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Well, after a lengthy hiatus, here I am. I come to dispute what so many are seeing as an endless stream of bad news. The only bad news I've seen is that we got clubbed in the championship game. Of course, the injury to Hounshell is a drag, and it was unfortunate to lose Tate Nichols to a medical. But, everything else has been positive. Gunner Kiel transferred because he saw he wasn't going to get the playing time he wants. That means that either isn't as good as we and he thought, or that Golson is better. Justin Ferguson transferred. Again, we get a scholarship back in exchange a guy why could see he wasn't going to dent the depth chart. And Neal? Well, whether he left because he has a child or for some other reason, his priority was not Notre Dame. If his priorities lie elsewhere, he'll never develop into all he could be. So again, we get another scholarship to offer a kid who will bleed blue and gold in exchange for one from whom we would never get all we had hoped for.
The Manti T'eo story? Why is that bad news? The kid was a victim. It doesn't make Notre Dame look bad in the least. Naturally, those who hate us had fun with it, and tried to paint us with it, but it didn't and won't stick, because there's nothing TO stick. He'll go into the NFL and represent Notre Dame with pride and dignity.
KC McDermott? I don't care where he goes. He's a Florida kid, Miami is a decent school, and a lot of Florida kids just don't want to come north. I would love to see him on the field for us, but if he wants Miami, so be it. We'll recruit very, very well this year, and we'll get another great offensive line haul with or without him. Beyond that, if the NCAA announces major sanctions before next signing day, there's no guarantee this one is over even if he commits on Tuesday to Miami.
Notre Dame football will be better, barring the old injury bug, this year than last. We might not be undefeated simply because going undefeated is so difficult, but we'll be a better team if the OL stays relatively healthy. Golson will be light years better, Davaris Daniels is just coming into his own, TJ Jones is a very solid player and the backs will be BETTER. There's no doubt that Theo was really good for us last year, but both Bryant and Folston have much higher ceilings, and all of Carlisle, Mahone, Atkinson and McDaniel have at least as much going for them as Riddick and Wood. The defense will be much deeper, and the defensive backfield will be twice as good. It's just not possible that they won't be with the depth at safety and returning experience at corner.
Now, I don't mind if some of you wring your hands about what you see as bad news. To each his own. But, the fact is that the future of Notre Dame football is brighter by far than it's been since 1990. To me, that's good news. Let's enjoy spring practice. Let's enjoy the spring game. Let's enjoy recruiting, knowing that it's a long game, and seeing that this staff knows what it's doing. We will absolutely end up with another great class following another great season. We will be in a BCS game, and we will win it.
You can trust in my confidence. I didn't get to be a kernel for nothing.
Somehow Mr rice you can always make me feel better about the reality of where we're at as a football program when warranted. The more I think about it I got uncharacteristically negative about the McDermott news when in reality I could say my feelings could have better summed up with the way you put it. Of course it has to be taken in totality of all the weeks news or for that fact the news since the Bowl game . That is what you just did. Again thanks for setting my coarse straight again.
I knew it was time for some carb-loading, and the Riceman Cometh. Mostly what we've seen since the championship game has been small change and distractions, other than, of course, a very nice recruiting haul. There has been minimal damage to the bottom line, and what there has been, can easily be offset by the kinds of unforeseen developments which marked last season's player development such as Russell and Farley. Nothing to develop worry lines about at this early juncture.
This post was edited by HamOnWry22 on 3/29/2013 at 7:42 AM
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extremely well said.
Welcome back Mr Rice, well said.
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I'm glad I read this one. Very glad. Well said Mr. Rice
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Last year at this time NONE of us expected that we would be were we're at now. BK and staff have made most of us(maybe all?) believers that they know how to coach up - it wasn't a fluke. True, as the Riceman posted, going undefeated this year isn't a realistic goal but ND should be in the BCS hunt AND that's a HUGE positive move compared to those sooo many years of mediocrity. Notice that the general overall board tone with the transferring of Kiel, Neal, Ferguson hasn't been critical of the staff rather the posters here have been supportive - I don't think this would have been the board tone if this had happened last year certainly not two years ago - this coaching staff deserves respect. Last year didn't just happen out of the blue they've been recruiting quality talent and coaching them UP! GO IRISH!
This post was edited by irish13 on 3/30/2013 at 3:46 AM
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