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  1. Mailbag: Now Open

    Jan 14, 2015, 10:45 AM EDT

    New Mailbox

    There’s plenty to talk about. Have a question? Drop it below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  2. Ronnie Stanley to return for senior season

    Jan 13, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Syracuse

    Notre Dame junior Ronnie Stanley announced Tuesday that he will return for his senior season, giving the Irish one of the best left tackles in college football for another season. After being projected by some as a first round pick, Stanley made the decision to return for 2015.

  3. What does Ohio State’s championship mean for Notre Dame?

    Jan 13, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT

    Kelly Urban Meyer

    It can happen. The right head coach can survive adversity and win a national championship. We saw that Monday night when Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes manhandled Oregon on their way to a 42-20 victory.

  4. Coney, Dew-Treadway, Hoge and Tillery officially enrolled

    Jan 12, 2015, 6:55 PM EDT

    247Sports.com

    The first four members of the 2015 recruiting class begin their time at Notre Dame on Tuesday, with classes starting for early-enrollee freshmen Tevon Coney, Micah Dew-Treadway, Tristen Hoge and Jerry Tillery. All four freshmen will take part in winter workouts and spring practice, set to start in early March.

  5. Day’s return first part of 2015 puzzle

    Jan 12, 2015, 11:03 AM EDT

    North Carolina v Notre Dame

    Over the weekend, Sheldon Day announced he would be returning for his senior season at Notre Dame. The returning captain and the Irish’s best defensive lineman sought a draft grade from the NFL’s advisory board before making the decision.

  6. Kelly’s clear: “Unfinished business” at Notre Dame

    Jan 9, 2015, 1:50 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Arizona State

    Brian Kelly is all in. For as many times as you’ll hear his name mentioned for an NFL coaching position, the Irish head coach isn’t going anywhere.

  7. Report: Hanratty undergoing concussion testing

    Jan 8, 2015, 7:54 PM EDT

    Property of 247Sports.com

    Senior Conor Hanratty has a final year of eligibility remaining. But before he explores whether to continue his football career, he’ll undergo medical testing after suffering three concussions in the last calendar year.

  8. Even with competition, Kelly expects Golson to return in 2015

    Jan 8, 2015, 2:33 PM EDT

    North Carolina v Notre Dame

    As Malik Zaire helped the Irish pull off a critical win in the Music City Bowl, all eyes turned to the quarterback who wasn’t playing. After starting the season’s first 12 games, Everett Golson played a complementary role in the Irish victory, completed some clutch passes down the stretch during Notre Dame’s 31-28 victory.

  9. Coffee is for closers: The perfect finish to 2015 recruiting class

    Jan 7, 2015, 1:56 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    With less than a month to go before National Signing Day, Notre Dame’s coaching staff has its entire focus on improving the team’s roster between now and the first Wednesday in February. After two-years of work on the current class — the roots of this group were seeded long, long ago — the next month turns into a high stakes, pressure game where college coaches build the foundation of their programs around the whims of (sometimes) coddled teenagers.

  10. Report: Blue-Gold game could be moving to Soldier Field

    Jan 6, 2015, 11:17 AM EDT

    George Atkinson III, Vaughn Telemaque

    With Notre Dame’s Campus Crossroads project well under way, a report has surfaced that the Blue and Gold game could be on the move. Irish 247 reports that the annual spring game could be relocated to the home of the Chicago Bears, with construction forcing the Irish into Soldier Field.

  11. The Golson transfer rumor mill gets started

    Jan 5, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    It took less than a week for the Everett Golson rumor mill to get going. After the ESPN broadcast during the Music City Bowl widely speculated about Golson’s role in the program, a Times-Picayune report claims Golson reached out to LSU about potentially playing out his eligibility for Les Miles and the Tigers.

  12. Optimal Offseason: What Brian Kelly needs to address before spring

    Jan 5, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    With a Music City Bowl victory in the rearview mirror, the Irish can head into the offseason without the stench of November’s woes still clinging to the team. For a bowl game that felt of minimal importance when most assumed a loss, the Irish’s 31-28 victory certainly turned the tides.

  13. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, Top 5

    Jan 2, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith, Joe Schmidt

    With an unexpected eighth win in the Music City Bowl, we can officially close the book on 2014. Let’s do the same with our final grades for the 2014 Fighting Irish.

  14. Irish recruits taking part in All-American games

    Jan 1, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Just because the Irish finished their season with a victorious Music City Bowl doesn’t mean the football season is over. A large contingency from the 2015 signing class is taking part in various All-Star games over the holiday weekend, including the two flagship events: the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American game.

  15. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. LSU

    Dec 31, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

    C. J. Prosise, Nick Martin, Cam McDaniel

    On second viewing, Notre Dame’s victory over LSU still happened. After watching the Irish find ways not to get it done all November, Brian Kelly’s team handled adversity — and a leaky defense — and executed down the stretch, sending the Tigers faithful into the offseason grumbling about the foundation of their program.

  16. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 31, LSU 28

    Dec 31, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

    Kyle Brindza, Malik Zaire, Jalen Collins

    The snickering started early. After choosing to receive, Notre Dame fumbled the opening kickoff. They burned their first timeout before running a play. And when Malik Zaire got tracked down in the backfield on his first attempted run, a tidal wave of social media chatter left the Irish for dead.

  17. Open Thread: Notre Dame vs. LSU

    Dec 30, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    Chat throughout the Music City Bowl while Notre Dame and LSU do battle.

  18. Pregame Six Pack: A Music City Finale

    Dec 30, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    The 2014 season comes to a close on Tuesday afternoon, with Notre Dame playing the role of underdog against LSU in the Music City Bowl. Here’s your Pregame Six Pack as the Irish and Tigers get set to do battle.

  19. Zaire to start Music City Bowl

    Dec 29, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

    Rice v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly announced Monday afternoon that Malik Zaire will start the Music City Bowl at quarterback. It is the sophomore’s first career start after backing up Everett Golson all season.

  20. Does Harbaugh to Michigan really matter for Notre Dame?

    Dec 29, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

    AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Final Round

    Michigan is in the process of finalizing their deal to make former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh their head football coach. After a mutually agreed upon divorce that feels like a satire on the life and times of Silicon Valley high society, Harbaugh will return to his alma mater to take on the reclamation project of returning the Victors to victories.

  21. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, 10-6

    Dec 28, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    As we get into our Top 10, we begin to understand why the future is still rather bullish for Notre Dame. The five players listed below all have at least one season of eligibility remaining. That means that a group that performed more than admirably this season will be expected to do even more for the team in 2015. (The entire Top 10 has at least a year of eligibility remaining.)

  22. Irish arrive in Nashville, no decision on starting QB yet

    Dec 27, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT

    Malik Zaire, J.R. Tavai

    Notre Dame’s football team arrived for the Music City Bowl on Friday, jetting in from around the country on 19 different flights after spending Christmas with their families. From there, the Irish had their first practice in Nashville, beginning game week preparations with LSU ahead.

  23. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, 15-11

    Dec 26, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Syracuse

    With ten players down, we get to the meat of our rankings. Our preseason and final rankings look quite different as we go from 15-11.

  24. Zack Martin named a Pro Bowler

    Dec 24, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Zack Martin

    Dallas Cowboys rookie Zack Martin was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the only offensive rookie selected to the game and one of six Cowboys. Martin has started all season at right guard for one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks.

  25. Tommy Rees to begin coaching career at Northwestern

    Dec 24, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rees USC

    Tommy Rees will begin his coaching career close to where his football career began. Rees, who played in all four of his seasons at Notre Dame from 2010-13, will be an offensive graduate assistant at Northwestern.