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Notre Dame Football Is the Most Overrated and Obnoxious Sports "Franchise" in the History of America's College Sports
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One National Championship in 37 years!

Time to move on from these nutjobs.

Chris "Big Bertha" Golic's shouting through Twitter about the Biletnikoff Award. She is as fat as her husband--the dumb Golic.

These poorly educated idiots apparently do not read. If they did, they would discern quite quickly that Foundation Trustees do not vote. Have never voted.

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October 31, 2015
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And next year it will be 1 in 38 years. LOL.

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Coach Brian Kelly is a disgrace:

November 2, 2015

Brian Kelly should be suspended for this attack on an assistant coach

 
During Notre Dame’s win over Temple, coach Brian Kelly got all touchy feely with an assistant.

 
 

Sorry, unless you're getting someone off the field or breaking up a fight - that is a suspend-able offense.

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Coach Brian Kelly is a disgrace:

November 2, 2015

Brian Kelly should be suspended for this attack on an assistant coach

 

During Notre Dame’s win over Temple, coach Brian Kelly got all touchy feely with an assistant.

 

 
Sorry, unless you're getting someone off the field or breaking up a fight - that is a suspend-able offense.

And the Notre Dame sex scandal(with the academic fraud 2 years ago) , in which an academic tutor is forcing her daughter on football players. How sleazy!

Now we know how Notre Dame athletes graduate at high levels--they major in sex education!

Notre Dame adviser fired after student alleges she coerced him into sex with her daughter

 

 
Associated Press Nov. 2, 2015 | 5:16 p.m. EST + More
By TOM COYNE, Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A University of Notre Dame official said Monday that the school has fired an academic coach after a student complained the woman coerced him into having unwelcome sexual encounters with her daughter.

The firing occurred two weeks before the student's attorneys filed a lawsuit Friday against the coach and university. The student, coach and her daughter, a Notre Dame employee who attends a nearby school, are not named in the lawsuit.

In a statement Monday to The Associated Press, university spokesman Paul Browne denied allegations listed in the lawsuit that university administrators knew or should have known that the academic coach, who is white, was targeting black students, including members of Notre Dame's football and basketball teams.

 

Browne said the university launched an investigation, which led to the termination, after the black student's claim against the academic coach. However, he described references to student-athletes being involved as being "unfounded," calling them "nothing more than cynical attempt to attract publicity."

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, states the student enrolled at Notre Dame in the fall of 2014 on an academic scholarship and the woman began providing academic support to him in the spring. The lawsuit alleges the academic coach immediately orchestrated a sexually motivated "inappropriate and demeaning relationship," including providing condoms and paying for hotel rooms and asking him about the nature, frequency and quality of sexual activities he had with her daughter.

The lawsuit states the woman made "racially charged comments about his sexual prowess and genitalia."

According to the student's lawsuit, the coach used her position to persuade the student he needed mental counseling, arranging for him to be counseled by another Notre Dame employee who was a friend and confidante of the academic coach. The lawsuit alleges university personnel sought to medicate the student to keep him passive, cooperative and "under control."

In addition, the suit alleges that while the student struggled with the stress, hostile sexual environment and degradation of the situation, the academic coach added to the stress by pressuring him to convert to Catholicism against his will. The lawsuit doesn't specify how she allegedly pressured him into converting or what she did to coerce him to have sex with her daughter, other than saying she "engaged in threatening behavior" when he tried to end the sexual relationship.

The university's standards of conduct states that the university embraces the Catholic church's teachings and that students who engage in sex outside of marriage may be subject to discipline.

The lawsuit states the student was a victim of racial discrimination, sexual harassment, suffered from severe emotional distress, stress and embarrassment and breach of contract because the university failed to provide him with the same educational and academic opportunities and support offered to other students.

Attorney Michael Misch said the student received poor grades stemming from the stress of the situation. He decided to file the lawsuit even after the coach was fired because school officials were unwilling to discuss ways to improve his academic standing, Misch said.

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Guess there are still a bunch of Catholic sportswriters or papist committee members, as the College Playoff Selection Committee has Notre Dame (lost to CLemson, barely beat Temple! Temple. LOL) ahead of Baylor and TCU.

What a joke.FrownLaughSmileSurprisedSurprisedSurprisedConfused

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I'm sure a lot of priests regret what they did with little boys, too.

 

Brian Kelly on shoving assistant on sideline: 'I regret that it happened'

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on sideline shoves: 'I regret that it happened'
A few minutes after admonishing his starting quarterback and calling his action of flapping his arms in celebration after scoring a touchdown Saturday “unacceptable,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expressed some contrition for his own action of shoving assistant strength and conditioning coach David Grimes on the sideline during the game against Temple.
“I wish that situation never occurred,” Kelly said Tuesday. “I regret that it happened.”

Kelly reiterated that he was trying to control his sideline when he aggressively approached Grimes, who appeared to be barking at an official, and grabbed him by the jacket and pushed him multiple times.

Kelly praised Grimes, a former Notre Dame receiver, called him “a great guy" and "a valuable employee.”

He said the two have talked and “moved past it.” Kelly also said some changes will be made to how the team will do things on the sideline but didn’t expound.

“There were some things going on on the sideline that were unacceptable, and it falls on my shoulders,” Kelly said. “If we were to get a penalty in that time of the game, it would have (fallen) on me as being somebody that can’t control the sideline.”

As for Kizer’s arm-flapping? Kizer noted on Twitter it was an ode to the Eagles, of whom he is a fan. But that didn’t fly with Kelly, who said that’s “not what we’re about.”

“It won’t happen again,” Kelly said.

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LSULassie said

I'm sure a lot of priests regret what they did with little boys, too.

 

Brian Kelly on shoving assistant on sideline: 'I regret that it happened'

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on sideline shoves: 'I regret that it happened'

Bill Bender, Midwestern dweeb, shilling for Notre Dame:

http://www.sportingnews.com/nc.....e-pitt-win

Question for Notre Dame promoter Billy: How can any win against Pitt be called impressive? LOL.

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I agree. Notre Dame is so overrated. The CF Playoff Committee must have a lot of ND fans from birth to be handing them a playoff spot.

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SenecaTiger said
I agree. Notre Dame is so overrated. The CF Playoff Committee must have a lot of ND fans from birth to be handing them a playoff spot.

Another thrilling ND win--over Boston College 19-16--by a totally overrated team.

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SenecaTiger said
I agree. Notre Dame is so overrated. The CF Playoff Committee must have a lot of ND fans from birth to be handing them a playoff spot.

Another thrilling ND win--over Boston College 19-16--by a totally overrated team.

And ND could not even beat a Stanford team whose 2 starting corner backs could not play due to injuries. Thanks, Stanford, for killing the unjust and ridiculous promotion by Notre Dame's 5th column among sports writers and commentators to lobby for ND's inclusion in the college playoff. Coach Kelly, who is at his best beating up assistants on the sideline, was whining after the game---he would stack his team up against anybody. Well, dufus, Clemson and Stanford weren't anybodies; they were somebodies. Now Wake Forest and Boston College were anybodies. That must be what he meant.

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And next year it will be 1 in 38 years. LOL.

Yep. Win one, Notre Dame dufuses, then you can be obnoxious again. Deal?

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Matt Hayes has had too many beers at the Irish pub while reading the script written by Notre Dame's whiny fans and coach. And Matt, even winning the ACC with 2 losses isn't getting them in the playoff. You do understand that?

PALO ALTO, Calif. — They can no longer ignore the inevitable, the glaring, blaring reality that it’s a big college football world now.

And they’re not the center of it.

 

The last, critical proof played out on a chilly Silicon Valley night with all that is new and true in the game pushing aside the tired, old argument for going it alone. It’s time, Notre Dame.

Time to escape your past and cross over into what’s real and recognizable and — more important — tangible and assessable to the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Time to join a conference.

If Saturday night’s gut-punch, last-second, 38-36 loss to Stanford didn’t underscore the lost future for this Irish program, nothing will.

“I’m blank inside,” Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer said. “This is the most amazing group of teammates a guy could be around.”

He stopped for a moment to collect himself, held back tears and continued with the very reason Notre Dame should move its program into the 21st century with everyone else in the game: “To know that we just walked off the field for the last time in the regular season is the hardest part of all.”

But it doesn’t have to be that way. It doesn’t have to end with Irish coach Brian Kelly at a loss for words while standing at the postgame podium, staring blankly at the back of the room while stating this Notre Dame team was, “two plays away from being unbeaten and the No. 1 team in the country. But we’re not, and now we have to deal with how this has ended.”

So while Stanford won a huge non-conference game and enhanced its CFP resume; while the Cardinal gained huge momentum going into next week’s Pac-12 Championship Game against USC and still has hope for the CFP should one or two upsets happen on championship weekend, Notre Dame is left to embrace what could be.

And what might never change.

Notre Dame’s independent status as a football program is at the heart of its athletic mission, even though every other major sport at the university is part of a conference. For decades ND was the face of the game, and was fueled by the notion that it and it alone could and would decide the how and why it would stay as an independent while everyone else changed with the times.

The Irish had their tradition, and more importantly, they had their multi-million dollar NBC television contract. They could hold out because it paid to hold out.

Not anymore.

There’s a reason Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott showed up at this game, and during halftime stood amid a gaggle of reporters and spoke about his conference and his desire for every conference in college football to have equal scheduling. He spoke about the importance of a conference championship with the CFP, and that should Stanford win next week, it must be a serious candidate for those precious four playoff spots.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame, with two losses in the last second of the game to two top-eight teams, waits to see where it will play in one of the New Year’s Six bowls. If the Irish were an ACC member, they could be looking to a rematch with No. 1 Clemson in next week’s ACC Championship Game — and would still have CFP hopes.

Instead Notre Dame has its independent status, and the growing uncertainty in how it will impact the future.

“The worst part is there’s nothing next week to change this,” Notre Dame linebacker Joe Schmidt said.

If that’s not as clear as the shimmering reflecting pool in front of Touchdown Jesus, maybe this is: there’s a reason the CFP, when formed by the game’s powerbrokers, had specific language written into the selection committee protocol that expressly proclaimed independent teams had to be “unequivocally one of the four best teams in the country.”

Because no matter how you judge Notre Dame’s difficulty of schedule, they don’t have to win a conference championship. They don’t have to, week after week, play teams that know their personnel and their schemes and have, over the years, learned tendencies and nuances to playing the Irish — and then have to win a conference championship game with everything on the line.

The reality is, Notre Dame should have seen that language two years ago as a shot across the bow aimed directly at them. Or as one official who was deeply involved in the CFP process two years ago told me this week: “it’s the Notre Dame rule.”

Basically what the CFP framers did two years ago was hold Notre Dame to an unreachable standard: unbeaten season or bust. The Irish would have at least had an argument to impress the committee had they beaten Stanford.

But because Notre Dame isn’t part of a conference; because it doesn’t have a resume that incudes a Power 5 conference championship, it is automatically — that’s right, automatically — held to a higher standard than everyone else in the game. That standard, more times than not, will be an unbeaten record.

Notre Dame has finished the regular season unbeaten twice in the last 27 years, winning the national title in 1988 and losing the BCS National Championship Game in 2012.

This season ended with a close loss at Clemson and a close loss at Stanford. And absolutely nothing to show for it.

Except, that is, the pie in the sky, old school novelty of we’re Notre Dame and you’re not. That and the NBC television contract.

“(Playing in a conference championship game) would be cool, but it’s not who we are,” Schmidt said. “All of us knew that when we signed on.”

That doesn’t mean things can’t change. They always do in college football.

If the power brokers of the game can move from taking the BCS away from their “cold, dead hands” to a four-team playoff, surely Notre Dame can finally make its way to the altar and get hitched.

The ACC would gladly take the Irish with some form of revenue sharing (see: allowing ND to keep all or a majority of its NBC cash), if for no other reason than to have the ND brand strengthen its shallow brand. That, in turn, would give the Irish more leeway in reaching the biggest show in the game.

Instead of being held to a higher standard than everyone else.

“We go into every season knowing we can’t lose,” Schmidt said.

And therein lies the greatest irony of all. Because Notre Dame won’t change and join a conference, it's losing before the season even begins.

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Matt Hayes--here are words of wisdom from Ryan McGee: Notre Dame, shut up. You have 2 losses. Stanford, if it beats USC, deserves to go more than ND. And even if you were to beat Clemson in a rematch for the ACC championship, you would still have 2 losses and would not get into the playoff.

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When my daughter was little, she had these Disney princess jigsaw puzzles she really loved. She loved them so much she'd open them both at the same time. I warned her over and over not to do it, that she'd mix up the pieces. She ignored me.

Then one night, I heard her screaming. When I found her, she had one of the puzzles nearly done, but one piece was missing. The final piece she had in her hand was from the other puzzle. It wouldn't fit, no matter how many ways she turned it or flipped it or how hard she hammered on it.

"Sorry, kid," I told her. "It's never going to fit. You need to work on finding the missing piece."

"But Mommy sucked it up with the vacuum!"

"Well ... then you need to start another puzzle. This one's as done as it's ever going to be."

On Saturday night, as the dust settled on Week 13, I found myself having that same conversation, over and over again, on Twitter and through email. Only the tear-stained pleas weren't from my daughter -- or any kids at all. They were from grown men and women, fans of Notre Dame, who'd just been dealt a dagger of a defeat by Stanford. We've only lost to Clemson and Stanford and to both with no time left on the clock! The selection committee can see how good we really are, right?! And they were from Stanford fans, mere moments after Conrad Ukropina's 45-yarder sailed through the uprights, hollering, We have two losses, but we can still be a conference champion! You keep saying that's the most important thing to the playoff committee, right?!

And Florida fans: We can still win the SEC, that'll do it, right?!

And Baylor fans: We went through three quarterbacks ... just like Ohio State last year, right?!

And North Carolina fans: The committee knows it's not our fault that South Carolina is awful and that teams backed out of deals and stuck us with two FCS teams, right?!

And Oklahoma State fans: We were 10-0 just two weeks ago! Remember?!

But easily the loudest, most frustrated, drowned-in-helplessness fan base is located in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes' supporters continue to point out how great they looked against Michigan, when they actually gave Ezekiel Elliott the football more than a dozen times (more on that later). They have reminded me that they've lost only once in the last two seasons. And, dang it, McGee, didn't you see that doggone rain during the Michigan State game?! All of that has to matter to someone, somehow, some way ... right?!

I know it hurts, to be so close for so long but to now be on the outside looking in, watching someone tapping the keg at what was supposed to be your party. I know so-and-so is a great kid who has worked hard and he's your favorite player of all time. I know he has given you great memories. I know your team had tough luck, with those key guys who were injured at the wrong time, or even worse, those guys who decided to break a team rule at an even worse time.

And yes, I know Mother Nature wasn't kind.

I also know the summer preseason magazines predicted December would feel better than this. I know when we digitally chatted earlier this year, we worked through a few potentially awesome scenarios. We did that right up until a few days ago. But I also warned you two weeks ago the playoff had already started, that the regular season meant more than ever. When that bracket was still sprawled out and there were still teams for Mark Schlabach to actually eliminate in his Eliminator, it meant there were still plenty of scenarios to sift through. Now there's only wreckage.

The 2015 college football funnel is officially down to the skinny end. On Labor Day weekend, we started with 128 teams that technically had a shot. Now that list is probably down to five: Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Iowa and Michigan State. OK, we might get to six or even seven, assuming Stanford wins the Pac-12 and an unlikely upset happens in the SEC or ACC title games.

The wackiest of those scenarios could even allow Ohio State to slip back in. That's the one that would need the Tide, the Tigers and the Cardinal to all lose, and for the committee to still have no problem with sending an invite to a team that isn't its league's champion, and two teams from the same league.

It feels downright cruel to type that, something that dares to bring a false flicker of hope. Because the hard, cold fact of the College Football Playoff is this: Not everyone gets to keep playing, no matter how unfair it feels or how you were once able to hold that spot in your hands, only to see it slip away like it was being handled by Notre Dame in the red zone.

You know, this is how postseasons work. It's supposed to be hard. In the end, only one team -- or in this case, four teams -- will be standing at the end of next weekend. For the other teams -- including, most likely, your team -- it's time to focus on what remains. There's a bowl game to win. There's a chance to say goodbye to your favorite players. And hey, the games will still be awesome, even if your team isn't playing in them.

I'm sorry, y'all. Like I told my weeping daughter, it's never going to fit. You need to start working on another puzzle. This one's as done as it's ever going to be.

Now let's get on with Flipping the Field.

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