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Notre Dame Football Behind the Scenes: the Georgia Series

Plus a camp attendee sues the university, big game Bob retires, and some non-movement in college basketball coaching.

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Have you ever found yourself, a lieutenant of whatever organization it is that employs you, in a sort of position in which you think you have nothing to contribute? I can only speak for myself, but I know what it feels like to be less-than-top-dog at a conference and be doing my best to just take it all in.

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That wasn’t the case for a few assistant athletic directors back in 2013, however. A great story was recently published by Dawg Nation that gives us a spectacular behind-the-scenes look at how the Georgia Bulldogs vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish home-and-home series came into existence.

If the article is to believed, it all started with Chad Klunder, assistant AD at Notre Dame, saying “hey you guys wanna play us” to Josh Brooks, who has the same position at Georgia. Thankfully, these guys were high enough on the food chain that they could alert their respective ADs, and the series was born. Read the rest at Hawg Nation.

Breaking News: Life is Hard for Injured Athlete

News broke from WNDU recently about a man who, while attending a Notre Dame football camp suffered an allegedly career-ending injury, and has now decided to sue the university.

Despite signing a waiver, the family of John-Vincent Louis claim that Notre Dame treated him in “barbaric” ways after he tore a ligament in his leg, mostly noting that the staff “pushed him aside” and “did not inform the parents.” If these allegations are true, then the university needs to take a deep look at how their football camps were run back in 2013.

However, I’m of the opinion that due to a combination of timing, the language used in the article, the fact that the family signed a waiver, and the statements of the lawyer representing the university, this is more of a frivolous lawsuit rather than a legitimate claim. Read the article and see for yourself.

Big Game Bob Stoops Has Retired

Clearing the way to replace Brian Ke...I’m kidding. Let’s not talk about it.

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If you’re anything like every Notre Dame fan or writer or hater I follow on Twitter, you’ve probably already made the “Bob Stoops is following Urban Meyer’s lead of retiring and taking a new job in the midwest” joke. Heck, Big Game Bob bought two homes in Chicago, which is pretty close to South Bend.

But let’s be real here. It ain’t happening. However, Coach Stoops’ retirement was a bit of a surprise, and his replacement is young and green. We’ll see how that works out for the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Ohio State Buckeyes Don’t Have Their Coach... Yet

Regarded as one of the most desirable head coaching destinations in college basketball, the Ohio State University recently announced that coach Thad Matta was retiring and would assist in the search for a new coach. Then rumors started to swirl regarding Creighton’s Greg McDermott, to the point where it was reported that the two sides met and the job was offered.

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However it appears that Creighton’s status as a major player in the Big East in basketball holds some water, as Thursday Coach McDermott announced that he’d be staying with Blue Jays. Surprising, as many thought Ohio State would be aggressive in going after the Miller brothers, Mick Cronin, or other proven big-name talent.