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Notre Dame HC Marcus Freeman Sets Record Straight on Online Classes Comments

June 15, 2022

It was always going to happen. 

The summer was going to turn into a circus with Marcus Freeman returning to Ohio State week one, but not many expected it to start from Notre Dame’s first-year head coach being misquoted by a national writer. 

CBS national college football writer Dennis Dodd is at the center of attention for his story on Freeman taking a shot at Ohio State’s academics. (Which shouldn’t be a surprise as CBSHQ has stolen ISD content at an alarming rate recently)

The Ohio State media picked it up and ran with it. 

Yet, Freeman didn’t take a shot at Ohio State in this case. Freeman reached out to his former teammate, Bobby Carpenter, and went on Morning Juice on 97.1 The Fan on Wednesday morning to clear the air. 

"That's why it was important for me to reach out to you specifically because I wanted to set the record straight,” stated Freeman. “I was misquoted by Dennis Dodd in this article and keywords and context were missing from the quote that upset a lot of people that I care about. 

"I'm very proud of my two degrees from Ohio State. I would never discredit the quality of education those degrees represent. I was specifically talking about the academic rigors at Notre Dame. Notre Dame has 8,500 students and online classes were not part of the standard curriculum and before COVID, they weren't even offered.” 

Before his appearance on Columbus radio, Freeman obtained the audio from Dodd and read his exact quote to the CBS writer. 

"When I was first made aware of this quote making rounds yesterday in a negative way, I was surprised,” Freeman explained. “I walked away from that interview with Dennis Dodd and had no sense of anything I said would offend anybody. 

"I asked him to share with me the audio, so I could hear exactly what was said. I wrote down - here's exactly what was said: 

"Their study habits are formulated every day. You can’t cheat academics at Notre Dame. If I didn’t go to class at Ohio State, 60,000 students. Cincinnati, another big public school. There are 40,000 students. If you don’t go to class, ok. Take some online classes. Show up for your final. At Notre Dame you are forced every day to go to class, but it formulates this work capacity, this learning capacity."

Quite the difference in what was written vs. what was said and why Freeman wanted to make sure those in Ohio knew he wasn’t taking a shot at the Buckeyes. 

“The only reason Ohio State and Cincinnati were referenced because they were large schools with a large student body in comparison to Notre Dame, which is a small school with 8,500 students,” Freeman said. “That's why it was important for me to reach out to you because I wanted to make sure what I said was actually reported.

"I would never disrespect Ohio State. I would never say you don't go to class. I went to class. I'm sure you did. We had classes and we made sure we went to class. I would never say that and disrespect my alma mater." 

September 3rd can’t come soon enough. 

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