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Again Ham, you and I see eye to eye.
The fact is, good recruits will come and good recruits will go. In this particular case, if a member of his family is truly sick - and I have no proof to invalidate that claim, and neither does any member of this community - then I wish he or she well. But as the years continue to pile up, the list of names who have jilted the Irish in one way or another is climbing, irrevocably. Lest we forget, and just in past few years, the numbers run into the double digits. Eddie Vanderdoes is yet another forgettable entry.
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I won't be rooting for Eddie Vander ... who again?
My dog ate my homework
Less than a week ago EV said his reason for staying closer to home was "a very private and personal reason". And now he decides to go public with it? This kid is a drama queen.
Having failed through the proper channels the Vanderdoes' will now turn to the media to do their dirty deed. A smear campaign.
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Bleeds, I'll try to get this back on track.
Yes, the numbers of departures piles up. But, as we know, or at least as Lou will tell us, that has always been the case. The difference, at least in comparison to much of the past 15-20 years, is that ND is now getting a higher percentage of quality recruits, so that means that the ones that leave will often be quality players. Who else would be leaving if that's all you're getting?
Taking the facts as given that there's serious illness in the family, I respect EV's decision to want to remain close. But, as others have pointed out, he's not really that close. Yes, closer than South Bend, for sure, but still a 7-hour drive. That was the distance I was from ND, and that never felt particularly close. One has to wonder that if family was his paramount concern, why didn't he take a year off from football (which he's doing anyway) and attend classes much closer to home? If the problem had resolved itself in that time, then perhaps he could go to ND the following year, if that was truly his first choice. I don't even know if all that's feasible within NCAA guidelines, but what is pretty clear is that ND was probably no longer his first choice, regardless of the family situation. I know I'm connecting dots of some unknowns here, but if I'm doing a disservice to the young man, I apologize. However, it's pretty hard, at this point, to arrive at any other conclusion than Eddie had some buyer's remorse.
This^^^! The flight to/from South Bend is a total of 5 hours. Unless you're flying from LA to SF or Oakland (which is an hour or lil more). The 7 hr drive is a lot longer than a flight across the country.
I'm not taking a side here, just reporting Vanderdoes has family in Los Angeles. I don't know whether his ill family member is one of those who lives in Los Angeles. Also, it's likely Notre Dame would not allow Vanderdoes to go to Stanford because they are a regular opponent.
I agree and I also smell the UCLA athletic department behind the curtain, floating these pathetic balloons to see if any will fly. Is there something in the air in southern California that encourages moral bankruptcy?
They are trying to do whatever they can to get the NCAA to waive the one year sit out
"Among the reasons?" Dan, can you share the other reasons he had a change of heart?
Lets move ON
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