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Sept. 16, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Whatever Happened To …? Notre Dame has gained more from "decommits" than it's lost T Before becoming the 37th pick in this year's NFL Draft, former Notre Dame running back commit Giovanni Bernard rushed for nearly 2,500 yards, caught 92 passes and scored 33 touchdowns for North Carolina. Photo courtesy north carolina By Lou Somogyi his August when elite 2014 Charlotte, N.C., running back recruit Elijah Hood "decommitted" from Notre Dame, there were the typical and varied reactions from Notre Dame faithful: Anger: "What the heck is the matter with these prima donna kids today?" Denial: "We'll still get him on signing day." Acceptance: "Hey, we've got five or six backs already, and they all have eligibility at least through next year. There are other fish in the sea to get later." Indifference: "We don't need his kind. If you can't keep your word, you don't belong at Notre Dame anyway." Oops. That last one would come across as somewhat hypocritical. How would this year's Notre Dame offense fare without senior wideout TJ Jones or junior center Nick Martin? Jones originally gave his pledge to Stanford prior to an 11th-hour change of heart, while Martin had committed to Kentucky. Last season's starting quarterback

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