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Gunner, over and out

And who didn't see this coming from several nautical miles away?

Gunner Kiel transferring from Notre Dame is the least slap-your-forehead moment since that bit about the sun coming up in the East. There wasn't a close observer of Notre Dame football anywhere who didn't see it coming once Everett Golson took command of the Irish offense and led it to the national championship game.

And, yes, already there's no shortage of voices in Domer Nation willing to pile on the kid, especially given his history of flightiness -- i.e., committing to Indiana and LSU and then changing his mind both times. Some have even suggested Brian Kelly enact the most reprehensible rule in college sports and ban the kid from transferring anywhere but an FCS or second-tier conference school.

(Which, of course, neither he nor any coach in America should have any right whatsoever to do. These are college kids, not indentured servants, even if that's how they're treated in big-boy college sports these days).

Anyway ... it's hard for me to work up that sort of indignation about a college kid's decision to transfer. With Golson in ascendance, he wasn't likely to play at ND anyway barring injury, so why not go somewhere he can?

And, please, don't call the kid a quitter because of this, as several Domers have. If he's a quitter, so is every coach in America who jumps ship to higher-profile programs. I mean, Kelly himself left Cincinnati because he knew he had a better shot at sustained national prominence at Notre Dame. How's that different from what Kiel's doing?

Ben Smith's blog.