Category Archives: Notre Dame’s Faint Echoes

Everybody haz a sad.

Just wondering – who should we feel more sorry for this morning, Manti “Lennay Kekua affected my performance in the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama” Te’o or Lane “my last season made Georgia’s 2008 season seem fulfilling by comparison” Kiffin?

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The last Te’o joke I’ll tell.

Sorry, but this is too good to pass up.

(via)

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Lennay Kekua, we hardly knew ‘ye.

Either this is one of the greatest social experiments concocted by a football star to see how far he could push a media hoax, or it’s just one of the creepiest things I’ve ever read.  In any event, there sure seems to be a whole lot of lying going on.

There was no Lennay Kekua. Lennay Kekua did not meet Manti Te’o after the Stanford game in 2009. Lennay Kekua did not attend Stanford. Lennay Kekua never visited Manti Te’o in Hawaii. Lennay Kekua was not in a car accident. Lennay Kekua did not talk to Manti Te’o every night on the telephone. She was not diagnosed with cancer, did not spend time in the hospital, did not engage in a lengthy battle with leukemia. She never had a bone marrow transplant. She was not released from the hospital on Sept. 10, nor did Brian Te’o congratulate her for this over the telephone. She did not insist that Manti Te’o play in the Michigan State or Michigan games, and did not request he send white flowers to her funeral. Her favorite color was not white. Her brother, Koa, did not inform Manti Te’o that she was dead. Koa did not exist. Her funeral did not take place in Carson, Calif., and her casket was not closed at 9 a.m. exactly. She was not laid to rest.

Lennay Kekua’s last words to Manti Te’o were not “I love you.”

Of course, what I’m waiting for now is the inevitable “How much will the Kekua story affect Te’o’s draft status?” piece.

It’s a strange world we live in, peeps.

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UPDATE:  “If Te’o’s dying girlfriend story had been invented 80 years ago, it would have been memorialized in film and people would still believe it today.”

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Tape don’t lie.

This may be the first positive Coaches Poll story I’ve ever read.

… I heard plenty about that dreadful prediction on Twitter from the moment the Tide’s butt-kicking of the Irish began. Then, I get to the coaches convention in Nashville a few hours later. I run into Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. He tells me about all of the hate mail and such that he received for having voted Notre Dame No. 4 in the USA Today coaches poll last month… Franklin said Vandy had played Wake Forest the week after Notre Dame did, so through film study, Franklin had become very familiar with the Irish and how good they actually were.

Give Franklin credit for not traveling with the herd there, but I think that’s little more than a case of the exception proving the rule.

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“Messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea.”

Can someone explain how from an institutional standpoint this story is any different from what took place at Penn State?

Well, there is one difference.

Among those being congratulated for our return to gridiron glory is ND’s president, Rev. John Jenkins, who refused to meet with the Seeberg family on advice of counsel, and other school officials who’ve whispered misleadingly in many ears, mine included, in an attempt to protect the school’s brand by smearing a dead 19-year-old…

At first, officials said privacy laws prevented them from responding. But after some criticism, Jenkins told the South Bend Tribune he’d intentionally kept himself free of any in-depth knowledge of the case, yet was sure it had been handled appropriately.

See?  Somebody’s figured out the real lesson from Sanduskygate.  The odds of Notre Dame bringing in an outside party to investigate and prepare an independent report that can be turned over to Mark Emmert for some light reading are pretty slim, I’d guess.

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Luck of the Irish

Not that it’ll happen in a million years, but would I take any pleasure out of this scenario?

Conversation topic from late last night with a bunch of other college football writers: Georgia still has an outside shot to get to the BCS title game. In fact, the Dawgs might even have a scenario where they could overtake an undefeated Notre Dame in the polls. With more Saturday by USC and Michigan State, ND’s potential top wins now may not even be ranked in the top 25 in early December. And if ND, in fact, beats the Trojans USC would be at least a four-loss team and probably unranked. At that point, ND, which just survived triple-OT at home against a bad Pitt team, could conceivably end up with wins over one two ranked teams all season: Oklahoma at Stanford, and ND needs the Cardinal to finish strong. Obviously, the 7-2 Cardinal could do the Irish and K-State and Georgia a big favor by knocking off Oregon in two weeks, then lose two of its remaining three (against No. 13 Oregon State, at Oregon and then at UCLA), David Shaw’s team also could slip out of the top 25.

The other problem for ND is the timing. Everyone else is playing on Championship Saturday but the Irish. I don’t think you could leapfrog a one-loss SEC champ over an unbeaten ND, but I’m not so sure. If Georgia goes out and upsets No. 1 Alabama, there would be a lot of momentum for the Dawgs because voters often get so caught up in the moment.

Yeeahhh… I thinks I might.

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Friday morning buffet

Mangia, mangia.

  • Gary Danielson really doesn’t want to see Notre Dame in the national title game.
  • On the other hand, the rest of the BCS bowls are positively giddy over Notre Dame’s prospects.
  • The offensive genius gets defensive.
  • This blows me away – of the 38 coaches who originally recruited Robert Marve, who starts this Saturday for Purdue, only two are still with the same school today.
  • Cool piece on a guy who may be the most obscure influential offensive mind in college football right now.
  • Once expected to be the offensive line’s sixth man, Watts Dantzler couldn’t even beat out a walk-on to make the travel squad for the Florida game.
  • Here you go, worry warts:  “Ole Miss probably couldn’t have picked a better time to face Georgia.”
  • Just shoot me.  Also, this(h/t Puffdawg)

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This is why Notre Dame can have nice things.

You’d better get ready for the Irish-BCS talk, because it’s coming.  And here’s why:

 

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Today’s moment of waaaaaaah

Boy, talk about your quote rife with irony:

“I don’t think anybody should have a right to pick and choose in today’s day and age,” [George] O’Leary said…

Or chutzpah.  Yeah, that works, too.

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Thursday morning buffet

There’s a wee Irish tinge to the offerings today.

  • The Dawgs enjoyed a good bit of success running out of four-wide sets against Missouri.  (In fact, I think the TD pass to King came out of a five-wide, empty backfield set.)  Will the offensive line be strong enough for Georgia to keep on doing that?
  • If you believe that the biggest difference between the SEC and the rest of college football is the quality of the defensive linemen, then this story will make complete sense to you.
  • Mars needs women, but colleges need men.  Football, testosterone and Stanford.
  • Tyler Wilson looks like he may be ready to show up for Alabama.  The question is whether his offensive line will do the same.
  • Mark Richt has lost control of LSU’s academics.
  • Notre Dame’s move to the ACC – and the news that it will schedule five games a year with that conference’s members – means it’s got some scrambling to do on the scheduling front.
  • Jim Delany whistles in the dark about the move, even though it’s likely to impact teams in his conference fairly significantly.  (And even though Delany wanted the Irish for the Big Ten.)
  • And Ivan Maisel thinks the move signals the death knell of Notre Dame’s independence.
  • ACC votes to bump exit fee to a whopping $50 million immediately;  FSU voices displeasure after voting against the change.

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