Notre Dame’s Marcus Freeman flips the script on a reporter coaching his son in flag football during a news conference

Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman was able to turn the tables with a member of the media earlier this week.

Tim O’Malley, a writer for the Notre Dame football program, coaches Freeman’s son, Nico, in flag football. Nico was playing in the sophomore and junior championship game earlier this week when two plays didn’t go as planned, so the Notre Dame coach put O’Malley to the test.

Freeman emphasized his team’s failure to score twice in the red zone and a trap play that went wrong.


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Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman during the Aer Lingus College Football Classic game between Notre Dame and the Navy Midshipmen at Aviva Stadium, Dublin. (Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

“Two trips to the red zone, zero points. One play was a reverse pass that was intercepted in the red zone. What do you think of the red zone play?” » asked Freeman.

“They were attacking the race so much with Nico and Nolan that I thought I could drop one over the head,” the journalist replied.

But Freeman wasn’t done. Apparently his son had scored a touchdown that was called back because he only carried one flag instead of the required two.

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Marcus Freeman of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the second half at Notre Dame Stadium on September 23, 2023, in South Bend, Indiana. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

“Whose responsibility is it to make sure the young man carries two flags?” » asked Freeman.

“I think that would be the guy in the group, which would be me,” O’Malley began. “But you might be able to blame Coach Staley on the sidelines.”

Freeman wasn’t a fan of the response.

“Oh, you’re passing the blame! Come on, Tim! You have to own it now!”

Another reporter talked about O’Malley’s coaching.

“I thought Tim’s game plan was good. They just didn’t always execute it,” the other report said, drawing laughter from Freeman.

Marcus Freeman reacts

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Marcus Freeman reacts during a college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 23, 2023, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Joe Robbins/Sportswire Icon via Getty Images)


The 14th-seeded Irish host Pittsburgh on Saturday, so Freeman put his coaching hat back on after playing reporter for a few minutes.


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