Pinkett: Irish need 'a few bad citizens' to win

Pinkett: Irish need 'a few bad citizens' to win
August 29, 2012, 5:46 pm
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According to Allen Pinkett, one bad egg won't spoil the whole bunch. In fact, for Notre Dame football, a few bad eggs is what could breed success for the Irish.
In an interview with WSCR on The McNeil and Spiegel Show today, the former Notre Dame running back and current Irish radio analyst Pinkett said that in order to have a successful team, you "gotta have a few bad citizens." Pinkett referenced Ohio State's recent successes, noting that "they would have two or three guys that were criminals."
Pinkett said having a few law breakers suit up every Saturday gives a team an edge and chemistry, as opposed to having a team full of "choir boys."
"You get your butt kicked if you have a team full of choir boys," Pinkett added.
Quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were suspended for the Fighting Irish's season opener against Navy in Dublin, and running back Cierre Wood and defensive end Justin Utupo were suspended the first two games of the season for violating team rules.
I dont want any mass murderers or rapists. I want guys that maybe get caught drinking that are underage, or guys that maybe got arrested because they got in a fight at a bar," Pinkett said, "or guys that are willing to cuss in public and dont mind the repercussions of it.
And he wasn't misquoted or taken out of context, either.
I absolutely meant that, he told McNeil and Spiegel. Chemistry is so important on a football team. You have to have a couple of bad guys that sorta teeter on that edge to add to the flavor of the guys that are going to always do right. You look at the teams that have won in the past. They always have a couple of criminals."View the story "Pinkett: Irish need 'a few bad citizens' to win" on Storify