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Aug 11, 2010

Diaco’s Battle Cry: B.I.A.

Pardon the slang, but ND’s defensive pursuit drill just got real. Watch and listen to Bob Diaco motivate his first, second, and expanded third units in Irish Illustrated’s Wednesday practice clip:

“Can’t force it. It’s gotta be real,” said Diaco as he hustled left to right across the frame in a green long-sleeved shirt and a hanging ND beach hat that is en vogue with the new staff.

“I'm gonna keep it real today...we're gonna be the team we want to be, we're gonna be the team we want to be for real.”

Coaches and players transition units by shouting, among other chants, the acronym B.I.A.: Best In America.

Brian Smith, in an August 8 interview, suggested Diaco’s message isn’t lost in the emotion: “It’s just a new philosophy. We want to be the best in America. We don’t wanna be the ‘Oh, those guys are good’ or ‘That was great.’ We want to be hands-down the best in America. And we strive to do that every day in practice so come game time it’ll be second nature.”

Any coach could say it’s a goal, but what’s impressive is how Diaco has turned it into more than hard-to-reach motivation. With B.I.A. and related chants, Diaco has infused excitement and camaraderie while still increasing focus on actual football skills.

Our players looked more engaged in the drill than they did right before most of last season’s games. Their swaying and bouncing motions suggest that Diaco is coaching swagger into them. Former coordinator Corwin Brown was animated, but Diaco takes it to a new level.

It doesn’t hurt that Diaco runs on and off the field with players during unit switches. The players look like they want to get to work and, most importantly, Irish defenders looked prepared to run through a wall for their coordinator.


  1. The "D BOYS" look like they might be starting to find that Fighting Irish swagger that our great defenders in the past like Zorich, Golic, and Bolcar had.

  2. Bobby D coming up with more great material, asking who wants to be known as the "most feared tackler in the country."



2012 Notre Dame Football Schedule

2012 Notre Dame Football Schedule
DateOpponent / EventLocationTime / Result
09/01/12vs. Navy Dublin, IrelandW, 50-10
09/08/12vs. PurdontNotre Dame, Ind.W, 20-17
09/15/12at SpartyEast Lansing, Mich.W, 20-3
09/22/12vs. SkunkbearsNotre Dame, Ind.W, 13-6
Shamrock Series
10/06/12vs. Da UChicago, Ill.W, 41-3
10/13/12vs. TreesNotre Dame, Ind.W, 20-13 (OT)
10/20/12vs. BYU Notre Dame, Ind.W, 17-14
10/27/12at Oklahoma Norman, Okla.W, 30-13
11/03/12vs. Pittsburgh Notre Dame, Ind.W, 29-26 (3OT)
11/10/12at Backup College Chestnut Hill, Mass.W, 21-6
11/17/12vs. Fake Worest Notre Dame, Ind.W, 38-0
11/24/12at U$C Los Angeles, Calif.W, 22-13
1/7/13vs. AlabamaBCS CHAMPIONSHIP
(Miami, Florida)
L, :(