Saturday AM Notre Dame – NC State Weather Update

Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

We’ve talked about the weather all week long with regards to the Notre Dame – NC State game this weekend and just hours from kickoff, it looks like the weather will create some very poor playing conditions today.  At one point this week it looked like Raleigh wouldn’t be hit too hard by the rains from Hurricane Matthew but as of Saturday AM, it looks like it will get more rain than previously expected.

As of our Thursday morning weather update, Raleigh was expected to get 2-3 inches of rain.  According to the National Weather Service of Raleigh this morning though, Raleigh could get upwards of 5 inches of rain now.

Raleigh is also squarely in the “Wind Advisory” area of the weather maps above.  It is not in the “Hurricane Warning” section, but conditions do not look pleasant for playing football based on these latest projections.

This latest forecast will things extremely difficult on an Irish offense that needs to pass the football to be successful.  In my prediction post yesterday the forecast didn’t look this bad, but with the latest forecast let’s just say that I am not nearly as confident in my prediction as I was when I wrote that post.

With this latest forecast the team that is able to run the football consistently will win this game and scoring should be much lower than originally projected.  If you can still bet the under on this one, it looks like a strong bet.  If I were to revise my prediction at this point with the latest forecast, I wouldn’t go with Notre Dame 42-35.  I would probably stick with my pick of the Irish just since I don’t want to think about the consequences of Notre Dame losing but I would go with a much lower score – something like 28-21 at the high end and 21-14 on the low end.  Field goals don’t look like they will be options this afternoon.

As of 7:30 AM there haven’t been any statements or tweets from either Notre Dame or NC State about any changes to the start time of this game so it looks like it’s going to be a soaker out there for Notre Dame and NC State this afternoon.  Hopefully the Irish offensive line is up to the task and plays its best game of the season today.  Otherwise Notre Dame’s bowl eligibility will be in serious jeopardy

 

 

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119 Comments

  1. This started at the end of the of the first half. N.D. has the ball, 2 timeouts, 48 seconds, and momentum. B.K. decides to sit on the ball and throw away all the ability to take complete charge of the game and have the ball starting the second half. Now they are in a predicament where they are getting ready to give away a game they should have walked away with in the end.
    I can not defend B.K. any longer because he is looking like a person desperate to “WIN” the lottery. It is time for my alma mater to go after a coach that can do more the win 10 games a season. They had 537 yards of offense against Clemson last year; however, they managed to throw that game away. After watching the N.C. State vs Clemson at Clemson game today I thought we would smash Stanford; yet, B.K. is finding a way to loose this game instead of win it. I am with all of you that the ref’s have been terrible; however, this is no excuse for being out coached one more time.

    Go Irish! Leave our B.G. Blood on the field.

    John

  2. This started at the end of the of the first half. N.D. has the ball, 2 timeouts, 48 seconds, and momentum. B.K. decides to sit on the ball and throw away all the ability to take complete charge of the game and have the ball starting the second half. Now they are in a predicament where they are getting ready to give away a game they should have walked away with in the end.
    I can not defend B.K. any longer because he is looking like a person desperate to “WIN” the lottery. It is time for my alma mater to go after a coach that can do more the win 10 games a season. They had 537 yards of offense against Clemson last year; however, they managed to throw that game away. After watching the N.C. State vs Clemson at Clemson game today I thought we would smash Stanford; yet, B.K. is finding a way to loose this game instead of win it. I am with all of you that the ref’s have been terrible; however, this is no excuse for being out coached one more time.

  3. I really hope our special teams practices the rugby style punt this week. There’s really nothing else to focus on. This is the ideal time to transform a struggling punter. Mold him into something new.

    1. I am watching the N.C. State Clemson game right now and I have to say I thought at the beginning of the season that ND. would be lucky to when 4 games; however, watching this game I see us beating Stanford today and possibly running the table including their bowl game. I know you are all going to say make up your mind; however, N.C. State is dominating Clemson.

      1. BJ can only accept undefeated seasons until the end of time. He claims each of those victories should be shutouts, but deep down he knows he still needs someone to fire.

  4. Alas, the comment record will not be taken down. There was real promise on Saturday but the heart and vigor seems to have left us all.
    Too many Plan b’s out there.
    Post like a champion today!

  5. Just a bad game. Bad play calling. I get that the playing conditions were abysmal. But one thing about the weather, it treats both sides the same. Mark May (of all people to agree with, ugh, I need a cold shower) made a good point that the advantage was NC State because being home, they had more equipment and more uniforms, and just a better locker room. And if all other things were equal, a loss under those conditions wouldn’t be the end of the world for ND.

    But, there was some terrible coaching. For once, the defense wasn’t really the problem. They really only gave up 3 points. The problem was coaching. Going for it on 4th and 12 when you were in FG range. That was a Weis move if I ever saw one. In ever game up to know he was stubborn about running the ball whether it worked or not. Now he decides to pass on practically every down? What the Hell?

    BK lost me after the Duke game. This time, he didn’t even put them in the position to win. Sorry coach, that’s on you. You didn’t make the calls your players needed to win. Now the ND faces the very real prospect of a losing season. There is no excuse for a losing season. Not with the talent. We could argue whether this is championship caliber talent. But there’s no way in Hell this is losing season talent. That is unacceptable. We’re likely stuck with BK for another year because of simple economics. But he’ll be gone after next year. I say turn the play calling over to Sanford and/or Denbrock. Maybe start auditioning them as a possible successor and see what they bring to the table (if they promote from within, it might stave off recruiting losses and ND wouldn’t have to start from scratch again).

    1. Damian,
      Good to hear from you again! Good morning! Play calling in a hurricane?
      Run in a hurricane? Pass in a hurricane? What’s the difference? It’s worth about 3 points either way.
      Especially when you are trying to run out of a single back “O”. Reschedule the game.

      But we actually passes on TWO field goals Yoon could have made. I think that was a blunder.

      As for not having a fullback – well that could be a game changer in these conditions. But we do not have that guy, apparently.

      Bruce GC 77′ 82′

    2. Your analysis is correct in many ways; however, coaching (which all of us who know football clearly agree with your analysis agree) in the end pulling the #1 draft choice in perfect conditions was the most important call be that B.K. could have made was poor coaching. N.D. was in a perfect position with 2 time outs and good field position to take full control of this game; instead, he takes a knee and hands full control of the game to the cardinal.

  6. Although frustrated by some of the things that BK has done, I never advocated his firing. Until now. He had no answers yesterday. Why they were ineffective running the ball is beyond me. The O-Line was supposed to be their best unit. This game was tailored made for their dominance and they were disappointing to say the least.

    That said, BK’s treatment of Mustipher was over the line and it’s enough. Yes, the kid screwed up the last play. But BK screwed up the whole game and refuses to accept responsibility in these types of situations. If he wants the kids to be accountable, he needs to lead by example and he has not.

    I do still think he’s a good coach and ND could bring in a guy worse than him. However, with this latest episode, that’s no longer a good enough reason to not fire BK.

    1. Mike,

      BK isn’t going to be fired. No matter how we feel.

      Best case scenario, BK manages a transition next season that allows the Irish to keep as much talent as possible. BK recruited very well and the next ND football coach will need all the talent he can have at his disposal.

      I know a lot of people are pushing for Washington’s Peterson. No way he leaves the Pacific Northwest for S. Bend. He’s building a powerhouse at UW. Why leave to rebuild a lackluster program handicapped by a know-nothing administration.

      Fitzgerald at NW is a more likely candidate. Has has had some success at a fine academic institution. I’m not sure he would be the answer long term, but that’s about as good as ND could get right now.

      What a sad ending for BK at ND! There was so much promise there. But I guess some of those early ugly seasons and defeats should’ve been a clue long term.

      Go Irish!

      1. I’m not quite so sure you’re correct. If they go 7-5 and make a bowl game and compete in that bowl game then he comes back. However, they go 4-8 and miss a bowl game, then they start making some inquiries. And if they can get a guy they want, then BK’s gone, IMO.

      2. SteelFanRob,
        I’m not so sure you are correct either. I said earlier that I thought there isn’t much margin for victory…now that margin is gone.
        We may not even get an invite at 6-6 because we’ve lost to two middle conference teams who will now eat up two ACC bowl slots before we are even considered!

        We may be in a position where we have to win out just to get a bowl bid!
        Zero margin for error…and except for the defense getting better each of the last two weeks, I don’t see any indication that will happen.

        Bruce GC 77′ 82′

      3. Unless ND goes something like 2-10 or 3-9, I doubt there’s even a discussion. Also, who would this ideal future ND coach actually be? Forget about Miles or Peterson. So who’s this coaching legend ND is secretly courting?

        BK’s pretty secure for at least another season. Like it or not. I’m not a BK fan. But unless ND has a clause that allows it to unload BK’s contract, I doubt it will be paying him like it did CW.

        I could be wrong. Part of me hopes I am. At the same time I don’t want ND paying for not one but two mediocre coaches!

  7. It will be interesting to see what happens this second half of the season when ND plays a few teams that aren’t incompetent. Should be fun.

    1. Some ugly bow outs like under TW and CW at the end of their regimes. BK is fast becoming no different than those two luminaries of ND football!

  8. Honestly I can’t figure out why NC State didn’t run that second string quarterback even more than they did. Every time they took him out of the game there was a sigh of relief. I didn’t see any signs of ND stopping him. Zaire probably could have done the same thing, but it didn’t work that one time they tried it, so no reason to ever try it again I suppose. It wasn’t BKs idea, so let’s not give it a chance.

    1. Navy beat Houston.
      VT beat UNC.
      Miami beating FSU.

      At least Army lost.

      BTW: What’s happened to those juggernauts of Texas and MSU since beating ND?

      ND is looking at 5 more losses. Thus they will no be bowl eligible.

      I’m looking at how good Miami looks under Richt. I’d take Richt over BK any day.

      1. Six wins is beyond out of the question. ND will be lucky to get four.

        Army lost to Duke by six. ND lost to Duke by three. Should be a barn burner. ND coaches and players will actually celebrate if they pull it out.

      2. Coaching is so huge esp. in college. ND doesn’t have a good one, Miami does in Richt.

    2. Is there no one left on this site to make apologies for the mediocrity that is ND football?! The excuse makers are as silent as a church mouse. I guess they have a modicum of self dignity to no longer try to justify the unjustifiable.

      It’s so sad to have to say these things about my beloved Irish. But the truth hurts. It does us no good to believe BK can rescue this program. He had his shot and failed.

      1. The excuse makers are laughable indeed, but I especially like those who are so proud of the fact that football is not a priority at the University, yet cannot understand why and act all upset when ND loses to Dook.

  9. Kizer completed 9 passes for 50 yards all game long. ND scored 3 points. Oh but I’m sure had that last snap been good, it would have resulted in a passing TD. Yeah right.
    BK is an idiot. He couldn’t get anything going all game long because the center screwed up a couple snaps? Oh please. The whole offense sucked and BK wants to throw a bomb on the second play of the game during a hurricane. I have no problem blaming the players when it’s warranted, but this time BK is just wrong. Why not blame Hunter for dropping that pass during the last drive? Why not ST for giving up the game’s only TD? The center was just an easy target.

    1. Like I’ve said, BK is incapable of looking at the man in the mirror.

      The Northwestern coach is about right. Not sure he’s the answer but that’s about what ND can expect to get.

      1. And when he does try to take the blame it feels quite disingenuous. But he sure as hell means it when he calls the snapping “atrocious.” He’s completely delusional right now.

    2. Why isn’t the QB under center in conditions like this. If they put the QB under center line up in the I-formation or some sort of wing they can run effectively.
      Kelly is done.

      1. It’s just not what BK does. This week he was too busy implementing rugby style punting formations which cost ND the game. BK has his priorities straight, right

      2. because running the ball is a mortal sin to Kelly even if your playing in a hurricane.

  10. it’s not hard to believe ND can’t get a big time coach, who would want to coach there if they are going to get run out of town when their personalities supercede the program. ND now looks for a coach that can periodically give them a punchers chance. We don’t have a Harbaugh coming me to save us, but we need someone that will follow his recipe. Control the line of scrimmage, play conservative until the game requires you not to. I work hard everyday at my job and I won’t make huge dollars, but I do my job exceptionally and effectively every day. ND pays coaches millions and I don’t think they are getting anything exceptional or effective. Facts are facts when ND is good the world watches, when they are mediocre they enjoy the train wreck

  11. I know ND is not going to get a high priced marquee coach should Kelly need replacing, whether he leaves by choice or shown the door. One guy that has gotten more out of less stellar talent and knows something about high admission standards also, and if given opportunity to recruit better talent to coach which would happen at ND, would be Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern. Just remember, a guy named Ara also was snagged from Northwestern and he did pretty well at ND.

    1. What would you have us do for play calling in a hurricane? Run on every down? NC State’s Offense did that (and scored 3 points). If we can’t run between the tackles on anybody else, why should that magically start working in a hurricane when their entire defense is waiting for that, like our “D” was waiting for them to do it?

      The game should have been rescheduled.

      Get a fullback, Notre Dame.

      The list of teams that get some kind of ACC Bowl bid before we do is getting pretty long. We could miss a bowl even at 6-6, which does not seem likely to be the final regular season record – but I’ll see for myself – I’m going to the next three home games.

      Bruce GC

  12. Kelly blames his center for the bad snap essentially for this loss implicitly. His own terrible offensive play calling had no role in this debacle apparently.

    1. What would you have us do for play calling in a hurricane? Run on every down? NC State’s Offense did that (and scored 3 points). If we can’t run between the tackles on anybody else, why should that magically start working in a hurricane when their entire defense is waiting for that, like our “D” was waiting for them to do it?

      The game should have been rescheduled.

      Get a fullback, Notre Dame.

      The list of teams that get some kind of ACC Bowl bid before we do is getting pretty long. We could miss a bowl even at 6-6, which does not seem likely to be the final regular season record – but I’ll see for myself – I’m going to the next three home games.

      Bruce GC

  13. They played the game because the teams are irrelevant and the outcome doesn’t matter to CFB.

    ND might not win another game all year. Hopefully they squeak one out against army.

  14. The game should have never been played. The winner was the team that got less affected by the hurricane, because it had a Tyrone Swopes type QB (we do, too, in Zaire) that could at least get first downs, and a blocked punt TD. It was a stupid senseless decision for the game to have been played, proving nothing about who’s the better team. It was a hurricane. Officials encouraged residents to evacuate but the ACC said to play the game. Pitiful.

    If the weather is bad, they came with a plan B, said Denbrock. If that was plan B, then stash that trash in the roadside barrel, as Smokey the Bear used to advise.

    But, “In weather like this, it’s all about the OL” said the announcers. ND OL was again AWOL. They didn’t run block. They didn’t pass block. The didn’t block for a punt. But, other than that . . . Kudos to Hudson and the D. If the O’ had a clue re: a strategy what to do, they might have won. ND got outcoached another week -this time, by the NCSt. D staff.
    But I’m guessing it must have been having BK having to take a more active role in the D, but definitely not about him being more involved in special teams ( see blocked punt). That’d be somebody else’s fault. And what was the bring in Zaire, oh, he slipped, get him out of there moment? The last offensive play by ND in the fourth, and I do mean offensive, said it all.
    Fortunately for BK, he’ll have someone else to blame.
    Three times inside the red zone= 0 points. Game. Set. Match. Back to yesteryear of failure and missed opportunities. When you have the wind in the third quarter and you get -3yds., what more needs to be said? After Stanford and Miami, they’ll have 6 losses. The next loss and a team that was pre-season #11 won’t be bowl-eligible. ND is pressing and choking, just like their coach.
    ” Nothing sadder than wasted potential” ( Bronx Tale)

  15. But man, was Trumbetti impressive in coverage today!

    I don’t understand why the OL is so bad if 2/5 of it are supposedly 1st round draft picks

    1. Because not one of them is actually a first round pick!

      Plus, Hesitant like BK is resting on his laurels. Both will be gone after next season if they keep coaching like this!

  16. Although the opponent’s TD was a garbage play, NCST clearly deserved to win. They had twice the yards as ND, along with a 100 yard rusher by halftime. NCST finally figured out a way to move the ball in the second half, but ND never got a clue. Even when ND was gifted unbelievable field position time and time again, they did nothing with the ball and usually went backwards. And BK being out coached just goes without saying by this point.

    1. I graduated in 88 and if you look back at my statement where everyone attacked me I said ND would be lucky to win 4 games this year. BK has lost this team and if were not for Kaiser I doubt they would even be in these games. I still think he is the #1 pick in the draft and I am going to say Navy wins bringing my prediction to 3 wins.
      I see a team that lacks focus, hunger, playing nasty, and most importantly, identity on offense and defense.

  17. Extremely poor game planning and terrible play calling on the offense. Sanford should be given the keys to run this offense. The OL was overly hyped with too much optimism. To not try to run the run the ball more in these conditions was a mystery. I wonder if the comments from a few weeks ago when threw players under the bus is having an effect on willingness to play hard for him by the players. Our coaching overall is not good. This has transpired in a ND team that is just very good this year either. 3-9 or 4-8 is a realistic possibility. This game continues to reinforce my belief that it may be time to make a change at HC at the end of the season. It even seems Kelly isn’t having any enjoyment coaching this team. It is painful to watch ND football today comparing it to Ara, Dan D, and Lou H coached teams. How can you not if you were able to be around when they coached and not use those successes to judge & measure. It’s disappointing to see the football factory teams, Stanford’s, Michigan’s, Washington’s etc having their own type of successes and then you look at the current ND brand of football and how poorly they have played over the last 20 years, it just makes it hard to get enthused when ND focuses on doing it the “right way.” If the majority of other teams also played that standard, it would be a whole different story, but, they don’t. There isn’t a simple answer to ND’s football malaise. The answer has to be a combined effort of administration, coaches, and player recruiting & play with a different emphasis on what is expected compared to current standards. SteelFanRob is right as well as others commenting on this blog. ND brand football is becoming more and more irrelevant. Let’s be honest, the football brand has brought in a lot of money to the university, based upon a very good product from the past. The times are changing and either ND needs to possibly re-evaluate what it wants from its brand and whether it wants to do SOMETHING to even the playing field with the other big boy brands out there playing college football. If not, it’s time to play Ivy League teams or FCS teams and I don’t say that as an exaggeration either. How I want ND football to return as a competitive powerhouse. I am convinced there are those who can make that happen at ND that will not allow that very thing to occur at ND to make our beloved Irish more relevant. You can’t continue bringing a rock to a gunfight and expect to have consistent success in winning that. That’s how I feel metaphorically ND is approaching things regarding its football brand. This needs to change, the fans and financial supporters and the PLAYERS deserve better.

    1. I graduated in 88 and if you look back at my statement where everyone attacked me I said ND would be lucky to win 4 games this year. BK has lost this team and if were not for Kaiser I doubt they would even be in these games. I still think he is the #1 pick in the draft and I am going to say Navy wins bringing my prediction to 3 wins.
      I see a team that lacks focus, hunger, playing nasty, and most importantly, identity on offense and defense. Ara couldn’t win the “Big One” Devine was left a National championship team. Lou really won 3 titles. 88′ 89′ and 93. Most importantly his players played with intensity unmatched. Anyone remember when ND handed then #1 USC a 27-10 beating while three of his stars were left at home to watch the game on T.V.?
      The conditions were perfect for ND to rout NC State by using a bruising run game all day. They decided to through air it out and watch a wide out drop 4 perfectly thrown balls. Why do people always say coaches need at least 3 years to turn a program around? If you look at the great coaches at any level you will see immediate improvement in the first game of the first year. Example Lou got to ND and the record was identical to the previous year; however, if you look at the stats everything changed in the stat column. When we won the title in 88′ Lou’s 3rd year they beat 5 teams that were ranked in the A.P. top ten 4 of whom finished in the top ten. The only team in history to accomplish that feat.
      Look at Bobby Patrino everywhere he goes minus the NFL he delivers by year two or three. I.U. is not known for its prous on the Grid Iron; however, I think it will be very interesting to watch the final score of today’s game against OSU.

  18. I watched on TV. The announcer said there were 45 mph winds. The announcer also said there were 10 fumbles!
    NC State ran most of the time. It got their “O” a grand total of 3 points.
    Our offense was tending more towards the pass, with some running. It got our “O” 3 points.
    Our defense played their best game so far.
    I can’t tell too much from this game. Any other sport would have rescheduled.

    Bruce GC

    1. There’s a lot you can tell from this game, Bruce G. You can tell BK isn’t the right man to lead ND football into the future. At best he’s a caretaker right now.

      ND might be on the verge of a historically bad season. They might win a game or two more. But that’s about it. This team looks passionless and like they have given up.

      While this isn’t a team loaded with talent, it’s more talented than Duke and NC St. Lose to bad teams over and over again like BK has done throughout his tenure (minus the mirage of 2012) and that tells you a lot, Bruce G.

      ND needs to move on from BK. It won’t for at least another season. But keep on pissing the bed like this and he’ll be pacing up sooner rather than later.

    2. Watching VT vs. UNC. VT will kill ND unless things change dramatically between now and the time they play.

      ND might not win another game the way they’re playing and BK is coaching.

      This is just a terrible season. No sugar coating it!

      1. You know what SFR, ND has become in college football as to what Sears has become in retail, a past giant that is falling fast to obscurity.

      2. Great analogy, Nemesis!

        But, be careful, or BB will overwhelm you with his knowledge of football and southie will call you a “Debbie Downer.”

      1. tommy651,

        I thought it was going to be a rainstorm too, before the game. But with a 45 mph wind – it was the edge of a hurricane. It should have been rescheduled.

        And as for adjusting the offense…well, wouldn’t it have been nice to have a fullback as a second running back in that cyclone? Then maybe we could have run the ball more successfully. I mean how hard is it for a defense to stop a running game when there is only one running back, and you know he’s coming and coming without a real lead blocker! Think about it.

        Bruce GC
        La Crosse, Indiana

  19. What would you fight for?

    Would you fight for a 1/2 billion investment in facilities for a average football team?

    I might fight to redirect that money to something that actually helps humanity.

    Who are the idiots spending all this money on this football program? Go get the VCR and watch old games. There are so many great wins in the age of black and white movies or before sound.

    Obscenely high ticket prices and parking. 1/2 billion in a stadium that will leave Jerry Jones jealous. Why? This program is a con game.

    They’ve marketed Jesus, Mary Our Mother probably violating the 2nd Commandment. They’ve marketed a now distant past. And people are having hard earned money taken from them. Money that could go to helping others.

    I’d fight for starting over.

  20. Devine was run out after 5 years and a National championship. Holtz was run out with an NC and a few close ones. Why do they put up with this guy? 7 years and more embarrassing losses than surprising wins.

    Look at Notre Dames opponents. This could be a 3-9 season.

    1. You submit many factually accurate statements C-Dog and I agree with you. I was around to watch Dan and Lou getting run out of town by the Administration even with having good competitive brands of football, each with NC’s in their list of achievements. Standards have been lowered and I don’t think there are those in the administration that have the willingness to make the necessary changes to improve the ND brand of football by demanding better AND modifying processes to allow for that to happen.

  21. Farewell Brian Kelly.

    It’s time to start the search.

    Just please stand by the players. They deserve better.

    1. BK will throw the players under the bus as soon as possible. He’ll blame the weather, the players, the asst. coaches, etc. Everything and everyone but himself. The man is an ego maniac with no sense of responsibility.

      I’m tired of him and his act. I’ve tried to stay positive about BK and the future of this program with him. I’m done!

      The problem remains not one elite coach or asst. wants the ND job. ND will have to hope to hit a home run with a relative no name. But that’s a huge risk. One that ND cannot afford but has no choice about.

      Talk about frying pan or fryer scenario!

    2. I’ve been giving Kelly the benefit and keep saying he is a good coach and all but it is seriously time he starts being held accountable for some of the STUPID things he has been doing in games lately. How many more times is he going to burn a timeout on 4th down when our offense has the ball and if we don’t convert will need every timeout to get the ball back? Why didn’t Zaire play at all? Why passing so much? Why wouldn’t he call a QB draw there on the last drive when 5 wide are split and the entire middle of the field is wide open? Why wouldnt you kick a field goal with yoon earlier in the game when he just made one from 2 yards shorter not long before that?

      This crap is starting to get old. He has earned being on the hot seat now.

      My suggestion is to look at that Peterson guy from Washington. I think he is the real deal.

      1. Peterson won’t leave what he’s building at UW for ND! Why would he?! ND is no longer a marquee job. Why deal with the “limp wristed priests” to use C-Dog’s turn of phrase?! Why deal with ND admissions?! At UW, Peterson can recruit whatever player he wants, whether or not they can read or write.

        No, the ND AD, administration, team, and fans will have to do a lot of praying and hope that the next coach, most likely a young coach, will become the next Ara.

        No established coach is coming to ND anytime soon.

  22. BK didn’t take field conditions into account one iota when it came to his play calling.

    Just beyond belief.

    1. Yep and I’m going. Won’t be wearing ND gear, not Stanford either, maybe a nice orange or purple shirt for neutrality

    1. BK just plain sucks!

      I’m done even pretending to be optimistic about him. He’s lost this whole team and any fan base without its head up its ass.

      I’ll root for the lads, but BK cannot lead this team into the future. Period!

      1. BK is becoming a glorified CW. All talk and no substance. Right now it’s about managing a transition over the next season or two and try to get as much talent as possible for the next coach, who better be an even better recruiter than BK.

        ND football is at a crossroads. Another decade of mediocrity and it will become largely irrelevant, past history notwithstanding. You can’t have 30 years of this garbage and expect people to consider your program relevant.

    1. You’re all such “Debbie Downers.” The “sky is not falling.” “Wait till next year.”

      Am I missing any of the cliches used by our faux loyalists?

  23. Attention to detail. Obviously Kelly was interested in other things in the offseason. Didn’t see the issues on defense. Didn’t have a talented offensive line ready. Didn’t know which QB he would use or have packages ready for both. Didn’t take into account that ESPN and the conferences hate Notre Dame and some hate Catholics.
    Kelly says “Kelly God Country Nptre Dame”

  24. ND might be headed for a four win season, but hey, at least they’re doing it the “right way.” I know that brings a lot of you great joy.

  25. The ND football program can’t do any better than it did last year. With that in mind, plus the 2012 run, BK isn’t getting canned any time soon. Hopefully they take play calling duties away though.

  26. The fans should stop buying tickets. The boosters should stop donating. This program has punked it’s fans for 20 years.

    Marketing Its now distant past and pretending a bunch of homosexual limp wristed men dressed like priests actually rep Jesus.

    This is pathetic.

  27. I really wish Kelly would agree to help Searbrick start the coaching search now. Maybe they could include Lou Holtz and Ara on the search committee. They need to find a coach who understands what the old Notre Dame stood for.

  28. NC State has adjusted. NC State could easily win this game.

    Kelly has the ball around the 20 and throws 4 times? Are you kidding ? Doesn’t kick a field goal. Wow! That was genius.

    They have essentially one running play. The so called zone read. Their version is the QB and the running back hugging each other while the defense converge and hoping the gold helmets and team logo will cause the defense to jenuflect instead of tackling not then.

    1. BB for head coach!

      He’s smarter, wittier, more knowledgeable about football. Plus he’s a really good writer!

      1. I’m surprised BB didn’t jump all over Subway who blatantly admits he wants ND to lose.

      2. No, George, BB wanted to pick a fight with me. He felt he “won” when I conceded to C-Dog’s sage wisdom about the level of discourse. BB hasn’t been heard from since. He’s still gloating over his “victory”.

        Put in Zaire!

  29. BK’s offense has always been finesse. Too many things have to be right for finesse teams. ND needs to look more like Stanford or Michigan on offense. Harbaugh and Shaw are showing that the offense can have many wrinkles but fundamentally is a north south offense. You rely on a solid run game. Big blocking and tall receivers. The pro set offense can handle bad weather.

    1. Spot on, C-Dog.

      Hey, BB, since you know so much about football what O game plan would you run?!

      Cricket sounds from the BB peanut gallery!

  30. Brian Kelly needs FIRED!! His play calling is the worst in college football and he should be embarrassed. I’ve been a die hard ND fan all my life and I am really having a hard time watching this year and especially today!!!

    1. This O game plan is ridiculous. They knew for days what the weather was going to be like. Why not have a package for Zaire like NC St. for its running QB?! Bad coaching. Plain and simple.

      Part of the problem here, besides BK’s pass happiness, is the gutless O line. It sucks! Heistand better earn his keep next season!

  31. just tuned in and all I have seen is Pass, pass, pass, pass from note dame.. Guess we can’t or not allowed to run the ball?

    1. BK getting outreached again. Not by Saban, Miles, Meyer. No. By NC St. coach. Wow!

      NC St. TD here game over.

  32. Oh good. Lightning in the area. Hopefully they just cancel this debacle so ND can temporarily avoid their 4th loss.

    1. This is a debacle indeed!

      Everything you need to know about how poorly coached this team is was evident on first and goal at the 6. False start. Sack. Int.

      There is little or no hope of salvaging this season if ND loses this game. Even six wins would be difficult at that point.

      Just win this ugly SOB. Go home. Regroup. Hopefully turn the season around by beating Stanford and getting on a roll.

      At this point, if nothing else, just beat Miami and ruin their season.

  33. Kelly and Kizer both said that wet field conditions would not be an issue. Apparently the players just need to figure it out. No reason to consider a different plan of attack.

    1. BK is clueless. He’s lost this team. He seems to be regressing as a play caller and coach. I have no doubt he’s not the right man for the ND job. But he’s the coach for the moment. We have to endure this crap for at least another season.

    1. I here you George. BK is a stubborn prick. Pass, Pass, Pass. HH prepares his O lineman individually for the NFL but they dont seem to play that well as a unit. Overrated Oline coach to go along with an overrated Oline.

  34. This game , w/ torrential rain and 45 m. p. h. winds will prove nothing. Who slips less and fumbles fewer times are the only determiners in this game.

    “It’s strictly business; it’s not personal. It’s the business we’ve chosen. ” Godfather II

  35. It will be like pissing into one of those Hollywood wind makers and not getting any on your shoes! Since Forever, Play Like Champions Today! RUN IT DOWN THEIR THROATS!

  36. A useless unathletic offense line that couldnt open a can of soup let alone running lanes for great backs that we have no excuse not to be able to run the ball

  37. There is no way you can tell me that we can’t pass in a rainstorm! We did not even begin to deploy our pass until well into the second half against Clemson. And that went pretty well against them when we finally decided to do it.
    I could give you a hundred examples of this fact:
    The team that actually runs its regular offense wins in a rainstorm. Here’s my favorite example: Tony Rice’s first game – at Pittsburgh

    Bruce GC

  38. I’m just terribly disappointed in Notre dame right now. I feel they had a great chance this year to maybe have a special season and Kelly and his coaching staff let them down. It especially hurts when the 3 teams we lost to are not very good and Notre dame lmost 2 of them on their home field. Oh well life goes on.

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