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Keith Arnold

  1. Irish need to rally against UConn

    Nov 21, 2009, 1:02 PM EDT

    Maybe I’m one of the last people following Notre Dame to believe this, but I still think the football team is playing for something. Obviously today, they play for the seniors. But more importantly, they’re playing for personal pride, and to prove that last year’s swoon wasn’t something embedded in this team’s DNA, but a…

  2. That's what he said: Charlie Weis

    Nov 20, 2009, 2:30 PM EDT

    Charlie met with the media yesterday for a quick ten-minute pit stop. Here’s what he said. * Regarding the punting situation: “Oh it was wonderful. It was a thing of beauty. I haven’t talked to Brian yet because we punted again today, but if I had to guess, I think he would start the game…

  3. Teen's wish comes true at Notre Dame this weekend

    Nov 20, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    While Senior Day brings emotions not usually seen on the football field, some of the most cherished memories this weekend will come from someone stepping onto the field at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time. Fifteen-year-old Jacob Krauss has always dreamed of hitting the field inside the hallowed stadium, but his aspirations haven’t been…

  4. Polian reflects on his time in South Bend

    Nov 20, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Brian Polian met with the media yesterday and was in a particularly reflective mood. Having watched the video of his interview a dozen or so times, it’s very clear that the coaches are well aware that the end may be near. No comments I’ve seen up until know have been as telling as these by…

  5. And in that corner… the UConn Huskies

    Nov 19, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    It’s tough not to cheer for UConn. After what the school has gone through in the month since Jasper Howard was murdered, the football team has seen games slip from their grasp in every conceivable way possible. While I’ve tried to watch as much of the Huskies as possible to get ready for this Saturday’s…

  6. Senior moments

    Nov 19, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    With this being the last home game, I thought it’d be fun to gather some quotes from some of the guys who will be playing their final home game at Notre Dame Stadium. But then Ben Ford of the Elkhart Truth did a much better job than I would, so I scrapped the plan. Instead,…

  7. Here we go again…

    Nov 19, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Lost in this week of coaching speculation and doomsday ravings is the fact that there’s a football game this Saturday. Not just any game, but the final home game of the season and senior day at Notre Dame stadium. Last season’s senior day provided the low water mark of the Charlie Weis era: a loss…

  8. Irish athletes top NCAA Graduation Success Rate

    Nov 18, 2009, 8:38 PM EDT

    Notre Dame athletes lead the NCAA in the 2009 NCAA Graduation Success Rate Survey, the NCAA announced yesterday evening. Nineteen of the 22 Irish teams posted graduation rates of 100 percent and none fell below 93 percent. All 11 women’s programs graduated 100 percent of their athletes. Men’s baseball, basketball, cross country/track fencing, golf, lacrosse,…

  9. Brian Kelly hasn't been contacted by Notre Dame

    Nov 18, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly is the name most aligned with the Notre Dame coaching job if athletic director Jack Swarbrick and the university’s administration decide to make a change at head coach. But Kelly has yet to hear from anyone at Notre Dame or through any third parties about the potential job opening. When talking with Dan…

  10. Frazer's return highlights recruiting's challenges

    Nov 18, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Zach Frazer will walk onto the field at Notre Dame Stadium Saturday and start at quarterback, fulfilling a dream he had when he became the first high profile recruiting commitment of the Charlie Weis era. That the dream is coming true isn’t a testament to Frazer’s patience, but merely a coincidence that Notre Dame is…

  11. Weis has no knowledge of any decision on his future

    Nov 17, 2009, 1:38 PM EDT

    For those expecting fireworks during Charlie Weis’ standard Tuesday press conference, they were disappointed. With Weis’ Sunday press conference canceled Sunday, he took the first segment of the presser to answer questions regarding the Pitt game then moved straight on to UConn. Still, the most interesting bit from the press conference came when he asked…

  12. Cliff Notes guide to the case against Charlie

    Nov 17, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    I’m not here this morning to change anyone’s opinion. Most of us have made up our mind on what the fate of Charlie Weis should be. But if I have a complaint, it’s when the big dogs come out and weigh in on a coach under fire. Dan Shaughnessy, one of the finest sportswriters in…

  13. Gruden locks in "exclusive extension" with ESPN

    Nov 16, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    In what has to be one of the more carefully crafted news releases I’ve ever read, Jon Gruden and ESPN have “agreed to an exclusive multi-year agreement with the company. Gruden has made a commitment to remain with ESPN.” As our friend Mike Florio over at PFT discussed, this could mean just about anything, and…

  14. Swarbrick talks buyout and coaching status

    Nov 16, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Credit Matt Hayes of The Sporting News for getting to Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. Hayes was able to get a rare comment out of the man sharing the spotlight under the Golden Dome with besieged head coach Charlie Weis. When Hayes asked Swarbrick if economics would play a factor into the decision to…

  15. The good, the bad, the ugly: Pitt

    Nov 16, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    So I took Sunday off from writing about the Irish. Mental health day let’s call it. It was a beautiful November day in Southern California,  not a cloud in the sky, a temperature you might as well have dialed up on the thermostat, and I had myself a nice lazy Sunday. I have a feeling…

  16. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Nov 14, 2009, 11:32 PM EDT

    It’d be so much easier if things were cut and dry. But once again, Notre Dame loses, and it doesn’t even begin to tell the story. For much of the game, the Irish were shut down offensively, failing to get into the red zone for the entire first half while the defense held it’s own…

  17. Irish need to win with style

    Nov 14, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    Having never met Jack Swarbrick and having no idea how the man thinks, I can only assume that he’s a smart guy with a better grasp on Notre Dame football than just about every person out there. There is no one who knows Charlie Weis better, no one who can judge the work of the…

  18. Weekend Primer: Interesting Framing by ESPN…

    Nov 13, 2009, 10:47 PM EDT

    … Watching the promos for the ND-Pitt game tomorrow, interesting choice by the ESPN brass to show one of the only big plays that Golden Tate didn‘t make this year, where a go route falls from his hands against Michigan that would’ve been a sure touchdown… Wonder what angle we’ll be hearing about tomorrow on…

  19. Deciphering what Pitt we'll see

    Nov 13, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    I’ve thought long and hard about this weekend’s game. (A loss like the Navy game will do that to you…) Yet the more I think about Pitt, the more I’m just not sure of what we’ll actually see out there. I understand that the AP Top 25 has Pitt ranked eighth, the BCS has the…

  20. And in that corner… the Pitt Panthers

    Nov 13, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    This weekend’s matchup with No. 8 Pittsburgh certainly got more interesting with Notre Dame’s shocking loss to Navy. What looked like a battle for a BCS bid now looks like a battle for Charlie Weis’ survival. Pitt has slowly worked its way up the rankings, and has ascended into the top ten for the first…

  21. Brown takes issue with Navy coach's comments

    Nov 12, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    (UPDATED WITH VIDEO) Before Corwin Brown spoke about the upcoming game with Pittsburgh, he had to get something off his chest. Specifically, Brown took issue with Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo’s comments in his postgame press conference, where he made a comment that started with “I really hope this doesn’t come across wrong,” that called out…