Friday at 4: Angst over Notre Dame’s hiring, or not hiring, an offensive coordinator is ‘misplaced’ at best Reports: Notre Dame to promote TE coach Gerad Parker to offensive coordinator Report: Notre Dame to hire QB coach Gino Guidugli, formerly of Wisconsin and Cincinnati Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand announces retirement after one year in second Irish stint Where Notre Dame Was & Is: Tight ends, moving on from an all-time great

Perception is everything. Perception is nothing.
Process, not result. Results are all that matters.
Truth is nothing, what you think is true is everything. The truth will be revealed.

Notre Dame is banking on final thoughts after a week that could visually go better for the Irish football program.

But there is a key word: optical. And in football, of all sports, what it looks like is not always what it is. An oblong ball can bounce in any direction.

Optically, thanks to one tweet from a national reporter, Notre Dame didn’t have or didn’t want to have the cash ready to buy a Utah offensive coordinator. Andy Ludwig terminated his contract after interviewing him in South Bend a week ago, including a trip to an Irish hockey game. Optically, the sports department was more concerned with a couple of million dollars than with a head coach. Marcus Freemanfirst choice for perhaps the most key position on his coaching staff. Visually, Notre Dame didn’t see enough value in supporting their head coach without question.

Logic does not agree with this optics, but in today’s world of instant reactions and bulletin boards that churn out conspiracies 25 hours a day, perception can become reality even faster than lies that travel the world.

As soon as ESPN’Pete Thamel tweeted on Monday that Ludwig’s multi-million dollar buyout was a “barrier” to Notre Dame hiring him, something felt wrong. Literally, this scribe’s first reaction was to suggest that someone was bluffing.

Ludwig may have been the biggest assistant coach buyout ever paid, but buyouts are common in the industry. The Irish would have no principle to overcome; this is standard operating procedure.

But there are frequent negotiations, especially when they have more than quadrupled in the past month. Maybe Notre Dame was trying to pay something close to the $450,000 ransom that Utah would have demanded in mid-January, and Thamel’s report publicly balked at one school after another.

Note. This scenario is not reportable. This is an assumption based on the logic of the situation.

Or perhaps Ludwig himself wasn’t sure when the ransom jumped and Notre Dame needed to deal with conflicting information. The number of people who actually know the true sequence of events is probably in the single digits, and Thamel is probably not one of them.

Regardless, the optician said the Irish were cheap. As misunderstood as the donations are, the fact that Notre Dame’s numbers are 11 digits made this optic a lot worse. (Note: using donations to pay a ransom is fundamentally different from how donations work.)

Notre Dame director of athletics Jack Swarbrick obviously received a bunch of letters upset by this optics. He responded with some surprise and several media outlets received the email.

“During our discussion with the candidate for our offensive coordinator, the national reporter accurately noted that the candidate’s buyout in his current contract was a ‘barrier,'” Swarbrick wrote. “Without asking us for any clarification, some people commenting on Notre Dame Football have concluded that this means that Notre Dame is unwilling to pay the ransom. It is not and never has been. … We have made it clear in each case that any offer we make will include our funding of their buyout at their current institution. To the extent that the ransom was a “barrier” in the case of one candidate, this was only true for a short period of time due to the conflicting information that was provided to us regarding the amount and mechanics of the ransom. However, we knew that this obstacle could be removed quickly.”

Logically, this makes a lot more sense than thinking that Notre Dame won’t spend money on Ludwig. Apart from whether the Irish should allocate their funds this way, Occam’s Razor says they would.

But perception, optics, disordered public process, seem to have missed this opportunity during this “short period of time.” If that time is due to a bluff—again, this is nothing more than a guess—then it’s a bluff risk. Sometimes a player at the table is really confident in pocket aces.

If this happened as a result of the fact that during the check all Ts were not crossed out and all dots were placed over all, then that is why the devil is often in the details.

If this was the result of a misunderstanding and subsequent unease on Ludwig’s part, then all Notre Dame could really do was ask, “Are you sure this is a contract? Super sure? Are you sure?”

It most likely happened as a result of Ludwig getting on a plane and flying back to Utah because that’s the only thing we know happened. Somewhere in the air or there, by the painted mountains, he rethought his choice and the attention paid to it. This is known to be much more common in these situations than a buyout that breaks the deal.

And then, reportedly, the Irish turned to Ludwig again for the last time, which is also known in such situations, and certainly much more often than a ransom that ruins the deal. He became disillusioned with the opportunity to join the Notre Dame staff. For a coach who has literally never coached—and perhaps never lived—as far east as South Bend, the public anxiety about his private life could be a handicap in itself. It would be hard to blame.

The hype this week over how Notre Dame handled this hiring reminded the world of several things.

First, just look at the name of this website: Irish fans are full of enthusiasm. Svarbrick began his email by expressing admiration for “misdirected” passion.

Secondly, our constant news cycle turns perception into reality, process into results, let the truth be forgotten if it is not told immediately.

Finally, perception and process don’t matter in football. Swarbrick knows what happened in this mess. So does Freeman. The small handful of donors who contribute seven- or eight-figure sums annually to the sports department probably also understand what created this “short period of time.”

This is the only group that matters in action. Swarbrick knows how Freeman should feel about this process, and these donors know where to focus their attention.

How a team wins doesn’t matter to the coach or most of the fans, it only matters that they win. Losses are not attributed to offensive coordinators, whom the majority cannot name and even fewer recognize. They land on head coaches and sports directors.

They form the basis of the few people in this world who understand which helpers are suitable and which are not. Fans excited about hiring a coaching staff have a partial picture at best, because no reporters sit in interviews and conference rooms to get a full picture of who’s coming up with what ideas, who’s working well with others, and so many other intangibles. factors. thoughts.

Too much is unknown to evaluate these hirings in the first place, let alone evaluate a hiring process that never happened.

The only assessments that matter in the long run start August 26 in Dublin. 189 days and counting.

For the second time in a row, Notre Dame’s new offensive coordinator will work on domestic promotion. Irish head coach Marcus Freeman will move the coach through difficult ends Just Parker offensive coordinator, according to several Wednesday reports. first reported Notre Dame’s plans to commit their offense to Parker to replace the former Irish offensive coordinator. Tommy Rhys after he left for the same role in Alabama earlier this month.

Parker joined Freeman’s staff last winter as tight end coach after two years as joint offensive coordinator in West Virginia, where he worked with Graham Harrell. Given Freeman reportedly hired a former Cincinnati offensive coordinator. Gino Guidugli as Notre Dame’s quarterbacks coach earlier Wednesday, Parker could have another offensive partnership.

With Gwidugli in particular, it may take some time for the university to formally announce its admission to the state, which has happened frequently in South Bend over the past 21 years.

Two coaching decisions leave Freeman’s staff with only one vacancy in the offensive line.


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