The Blue-Gold game is upon us. For a single day we can almost pretend like it's football season. On the other side of this game is the wasteland known as the off-season so enjoy this weekend! I am dropping this version of "The Links" a day early so that we can concentrate on the game tomorrow. I also thought it just might come in handy for those of you with football on the brain on Friday night and Saturday morning.
Our Blue-Gold open thread will go live tomorrow at 11:00 AM EST. Until then...
As always starting elsewhere and ending in South Bend.
This is a pretty solid weekly breakdown of the biggest college football games of the upcoming 2013 season. Notre Dame appears in the "Five biggest games" on five different weekends. The following games made the cut: Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona State, USC and BYU. The Stanford game is also sort of implied under the umbrella of "Hate Week" where every game made the cut.
This documentary has tremendous potential. Like so many other uber recruits that didn't pan out, the story of Mustain is a fascinating one. Deal me in.
The wraith speaks. Is anyone listening? Should they be?
“College athletics, particularly football, has changed dramatically throughout my career,” Snyder said on 610 Sports Radio KCSP. “I think it's in a bad place right now. It's in a bad place for a variety of reasons. We've allowed it to become money driven. We've allowed it to become TV driven. We've allowed athletic programs or football programs to mean more to a university than what the university is really supposed to be all about.”
The Houston Cougars’ football stadium is currently a big pile of concrete scheduled to be operational in time for the 2014 season. Houston has seven home games scheduled for 2013, four of which will be played in Reliant Stadium, three of which the Texans aren’t accommodating.
Where do you all think that Houston should play these other three home games? The Astrodome, Rice or at a high school stadium? They probably have a couple of those in Houston that are bigger than a small college stadium anyway.
With the obvious exception of the completely ridiculous helmets these new UCONN uniforms aren't too bad.
Does the FAA know about this?
A drone was flying high above Tennessee’s spring practice doing drone-like things (whatever those are). Jones told reporters following practice that the drone would be used to help with film study.
Roll Damn Tide 1. War Damn Eagle 0.
Thoughts and prayers for everyone in Boston.
Charley Molnar sighting! His UMass squad will honor the Boston victims in a fairly unique way.
UMass football is doing its part to honor the victims from the Boston Marathon bombings with helmet stickers for this weekend’s spring game, but coach Charley Molnar, an avid runner, wanted to go the extra mile. So, at halftime of the spring game, he’s asking people who were not able to finish the Marathon to come out and take a lap around UMass’ McGuirk Alumni Stadium and celebrate their accomplishment by crossing a special finish line set up at the 50-yard line.
Notre Dame will also be wearing special helmet decals on Saturday.
We will honor all of the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy tomorrow with a new helmet decal. twitter.com/CoachBrianKell…— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) April 19, 2013
Let it be written. Let it be done. The commentariat was relatively quiet about this one. What say you people? The most encouraging thing about this for me is that it further cements continued independence in football. It's kind of hard to fully join a conference when you have your own TV deal. Just ask Texas.
Revenues from the NBC partnership have played a key role in Notre Dame's financial aid endowment since the start of the relationship in 1991 when University officers allocated a portion of the football television contract revenue for undergraduate scholarship endowment (not athletic scholarships). To date, some 6,300 Notre Dame undergraduate students have received nearly $80 million in aid from revenue generated through the NBC contract.
What do you all think about this potential ACC scheduling? I would have liked to see a trip to Virginia Tech in there. There also isn't a trip to North Cackalacky until 2016. Come on man!
ND's ACC foes: 2014-Home: UNC, UL, Wake; At FSU, SU; 2015-Home: BC, GT; At Clem, Pitt, UVa; 2016-Home: Duke, UM, VT; At: NCSU, SU— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) April 19, 2013
In addition to playing cornerback in the Blue-Gold game this weekend KeiVarae Hustle will also be strutting his stuff as an actor in a play.
For those that missed CBK on SiriusXM town hall Thursday night there will be a rebroadcast from noon-1 p.m., just prior to the Blue-Gold Game broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 91.
Here's a sample of what went on between Tim Brown and Coach Brian Kelly during the broadcast.
"Did your face get as red when you played as it gets on the sidelines when you coach?" Brown queried. Without missing a beat, Kelly responded, without any bluster, "You couldn't see it. I was wearing a facemask."
The Observer has a nice article here on the five early enrollees seeing their first action inside of Notre Dame Stadium.
Hansen on Swarbrick. The topics include Field Turf, Jumbotrons, CBK's contract extension, and schedule shuffling. *The full video from this presser is at the bottom of this post.
Student seating for Notre Dame home games is now general admission. Thoughts?
Student seating at football games will now be general admission by class and will be first-come, first-served basis w/in each class section.— Observer Sports (@ObserverSports) April 18, 2013
So what do you all think of The Shirt? LINK.
I still like our versions better!
My personal favorite is choice #1. That ND MSPaint has skillz.
As for the Blue-Gold game itself below are your options for watching from places other than Notre Dame Stadium.
12:00 EST NBC Sports Network
Strong & True Notre Dame Spring Football 2013
1:00 PM EST NBC Sports Network
The 84th Annual Blue-Gold Game
No TV? No problem.
Below is a Blue-Gold game buffet. Enjoy.
Over at Subway Domer Herring Bone chatted with Big Kap about the Blue-Gold game and a few other assorted topics. I remain a big KLM fan. Great kid.
Kapron Lewis-Moore: I'm excited to see how hungry the guys are to get back to the National Championship ... I wanna see who has matured and who is evolving into next year's leaders. That's the stuff I'm really excited about.
Similar to last year, Notre Dame’s Blue-Gold scrimmage will pit the offense against the defense rather than a true “Blue vs. White” scrimmage. Major changes between this year and last include the defense wearing blue jerseys and the offense wearing white. Head coach Brian Kelly also said that there will be no live special teams this year, including no field goals or extra points. Punting will be included in the scrimmage.
Keith Arnold has the goods on the offense vs. defense scoring system.
For those unfamiliar with the set-up, here’s how the scoring system will be broken down.
6 points for a touchdown (1 point for PAT kicks, no rush allowed).
3 points for a field goal.
4 points for a defensive stop before offense crosses the 50.
2 points for a defensive stop after offense crosses the 50.
7 points for a turnover before the offense crosses the 50.
3 points for a turnover after the offense crosses the 50.
1 point for holding the offense to a field goal.
I'm going to close this one out with a little video cleanup. One is CBK's media session on 17 April. The second is Jack Swarbrick's media session on 18 April. The third is the trailer for "Strong & True" because why not? There are plenty of discussion points in the two media sessions.
See you in the open thread at 11:00 AM EST on Saturday!