In Philadelphia this weekend, you won’t have to text message while driving or buy that Notre Dame NBC iPhone APP.
At least for one week anyway.
The season-opening game against Purdue will be broadcast live Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on 97.5-FM The Fanatic and 950-AM ESPN.
The game will be televised live on NBC10.
While the big news is that Brian Kelly will be replacing Charlie Weis as head coach, NBC gets kudos for replacing Pat Haden with Mike Mayock as color commentator.
Haden was an anomaly in broadcasting, a Rhodes Scholar who played for the arch-enemy. But not just any demon. He quarterbacked USC, the Evil Empire, and spanked the Irish, 55-24, in 1974, in one of the greatest comebacks ever, trailing 24-0 at one point at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Anthony Davis’ pagan end-zone dancing still mocks any fan from that era.
Haden gets to replace Mike Garrett, another USC tailback who was mired in the most recent USC scandal, as athletic director.
As an announcer, Haden was objective and insightful. Far from the homers that inundate the Notre Dame radio booth.
Mayock is a BC grad and will not pull punches, either. He’ll no doubt have plenty to say about Jimmy Clausen’s departure and his successor, Dayne Crist.