If this is true, this is both funny and absurd.
On Tuesday, Michigan radio host Sam Webb revealed a way Notre Dame is going about its recruiting in order to deter recruits away from the Wolverines. It has nothing to do with football.
And, it has everything to do about Detroit’s crime rates. Take a look at what Webb said:
“‘Young man, parents of young man, you gotta be aware over there in Ann Arbor. Have you seen the crime rates in Detroit? Have you seen the murder rates, the violent crime rates in Detroit? … It just might not be a safe environment in Ann Arbor.’
“Now if you’re not from around here, if you’re from out of the country, you see that and you think, “If I go outside, I’m going to get robbed!” You might think that, if you see some of these numbers.
“Why on earth would you bring up the crime rate of Detroit when you talk about Michigan? Is it at all relevant?
“But, it’s something that came up. It’s something that had to be addressed.”
Again, this is a bit absurd. Ann Arbor is nearly an hour away from Detroit. Worrying about crime rates many miles away from a collegiate campus is, well, unnecessary.
Negative recruiting surely goes on across the country. But, this type of negative recruiting is a bit different. Should Michigan and other teams go into recruit’s homes and talk about towns 45 minutes away from Notre Dame’s campus and how bad they are?
What does that have to do with Fighting Irish football?
If true, Notre Dame may want to think of another strategy to downplay Michigan. For starters, it may want to beat Michigan to open the 2018 season on Sept. 1 when the Fighting Irish host the Wolverines.