Oct 11, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT
Sorry about the mailbag getting pushed back. Yesterday (and the last 48 hours) were pretty hectic. As the Irish get set to take the field against the Tar Heels, let’s get to some questions.
Oct 11, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT
You probably didn’t expect to see Elijah Shumate and Cole Luke among the most important players on the emerging Notre Dame defense. But the junior safety and sophomore cornerback were both thrust into starting roles, with captain Austin Collinsworth injuring his knee 48 hours before the season opener and cornerback KeiVarae Russell losing the season due to an Honor Code violation discovered this summer.
Oct 11, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT
While the game is now in the rearview mirror, tight end Ben Koyack and quarterback Everett Golson were kind enough to relive their 4th-and-11 winning touchdown connection for NBC’s production team.
Oct 10, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT
While the fate of Notre Dame’s five suspended players has yet to be confirmed by anyone officially involved with the investigation, cornerback KeiVarae Russell will not play in 2014. The preseason All-American candidate has received news from Notre Dame’s Honor Committee and addressed his teammates with the news on Thursday, two different sources confirmed.
Oct 10, 2014, 12:18 PM EDT
After a week of imminent distractions, Notre Dame gets prepared to take to the field and get to 6-0. On Saturday, only North Carolina stands in their way, not the Honor Code hearings still lingering on, nor the uncertainty of teammates still in a holding pattern after an academic indiscretion was uncovered in late July.
Oct 9, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly met with the media on Thursday after practice. As The Observer’s Mike Monaco points out, it’s the 23rd different time he’s met with the media since Rev. John Jenkins and Jack Swarbrick announced their academic investigation on August 15th.
Oct 9, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT
Last week, Notre Dame beat Stanford thanks to shutting down Stanford’s Ty Montgomery. The most explosive athlete on the Cardinal roster, Montgomery had already put together some highlight reel moments this season, showcasing a 40-inch vertical and game-breaking ability on special teams.
Oct 9, 2014, 11:36 AM EDT
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Oct 8, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT
Notre Dame started the all-important month of October off with a win against Stanford. This weekend they return to their new ACC roots, welcoming Larry Fedora’s North Carolina squad to South Bend. The Daily Tar Heel’s Daniel Wilco gets us ready for this Saturday’s game.
Oct 7, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT
Sandwiched between big-time, national matchups, Notre Dame and North Carolina meet this Saturday in South Bend. And while Irish fans have been calling this game a trap since August, Brian Kelly talked a little bit about the mindset that’s needed when dealing with a schedule that includes headliners and landmines, all worth the same at the end.
Oct 7, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT
Notre Dame has added the all important quarterback to their recruiting class. Former Penn State commitment Brandon Wimbush has joined the Irish recruiting class, officially flipping his commitment after a weekend visit to South Bend.
Oct 6, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT
The shockwaves from a crazy college football Saturday are still being felt. But after beating Stanford 17-14, Notre Dame is one of the few Top 10 teams that survived and advanced this weekend, with Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and UCLA all getting tripped up.
Oct 5, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT
In the middle of a busy football weekend, Notre Dame began its 2016 recruiting class with a key building block. Blue-chip offensive line recruit Tommy Kraemer pledged his commitment to the Irish, the first member of the junior class to commit to Notre Dame.
Oct 5, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT
With Notre Dame’s academic investigation closed and the Honor Code committee meetings completed as of Friday, the fate of football players DaVaris Daniels, Eilar Hardy, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams will be determined sometime next week. But for those expecting some gigantic statement out of the university, it’s not happening.
Oct 4, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT
Anatomy of a soul-crushing defeat: Back-breaking turnovers. Missed scoring opportunities. Wasted performances. The Irish looked like they had put together the perfect recipe for a painful loss through 57 rain-soaked, wind-swept minutes in Notre Dame Stadium. But Everett Golson and the Irish offense rallied for a game-winning touchdown drive, helping the Irish pull off a wild 17-14 victory over Stanford Saturday afternoon.
Oct 4, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT
Fall weather came in a hurry. With temperatures in the mid-70s earlier this week and expected to be back there as of Monday, Stanford was welcomed to South Bend by temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, a stiff wind and rain all but assured this afternoon.
Oct 4, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT
With a game against Stanford just hours away, Brian Kelly sat down with NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen to discuss his team, the first quarter of the season, and the challenge still ahead.
Oct 3, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
I’ve been told that the wonderfully simple mailbox imagery I’ve open-sourced from the internet isn’t cutting it. So we’ve made some changes to reflect our new attitude in the mailbag.
Oct 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
It wasn’t long ago that a game with Stanford was a Saturday you might skip. On a schedule loaded with rivals, it was hard to consider the Cardinal one of them. But in a matchup that’s only missed two seasons since 1988, the battle between the two programs has taken flight, mostly thanks to the advancement of the football program in Palo Alto.
Oct 2, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT
Early in Brian Kelly’s tenure at Notre Dame, the Irish had a particularly painful Saturday. No, it wasn’t the demoralizing loss to Michigan, where Denard Robinson ran his way into the record books — and Notre Dame’s end zone with 27 seconds left — to beat the Irish 28-24.
Oct 1, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT
As we slowly unravel the many plot lines that’ll likely collide on Saturday in Notre Dame Stadium, I took to the time machine and rewatched the Irish’s 20-13 victory over Stanford. With No. 7 Notre Dame outlasting the No. 17 Cardinal on a rainy Saturday in South Bend, the instant classic revealed a few things I found surprising.
Oct 1, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT
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Oct 1, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT
As the calendar turns to October, the heart of the football season arrives. The next month will likely determine the fate of the Irish, kicking off with Saturday’s matchup against Stanford. The Stanford Daily’s Joseph Beyda gets us ready for the Cardinal.
Sep 30, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly addressed the media today to discuss Saturday’s showdown with Stanford. And a week after surviving a five-turnover game against Syracuse, Kelly made it pretty clear that he knew that type of effort wasn’t going to cut it.
Sep 29, 2014, 11:42 AM EDT
On second inspection, Notre Dame did some very impressive things in their 31-15 victory over Syracuse. But the head-scratching mistakes that revealed themselves in the season’s fourth game also gave us our first sign of some flaws that many had hoped this young team was past.
- Even without guarantee, Kelly expects Golson to return next season 107
- Grace opens up about the long road back 44
- Irish QB battle with (understandably) head into fall camp 12
- In a time of change, Denbrock a constant 35
- How does Will Fuller follow up his monster 2014 season? 33
- Sanford trying to quantify quarterback competition 42