Irish must adapt to new world

College football has changed drastically over the last several years, leaving Notre Dame far behind.

Originally Published: December 8, 2004
By Rod Gilmore | ESPN Insider
As Notre Dame stumbles through its second coaching search since 2001, one can't help but wonder what has happened to the storied program. How did the head coaching job become so difficult to fill?

We now know the problem wasn't Lou Holtz, Bob Davie or Tyrone Willingham. The problem is the school. College football has left Notre Dame behind, and its Board of Trustees fails to realize that.

College football has changed over the last several years, adding the BCS in 1998, improving television packages and shaking up conference alignments. Notre Dame has failed to act. As a result, many other programs like Oklahoma, Florida, Tennessee, and Florida State have passed Notre Dame by.


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Rod Gilmore

College Football analyst
Rod Gilmore serves as an ESPN studio analyst on SportsCenter and College Football Live, and provides commentary on ESPN's Friday night game telecasts. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider.

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