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Column: Is Notre Dame Football Too Demanding?

Wall Street Journal Writer Sharon Terlep wrote a provocative piece about whether or not Notre Dame’s academic standards are too difficult. The article compares the standards of Notre Dame, Alabama and the NCAA:

Players must be prepared for tough math courses (calculus, for most) that are required for freshmen. They must attain a 2.0 GPA by the end of their freshman year and keep it there.

For instance, perennial powerhouse Alabama requires just one foreign-language course, less rigorous math and sticks to the NCAA requirement that students must hit a 2.0 around their junior year.

In today’s generation, the idea of hard work and tough love have fallen by the wayside. Is society supposed to believe that football players cannot attain a “C” average? Yes, these football players have tremendous demands put upon them. But, many “average” students also have demands such as work, clubs, etc. Notre Dame’s standards are doing these young men a service.

This seems to be the consensus inside the Notre Dame community as well. Both former Notre Dame Quarterback Brady Quinn and former Offensive Linemen simply replied to the Wall Street Journal article. Brady Quinn said, “No!! It’s perfect!” via Twitter while Robinson got straight to the point with a “no.”

Notre Dame Football senior cornerback Matthais Farley was quoted in the article as saying, “If you are coming to Notre Dame, you know what you are signing up for.” Everyone at Notre Dame seems to know the deal. Every one outside including the writer of the WSJ article do not understand.

It calls to mind the famous Lou Holtz quote“If you’ve been there, no explanation is necessary.  If you haven’t, none is adequate.”

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