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Keith Arnold

  1. Notes from afar

    Sep 23, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT

    I’m not going to pretend like I’ve been attending the Tuesday practices open to the media each week. But I definitely have been reading the practice reports from writers who have been attending practice each week, so consider this a crib sheet from one of the more interesting practice sessions the Irish have had this…

  2. And in that corner… the Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 23, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    Little has gone right for the Purdue Boilermakers the past two weeks. After outplaying Oregon in the always intimidating Autzen Stadium, Purdue inexplicably lost to Northern Illinois, giving the Big Ten another black-eye courtesy of the MAC. New coach Danny Hope has brought a new attitude to West Lafayette that hasn’t been seen in last…

  3. Analyzing the mistakes

    Sep 23, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    After coming out crisp in the opening game against Nevada, the Irish have shot themselves in the foot the past two games with penalties, late hits, and sloppy play. The guys upstairs took a look at the penalties against Michigan State, including one play where the Irish had at least 14 guys on the field…

  4. Tuesdays with Charlie: Purdue edition

    Sep 22, 2009, 4:26 PM EDT

    Charlie Weis sat down for his Tuesday press conference this morning, and he immediately addressed the question on everybody’s mind. No, Jimmy Clausen doesn’t have a broken foot. “The MRI came back negative other than the turf toe,” Weis said. “So rumors of him having a broken foot and being done for the year are…

  5. Notre Dame – Stanford series might end in 2011

    Sep 22, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Notre Dame-Stanford series may be coming to an end, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The Irish are scheduled to play the Cardinal through the 2011 season, but have yet to reach on agreement on an extension. Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby cited the Irish’s insistence on playing no more than four road games…

  6. Establishing a killer instinct

    Sep 22, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    I spent last night rewatching parts of the Michigan State game, trying to figure out why the score was as close as it was. On the Irish’s first drive of the second quarter, they had a chance to bury the Spartans and put them in a hole that could’ve changed their entire offensive identity. To…

  7. A wide receiver needs to step up

    Sep 21, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    This isn’t going to be a column about filling Michael Floyd’s void. If you’re looking for one of those, I suggest you check here, here, here, or here. (My personal favorite is Frank Vitovitch’s at UHND.com… very extensive.) I could go on for paragraphs about the need for Duval Kamara or Shaq Evans to become…

  8. The good, the bad, the ugly: Michigan State

    Sep 21, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    We’re almost 36 hours after the dust has settled in South Bend, and the Irish walk away from the game with a 2-1 record. It’s certainly not what people hoped for, but not a doomsday scenario. While the 33-30 victory was too close for comfort, and the see-saw performance once again calls into question the…

  9. Victory: it always sounds terrific

    Sep 20, 2009, 11:59 PM EDT

    Some great footage from the guys over at Irish Illustrated, of the post game victory celebration. That’s the way you need to walk off the field after a home game.

  10. Mr. Floyd is done for the season

    Sep 20, 2009, 4:14 PM EDT

    Many Irish fan’s worst fears were confirmed this morning by head coach Charlie Weis, as he revealed that Michael Floyd’s regular season is over. “The only thing I do know, Floyd was going to be operated on this morning,” Weis said. “I would anticipate him missing the rest of the regular season and being available…

  11. That's what he said: Charlie Weis — with video!

    Sep 20, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    After the game, a relieved and happy Charlie Weis spoke to the press. Here’s what he said:

  12. ND band highlights: The MSU edition

    Sep 20, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    The band got off to a quick start, opening up in the spread before playing a rousing version of West Side Story, a big crowd favorite. The woodwinds on “Tonight” whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and some said gave Brian Smith and the linebacking crew a little extra energy in the second half. Again,…

  13. The highlights: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 20, 2009, 12:13 PM EDT

    Before we all start worrying about Michael Floyd, the woeful defense, and everything else that wasn’t pretty, here’s a quick video recap of the game, courtesy of the video guys.  

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 19, 2009, 8:30 PM EDT

    When Kirk Cousins’ pass to a wide-open Larry Caper sailed over the  receivers head in the back of the end zone with just over seventy seconds to play in the game, the Irish got something they had been searching for all season: A break. Cousins’ very next throw was intercepted by safety Kyle McCarthy, effectively…

  15. Notre Dame vs. Michigan State — Live Blog

    Sep 19, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT

    Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

  16. Yep, he punched him.

    Sep 19, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Earlier in the week, we all spent a few too many minutes scouring YouTube for footage of Michigan linebacker Jonas Mouton throwing an upper-cut under the helmet of Notre Dame center Eric Olsen. Irish fans spent much of the week complaining that the Big Ten refs that officiated the game missed more than a few…

  17. Weekend primer: Will Irish answer the bell?

    Sep 18, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT

    There’s little doubt that neither the Irish nor the Spartans wanted to be in the position that they’ll be in tomorrow. When the final whistle blows, one team will be looking at a 1-2 record. One team will be answering tough questions that are usually reserved for a team that has been left for dead.…

  18. That's what he said: Charlie Weis

    Sep 18, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    A quick recap of Weis’ press session on Thursday: * Dan Wegner missed practice earlier in the week, but he’s clear to go for the game this weekend. * No new injuries to report, although James Aldridge isn’t ready to go yet. “I don’t think he’s ready to hit somebody with his shoulder yet,” Weis…

  19. Talk back: more chatter with those folks from East Lansing

    Sep 18, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Earlier in the week, we talked with LVS of The Only Colors, a Michigan State blog that’s attitude is “Nothing wrong that a trip to South Bend can’t fix.” Well, for some reason he found me reliable enough to talk intelligently about Notre Dame football. (He obviously didn’t see last week’s live blog.) After a…

  20. Irish face a stout test in the middle

    Sep 18, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    This Saturday’s game against Michigan State is full of storylines that have a familiar ring to Irish fans. A rival that recently has Notre Dame’s number. A must-win game for head coach Charlie Weis. A chance for Notre Dame to bounce back from disappointment. One thing uniquely singular is the man in the middle of…

  21. Jon Tenuta: The video tells it all…

    Sep 17, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jon Tenuta doesn’t look like he’s having much fun talking about his defense. Maybe I’m understating that. Jon Tenuta looks like he’d rather wait in line at the DMV, paint the guest bathroom a light coral color, and then sit down and catch Ghost Whisperer with his wife, than answer these questions. Especially when someone…

  22. That's quite a nice tip for a LaFortune delivery gal…

    Sep 17, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT

    Yahoo! has the market covered for silly stories that somehow get me to click on them. (Meet the world’s new tallest man..? Okay!) Last night when I was doing some digging on the Spartan’s, Yahoo! ran a headline with the Golden Dome as the image and a teaser that said, “$29,000 tip makes trouble.” Color…

  23. Pictures, pictures, pictures

    Sep 17, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    Our friends over at MGoBlog had this to say about the overturned screen pass to Armando Allen. Our friends over at NDNation had this to say about the officiating last weekend. I’ve got my own opinions, but it’s worth reading both sides of the story, and then agreeing with NDNation making up your own mind.

  24. Mr. Floyd update: He looks nimble

    Sep 17, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Thanks to Ben Ford of the Elkhart Truth for the proof that a gash on the knee won’t stop one of Notre Dame’s two Heisman candidates good players from being ready this weekend. Ben’s video of Mister Michael Floyd working the knee out was the calm reassurance that I’m going to need as I keep…

  25. That's what he said: Mark Dantonio

    Sep 17, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mark Dantonio met with the press yesterday and discussed his upcoming game with the Fighting Irish. Here’s what he said: On moving past last week’s loss: I think it’s important that we move forward. Certainly, we need to focus on the solution here, what the problem was, critique the problems that we had, plan forward,…