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Notre Dame Quarterback Situation Remains In Flux

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly still has not named a starting quarterback for this weekend, and that’s just the sort of madness that can follow a loss to Cincinnati.

The options are Jack Coan, a Wisconsin transfer who started at the beginning of the season, and second-year freshman Drew Pyne and true freshman Tyler Buchner. It’s basically been a QB carousel for the Fighting Irish, who visit Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Granted, Kelly said “the guys know” who will start at QB vs. the Hokies, but offered nothing specific beyond that.

“Going on the road in the environment we’re in was a factor,” Kelly told reporters. “Mobility is a bit of a factor. It needed to be evaluated. Then, certainly, grading out, I think, from our overall perspective, of the guys. Who gives us the best chance to win? This is still about winning football games. When we added all those things up, that’s how we came up with a decision.”

You could probably make a case for all three players, and David Cobb of CBS Sports does just that. As for Kelly, well, it appears he isn’t saying until just before the kickoff at 7:30 p.m. EST.

You can watch his full take on the Irish, and their QB situation, in the video below:

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. How Brian Kelly remains employed as the head coach at Notre Dame is beyond me. Just for comparison, Jack Coan lost the starting job at Wisconsin to Graham Mertz thus his desire to transfer! Let that sink in for a minute. Five games into the Irish schedule and most fans can see why. He can’t move, damnit! Yet, Kelly, in his stubborn Irish way, will continue to start this QB with two cinder blocks for spikes. Vacated victories, the death of student manager, Declan Sullivan, multiple losses to the likes of South Florida, Navy, Tulsa, and now Cincinnati, only continue to put rage into Fighting Irish fans across the country. Sadly, no one at the university can see the snake oil salesman patrolling the sidelines in South Bend for far too long these days. Time to move on, Notre Dame, before the luster is completely gone from the Golden Dome.

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