Who saw this coming?
Seriously, who could have predicted this outrageous scenario of a rookie head coach taking over one of college football’s most iconic brands — one coming off of five straight 10-win seasons — and managing to breathe new life and a new life into it. new energy?
In the hours and days since Brian Kelly left South Bend for LSU riches and SEC prestige, who among us thought a then 35-year-old Marcus Freeman who had only spent that a season as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator would be the one to both stem the tide of Kelly’s departure and galvanize the Irish fan base.
Nobody. And that’s what makes the story of this upcoming Notre Dame football season so gripping. For a program so firmly established in gaming history, Freeman epitomizes its confident march into a rapidly changing future.
Ahead of Notre Dame’s first fall training under Freeman on Friday, August 5, ND Insider this week reveals its preview of Notre Dame’s 2022 football season, telling the stories of new coaches, star players and positional battles.
. Here’s what you can expect:
▶ Tom Noie column: Can these Notre Dame offseason feel-good vibes carry over into the 2022 regular season?
It’s been all good times so far for Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame football, but that could change as a tough 2022 regular season awaits.
▶ Notre Dame football coach Marcus Freeman once won a national title
Benny Meng, Marcus Freeman’s taekwondo instructor from ages 4-12, still has a strong belief in one of his all-time students
▶ Marcus Freeman, Notre Dame is trying to join Miami, Michigan on a very short list of freshman coaching champions
In the last century, only three college football programs have won national titles with freshman coaches. Notre Dame hopes to make four.
Notre Dame in the Big 10?Booming Big Ten will keep the light on for Notre Dame as it decides
▶ Al Golden ‘born to do this’, says ex-Virginia player of new Irish defensive coordinator
Notre Dame football turns to defensive coordinator in Al Golden who hasn’t held the job in 17 years
▶ Which Notre Dame assistant coach has the most Twitter followers?
Only three Notre-Dame assistants will occupy the same position as in 2021