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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NotreDame?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Notre Dame</a>'s search for a new offensive coordinator is over and that they will promote quarterbacks coach Tom Rees to fill the post (FREE) <a href="https://t.co/1ngbxTmh8T">https://t.co/1ngbxTmh8T</a></p>&mdash; Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) <a href="https://twitter.com/ISDUpdate/status/1217189354172551169?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

    “After an extensive national search, I’m proud to name Tom Rees our next offensive coordinator,” said Kelly. “Tom’s ability to connect with our players and staff and accepting and embracing the incredible opportunity in being the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame made him the right choice. While Tom’s leadership ability and knowledge of the game was evident, it was his humble approach to his own development and desire to continue to grow and learn that were also key factors that set him apart in a talented pool of candidates.”

    Since his return to his alma mater as the Bob and Leslie Mohr Family Quarterbacks Coach, Rees has helped the Irish compile a 33-6 record and the most wins (33) in program history in a three-year span (tying 1988-1990 seasons).

    In three seasons overseeing the quarterbacks, Rees has seen his pupils set numerous program records, including season completion percentage (68.2% – Ian Book), rushing yards in a game by a quarterback (207 – Brandon Wimbush) and (5 – Ian Book). Furthermore, Book and Oklahoma Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts were the only two quarterbacks in the country in 2019 to account for 500 rushing yards, 3,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in the regular season.

    Taylor’s promotion as run game coordinator comes after a season in which the Irish averaged their fourth-highest yards per carry (4.9) in the last 25 years. Senior RB Tony Jones Jr. set a school record for longest rush by an Irish player in a bowl game, rumbling 84 yards for a score against Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl.

    “Lance’s ability to gain consensus within the staff by implementing a running game plan that fits our personnel and is tactically and technically sound makes him a great fit for this position.” Kelly stated.

    The promotions are effective at the conclusion of the University’s standard employment process
    https://und.com/kelly-promotes-rees-taylor/

  • #2
    Lance Taylor has been promoted to run game coordinator as well.

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    • #3
      Blessed day

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      • #4
        Originally posted by arrowryan View Post
        Lance Taylor has been promoted to run game coordinator as well.
        I am excited for this part.

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        • #5
          Git gud, Tommy

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          • #6
            About time. Congrats Reesus.
            Running the damn ball since 2017.

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            • #7
              We need Ulukinatme to draft us The New Book of Reesus

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              • #8
                Has anyone checked in on Bryan Driskell yet?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GrangerIrish24 View Post
                  Has anyone checked in on Bryan Driskell yet?
                  I have never listened to his podcast, but I know his next one (probably published tonight or tomorrow) is going to be appointment listening.

                  He is sitting at home spitting on his recording equipment right now lol.

                  He might even get himself banned from the ND beat over this.

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                  • #10
                    On the record right now that, while I will obviously root for his success, I think this is going to be an utter disaster. Not going to comment further because I don't feel like getting into a back and forth but just want my opinion on the record.

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                    • #11
                      This will be pressure packed for both he and BK. Fair or not, he will be more scrutinised than when he was QB. His real test comes in November.

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                      • #12
                        This is fine. Makes sense in some important ways - continuity, locker-room support - and Tommy’s clearly a comer.
                        But I will be curious to find out if they talked with Moorhead and how far down the road those talks got.

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                        • #13
                          Head Coach in waiting Tom Rees

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                          • #14
                            I always thought the ideal solution was a veteran coach to Co-OC with Tommy. I'm assuming Kelly went for that but nobody wanted to do so.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ndaccountant View Post
                              This will be pressure packed for both he and BK. Fair or not, he will be more scrutinised than when he was QB. His real test comes in November.
                              It is definitely fair to judge Kelly harshly on this if it doesn't work. Unless it comes out that Moorhead and Monken rejected the job, Kelly had two proven stud hires, one of which is as close to a home run as you can ever have, fall into his lap with no serious competition for them. If he passed on them he's got some splainin to do

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                I always thought the ideal solution was a veteran coach to Co-OC with Tommy. I'm assuming Kelly went for that but nobody wanted to do so.
                                I always thought Joe Moorhead was a pipe dream. To go from a SEC head coach to glorified mentor? That is a huge step in the wrong direction for his career.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by GrangerIrish24 View Post
                                  Has anyone checked in on koon yet?
                                  fify

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                                  • #18
                                    Former players are happy for him, think he deserves it and current players want to play for him. Idk if we promoted the offensive version of Clark Lea, but I'm interested to see what we have.

                                    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Great news for Notre Dame. Heís as sharp as they come, has played the game at a high level, and a Coach players are gonna go out and play their ass off for. Congrats Coach Rees, deserved. <a href="https://t.co/QUxZRK2qwR">https://t.co/QUxZRK2qwR</a></p>&mdash; Quenton Nelson (@BigQ56) <a href="https://twitter.com/BigQ56/status/1217199430928986112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by T Town Tommy View Post
                                      fify
                                      Koon is Driskell

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by GrangerIrish24 View Post
                                        Koon is Driskell
                                        oh... gotcha

                                        Congrats to Tommy for his promotion.

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                                        • #21
                                          Originally posted by GrangerIrish24 View Post
                                          Has anyone checked in on Bryan Driskell yet?
                                          I unfollowed him on twitter recently and I'm glad I did. Basically anybody he disagreed with who posted something he would just say "BAD TAKE" repeatedly. It was really a poor showing from him, I guess maybe I shouldn't have expected more than I did.

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                                          • #22
                                            Originally posted by arrowryan View Post
                                            Former players are happy for him, think he deserves it and current players want to play for him. Idk if we promoted the offensive version of Clark Lea, but I'm interested to see what we have.

                                            <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Great news for Notre Dame. Heís as sharp as they come, has played the game at a high level, and a Coach players are gonna go out and play their ass off for. Congrats Coach Rees, deserved. <a href="https://t.co/QUxZRK2qwR">https://t.co/QUxZRK2qwR</a></p>&mdash; Quenton Nelson (@BigQ56) <a href="https://twitter.com/BigQ56/status/1217199430928986112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
                                            Quenton has spoken. I believe this means we all have to like this hire now.

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                                            • #23
                                              I have a feeling this is going to work. Everyone keeps saying in regards to coaching that you have to take chances on the up and comers. Now we are and some fans hate it I'm sure. I think this has the potential to be an absolute home run.

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                                              • #24
                                                This just has the BVG feel when he was hired. You aren’t sure what exact type of coach you are going to get. Much like then I was not excited nor disappointed. I just had my unknowns. I waited until to see what happened and I’ll do the same again this time. Hopefully we get better results.
                                                Brotherhood may fade, but it will never run

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                                                • #25
                                                  Congrats Tommy!!! Iím all for this!

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                                                  • #26
                                                    Originally posted by gkIrish View Post
                                                    On the record right now that, while I will obviously root for his success, I think this is going to be an utter disaster. Not going to comment further because I don't feel like getting into a back and forth but just want my opinion on the record.
                                                    You have spoken

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                                                    • #27
                                                      Originally posted by irishff1014 View Post
                                                      This just has the BVG feel when he was hired. You arenít sure what exact type of coach you are going to get. Much like then I was not excited nor disappointed. I just had my unknowns. I waited until to see what happened and Iíll do the same again this time. Hopefully we get better results.
                                                      What? BVG was a big name hire at the time with tons of experience including a top 5 defense as an NFL DC under his resume. This is nothing like that.

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                                                      • #28
                                                        Coach Tom Rees as OC??

                                                        It's official, we have acquired the schematic advantage.

                                                        Seriously tho, I'm all on-board with Coach Rees!!
                                                        YYZ by RUSH (cover) - (only the last half)
                                                        Billie Stephens' Fiery Disaster -- Dancin' with Myself (partial cover)

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                                                        • #29
                                                          Originally posted by gkIrish View Post
                                                          On the record right now that, while I will obviously root for his success, I think this is going to be an utter disaster. Not going to comment further because I don't feel like getting into a back and forth but just want my opinion on the record.
                                                          IMO, this is the correct way to do things. I think there are going to be a LOT of people that will implicitly root for him to fail just to be vindicated. Or whenever something goes wrong their reaction will be to blame Tommy.

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                                                          • #30
                                                            Originally posted by notredomer23 View Post
                                                            What? BVG was a big name hire at the time with tons of experience including a top 5 defense as an NFL DC under his resume. This is nothing like that.
                                                            Yeah, this is analogous to the Clark Lea hire on almost every level. People just don't want to say that because Lea has been a success. At the time he had zero experience and was a completely unknown quantity that was hired because:
                                                            1. He was smart.
                                                            2. Players liked and respected him.
                                                            3. They wanted to emphasize continuity.

                                                            We'll see if it does or does not work out as well.

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                                                            • #31
                                                              I love Tommy, can't imagine how excited and grateful he is, and hope he crushes it -- but I also really hope the rationale for hiring him extends beyond "the players love him." I haven't read any write-ups on how innovative he is from a scheme perspective.

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                                                              • #32
                                                                Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                Yeah, this is analogous to the Clark Lea hire on almost every level. People just don't want to say that because Lea has been a success. At the time he had zero experience and was a completely unknown quantity that was hired because:
                                                                1. He was smart.
                                                                2. Players liked and respected him.
                                                                3. They wanted to emphasize continuity.

                                                                We'll see if it does or does not work out as well.
                                                                I also think that philosophically there are similarities in that players above scheme. If the bowl game is any indication there were things being done to get our personnel into the right position versus forcing them to execute a scheme they weren't suited for. And obviously that is a Coach Lea staple.

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                                                                • #33
                                                                  Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                  Yeah, this is analogous to the Clark Lea hire on almost every level. People just don't want to say that because Lea has been a success. At the time he had zero experience and was a completely unknown quantity that was hired because:
                                                                  1. He was smart.
                                                                  2. Players liked and respected him.
                                                                  3. They wanted to emphasize continuity.

                                                                  We'll see if it does or does not work out as well.
                                                                  I hope so, though it feels a little more like the Quinn hiring where we supposedly had a national search only to find the best guy on staff. Seems that Lea was a no brainer and we were more worried about him leaving with Elko.

                                                                  Either way, congrats Tom. Now go out there and get some studs.
                                                                  "The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood." - Lou Holtz

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                                                                  • #34
                                                                    For Koon & Friends giving me shit today about the OC search, here is what I said over two months ago about Long, Rees, and next year's OC --

                                                                    Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                    Iíd be utterly shocked if he is on the ND sideline next year.
                                                                    Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                    This may shock you, but there is interest from P5 programs in Rees as an OC. He is a great football mind. Everyone on the offensive staff is being held back by Long.
                                                                    Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                    If Kelly is here next year, Iíd bet itís Quinn or Rees.
                                                                    And this is what I said a few weeks ago on the rationale as to why it makes sense --

                                                                    Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                    They need to focus on finding someone who will build on and improve the current system. Starting over would be a huge mistake, because even if you get an excellent coach from outside this current scheme they're going to be a 1-2 year stop gap then move on to an HC role somewhere else. And the risk you run with an outside hire is disrupting recruiting and disrupting team production.

                                                                    You have three potential hires on this staff that could work in collaboration or independently - Quinn, Rees, Taylor. I don't know of any outside hires that could integrate seamlessly.

                                                                    And despite what has been leaked/publicly stated, this was effectively the 5th game in Rees' audition. They've all been impressive, but what was most impressive to me here was a glimpse towards a better blocking scheme. I'm optimistic about how the line will perform with their two best players back and a year of play calling that doesn't put them in position to fail. One thing Long did really well was red zone play calling and I think red zone efficiency is one area where we could see a drop off.

                                                                    Here is how Rees did in his 5 games of significant input/control:
                                                                    Duke - 38 points, solid. Book = 87.5 QBR
                                                                    Navy - 52 points, absolute destruction. Book = 98.8 QBR
                                                                    BC - 40 points, solid. Book = 72.2 QBR
                                                                    Stanford - 45 points, butt kicking after sluggish start. Book = 80.1 QBR
                                                                    Iowa State - 33 points, by far their worst beat down of the year and ND called off the dogs in the second half because of MOV. Book = 91.0 QBR

                                                                    The key take away for me is Book and the passing game excelling despite the OL losing their top 2 linemen. He played so much better over the last third of the season because of how the passing game was coordinated. Basically all of his best QBR games against legitimate opponents came over that span, and he played at the level of a Top 10 QB. That increased production is the single best data point to look to say that Rees can absolutely 100% do half of the job. What we don't know for certain is that he can do the second half, but I think that's where you try to lean on someone like Taylor or Quinn. There is no reason to blow everything up and start over.
                                                                    And this is how it played out.

                                                                    The main reason I don't post rumors on the board is because of pedantic people like you who make it more trouble then its worth. I'd say about 25% of the time rumors are completely wrong, 50% of the time they're partially wrong, and 25% of the time they're right. I don't feel like having to add disclaimers on every single one of my posts, or defend stuff I said 75% of the time when it's at least partially wrong. In this case I was basically spot on, and you're *still* up my ass about Tommy and things I didn't even say.

                                                                    Also, FWIW, ND went hard after Chad Morris and Joe Moorhead. Sometimes it doesn't work out. Kelly inquired after over a dozen big names... so yes, this is settling. And yes, this is high risk. But it emphasizes continuity with a 3 year starter at QB, and I'll root for it to be successful.

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                                                                    • #35
                                                                      Taylor calling running plays should only help increase talent in the RB room right?

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                                                                      • #36
                                                                        Smart guy, understands modern football, football rat and great recruiter. If BK allows him to flourish this will be a great hire. Young offensive minds are changing the college football landscape. The QB makes most of the decisions in spread anyway. I’m excited to see what type of plays Tommy draws up in the passing game, and how he works with Taylor to develop their own identity. I had a great feeling about Lea as a guy who just “gets it”. Same with Tommy.

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                                                                        • #37
                                                                          Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                          ...
                                                                          Also, FWIW, ND went hard after Chad Morris and Joe Moorhead. Sometimes it doesn't work out. Kelly inquired after over a dozen big names... so yes, this is settling. And yes, this is high risk. But it emphasizes continuity with a 3 year starter at QB, and I'll root for it to be successful.
                                                                          In these situations, any idea why they didn't work out? Money? Control? Fit?
                                                                          "The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood." - Lou Holtz

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                                                                          • #38
                                                                            Originally posted by InKellyWeTrust View Post
                                                                            Taylor calling running plays should only help increase talent in the RB room right?

                                                                            Calling running plays or designing the running game as a whole?
                                                                            You can't have two guys calling plays. They have to be able to get into a rhythm.

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                                                                            • #39
                                                                              LOL. After the Clemson blowout last year I have accepted we will never win another title . Reese will no doubt be named the head coach when Kelly retires...

                                                                              8-10 wins seem to make most people happy so this fills the need.

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                                                                              • #40
                                                                                Originally posted by Irishman77 View Post
                                                                                LOL. After the Clemson blowout last year I have accepted we will never win another title . Reese will no doubt be named the head coach when Kelly retires...

                                                                                8-10 wins seem to make most people happy so this fills the need.
                                                                                Wouldn't it be relevant to note that there is a fairly significant difference between 8 and 10 wins? Wouldn't it also be relevant to note that there is also a significant difference between that line of thinking and our actual results? Since we've actually won 12 and 11 games in back to back years.

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                                                                                • #41
                                                                                  Originally posted by Luckylucci View Post
                                                                                  Wouldn't it be relevant to note that there is a fairly significant difference between 8 and 10 wins? Wouldn't it also be relevant to note that there is also a significant difference between that line of thinking and our actual results? Since we've actually won 12 and 11 games in back to back years.
                                                                                  47 wins in last 5 years is a tad over 9 per year. So 8-10 is about right.

                                                                                  I don’t see any significant difference between 8 and 10 wins. They both get you to a meaningless bowl and out of the playoffs

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                                                                                  • #42
                                                                                    Originally posted by Irishman77 View Post
                                                                                    47 wins in last 5 years is a tad over 9 per year. So 8-10 is about right.

                                                                                    I don&rsquo;t see any significant difference between 8 and 10 wins. They both get you to a meaningless bowl and out of the playoffs
                                                                                    10 wins get a good bowl most years. Anyone who argues there's no difference between 8 and 10 wins is probably an "all or nothing" person and I'm guessing there's no pleasing them. Sucks to be them.

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                                                                                    • #43
                                                                                      Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                                      For Koon & Friends giving me shit today about the OC search, here is what I said over two months ago about Long, Rees, and next year's OC --







                                                                                      And this is what I said a few weeks ago on the rationale as to why it makes sense --



                                                                                      And this is how it played out.

                                                                                      The main reason I don't post rumors on the board is because of pedantic people like you who make it more trouble then its worth. I'd say about 25% of the time rumors are completely wrong, 50% of the time they're partially wrong, and 25% of the time they're right. I don't feel like having to add disclaimers on every single one of my posts, or defend stuff I said 75% of the time when it's at least partially wrong. In this case I was basically spot on, and you're *still* up my ass about Tommy and things I didn't even say.

                                                                                      Also, FWIW, ND went hard after Chad Morris and Joe Moorhead. Sometimes it doesn't work out. Kelly inquired after over a dozen big names... so yes, this is settling. And yes, this is high risk. But it emphasizes continuity with a 3 year starter at QB, and I'll root for it to be successful.
                                                                                      Well if anyone wants to root for the team to lose they probably shouldnít be a fan!!
                                                                                      Brotherhood may fade, but it will never run

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                                                                                      • #44
                                                                                        Originally posted by IrishLax View Post
                                                                                        Yeah, this is analogous to the Clark Lea hire on almost every level. People just don't want to say that because Lea has been a success. At the time he had zero experience and was a completely unknown quantity that was hired because:
                                                                                        1. He was smart.
                                                                                        2. Players liked and respected him.
                                                                                        3. They wanted to emphasize continuity.

                                                                                        We'll see if it does or does not work out as well.
                                                                                        Imo The Lea hire was/is the best hire that Kelly has made.
                                                                                        Brotherhood may fade, but it will never run

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                                                                                        • #45
                                                                                          Originally posted by ThePiombino View Post
                                                                                          10 wins get a good bowl most years. Anyone who argues there's no difference between 8 and 10 wins is probably an "all or nothing" person and I'm guessing there's no pleasing them. Sucks to be them.

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                                                                                          Not sure what you mean by all or nothing. Iíve accepted 8-10 wins is a success and anything more is swell.

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                                                                                          • #46
                                                                                            This is the appropriate end to the Kelly era at ND. There are two outcomes:

                                                                                            1) The Kelly era comes full circle. Reesus and Kelly lead ND to the promised land, Kelly retires on top of the CFP world, and Reesus takes over the program.

                                                                                            2) This all goes to shit and Kelly is undone by the same character who caused us all endless heartburn 10 years ago.

                                                                                            It had to end like this. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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                                                                                            • #47
                                                                                              <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brian Kelly going next man up again trying to catch lightning in a bottle like he did with Clark Lea. If this works again how they were acquired is a must case study</p>&mdash; Matrix Analytical (@AthDeptEdges) <a href="https://twitter.com/AthDeptEdges/status/1217216040171528197?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote>

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                                                                                              • #48
                                                                                                al-Masih!, al-Masih!, al-Masih!, al-Masih!
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                                                                                                • #49
                                                                                                  Originally posted by Huntr View Post
                                                                                                  <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brian Kelly going next man up again trying to catch lightning in a bottle like he did with Clark Lea. If this works again how they were acquired is a must case study</p>&mdash; Matrix Analytical (@AthDeptEdges) <a href="https://twitter.com/AthDeptEdges/status/1217216040171528197?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 14, 2020</a></blockquote>
                                                                                                  How they were acquired?
                                                                                                  Lea came with Elko and Rees was recruited like 12 years ago to wear a red hat and signal in the plays.
                                                                                                  Itís not rocket science, itís recognizing the talent you have in house (if this works, that is).

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                                                                                                  • #50
                                                                                                    Originally posted by Irishman77 View Post
                                                                                                    Not sure what you mean by all or nothing. Iíve accepted 8-10 wins is a success and anything more is swell.
                                                                                                    I'm close to that. I would say with our schedule, talent level, and coaching, 10 wins next year should be considered a success. Much like this year. I never understand how people can follow this program as closely as many do and be surprised/get mad, when we get blown out by elite teams (or lose to equal teams). We're a good solid 8-14 program, which coincidently enough, is where our talent level is. I still enjoy watching and following the Irish.
                                                                                                    "The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood." - Lou Holtz

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