Having fallen for Sydd Finch, I'm wary of good news now
Then I saw the news elsewhere and understood why.
I don’t know if “joy” was the right word. But there was certainly no despair.
...him up for 12 years was going to be hiring his replacement.
Even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while: With a better OC, Freeman has the potential to be an NC winning coach.
acid because this is one hellava fucking great hallucination I'm having!"
Then I listened to Kid Charlemagne on a loop until I passed out.
Yes, there's gas in the car
I think the people down the hall
Know who you are
that Swarbrick had set aside for Kelly's statue?
I heard the news today, oh boy!
...the Grotto for the LSU AD. We are forever in his debt ;).
Our purple faced nightmare was finally over.
Which I am sure was the normal initial reaction for most of us on NDN
Us home so I could read the message board leaks. Wonderful day.
That was a great day.
No future visits back to campus
No statue (you know Jack had designs on one)
No more debate with deluded Kellylover alums
We are rid of his poison. And we got paid for it.
Mine on 11/30 and my daughter's on 11/29. While she was the best birthday present ever 21 years ago, last year was pretty damn good.
I specifically recall immediately trolling my LSU friends.
At my son’s hockey practice. I received texts from friends and I think my Dad linking stories that he was leaving. I was excited but initially in denial, worried it was too good to be true. I think I followed that same thread from a year ago and when Thamel confirmed I was thrilled. Felt great.
Another parent mentioned it and I had a stupid grin the rest of the night...and probably longer.
Feels very familiar to Marcus Year 1.
Don't forget how tough the schedule was in 1986. We took Michigan, LSU, and (eventual National Champion) Penn State down to the wire. The toughness and discipline were back. Holtz took over a talented but mentally weak team. He changed the culture practically overnight.
Also, don't forget that Holtz had already proven himself to be a very good head coach when we hired him. He was about 15 years older than Freeman is now and (understandably) knew a lot more about assembling a coaching staff, game planning/preparation, developing an offensive identity, motivation, etc. than Freeman does at this point.
There is plenty to like about Freeman, but there are still a lot more unknowns about him than there were about Holtz after year 1 at ND.
As a senior, I stumbled out of the stadium after the Penn State loss knowing that the team was going to win a National Championship shortly after I left. The close game with LSU and the USC win only further fueled that optimism.
I'm not sure if I have that same unbridled optimism about the future now. But I am supremely confident that we've hired the best man to roam those sidelines in 26 years.
going to be ok. I don’t have that same feeling yet with Freeman. Every time Lou is mentioned, I’m reminded how much prior experience he had coming into the position which he relied on during his time at ND.
I do now. I'm glad Kelly is gone and Freeman is very likeable. However the OC situation and Freeman's lack of experience as a head coach still leaves me feeling there is a good chance he won't bring the level of success we want.
my phone blowing up from friends advising me that Kelly was finally gone.
I pulled off the road and screamed very loud in my car for several minutes in excitement. After I gathered myself, I called my friend who was a Kelly-lover and told him to eat shit.
Then I came home and drank several glasses of scotch to toast the occasion while gleefully scrolling through Rock's House. Amazing day.
However, it might be time to review your favorite quote by an ND coach in your profile.
Kelly is a huge penis.
rocks! Well done.
but this post made me absolutely laugh out loud. Peak NDN catharsis.
After ND lost to Stanford, a friend said to me “you guys were all fired up for this inexperienced coach, because he wasn’t Brian Kelly.”
And I replied, “yes.”
Now, it helped that Freeman is Freeman and instantly made a good impression. But we were rid of Kelly, for free. And Jack had ridden the seatless “winningest coach” bicycle for nothing. It continues to make me smile.
receivers of all time. Like Tim Brown level.
Our gluttonous former head coach took three serving of burnt ends from him while lying to him, then left. Then we changed his position coach. And he still came to Notre Dame.
We know he'll leave Notre Dame with a good education. I hope he also leaves with some records, a national championship ring and a high draft position.
The powers that be at ND should see how random fans on the internet have Jack's lazy ass number.
That they are acknowledging the vacated wins, and that Brian kelly no longer has the most wins