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Lou, very nice piece. However, given Mrs. Lynch's involvement every step of the way, might this not be more of an "arranged" marriage than shotgun?
As for drawing any implications about this relative to Notre Dame's ability to attract and maintain certain kinds of athletes, this is a pretty small sample (one) from which to draw conclusions. Tee's situation had different circumstances. The situation with verbals changing their minds happens everywhere, including those who choose to switch to ND.
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Yeah, the arranged marriage analogy definitely can work in this situation, and is probably better.
As for attracting certain kind of athletes, this is more about the perception that exists nationally and that has been so conspicuous in the NFL Draft — that ND can no longer consistently get the "Vinny Cerrato-type, the SEC-type, the flashy, game-changer" on a consistent basis, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Yes, it can get a Michael Floyd, or a Gunner Kiel on offense fairly consistently ... but on defense it's a tier or two below "the kind of athletes" that Alabama, LSU, FSU, etc. land. People like Aaron Lynch, Darby, Shepard — and yes, I understand Shepard's case was unique — were changing that perception, so when you lose them, it comes back to, "Same ol', same ol'."
Aaron Lynch is a beast, and his talent will be missed to be sure, I'm not going to downplay the loss, it is huge.
While I have 0 inside information, I can't help but think, Aaron was somewhat of a cancer to the team, his attitude was always in question, he never seemed signed up for the big picture.
I believe it may useful to the rest of the squad to know that regardless of talent, the coaching staff will hold you accountable.
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Manti Teo and Stephen Tuitt disagree Lou. Yes I said Tuitt because I think he has more of an impact on the DLine than Lynch did.
While I can't quarrel with anything you said, I do think it fair to ask who's perception we are talking about. Undoubtedly, the media, including ESPN, CNN, USA Today, CBS, NBC, ABC, SN, etc. will say, almost categorically, that Lynch's decision reflects another footnote to ND's past glory. Dennis Dodd, Matt Hayes, Brian Hamilton will have a field day.
And, yes, our own board members may question whether ND ever will win a national championship (under any coach) and do more than, as you say, be more than a solid team with a ceiling of 10-2 or so.
However, in my view, I think the perception of two groups far outweighs any media or pundit perception: namely, the members of the current football team who overwhelmingly seem to want to be at ND and excel at ND and secondly, recruits, even recruits from the South. And, it appears that recruits seem still to be excited about ND and many still want to come here.
I agree 100% with you that it has always been and it will always be a struggle to recruit and keep elite prospects to ND on the defensive side of the ball, especially defensive linemen. But, I believe BK is committed to keep trying, and trying, and trying. We need these kinds of players and Aaron's decision doesn't mean that we have to give up trying to get them.
So, as long as the team, the coaches and recruits continue to believe that ND can be elite again, I agree we can weather the storm.
great article lou but can we discuss the elphant in the room? Nd is not usc, okla or sec when it comes to football and i dont understand why we contiually quote and reference notre dame teams and coaches from the past 30 - 50 years. landscape in ncaa football has greatly changed and unfortunATLEY nd does a great job of leading young men who want to be here, but that doesnt remotely compare to level of athelete (only, no student) in the sec usc and okla sorry for my bitterness, but qotes from ara wont soften the blow
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