1) I never said the Hibbits/Donlon matter was the root of the issue
2) I openly said that JBs comments after the game were likely based on emotion, as he generally is composed
3) I tried to be extremely diplomatic toward the situation and JB in particular when others here are calling for his head. I clearly said I don't think there's a rift
That said, since my 12/31 practice nuggets note that Donlon that he wasn't vocal at all, it has been obvious to my eye that the defense has been nothing short of pathetic.
Additionally, I have a few messages in my inbox from coaches/those who have attended practices in recent weeks that can verify the same - Billy Donlon simply isn't involved, at least vocally, in practice at this point.
Whether there's a 'rift', I don't know and I'm not going to speculate, but it is an odd dynamic that a guy who was once said to be a 'defensive coordinator' is silent during practice.