After Kevin Harper missed what would've been a game-winning 33-yard field goal in overtime, Bennett Jackson and Chris Brown raced back to the sidelines as Notre Dame's title hopes remained alive. Normally, that detail isn't close to noteworthy.
But Jackson and Brown both wear No. 2, and because they were on the field at the same time, the Irish should've been penalized, and Pittsburgh should've had a fresh set of downs (kudos to Irish Illustrated's Pete Sampson for first noticing this).
"No exception to it. It was a coaching mistake," coach Brian Kelly said Sunday. "We had put our Desperado team on there, and Chris Brown is part of Desperado. Just we've got to do a better job. An oversight that can't happen."
Notre Dame's title hopes cheated death with the missed kick, but the missed call was just as important. At the least, it would've given Pittsburgh another shot at a field goal -- Harper hit his try in the third overtime period -- not to mention a chance to emphatically score six points to secure a win.
"We have an easy way for us to make sure this doesn't happen again, and they won't be on the field again (at the same time)," Kelly said. "It's on me now. So I'm going to make sure it doesn't happen."
Whether that means a chance in Brown's number or extra attention being paid to make sure the pair aren't on the field together remains to be seen.
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Not long after the White Sox brought Michael Saunders into the organization, another outfielder with major league experience is joining Triple-A Charlotte.
Alex Presley — a 32-year-old who played 71 games last season for the Detroit Tigers and has also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and Milwaukee Brewers — is the latest addition to the Knights’ outfield. He’s a guy who could potentially be used to help the White Sox outfield, which has seen two Opening Day players go on the disabled list for extended periods of time.
Avisail Garcia is in his fifth week on the DL while dealing with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. Nicky Delmonico is expected to miss the next four to six weeks while recovering from a broken bone in his hand. The White Sox might feel that the collection of Adam Engel, Trayce Thompson, Leury Garcia and Daniel Palka might be enough to get them through those injuries. But the results have not been great from that group. Engel and Thompson are both hitting under .200, while Leury Garcia and Palka have on-base percentages just above .300.
Presley, like Saunders, could be an option for a midseason promotion should he hit well in the minors. He hit .314 with a .354 on-base percentage in those 71 games with the Tigers last season. This year, he was playing in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization, where he hit .275 with a .347 on-base percentage in 26 games.
It’s possible we won’t see either veteran outfielder on the South Side this season (though having Presley here for Elvis Night would be pretty excellent), but it gives the White Sox options should the lack of production from their current crop of outfielders and the injuries to Avisail Garcia and Delmonico keep them out longer.
It’s also quite possible that none of the names mentioned to this point will have a role to play in this team’s long-term future, not an outlandish thought considering Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Micker Adolfo, Blake Rutherford and Luis Alexander Basabe are all still developing in the minor leagues.