We are either 72 or 73 days away from the first game of the college football season for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (depending on how you want to count). How the season actually takes shape with the surge in positive coronavirus positive tests happening around the country is anyone’s guess. Like really... we are all just guessing at this point and just going with the flow.
ON TO THE TRIPLE OPTION!
NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER SCHEDULE THE LIBERTY FLAMES
I can’t believe I am writing abut the Liberty Flames in two consecutive days here at OFD — but here we are. On Wednesday we learned that the Irish reached out to Liberty transfer cornerback Tayvion Land, and then later that day I came across this Jason Kirk tweet.
College athletic directors, DID YOU KNOW:— Jason Kirk, This American Life's cornhole expert (@thejasonkirk) June 24, 2020
There's no rule that says you have to agree to associate your university with Jerry Falwell's Libertyhttps://t.co/c2u6NirJTG
In short, Liberty is trying to be like Notre Dame (as ridiculous as that sounds). Kirk suggests — and I completely agree — how about not? It’s a good article and while you’re checking it out, you may want to subscribe to his newsletter.
IT’S THE UNITED STATES NAVY Y’ALL
I opted out of the press conference on Wednesday with Navy Midshipmen head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Luckily for all of us that Tyler James was on the call and has all the goods for us about how they’re dealing with COVID-19, breaking in a new quarterback, and a silver-lining to all of this that Ken believes is there.
Navy's players return July 5 to start a 14-day quarantine. “Being at the Academy, it's a lot easier to self-isolate and quarantine," Ken Niumatalolo said. "We're surrounded by a gate with guards." But like everyone else, Navy has plenty left to figure out. https://t.co/8q2QMR29p9— Tyler James (@TJamesNDI) June 25, 2020
SPEAKING OF A COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON
CBS’s Dennis Dodd takes a look around the country and at all the positive COVID-19 cases within football programs, and asks — did we open up too soon?
"Ohio State as a university has already projected a $300 million loss for fiscal 2020. Notre Dame is projecting to lose $100 million."— Kent Johnson (@37919KJ) June 23, 2020
Did college football return too soon? Positive COVID-19 tests generating negative views about 2020 season https://t.co/XSJzV7Ucj3 via @CBSSports
THERE IS A BLUE-CHIPPER ON THE LINE
I firmly believe that Tommy Tremble is going to have a big breakout season at tight end for the Irish. But... that doesn’t mean that I think the window opening for more production out of the position is super small. Brock Wright will certainly be a part of the Irish plan, but so too might 5-Star Michael Mayer.