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A lot of supposed ND faithful fanatics have dumped on Kelly for the beat down in the Title game,
--- but as usual I don't buy it to their drivel minded analysis.
If the NFL Mock Drafts are any indication of real talent, or the ultimate reality of a Combine Invite and NFL Draft selection,
---- we simply never matched up to Alabama in talent.
In fact, it appears to me the lopsided score was a more a reflection of the talent disparity,
--- rather the gap between coaching talent.
Perhaps as telling is the gap between the SEC players going to the NFL and,
--- who we will see get drafted from ND this year.
We weren't "loaded"...this year,
--- at least if it came to comparing our talent to most of the SEC teams.
This post was edited by 6yardsitko 15 months ago
It might be just a trifle premature to make this interpretation based on mock drafts. Perhaps we should wait for the actual draft.
I don't look at the mock drafts from the standpoint of specific 1) teams or 2) placement....
--- but rather in the "aggregate".
Overall, from that perspective, they generally get things right.
Also, judging the ability of a team based on the draft is particularly valid, as one team may have more underclassman, great players but ones with talents more appropriate for the college game, etc. We have an awful lot of young talent, and it's obvious more is on the way.
Still, I figured motivation, game planning, and having the Head Coach of the year, the assistant of the year, and Heisman runner up on our sideline would keep us in the game for at least the first quarter. I can't get into their heads but I'm not sure they ever believed they could win this gaame. Their body language signaled that as Bama entered the field. It was an embarrassing effort that will be impossible to live down until ND actually wins the BCS title game against an SEC opponent IMHO. Of course, the red flags were there all season long, but most of us were caught up with the 12-0 part and not how it was achieved.
While Alabama may well be a more talented team than Notre Dame, and I'm sure most people would agree that's the case, there was no good excuse for the effort we made in the game. That was probably the worst performance by any team ever in a BCS Championship game.
Notre Dame got there, and that's great. But I hope that Kelly realizes that our performance there was inexcusable and he's mad about it, and won't let it happen again.
Our point differential throughout the season was extremely small,
--- which indicates that the 2012 team was was underwhelming even though 12-0 during the regular season.
I will admit the performance was about as bad as any I have ever seen in the National Championship game.
12-0 is 12-0, no matter what the point differential. But it was clear all along that this year's team was probably not in the class of Ara's or Lou's NC teams.
The reason you see so many SEC players in the NFL is because many of the SEC players don't have the academic standards that ND has.That may sound arogant but I think it's the truth.It's also another reason why Bama and the SEC are so good.They can go after players that ND wouldn't because of SAT scores.
There a couple of SEC programs that have a decent enough GSR. Bama, Vandy, Florida come to mind. There are also plenty of recruits that ND and the SEC fight for. A few of this year's EEs for ND have been heavily recruited by the SEC. Steve Elmer was recruited by Miss St and South Carolina. Mike Heuerman was recruited by Bama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Miss St, Vandy, and South Carolina. Malik Zaire was recruited by Bama. And Barrett Jones most definitely would have been an academic and gridiron star for ND. Still, the recruiting tactics by Bama, A&M, Miss St, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and LSU are questionable at best. Slimy at its worst. IMHO, we were so focused on the 12-0 that it took our eye off of how we got to 12-0. It's all water under the bridge now, but Oregon/Bama probably should have been the game with ND playing KSU. I can't even enjoy the new episodes of "Portlandia" because the sting of the BCS game is still there and it is holding my sense of humor hostage.
I don't think the academic standards for ND recruits are as high as you think. ND can get the vast majority of kids it wants into the school, as football players don't have to have near the grades or scores the other applicants have. And the fact that we get a smarter kid than Alabama might typically get is probably a point in our favor.
The difficulty comes in when the kid gets to Notre Dame. There are no low-end majors designed for athletes, so they have to compete with the kids with 1500 on their SAT's in their classes, and every single athlete is expected to graduate and almost all of them do. It is very challenging to participating in an elite athletic program at the same time as carrying a rigorous academic load, and our players in all sports deserve a great deal of credit.
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