Farewell, Fat Man

Hokey Hoke

Goodbye, Brady Hoke. Goodbye, Wolverines. You will not be missed. Whatever hate-piece I had in mind, whatever cheap, ad hominem jokes I had to write at Brady Hoke's expense, were completely one-upped yesterday through the epic, comedic brilliance of our AD, Jack Swarbrick. To announce home-and-home games with The Ohio State University, Michigan's historic rival, Notre Dame ended its on-again off-again relationship with the Maize and Blue with a vengeful flourish of which David Chase would … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Coach

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Fittingly, I hope, we end this year's installment of Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy with the position that defines an era: Coach. Years, if not decades, are defined by the men at the helm of the program. Rockne connotes herky-jerky newsreels and chamiponships. Leahy, Parseghian, Holtz, Devine, Willingham, and Weis each conjure images or feelings. Entering his fifth year at the head of Fighting Irish, the big fig himself, Brian Kelly's name is beginning to define the times. One ignores the … [Read more...]

Kelly Speaks: Rice, the Two Deep, and “Limited Democracy”

Kelly Presser

Brian Kelly addressed the media today in a press conference that covered the waterfront that is Notre Dame football. Of course, all eyes, and ears, were on the four players currently suspended as the investigation into academic misdeeds continues, but the kickoff against Rice, the vacant captaincies, and the newly-released Two Deep got as much, if not more, attention. And, if his comments today were any indication, Coach Kelly wants to focus on the players available to him and not on those who … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Punter & Kicker

Ferrimond

La plus ca change... goes the old adage, and 2014 looks to be no different. With the whirl of changes going on with Notre Dame's coverage units, e.g. Greg Bryant likely pulling double-duty both covering and returning, punter-kicker is a position group where there is really only one pick in 2014. Whereas the Irish had multiple players competing in the kicking game in 2013 (Brindza, Tausch, Wulfeck), 2014 only has two roster spots: Brindza and sophomore John Chereson. THE IRISH: KICKER and … [Read more...]

Understanding O’Bannon

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On August 8, 2014, a United States District Court Judge, The Honorable Claudia Wilken, issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law that held the NCAA to have illegally restrained "trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities." The purpose of this article is to provide you, our loyal reader, with a helpful analysis of Judge Wilken's 99-page Order and give you some understanding as to what the case, Edward O'Bannon, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, … [Read more...]