The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football staff is getting turned upside down after a 4-8 season. With a handful of changes already in the books, there was nothing odd about a report coming out that Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore was “let go.”
Keith Gilmore not returning as Notre Dame DL coach https://t.co/bes6eBsmqn— Mike M. (@mikemeidling) December 20, 2016
I mean, it made total sense considering the complete lack of production along the defensive line- especially in regards to Notre Dame’s sack numbers. So yeah... I would bet that Notre Dame was going to head in another direction. After all, new defensive coordinator Mike Elko can put together his own staff (kind of) and he may just bring a guy with him from Wake Forest.
After one report came out, a few more started showing up- all citing “sources” or “confirmed.” It appeared that Gilmore was on his way out.
This was good news to some, but to former Notre Dame defensive lineman Sheldon Day- it was a bunch of crap.
@NDFootball @CoachBrianKelly how do you part ways with one of the best D-Line coaches out there?— Sheldon Day (@SheldonDay_91) December 20, 2016
As this was going on, reports and short essays on who may take Gilmore’s position started surfacing. The most common opinion was that Clark Lea, linebacker coach at Wake Forest, would follow Mike Elko and he would coach the linebackers with Mike Elston sliding back into his old role as the defensive line coach.
It was all coming together. That is, until it wasn’t:
We are aware of reports Keith Gilmore will not return at Notre Dame. Our understanding is these are not accurate https://t.co/sNnVtyuq1F— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 20, 2016
Ouch. That’s a whole lot of screw up right there, and even more back-tracking and updating. I’m just glad I was in the middle of some things so I didn’t have to do all that backtracking. One person was even more happy than me. Guess who that was?
Worth noting here with Keith Gilmore @CoachGilmoreND, a coach who’s not big into Twitter pic.twitter.com/iJJ5uIHZ6b— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) December 20, 2016
And we all laugh and wonder just what in the hell is going on. Is this even for real you guys?
New #NotreDame defensive coordinator @CoachMikeElko will have a chance to interview and choose his staff. He hasn't met with Gilmore yet.— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) December 20, 2016
So the guy that still needs to interview the guy that everyone said was already fired hasn’t even interviewed him yet? Wow... talk about some awkward moments coming up in that interview and a whole lot of pressure.
The internet got it completely wrong tonight, but that’s not to say that they will be wrong tomorrow or by some time next week. The played out scenario that we thought might happen when Keith Gilmore was “fired” still has a chance of happening.
At the moment, we should all take this as some type of lesson in patience (stop laughing). We were wrong, and caused a scene for a few hours. This is what the 2016 Notre Dame football season has given us... Derp.