Late in a mid-December press conference meant for Marcus Freeman to be able to put a bow on the Notre Dame football recruiting class that he helped assemble and then rescue from crumbling, a big-picture flash hit him.
“I was thinking about it today,” Freeman said of his new job, nine days after his introductory media gala as Brian Kelly’s successor as ND’s head football coach. “And I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I ever want it to be where it’s, like normal.’
“I don’t know. I think you’ll undervalue, under-appreciate this opportunity. And so, I hope every day I’ll walk into this office, I’m like, ‘Man, I’m the head coach at Notre Dame.’ You know?
“Because that, to me, is what drives me to make sure that I don’t ever look past this opportunity that I have right now.”
The opportunity immediately ahead of the promoted 35-year-old Irish defensive coordinator is Saturday’s Fiesta…