was addition by subtraction!

What happend?

Months later he called the coaches...asking if there was a chance,
a glimmer of hope of returning to the program that he once 
wronged....and the answer?

Who was that player?

Does it really matter now?

A wall will not fall if it's fundamentally sound, built
by the finest brick layers...even if one brick is missing!

"But...But...Our front 7 is so good now...and looking at 
2014 we will lose Nix...and Tuitt!"

"What if Vanderdoes doesn't come????"

"What if...What...if....What if...." 


This is the coaching staff that CREATED, and yeah
I'm using the word CREATED, Harrison Smith!

He was a gypsy before they came along...
" season I'll live up I'll try this...."
They made him into a first round draft pick!

This is the coaching staff that took THREE,
three offensive players and put together a defensive secondary
that was easily top 10 by seasons end!

This will fix it's self!!!!

I hate to break it to you...but Louis Nixs and Stephon Tuitts
don't grow on trees!

Kids with this type of talent, that can 
ACTUALLY get into ND are rare!

They are ELITE and day one ready players!

We will land more of them...but we will lose some also!

At some point you have to take a 3 star and make him 
impact like a 5!

You have to train and condition and mentor and 

You have to BUILD a player into who you want and how 
you want!

This is what programs like Stanford do, and NOBODY out there
is crying!

Let me tell you a story about a player from Texas!

He was a skinny 6'4 D End

He didn't have a extensive offer list...
Texas A&M before Johnny
Texas after Colt
Michigan with Rich Rod
...ND under Cholly!

He came to Notre Dame weighing 225 Llbs..
just a tad lighter than....Michael Deeb!

He wasn't 6'7 300lbs like Jarron Jones
He wasn't 6'5 240lbs and 17 years old like Romeo
He wasn't 6'6 260lbs like Tony Springman
He wasn't 6'5 260lbs like Isaac Roshell
He wasn't 6'5 270lbs like Jay Hayes
He wasn't 6'5 250lbs like Trumbetti

Heck...he wasn't as big as Marquis Dickerson the 
new "walk on" D Tackel from Arkansas!

But with his heart and Notre Dame's influence...

He trained!...he listend and learned and turned into this:
300lbs of ALREADY signed 
Baltimore Ravens future!

So stop your crying!

Don't tell me that one brick will matter!

Don't tell me that we can't win a championships with 4 
defensive lineman like Kapron Lewis Moore!

Don't tell me that the sky is falling because of one player!

Well guess what Notre Dame Fan Base?

YOU are the Douchebag of the week!

That's right my beloved ND family is the winner of the 
Jameson Irish Whisky DOUCHEBAG of the week award!

Why?...just like I said at the beginning...

Every team has been here before!

That makes me the biggest douchebag of them all!

Cause NOT every team has been here before!

Not every team has:

A 3 Time Coach of the Year at the helm!

A QB with NO CEILING for his potential!

One of the best sets of asst. Coaches in football!

15 returning starters from a regular season undefeated team
that actually beat a schedule that you should be 
proud of and not embarrassed!

Unbelievable talent arriving in 2 weeks to re-stock the shelves!

And...a current recruiting class that has the potential of being
the best Kelly has brought to South Bend yet!!...not everybody has been here before!

Lets remember who we are...and ACT LIKE IT!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Don't wish away your summer thinking FOOTBALL!...

When I was a kid the school year couldn't go fast 
enough and seemed to take centuries to end...

Then summer break would come and I'd blink my eyes and
the next grade was open and ready for enrollment!

This is the dilemma of the football fan.
We want to see our team play...but hell the sunshine just 
arrived and we've been looking forward to that all winter!

People e-mail me for updates?...well right now
we are in a holding pattern!

We'll talk recruiting later in this article but as 
far as players?...nothing is happening!

So...Updates will come..but your gonna have to find
a balance to your excitement!

So...what's the balance?...Here is the balance!

It's called "Captain Led 7 on 7 practices" 

In Charlie's last season I had the pleasure of being in town 
in June and was able to sit in on a few of these "coach-less" 

What these are all about is CHEMISTRY...the ability for a QB 
to time a know his patterns and how he breaks from
 cuts, or the speed in which he hits his marks on a route.

It's where the seniors take the freshmen and teach them the 
difference between just being BIGGER and STRONGER than 
everyone, like they were used to in high 
here is the TECHNIQUE for going against players that are 
BIGGER and STRONGER then you've ever seen before!

It's about DB's getting time to perfect their abilities against 
elite talent...and skill.

It's where running backs show the QB that they can 
do more than just run between the tackles and 
build trust. 

It's a chance for the O-Line to come together through repetition
and understanding without the worry of being monitored! 

Spring ball is about learning where to be and when...What's your 
responsibility on each play and grasping your role!

7 on 7s?...that's where the UNDERGROUND magic happens!

In my opinion there is more team chemistry formed in these 
practices than any other time of the year!

"Seniors...I'm not gonna just give you the team. You're not 
ready yet...I'll give it to you, when you've earned it!"

This is the time where the leaders emerge...there are no "official" 
captains yet...but the LEADERS lead
and CAPTAINS are born!

So during the summer while your "wishing away" the 
days till that first kick off..the team is growing and 
perfecting and training and lifting!

Becoming...what they hope to show the coaches 
come possible!

I'll be posting updates on these critical practices 
as I hear from people within the program.
So...what's happing now?


This class is already off and running and EXTREMELY 
talented and exciting!

We have our RECRUITER now with Hood!

He's been ATTACKING recruits on Twitter and establishing
himself as the leader of this class!

My test of any recruit...who did we beat out to land him!

Elijah HoodATH5-11/221EVERYONE!
Quenton NelsonOL6-5/301EVERYONE!
Sam MustipherOL6-3/286EVERYONE!
Justin BrentWR6-3/193Committed
early and shut

Jimmy ByrneOL6-4/275
Jay HayesDT6-5/270
Andrew TrumbettiDE6-5/249
Nic WeisharTE6-5/215
Greer MartiniLB6-3/230RKG

We are firing on all cylinders right now and winning 
the battles taking talent from across the country!

My top 2 right now?...HOOD & HAYES!

Hayes is the type of player that ND needs to recruit 
EVERY season!...he's fast, big and has no ceiling!

Having Issac,Vanderdoes and Hayes gives us the 
ability to remain dominant on the D line for 
seasons to come!

He understands his place within a scheme and doesn't 
overplay to try and make an impact!

Remember the 2011 USC game...there was a D lineman
in that game that OVERPLAYED and cost us a ton 
of points...because he didn't know his place within the scheme!

Jay has tons of personality and reminds me of 
Big Louis Nix!
And knows how to keep the fans attention!


Where do I start with this kid?

He's a man among boys and has unreal speed for 
a kid his size!

He refuses to go down and punishes anyone in the 
open field that thinks they can arm tackle him 
to the upper body!

His conditioning is second to none and he has the 
ability to make an instant impact in the 

ND is SO LOADED at Running Back that 
teams will have no idea how to cope with 
the amount of non stop fresh legs that
can come off the bench at anytime!


We've struggled to get "A" elite running back
in the we have several!

Updates?....Stay tuned!

Inside Info?...It's dead!


So pick your favorite...light up a stogie and enjoy the summer...
The IRISH train is rolling and I feel sorry for
whoever gets in our way!...