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    what really upset me about this is U guys had to bring it to his player profile thread .. U couldn't slam the kid (and u did slam him way more than u critiqued his play .... as anyone with two eyes knows he didn't do his job .. and just like u I know he was more than likely the first too admit it .. ) ... in the game day thread or one of the threads devoted to the game in another forum ... u had to bring it here??? .. its not like its the off season and theres no where else to talk about it .. i know there was a gameday thread .. and my guess is there was at least a couple more threads about the game .. but i don't go to those forums much so i don't know about that ..

    thats what really bothered me .. and the sole purpose of my post was that in the one in a gajilion chance he came here and saw that ... I wanted him to know that some of us know he works his arse off and is doing the best he can with his god given talents and we appreciatte his effort .... as IUB pointed out ... against the elite (and maybe sometimes even the not so elite) DL Mike just does not have the physical traits (strenght or agility .. he does not have the best feet) to deal with those guys .. theres just some DL that can dominate him ..... and Purdue had 2 of them ...

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    I am. No one did.
    I guess we don't see eye to eye on this one either ... U said he looked LOST and SCARED .... thats a critique of OL play .... naaaaa .. to me thats questioning his brains and manhood ..... if u said he was lunging and losing his balance or he was getting overpowered by bull rushes .. thats a critique of OL play ... telling a kid in his mid 20's he looked lost and scared at something that he put so much time into .. ya .. good luck with that one .. if u ever meet him .. see what happens if the first words after hello are ... hey Mike ... u looked lost and scared against Purdue .... go ahead and give it a shot and let me know what his reaction was ..

    and i'm pretty sure no where in Harry's or anyone elses critique of him .. did the words lost and scared come into the pic ..

    and Southern Irish said something along these lines .. u know what .. let me just go copy his words so i am not paraphrasing ..

    "I couldn't believe what i saw on the very FIRST play. Mike Golic literally flying backward on his ASS. JC. someone might want to tell him the game started and apparently Purdue didn't realize they were supposed to roll over for ND. I hope he screws his head on for the MSU game or some might take it off. "

    the bolded part is definetly U displaying your displeasure .. but to say the bolded part is just not a personal insult IS A JOKE ..... calling him NOT READY TO PLAY on the first play of the game is just u IMO displaying your displeasure in a very inmature way ..... u basically said the kid was in lala land for play #1 .. thats prepared??? .. come on man .. re-read what u said ..

    but hey .. if he came here and read this and u guys ever met .. I'm sure he'd thank U and shake your hand for pointing out to him that he needs to be ready for the first play and if he does NOT HAVE HIS HEAD SCREWED ON STRAIGHT someone will take it off ... cause i bet he didn't realize that until he read it here ..

    anyhow fellas ... thats enough of this for me .. not why i'm here ... so have fun and knock yourselves out mocking me ... no biggie to me ..

    PS. next time u slam a kid unfairly IMO on his profile thread ... i will make the same kind of supporting post i did for Mike ...

    GO IRISH!!!! big game tonight .. time to start focusing on whoopin some of that Michigan ass!!!!!!!!!

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    One period at the end of a sentence is sufficient. I stopped reading because it was too annoying.

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    Yeah you lost me here also.
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    The name Golic has long carried a hefty weight around football circles in America. Brothers Bob and Mike captained the University of Notre Dame teams as seniors in the 1970s and 1980s before each enjoyed long careers in the National Football League. Both former defensive linemen now host well-known sports talk radio shows.

    Due in large part to the brothers' stellar play during their time at Notre Dame, the name Golic is held in especially high esteem in South Bend, Ind. So when the time came for Mike Golic, Jr., to choose an institution of higher learning to continue his academic and athletic career, the Irish faithful clamored for his services. After all, another Golic on the gridiron was certainly a welcomed prospect. Luckily for Irish fans, Mike Jr., was instantly drawn to his family's beloved school.

    "Being on campus felt right from the beginning," Golic Jr. says. "The people, the atmosphere, and the religious aspect of Notre Dame are what really drew me here."

    A highly-touted offensive lineman out of Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Conn., Golic Jr., committed to Notre Dame during a broadcast of Mike and Mike in the Morning, the popular national show on ESPN Radio that his father co-hosts with Mike Greenberg.

    While Mike Jr. arrived on campus with a bit more fanfare than most his fellow freshmen he also came to Notre Dame bearing the outsized expectations of filling some very large shoes. His dad and uncle were not merely serviceable players; Bob was a two-time All-American at Notre Dame and made three Pro Bowls with the Cleveland Browns, and Mike Sr. was talented enough to spend nine successful years in the NFL. Some unfairly expected Mike Jr., to equal those impressive feats. Early on, he brushed off the constant comparisons between him, his father and uncle.

    "When I first came to Notre Dame, I was more focused on forging my own way and making a name for myself," Golic Jr. says. "I wanted to leave my own legacy."

    While Golic Jr. had no problem flourishing off the field as a freshman and sophomore, finding his way onto the field was a bit more difficult. He did not see any game action in his first year and played sparingly in just three games as a sophomore.
    "Obviously coming in here you want to play right away," Golic Jr. says. "Having to sit for as long as I did was disappointing but made me realize that I had to buckle down and work a little harder, do a little extra."

    Golic Jr. looked early and often to his parents, especially his father, to guide him through some frustrating times. He realized that instead of insisting on differentiating himself from his father, he would be much better served to try to emulate him and heed his advice.

    "As I've grown older, I've come to learn that all I've really wanted to do the entire time is be as much like my dad as I could," Golic Jr. said. "He's been a role model of mine since I was a kid. He's showed me what it means to be a man, to be responsible on and off the field."

    When asked who he looked up to, Golic Jr. cites his father and mother, Chris, a Saint Mary's graduate, without hesitation.

    "They both have played such a huge role in my life," Golic Jr. says. "They have shown me how to treat everyone with kindness and respect. You never know what people have going on in their lives. Everyone is fighting a tough battle."

    Golic Jr. began to see meaningful playing time during his junior season, when he saw action in 12 games as a reserve offensive lineman. He played primarily on special teams as a senior before starting the final four games at center in place of injured starter Braxston Cave. Golic Jr. graduated from Notre Dame in May 2012, but was granted a fifth season of eligibility because he did not play as a freshman. This season, he has started every game at right guard.

    "Not playing a whole lot my first two years made me really appreciate the opportunity I have now of playing every game," Golic Jr. says.

    As a starter and fifth-year senior, Golic Jr. is expected to set an example for the younger players. Couple his experience with his outgoing personality, and you have one of the core leaders of this year's Irish team.

    "I always try to be a role model for the younger guys," Golic Jr. says. "I try to come in everyday and reflect the high standards that we have here at Notre Dame so the young guys know this is how we do business."

    Four years ago, as a "young guy" himself, Golic Jr. was struck by the intense leadership of the seniors. He patterns much of his leadership tactics from one former Irish linebacker in particular.

    "Maurice Crum Jr., a four-year starter and two-time captain, was one guy I really looked up to when I was a freshman," Golic Jr. says. "You could see everyday how much it mattered to him. He was one of the best leaders I have ever been around."

    Amidst what is guaranteed to be his last year of college football, Golic Jr, has tried to emulate Crum's constant intensity.

    "I try to give everyone a sense of urgency," Golic Jr. says. "For myself and the other seniors, we only have one more shot at this. The way we come to work everyday has to reflect that."

    Make no mistake about it, Golic Jr. is all business on the field; off of it, however, he is one of the team's social catalysts. He organized numerous cookouts throughout summer practices and routinely gathers his teammates for movie watches.

    "I want to have fun with the guys when it's appropriate to have fun," Golic Jr. says. "We have a lot of big personalities on this team and a lot of really great guys."

    Golic Jr. also is one of the founders of a new team tradition, Trick Shot Monday. Every Monday during game week, a group of players attempt to shoot a ping-pong ball into a small Gatorade cup. The shot, though, must be out-of-the-ordinary and have a high degree of difficulty.Videos of Trick Shot Monday are posted on Notre Dame's YouTube site every week and viewed by thousands and thousands of fans.

    Another founding father of Trick Shot Monday is Golic Jr.'s brother, Jake, a senior tight end. The Golics are one of four pairs of brothers on the team and share an especially close bond.

    "We've been fortunate to have played with each other in high school and college," Golic Jr. says. "We've shared a bedroom since we were little kids and I live with him this year. He's been one of my best friends for the longest time. When things are really bad and I'm not sure who to go to, I know I have Jake as a security blanket."

    Golic Jr. also is very close with fellow lineman and graduate senior Braxston Cave, his roommate during camp as a freshman, and the rest of the graduate seniors, including Danny McCarthy, John Goodman, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Jamoris Slaughter.

    While Golic Jr. is certainly a commanding presence in the locker room, he has also left an indelible mark on campus as a whole through numerous service projects. During the week leading up to the Michigan game, Golic Jr. was one of 22 college football players from across the country named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of the sport's premier service honors. He has given his time to countless causes throughout his time at Notre Dame, but one is especially near and dear to his heart.

    "The one that's definitely at the top of my list is the fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation, the Bald and the Beautiful," Golic Jr. said. "I've worked on it for the last four years."

    The Bald and the Beautiful has raised more than $160,000 over the past four years for childhood cancer research. Participants shave their heads in solidarity with kids who are battling the life-threatening illness.

    "It's just so rewarding," Golic Jr. says. "Every day for them is such a struggle; you know these kids and their families are hurting so bad. To be able to meet and interact with them and put a smile on their faces is a really fulfilling experience."

    Golic Jr. laments the fact that he will not be able to participate in the event this year as he will be training for the NFL Draft in April 2013. He hopes, however, to continue his playing career, but has his sights set on another occupation if football doesn't pan out.

    "Playing at the next level would be a tremendous opportunity," Golic Jr. says. "But if that doesn't work out, I majored in Film, Television and Theater, and would like to get into sports broadcasting. I really love to talk and think I'm pretty good at it."

    But even Golic Jr. struggles to find the right words when asked to look back on his time at Notre Dame.

    "Notre Dame has given me an incredible amount of perspective on the things I deem important in my life and the things that are worth fighting for," Golic Jr. says. "I've been privileged to have gone to school with an incredible group of people, some of the best in the world. They're friends I hope I have for the rest of my life. I really can't put into words what a special place this is. You have to be here to understand it."

    And so upon the completion of this season, another full link will be added in the chain that connects football-playing Golics and Notre Dame. Yes, it will connect Mike Jr. with his father and uncle, but the link will be unique nevertheless. And to Mike Golic Jr., that's having the best of both worlds.
    All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract themfrom achieving their aims.

    - Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach

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    Manti Te'o and Mike Golic Jr. have kept the awards piling up for Notre Dame, as both players were named Thursday to the Capital One Academic All-America first team.

    The Irish rank second all time with 227 academic All-Americans, trailing only Nebraska.

    Te'o was a second-team academic All-American last season and is the 10th repeat honoree in Notre Dame history, and the first Irish football player to repeat since John Carlson in 2006 and 2007.

    Te'o will graduate this month with a degree in design from the College of Arts and Letters. He has a 3.324 GPA. Golic graduated in May with a degree in film, television and theatre and had an overall GPA of 3.428. He is currently enrolled in graduate studies.

    Eligible players for the academic All-America team must have completed at least sophomore standing, be a starter or key reserve, own a GPA of 3.3 or greater and be nominated by his sports information director.
    All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract themfrom achieving their aims.

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    Mike Golic, Jr., has his father’s gift of gab.

    Ask him a question and he can roll on for long periods of time, talking the football jargon and diplomatically singing the company line, particularly as the Irish prepare for the biggest game of their lives.

    Golic has fit in at Notre Dame in other ways as well. A 16-game starter at center (four games) and right guard (12), the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder earned his way into the starting lineup in 2012 after serving as Braxston Cave’s understudy in the final five games of the ’11 season.

    “It was very important for Mike to have a good senior year, and he decided that he was going to work extra hard and fight and win a position, and he did that,” said first-year Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

    “He is dedicated and sunk everything he had into it and came out as a starter. He had to beat out red-shirt freshmen to do it and he did that, so that’s a testament to Mike. He’s been around here a long time and hasn’t had a lot of opportunities. But he took advantage of an opportunity, went out and won a position, and goes out and battles for us every week.”

    There were those who claimed the only reason Golic landed a scholarship offer from Notre Dame was because of his father - Mike, Sr. - who played defensive end for the Irish with distinction in the early ‘80s, as did uncle Bob a few years before at linebacker and middle guard. (A third Golic brother, Greg, played offensive tackle for the Irish in the early ‘80s.)

    Charlie Weis - a Notre Dame graduate himself - certainly favored sprinkling his Irish roster with Notre Dame legacies, which played a role in his recruitment of Mike, Jr. But while lacking overall strength and not playing against some of the nation’s best prep competition, Golic, Jr., was a technician who took following in his father’s footsteps to Notre Dame seriously. He had fundamental skills and a solid knowledge base with which to work.

    But after three seasons at Notre Dame, Golic barely had sniffed the field, and eight games into his senior season in 2011, he was a backup to Braxston Cave at center with nary a chance of making a significant contribution.

    Then Cave went down with a foot injury at Wake Forest, and now Golic was expected to step in and help continue Notre Dame’s march to post-season play. The performance was hit and miss at times, and Golic’s future as a fifth-year senior in ’12 was not a certainty.

    “There are times when you get down,” Golic admitted. “But I’ve had a tremendous group of people around me. My family, my close friends here and back home who were able to keep me positive and remind me that the hard work was going to pay off. Staying ready is the most important thing in the position I was in last year.”

    The voice of reason echoing through his head belonged to his father.

    “Just stay after it,” said Golic the younger of his father’s persistent message. “All you can control is what’s on your end right now. You can’t force anything else to happen. You’re not going to be able to make people do what they’re not going to do. You have to stay sharp and stay ready.”

    If Golic’s fifth year wasn’t etched in stone, neither was winning a battle against talented youngsters such as Christian Lombard (a red-shirt sophomore who eventually settled in at right tackle), and red-shirt freshmen Nick Martin and Conor Hanratty. But Golic held off the charge, and when he is the subject of an interview session today, he’s asked about how he’s going to block Alabama’s ferocious defensive line in the national championship game.

    “They’re a talented and a well-coached group, and we can’t give them anything,” said Golic of Alabama’s front, led by nose guard Jesse Williams. “It’s a challenge enough to block players at this level. This is the best of the best there is, so if you give them any little bit, they’re going to take advantage of it because they’re already playing at a high level.

    “Like Coach Hiestand said, if our eyes are in the right place and our footwork is right, our targets are correct so we don’t give them that extra bit of wiggle room.”

    Golic believes the Irish offensive line benefits from playing against another top-rated defensive line in practice every day.

    “They roll a lot of guys through on that defensive front, and they have a lot of big, solid bodies, just like our defense,” Golic said. “That’s such a huge advantage for us right now, to be able to practice against the No. 1 scoring defense in our country. Big, strong talented guys that play very similarly to the guys at Alabama.”

    There is a surreal feel to Notre Dame’s preparation for a national title game after a 19-year gap since truly competing for the big prize and a 24-year lapse since the last national championship claimed by the Irish.

    But Golic’s background - both as the son/nephew of former Irish players and a legacy trying to carve his own niche - have him well prepared for the biggest game of his life.

    “I was a backup last year at a couple of positions inside and if I wasn’t ready when my number was called, then I’d be letting everyone else down as well as myself,” Golic said. “Staying ready and being accountable to what I was responsible for in my role on the team was (my dad’s) message to me.”

    He’s his father’s son, all right, playing for all the marbles come Jan. 7.
    All winning teams are goal-oriented. Teams like these win consistently because everyone connected with them concentrates on specific objectives. They go about their business with blinders on; nothing will distract themfrom achieving their aims.

    - Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach

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    Notre Dame's First Family talks about the opportunity to all be together for a special season
    Posted: Fri 7:34 PM, Jan 04, 2013 Reporter: Angelo Di Carlo


    They are like the First Family of Notre Dame. First came Bob and Greg, then Mike. The legacy continued as all three of Mike's three kids followed to Notre Dame, but there was no pressure.

    "I told them with Mike, then with Jake and then with Sydney, you make the decision on where you want to go,” said Mike Golic Senior. “Do not worry that I was at Notre Dame and your uncles were there and your mother went to St. Mary's and your aunt went to St. Mary's. You go wherever you want. I had a nice pause, except USC. It just can't happen in the Golic family. It's just not allowed."

    All three kids have been among the most active in the community of all Notre Dame student athletes. You can see how much they love Notre Dame, how much they love giving back.

    The three shared a special moment after the Pitt game, because Sydney would be out of town for Senior Day due to swimming. That moment was their senior moment together

    "It was emotional then,” explains Mike Golic Junior. “Someone I grew up with and only had the luxury of going to school with this semester. I have been fortunate to be here in school with Jake since he got here my sophomore year and that's been a great experience. I got to enjoy a short amount of time here with her, got to enjoy a season with her. Which is great. Hopefully we are leaving her setup for a good career here.”

    Monday night. Mike and Jake play their final game at Notre Dame, looking to do something their uncle once did, win a national championship.

    "It's something all the guys on our team, we haven't seen in our lifetime out of Notre Dame,” says Mike Golic Junior. “It's something this University has been tremendously proud of, its rich tradition in the national championships. Our goal is to go out there and win this game on January 7 and hopefully add to that."

    Stay with WNDU for complete Notre Dame Football coverage throughout the National Title game.
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