Shortly after USC dropped Notre Dame 31-17 Saturday night, senior Chris Galippo created a bit of an uproar for, in essence, calling the Irish a bunch of quitters.
“They just quit,” Galippo said at the time. “That’s what Notre Dame football is all about. They’re not anything like ‘SC.”
Two days later, the linebacker has issued a mea culpa.
On his Twitter page Monday afternoon, Galippo apologized for his blasts aimed at the Irish. And, to the LB’s credit, he didn’t claim his words were taken out of context or misconstrued.
Galippo’s apology could have been prompted by his head coach. Lane Kiffin said today in a statement that he both spoke with Galippo about the situation and called his Irish counterpart to apologize.
“On behalf of our football program, I apologize for Chris Galippo’s statements after the game. I’ve addressed this with Chris and he is remorseful,” Kiffin told. “I also called Coach (Brian) Kelly to personally apologize.”
Kiffin might have yet another call to make to Kelly; earlier today, starting quarterback Matt Barkley said during a radio interview that he agreed with his teammates view, that it appeared the Irish simply gave up in the fourth quarter.
“I would agree with that,” Barkley said when asked about Galippo’s assessment of the situation.. “I was shocked that they didn’t use the timeouts because we got on the field with about seven minutes left, and I thought they were planning on stopping us and saving their timeouts for the end when they had the ball. It seemed from our sideline and our perspective that they did give up. It seemed uncharacteristic of Notre Dame. I wouldn’t have wanted to have been on that sideline.”
Mr. Kelly, there’s a Mr. Kiffin on Line 1 for you…