Brian Kelly's eighth season certainly held the interest of fans. From the highs of the season-opening win streak to the low of Miami and back up after Miles' Boykin's amazing catch, there was more than enough for the Fighting Irish faithful to digest. And with the moves of the offseason, we're left wondering what to expect for 2018. Are you curious how Brandon Wimbush and Phil Jurkovec will battle for the starting QB spot? Whether Boykin can build on his highlight-reel moment against LSU to become a force at wideout? If Jeff Quinn and Clark Lea will make fans forget about Harry Hiestand and Mike Elko?
It's been a while since I pulled out the pick and strummed, so I figured I'd give Mike Royko a break for a bit and bring back a little old-school NDN.
The 85-scholarship limit the NCAA imposes sometimes leads to more than its fair share of brinksmanship. Players chose to leave for whatever reason, recruits do or don't make their grades, spring football results in injuries, etc.
Outlined against a jet-black Easter Sunday evening sky, the Four Horsemen rode again.
Knowing the Irish were in the NCAA Tournament until Davidson grabbed its spot by upsetting Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 championship game is, as Mike Brey said, another gut punch in a season of gut punches.
Would a doctor treat symptoms without a diagnosis? Of course not. Would a mechanic repair a car’s engine before identifying what’s wrong? A good mechanic wouldn’t. Would a media pundit propose a fix to college basketball’s standards without articulating its problems? Of course they would. They’re meatheads.