Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson has some serious sour grapes towards Notre Dame football because of Sam Hartman’s final season in South Bend.
When Sam Hartman left Wake Forest to join the Notre Dame football team, it was certainly understandable if there were some hard feelings. However, I don’t think I believed Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson would be dumb enough to share just how badly he took it out loud, in public.
Of course, if there’s one thing you can count on from most college football coaches, it’s to put their foot in their mouth at least once a season. It was apparently time for Clawson to do just this week at his press conference.
What really seemed to irk Clawson was that Notre Dame football fans are already quite enamored with Hartman as a person and a player. The adoration Fighting Irish fans feel for their one-year quarterback was shown when “I will always love you” was played over the loudspeaker as Hartman left the field after the Golden Domers’ last home game.
"“There’s no point in complaining about it, we saw it last week in South Bend. Here’s a guy that we recruited and we developed you know, they’re putting a video on him saying we will always love you, and I was like, you only dated him for a couple of months, it can’t be love! We’re the ones that love him we had five years with him!”"
Notre Dame football the target of sour grapes
While Clawson was laughing throughout his comments, it’s clear that he wasn’t really joking. The Wake Forest coach is clearly a bit perturbed that Hartman Demon Deacons after five years.
He certainly has reason to be considering that the quarterbacks he has this year have been far from stellar. Wake managed just one touchdown against Notre Dame and their old friend.
Still, the comments, whose broader point was that the transfer portal is bad, came off as a massive case of sour grapes. It’s hardly Notre Dame football’s fault that they were a more attractive situation for a quarterback that spent so much of his career with Wake Forest.