ESPN Bias; Personal Statement
Men of the Blog,
I just wanted to clarify a few things that have came to my mind as I have begun to solidify my status as a contributor to the blogging community. As a member of another school that has solidified itself in America's Top 20, I will always remain the skeptic outsider that brings an outside voice into the discussion. I will always be quick to point out when one has crossed the line because it is clear that Charlie's boys have a long way to go, despite the Three Top 10 classes and the Kevin White "Barnstorming Campaign".
With that being said, I will be the first to say that Clausen can have at least three more bone chips removed before we even begin to question what the future holds for him and the likes of Kamara, Floyd, Tate, and, if you can believe George's analysis, Walker. It is true Brady had Jeff and Rhema, but this crop of receivers that is beginning to emerge in South Bend (or has the potential to) matches the duo in terms of size and athleticism and perhaps possesses a more intriguing upside considering there will be no Bill Diedrick. So despite his bone chips, his unspectacular debut under the shining dome and his MTV-laced commitment, a betting man would be stupid to bet against Jimmy getting it done in the future.
George was quick to point out how ESPN and the recruiting cartel has it out for our Irish, but it will be interesting to see how Charlie reacts (It hasn't fazed him yet). It is safe to say that this might be a new test for the program, since no coach in the modern era has had to deal with the ND-bias on such a level as Charlie has. Lou had it, but he was in SC before the internet pushed recruiting into a big-ticket stock. As it began to emerge, Davie probably got scared of it. Ty probably didn't know it was happening (Discount rates at Pinehurst No. 2. Chris Leak? No, I'm going to NC to play golf.)
I personally love the hate mail that has been thrown towards the Irish this year. What a better way to get a team ready for next step, than to have scrutiny in all shapes and sizes. Mark May, bring it on. Pete Carroll, I can't wait to see what is left of you when Myles Brand gets the balls to begin ReggieGate. Weis is crafting it beautifully. He's taking his lumps, there will be no awards coming his way this season, but in the process is learning a lot of lot of things he might not have learned in New England. Sorry to sound a little to much like Father Hesburgh, but at least he's learning a lesson in humility. But for those that have played there right in sending the laughs Charlie's way, payback will be a bitch.
While the chaos that has been this season might trim a few gems away at the Cadillac class, it is pretty safe to say that the "us against them" attitude is beginning to works it magic in South Bend. To go along with that, 2008 and 2009 offer a much less daunting tour schedule for the Irish.
Before I let you go, George, a few points: Mitch Browning - most notably Minnesota's innovative OC that helped the Gophers set numerous NCAA rushing marks, is currently out of a job. Could he be an asset to the Irish in helping develop our young backs and in developing a more balanced attack in the coming years. Interesting rumor: Brett Bielema to Michigan, Barry Alvarez to Nebraska. Bielema is a Big 10 guy, is 19-4 in two seasons and is 37. Could he be Michigan's alternative if Les Miles stays in the Bayou? Alvarez is a former Nebraska captain and has proven he knows how to rebuild a program. Could he be Osborne's guy in Lincoln?