Thanks to a suggestion in our yearly survey about what we do here at One Foot Down, I’m making the daily link dump about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a priority again — at least for Monday through Friday. “The Triple Option” is a working title for now. I want to keep this to 4 stories a day, and pre-snap there are actually 4 options in the triple-option.
Like I said... it’s a working title. So let’s get into it.
GRIFFIN EIFERT TO NOTRE DAME IS OFFICIAL
A few months ago Griffin Eifert announced that he would be a preferred walk-on at Notre Dame. On Wednesday, he held a signing ceremony with other members of the Bishop Dwenger football team. Griffin, the brother of Irish great Tyler Eifert, caught 30 passes for 468 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Saints in 2019. Dwenger has been the strongest pipeline school for the Irish in Fort Wayne.
RT 961Sportsbeat "RT FOX55FortWayne: #NotreDame football commit Griffin Eifert was one of six student-athletes to participate in a signing ceremony at Bishop Dwenger on Wednesday. #FOX55Sports— 96.1FM WSBT (@WSBTradio) May 21, 2020
REMEMBERING IOWA IN A CRISIS
Notre Dame and the Iowa Hawkeyes have not played a football game since 1968. That’s a long time — especially given some of the Iowa ties the school has had over the years through coaching trees. Up to that final game in 1968, the two schools had played 23 games against each other. There was a game, however, that the two were unable to play because of one of the darkest chapters for the United States in the 20th century — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Iowa v. Notre Dame: Remembering a Time When College Football was Canceled— Hawkeye Nation (@hawkeyenation) May 21, 2020
World events can wipe out college sports as we saw when the Hawkeyes' game against the Irish went away
The story from @ByRickBrown https://t.co/uBJRGib2bt pic.twitter.com/NjvqBXtMHf
SOME OF THE BEST IN THE NFL
CBS Sports Pete Prisco released a list of the top 100 players in the NFL. Four former Irish players (Quenton Nelson, Zack Martin, Harrison Smith, and Ronnie Stanley) were listed — all in the top 50. Only the Ohio State Buckeyes had more players ranked inside the top 50.
Here you go. Eat it alive. My list of the NFL's top-100 players. Guaranteed to make you mad. Good. https://t.co/MWRrpARKdC— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 20, 2020
Anytime we can send some praise over to WOPU Nation — we should. Here’s a nice write-up about running back Mick Assaf.
The big year for #NotreDame running back Mick Assaf continues.— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) May 21, 2020
First he landed a well-deserved scholarship from head coach Brian Kelly at the end of this past season and then he earned his degree: https://t.co/iuafjVhQHM #IrishIllustrated@247Sports pic.twitter.com/FdNLWo3oRF