Former Notre Dame star: Irish need 'bad citizens'
August 30, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
Former Notre Dame All-American Allen Pinkett knows exactly what the Irish need in order to become a power again in college football: A few "bad citizens."
Pinkett, who serves as the team's radio analyst, didn't stop there during an interview Wednesday on The McNeil and Spiegel Show on 670 The Score in Chicago.
"I've always felt like to have a successful team you've got to have a few bad citizens on the team," Pinkett said. "That's how Ohio State used to win all the time. They would have two or three guys that were criminals and that just adds to the chemistry of the team. I think Notre Dame is growing because maybe they have some guys that are doing something worthy of a suspension which creates edge on the football team.
"You can't have a football team full of choirboys. You get your butt kicked if you've got a team full of choirboys so you've got to have a little bit of edge. But the coach has to be the dictator and the ultimate ruler. Here's my opinion: You don't hand out suspensions unless you know you've got somebody behind that guy that can make plays."
Pinkett didn't stop there, even when given the chance to backtrack.