SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leaves the field after a game against the Temple Owls at Notre Dame Stadium on September 2, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. The Irish won 49-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)In an era when quarterback transfers have hit an all-time high, it is natural to think that Notre Dame’s Phil Jurkovec, a former four-star recruit, might be exploring his options.Notre Dame entered the year with senior Brandon Wimbush installed as the starter.He impressed early in the team’s win over Michigan, but the offense struggled over the next two games.Wimbush threw three interceptions in a 24-16 win over Vanderbilt, and managed just 122 yards through the air in a 22-17 victory against Ball State.Ian Book replaced him in late September, and impressed en route to Notre Dame’s College Football Playoff berth. He has two years of eligibility left, which leaves Jurkovec, who obviously wants to play, in a precarious position.Phil Jurkovec has no interest in transferring from Notre Dame football, though.After briefly appearing in two games this season, Jurkovec should have his four years of eligibility intact.He spoke to the South Bend Tribune about his experience this year, and his plans moving forward.The returning status of Book, who still has two seasons of eligibility remaining, won’t deter Jurkovec. He said he intends to stay at Notre Dame and push for playing time.“It’s hard not playing, but I’m never going to stop competing,” Jurkovec said. “I’m always going to keep testing the defenses and keep competing with Ian. I’m going to try my hardest to get on that field somehow.”That doesn’t mean Book needs to be looking over his shoulder.“I’m always going to be supportive of him,” Jurkovec said. “We’re all gunning. All the young guys here, we’re all gunning for the starting spots. We’re never going to stop that.”Jurkovec was a four-star member of the class of 2018, ranked No. 83 overall in the country. 247Sports had him at No. 4 among dual-threat quarterbacks and No. 2 in Pennsylvania at that year.Obviously if he was to hit the transfer market, as so many quarterbacks blocked on the depth chart do, he’d have plenty of suitors. Notre Dame fans should be relieved that he plans to stay in South Bend and compete for the QB1 job for the long haul, especially with the likelihood that Brandon Wimbush leaves as a graduate transfer.[South Bend Tribune]
OTTAWA — A federally struck expert panel says the government should create a new agency to oversee rolling out a national pharmacare program.The panel is making two other interim recommendations this morning, including developing a national list of drugs so coverage is the same across the country and spending to gather better data on prescription medications.The government says it will consider the panel’s interim recommendations while it awaits a final report due this spring.By fall, pharmacare is to be dangled in front of voters with the New Democrats promising a universal, public program if elected and the Liberals are expected to make a similar campaign pledge.The Canadian Institute for Health Information says drugs are the fastest-growing component in health spending but unlike hospital care and doctors’ visits, most people’s medication needs aren’t covered by public health insurance.An analysis by the parliamentary budget officer estimated a broad coverage regime would cost $20 billion a year.