Thanks for stopping by the Notre Dame chat earlier today to catch up on all that's happening around the program. For a full transcript, click here.
The highlights ...
Don (Indiana): with kiel enrolling is there talk that hendrix, gholson, or rees might transfer? will they all get a fair chance to start or was kiel promised a starting poistion?
Matt Fortuna (2:17 PM): Don, Kiel's father has said his son knows the challenge he is walking into. I doubt the staff would promise him anything more than a fair shot to win the job, which I'd imagine the other 3 QBs will get as well.
Dave (El Paso, TX): Was the 2011 season an improvement from the 2010 season? Also, was it a good idea to extend Coach Kelly's contract now or should ND have waited until he at least took the Irish to a BCS bowl?
Matt Fortuna (2:23 PM): Dave, on the surface it's tough to say 2011 was a vast improvement over 2010 given the same record, but I do think this was a far better team and, had there not been that little turnover issue, it could have been a 10- or 11-win season. As for the second part of your question, yes, it was a good idea. An extension shows the school's faith in Kelly moving forward and is a strong sign of stability, especially for recruits.
Ernie (Pleasantville, New York): Who would you consider the favorite to land the Armstead brothers?
Matt Fortuna (2:30 PM): Ernie, I'm under the impression that a delay doesn't help Notre Dame, but I wouldn't rule them out completely. I think the last-minute switch of Tosh Lupoi from Cal to Washington really jolted him, and he needs more time to evaluate his options.
Scott (Phoenix): With Gunner Kiel now in the mix at qb, do you think that Tommy Rees might transfer since Andrew Hendrix seems to fit Brian Kelly's offense better? Will Everett Golston ever get some snaps?
Matt Fortuna (2:39 PM): Scott, I think you have to keep in mind that Hendrix knew he would play in the bowl game, had more reps in practice with Dayne Crist gone and only started one drive against FSU. If a player transfers, it will be because he is No. 4 and knows he will never climb up the ladder; it won't be because another QB just committed. If that's the case, he shouldn't be at ND to begin with.