Welcome to another Bagpipe Monday on One Foot Down. We are getting closer and closer to the start of another football season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but there are still many questions still unanswered. As I sat down to write this article, I started asking myself some of those questions and I listed off a few of those answers.
It was more of the same, and some of it was just wild speculation. It finally brought me to the question that seemed to be the most important for the program...
What is normal for Notre Dame football?
The normality of a program ends up being its tradition as the years come off the calendar. Almost 30 years has passed, and the Fighting Irish have not won a national championship or have had a Heisman winner. Both of which, are major points of emphasis for the program and its fans - the sheer number of both. They are celebrated and immortalized, and yet... an entire generation of fans and alumni have yet to experience either.
Is this the new normal? Is it simply the harsh reality we must now face? Will Notre Dame football ever be able to regularly contend for both?
It's not like we have lived through 30 years of absolute famine. The Irish have had a handful of seasons where they were major players in the run for a national championship, and they have also had a handful of greats that were in contention for the Heisman.
But, and especially for Notre Dame fans, being a part of the conversation is a huge difference from actually being the conversation.
With all of this change that is currently underway with the program with coaches, the stadium, uniforms, and whatever else the year 2017 and beyond is bringing us, you have to wonder just what is normal for the program.
I offer no answer, because I am torn between what I feel like is normal for the program and what that normalcy actually is in 2017. There is also no poll this week for Bagpipe Monday because I just don't know how to provide the answers to "What is normal for Notre Dame Football?"
I ask that you answer this in the comments below, and let's have one more macro conversation before we turn to the micro questions involving the upcoming season.