Wednesday, under the heading “paid advertisement” in the University of Notre Dame/St. Mary’s student newspaper, The Observer, appears a very nice graphic.
The graphic is titled “Notre Dame Football Has Failed Under Jack Swarbrick”.
The graphic itself would probably score a B in a business class, or a C in a graphic design seminar. However, this is reality for people. This is Notre Dame football.
Notre Dame finished with a brutal record of 4-8 in the 2016 college football season. Yet the advertisement, which is allegedly paid for a group of alumni and students, takes its displeasure out on Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s (thick skinned) athletic director. *Any AD with his own radio show is thick skinned we would assume.
The graphic points to on the field: zero “major” bowl wins during Swarbrick’s tenure, and off the field: issues like the recent academic misconduct case which costs the football team 21 wins from seasons gone by.
The force of a viral image has a lot of weight these days. No doubt the well-educated persons who sponsored the graphic understand that a single advertisement in a student newspaper does not result in job loss, but it gets the conversation going. It attempts puts the pressure on someone who thus far usually has been immune, that is Jack Swarbrick.
It may be coincidental, but Swarbrick recently gave Kelly a vote of confidence after some wondered how much longer the football coach would be at the school.
And in true Brian Kelly fashion (a style many in the media are getting used to and loathing), he stated that he was disappointed that he would even need a vote of confidence. Implying that confidence in him as head football coach by his athletic director and university, should be implied.