Friday, July 27, 2007

When's Gonna Be My Time??

I don't usually quote Kevin Smith movies in the blog, but the title seemed apropos given the headaches of the last couple of weeks. Again and again, evidence of bad planning simply floods out of the Joyce Center and demands the above question regarding how much patience Fr. Jenkins and John Affleck-Graves are willing to show with Kevin White's "leadership" in the Athletic Department.

Scott covered the business end of things well, and if you haven't read that missive, you should. ND is tripping all over its collective cranks with these contracts, and as Scott said, the fact that ND is allowing Adidas to dictate any kind of uniform policy while not protecting ND's position in the Adidas hierarchy is an embarrassment. Coupled with the bad contracts for O'Leary and Willingham, the poor BCS negotiations, the lack of ground-breaking for the Joyce Center, and public comment mis-speaks, ND seems to have lost whatever business sense it had and is running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

But there's also buffoonery on the logistics side. Info on scheduling contracts is coming out bit by bit, and it's not giving anyone the warm fuzzies.

First, we have Wazzu on the Riverwalk. Exactly whom this matchup is supposed to excite I don't know, because I have yet to talk to anyone either in real life or on NDN who is thrilled by it. Washington State is a decent enough team -- tier 2 at this point, leaning towards 3 -- but I fail to see why having the game in the middle of south Texas, where neither team has a strong following, is in any way logical. I have yet to be presented with a reason why I should attend this game in lieu of any actual road games and/or a bowl game, and I suspect I'll never get it.

Quick on its heels, it's the Baptist Battle in Arlington. Apparently ND will return to the Lone Star State in 2012 to take on the mighty Baylor Bears. At least this time the opponent makes sense and is actually located in the state in which the game is being played, allowing a level of logic the previous matchup lacked. However, I still fail to see why I should feel compelled to attend this game, and I know a decent number of people in Dallas, including my ND roommate.

But then, a potential light at the end of the tunnel: The Sooners are Coming!!. ND and Oklahoma apparently have finalized their deal, with games in 2012 in Norman and 2013 in South Bend. Granted, it would be better if Oklahoma supplemented Michigan on the schedule rather than replacing them, but this is a good thing, right?

Maybe not. If the games are set up as the NewsOK article says, this is what the 2012 schedule will look like so far:

Navy (@ Dublin)
Baylor (@ Dallas)
@ Oklahoma
@ Southern Cal
@ Rutgers (probably the Meadowlands)

Never mind that ND is already traveling as far as Dublin that season, already playing a game in Dallas, and looking for a quality home game with SC on the road. They're going to go to Norman, too. Where's the logic in that? It would have made much much more sense to start the series in South Bend, which would provide a good anchor for the home schedule. But of course, that's not what we're doing. Do they expect me to shell out $1,500 for Sorin Society membership for the privilege of seeing Purdue? Not gonna happen.

But what's more disturbing is the groundwork this possibly lays. The biggest bone of contention with Michigan right now is they want ND to change the home-home rotation around so they'll have ND at home one year and Ohio State home the next. Of course, if ND does that, it'll put Michigan on the same rotation as Southern Cal, giving ND the problem Michigan now has. So the logical response to Bill Martin and the rest of his skunkweasels is to work it out with the Integer and move the Ohio State game if they want to continue playing us.

But now we have this Oklahoma setup, putting that big game and SC on the same rotation. What are the chances when we hear that ND and Michigan have re-upped following their two-year hiatus, that new contract is going to start in Ann Arbor, thereby continuing the odd-year rotation? That would mean that Michigan, a school that has done more to try and undermine ND in the past century than any other program, and whose AD embarrassed us with the publication of their Adidas contract details, actually got major concessions from ND in scheduling.

How long, Lord? How long will we have to put up with this never-ending parade of ineptitude? What is it going to take to make Fr. Jenkins and John Affleck-Graves and the Board of Trustees to see the light, and when that final back-breaking mistake is made, how much is it going to cost Notre Dame in money, time and prestige to fix?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, I read something that at least hints at the biggest head scratcher--why haven't Jenkins and the rest fired White? Clearly, the coaching screw ups and that Addidas contract are real evidence of poor performance. What is their (Jenkins, BoT)excuse? What is their reason? I don't ask what is it going to take, I ask why, in Selma Hayek's name, haven't they already fired him? To me, the passion for White's firing needs to be re-directed to finding out why the powers that be keep signing off on White's follies.

7/27/2007 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Domer05 said...

My guess is that by 2012 you'd be shelling out a lot more than $1,500 for Sorin Society.

7/27/2007 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger paulk said...

When it comes to O'Leary let's at least pass the blame around. He successfully deceived Georgia Tech and Syracuse.

7/27/2007 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see only 2 home games on the schedule so far. I gather that Mich St will also see a break? It looks like there is plenty of opportunity to schedule 1 or more heavy weights at home in 2012.


7/27/2007 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger jack said...

It looks like there are only 2 home games scheduled so far in 2012. I gather the MSU series is also suspended for a time? It looks like there is plenty of opportunity to schedule one or more heavyweights at home in 2012.

7/27/2007 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mich State break will after or before the Michigan break but not at the same time. We here in Texas are very happy with Dallas, San Antonio and Houston games.

7/28/2007 06:18:00 AM  
Anonymous John in KY said...

I would like to see Louisville be a home game in 12 and then come down to the vill in 13. that would help add some "power" to the schedule.

or hell...WVU! either works and theres more history with WVU.

7/28/2007 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just can't understand why White's head isn't on the block. Aren't the alumni, the big ones, outraged by our possible future? Who can bring an end to this foolishness? Its worrisome for sure.

7/28/2007 01:37:00 PM  

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