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Stephon Tuitt - Notre Dame vs. USC

Notre Dame defeated arch rival USC for the third time in four years on the strength of a phenomenal defensive effort.  Starting quarterback Tommy Rees went down in the third quarter which was the end of any success the Irish offense had in the game as Andrew Hendrix looked horrendous.  The Irish defense made up for the lack of success by the offense by shutting out the Trojans in the second half.  The following players were key to the Irish getting their first win at home versus USC since 2001:

Stephon Tuitt:  Notre Dame’s star defensive end broke out with his best game of the season versus the Trojans.  Tuitt was an absolute force, particularly in the second half when he was nearly unstoppable.  Tuitt had seven tackles, two sacks, and a pass breakup days after rumors began swirling regarding if he will stay at Notre Dame for his senior season.  Tuitt certainly showed he is NFL ready though as the Trojans offensive line was no match for him physically.

Carlo Calabrese:  Fifth year senior Carlo Calabrese had another strong game as he continues to show he is the leader of the Irish linebacking corps.  Calabrese was the catalyst in the run defense as usual and had a team high eight tackles, including one for loss.  Calabrese looked solid as a leader as the linebacking play was under the microscope after Jarrett Grace’s injury.

Jaylon Smith:  Irish freshman Jaylon Smith continued to develop into the special player everyone expects him to be in the victory over USC.  Smith had a beautiful interception, the first of his career, to go along with four tackles, including one for loss.  Smith also was out of position much less than he has been in the past and continued to tackle well in space.

Tommy Rees:  Prior to his injury Tommy Rees was playing a very solid game for the Irish.  Rees was spreading the ball around nicely with six different receivers catching a pass.  Rees went 14-21 for 166 yards and two touchdowns in his abbreviated effort.  Most importantly Rees was also turnover free and made the right read most times.

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78 comments

  1. SteelFanRob 6 years ago

    JC,

    I’m not saying anything about brother “duranko’s” orthodoxy. I just wanted to expand on his observations regarding Matt. 5-7, which is indeed critical reading for all Christians.

    I just don’t agree with him about ND’s singular approach to college football ideology. What is that, really?! It sounds good, but can you tell me what he means? What I do know, JC, and agree with you about, is that ND has been singularly unimpressive this season. BK hasn’t done a good job in several areas. We’ve taken a step backwards this season for sure.

    I think we all want to see ND back at the top. But how do we get there when the entire systems is rigged to favor the cheaters and the corrupt?

    Go Irish!

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    1. JC 6 years ago

      Well, I’m not going to lose any sleep over duranko. As for the KellyCare Polyanna Club, we definitely hear the same redundant bromance mentality, per say: ‘cattle over the cliff message’ as we did with CW! Will it better? Only the positive test of time will tell.

      GoooooIrish!

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  2. JC 6 years ago

    Rob,

    Sounds like an ambiguous Koran paradox personal interpretation, do we have a convert amongst us? By all means correct me if I am wrong.

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  3. SteelFanRob 6 years ago

    “duranko,”

    Totally agree on the 16 team PO. Plus, there should be a formula that can eliminate as much as possible the human element from the polls and get us to 16 teams. Short of this, I say go back to the old conferences and a “mythical” NC. Here’s one case where the good old days are indeed better than what we actually have now and will be getting in the very near future.

    Why shouldn’t a school on ND’s prestige and reputation not take the lead on changing the system? If not now, when? If not ND, who? The status quo isn’t serving anyone. So why not be a moral leader for change instead of being unequally yoked with the Bamas, Ohio States, and Miamis of the NCAA?! I guess ND has more important things on its plate than being an advocate and agent for positive change in an important public sphere like sport is in this country (and one that makes the school a lot of $!).

    Jesus didn’t do away with the previous commands, commandments, or covenants of God. In fulfilling them, He gave believers the chance to grow beyond them but never the license to go without them. Re-read your Catechism, “duranko.” Antinomianism isn’t a Christian Tradition, much less a Catholic teaching. Perhaps you’re reading too much low-church Evangelical, “Once saved, always saved” literature these days.

    What’s ND’s “singular approach to college football”? Mediocrity? Losing bowl games? Not having a truly signature win in an age? Etc. Our detractors would indeed agree that what has been the last 25 years of ND football is “its most eloquent witness”!

    Peace!

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  4. SteelFanRob 6 years ago

    Ron,

    “duranko’s” points are valid to an extent, so no need to call him names on this account.

    I think our friend “duranko” is overly optimistic about the current state of the NCAA in general and college football in particular. Scandals have indeed been a part of college sports from the beginning. But what’s happening now is institutional corruption at the highest levels. And it’s being condoned at the highest levels. This is a whole new ball game and one that ND shouldn’t be unequally yoked with. (Again, “duranko,” you want to throw out biblical allusions I, too, can do that.)

    What ND cannot do and should never do, “duranko,” is sell its soul. (You, know, “What does it profit a man….”) It seems that to win in today’s NCAA (in football, at least) schools have to cheat. When was the last time one of the great academic AND athletic institutions of this land, one not associated in some way with a scandal, won a NC in football? When was the last time such a school was dominant (i.e., winning multiple titles in a row or over a short period of time)?

    Moreover, “duranko,” I include many land grant and public schools on the list of those stellar institutions that should follow ND out of the Whore of Babylon (i.e., the NCAA) and create a truly collegiate and collegial athletic league. I would include Michigan, Wisconsin, and several eastern universities.

    Besides, unless you’re a full-blown antinomian, “duranko,” the Bible (including the NT) has no problem with moral litmus tests. Ever heard of the Ten Commandments?

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    1. duranko 6 years ago

      I have “written the NCAA asset down to zero.” I have neither expectation nor traction with them.

      Myles Brand got played by Dave Stern on the one and done rule which made college basketball, the game of Wooden and Iba and, yeah, Harry Litwack (my fave) a travesty that could be coopted by the likes of Calipari.

      It is absurd that there is not a playoff in college football, of the 16 team variety, and this “selection committee” regardless of its partipants is a waste of time, money and bottled water. It evokes for me the wag’s description of the New Jersey appellate court that had over 15 members “more than a crowd, but less than a mob.”

      The NCAA is a mess, but there are far more important things on Notre Dame’s to-do-list.

      And, simply, your recommendation that ND lead the charge and establish a new bureaucracy, well, that’s just not going to happen.

      And the Ten commandments are for children. Real men follow the amplification and enhancement set forth, inter alia, in Matt 5-7.

      Notre Dame’s singular approach to college football is its most eloquent witness.

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  5. duranko 6 years ago

    I couldn’t disagree more. Notre Dame was not founded on the naivete
    that it would “purify” the world. Corruption is intertwined with the history of sport, including a short South Shore ride away when
    Arnie Rothstein inveigled the 1919 Black Sox scandal.

    Further, even West Point had a massive cheating scandal.

    Further, the university’s mission is to prepare graduates to swim in a social, financial and moral river that is polluted, but to keep swimming the right way rather than to let the detritus of the river alter its stroke or to leap to the river bank and demand another river.

    Purity is neither stupidity nor withdrawal.

    Notre Dame, yesterday, today and tomorrow will compete against universities
    that have different priorities (it is Pharasaic, as in, thank god I am not that publican, to sniff at the land grant universities which have a mission much different reaching a vastly different economic and social
    realm from that of a PRIVATE Catholic school) and different views on broad moral questions and the tradeoffs between academic and athletic success.

    Notre Dame will compete. We will compete the Notre Dame way. We will get RKG’s. We will do it our way. And, eventually we will win the right way.

    We don’t cut and run. As ever, we play the best teams we can, and there is no condition precedent of a moral litmus test.

    “Cannot” comes from your mouth, not Notre Dame’s.

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    1. Ron 6 years ago

      duranko, good lord why are you such a dipstick??

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  6. SteelFanRob 6 years ago

    Point well taken, RB. But my point wasn’t merely that a school has top-flight academic programs. But that it’s AD is also clean. NC-Chapel Hill is one of the best public universities in the US with many outstanding academic programs. But its football program is especially suspect. What I’m saying is that schools that have BOTH top flight academics and clean ADs should abandon the whore of Babylon that is the NCAA and form their own league that is peerless both in the classroom and on the playing fields. ND cannot compete consistently against corrupt programs willing to sell their souls (and the bodies of their co-eds!) for the sake of victory.

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  7. SteelFanRob 6 years ago

    I think the timing is ideal with the most recent example of NCAA corruption with its “sanction” of Miami and the end of the BCS era for ND to go to a group of elite universities with legit academics and sports programs and suggest leaving behind the NCAA. The TV money will be there if enough of the right schools jump ship. These schools can create a few coherent geographical conferences and preserve traditional rivalries (ND-Michigan, for instance). They can have a ranking system that takes into account academics and a true playoff. The NCAA can continue to be a minor league for the NFL and continue overlooking the blatant lack of academic integrity at places like Bama, Miami, Ohio St., etc.

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    1. Ron Burgundy 6 years ago

      ND is obviously an outstanding institution but U of M is no slouch either. Miami is ranked in the Top 50 according to most publications.

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  8. JC 6 years ago

    Jack,

    You proposed this same question with CW. Simple answer: We are not going to the promised land anytime soon with BK. Year 6 maybe? Another 20 years is not out of the question either. Bama is being investigated, very few teams play by the rules therefore the journey continues whether we like it or not. I don’t think the ‘level playing field’ concept has ever been on the horizon. In the old days we did not have the instant ‘drama news’ gratification as today! So it is what it is, the cheaters get to win until caught (USC) not ND! Besides, if Saban gets caught who ends with his 3 titles? And who would want them? So is he smart if he passes the NCAA limtus test investigation! Yes he is until they deem otherwise!

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  9. Jack 6 years ago

    I have read through many comments on this board from all sides. I respect all who post on this board, but BK is the coach and not leaving anytime soon. Swarbrick is better than the idiot was here prior in Kevin White. Now I have a question for all of those out there who want BK gone, Who is the next coach? I like some of the things BK does and I don’t like others. I don’t like 4th and inches with a QB in the shot gun. Put him under center and have him stick his head between the ass of center and the ass of the guard and get a couple of inches. I also don’t like some of BK’s comments. As my father used to say sometimes boy you talk to here yourself talk. BK should see a priest at the University for a class in humilaty sometime.
    As for Tommy Reese’s legacy, I think he was a hell of a competitor and a hell of a man. Other than not being able to out run a cop, pretty much he has given everything to the University and handled all things like a true ND man should. He’s not the best QB ever to play at ND but I wouldn’t say he was the worst. He was thrust into many uncomfortable situations and handled them accordingly. I have made my piece with Tommy being the QB and I will now support him to the end of the year.

    As far as the state of the program. We would like to see a run like the Canes in the later 90’s, SC in the middle of the 2000’s or Alabama current. What one thing in common to the Canes and SC have in common, RAMPANT CORRUPTION! Players getting paid, rules violations and other things. The book has not been written yet on Bama, but Wommack wasn’t eligible for the NC game and should have beeen benched. The only way to get a Saban like coach is to let them know you will turn the other cheek. It kind of reminds me of that move “Blue Chips” If wins a National Championship with a crooked coach I would rather them go 0-12.

    After that being said if BK isn’t the man to take them to the promise land than who out there is. I can tell you this much Lou is out of the question and I don’t see to many coaches out there like Lou

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    1. Ron 6 years ago

      I think your right Jack. Although I have issues with BK like special teams and tackling we were dealt a severe blow with the qb situation.Rees and Hendrix are from the Weis era and golson just screwed up and Gunner Kiel is a fake who doesn’t like competition.

      Everything around an offense depends on the qb and we are stuck with Rees. So be it. I think in the next year or two with mobile qb’s we should be much much better. Just keep recruiting top notch defensive players and get a special teams coach who can make a difference.

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      1. Ron 6 years ago

        We’ll see how the Chicago bears do without Cutler for a month or so even though their coach is supposed to be a qb”genius”

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    2. C-Dog 6 years ago

      While I have concerns about Kelly I am certainly not calling for his head. It’s just hard to see that the elements are in place to get all the way. He’s done a great job getting the team into a winning way that neither Davie, Willingham, nor Weis could consider. But the connection to the old tradition seems elusive. Those last few puzzle pieces that Holtz, Devine, Parseghian, Leahy, and Rockne put in place seem as elusive.

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  10. clubgitmo 6 years ago

    Does anyone know what happened o Elijah Shumate (#22)? I did not see him play t all and was not in the participation box score on und.com. Is he injured or benched?

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  11. JDH 6 years ago

    I was extremely proud of our D. Major adversity was upon us when Rees went down. Tommy is like a toxic girlfriend. You can’t wait to get rid of them, but then need them SO BAD when they are gone! 🙂 (No I’m not ripping of TR, just making a joke.) Tommy played well until he went down.

    Now we know what the 3rd string looks like in 2013. Basically, there isn’t one.

    I was amazed at the heart, determination and execution of our defense to hold USC to 0 points after Rees got hurt.

    I also hope that the “Rees halftime speech” is on the level. If so, good for him to step up and show real leadership!

    GO IRISH!

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  12. TRirish55 6 years ago

    Great defensive effort ESP in the second half USC stated 3 drives at the ND 40 or closer and zero points truly remarkable Jaylon Smiths pic was sick!!! He drops and like decides I’ll go cover that WR unreal Calabrese blitzing was outstanding he didn’t always get the tackle but turned the runners from going straight ahead till help arrived really impressed with the toughness of Cam McDaniel beating USC is ways outstanding no matter how ugly I’ll take ESP after all those years of beating the boys by 40 every year and too all the Rees haters think why you just saw why he can’t get hurt guys numbers and record speak for themselves 5-2 people come on look at the schedule if the O gets going look out embrace the hate

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  13. C-Dog 6 years ago

    Diaco should handle the service academies. He learned the 4-4 and if he puts it in play then they should be fine. ND is still solid against the run. They will need the CBs and safeties flying to the ball by Pitt. I just want to see less soft coverage and a willingness to take some chances. The CBs can do it.

    The big worry as it is every year is the chop blocks. AFA has always been the worst in that regard. The best way to avoid those is to attack first. Two wins and no injuries are my hope and then lets see how this team has matured in the Pitt and BYU games leading up to Stanford

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    1. Shazamrock 6 years ago

      C-Dog,

      Another way to handle the service academies is with Louis Nix.

      Everything AF runs starts with the Fullback up the middle on the first option choice.

      Nix got blindsided late in the USC game on what appeared to be a cheap shot.
      He fell on his arm and came out of the game and I haven’t been able to get a status on him for this week.

      Maybe someone out there knows?

      Having Sheldon Day back will help especially when you consider that ND will be playing in Colorado Springs which is about 7000 feet above sea level, and where rotating a lot of players and keeping them fresh is vital.

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      1. C-Dog 6 years ago

        Shaz,
        Right you are, although I’d like to see 4 guys with a hand on the ground at the front. And 4 guys in linebacker position, ready to attack the gaps. Force them into 3rd and 6 or more and take chances with man to man coverage.

        Also make sure the offense is efficient and puts at least 21 up in the first half.

        I’d also make sure the 2nd and 3rd string are ready because I’d like to reduce exposure to the chop and cut blocks for my top guys on the line.

        But I like your thinking Shaz.

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