For the 2nd year in a row, the entire sports staff at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going to host a day long event on the day following Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. This year, that falls on March 12th. The event will once again be hosted by the Oxmoor Center on Shelbyville Road, and will encompass a total of 6 hosts and 13 hours of sports programming. Plus, we will host a BRACKET CHALLENGE with a chance to win a super-nice Gorilla Basketball Goal, courtesy of Steepleton's. Below is the entire rundown of events, so feel free to head out to Oxmoor any time in the day and you will get your sports fix headed into tournament time:
7-10AM: The EarlyBirds w/ Drew Deener
10-12PM: KentuckySportsRadio w/Matt Jones
12-1PM: Lachlan Mclean on WKRD
1-2PM: Drew Deener on WKRD
2-3PM: Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM: The Afternoon Underdogs w/Tony and Dave
530-6PM: Terry Meiners
7-9PM: Occupy Lachlan (the entire cast of hosts together on stage at the same time)
WHERE TO LISTEN ON THE AIR
Early Birds with Jody Demling
7-10AM (790AM WKRD)
The Tom Leach Show
9-10AM (1080AM WKJK)
KentuckySportsRadio with Matt Jones
10AM-12PM (1080AM WKJK)
Joe B. and Denny Show
10AM-12PM (790AM WKRD)
The Afternoon Underdogs with Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM (790AM WKRD)
Sportstalk84 with Lachlan McLean
7-9PM (840AM WHAS)
Photo Credit - www.edthesportsfan.com
Article by - Daniel Farish
There was a time when being “Big Man On Campus” in South Bend was a regal title. Kids practiced in their backyards, throwing footballs through tire swings while imagining playing underneath the holy gaze of Touchdown Jesus. We are a long way removed from the days of Tom Clements, Rick Mirer or even Brady Quinn. So what in the world is going on?
The last above-average quarterback to suit up in the navy blue and gold was Brady Quinn. Two-time All-American, recipient of multiple awards (Unitas, Baugh, Maxwell) but he had no bowl wins, including two BCS bowl losses (’06 Fiesta, ’07 Sugar).
Since Quinn’s departure the Fighting Irish have had six starting quarterback’s in six seasons. Whether the blame goes on the recruiting staff, coaches, players, or the unmatched level of pressure and scrutiny brought on by generations of loyal fans, not one quarterback has been the full package.
Demetrius Jones, 0-1 record as a starter
Jones spent his freshman year behind Quinn and was ready for the starting job in 2007. Instead he was benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen, prompting a transfer to Cincinnati. There he switched positions to middle linebacker after a failed attempt to unseat starting quarterback Tony Pike.
Yes, a former NOTRE DAME QUARTERBACK switched to middle linebacker. Sign #1 that maybe you guys missed on this one. In 2010 he transferred from UC to D-II Central State University in Ohio and played WR/TE.
Evan Sharpley, 0-2 record as a starter
Sharpley filled in for the injured Jimmy Clausen at the end of the 2007 season, Notre Dame’s first nine loss season. He was also a member of the baseball team. No shame here, the kid wasn’t a highly recruited player; just a backup who was put in a bad situation. But should he really have been in that situation to begin with?
Jimmy Clausen, 16-18 record as a starter
Clausen started nine games his freshman season. He would go on to start every game in 2008 & 2009. He helped deliver the first bowl win to South Bend since 1994 by beating Hawaii 49-21 in the 2008 Hawaii Bowl.
Although Notre Dame was bowl eligible (6-6) following the 2009 season, the University announced on December 4th that the Irish had chosen not to accept a bowl bid. Clausen decided to forego his senior year and enter the NFL Draft.
Dayne Crist, 4-6 record as a starter
Crist suffered a torn ACL (2009) and a ruptured patella tendon (2010) as a starter which limited his playing time both seasons. After being benched in 2011, Crist decided to transfer to the University Of Kansas. The Jayhawks finished the 2012 season with a 1-11 record as Crist compiled the worst Quarterback rating in NCAA Division 1A, 116th out of 116 qualifying quarterbacks.
Tommy Rees, 14-4 record as a starter
Rees was suspended by head coach Brian Kelly for the first game of the 2012 season after being arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. He amassed a 2-0 record but was benched for the talented redshirt freshman Everett Golson.
Everett Golson, 10-1 record as a starter
Golson started following Rees’s suspension and eventually won the spot for the 2012 season. He led them to a 12-0 record (10-0 as starter) in the regular season. Not always pretty, or necessarily effective; Golson started some games that Rees finished. The undefeated record earned them a spot in the Nat’l Championship game; there they played the role of human sacrifice against the NFL-Lite University Of Alabama.
Present day Notre Dame is a cornucopia of limited potential, academic mediocrity and more questions than a pair of first-time parents. A bucket of radioactive slush is more stable than Notre Dame’s quarterback future. They picked up the #1 Quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class which turned out to be a disaster.
Notre Dame fans should be happy they don’t have Gunner Kiel anymore. The aforementioned #1 recruit had originally committed to Indiana University, and then LSU, before enrolling at Notre Dame. That’s not a reasonable line of decision making. Indiana isn’t just the doormat of the Big 10; they are the bug that is squished when people step on the doormat.
In April, Kiel announced he would be transferring to Cincinnati. Rather than be patient he ran elsewhere seeking playing time. Then the bomb hit. It was announced a few days ago that Golson was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame. Details released say that Golson had shown poor academicjudgment. Due to laws protecting the privacy of students, that’s all we know now.
Speculation abound, it doesn’t change the fact that Notre Dame has no solid starter for the 2013 season. Rees has a polished career record but was benched in favor of a redshirt freshman. How good can you really be if that happens? Insiders have commented that Rees has a very low ceiling as a starter. Behind him are two bench-warming upper classmen and a talented true freshman.
Three of their first five games are Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma. Only one of those is on the road, but it’s Week 2 in The Big House (Michigan). The Irish will know right out of the gate if they are competitive or not. I predict they will go bowling, but it won’t be in January.
Relevancy in South Bend is not a 12-1 season sandwiched between two 8-5 seasons. It has to be back to back multi-win seasons. Who will step up and lead this team back to relevancy? More importantly…back to greatness.