First and foremost, Notre Dame lost its offensive coordinator when Chuck Martin left to take the head coaching gig at Miami (Ohio). But for the media covering Notre Dame, the loss of Martin was the loss of the most quotable person in the program, someone who often was refreshingly honest and adept at dropping one-liners.
Access to assistant coaches has been drastically cut over the years -- the last time Martin was made available to the media at Notre Dame was in August -- but there's still plenty of excellent soundbites here.
Since taking over as offensive coordinator prior to the 2012 season, here's a selection of some of Martin's better quotes:
On his practice dynamic with Brian Kelly:
"The tough thing is, we both want to be the bad cop. We're usually in a race to get there first so we could be the bad cop and force the other guy's hand to be the good cop. So I've out-flanked him in practice, I like the cheat up as the cadence goes to where I'm almost behind him, so if I want to unload I can really get on him and force (Kelly) to be the good cop." (Aug. 16, 2012)
On preparing for Alabama:
They don’t give up squat running, and we know that. Four tailback runs over 15 yards in 12 games -- I always look at, you try to gain some confidence if you look at the big run tape and the big pass tape, the big run tape I’m like ‘did we do all 12 games?’ There’s only four on here, and one was in the fourth quarter against a team that was like 86-0 so I didn’t even count that one because there’s no numbers on the field for Alabama that I recognized. (Dec. 17, 2012)
With Everett Golson, on when Golson became comfortable as Notre Dame's quarterback:
Golson: "I think having that from the beginning of the season, I kind of had to. I can remember the first time being‑‑"
Martin: "You can still tell he's more comfortable out there playing than talking to these yahoos." (Jan. 4, 2013)
With Golson, when Golson was asked what the best advice he's received was:
Golson: "The best advice?"
Martin: "Better be something I told you."
Golson: "Let me see. The race is not given to the swift or the strong. I'm paraphrasing. But‑‑"
Martin: "I definitely didn't tell him this one." (Jan. 4, 2013)
With Golson, when asked about how it feels to play in the biggest game of your life:
Golson: "Is this for me?"
Martin: "I'm not playing, dude. The spread would be a lot higher if I was." (Jan. 4, 2013)
On what's next for Notre Dame after losing to Alabama:
"We would certainly like to think we're not going to take a step backwards. That doesn't mean we're going to play in the National Championship game every year, obviously that's very difficult. But the fact we can show up in the fall and that can be a realistic goal, we want to be in the BCS every year and hopefully get back to this game, and hopefully get back to this game where we play a lot better when we get here. That's the goal, no doubt, at Notre Dame." (Jan. 7, 2013)
On what his takeaway was from the Alabama loss:
"Don't get down 21-0 after three possessions." (March 22, 2013)
On Notre Dame players being in the spotlight:
"They understand that they're good football players, they don't get why there's all these people googling over every move they make. Tommy Rees woke up at three in the morning and had the sniffles -- if he Twttered that, it'd be big news." (Aug. 22, 2013)
On Golson's expulsion from Notre Dame for the fall semester:
"That's what I don't understand when people say 'I can't believe it.' I'm like, no you can't, because he's a Notre Dame football player, starting quarterback, and we forget that you take the helmet off, he's just a bumbling teenager trying to figure out life, where his next meal comes, where his next day is coming from. They're high school, college age kids, and like I say they got a lot of opportunities to make bad decisions." (Aug. 22, 2013)
On Tommy Rees' arm strength:
"I'm a defensive guy. Would I respect Tommy Rees' arm strength? Probably not." (Aug. 22, 2013)
On whether Notre Dame got lucky in 2012, specifically against Pittsburgh:
"I've heard 20,000 times, 'you gut lucky the guy missed the field goal.' Like I don't even get that, because that's a moron that watched one play out of 170 plays. Three plays before, we fumbled untouched going in the end zone. Did they get lucky on that one? Because if Cierre (Wood) scores, which it's a joke he didn't, they're not even kicking a field goal. They're 4th and 8 and they gotta go for it." (Aug. 22, 2013)