Yeah, we got hammered...
Alabama was so dominant last night, they would have done the same thing to my other favorite football team -- the Detroit Lions. (That's not saying much...)
Yet, I feel GREAT about our Notre Dame football program and the direction we're headed.
Here's why I'm excited:
- We are a TOP TEN football program -- again -- and we're going to be for some time
- We have a COACH who has proven he can build winning "CHAMPIONSHIP" programs
- We have a QB who's going to be GREAT -- and will be a Heisman finalist before he's done
- We have the most TALENT on our team since the days of Lou Holtz in the late 80's and early 90's -- combined with a coaching staff that can DEVELOP this talent
- Everyone in our football program now knows -- WE CAN WIN -- and that is huge
- The Notre Dame Family has been re-energized this season
- And, we've been given a gift by the Alabama Crimson Tide -- EMBARRASSMENT -- a gift I believe will propel this team to a National Championship in the next three years.
What's also great is this -- the WORLD got to witness the power of the NOTRE DAME BRAND -- especially the "Y and Z" generations. No other university can stir the hearts and souls of so many people around the globe. It was fun to watch.
So what do we do now!
- Stay POSITIVE
- Remember where we've been and look FORWARD to where we're going
- And, be THANKFUL for all of the joy of these past 18 weeks -- it's been off the charts
I'd like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Coach Kelly, his STAFF and to the 105 student-athletes who wore the GOLD HELMET last night in Sun Life Stadium -- you have AWAKEN THE ECHOES!
Remember -- it's only 235 days to kick-off of the 126th season of Notre Dame Football!
LINK: POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE