Fowler argued that Notre Dame's program remains special. Hours later, Stanford fans offered anecdotal evidence to support Fowler's theory when they rushed the field to celebrate the Cardinal's thrilling 45-38 win against Notre Dame.
Florida State, a program that was a power much more recently than Notre Dame, also went 6-6 this season. No one rushed the field when they beat the Seminoles.
The Notre Dame mystique still exists, and if we learned anything from the
By signing studs such as quarterback
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At Notre Dame, Kelly could sign the occasional five-star and then compete with other eagle-eyed coaches such as Georgia Tech's
So the Weis era wasn't a complete waste of five years. It proved a few things. It proved a "decided schematic advantage" on offense means nothing if the coach cannot sign decent players on defense. It also proved Notre Dame still has the cachet to recruit its way back to relevance. The Irish just need to find the right man to lead them there.