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We need to be more selective on this overused and irrelevant tradition. Rushing the field after the Utah win a few years back was bad IMHO. Rushing the court after the Kentucky game proved to be even worse, especially after the Wildcats loss to Baylor today. I plead to the student body to be much more selective in their "rushing" practice. BTW: Kentucky is not over rated. They are young...very very young. This won't be the same team we see in the tourney.
You are probably correct on both counts.
I had the same feeling after the UK game. What? Rushing the court? I immediately remembered hearing that after the Pitt comeback the Freshmen students wanted to rush the field, but the upperclassman prevented it and decided that this has gone too far. But then I started thinking about this again after reading your post and your use of the word "we" when it comes to this subject. Of course, you and I aren't in the student section at these things. My daughter was in the pep band for UK and I talked to her after the game. It was pretty clear that the students on campus are so wound up with excitement right now and still have another month to go for the NC. Manti and the guys were leading cheers. These students were not as USC to celebrate last weekend. They will finish finals and be back home and not go through this (most exciting time of their ND lives) with their friends. This was their chance to go nuts with their friends. Hypothesis: It was football euphoria that led to the Rush on Thursday night. As for Utah two years ago, I think it was about those senior students that had really had nothing to cheer about over their four years (read EGND's The Lost Generation post from a few days back). The Irish had been manhandled by Stanford at home a few weeks previous and had even lost to Tulsa. The team was 4-5 and had a highly ranked Utah coming in. Bowl eligibility was even on the line. And then a convincing win. I remember it so well when she (a freshman) was sending me pics from the field after the game and how the senior students were just so excited to finally have something to cheer about. I totally agree with you and that frequent rushes devalue it, but both of those situations were very unique. Hopefully it will no longer be a once-in-my-ND-experience event for the football team to be #1 and that we will have senior undergrads worrying about being bowl eligible. Just my $.02
can we rush the field after we beat the thugs from alibami?
I sit right by the student section for football. have been doing so for years. I talk to them, hear what they are chatting about, and many times catch their vibe. The Utah game was Senior Day which means the Senior students are allowed on the field after the game. They usually stay for about a 1/2 hour or so, then exit out the north tunnel. That's not what happened though. The under classmen took all the steam out of the Senior Day tradition by jumping the wall and rushing the field. I know this because I nearly got crushed in the mayhem. It is my opinion, now that we have gone 12-0 this season, that the student body now expect to win and refrain from rushing the field. On basketball, it's not like we have never won a home game before or beat any national power at home before. It has become so cliche', and at times, embarrassing, that the practice has to be put to bed for awhile.
Great article. Thanks for posting. The lost genaration actually did storm the field under Weis and it was in a game we lost. Anybody know which game that was?
And the answer is.....the 2005 USC game. Thanks for playing.
Actually, that game did end (the clock showed "0:00:00") with Notre Dame ahead, but then we unwon it. Maybe a partial storming on the field was justified.
You are exactly right. I was "forced" onto the field at that point in an attempt not to get crushed. 4th and nine will haunt me as much as the 1964 USC game. All in all, with the giganto pep rally in the stadium, College Gameday, and a great game, the whole weekend was fun.
Had we won that game we would have finished the season 10-1, with our only loss being in overtime to Michigan State, and may well have had a chance to play for the national championship at the end of the season against Texas instead of USC.
This is why it irritates me when people say Notre Dame has been "irrelevant" since the 1980's or 1990's or whenever.
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Rushing the court against UK would have been better had it not come 30 seconds after the "Over-rated" chant.
Until we go further in the NCAA tournament under Brey than the first or second game we'd be wise to hold off on the "overrated" chant, especially when the team we're playing is the defending national champion.
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