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Notre Dame analyst suspended two more games for ‘criminals’ comments

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Notre Dame radio analyst Allen Pinkett thought a “few bad citizens” could do the Notre Dame football program some good as it pertained to on-the-field success. As it turns out, IMG Notre Dame Radio Network thought a few games away from the broadcast booth would serve Pinkett equally well.

Pinkett’s comments, which you can read HERE, created such a stir last week that he was prohibited from working the Irish game against Navy last Saturday with “[f]urther decisions on this matter… made in the coming days.”

On Tuesday, IMG announced that Pinkett has been suspended for two more games without pay because of his comments. For anyone following the Irish’s schedule, those would be games against Purdue and Michigan State. Pinkett could return for the Sept. 22 game against Michigan.

“I’ve always felt like, to have a successful team, you gotta have a few bad citizens on the team,” Pinkett said during the interview with WSCR-AM of Chicago. “You can’t have a football team full of choir boys. You get your butt kicked if you have a team full of choir boys.”

Pinkett later apologized for his comments, which were lambasted by both the Notre Dame community and beyond as being “out of touch” and “nonsense”, among other things.

Mostly, it was just a weird way to phrase his point. Now he’ll miss three games for, ironically, failing to do what he’s supposed to better than most: communicate his opinion effectively.

(Hat tip: AP) 

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20 Responses to “Notre Dame analyst suspended two more games for ‘criminals’ comments”
  1. 32stork says: Sep 4, 2012 4:27 PM

    If ND gives morons like Pinkett a degree, may we now have heard the last of how academic ND is?!

  2. stairwayto7 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:50 PM

    Take away all notre dame wins when Pinkett was there! Also remove all pimketts rushung and recieivng yards also! That is what you do Mark Emmert!

  3. florida727 says: Sep 4, 2012 4:50 PM

    Okay, maybe what he said was wrong, but holy crap, look up the phrase “blown out of proportion” and there might be a picture of Pinkett there. All he was trying to do was make a point that they need to become a little more mean and nasty if they want to succeed. Give the guy a freaking break. I’m not a Pinkett or ND fan, but this has taken on a life of its own. Get over it and move on already. It’s not like HE committed a felony. (He just wants some of their player to… apparently.)

  4. roundup5 says: Sep 4, 2012 5:04 PM

    florida727: You are the one that needs a break! I do not
    especially count Notre Dame as a team I would waste my
    time watching however, moreso than other teams they
    have upstanding athletes who will not mug you in a dark
    alley and steal your IPhone, or break into your dorm room
    and steal your computer.
    Take a look at some of the thugs teams are recruiting; and
    I mean thugs that couldn’t spell Florida, but they are there!

  5. deadeye says: Sep 4, 2012 5:29 PM

    I think Pinkett is right. But what they lack in football prowess, they make up for in academic integrity. You gotta admire them for that.

  6. philliephaninva says: Sep 4, 2012 6:06 PM

    How about priests raping little boys? Is that bad boy enough for you, Pinkett?

  7. muttbolts says: Sep 4, 2012 6:22 PM

    Retarded. He’s right the steelers have a rapist as do the lakers, ravens have a murderer and most of baseball juice. Should I go on? I could. 727 pinellas word!

  8. irishdodger says: Sep 4, 2012 6:36 PM


    The NCAA can’t take away ND wins while Pinkett was there b/c they didn’t have any…that was the Faust era for u young fans.

    He’s probably just frustrated b/c they underachieved as a team when he was a player & they’ve done the same since he’s been employed as an analyst. Funny that ND gets deemed irrelevant & then something like this gets blown out of proportion. How many fan bases would have 35,000 travel to Ireland to watch their team play regardless of their lack of national dominance?

  9. tigersgeaux says: Sep 4, 2012 7:01 PM


    You are quite correct about the very faithful (even rabid) fan base. My uncle, father, cousin, and others in the family and close friends are all Notre Dame alums. My grandmother went to the sister college next door. All were faithful fans through very lean years, even lean decades. Some have become very frustrated with under preforming coaches and unimaginative play calling in the past few years. Some changed loyalties to other teams but I watched as a child all these loved ones agonize week in and week out about the Irish.

    By the way, no need to waste your time on stairwayto7. He is bitter about the NCAA sanctions on his favorite school–Pedophile State, I mean Penn State(pardon the keyboard typo). You can copy and paste his comments since that time. He inserts the same comments each time he posts.

  10. bigbamboom1 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:27 PM

    ND has some kind of twisted logic system working in South Bend! Let me get this right. Football Coach makes a kid climb up in a photo tower in the middle of a fierce midwest lightning storm to take film of practice. Said kid is killed when high winds collapse said tower. Coach gets a 5 year contract extension.

    Former African American player makes a stupid, racist innuendo comment about other AA athletes. Said former ND player is suspended from his duties as announcer! What logic about values am I missing on this one ND!

  11. beedubyatoo says: Sep 4, 2012 7:39 PM

    If ND had lost, he’d still be working.

  12. kiopta1 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:44 PM

    Wow lots of loons commenting to this one.

  13. thetooloftools says: Sep 4, 2012 9:38 PM


  14. frank booth says: Sep 5, 2012 12:27 AM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Sep 4, 2012 4:50 PM
    Take away all notre dame wins when Pinkett was there! Also remove all pimketts rushung and recieivng yards also! That is what you do Mark Emmert!
    ====================================Nobody was covering up or turning their shoulder to a pedophile in order to protect their program here.

    Too bad for Penn State. Nice opener against Ohio, though. That should be a spirit lifter for the faithful PSU lemmings.

  15. 1historian says: Sep 5, 2012 7:58 AM

    So much for ND being irrelevant – this is a silly story that should have died at birth yet here it is a week later.

    Pinkett made a stupid remark, he apologized.

    Get over it.

  16. phillyphann83 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:12 AM

    I don’t care what anyone says, I played football for 9 years and Pinkett is absolutely right!! Guys like that gives the whole team some swagger. It makes guys that aren’t so good think they are a little better than they are and it helps them actually play better! I’ve seen it first hand so anyone that says otherwise clearly has never played football, or they played on that all-choir boy team Pinkett was talking about.

  17. 11inthebox says: Sep 5, 2012 11:02 AM

    @Irishdodger and tigersgeaux:

    It’s not about “unimaginative play calling.” It’s about talent. Period. These days all the best talent is either already in the southeast, or it’s going to the southeast. The best talent in the west coast is going to Oregon.

    Notre Dame isn’t getting the best talent like it did in the late eighties. Tradition is great, but today’s kids don’t care about the past.

    They care about flat screen televisions in the locker room, fancy uniforms, and a coach with some NFL connections.

  18. mazblast says: Sep 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    If Notre Dame players showed as much aggressiveness on the field as they do in taverns, they’d win a few more games. A few more, not all, because how aggressively they play aside, this team lacks really top-notch athletes and has a way overrated coach, the latter a ND tradition.

  19. mazblast says: Sep 5, 2012 2:47 PM

    One more thing–in defense of ND’s players, it’s hard to be macho and swaggering when your mascot is a little fairy dressed in a bright green suit.

  20. 4hrchubby says: Sep 6, 2012 7:22 AM

    roundup5 says:
    more so than other teams they
    have upstanding athletes who will not mug you in a dark
    alley and steal your IPhone, or break into your dorm room
    and steal your computer.
    oh yeah?…how about the qb rees who ran from the cops and when he was caught tried to knee one in the nuts?
    or his linebacker buddy ‘guido’ Calabrese who threatened one of the cops with bodily harm?

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