Her Loyal Sons http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog A Notre Dame Football Blog Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:13:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Morning Roundup: March 5, 2015 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/05/morning-roundup-march-5-2015/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/05/morning-roundup-march-5-2015/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:00:55 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28285 Good morning! Here are your headlines: FROM OUR SITE Friday roundup: Episode 17 (Recorded Feb. 27, 2015) (43:39) Matt Hegarty to transfer, the fifth year dominoes begin to fall VIDEO Kendra Tierney: Knute Rockne’s recreation of a pep speech by Gus, age 7 RECRUITING Irish Sports Daily: Skowronek talks to Irish staff (Ben Skowronek) Scout: […]

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Matt Hegarty to Transfer, The Fifth Year Dominoes Begin to Fall http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/05/matt-hegarty-transfer-fifth-year-dominoes-begin-fall/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/05/matt-hegarty-transfer-fifth-year-dominoes-begin-fall/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:00:19 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28282 As I mentioned in my post regarding the transfer of Avery Sebastian, the Irish sat at 94 total scholarships, with 12 of those belonging to current Notre Dame players with a potential fifth year. At some point, tough decisions would need to be made in regards to these players and one has already been made. […]

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As I mentioned in my post regarding the transfer of Avery Sebastian, the Irish sat at 94 total scholarships, with 12 of those belonging to current Notre Dame players with a potential fifth year. At some point, tough decisions would need to be made in regards to these players and one has already been made. Matt Hegarty has decided to transfer from Notre Dame citing a desire for as much playing time as possible, which he wouldn’t get in 2015 with the Irish:

Recently my coaches informed me that they wanted me to change positions. They also explained that with many younger players in the wings, they wanted to develop them more heavily in the rotation — a need that I understand and appreciate.

“Unfortunately, I have already had to miss a precious amount of football battling back from my stroke, and I value every rep and opportunity going into my final year of college ball that much more. My goal is to contribute this season, continue to develop my skills and pursue my dream of playing in the NFL. Because of this goal, I have asked for a transfer to play at another school where I can contribute more on the field. Notre Dame has amassed formidable depth on the O-line and have many very talented players to fill all positions.

I can’t blame Matt or Brian Kelly as this seems to be the best move for both parties. Matt will graduate from Notre Dame in May and will be able to play immediately due to the NCAA graduate transfer exception.

And that’s a very important thing to note. This isn’t a case of the Irish going full SEC and needing to cut people due to oversigning which we’ve certainly railed against here at HLS. The difference here is that players aren’t being shoved out the door or having a scholarship yanked from them before they graduate. That’s a huge distinction and, quite frankly, tough decisions on fifth years is a sign of a healthy program.

So now the number sits at 93 and the remaining fifth years on the table look like this:

Name Position
Everett Golson QB
Amir Carlisle WR/RB
Nick Martin C/G
Chase Hounshell DE
Ishaq Williams DE
Anthony Rabasa DE
Ben Councell OLB
Jarrett Grace MLB
Joe Schmidt MLB
Jalen Brown CB
Matthias Farley S

That’s eleven total and if you’re doing the math, this means that, unless there is some underclassmen attrition that we don’t yet know about, eight of those players will not receive a fifth year scholarship.

Golson and Schmidt are obvious keeps in that list, in my opinion, but after that, things get a lot rougher. While this is certainly a good problem to have, I can only imagine the headache that juggling these options will cause and I could make solid cases for at least four different guys on that list to fill the third slot. I’m honestly not even sure what direction Kelly will go here.

With spring ball about to get under way, I would wager this situation will resolve itself soon and it will certainly be interesting to see what happens. If you had the choice, which three would you keep?

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Friday Roundup – Episode 17 (Recorded Feb. 27, 2015) http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/05/friday-roundup-episode-17-recorded-feb-27-2015/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/05/friday-roundup-episode-17-recorded-feb-27-2015/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:58:23 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28279 Sorry that this episode got delayed a bit. I’m trying to work on a new system to get recordings out sooner, but I sadly haven’t had the time to test it out. Anyways, in this episode I talk about a few schools that are in hot water thanks to some recruiting liberties, the curious case […]

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Friday RoundupSorry that this episode got delayed a bit. I’m trying to work on a new system to get recordings out sooner, but I sadly haven’t had the time to test it out.

Anyways, in this episode I talk about a few schools that are in hot water thanks to some recruiting liberties, the curious case of one “Salsa Nacho”, and a segment dedicated to Fr. Ted after his passing.

Be sure to tune in this Friday at 6pm CT as I bring you a recorded episode featuring Notre Dame’s (soon-to-be former) social media manager, Christianne Harder, because appearing on a blogger’s radio show is exactly how you should spend your last days at ND.

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Morning Roundup: March 4, 2015 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/04/morning-roundup-march-4-2015/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/04/morning-roundup-march-4-2015/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:00:03 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28255 Good morning! Here are your headlines: PODCAST Irish Sports Daily: Coaching announcements 3-3-2015 (1:05:07) COACHING Irish Illustrated: Kelly reshuffles recruiting deck Irish Illustrated: A bright Lyght returns to alma mater Inside the Irish: Meet Keith Gilmore Inside the Irish: Meet Autry Denson Inside the Irish: Meet Todd Lyght Inside the Irish: Meet Mike Sanford CSN […]

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Morning Roundup: March 3, 2015 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/03/morning-roundup-march-3-2015/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/03/morning-roundup-march-3-2015/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28235 Good morning! It’s officially been a month since Her Loyal Sons started offering a comprehensive list of Notre Dame football-related links every morning. If this feature has become something you enjoy, leave us some feedback – and, more importantly, tell some fellow fans! FROM OUR SITE ND breaks out Members Only jackets to announce Blue/Gold […]

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Good morning! It’s officially been a month since Her Loyal Sons started offering a comprehensive list of Notre Dame football-related links every morning. If this feature has become something you enjoy, leave us some feedback – and, more importantly, tell some fellow fans!

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ND Breaks Out Members Only Jackets to Announce Blue/Gold http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/03/nd-breaks-members-jackets-announce-bluegold/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/03/nd-breaks-members-jackets-announce-bluegold/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:00:13 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28240 It was just another Monday, and then a Notre Dame football press conference broke out. The fan base was parched. They’d have taken something…anything, just to whet their whistle on something new and football related. Brian Kelly and Notre Dame delivered. Not only did ND officially announce that, like, an entire new coaching staff was […]

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It was just another Monday, and then a Notre Dame football press conference broke out. The fan base was parched. They’d have taken something…anything, just to whet their whistle on something new and football related. Brian Kelly and Notre Dame delivered. Not only did ND officially announce that, like, an entire new coaching staff was coming in (that analysis forthcoming in later posts) but also news about this year’s Blue and Gold game was announced.

Would it be Chicago? Would it be Indianapolis? Would it be God Quad (my personal favorite)? NOOOOOOPE. Hellooooooo…….

Oh….well….that, that’s….something for sure. After all the grandiose plans that made their way through the normal online rumor mills, the official announcement for ND’s spring game seemed a bit underwhelming to many in the fan base. If I could, I’d like to throw on my 20/20 rearview sunglasses and note that this was from the outset the most likely outcome. While stadium renovations made it highly unlikely that the game could be held at at Notre Dame Stadium, the notion that Notre Dame could logistically or financially afford to move the game to Chicago or Indy was never truly viable. While the Blue/Gold Game is a great local event, it is not without cost to put on, and the idea that the University would have the funds to move the game to Soldier Field (one of the popular rumors) never made a lot of sense. LaBar made the most sense from a logistical and proximate standpoint. There is that whole issue about seating, and then Brian Kelly dropped the true bombshell:

 So we’re doing this now are we? Far more interesting than the location choice was the announcement that the game would be limited to “invite only.” The number and depth of analogies that could assist what an awesome thing this is will have to wait. Yes, I said “awesome” because ND being able to “decide” who comes to their own Spring game is a marvel in and of itself. Brian Kelly put on his Members Only jacket, popped a collar, and told everyone “You want into my party? Get on one knee and beg.” Unsurprisingly, no details were provided about the criteria for this list of cool kids that can get into the game. The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory references made their debut early (The Golden Ticket…get it?). I’m sure I missed some sweet “The Bachelor” references as well. Personally, I’m reminded of noted Notre Dame graduate President Bartlet speaking about Shibboleth. Were I given free reign, I’d simply ask those that wished to enter to pronounce Shibboleth….or perhaps just name the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. For those that are not true believers would not dare to enter. 

Combining a practice field site with invite only status is not without drawbacks though. The chilling effect on many of the regional fans who view the Blue/Gold Game as an opportunity to tailgate, celebrate, and be a part of football one last time before the long summer should not go unnoticed. I saw multiple people today express not anger but dismay that yearly traditions of going to the game appeared to be in jeopardy. Not because the game would be at a practice field but because the opportunity to witness the game is in flux. 

For those that have never been, the Blue/Gold Game is a vastly different experience from football Saturdays in the Fall. The atmosphere is more laid back and congenial. The team and players that so frequently must be aloof from the buzz that surrounds them get an opportunity to unwind and embrace the fans. There are multiple regional people I’m familiar with who view the spring game as the best opportunity to let their loyal sons and daughters be a part of all that makes Notre Dame football so wonderful. It’s not that that experience won’t be there this year…it’s just that who will get to partake shall be more limited.

I would be remiss to fail to mention that HLS’s fearless leader, Tex, was also concerned about the Linebacker. Look, the game happens on a Saturday, so I’m sure the Backer will be fine. However, the game’s location and restrictive access necessarily suggests that much of the travel associated with a weekend excursion to view Notre Dame will be suppressed. As such, the Backer might be a touch lighter than it otherwise would be for Blue/Gold. This is unfortunate. After all, there’s no better way to forget a terrible ND defeat than with a Long Island. There’s also no better way to celebrate an ND victory than with a Long Island. Coincidentally, both of those occur on Blue/Gold weekend. And that’s just it, there’s a hint in the air that the show must go on, but why?

The deep dark secret that is not a secret whatsoever is that all spring games are just glorified practices. They’re an afternoon of practice that the public gives undue attention to while those that run the programs care very little about. Fans and analysts attempt to draw massive conclusions from these games while coaches try to downplay their importance. As any of us who played even youth sports know, scrimmages are damn fun to be involved with, but very rarely do they contribute meaningfully to preparation. Given all of the turnover on ND’s coaching staff that occurred just yesterday, the chance that the spring game has any meaningful impact on the future of this team is even less. The game’s for the fans, not the team.

That last sentence is important. If the spring game is really about the fans, then why bother with a game at all if the access is going to be limited? After all, the coaches don’t (or at least shouldn’t) be over-emphasizing one April practice. There are many conflicting interests present though, and there’s not an easy method to resolve them. My educated guess is if you got Brian Kelly alone without fear of retribution he’d agree having these public practices that are televised is a worthless and somewhat detrimental process. The game forces him to answer all sorts of crazy questions. I’ll put the early over/under on number of times he’s asked about the quarterback situation following the Blue/Gold Game at 25.5. The game, therefore, goes on not because the team wants it but because there’s a desire to placate the fan base. It’s easier to rationalize a limited exposure game than it is to announce the cancellation of the game altogether.

That’s unfortunate. The University, the team, and Brian Kelly are now forced to wear their Members Only jackets but still announce they’re open for business. The simpler solution would be to cancel the game for one year and, you know, let the growing university be a growing university. But that’s crazy speak, and didn’t I mention the fan base is parched? Let’s get to chatting about the criteria for admission as soon as possible…

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Morning Roundup: March 2, 2015 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/02/morning-roundup-march-2-2015/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/02/morning-roundup-march-2-2015/#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2015 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28221 Good morning! Here are your headlines: FROM OUR SITE Rocket men: Notre Dame baseball’s best start ever? VIDEO WatchND: Tribute to Father Ted (8:00) COACHING ND Insider: Analysis: Cutting through the hype and angst of ND coaching changes One Foot Down: OFD opinions: Grading the new staff hires Blue & Gold Illustrated: ND assistants: Did […]

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Rocket Men: Notre Dame Baseball’s Best Start Ever? http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/02/rocket-men-notre-dame-baseballs-best-start-ever/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/02/rocket-men-notre-dame-baseballs-best-start-ever/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:00:44 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28216 Appropriately lost in the wash of reportage springing from the passage of Fr. Ted is the fact that Notre Dame baseball is off to its best start since 2004. At 10-1 with a bullet, Coach Mik Aoki‘s Irish are three more wins from besting 2004’s 12-1 start. If the weekend series’ performance in the Mercer […]

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baseballAppropriately lost in the wash of reportage springing from the passage of Fr. Ted is the fact that Notre Dame baseball is off to its best start since 2004. At 10-1 with a bullet, Coach Mik Aoki‘s Irish are three more wins from besting 2004’s 12-1 start. If the weekend series’ performance in the Mercer Baseball Classic is any indication, this may be the club to do it.

Good teams find a way to win games and better teams win games, and tournaments, on walk-off wild-pitches. That is what the Irish did in Saturday night’s finale against Akron, turning a triple and a wild-pitch in the bottom-of-the-ninth into a come-from-behind 5-4 victory. The morning’s game, an 8-2 romp over Mercer, was notable for the four Irish moon-shots, the most in a game in eight years.

Coach Aoki calls it “creating separation.” Whatever you call it, run production has been a key element to 2015’s winning formula. In the ten wins, the Irish are averaging 8.1 runs per game. Pitching, and defense, combine to hold opponents under three runs (2.9) per game. In Notre Dame’s lone loss, to Oklahoma back on February 13, 2015, the Irish were blown out, 6-1.

Baseball is too-often distilled down to a syrup of sentiment and nostalgia. For these Irish, though, the baseball lineage on the lineup is very much worth mentioning. The sons of Astro’s great and Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Cavin, a sophomore, and Conor, a senior, have added key hits and defense throughout their careers. Now, the son of Twins’ great possible future Hall of Famer Torii Hunter, Torii Hunter, Jr., is poised to join them and Coach Aoki’s squad.

Like basketball, men’s and women’s, Notre Dame baseball’s travel schedule provides more-than-ample opportunity for fans to watch the Irish. With baseball, too, South Bend’s horrific early-season weather gets them on the road, with the first Irish home game not coming until St. Patrick’s Day. Before that, Coach Aoki will do his best General Sherman impersonation through upcoming stands in Atlanta (March 6-8), Savannah (March 11), and Clemson, South Carolina (March 13-15). Future road trips include Pittsburgh (April 3-5), Winston-Salem (April 24-26), and Boston (May 14-16). The ACC tournament kicks off on May 19 in Durham, North Carolina. Though conference play hasn’t started, the Fighting Irish are currently in first place, ahead of Florida State (7-3) and Clemson (6-3). Expect Virginia to be the toughest conference foe this season.

In this, Coach Aoki’s fifth season at the helm, the Irish should be poised for solid runs in both the conference and NCAA tournaments. The roster returns 23 starting players from last season and their experience, production, and leadership account for a lot of Notre Dame’s blazing start. Those same attributes, combined with roster depth, should help stave off any losing streaks, such that this could be a season for the record books.

A herald of spring, baseball still has the ability to turn the sports-fan’s thoughts from cold winter and, for the Notre Dame community, loss. With their quick start to the 2015 season, the Fighting Irish could have Notre Dame fans thinking of tournament titles into the summer.

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Morning Roundup: March 1, 2015 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/01/morning-roundup-march-1-2015/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/03/01/morning-roundup-march-1-2015/#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28211 Good morning! Here are you are your headlines: CURRENT TEAM Irish Illustrated: Feist savors walk-on shot Irish Illustrated: Spring questions: Special teams (James Onwualu, C.J. Prosise, Matthias Farley, Amir Carlisle, Max Redfield, Jarrett Grace) Inside the Irish: Mailbag: Spring football, position changes and feeding the trolls (Brian VanGorder, Cole Luke, KeiVarae Russell, Jhonny Williams, Jon […]

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Morning Roundup: Feb. 28, 2015 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/02/28/morning-roundup-feb-28-2015/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2015/02/28/morning-roundup-feb-28-2015/#respond Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=28198 Good morning! Here are your headlines: FROM OUR SITE Friday Roundup: The “Fr. Ted” edition Padre on Padre FR. TED ND Insider: Reflecting on Father Hesburgh’s impact on the ND sports scene New York Times: Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, ex-president of University of Notre Dame, dies at 97 Bleacher Report (Arnold): Rev. Theodore Hesburgh balanced Notre […]

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