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Keith Arnold

  1. Eric Olsen and Rocket Ismail fire up the fans

    Oct 16, 2009, 7:36 PM EST

    If you see any typos, please excuse them, as my hands are still thawing out. Just walked into the hotel after a long day but figured I’d give a quick update on the pep rally. For those of us who haven’t been back to campus in a few years, there has been a ridiculous amount…

  2. Reporting live from campus

    Oct 16, 2009, 5:18 PM EST

    So after a cramped 6:00 AM flight from LAX amidst equal parts Trojan and Irish fans, we arrived at the lovely O’Hare airport. We were greated by a crush of traffic on I-90, doubled back, got lost in another mess of traffic, ended up back at O’Hare, headed toward Wisconsin before finally getting on I-294…

  3. Descending on South Bend

    Oct 16, 2009, 9:00 AM EST

    As you read this, I’m sitting on a plane on my way to South Bend for the big weekend. (Full disclosure: I’m writing this well past my bedtime, as I make final preparations for the big weekend. Thanks to the magical power of time-delayed postings, I can write this without depending on American Airlines to…

  4. Catching up with… Ryan Harris

    Oct 16, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    So “Catching Up” was on a little bit of a bye week. But we’re coming back with a thunder this week and better late than never. After doing some hunting, I finally tracked down Denver Broncos right tackle Ryan Harris. Ryan is one of my personal favorites — he’s a graduate of both Cretin-Derham Hall…

  5. Jimmy vs. Matt

    Oct 15, 2009, 8:00 PM EST

    Steve Clarkson, the private quarterback coach who tutors both Jimmy Clausen and Matt Barkley sat down with ESPN’s Mike Hill to discuss the weekend ahead. It’s a fairly in-depth interview where Clarkson does his best to break down the strengths of both quarterbacks (as well as pump the tires of the private quarterback coach who…

  6. Different perspective on weekend matchup

    Oct 15, 2009, 7:01 PM EST

    I think I’ve read about 3,000 different game previews (which is why I haven’t given you one), but I just stumbled across one that I think is pretty unique. Football Outsiders is a website with the tagline “Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis,” about –yep, you guessed it — football. I’ve got them in my RSS feed,…

  7. Spotlight should be on Tenuta

    Oct 15, 2009, 5:00 PM EST

    While much of the talk this week has been about Charlie Weis and his lack of a “signature win,” if there’s one coach that should be in the crosshairs this week it’s defensive playcaller Jon Tenuta. Tenuta was handpicked by Weis to turn an upstart defense filled with young but promising players into an elite…

  8. And in that corner… the USC Trojans

    Oct 15, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    Enough has been said about the recent dominance of the USC Trojans that it doesn’t warrant me talking about it as well. But I read one stat though that was particularly grim. 70% of Notre Dame’s roster has yet to see the Irish score a touchdown against Southern Cal. Dan Woike has certainly seen plenty…

  9. Watch live game action this Saturday from your laptop

    Oct 14, 2009, 8:45 PM EST

    I just got a bit of good news from the higher-ups here at NBC Sports. While many of you have followed the game action with me during our epic live-blog sessions, a common question from the peanut gallery has been, “Where can we watch the game online?” For the first time ever, I’m able to…

  10. Trojans hard at work preparing for a sloppy track

    Oct 14, 2009, 7:30 PM EST

    Or something like that… Good to see the Trojans are staying loose before the big game.

  11. Sarkisian weighs in on looming Irish-Trojans showdown

    Oct 14, 2009, 5:00 PM EST

    Buried inside Ivan Maisel’s preview of Saturday’s game was an interesting tidbit from Washington coach, and former Southern Cal offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian’s Husky squad is the only team to have played both USC and Notre Dame, toppling Southern Cal earlier in the year 16-13 in the final seconds before losing to the Irish…

  12. Herbie looks at the Irish

    Oct 14, 2009, 1:20 PM EST

    ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, one of the more rational national voices out there, took a quick look at the big game Saturday. If you’re interested in the WWL’s perspective on the game, here you go. (And if you aren’t, enjoy the ad for Butters and South Park. I’m a huge fan of Butters, should be a…

  13. A closer look at Weis' words

    Oct 14, 2009, 12:30 PM EST

    Chances are you’ve already latched on to Weis’ disclosure that #3 would be out running around at practice and getting back in the swing of things so he’ll be “ready for Pittsburgh Navy.” I’m convinced Pitt/Navy/whatever game is in early November/it-doesn’t-matter-because-the-season-is-this-Saturday is really code word for 5-wide sets or red-zone offense, or motivational tool, or…

  14. Carroll understands the challenge ahead

    Oct 14, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    While you’ll get me thoughts on Charlie Weis’ press conference a little bit later, I thought it’d be worth taking a look at Pete Carroll’s press conference from yesterday and hear what he had to say about the Fighting Irish. Living in the heart of Trojan country, I have a chance to hear from Carroll…

  15. Tuesdays with Charlie: USC edition

    Oct 13, 2009, 4:21 PM EST

    I’ve got plenty of thoughts on today’s press conference. But until then, here’s the video of Charlie Weis’ comments. It’s pretty clear that this weekend isn’t just another game.

  16. Mr. Floyd shall return (just not in time for USC)

    Oct 13, 2009, 12:52 PM EST

    I’ve been holding off on blatant speculation, but Charlie Weis delivered good news to the Irish faithful today in his press conference remarks when talking about the status of sophomore wide receiver Michael Floyd. “Today is the first day we’re letting him run around in pads,” Weis said. “The players will be surprised to see…

  17. Clausen's Heisman hopes hinge on clash with Trojans

    Oct 13, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    As autumn takes hold and the football season enters its seventh week, the landscape unique to each college season slowly reveals itself. For a Heisman race that was one of the most highly anticipated in memory, what has emerged was not necessarily expected, but still filled with intrigue. With last year’s Heisman finalists all returning…

  18. Galippo feels slighted by Weis

    Oct 12, 2009, 3:30 PM EST

    You know it’s officially USC week when stories like this start popping up: USC middle linebacker Chris Galippo said it last year and he still feels the same: No hard feelings. But Galippo admits that he especially looks forward to being in the starting lineup when the sixth-ranked Trojans play at Notre Dame on Saturday.…

  19. Recruiting stakes high this weekend

    Oct 12, 2009, 1:00 PM EST

    While the game on the field will take precedent, the Irish have stacked the deck for recruiting this weekend in South Bend. 17 top recruits will be in South Bend on official visits (and countless more unofficially), making this one of the more important weekends in recent Irish memory. Those recruits include all-everything prospects Seantrel…

  20. Bye weeks have been kind to Irish

    Oct 12, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    With Notre Dame coming off of a bye week, I decided to do some digging into the Irish’s history of playing after a week off. There is good news: the Irish have had great success after a week off — a 61-14-2 record since 1900. The extra week of practice and preparation should help the…

  21. Weekend off propels Irish into top 25

    Oct 11, 2009, 4:19 PM EST

    Hope everyone enjoyed their bye weekend, and I’m still in the midst of enjoying mine. With playoff baseball, a full slate of NFL and NCAA football, the Presidents Cup, and the NHL getting started, I’m getting dizzy just trying to keep up. As I suspected, the Irish finally worked their way into the Top 25…

  22. What to do on a bye weekend?

    Oct 9, 2009, 4:30 PM EST

    Never mind the football team, I think collectively Notre Dame football fans need a break after the heart-stopping fashion that the Irish started the season. Not that I’m looking forward to a weekend off, but there’s a bit more calm as Saturday approaches, a bit more openness to my schedule. That mid-afternoon block that is…

  23. Tate named AT&T Player of the Week

    Oct 9, 2009, 12:30 PM EST

    This news was released yesterday by the Notre Dame SID office: Notre Dame junior wide receiver Golden Tate has been named the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award following the fifth week of college football action, AT&T announced today. In the only major college football award chosen exclusively by fans, more than 50 percent…

  24. Irish coaching staff hits the recruiting trail

    Oct 9, 2009, 8:00 AM EST

    With a well deserved bye week this weekend, Coach Weis and his staff turn their attention to recruiting. While next weekend’s game against USC will be the premiere on-campus recruiting weekend, this weekend allows CW and his staff to hit the recruiting trail and see some of the top talent in the country. Expect Charlie…