6-5-1 is light years better than 7-4-1. As is 7-5.
Jack, please make one of these the goal, and 7-4-1 the exception. That’d be nice.
Q: You were open to creating some flexibility with the 7-4-1 scheduling model. How is that playing out as you move forward with the scheduling?
A: â€œWe have the goal of the 7-4-1 model, but there may be some years where an opportunity presents itself that we may go to 6-5-1 or 7-5. We’re open to those sorts of modifications.”
Few other tidbits in there as well. Jack likes Stanford, Duke and Wake Forest as opponents. Yeah, that’s fine, but let’s make sure that for each of those we get a bigger program in FOOTBALL as well.
The idea of Chuck staying on as OC was at least discussed…would’ve been cool, but would never work with Brian Kelly as HC. And probably wouldn’t work with 99% of coaches. But, would’ve been cool.
Q: There were rumblings about contingency plans that would have allowed Charlie Weis to remain at Notre Dame in 2010 in a reduced role, offensive coordinator. Was that really ever a viable option?
A: â€œI wouldn’t describe it as â€˜contingency plans.’ That wouldn’t be fair at all. I think if an incoming coach didn’t have a plan for an offensive coordinator, it would have been an interesting conversation, one I would have been happy to facilitate, but there were no plans. We weren’t out there in our search for a coach having that be a contingency, for example.â€
Swarbrick seems to not be in the running for the NCAA Presidency in the short run, though that could change…not sure how much of this is a non-denial denial. We’ll have to see.
Q: During the coaching search, there was a lot of speculation about your own future. A lot of people speculated that you may be the next NCAA president. Is that something you’re interested in? Is that a possibility?
A: â€œMyles (Brand) did a great job as the NCAA president, and I’m a great admirer of his. We all benefit from his legacy with the NCAA. As a result, they will focus on a university president as a successor, and I think that’s a good thing. I think Myles had a cachet with the university presidents that helped him get some of those important things done – like the APR (Academic Progress Rates).â€
Q: Is it something that might interest you down the road, or because you’re not a university president, does that take that out of the realm of possibilities?
A: â€œI don’t see it as a possibility, but I care about the industry, so I can’t tell you that sometime down the road, if I had the opportunity to lead somewhere, that I wouldn’t have an interest in it. But all of my energy right now is focused here, and I see myself focused here for a long time.â€