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Keith Arnold

  1. Catching up with… Shane Walton

    Sep 24, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    One of my favorite Irish football players past or present is Shane Walton. Walton’s story has been well documented. Recruited as a soccer player to Notre Dame, Shane was given the chance to walk-on during spring practice. After a handful of practices, coach Bob Davie and the defensive staff knew they had someone special, and…

  2. The Verducci honeymoon

    Sep 24, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Let’s be honest: Notre Dame fans are madly in love with Frank Verducci. The honeymoon is in full bloom. The once downtrodden offensive line has made leaps and bounds this year under the first year offensive line coach and running game coordinator. I have suspect that if Verducci credited the line’s outstanding play to a…

  3. Rudolph named Tight End of the Week

    Sep 23, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

    Kyle Rudolph’s performance against Michigan State has garnered national attention. The Nassau County Sports Commission announced Wednesday that Rudolph was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week. Rudolph’s six catches for 95 yards were key to the Irish victory last week, and his 52-yard catch and run was the longest play from scrimmage…

  4. Armando in the Wildcat

    Sep 23, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    By popular demand, we’ve got Armando Allen running the show in the Wildcat. The Irish had two touchdowns out of the formation against Michigan State, one a really well blocked run by Allen, and the other a perfectly executed pass from Allen to Robby Parris. The video guys do a great job of dissecting just…

  5. Kyle McCarthy… Doin' work.

    Sep 23, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    With a hat tip to both Kobe Bryant and Spike Lee, Kyle McCarthy has been “doin’ work” this season. The 5th year senior has been all over the field, leading the Irish in tackles and coming up with key interceptions during both the Michigan and Michigan State game. Check out McCarthy’s highlights from the victory…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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… very extensive.) I could go on for paragraphs about the need for Duval Kamara or Shaq Evans to become…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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:

  17. 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,…

  18. 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.  

  19. 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…

  20. Notre Dame vs. Michigan State — Live Blog

    Sep 19, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT

    Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

  21. 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…

  22. 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.…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…