The Marty Smith Podcast: Mike Golic Jr. Talks Being an ‘Irrational Fan’ When It Comes to Notre Dame Football

by Chris Haney

This week on The Marty Smith Podcast, our host welcomed Notre Dame standout turned analyst Mike Golic Jr. to the show to talk plenty of college football. With the 2022 NCAA football season upon us, and the first full weekend of games coming up, the guys had lots to get into this episode.

Most football fans will know Golic Jr. from his time on ESPN where he worked from 2016 to 2022. Others may know the 32-year-old as the son of Mike Golic Sr., who was also a staple on ESPN for years on the Mike & Mike show. Like father, like son applies to Golic Sr. and Jr. in more ways than one, not just their jobs as ESPN analysts.

Golic Sr. played as a defensive lineman for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the first half of the 1980s. He was part of a golden era in South Bend, Indiana that saw the university win national championships in almost every decade from the 1920s through the 1980s. A little over 20 years later, Golic’s son would follow in his father’s footsteps when he played as an offensive lineman for Notre Dame. So, it goes without saying, but the Golics bleed navy blue and gold.

The guys talked to Golic Jr. about calling Notre Dame games and asked if he’s looking forward to calling any this season. That’s when the former Fighting Irish O-lineman got candid, and it’s refreshing to know that players are just as ridiculous as fans are about our universities and teams.

“Last year, I got lucky and I called so many games in the Notre Dame window. I don’t need that stress in my life,” Golic Jr. amusingly admitted on The Marty Smith Podcast. “Cause as calm as I sound about it now, I’m not okay on Notre Dame game days.”

Mike Golic Jr. Explains His ‘Irrational’ Notre Dame Fandom

For Mike Golic Jr., his connection to Notre Dame began when he was born because of his dad. Therefore it’s been a lifelong love that only intensified once he signed to play for the university himself. It had a whole new meaning while playing in front of Touchdown Jesus in South Bend on Saturdays. Yet once he left the school, the football analyst joked he turned back into the “irrational” Notre Dame fan he’d always been.

“I went from being a fan growing up to a player and understanding I had an impact on the outcomes. It was great. And I went right back to being a completely irrational fan on the other side,” Golic Jr. hilariously said.

One of the best examples of that is when Golic Jr. first started to work for ESPN. During Week 1 of the 2016 season, he flipped out over Texas beating Notre Dame 50-47 in overtime.

“That’s really one I’m not proud of, man,” he said as everyone shared a laugh.

Mike Golic Jr. Shares Hilarious Story Proving He’s an ‘Irrational’ Fan Like the Rest of Us

Golic Jr. was in Charlotte, NC on assignment with ESPNU when he first started working with the network. He was at a producer’s house preparing for their college football show and everyone decided to watch the big game together.

“It’s the third quarter, like the end of the third quarter, and it’s a one-score game,” Golic Jr. explains on The Marty Smith Podcast. “And I get up, and I go, ‘I have to go back to the hotel room because I don’t want you guys to see me this way. We’re all getting to know each other and I need you guys to respect me when we walk back out here to do the show next week.'”

As the guys continue to laugh, Golic Jr. continues his story. He really did leave and go back to the hotel. And it might’ve been for the best. The double overtime thriller came down to a last-second Longhorns TD for the win. Let’s just say Golic Jr. didn’t handle it well.

“And I just, in that moment, completely blacked out. I had one thing in my hand, and it was the hotel remote control. And I just knee-jerk yucked it. Thankfully, I am a wildly inaccurate passer. So it hit the wall and shattered in pieces… I did my best and left an extra tip there, a little something for the troubles. But it was not my finest moment,” Golic Jr. shared as everyone was in stitches.

Make sure to check out Mike Golic Jr.’s entire interview on The Marty Smith Podcast in the video above. You can also tune in to his full conversation on Spotify, Apple, or wherever else you listen to your favorite podcasts.