Who are you trying to convince? Yourself? That's been our standard here all along.
Honey there's no reason I can't go through a business trip without banging a waitress.
filtered back to them that people believe that ND has quit aspiring to championship football. I put that exact question to Jack two years ago.
Hey, I've used that line too, but all evidence to the contrary wasn't broadcast on tv.
Scripted answers all the way with no follow ups. What a wimp.
It is the only question that should be repeatedly asked of Jack and BK by reporters.
For everything that happens on the practice field. If he had said that no one should be in the lifts that day due to the unsafe windy conditions this tragedy would have been averted
And we've been over this on the board several times.
The lip service is intended to placate alumni and fans so that they will keep spending money to go to games, donate, and buy merchandise. We know it isn't the goal because a board of trustee member came out and said as much last year. Rod West was interviewed by Lou Somogyi. He also went on that most revealing, and stomach turning, post game show with Jack "Baghdad Bob" Nolan. It isn't Father Jenkins' goal and it isn't the board members' goal. They speak in a way that it makes it seem that it is either great academics or great football, not both. He said we will never be Alabama. That is fine. Perhaps if we were the ND that used to exist, that would still be better than being Alabama. Maybe we would have interrupted Slabama's string of dominance and won one of those NCs and it would have been so sweet because it would have been done right. We sure as hell wouldn't have gone 4-8 last year, we wouldn't be an 8-5/7-6 team, on average, and we wouldn't be a soft program.
During the post game show, West said ND may be able to win a title if we "catch lightning in a bottle." That isn't striving to be the best. That approach will ensure that ND's days as a national championship contender are over forever. It doesn't have to be this way. If the goal were changed, they could go hire a great AD, head coach, and go to work at building a championship program. However, that isn't the goal so it is a pipe dream.
If that message was delivered by Rod West, what kind of message would come from many of the BOT members who did not go to ND and never cared about football. I really do believe that it is over.
Edited to add that the lip service over the last couple of decades has been dishonest and unenithical. It has been a disservice to every player, student, graduate, and fan. It has been a betrayal to everybody who helped build the program over the decades. It has made the program and the entire university look foolish. The half-hearted approach has led to almost every major decision about the program during the last 25 years being the wrong one.
I don't see how hiring a first-year OC from Memphis and an assistant from Wake Forest is such an extraordinary accomplishment for a school like Notre Dame.
I am glad he is scheduling some decent teams like Arkansas.
performance related." What an absolute disgrace of a reporter you have to be to not be able to offer a proper follow up question to that asinine statement. Of the many possible ones how about:
When did having four seasons of five plus losses out of seven represent meeting the standard for an ND football coach?
Do you feel the ticket prices you charge are in line with your performance standards?
Did seeing a half empty Giants Stadium for an early October game last season shake your confidence that Notre Dame football fans have an endless tolerance for mediocrity?"
and said no follow up questions.
His answers were actually better than his usual nonsense. He stated we won't be joining the ACC or any other conference and will be trying to schedule within all of the conferences. I obviously don't agree with him at all on retaining Kelly and doubleing down on this course. I think the Crossroads project is unsightly.
We just don't play in the conference championship game. We play 5 games against them a year and basically capitulate to anything and everything they want. I know most don't see it that way but I feel we gain very little from our "partnership" and that it should be shit canned.
I wouldn't call her sycophant, but I'm guessing it was still a pretty controlled interview.