With interviews shut down for the offseason, ESPN’s Bruce Feldman scored a great one with quarterback Dayne Crist a few weeks ago when he was on campus visiting the Irish.
Feldman covered all sorts of ground with Crist, and while you might need a subscription to read everything, here’s a little taste of what Dayne had to say.
On adjusting to the tempo of the new offense:
On dealing with a coaching staff on the hot seat:
As much as your coach tells you not to worry about it, or that it comes with it, it is tough sometimes, I’ll admit that. This is the guy that recruited you and one of the reasons that you’re at this place. But as a player, you just control what you can control. It was tough for me, because that was when everything was going on with my knee and I couldn’t do anything. I’m in a hospital bed all drugged up and turning on a TV and this was what I had to watch. It was tough.
I had a great relationship with Coach Weis. I had a great relationship with Coach (Ron) Powlus and his family. They were really like a second family to me. We would go over to coach Powlus’ house all the time. They were great to me. I had two years in that whole staff. It was a lot more than football involved in the whole mix, but at some point you have to understand that this is sometimes how college football goes, unfortunately. You wish the best for those guys and you embrace the new staff. You just work as hard as you can to get going right away. I realize that I don’t have that much time left, and there’s plenty of guys on this team that want to win.
On his new found leadership role on the team:
On battling some of the preconceived misconceptions about Notre Dame:
I was one of those kids, too. I had never been to Notre Dame before. I had never seen snow in my life. Had I not made this trip (in my junior year of high school), I’d be at SC right now. It’s like trying to explain what Disneyland is to other people. Sure you can explain physically what’s there but, until you’re there having those emotions, you can’t truly explain it.
Once you get here, you realize how diverse the student body is. You really appreciate Notre Dame for Notre Dame, and you understand why there are kids here from Nigeria and all across the world, much less all over the country.
Feldman’s question on misconceptions was a follow-up on a question that he asked Louis Nix, and it highlights just how important it is to get recruits onto campus and let them actually experience Notre Dame instead of having to rely on what they may have heard on the recruiting trail or growing up.
Notre Dame fans -- and Matt Barkley -- should be happy that Crist made that visit during his junior year of high school.