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Starting Notre Dame LB to give up football for medical reasons

Danny Spond AP

Linebacker Danny Spond was a key component of Notre Dame’s second-ranked scoring defense last year. However, his career with the Irish is officially over.

Brian Kelly announced Saturday that Spond, a senior, will hang up the cleats because of medical issue — an “emotional decision,” per Kelly.

It didn’t come without a lot of thought,” Kelly said. “He spent the day speaking to a lot of specialists and his family was here, so this was not a decision that came easy.

“He loves his teammates, but I think what’s most important is he did what was in his best interest for his future. He’s got a bright future. And his immediate [future] is he wants to be with the team, and our teammates were excited to hear he’ll be with us every day. He’ll travel with us. He’ll help coach.”

Spond will certainly be missed. After sitting out the first two games of the season in 2012 because of numbness in the left side of his body (he was later determined to have severe migraines), Spond started the final 11 matches and finished with 39 tackles.

It’s a tough situation, but likely one that’s for the best.

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35 Responses to “Starting Notre Dame LB to give up football for medical reasons”
  1. irishking says: Aug 17, 2013 9:09 PM

    Very sad. Sounds like he may have brain damage from all that pounding.

  2. jgater1981 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:18 PM

    ND Nation will always love you. Go on and teach those frosh how to kick some ass like you did!

  3. nepo784 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:35 PM

    In no way a ND fan, but when a young athlete has to walk away from the game they love too early because of “medical” reasons is never good

  4. fnc111 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:41 PM

    Smart kid. Spond is smarter than Kelly will ever be. How much more embarrassing can you get CBK? Turn that gauntlet machine Brian. Its right in front of your face. You want so badly to be in the NFL that you are forgetting the little things.

  5. tttrojan4life says: Aug 18, 2013 2:47 AM

    I’m sure that weasel Kelly tried to talk him out of it.

  6. 1historian says: Aug 18, 2013 7:41 AM

    fnc & trojan – up to your usual standards with trash spewed from the anonymity (and safety) of cyberspace

    some things never change

  7. coachbeck says: Aug 18, 2013 9:06 AM

    Started the final 11 matches ?

    What forum am I in?

  8. tony34343434 says: Aug 18, 2013 9:29 AM

    Funny that anyone rooting for USC would talk about being a weasel.

    USC paid Reggie Bush
    Oj Mayo
    they have an infamous killer OJ as a role model.
    they break every rule in the book, cheat, do anything to win.

    Lane Kiffin, yes that is a stand up guy!! lol

  9. fnc111 says: Aug 18, 2013 3:20 PM

    historian stop calling me out. I’m not a puppet like you are for CBK. God bless the first amendment.

  10. tttrojan4life says: Aug 18, 2013 8:34 PM


    1. covered up rape
    2. avoided taking responsibility for a fatal accident that happened on his field
    3. Knew and covered up imaginary girlfriend so his player could gain sympathy and the Heisman
    4. Has made a mockery out of ND and their rich and proud tradition.

    I thought I was being kind by calling him a weasel.

  11. mediocrebob says: Aug 18, 2013 10:29 PM


    Notorious cheaters. Most famous player of all time is a murderer. Most successful coach bails on school when he realizes they’ve been caught cheating. Then hire the biggest POS in college athletics in Kiffin.

    Those are all facts. The nonsense you threw out is what the Irish haters want to believe. Can’t wait to watch Kiffin choke some more this year. Hope he’s at $C for a long time. BK will abuse him.

  12. tttrojan4life says: Aug 18, 2013 10:33 PM


    Try to stay on topic. We are discussing ND/BK.

  13. mediocrebob says: Aug 19, 2013 9:36 AM


    Try to remember, nobody likes a cheater. So when you’re a cheater and try to call someone else a weasel, you don’t stand a chance.

  14. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 11:38 AM


    I was totally with you about Kelly being a weasel, killing a videographer, and possibly being in on the whole gf hoax but you are dead wrong about the “rape” of Lizzy.

    Trust me, ND did everything by the book and that girl was NUTS. No rape. No such thing took place. You can’t destroy another persons life after there was no factual evidence against him. On the other hand OJ is finally getting his just dessert. Pun included.

    Kelly is the biggest dbag ever but I don’t root for him I back an excellent bunch of men on the field. Go Irish! Hopefully we see a great game in October.

  15. tttrojan4life says: Aug 19, 2013 12:47 PM


    I am not part of the USC coaching staff. I didn’t cheat at anything. Blasting USC does not absolve BK of anything.

    Perhaps I should change my handle, it seems it has caused you great confusion.

  16. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 12:57 PM

    We already know Kelly is a dirty liberal. My gut says Lane votes closer to the center of right. That already puts CBK behind the eight ball. Isn’t that pathetic that Lame Kiffin is a better person than Kelly??? You’d never think that by watching them on the sidelines, minus the USF pic that circulated.

    GO IRISH!!! Fellas just block out that idiot Kelly and play ball. Wonder how Kelly will try to lose to Meatchicken this year? Kelly is s fraud.

  17. baldyscotsman says: Aug 19, 2013 2:33 PM

    Wow, i have read this site for a long time without commenting but i just can’t do it anymore. FNC11, we get it. You don’t like BK, You don’t like his past decisions, or any future ones he will make. I am just wondering if you called ND to see if you could interview for the open position when Weis was let go? Did they laugh b/c you have never coached before or b/c you are a known tool? i have never understood and and i will never understand why there are always a few people that continue to spew the internal hate when they have no way of backing anything they say up.

    Go IRISH!

  18. mediocrebob says: Aug 19, 2013 3:03 PM


    The fact that FNC is your backing is enough for me to label you. I’m sure you wish you had a coach like BK. A coach that does it the right way. Doesn’t cheat. You u$C people are too funny.

    I don’t think anyone who backs Pete Carroll or Lane Kiffin has any room to say anything about Brian Kelly. Especially without correct facts. You were probably one of the guys saying how racist UND was for firing Willingham right? Silly Trojans.

  19. tttrojan4life says: Aug 19, 2013 3:27 PM


    You are all over the place. Again you are confused- I am not in any way associated with the SC coaching staff, nor did I at any time back PC or LK. I have all the room in the world to criticize ND/BK. You are acting as if I am Lane Kiffin himself. Willingham!?!? Where did that come from?

    You are delusional. Your sense of reality is way off.

  20. mediocrebob says: Aug 19, 2013 5:28 PM

    Read carefully Trojan. I said that you’re probably the type of person who claimed UND was racist for the firing of TW.

    You’re anger towards BK makes little to no sense considering one of your points is clearly just something you wished was true and the other event has since been resolved.

    I don’t care if you coached/played with $C. Your argument is on the basis of your dislike for UND and the football program. All of your reasons are going on at least two years of being resolved/proven to be false.

    Remind me who’s delusional again?
    Go Irish

  21. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:14 PM


    Who wants the pressure of being stupid enough to allow a kid up on a lift in 50 MPH winds? Not me.

    Did you apply for the ND job? How’d it go, you know the interview process?

    At least i have the balls to call em like i see em, unlike a subservient like you. Go back to socialist Europe you’ll do just fine.

  22. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:24 PM


    Hear me out! These so called ND fans on this site are people that have never even stepped foot on the ND campus.

    You need to talk with fans that actually go to the games like me. I am proof of the fact that these “fans” will cry their way to get you off their board if you don’t go all communist and agree with everything they say. You’ll get nowhere with tools like mediocrebob. I’ve never bashed any of these guys all year until today. They are very narcissistic. You state an opinion and they get personal and classless. Real ND people are not like that.

    The ND players are first class. The fans that go to the games are the same way. Kelly should’ve been fired in October of 2010. What can I say the university made a mistake.

  23. fnc111 says: Aug 19, 2013 6:33 PM

    Meanwhile, baldy enjoys all decisions made by CBK. The killing of a videographer? Baldy agreed with it.

    Skipping a FG against Tulsa? He also agreed with that decision.

    Benching Lynch and Tuitt so scUM could win in 2011? Yup again. Oh yea that loss had nothing to do with the Turnover Machine TR. Whatever y’all saaaaay!

    Fail to offer a scholarship to Kevin Hogan so he could lock up the genius Everett Golson instead.

    Should I keep going? Anh why keep going on and on? Kelly’s a real genius.

  24. mediocrebob says: Aug 19, 2013 6:54 PM

    Ha great couple of posts FNC. How many games will you be at this year? I was only at 2 last year in south bend but I was in east Lansing and Miami for the NCG. I’m sure you had field passes though.

    I don’t agree with everything posted. I also don’t agree with 75% of what you say. You’re so predictable it’s not even fun anymore. Get creative at least.

    I’m also not going to sit back and take any bashing from an $C fan unless warranted.

    You on the other hand continue to impress with your far off predictions (6-6 last year right). Keep em comin bud. I

  25. tttrojan4life says: Aug 19, 2013 7:12 PM


    Despite ND being SC’s only rival, ND fans are some of the best. ND and SC are the only two teams that have never faced a D-2 team, they are the most storied programs in CF history.

    As for Bob, he is totally delusional. If he has kids, he should go spend time with them and take stock in his life. It’s OK to like your teams, but the depth of his anger is disturbing.

  26. mediocrebob says: Aug 19, 2013 8:22 PM

    Great rebuttal

  27. mediocrebob says: Aug 19, 2013 8:52 PM

    Just sayin, anyone that comes on an article about a kid who loses the chance to play football due to medical reason to talk trash on his football coach is probably the one that needs to evaluate his life and “spend more time with his children”, whatever that means

  28. baldyscotsman says: Aug 20, 2013 8:23 AM


    First of all, no i don’t agree with all of BK’s decisions. I choose to look at his decisions in a way that does not personally attack him. His track record is that he is a very good coach, i do not know him personally so i don’t know his political views or his family life so i can not and will not comment on things i do not know about. You can, i will not. Regarding all his mistakes you mentioned, Declan Sullivan was a tragedy, nothing less. Yes, i believe it could have been prevented and i think it should have been. But hindsight is always 20/20 and it is very easy to say should, woulda, coulda after the fact.

    Second, the FG. Easy again to second guess after the fact. i understood the thought process of BK, did i like losing to Freaking TULSA! No but when you have MF on a small corner and you tell your QB to throw it high and he throws it short then it was a stupid decision? If the throw was perfect and MF scored a TD would it have be Great? I don’t know..just my two cents.

    Regarding the benchings of Lynch and Tuitt..that is a coaches call, not mine. i don’t know the circumstances behind those and neither do you, so how can you say that was a bad call? Do you have some crystal ball saying that if they would have played ND would have won? If you do i would like to borrow it and call vegas.

    Regarding your Scholly offer to Kevin Hogan. When Hogan was being recruited we had Gunner, Everett, Tommy and Andrew. So poor choices by Everettt and transfer by Gunner have put us the spot we are now with the QB’s, I would have thought we were pretty good at QB last year, so why offer Hogan? Again, just my 2 cents.

    Finally, i am not trying to impead your 1st amendement rights by saying you can not say what you want on this board, i am just asking that you spew a little less complete hatred and try to look at all sides before you type.


  29. baldyscotsman says: Aug 20, 2013 8:27 AM

    Well Said bob,

    How many are you going to this year? I am going to dallas with my family but i don’t know if i will be able to make any to south bend this year. I was at 2 last year and that was a Miracle..

  30. mediocrebob says: Aug 20, 2013 9:22 AM


    I’ll be in Ann Arbor and I’ll be at Oklahoma. We do a big trip with about 20 of my cousins and uncles and a game hasn’t been chosen yet.

  31. baldyscotsman says: Aug 20, 2013 9:24 AM

    Sweet, i was at Oklahoma last year at OU. I live in MO so the drive was a little better than to South Bend and the Game was Awesome! Hope you have a great time and Go IRISH!!

  32. mediocrebob says: Aug 20, 2013 10:29 AM

    Thanks. Dallas should be a cool event. Tough matchup too. Enjoy and go Irish.

  33. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 20, 2013 2:30 PM

    fnc111 says:
    Aug 19, 2013 12:57 PM
    We already know Kelly is a dirty liberal. My gut says Lane votes closer to the center of right. That already puts CBK behind the eight ball. Isn’t that pathetic that Lame Kiffin is a better person than Kelly??? You’d never think that by watching them on the sidelines, minus the USF pic that circulated.

    GO IRISH!!! Fellas just block out that idiot Kelly and play ball. Wonder how Kelly will try to lose to Meatchicken this year? Kelly is s fraud.

    If you assertion here is that Lane Kiffin is a better person than Brian Kelly because of how he votes, then you’re a bigger idiot than most on this forum.

  34. mediocrebob says: Aug 21, 2013 7:56 AM

    Dude is clueless (FNC). His life must be miserable.

  35. irishking says: Aug 21, 2013 8:58 AM

    There is life after football and I am glad that Spond chose that route rather than risk some terrible damage to his brain.

    As for Brian Kelly, the man is a very good coach and his record speaks volumes.

    I love college football and I am tickled that ND is back into the thick of things. It should be a very exciting season.

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