From Spring practice right on up to the season opener, Charlie Weis claimed he wasn't sure who was going to be his QB.
We all knew it was just clever posturing. Ok, not clever. But posturing, none the less.
We all knew that there was no way that the greatest QB guru ever to produce pretty boy QB's could possible not have an inkling as to who would be under center when the Irish began the season.
Weis is simply too sly, smart and inherently genius not have had the season mapped out and not have been beginning to mold his next great creation at QB, right?
Not just right, but righteous!
And, when the season opened, out trotted Demetrius Jones! To quote the great Marine, 'Surprise, surprise, surprise!'
Certainly no one believed that it was a game day decision. That the greatest offensive mind in all of football woke up that morning and said to himself, 'hey fat ass, if I step on the scale and I break 300 pounds...it's Jones. If I step on the scale and I'm under 3 bills, it's not.'
Nope. The greatest offensive mind in all of football prepared Jones to start. He built his game plan around Jones starting. And he outlined his season with Jones as the QB in mind.
Second quarter of the first game, the greatest offensive mind in football changed itself.
Jones to the bench. Season re-gamed. Next Saturday, new starter.
Disrespected, embarrassed and mistreated; Jones left school. Hoping to continue his career elsewhere. Quickly.
Notre Dame now refuses to release Jones from his scholarship. That means it will cost Jones cash to go to Northern Illinois this year.
You stay classy, South Bend!
"We don't believe his departure was handled appropriately," Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White said in a statement.
In contrast, the university seems to think giving him a quarter and half then yanking him from being the starter is appropriate.
Jones, who lost his starting job after the Irish struggled and he fumbled twice, told reporters that he enrolled at Northern Illinois on Sept. 12, practiced with the Irish the next day and didn't tell the coaches what he had done.
But, can we really scold Jones for being surreptitious in his actions? He spent two years being tutored by the greatest mind in football. A mind that would not divulge who would be the starter to supposedly anyone (even the QB's) until the season started. Jones simply followed the model of communication provided to him by the great offensive genius. Don't tell anyone anything until you absolutely have to. Jones clearly is a good student and should be commended for his steadfast and accurate application of the silent communication model deftly passed on to him by his coach/instructor/offensive genius.
So, why would Notre Dame, which clearly had no future plans for Jones after his quarter and half of play, not just bid him farewell and let him get on with his life? Why the vitriol?
Clearly, it relates to Ty Willingham.
Notre Dame decided when and how the Negro coach would be deposed. Notre Dame decided exactly how they would try to manipulate and control the information as to his exile.
Jones upstaged them. He rejected them! The Negro QB didn't simply pick up a clip board and stand silently on the sidelines allowing the university to control the situation.
And now he has to pay.
He has to pay tuition at Northern Illinois this year.
A modern reminder that the release from indentured servitude comes with a price.