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The sophomore cornerback is no longer with the football program, according to Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune. Banks signed with the Irish in Feb. 2009 as an early enrollee with Zeke Motta and Tyler Stockton, but a knee injury prevented him from playing that year and he was medically redshirted.
He left the program temporarily but returned in August 2010— no longer on scholarship — with the stipulation that he was going to be on the scout team and use the year to prove himself academically and on the field. Because Banks was not on scholarship, it doesn't open up a new one.
Including 19 verbal commits, Notre Dame currently has 77 people on scholarship, which means it has eight more to give. But we anticipate at least three fifth-year seniors will return — Harrison Smith, Gary Gray and Taylor Dever — which then reduces the scholarships to give to five for the 85 max. For every other fifth-year senior that returns (Ragone, Romine, Ruffer, Nuss, Nwankwo ...), reduce it by one.
This post was edited by Lou Somogyi on 12/7/2010 at 11:06 AM
Ruffer has to come back and deserves a scholarship. If Rudolph comes back, then we let Ragone go. Wonder if we take one of either Romine or Nuss?
i agree ruffer needs to come back and in all honesty i'm thinking ragone is done. with rudy, eifert, welch and golic, our te position is set.
Did he decide to stay at ND but not play football ?
No, he did not finish the academic semester at Notre Dame and is back in his hometown of Pittsburgh, according to the report. Final exams begin next week at Notre Dame.
Too bad it didn't work out for him. I wish him well.
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Lou ... was Bank's temp leave in August 09 or 10? Your article states 2009 .. correct, typo?
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It was 2010. Man, I'm having an awful day. I have thousands of facts and figures in my head and can recite all the scores from 40 years ago .... but I can't get the freaking year right between 2010 and 2009. That's what happens when you have only a couple of brain cells rattling up around there.
I hope things work out for EJ. I too think Ragone is done regardless of whether Rudolph comes back. Ruffer should be given a scholarship, and Romine should come back if we have the scholarship. But, I'd use them all up if it meant getting French, Huggins, Ishaq Williams, Niklas, Scarlett and Ray.
Thanks for update Lou.
Too bad for this young man. He seems to be struggling to find his way. Wish him the best.
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Lou ... if i had one working brain cell ... I would have known it was a simple typo.
Thanks for the update ... step away from the ledge ... and have a cool/warm one on me.
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I agree with an above poster that Romine needs to come back. He played quite well in the opportunities he had.
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i remember ernie banks...mr. cub.
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