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Keith Arnold

  1. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

    Nov 10, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT

    Lloyd Carrington, Everett Golson

    Give Brian Kelly credit. He found an appropriate nickname for the egg the Irish laid Saturday afternoon, dubbing it, “The Debacle in the Desert” during his Sunday post mortem teleconference. That game shook the core of the Irish, with Everett Golson’s five-turnover afternoon ending Notre Dame’s playoff chances in a first half from hell.

  2. Five things we learned: Arizona State 55, Notre Dame 31

    Nov 8, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

    Lloyd Carrington, Everett Golson

    While countless variables exist on every single snap in football, there are still a few universal truths that govern the game. Notre Dame found that out the hard way, as five turnovers and an inability to protect the quarterback flushed the Irish’s College Football Playoff chances down the toilet.

  3. Live chat — Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

    Nov 8, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    Join us for the live blog during the Notre Dame-Arizona State game.

  4. ASU Mailbag: Here comes the sun

    Nov 7, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

    New Era Pinstripe Bowl - Rutgers v Notre Dame

    With an early flight to Phoenix and a kickoff at a little after 1 p.m. local time, let’s hammer out a Friday evening mailbag. Some interesting questions that I hope delivered some satisfactory answers.

  5. NCAA clears Eilar Hardy, able to play against ASU

    Nov 7, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

    Navy v Notre Dame

    Notre Dame senior safety Eilar Hardy has been cleared for competition by the NCAA, opening the door for him to play this weekend against Arizona State. Hardy was one of five Irish football players held out of action after an academic investigation ultimately cost DaVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams their seasons.

  6. Pregame Six Pack: The showdown in the desert

    Nov 7, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

    William Fuller, Julian Whigham, Durell Eskridge

    A tumbleweed blows by. Dust kicks up. Todd Graham saunters into the foreground, space-aged headset just off his cheek. Brian Kelly steps out from behind a saloon door. No, this isn’t the O.K. Corral, but Saturday’s (just after) high-noon showdown certainly has some drama baked into it.

  7. Morgan now the man in the middle for the Irish

    Nov 6, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Nyles Morgan

    From the moment Nyles Morgan signed his letter-of-intent with Notre Dame, most saw him as the team’s future at middle linebacker. An early pick by most experts to be one of the first freshmen to play, Morgan’s ascent into the starting lineup is one we all saw coming, but yet surprised us just the same.

  8. ASU Mailbag: Now Open

    Nov 5, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

    New Mailbox

    Send in any questions below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  9. Kelly begins defending Notre Dame’s strength of schedule

    Nov 5, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly, Brady Hoke

    As we enter the second week in the ridiculous, made-for-TV selection committee rankings for the College Football Playoff, a few things have been made clear.

  10. And in that corner… The Arizona State Sun Devils

    Nov 5, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Jaelen Strong, Dominique Hatfield

    With the College Football Playoff’s selection committee deeming this a Top 10 matchup, Notre Dame travels to Tempe for its best opportunity at impressing the voters. As a narrow underdog to Todd Graham’s Sun Devils, the Irish are facing a stiff test against an Arizona State team with an improving defense and growing confidence.

  11. Sun Devils present major challenge for Irish (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    USC v Arizona State

    Brian Kelly met with the local media on Tuesday to discuss Notre Dame’s trip to Tempe this weekend. And the battle with Arizona State certainly has Brian Kelly’s attention.

  12. VIDEO: 30 Seconds to Know: 1st Down Moses

    Nov 3, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT

    first_down_moses

    For as much attention as Touchdown Jesus has garnered, it’s only one of the great campus landmarks that’s been re-appropriated for football on Notre Dame’s campus.

  13. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Nov 3, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    For as exacerbated as most Notre Dame fans were watching the Irish hang on for dear life (again!) against Navy, the response from the team and their coaches was much different. Facing a healthy Keenan Reynolds and a Navy team that picked themselves up off the mat and fought back after falling behind 28-7, there was no apology given for beating the Midshipmen 49-39 in a wild game Saturday night.

  14. Schmidt lost for season with ankle injury

    Nov 2, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

    Joe Schmidt

    Fears of a serious ankle injury were confirmed for Notre Dame linebacker Joe Schmidt. X-Rays taken Sunday revealed a broken ankle and a dislocation, ending the season for the Irish’s leading tackler. Head coach Brian Kelly confirmed the news Sunday.

  15. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 49, Navy 39

    Nov 2, 2014, 1:59 AM EDT

    Tarean Folston, Parrish Gaines, Daniel Gonzales, George Jamison

    It seemed too easy, didn’t it?

    Notre Dame’s offense was rolling. The Irish were on pace for 860 yards after the first quarter. Looking unbeatable, Everett Golson was throwing strikes, Tarean Folston was cutting through Navy’s defense and Brian VanGorder’s first attempt at slowing down the Midshipmen’s triple-option attack found enough stops to build a 28-7 lead.

  16. Live Chat — Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Nov 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Navy v Notre Dame

    Join us for the live blog during the Notre Dame-Navy game.

  17. Mailbag madness: Questions, questions and (longer) questions

    Nov 1, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Hope everybody had a spooky night and is ready for a hopefully less frightening evening against Navy. Let’s get to your questions. Or should I say manifestos.

  18. Pregame Six Pack: Another scare from Navy

    Oct 31, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

    USA Today Sports

    As Notre Dame and Navy meet for the 88th straight time, we reach a familiar time of year and a particularly scary Saturday for the Irish. As ghosts and goblins prepare to roam the streets in search of trick or treat, the Irish coaching staff receives its annual scare in the form of a triple-option offense and a football team with nothing to lose.

  19. Irish defense prepares for difficult option test

    Oct 30, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    With a little over 48 hours until Notre Dame and Navy play, the final pieces of installation around going in before the chess match between two coaching staffs take place. For the Irish, defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder gets his first chance at stopping the triple-option in over a decade.

  20. Navy Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 29, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

    New Mailbox

    Drop your questions below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  21. Niumatalolo: Navy needs to be perfect to beat Notre Dame

    Oct 29, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

    Ken Niumatalolo, Emmett Merchant

    For a man that’s had more success against Notre Dame than any of his predecessors over the past two generations, Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo certainly doesn’t think he’s figured out the Irish. In fact, for his Midshipmen team to win, Niumatalolo acknowledges that it takes more than just his team playing near-perfect football. He needs Notre Dame’s help as well.

  22. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Oct 29, 2014, 12:21 PM EDT

    Keenan Reynolds, Justin Utopo, Cole Luke

    With last night’s announcement had all eyes on the first announcement of the College Football Playoff rankings, the immediate concern is Navy. While we can spend the next five weeks worrying about the view from 30,000 feet, credit Brian Kelly for understanding that the Midshipmen present the most clear and present danger.

  23. Notre Dame ranked 10th in first Playoff rankings

    Oct 28, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT

    Tennessee v Georgia

    The first College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday evening. And Notre Dame has some work to do. The selection committee’s first ballot has the Irish slotted in at 10th in the country, a middle-of-the-pack one-loss team according to the 12-person voting panel.

  24. Kelly on cut blocks: “Stop being crybabies”

    Oct 28, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT

    Keenan Reynolds, Justin Utopo, Cole Luke

    With a week off between Florida State and Navy, Brian Kelly and his coaching staff had an extra week of preparation for Ken Niumatalolo’s triple-option attack. Allowing his team to leave campus during the university’s fall break, Kelly afforded his players a chance to recharge their batteries after being on campus since June.

  25. Can Brian Kelly recapture his November magic?

    Oct 27, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    Among the many reasons Charlie Weis lost his dream job coaching Notre Dame was the Irish’s stumbles in November. Even with a guaranteed 10-year contract, Jack Swarbrick couldn’t watch Notre Dame melt down in November for another year, with Weis’ final two seasons ending with Notre Dame going 1-9 after Halloween. That’s a scary movie franchise that needed killing, no matter the expense.