Hitting the Links: May 18th, 2013

Savvy Jack - Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

No recruiting today, just hitting the links.

As always starting elsewhere and ending in South Bend.

Big Ten athletic directors focused on football game-day upgrades - ESPN

The Big Ten is going to be cool. I'm sure this will work out well...

"Part of that is to make the league be perceived in reality what it is, and that's a little bit more hip, a little bit more cool," Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told ESPN.com. "I have three kids that are age 14, 18 and 20, and they're a great resource for me to bounce ideas off from a Michigan State perspective. But I think we need to take that as a league a little bit as well.

Nick Saban: Former assistant Tim Davis calling me ‘devil’ is ‘disappointing’ | SI

Somehow I don't think Saban really cares what anyone says about him.

Longhorns great Vince Young graduates from University of Texas | Dr. Saturday

Good for Vince.

Mack Brown will be glad to know that Johnny Football was happy for VY.

Speaking of Johnny Football he does everything other than actually go to school. His latest appearance was re-enacting a touchdown pass while throwing out the first pitch at a San Diego Padres game.

Johnny Manziel scores on Alabama while throwing out Padres first pitch - SBNation.com

Eastern Michigan Eagles coach to skydive for money to fix bathrooms - ESPN

This is sad. Real sad.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles need new bathrooms, and coach Ron English is ready to jump out of a plane to get them.

Georgia Tech football has the strangest recruiting Photoshops of them all - SBNation.com

This migration thing that GT is using for recruiting is bizarre. Elsewhere in Georgia...

Fans start petition to help Georgia OL Kolton Houston fight NCAA - CBSSports.com

The Houston story is an interesting one. He tested positive for steriods and has taken some pretty extreme measures to get them out of his system. Fans are now trying to help him get on the field.

Georgia OL Kolton Houston still has dreams of playing for the Bulldogs again, and fans have launched an online petition to help him make it happen.

SportsCrack Apparel Store

These Irish Chocolate T's are pretty awesome. This can't be legal though. Right? What do you lawyers think?

2013 Notre Dame football's 10 things to know: The Irish aren't going away - SBNation.com

Here is a very good preview on the 2013 Fighting Irish from Bill Connelly.

Notre Dame was a Top 15 team on paper in 2011, then played like it in 2012. Can the Irish manage a fourth straight year of steady improvement under Brian Kelly? And can they get enough breaks to reach the national title game again?

Notre Dame AD explains -- sort of -- why the Michigan series ended - CBSSports.com

"You know it's a slow news day when you guys start telling me stuff that's said in booster clubs," the Notre Dame AD said Wednesday at the ACC spring meetings. That's essentially what this faux, overblown dust-up over the end of the Notre Dame-Michigan series has become -- the month of May. The offseason. Nothing to see here when comments by Michigan coach Brady Hoke at a Grand Rapids, Mich., booster event carry more weight than they should.

Full Transcript: Jack Swarbrick - Sports - Notre Dame Fighting Irish - The Observer - University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College

Murtaugh dropped a link to this in the comments on Wednesday but this full version covers a few more topics and is definitely worth a read.

YouTube

On April 18, 2013, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly took part in a Sirius/XM Town Hall in Notre Dame Stadium. Here is a full playlist.

Remember Aaron Lynch?

Taggart very excited about the maturation of Aaron Lynch - CBSSports.com

Willie Taggart worked wonders at Western Kentucky. Now he takes over a USF program that was sputtering, but there is plenty of reason for optimism, starting with the development of former Notre Dame freshman standout Aaron Lynch.

Here is Keith Arnold on Lynch at USF.

Lynch prepares for football (finally) after Notre Dame | Inside the Irish

It’s probably not a surprise to Notre Dame fans that Lynch dropped 35 pounds during his self imposed sabbatical. That Taggart would openly say that Lynch, "wasn’t really motivated to do anything, from what I was told and heard from everyone," is some pretty open candor about a player that never seemed the most disciplined to begin with, and points to a pretty inactive year off, after playing at a still-room-to-grow 270 pounds as a freshman.

UHND took a look at the 2013 Notre Dame Defensive Line.

How ND’s Defensive Line Compares to the Elite - Notre Dame Football | UHND.com

Defense wins championships. If you’re a Notre Dame fan, the weight of such a statement truly strikes home, with the Fighting Irish defense mostly carrying the offense during the 2012 season. Given the importance of defense – and an article last week examining how effective offensive line recruiting has been under Brian Kelly’s watch (ND was tied with LSU for the 2nd best recruiting haul of o-linemen in the Class of 2013 and is currently tied for 1st place, also with LSU, for the best offensive line class this recruiting cycle) – I was curious about the defensive line.

Wu Am I? Notre Dame's 36 Players Of Impact Part II | Subway Domer

Depth charts are a thing of the past, and they are especially inaccurate with Notre Dame in the front 7 of their defense and within the skill positions on offense. There is flexibility, and more players see more significant playing time.

Around here Murtaugh and JoeSchu knocked out another podcast. Subscribe!

One Foot Down Podcast, Episode 2: Post-Spring Positional Battles - One Foot Down

JoeSchu joins me to talk post-spring football, stadium renovations, ACC basketball scheduling and more.

Notre Dame - Michigan: Therapy Sessions - One Foot Down

We had some technical issues around here this week so you probably missed this FanPost from Michael Collins.

Harry Heistand is the man. That is all.

Offensive Tackle Alex Bars Verbally Commits to Notre Dame! - One Foot Down

Coach Brian Kelly received his 10th verbal commitment for the 2014 class today from OT Alex Bars (Nashville, TN - Montgomery Bell Academy). He is listed at 6'6" and 287 lbs.

Congrats to all of the new Notre Dame graduates!

Have a great weekend!

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