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A call for change

Observer Viewpoint | Tuesday, November 30, 2004

We supposedly “returned to glory” in 2002 with our new coach and fancy new offense. Since that first opportunistic season, Notre Dame has won 11 of its last 25 games.We were beat by BYU (20-17), Pittsburgh (41-38) and Michigan State (22-16); run over by NCS (28-6), Syracuse (38-12), FSU (37-0) and Michigan (38-0); dominated by Purdue last year (23-10) and this season (41-16); and USC, our biggest rival, effortlessly blew us away like never before the last three years, humiliating us by 31 points each time (44-13, 45-14 and 41-10). On a positive note, we’re barely above .500 after three seasons. I think that calls for an Irish jig. It’s mediocre enough to make one sick, especially considering all the talent on our football team. We can’t reasonably expect to win every single game. Even great Knute Rockne lost. That’s part of the game and why we play each week. What’s not part of the game, especially at Notre Dame, is a tragic series of inconsistent appearances with few (if any) signs of improvement, adjustment or driving leadership. That’s not acceptable or fair to the players and loyal fans. We see a clear and undeniable trend emerging over three seasons thus far. Our team has not been as well prepared as our opponent too often. We’ve not made crucial adjustments that must be made during the season and games to produce greatness and improve athletes. When we play weak opponents or gain leads, we play to not lose rather than to win. And when clutch decisions have to be made in key situations, there is no confidence or even clear competence displayed. Too often the team looks like a giant chicken with its head cut off, which is why I have finally come to the conclusion that the head must be replaced. Consider this my call for change.With no disrespect intended because I love the man, I say “Goodbye, Ty. Notre Dame, Hire Urban Meyer!” Go Irish!

Dave DaleyjuniorDillon HallNov. 28