Early last season, we wondered if the quarterback races at Alabama, Penn State and Texas would ever be settled to anyone’s satisfaction. The Longhorns may be giving up their spot on the carousel before too long; players are being ranked and re-ranked at every practice, although the job is David Ash’s to lose. Mack Brown has some well-remembered reasons to be overcautious in prepping a backup.
We may also soon bid a fond farewell to the Matt McGloin-Rob Bolden QB1 tango. Two seasons of trading snaps hasn’t settled matters as much as it might otherwise have thanks to coaching turnover and a full season of nausea-inducing offensive game film. But new coach Bill O’Brien is at least on the record setting the finish line, however nebulously, “later in training camp.”
Notre Dame, though. Notre Dame could be fun. Find what you love and do it, they say. Follow your bliss, they say. And if what you’re good at is never settling on a starting quarterback, well, best make that part of your brand.
Fighting Irish spring football preview, 2011: Dayne Crist vs. Andrew Hendrix vs. Tommy Rees vs. Everett Golson! Fighting Irish spring football preview, 2012: Tommy Rees vs. Andrew Hendrix vs. Everett Golson vs. Gunner Kiel! Fighting Irish spring practice report, Week 1: Competition is open and Brian Kelly is “in no hurry to make a decision.” All that, and a highly regarded junior recruit in the wings for 2013.
Could this ever morph into its own cottage industry, quarterback race as gladiator sport, given the hunger of a clamoring, sport-starved public for the slimmest soupçons of football in March? The symmetry this preseason is enviable. Two familiar faces with documented upsides and weaknesses. Two newcomers. You scoff, but right this moment, in a storefront office somewhere in Indiana, an upstart lawyer and Fighting Irish fanatic prepares a petition to have Notre Dame select its leading signal-caller by four-man playoff, sponsored by Rust-Oleum.