March 14, 2014 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Recruiting Celebrity Star Power

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The Irish are pursuing Cordell Broadus, son of Snoop Dogg.  Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Irish are pursuing Cordell Broadus, son of Snoop Dogg. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

There are many adjectives that could be used to describe the University of Notre Dame. Leadership. Excellence. Community. All are worthy descriptors. Despite the high achievements of the university, however, there is one area where Notre Dame still occasionally struggles.

Image.

Take a stroll through online college message boards and it isn’t uncommon to see well-intentioned prospective college students submitting inquiries as to whether or not Notre Dame is an uptight institution completely devoid of entertainment or fun. Sadly, such instances occasionally fall onto the positive side of Notre Dame’s image spectrum.

If the phrase “Notre Dame arrogance” is searched on Google, 451,000 results appear. With such a high return it should come as no surprise that websites such as notredamesucks.org are in existence, let alone that they sell merchandise (sadly, no coffee mugs). Blogs and message boards routinely blast the Fighting Irish, often in unique ways. One entertaining piece assigned every major college football program as a character from the hit television show “The Simpsons.” And, if the University of Notre Dame were a Simpsons character, who would they be?

Mr. Burns, of course.

The Fighting Irish were described as old, wealthy, and hated by the entire college football community, with one commentator complaining that only Notre Dame would be elitist enough to begin every fourth quarter with the marching band blaring Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Notre Dame’s image issues extend beyond Internet comment section attacks, with more recognizable outlets taking aim as well. The Bleacher Report released an article in 2012 titled “20 Reasons Why College Football Fans Hate Notre Dame”, though the second reason, “Seriously, Why Won’t They Just Go Away,” is my personal favorite.

Notre Dame’s image battle is real, and it’s reflected in the experiences from visiting high school football recruits. Even recruits who signed with Notre Dame have admitted initial reluctance to visit the university, only to fall in love with the institution upon doing so. To reference former head coach Lou Holtz’s famous quote describing the uniqueness of Notre Dame, “If you’ve been here, no explanation is necessary. If you haven’t been, no explanation will suffice.”

It stands to reason that creating an attractive environment for recruits is an important element for talent acquisition, and erasing the notion that Notre Dame is uptight, elitist, and boring is paramount. Though it may seem hard to believe currently, at one point Notre Dame was a stylish destination for recruits, as former NFL great Randy Moss recently mentioned in an interview with Fox Sports. Moss stated Notre Dame “was my team” and that he dreamed of receiving a phone call from Holtz. South Bend has shown in the past it can be an attractive location for football talent, but how can it once again earn such a reputation?

Since current head coach Brian Kelly’s arrival in South Bend an interesting trend has emerged: Notre Dame has signed a number of recruits from high profile families. One glance at the Fighting Irish roster and it’s hard to miss the star power. NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson’s son, Corey, will be a sophomore wide receiver in 2014, and NBC cameras routinely panned to the NBA legend throughout Corey’s freshman season. Torii Hunter Jr., the son of MLB star and nine-time Golden Glove winner Torii Hunter, is expected to see significant playing time for Notre Dame this fall. Bon Jovi’s son Jesse is a walk-on at the cornerback position, and Bon Jovi is regularly spotted at Notre Dame events. Fifth-year safety Austin Collinsworth is the son of NBC Sunday Night Football broadcaster, Cris Collinsworth, and the Fighting Irish currently hold a commitment from 2015 offensive line recruit, Tristen Hodge, the nephew of longtime ESPN broadcaster, Merril Hoge.

While nearly every player mentioned was a worthy recruit with numerous scholarship offers – with several being elite recruits – the hoarding of celebrity star power is an interesting outcome. While it’s impossible to know whether Kelly is actively recruiting the sons of star professional athletes and entertainers to shake up Notre Dame’s image, the unorthodox idea would fit Kelly’s outside-the-box thinking. Kelly has previously mentioned he employed unique strategies to draw attention to the universities he represented as he climbed the coaching ladder, including utilizing up-tempo, explosive offenses to draw crowds (fans love high-scoring games) while at old coaching stops Central Michigan and Cincinnati. While Kelly does not need to worry about drawing fans to Notre Dame Stadium, purposefully targeting high-profile families could be an interesting and effective strategy to loosen up Notre Dame’s stiff image.

Recently, Cordell Broadus, a Class of 2015 Rivals 4-star wide receiver, tweeted his decision to cut his list of suitors down to a final five, with Notre Dame being tabbed as a finalist. What makes Broadus’ decision unique from others is his background as the son of famed rapper, Snopp Dogg. While Notre Dame faces extremely tough competition from the likes of Florida State, USC and UCLA, the fact the Irish made the final cut is an indicator Notre Dame’s image issues are improving.

Should Notre Dame manage to land Broadus, Brian Kelly could sell future recruits on the university’s newly discovered edge when introducing them to the likes of Snopp Dogg’s son, Bon Jovi’s son, and David Robinson’s son. Recruiting such high-profile star power would provide a strategic advantage and appeal the Fighting Irish have lacked since Randy Moss’ high school days, even if Brian Kelly would merely label it coincidence.

Scott Janssen is a blogger for the Huffington Post and has authored several nationally-featured articles, including an appearance on MSNBC as a sports contributor. He talks football 24 hours a day, much to the chagrin of his fiancée. Scott can be reached at scottjanssenhp@gmail.com.

Comments to this Article

  • Shazamrock commented on March 14th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Scott, just curious, have you ever actually listened to any music by Snoop Dogg? Do they actually play him on the radio down there in Puffington?

    Ever read his extensive, and rather entertainingly titled song list?

    The University’s new edge???

    Check it out..Check yo self, and remember… you can’t make a Ho a Housewife!

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    Colin replied on March 15th, 2014 at 1:23 am

    I don’t understand, you made a Ice Cube reference and then a Dr. Dre reference. You failed to make a Snoop Dogg reference… have YOU ever listened to Snoop before?

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    HURLS replied on March 23rd, 2014 at 3:48 am

    I’m a silly White boy, Colin. But you flush Shaz’s ignorant argument right down the toilet. Kudos!

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    HURLS replied on March 23rd, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Plus…Think about BK’s coaching philosophy, as it was heralded when he was hired. “Next-man-in.” It’s not about the number of stars a stud has in his recruiting profile. It’s whether-or-not he can DO THE JOB. (alluding to a champion Patriots-mantra, where BK has convened w/Hoody) And try to think about it from the kid’s perspective. Snoop’s Dogg’s puppy (humor – his son) shouldn’t be disqualified b/c his dad is an entertainer. SIGN-HIM-UP!

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    Shazamrock replied on March 24th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I agree, Cordell Broadus shouldn’t be disqualified from ND based on the way his father earned a living.

    He should be judged on his own merits.

    Unfortunetly, his own merits(which has nothing to do with the number of “stars” he has) presently includes throwing punches during a game, starting a bench clearing brawl, forcing his team to forefit, and calling out a former college head coach in the media.

    Is that the “kids’ perspective” you were asking us to think about?

    If Kelly’s philosophy is “next man-in”,
    then this “Kid” has a long way to go.

    Sure, I think it would be great if he turned it around and made good at ND, that’s a great story… but please, don’t hold it against me if I remain a bit skeptical of him at this time… or hold to the belief that its your argument that is ignorant.

    Ron Burgundy replied on March 24th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    If you have to put (humor) it’s probably not funny.

    HURLS replied on March 24th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    It’s all about whether the kid can play-or-not. Snoop Dogg is a side-show.

    HURLS replied on March 24th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    And Ron? Agreed. Whatev. Being funny wasn’t my point.

    Kenny Moore replied on March 23rd, 2014 at 4:36 am

    You just made a complete fool of yourself. Have you ever listened to Snoop is the question.

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  • Karmel commented on March 14th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Did you not to mention the son of 15yr NFL vet and current Director of Player Development for the Washington Redskins Philip Daniels because he’s not enrolled for the Spring?

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  • Chi-town Copper commented on March 14th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    My God I hope we don’t start using Snoop Dog to sell tickets. He openly raps about killing police officers, he’s a self admitted gang member and went on trial for murder (though he beat it, then again so did OJ). His son has nothing to do with the inner city gutter culture he promotes but he is the LAST guy you want representing Notre Dame. Notre Dame has made a lot of mistakes associating itself with people who promote agendas contrary to Church teaching (Obama and abortion for starters and locking up a priest for praying the rosary and protesting it). This would be the last straw for me

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    Rasheem replied on March 15th, 2014 at 5:38 am

    Relax, he was an entertainer selling music that was popular in the early 90s. Typically rappers tell the stories of what occurs in the neighborhood. Besides he is an old man now who makes reggae music. He is not a threat, do not be terrified.

    Oh, I think he would represent Notre Dame like anybody else except he won’t hide it. I’m quite certain people in the Notre Dame community use recreational drugs, fornicate, get abortions and listen to rap and rock music. Although it’s Notre Dame, it is still a community with people who are not always going to do the right thing all the time.

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    Chi-Town Copper replied on March 15th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Rasheem I’m no saint and I’ve met plenty of Notre Dame grads who aren’t headed that way either. ND is the same as any other man made organization with deficiencies, be it Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH coalition, Notre Dame, or Rev Jeremiah Wrights down low club at Trinity United Christ Church, we are all human.

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    HURLS replied on March 23rd, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Right-on, Rasheem. “RELAX”!

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    Kenny Moore replied on March 23rd, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Chi town Copper fans like you are why outsiders look at Notre Dame the way they do. Who cares what his past is. Brian Kelly would love to get Snoops son to play for the Irish. Notre Dame would gladly welcome Snoop to the family.

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  • Patrick commented on March 14th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Chi-town Copper, maybe I missed it, but do you personally know Cordell Broadus?

    If not, then you have zero credibility commenting on his character or what he can/can’t represent. “Snap judgement” like that is probably one of the reasons “Notre Dame arrogance” is searched on Google 451,000 times.

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    ChrisJ replied on March 14th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Haha, awesome Patrick!

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    Shazamrock replied on March 14th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with Chi Town, the fact remains that he is a Chicago cop and has been for some time.
    Judging character is part of his job and his training, so I wouldn’t say he has zero credibility.

    Speaking of Character, here’s something you might find interesting, Cordell Broadus was suspended for throwing a punch and starting a bench clearing brawl that resulted in his high school team being forced to forfeit the game and then prompted him to transfer high schools shortly thereafter for the second time in his young high school career.

    He is also on record for making the public statement (as a high schooler) that USC’s former Head Coach, Lane Kiffin, should have been fire long before the start of the 2013 season.

    I also believe his dad (Snoop Lion) was hanging around the USC sidelines, practice fields, and locker rooms during the period for which USC was slapped with “Lack of Control” to which they are still paying for.

    RKG’s? You tell me.

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    SteelFanRob replied on March 14th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Well put, Shaz.

    If (big IF) Snoop’s boy wants to really come to ND, and if ND really is serious in recruiting him, then BK and staff need to make it crystal clear to Mr. Snoop that certain things are just not done at ND. If that means Snoop wants to shop his son around elsewhere, so be it. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out!

    Go Irish!

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    jeff replied on March 16th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    SFR Yeah I agree that BK and his staff need to make it clear that Snoop Dogshit will not be allowed to roam the sidelines and flash Gang signs during ND football games.

    Chi-town Copper replied on March 14th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Hey Big Pat I was commenting on Snoop Dog, not his kid. In fact I said his son has nothing to do with what his dad has done. Reading is an
    art big slugger

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    Yup replied on March 15th, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Ohhh, he “rapped” about killing cops! How dare he exercise his First Amendment right. Oh and I think AA males have a lot more to fear from the police then the other way around. Shall I post how many people have been killed by police last year? Btw, speaking of the Church, didn’t Jesus say something about casting the first stone? You think your judgmental attitude towards someone you don’t know is very Christian?

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    Chi-Town Copper replied on March 15th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Yo Yup, actually the Police have alot to fear. Here are the stats direct from Chicago PD: 92% of all offenders who killed Chicago Police Officers are black. Black offenders killed every single black police officer who died in the line of duty feloniously including 85% of white police officers. Conversely no white offenders killed any black police officers. We are getting off topic but Snoop Dogg can exercise he 1st amendments all he wants, I personally don’t like him. As long as its ok for him to rap whatever he wants, is it still not ok for Don Imus to say “nappy headed Ho’s” when referring to the Rutgers basketball team or for Michael Richards aka “Kramer” to drop the N bomb in his comedy routine? Snoop dogg does it but apparently its not ok for Don Imus and Michael Richards who got raked over the coals by the media. You have a blessed day and come on down to the West Side of Chicago sometime, I will show you around

  • bj commented on March 14th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    “Kelly’s outside-the-box thinking.”

    this article, its not news, its baloney

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    HURLS replied on March 23rd, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Hey BJ, something is tempting me to write something about your being facialled…

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  • Dan commented on March 14th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    But Googling “Notre Dame humility” returned 337,000 results. Everyone go home tonight and set up a “ND Humility”s site and we’ll get the gap to less than 100K!

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  • Chi-town Copper commented on March 14th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I support any kid who has no dope selling or felonies in his background who is at least trying his best. I would even take someone from Rev Jeremiah “G*d damn America” Wrights Church on 95th St if he was a good kid. I just don’t want Snoop Dog in any way or fashion being associated with ND being blazed up on the sidelines and doing interviews on NBC during the game “fo shizzlin” on prime time. If it’s the MTV music awards that’s another story.

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    spreadthecheese replied on March 14th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    “Fo shizzlin’” on primetime? Really? God, Notre Dame really is old and stiff.

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 14th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    You don’t like sippin on gin n juice?

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    Chi-town Copper replied on March 14th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I like a nice shot of Powers and a domestic in a dirty glass with a cigarette but In it the South Side way

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    Yup replied on March 15th, 2014 at 1:23 am

    You are a straight up racist. Wow…

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    Chi-Town Copper replied on March 15th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Whats racist with what I said? “Fo Shizzle” is Snoop’s own creation, not mine. Maybe if I “rap” it, it will be protected under my first amendment rights like you said. If George Zimmerman had a son and had a chance to play at Grambling would you be ok George representing the school?

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    JDH replied on March 17th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Oh good lord the race card has been played on UHND. God help us all.

  • duranko commented on March 14th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I just love the leap without all the data.

    No doubt all you people can provide your uncle Duranko with answers to the following questions>

    Explain the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Nathan Starks from Bishop Gorman?

    Explain the circumstances surrounding Broadus’ transfer from Diamond Bar to Bishop Gorman?

    Explain what a reasonable person might infer from someone who leaves his home area and transfers to the Bishop Gorman program?

    What knowledge have each of you of the dialogue between the administrators at Gorman (the same who dismissed Starks) with the Broadus family and the circumstances surrounding Broadus’ transfer and enrollment at Gorman?

    Explain your knowledge of the dialogue between Kelly and the Gorman head coach about the matter.

    Explain your inside information about the dialogue between Gorman’s principal (who I think is a Domer) and Notre Dame’s football operations
    regarding the suitability vel non of young Broadus for the Notre Dame millieu.

    I await your detailed, informed responses with baited breath!!

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    HJ Prendergast replied on March 14th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Your a pain in the ass Duranko

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  • bj commented on March 14th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1589462-7-most-innovative-offensive-minds-in-college-football-today

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 14th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Where’s the grass?

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    Michael the Archangel replied on March 15th, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Snoop has it

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    jonny replied on March 15th, 2014 at 9:57 am

    rim shot!

  • HJ Prendergast commented on March 14th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    Are we sure that the offer to snoops kid isn’t,t just comic relief

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  • duranko commented on March 15th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    well, arguably, HJ Pendergast, but at least I strive to be an efficient one!

    Gorman is an intriguing institution and were one to really augment the celebrity argument, one might investigate the recruitment of one Nico Fertita. Yeah, he’s one of the big Fertita family that is a HUGE benefactor of Gorman’s campus.

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  • duranko commented on March 15th, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    The disguise no longer fools us. You know the line, fool us once, shame on me, fool us twice, shame on ___________(fill in the blank).

    This all goes back, and you can look it up, the posts about McDaniel, and the information that was provided to you about Chris Yura, Joey Goodspeed and Marc Edwards. You pooh-poohed that. But your agenda thereby revealed itself.

    Then there was Baratti. Hurt though he was, there is one writer here (gee, I wonder who that was????????????????) who constantly lumped Baratti with Shumate ahnd Redfield in talking about the size and athleticism in the safety corps, while noting Baratti’s DISABLING ( for 2012) injury.

    And then you’re going to the Rutgers slam. Your knee jerk reveals itself once again. And for evidence, merely look at the press conference of Vivian Stringer and her minions. They are pluperfectly clear in that press conference, that the issue was about derogation of women, not about race, and that theme is clear throughout. Most missed this this but Vivian, and her Lady Knights did not.

    Finally there is the invocation of the first amendment, the last refuge of scoundrels.

    You can say what you want in the public forum and the government cannot censor. But if I’m runing a company and my written policies say you cannot say damnit even once, and I fire you for saying it even once, I am perfectly within my rights, and the first amendment is inapropos.

    Our Bill of rights is important, it is a not a toy for your use, or in this case, misuse.

    I have two words for you : Mark Edwards. Think about it.

    This is a football site. There’s a lot going on, and more will soon be re vealed. Check this space for discussions of 3/4 and 4/3. And much, much more.

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    Chi-Town Copper replied on March 15th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    We’ll keep it to football talk then, as I tried to do in the first place.

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 16th, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Unfortunately, your original post had nothing to do with football.

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  • Bruce johnson commented on March 15th, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    To win a national championship you have to do extraordinary things. I reminded of the story of don gmitter the me tight end who had the assignment of blocking bubba smith in the 1966 game with michigan state. They say that that day smith never got by him but that when he returned to the locker room
    After the game his body was covered with every kind of bruise and contusion possible. He did his job. Show me that kind of sacrifice today.

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 15th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    …and grow grass.

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  • Bruce johnson commented on March 16th, 2014 at 7:22 am

    To win a national championship you need a quarterback with a high passing efficiency number. A common element of the best teams of the decade. And you need a high turnover rate on defense not a pathetic bend don’t break strategy but a swarming high risk but brilliant strategy. Holtz was changing whole defensive sets every time Miami had the ball in 1989. And pastel a commitment to excellence in everything you do-including growing grass and gave the best natural playing surface in the country.

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  • Bruce johnson commented on March 16th, 2014 at 10:38 am

    A commitment to excellence in everything you do-Lou holtz
    Best to you, Ron

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  • Shazamrock commented on March 17th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Just look at all these glittering goods – We’ve got more loot than Tiger Woods!

    -Leprechaun in the Hood-

    Happy St. Paddy’s day!

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    Michael the Archangel replied on March 17th, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    And a blessed St. Joseph’s day to you on Wednesday.

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  • clubgitmo commented on March 17th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    You mean that outstanding person called snoop dog? Who’s next?

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 17th, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Dre??

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    Michael the Archangel replied on March 17th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Hopefully, someone who will attend and pass his classes, a pre-requisite at some other major college programs, too, and excel while competing against elite athletes that he will be facing every week while at ND. If he does community service, which several thousand other students at ND can also do, is not required. What their daddies do is totally irrelevant to me.

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  • Mr. Kalc commented on March 17th, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Wow, this may be the dumbest article I’ve read in a long time.

    I haven’t posted here in a long time, and I had some thoughts I wanted to relay about the stadium expansion, but after reading this drivel, and then picking my jaw off the floor, I decided I had to say something.

    Let me begin by saying that I have no idea who Mr. Scott Janssen is or how he is affiliated with Notre Dame, but he certainly does not understand Notre Dame. Mr. Janssen goes out of his way to insult the players from walk on Austin Larkin to potential starter Corey Robinson, and to what end? It seems like the author just wants to use his writing as a backhanded way to insult Brian Kelly. Mr. Janssen is suggesting that Notre Dame’s players with famous lineages were chosen mostly for ancillary reasons which have nothing to do with their talent. He suggests that Kelly is attempting to increase Notre Dame’s cool factor by recruiting player with famous relatives.

    Let’s face it, this guy just wanted to write something to point out that Notre Dame has many players with famous relatives, as if he were the first to discover this. His logic is so convoluted that he even reaches back to the days of Randy Moss to try and say Notre Dame hasn’t been cool since that time. Of course he fails to explain how big time recruits in Moss’ day could think Notre Dame was cool back then when they didn’t have celebrity parents connected to the program. Notre Dame was and is cool because the tradition attracts great recruits, and it is even cooler when you marry the tradition with great coaching, which will encourage even more kids to want to come. Coach Faust, nice guy but not cool–Leahy, very cool, celebrity relatives or not.

    Bottom line, not only do I love Tchaikovsky, but if you don’t know how to embrace the hate you’re not a true Notre Dame fan. Would you rather be the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers, or the Cleveland Indians and Charlotte Bobcats? I don’t want to be Alabama, I don’t want to be Stanford, I don’t want to be anybody else but Notre Dame. If that makes me elitist then so be it. Like Coach Kelly says, “when you come to Notre Dame you know you’re shopping down a different isle”. It is only a compliment when famous relatives see the value of Notre Dame because they have been through it and seen it all. It doesn’t mean that their kids are here just living off their relatives past glories. You can take your Google search and shove it up your keyboard. So what if “Notre Dame arrogance” pulls up 451,000 results. I just Googled “Alabama arrogance” which pulled up 610,000 results—seems like we have a lot of catching up to do.

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  • Jack commented on March 18th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    I think we are all looking at this wrong. If Snoop’s kid abides by the rules set furth by the University than why not have him on the team. This goes back to my belief that ND is a place that changes people. All we ever hear is stories about how this player changed and became a productive member of society. All I hear now is that we want a great player that nevers gets into trouble and gets straight A’s. This is why there is no depth in the program, no diversity (coporate buzz word), a protrayl of a country club atmosphere. It is the job of the coachs, University and Priests at the school to mold these young men into ND.

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 18th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I believe diversity was an old wooden ship used in the civil war.

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    Michael the Archangel replied on March 18th, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    . . . when both Union and Confederate soldiers played ball on real grass turf . . .

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  • duranko commented on March 20th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Kelly’s press conferences are interesting. They are sort of revelations of little “pixels” and if you pay attention, you will, you can not help, but observe, enough pixels to begin to form a pattern, a picture of where the team is and where it needs to be. Patience, attentiveness and aggregation are the watchwords.

    Kelly is very open, both with practice and with his press conferences. Old school coaches, and the beloved Dan Devine was one, chose secrecy.
    Kelly is more modern, less threatened by the tweetaverse and realizes that efforts at total secrecy are futile and out of step with the times.

    In contradistinction, my high school football coach would not let us take our helmets off on the sidelines, no matter how hot or uncomfortable we were, because “You don’ wanna let dem udder guys see what you look like” (dub in a Burgess Meredith cadence and accent from Rocky!)

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 20th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    You played for Mickey? That’s awesome!

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  • duranko commented on March 20th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    “You chase chickens because that’s the way we did it in the old days and because I said so!” Mickey’s feedback loops were a tad clogged. Furthermore, a chicken was harder to corral than Veronica Corningstone.

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    Shazamrock replied on March 21st, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Speaking of being a tad clogged… remember, if you eat lightning you’ll crap thunder!

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 21st, 2014 at 9:32 am

    And remember Mickey loves ya.

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  • Adam commented on March 21st, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I think thier is a difference in bringing in David Robinson’s son and Snoop Dogg’s son! Having said that, I have to completely trust that Kelly knows what he is getting into when he offers young men the chance of a lifetime. Just like with Obama though, we must not judge people for thier views and show respect to everyone, especially if they have shown you respect or have done you no wrong! Let us not fail what the Lord has taught us by passing judgement onto those we do not personally know!
    Also, this is a useless arguemnet anyways because there is a 99.9% chance his kid goes to USC. Look for him to make it official soon.
    Go Irish and God Bless!

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  • duranko commented on March 23rd, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Hurls, one of the most interesting glimpses of Kelly’s philosophy in action is the motivation for, execution of, and hope for, John Turner’s move to linebacker. Turner never got traction at safety. What’s instructive here is the staff went back to the reasons they recruited him and had enough emotional maturity and intellectual honesty to admit that
    they might not have placed him in the best role to succeed.

    Now they have tried LB and it will be intriguing to watch what occurs.

    Blaming the kid is easy; reassessing your judgment and managerial decisions and making changes is what separates great managers and leaders from lunkheads.

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  • Sad Warrior commented on March 24th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Shazz, JC, and Co. We are back inside the wire. Breathing is easier now. We missed you guys as our intel was totally blacked out for many days. No games or news was tough. Hope to read some awesome comments from you all soon. Hopefully we will actually get to a game LIVE this season!

    Go Irish! Hooah!

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    Shazamrock replied on March 24th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Sad Warrior, Welcome Back!
    Good to hear from ya!

    I too was totally blacked out for many days, but that’s a story for another day.

    Anyways, I always enjoy your point of view, banter, and good sense of humor.

    Great fan.

    Best wishes, be well, Hooah!

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  • Sad Warrior commented on March 24th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    So good to hear from you too Shazz. Even though we are inside the wire, the Unit really rucks to this site all together. It’s almost a tradition now. We read as one or we do not read at all. Just like back on the frontier in the mountains. We have many such oddities to keep us in focus and cheerful. And God only knows how much we all have to be happy for living in this Magnificent country! We all just wish more people out there could realize this. That is why we are here. That is why we are.

    We take it that the Irish will be a force to be reckoned with this fall?! Golson seems to be something of a magic man. Hopefully we will be in the stands for at least one, or maybe two, games. You may not see us but you will recognize us and know we are present and accounted for. The line sounds monstrously good and deep! And we can not wait to see this Greg Bryant. With those two other young men (McDaniels and Folston) we seem to have a three headed monster! Come on September!

    Have a great day and night. We caught the ‘blacked out’ suggestion! I guess you could say come Friday night a few of us might have a kegger or two! We just missed St. Patrick’s Day by a few ticks. But that’s the magic of having time here! Take care my friend. We are listening.

    Go Irish! Hooah!

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 24th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Huge fan of this line:
    You may not see us but you will recognize us and know we are present and accounted for.

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  • bj commented on March 25th, 2014 at 11:09 am

    you gotta be fast, “The 1988 ND bunch had the best team speed of any Irish unit….”

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    Shazamrock replied on March 25th, 2014 at 11:52 am

    That’s because Lou made them chase chickens.

    Chicken chasin was how they trained in the old days… and because Lou said so.

    Now drop and give me $20!

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  • duranko commented on March 25th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Shaz, while this is undocumented, there is considerbable chatter on “back channels” that Ara, and especially Johnny Ray, after the players were done chasing chickens, had Fat Eddie (of the Rock) and Fat Shirley (of the diner at Twyckenham and Mishawaka) chase the players. This exercise tended to “sharpen focus” and any old timer who ever came within a towel’s length of Eddie or a Trucker’s Special length of Shirley can appreciate the utility of this exercise.

    Those who were there then know EXACTLY what I mean.

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    Shazamrock replied on March 26th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Big D,

    Leading up to Kelly’s first season with ND I remember hearing the term “Camp Kelly”
    being thrown around a lot.

    Remenber that?

    Not sure exactly what took place at those camps but the results appeared to pan out during the 2012 season.

    Last year I saw a ND special on TV where Kelly took the team to some hotel resort.
    It was mostly team building activities like rock-wall climbing, zip-lining, and sitting around a camp fire roasting hotdogs, and marshmallows.

    The results I saw during the 2013 season from that camp was a inconsistant running game, numerous injuries, sub standard special teams, and a clear step back in tackling by our secondary.

    I think I like the old Camp Kelly camp better.

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  • Sad Warrior commented on March 26th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Shaz-Chickens? For real? No wonder Coach Holtz was a genius! We do have an NCO here that hails from the south and has knowledge of boxers doing this exercise to gain agility, patience, and endurance. We pray that our BC never hears about this trick! We like eggs but there is a limit!

    We have a question for you. Who is this Ron Burgundy dude? It was a toss up as to whether he was mocking us in his last comment. If so; big mistake. If you know him, let him be advised that our presence can never be revealed for , well, obvious reasons, I am sure you get the reason why. The recognition he will see is in the crowd, free smiling faces, a flag, a band, a great time of just being free in itself. The faces of freedom and liberty have many looks and expressions. Ours is but just one of those faces.

    We look forward to the annual Blue and Gold Game. Some might even just be there! Have a good day and weekend. Stay safe. Go Irish! Hooah! END EAM. OUT.

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    Shazamrock replied on March 26th, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Warrior and Crew,

    Who is Ron Burgundy?
    WOW… That a tough one!

    You have to go in… dig down …like the alien thing..comin out of the guy thing… in that movie…an ask who he is, … or who is he?

    What “I” can tell you is Burgy loves scotch, has many leather bound books that smell of rich Mahogany, loves ND football, and doesn’t speak a word of spanish.

    I can also tell you that he wasn’t mocking you and found real meaning (like many of us) in your “You may not see us but you will recognize us and know we are present and accounted for” statement.

    He certainly knows a good quote when he hears one and was saying as much to you.

    Now if you had said some thing like ““if you cant even grow grass how are you going to be national champs” you might be in for a bit of mocking.

    I don’t know if that answers your question, but in all fairness, I’m still very confused myself.

    You all have a good weekend and stay safe as well.

    For all you do, we thank you!
    HOOAH!

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 26th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal. People know me. I’m very important. I’m friends with Merlin Olsen, he comes over on occasion. I have a voice so fine it would make a wolverine purr and I wear suits that make Sinatra look like a hobo.
    I’m a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn, that’s who I am.

    Don’t act like you’re not impressed!

    And remember, you stay classy!

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    bj replied on March 27th, 2014 at 9:33 am

    jerome, jack or greg?

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    Ron Burgundy replied on March 27th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Larry, Curly or Moe?

    Shazamrock replied on March 28th, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Brick, Brian or Champ?

    They’re made with bits of real panther so you know they’re good.

  • Sad Warrior commented on March 26th, 2014 at 10:57 am

    We thank you Shaz. You calmed a few nerves for sure. It’s unsettling to always be second guessing and looking over our shoulders constantly. Yes, this RB is a difficult one to zero in on. We imagine he is highly intelligent and verbally skilled. Probably a JAG officer from the terminology he deploys and the leather bound books! Where is a lawyer when you need one! You received quite the ovation with the ‘doesn’t speak a word of Spanish’quip! It does a heart good to see the Unit be cheerful for a change. Friday will be our day to festive. Some beer, Nathan’s Own, and if we connived correctly, maybe some FAMILY members.

    We wish to tell all of you to have a great and safe weekend. This nation is so deserving of such harmony. We also really have a great time reading all of your opinions and ideas concerning the Irish. Many (all) in the Unit wish to thank you all for making our days better; if just not tolerable at times. We often times surmise what you all do for occupations and family life. Like this Ron Burgundy. A few were (are) convinced he is a JAG Officer, while others muse that he is a college prof or an author of dubious and intriguing topics. But those questions must always be just that,questions.

    Thank you again for ‘quoting our quote.’ We really do hope that some of us will be there for that Blue and Gold game. Not all, but some of us. And real grass?! Just to see real grass is a gift from the Almighty, Himself.

    Thank you. We certainly appreciate all of you. Stay Safe.

    End EAM. Message terminated.

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  • Sad Warrior commented on March 26th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    RB-you just brought the House down with your comment about Sinatra and the hobo! Total hilarity! That is a gift! The wheel was good too, to boot! Yes, we are impressed and mightily so! The consensus is now saying you are not a JAG, but a judge!

    Thank you for the levity. It makes our day. We are off to chow soon and then refitting. We cannot wait until 1800 hrs.to see what you have all come up with. You make our nights a happier and more desirable place. More than maybe you all know.

    End EAM. OUT.

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  • bj commented on March 28th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    titans all, thanks ron

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