Notre Dame Wakes Up The Echoes, Or At Least Gives Them A Nudge

Total130 The echoes needed more than a simple wake-up at Notre Dame. They needed a defibrillator and some paddles. “CLEAR!’’ The Four Horsemen, Rudy, Rockne, the Gipper, Ara, Holtz and even Touchdown Jesus were all so far in the past that they were mocking the Irish by now.  They had stopped being reminders of what More

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Written by Greg Couch

Greg earned the 2007 Peter Lisagor Award as the best sports columnist in the Chicagoland area for his work with the Chicago Sun-Times, where he started as a college football writer in 1997 before becoming a general columnist in 2003. He also won a Lisagor in 2016 for his commentary in and The Guardian.

Couch penned articles and columns for Report, AOL Fanhouse, and The Sporting News and contributed as a writer and on-air analyst for and Fox Sports 1 TV. In his journalistic roles, Couch has covered the grandest stages of tennis from Wimbledon to the Olympics, among numerous national and international sporting spectacles. He also won first place awards from the U.S. Tennis Writers Association for his event coverage and column writing on the sport in 2010.


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  1. I was a sophomore at ND when that team won the national championship. It was a physical team and extremely well disciplined. They would hit you in the mouth but would not beat themselves with stupid plays. Parseghian was a task master. Tom Clements was an under rated quarterback who could run and throw and he was smart and fearless. Book reminds me of him. Clements was a better passer but both had great feet. Montana’s group followed under Dan Devine but the bulk of those kids were Parseghian recruits. Look at the past five years and the number of ND players going to the NFL. Rosters are full of them. Notre Dame is getting and developing players. It is much harder to recruit to Notre Dame now that the southern schools are so strong and have the weather and the coaches. We need to get back in the race or we will not be able to challenge the SEC and others. What I saw last Saturday proved to me that Notre Dame is a physical team. Can they be motivated enough to make a play in the national championship final four? You betcha! Keep the faith boys. Notre Dame can compete.

  2. The idea that Lawrence’s presence mattered is just wrong. Clemson scored 40 points. What else could he have done that their true frosh qb didn’t? The defense would have given up 47 points if the golden boy was there or not. Much like what’s being said about Georgia and their injuries on defense: the roster is full of 4 and 5 star recruits – nobody wants to hear about injuries with depth like that. There is NO excuse to explain it away for Clemson. Notre dame is legit.

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