With Notre Dame losing in the national championship to Alabama, four-star linebacker Alex Anzalone has decided that he will add to the heartache of the folks in South Bend.
Instead of suiting up for the Irish next season, Anzalone has decommitted and will take his talents to the Florida Gators.
Irish Illustrated was one of the first to report the news:
This isn't the first time Anzalone has been in the news for something like this, as he decommitted from the Ohio State Buckeyes in early 2012 after a weird incident with a convicted sex offender. This decommitment just added fuel to the fire for a fanbase that is already upset at having its perfect season end so suddenly. He was expected to enroll to Notre Dame this week, but decided to flip-flop once again.
So once fans discovered the news, Anzalone was on the receiving end of many angry Tweeters.
Note: Anzalone was receiving hundreds of tweets once the news broke. Many were not appropriate to feature in this article. Here are some of the nicer ones.
One Irish fan says the commitment should have been to the program, not the head coach.
Somehow Manti Te'o got brought into the conversation, but it sure didn't involve any Heisman Trophies.
@alexanzalone_24 u couldn't even hold manti's jock strap— Sean Griffin (@SeanDGriffin) January 10, 2013
Stephen Kaplachinski believes that once you make a commitment, you stick by it.
@alexanzalone_24 biggest mistake of your young career.When u grow up you will learn what integrity means. Sad.— Stephen Kaplachinski (@Trek21) January 10, 2013
Anzalone has his character questioned by another Irish fan:
@Oalexanzalone_24 if it's true, u have no backbone. None. No one can rely on someone that does this @ the last minute.— Actor Danny Hayden (@DannyHaydenSAG) January 10, 2013
But not all Notre Dame supporters are big meanies:
@alexanzalone_24 Sorry to see you go. Don't let them get to you. This is your life. UF is a fine school, just make sure you get that degree— Paul Nelson (@NDIrishManiac) January 10, 2013
There is one Notre Dame fan who may be ready to throw in the towel after hearing the news:
Someone decided to remind Anzalone that Florida didn't do so well in its BCS bowl, either:
@alexanzalone_24 wow..Great show of character from you..Florida looking Better than ND after they got smacked by a lesser team in Louisville— Michael Jenoff (@MJenoff) January 10, 2013
Louie thinks that Anzalone won't be able to hack it in the competitive SEC:
@alexanzalone_24 Good luck bud. SEC talent is going to run you out the building and Scout Team is your new home— Louie Ruszkowski (@LouieRutz) January 10, 2013
Could the four-star player really have changed his mind that much?
Even Brett Favre is tired of hearing about @alexanzalone_24 's recruitment on ESPN.— The Duke (@SonofaM1tch) January 10, 2013
It is so tough being a top recruit these days:
@alexanzalone_24 i think I'm going to OSU nah I'm going to ND but maybe UF no ND I'm done.. then UF. What a clown get over yourself— Chris Amos (@chrisamos22) January 10, 2013
Could Te'o save the day?
Murnane (@What_Red_Thinks) January 10, 2013
And the tweet of the day goes to...
@alexanzalone_24 i'd hate to be behind you in a drive thru...you'd change your mind three times before you get to the window— Thomas Cory (@tcory42685) January 10, 2013
It will be interesting to see if this commitment is the one that finally sticks for Anzalone.