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Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

Posted on: December 4, 2011 1:40 am
Edited on: December 4, 2011 1:40 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist has asked for and been granted his release from the school and will begin talks with other schools about a transfer according to the Chicago Tribune.

This does not come as much of a shock to anybody who has been paying attention to Notre Dame this season. After beginning the season as the team's starter after a competition with Tommy Rees during the spring and fall, Crist lasted only one half before being benched for Rees in Notre Dame's season-opening loss to South Florida.

Yet, even when the Notre Dame offense struggled with turnovers the next few weeks under Rees, Crist only saw playing time after Rees suffered an injury and had to come out. Crist was even surpassed by Andrew Hendrix, who came in as a change of pace quarterback over the last month of the season.

Crist met with head coach Brian Kelly to discuss his situation on Friday.

Since Crist has only one year of eligibility left he will not be required to sit out a year before playing at another school. Exactly what school that will be is not known, though Wisconsin, Utah and San Diego State have all been mentioned as possibilities while rumors swirled Crist would transfer over the last few weeks.

Since: Jul 1, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:30 am

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

I agree that Notre Dame has struggled since the departure of Lou.  I also agree there have been some questionable hires (Davies, Weiss).  However, I disagree that ND is not "relevant."  75 percent of players from your beloved MAC conference--or any conference for that matter--would not be eligible to play at ND because of the academic requirements.  This makes it very difficult for ND to recruit quality skill position players.  But even with these stringent requirements Notre Dame had some quality wins this year, including one against Michigan State.  Save for the disgusting loss against South Florida, their other three losses were to teams that finished with one or two losses this year--Michigan, Stanford and USC.

As for NFL players, while there aren't many from ND at the moment, many people would disagree that the likes of Anthony Fasano and Tom Zbikowski are not "doing well there."

It's obvious from your post that you simply dislike Notre Dame, and that's okay.  You are entitled to your opinion.  Also obvious from your post, however, is the fact that you are certainly not an alumnus of the fine school.  Your spelling and grammar gave that away.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:05 am

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

I understand sometimes there are valid reasons for a player to transfer but there seems to be a rash of these "start me NOW or I'll transfer" cases. Perhaps if the player lost a year of eligibility rather than simply having to sit out a year (a rule many of said students loophole out of anyway).

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:39 am

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

May have benn better for Crist if he would have made the move sooner.............

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:03 pm

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

Wisconsin perfect-the number one free agency school!!!!!!

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:29 pm

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

Wisconsin would be very lucky to get Dayne Crist.  While Crist made some mistakes at ND, he definitely has talent.  I wish Rees and Hendrix had his arm strength.   

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:12 pm

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

Wisconsin has always had trouble recruiting excellent to elite QB's because of our perception as a running only team. Well, obviously that has changed over the last 4-5 years and we now have one of the most balanced offenses in the country. This year we FINALLY recruited a top 5 pocket QB in Bart Houston from California...but that's a first. Now that high school QB's across the country have seen how a QB can flourish in our system and receive just as much hype as our RB's, we hopefully can finally recruit an elite QB here and there. But Bart Houston will need a year of grooming at least, so one more transfer QB would probably be enough to get our QB rotation set with some depth. (And trust me, if you've seen our current lack of depth, you would understand our frustration)
Not saying Dayne Crist is the guy, but I've read that this year we have interest from 8 or 9 QB's to transfer to UW vs. a normal 3 or 4 that have interest.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:56 pm

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

In my humble opinion Christ was by far the best quarterback on the Irish team this year.  I like Brian Kelly but by benching Crist after the poor second quarter he had against South Florida was Kelly's way of saying that it wasn't his fault.  I feel bad for him and us Domers will wish he was one of us when he succeeds at the next level.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:30 pm

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

As a fellow ND grad, I can only wish Crist the best as he moves forward with his life.

As to football, I don't believe that he has the heart or the mindset to succeed at the top level, even though his physical abilities far exceed those of Tommy Rees.  Nonetheless, I hope he has a great year wherever he enrolls for next season. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 6:55 pm

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

Obviously he is bright. He graduated from Notre Dame.
Even if he's an intelligent guy and gets his degree from a more-than-repsectable university, that doesn't mean he's cut out for being a starting QB in Division I college ball.  Maybe he comes across as smart in the classroom but just can't execute on the field?  He wouldn't be the first hyped-up QB to do that.
What about when he beat Purdue in his first game as a starter? Or maybe it was when they played Michigan and outscored them 21-7 when he was in the game?? Or was it the 370 yards and 4 TD's he put up against MSU.  This guy was given the task of taking a team with no running game a bad defense and told to win. All while learning a new system that he is not fit for.
While I don't think Kelly gave him a fair shake, you can also point to games where Crist wasn't cutting it and should have done better.  What about the game against Navy last year at the Meadowlands where the running game was working and Crist threw a pair of interceptions to a nice, but not so special, Navy team?  What about the stinker against a South Florida team that finished below .500 this year?  He couldn't hit the broad side of a barn that afternoon?

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 2:35 pm

Dayne Crist is leaving Notre Dame

please let the door hit you on your ass on the way out too!

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