Ex-Notre Dame football star sees big culture change with Marcus Freeman

Former Notre Dame football running back C.J. Prosise has seen the changes in the way the coaching staff communicates, especially.

Nov 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Texans running back C.J. Prosise (24) before the game
Nov 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Houston Texans running back C.J. Prosise (24) before the game / Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Since Marcus Freeman was named the head coach of the Notre Dame football team, he’s set about changing the way things are done. More accurately, he’s changing things to be done better than what they were.

That can be a tall task at a program like Notre Dame’s. It’s a school that is steeped in tradition. It’s steeped in believing it was doing everything the right way. But it’s also clear that some things needed to change to become more modernized after Brian Kelly departed.

Count former Notre Dame football running back CJ. Prosise among those who believes the changes are for the better. On Thursday, the ex-Seattle Seahawk and Houston Texan appeared on the Lucky Underdogs podcast with Corey Holmes.

During his appearance, he discussed how the Notre Dame football culture has changed. His comments clearly indicate that he likes what he’s seen so far.

“‌I mean, obviously, I'm from the outside looking and I can't really tell everything,” Prosise said. “But from what I'm seeing, guys are hanging around, hanging out around the facility, in the locker room, upstairs,

chilling with the coaches, watching film. I know that's a big change from when I was there. When we were there, there really wasn't that interaction between the coaches and the players as much.”

Notre Dame football culture changing for the better under Marcus Freeman

It’s clear that the former Notre Dame football star knows how that culture has changed and who is in charge of making sure coaches are a bit more accessible.

“Now you're really seeing … Coach Freeman, you walk upstairs, his office door is wide open. You can just walk in and talk to him if he's free. All the coaches, you can just walk in and talk to them,have a conversation with them. That wasn't something we did when we was there. You had to go upstairs and see the coaches, you’re probably in trouble for something. You’re probably not doing something right.”

Prosise has obviously not been around for a while. He last carried the ball for Notre Dame football back in 2015 when he ran for 1,029 yards and 11 TDs. But it’s clear that he likes what he’s been able to see in South Bend since coming back.