A welcome back to Solari, who is back working today after his mini honeymoon with his bride.
Today we get access to coordinators Dan Roushar and Pat Narduzzi. We’ll have something on that later.
In today’s edition, columnist Graham Couch explores the idea of what if current Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly would have been the choice as Michigan State’s coach over Mark Dantonio. How different would the MSU program be now and would they be coming off back-to-back 11 win seasons?
MSU obviously made a good decision in going with Dantonio, who has the Spartan program in a good spot right now. The Spartans have a nice streak of bowl appearances and have built one of the top defenses in college football. Plus you can’t deny his success over Michigan.
Kelly hasn’t beat Michigan at Notre Dame yet, and we all know that carries an importance here in East Lansing.
Also true freshman Aaron Burbridge was available to the media for the first time Tuesday. His high school coach predicted that he would see the field this season when I spoke with him about Burbridge’s eligibility in early August and he proved correct. It’s just a matter of how much now.
Still after battling a knee injury in camp and also not arriving to campus until players reported in Aug. 3, its impressive what Burbridge has done and how quickly he recovered to get into the playing mix.
Lastly, multiple places are reporting that Notre Dame will become a full member of the ACC with the exception of football. It appears they will play five football games annually against ACC teams.
With this that means Notre Dame’s games against MSU and Michigan could be in danger. The MSU-Notre Dame rivalry has produced many great moments as many players discussed Tuesday.
“It’s history. It’s one of the most historic games that we play. I can remember games, going back and being a kid, in 2005 when Drew Stanton and Jason Teague ran the option,” MSU quarterback Andrew Maxwell said. “I remember I was at Pizza Sam’s in Midland watching TV. 2007 when they won. 2008 I was here when they won. When they have two great teams, always seems to be a game that goes down to the wire. To be part of that rivalry is something special and something I’m grateful for.”
What are your thoughts on the move by Notre Dame? Would you like to see them in the Big Ten?