Podcast: Wrapping up the 2020 Notre Dame football season
Observer Sports Staff | Saturday, January 16, 2021
It’s the 2020 season wrap episode of the Basement Breakdown. Four of our five football beat members — sports editor Hayden Adams, senior sports writers Charlotte Edmonds and Ellen Geyer, sports writer Aidan Thomas — got together to hash out a variety of topics:
Notre Dame’s 31-14 loss to Alabama — now the national champs — in the Rose Bowl in Dallas (00:29).
Wisconsin transfer QB Jack Coan committing to the Irish and the outlook for/possibility of elite quarterback play in the coming seasons (15:30).
NFL and transfer decisions from last season’s roster (36:02).
An unexpected debate over the need (or lack thereof) for College Football Playoff expansion; thanks, Charlotte (41:10).
Notre Dame’s home run/grand slam/slam dunk defensive coordinator hire of Marcus Freeman; is he an upgrade, a downgrade or a net neutral after Clark Lea’s three years as DC in South Bend (46:27)?
Fact-or-Fiction returns once again: Notre Dame has three different QBs getting meaningful snaps next season (52:14)? Tommy Tremble’s departure is a net gain offensively (59:42)? ND at No. 15 in the way-too-early preseason poll is a fair placement (1:04:16)? The Class of 2022 is Notre Dame’s highest rated recruiting class ever under Brian Kelly (1:08:08)?
And we end with parting words from our football beat reflecting on the 2020 college football season; we share our favorite moments and what it meant to us to be able to cover Notre Dame football in this most unprecedented of seasons (1:14:04).
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