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Reality Check Time for the Irish

Do these look like recruits you want for your college football team?

I think it may be time for the Notre Dame football program to take a long look in the mirror and realize who they really are.  This isn’t the 1950’s anymore. There are no ‘Four Horsemen’ coming down the tunnel on Saturday, and it’s not your God given right to win ten games every single season anymore either.

First off, most of the top recruits in the nation can’t make the grades to get into the University of Notre Dame. Secondly, these players could never make the grades to stay on the field with Notre Dame’s strict academic standards if they could squeek into the school. This is why you don’t see Harvard or Yale in the BCS conversation every year. You might be thinking to yourself: “Well Mr. Erin Andrews, what about quality academic schools like Stanford?”  Well, that brings me to my third and probably most important point. Put yourself in the shoes of an 18 year old kid.

USC Recruit: "Ummm...where do I sign?"

The University of Notre Dame is in a small town in the northern Midwest and is surrounded by cornfields. Let’s think about this logically. If I’m an 18 year old stud running back with YouTube videos of myself running for 320 yards and 6 TD’s in the state championship, do I want to go to ND and freeze my ass off for 4 months out of the year? Or  would I rather go to a school like USC or Florida and spend my free time chilling with hotties on the beach? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that most players  are going to take the more sunny and sandy option.

Look, as I said before this isn’t the 1950’s anymore. The types of kids and coaches that win championships aren’t good ole Midwestern boys (Picture the cast from the basketball movie ‘Hoosiers. Except for Jimmy Chitwood, he was a bad ass.) The modern college athlete wants to party, have fun and participate in all of the extracurricular activities that don’t have anything to do with passing algebra.

Lou Holtz even knew it was time to leave.

So Notre Dame, you have two options. Either stay true to your historic image and academic standards that will undoubtedly lower the talent you can pull in and lower your expectations for your football program, or lower your standards and get what you think you deserve (Maybe also give out free scholarships to co-ed hotties from the south and put in some killer fake beaches around campus.)

Charlie Weis didn’t make all of the right choices by any means, but if you can’t keep up with the times then don’t expect to keep up with the other powerhouse programs.  I think it probably occured to Notre Dame officials just how far their program fallen when their top coaching candidate is from Cincinnati and no coach from the SEC, BIG 12, PAC 10 or BIG 10 conferences are beating down the door to get your ‘dream job.’ That would have happened in the 50’s and 60’s…and maybe even the 70’s and 80’s but this is the 21st century.

Welcome to the twitter, blog, and media era Notre Dame. Try to keep up.

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