Relax standards to the level of the ND football standards (cannot be tougher to get into than Duke or Georgetown). This costs NO extra money and should increase the quality of the recruits immediately…help build a better product.
Stop playing all OOC cupcakes at ND prior to the conference schedule (especially over vacation periods).
• Recruits want to visit where they live and they should play periodically in NYC, Philly, DC (now that Maryland is going to the B1G), Chicago (DePaul in BE) and potentially LA. They do not have to play the best teams in the city…however I would like to still play St. John’s for MSG exposure (that is why Duke has a consistent series with St. John’s) and Georgetown (Holy War game and go after same recruits). ND playing in the Boston area against BC helps with the NE Prep Schools recruiting. ND can play other teams in Philly and Chicago (although playing DePaul rather than Loyola/Northwestern right now is not an unmanageable stretch). Needs to be some balance so you do not get too overmatched in OOC games, but this also helps RPI for NCAA Tourney and prepare for ACC away games.
• The biggest complaint about the season tickets is the crappy OOC games. Decrease the number of crappy OOC home games and this makes the average ticket more valuable (and then you can eventually more easily increase ticket prices).
• The revenue generated at strategic locations during vacations and other times can probably generate more revenue than crappy OCC home games. The costs of travel would be more, but the overall increase in costs would be offset by the strategic benefits…targeted national exposure (recruiting), players going to better locations during vacations (recruiting again); alumni support (recruiting donors), decent away gate receipts (money).
These are 2 things that can be done immediately by the administration to show that they are committed. IMO the trade-offs are very reasonable and not doing these things is arrogantly living in the past and gives excuses for not being successful (in other words failure).
Still look at building a practice facility…but show those that might donate to the facility that ND is committed to success rather than excuses why we “want” to be successful but are not willing to do what is necessary. The basketball version of “Knute Rockne” is not going to come to ND…and if it happens it is only by luck. I am still waiting to hit the lottery...it will be a long time and most likely never. You have to "Make $#!+ Happen!"