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May 2017 Issue

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Page 16 of 63 MAY 2017 17 THEY SAID IT "Bonzie Colson could be the ACC's preseason player of the year, and tough-as-nails point guard Matt Farrell will be back for his senior season. Mike Brey expects incoming guard D.J. Harvey, a DeMatha grad, to play heavy minutes." Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis on ranking Notre Dame No. 12 in his Way-Too-Early top 25 poll for the 2017-18 season "I understand that on paper that may not sound correct. It might not sound preferable. But I like when these guys show a little bit of personality. We have absolutely seen in the past that the NFL is turned off by that. But specifically in Kizer's case, I love it because his head coach is not doing it at the college level. Even though he should be because that's just another form of recruiting — adding players to the NFL." — Josh Norris of NBC Sports on the Dan Patrick Show regarding DeShone Kizer's comments about having the mind of Tom Brady and body of Cam Newton "I wanted to go somewhere for sure where I would be getting a good amount of passes. That was the one thing. I wanted to go to a place where I was really comfortable with the coaching staff and I got a good feel for them. I did that on my official visit. I was able to sit down with the coaches and get a good feel for them and got to know them in the short time I was with them." — Former Irish wide receiver Corey Holmes on why he transferred from Notre Dame to Purdue (The Lafayette Journal & Courier) "Brian Kelly's reboot after a 4-8 season stars offensive coordinator Chip Long from Memphis and defensive coordinator Mike Elko from Wake Forest. Kelly moved out some veteran coaches he has worked with for a while and replaced them with two rising coordinators. With Kelly trying to take a more big-picture approach, Long should be able to take hold of the offense in a way no coordinator has under Kelly. The prognosis is promising. In one season as Memphis' offensive coordinator, Long directed the third-best attack in the American Athletic Conference. The best part of Wake Forest's first bowl team in five years was Elko's defense, which often operated with little offensive support." — Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press on how coordinators could impact incumbent coaches in 2017 "They're also in the process of building a track stadium here, several of the old academic buildings are undergoing facelifts and even the fountains in front of Touchdown Jesus — also known as the Hesburgh Library — are being redone. But it's still as beautiful of a campus as I've ever laid eyes on. All the buildings are made of either yellow or beige-colored brick, a product of the clay from nearby Great Lakes, and there are beautiful green spaces and flowering trees all over the place. … The construction on campus makes a convenient metaphor for what's going on with the Notre Dame football program at the moment. Coach Brian Kelly's team is one that's in the midst of a fairly significant renovation project itself." — Dawg Nation's Chip Towers, who spent several days in South Bend during Notre Dame's spring practice OF THE MONTH "The deepest relationships are formed not when people are looking at each other, but when they are looking in the same direction. #Irish" Special teams coordinator Brian Polian (@BrianPolian) April 12 UNDER THE DOME Notre Dame Gifts for DaD BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED PO Box 2331 • Durham, NC 27702 1-800-421-7751 Please add Sales Tax if you live in NC (7.5%), MI (6%), or IN (7%) Item #6563 Black or Brown Leather TriFold $19.95 FREE S&H (Reg. $24.95+S&H) Item #6530 "World's Best Dad" Mat $29.95 + $6.99 S&H Size: 19"x30" Item #6565 Black or Tan Leather BiFold $24.95 FREE S&H (Reg. $29.95+S&H) SALE! 2017 NOTRE DAME SCHEDULE Date Opponent (TV) Time (ET) Sept. 2 Temple (NBC) 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9 Georgia (NBC) 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Boston College TBA Sept. 23 at Michigan State TBA Sept. 30 Miami (Ohio) (NBCSN) 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at North Carolina TBA Oct. 21 USC (NBC) 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 N. Carolina State (NBC) 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4 Wake Forest (NBC) 3:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Miami TBA Nov. 18 Navy (NBC) 3:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Stanford TBA PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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