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Signing Day is bittersweet in South Bend

Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:34 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

If you look at the players Notre Dame has in its latest recruiting class, you can see why the Irish are ranked at #17 in CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 this year. After all, Brian Kelly and his staff managed to sign one of the top quarterbacks in the country with Gunner Kiel, got a perfectly named William Mahone -- if Irish fans aren't calling him "Pogue" before he even sets foot on the field, they're doing it wrong -- at running back, and continued to build on defense with players like Tee Shepard, Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones.

The problem is when you look at Notre Dame's list of commitments and realize who isn't there. That's when you notice wide receiver Deontay Greenberry is suddenly missing.

His name was supposed to be on that list, and his signature was supposed to be on a letter of intent coming across a fax machine, only it wasn't. Instead Brian Kelly was caught off-guard on Wednesday morning when he found out that Greenberry had given his letter of intent to Houston. Understandably, Kelly was a bit perturbed at the development.

"I used to have a saying about players like that and that was I'd rather play against him for four games than with him for four years," Kelly said shortly after hearing the news.

Kelly would later change his tune on Greenberry, saying it's hard "to feel disappointed about something I never had," but his original feelings reflected that of a fan base in shock. Five-star wide receivers just aren't supposed to turn down a chance to play at Notre Dame for a school like Houston. A school like Houston that just lost its head coach at that.

Times, however, they are a changing, both in South Bend where the Irish just aren't the powerhouse they want to be, and in the recruiting game, which is more national than ever before. 

The real reason Greenberry's switch hurts is because Notre Dame has a big playmaker to replace on offense next season in Michael Floyd. Nobody knows who is going to be lining up under center for the Irish next season. It could be Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson or the newcomer, Kiel.

Whoever it ends up being, having a target like Greenberry available would have made things a lot easier.

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:11 pm

Signing Day is bittersweet in South Bend

  If the writer was deliberately bending the truth, then it's he who needs my prayers, not Kelly.

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 2:26 am

Signing Day is bittersweet in South Bend

to the author...You might want to quote enough to capture context and not run off making things up...oh, wait thats how you get paid...sensationalism and BS...and reprinting someone elses crap w/o verification leads to our Boy Jack here going off half cocked.

here is a little context to what Kelly said...

Kelly: "Talking about those 16 it's important that we not lose focus
on their day, and the exciting day they had. The one that did not, obviously
when you talk about Notre Dame those weren't the right things for him. Thats
fine, we have no problem with that. We want the right kind of guys, and Notre
Dame has great and unique distinctions, and those have to be seen as being
important in your life. Those 16 guys that chose us saw how important those
things are in their life at Notre Dame, and thats why it's an exciting day for
Reporter: "You've already discovered this, and I've learned it over 30
years, if you come here you have to want to be here. If you don't want to be
'all in' here it's not going to work. So it's better to find out on February 1st
than on November 15th."
Kelly: "Yeah because it's going to take too much time
and effort. If a kid comes here and it's not the right fit, those aren't going
to be good times for the player. I used to have a saying when we were recruiting
reginonally on a kid and we were making a decision, that I'd rather play against
him four times rather than have him with us for four years if he's not the right
kind of fit. Again, lets think about the 16 guys that understood Notre Dame and
what we're about, and lets talk about them as it relates to this class." <!-- google_ad_section_end --> wasn't in any way as portrayed in this article...just apologize to Kelly in your prayers Jack....

Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:09 pm

Signing Day is bittersweet in South Bend

Hey Jack,

Act like you know something.

First of all I doubt Kelly actually said that...this quote has been since questioned by others in  the media...sounds like its BS.

Second, even if he did say you know what that statement means?

Lets do a little remedial "I've been around sports" work here:

It means no matter how good the kid is, its better to deal with what he does to you on the field a couple times a year than to have a kid on your team who doesn't want to be there.

You tell me how that is in any way is about as real and rational as it gets, and totally consistant with his later comment.  Do me a favor, at least TRY to have a clue before you spout off...or get a job at the Chicago Tribune...Good lord.     

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:22 am

Signing Day is bittersweet in South Bend

Re: my last post... Yeah, I get that he was speaking in the moment, but that's too easy in these days when the KIDS are getting zero tolerance from far too many fans and reporters. Kelly's a grown man who makes a very lucrative living telling parents that he's 'gonna look after your boy, Ma'am'. I can't help thinking that a fellow who can utter such a sly, none-too-subtle dig is unlikely to prove very reliable in such matters.

My, my, my, my, my; I do declare, it's no longer quite so deep a mystery how these Leprauchans have fallen. Say what you will about Gerry Faust, he never responded to far deeper disappointments as if he were a lover rejected for his inadequacies. 'Tis a far cry from when the Jesuits still clearly ruled the roost in South Bend.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:07 am

Signing Day is bittersweet in South Bend

 Hey, Tom: I've got an idea for a column you're welcome to use. Go back and look at some of Kelly's past recruits. Did he sign anybody who 'done somebody wrong' like Greenbury did him? If he did, then how does he explain his welcoming aboard someone whom he'd "rather play against"?

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