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Oct.10, 2016

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

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Page 12 of 55 OCT. 10, 2016 13 UNDER THE DOME THEY SAID IT "He has the size, athleticism and arm to be an NFL star. The lingering mystery is whether he can put it all together on a consistent basis." Chris Burke on why junior quarter - back DeShone Kizer is No. 2 overall to the San Francisco 49ers in Sports Illustrated's latest mock draft "The program's history is great. But when it is so loaded, so overwhelming, that history can become stifling. Notre Dame's alumni still consider the program a national powerhouse, when that just might not be the case. "At times this feels like a 20th century pro- gram trying to remain relevant in the 21st cen- tury. Some high schoolers will fall in love with the history of the Fighting Irish, but plenty of others don't care at all. "The team still regularly gets top recruiting classes (they're still one of the best schools at recruiting nationally), but the weight of that program's history and the difficulties hanging with the powerhouses of the big conferences make this a job that is supremely tough, and plenty overrated." — USA Today's Nate Scott on why he listed Notre Dame as the most over- rated job in college football "This simply couldn't last any longer, not at a place that views itself as (and pays like) a football power the way Notre Dame does. It couldn't have been easy for [Brian] Kelly to fire [Brian] VanGorder, whom he first started working with nearly 30 years ago at Division II Grand Valley State, and who now becomes the first fired Irish assistant of the seven-year Kelly era." — Matt Fortuna, ESPN PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA GO QUARTER-ZIP CRAZY OF THE WEEK "ND has allowed 5 plays of 60+ yds — worst in the nation. That's as many as ND gave up in 2012, '13 & '14 COMBINED:" Bruce Feldman, FOX Sports (BruceFeldmanCFB) on Notre Dame's struggles under VanGorder in 2016

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