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Keith Arnold

  1. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Nov 2, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    USC Notre Dame Football

    Ken Niumatalolo brings his Navy team to South Bend, trying to undo the past two years of Notre Dame domination after the Midshipmen’s best stretch in over 50 years. Without starting fullback Noah Copeland and starting slotback Darius Staten, Navy’s triple option will likely depending more on sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds, a talented player who…

  2. Irish receive commitment from Dallas CB Nick Watkins

    Nov 1, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    Nick Watkins

    Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from Dallas cornerback Nick Watkins today, making official a pledge that seemed a long time in the making. The six-foot-one, 180-pound cornerback had an impressive offer list, with Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC all in pursuit, among a few…

  3. Pregame Six Pack: Next up Navy

    Nov 1, 2013, 5:33 AM EDT

    Trey Miller Navy Ishaq Williams

    As winners of three straight (and five of the last six), Notre Dame’s season is coming into focus after a rough start. The quarterback play of Tommy Rees has improved steadily since back-to-back tough games against Michigan State and Oklahoma. The defense has tightened considerably, playing its best football during the winning streak, with two…

  4. Navy Mailbag

    Oct 31, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

    Louis Nix III

    Let’s get to this week’s mailbag questions. Well done, people. Some good ones here. obie1818: Keith, do you think we’ve turned the corner to be an elite program again? With the recruting and coaches in South Bend? I’m scared to say it but I feel like for the next 4 yrs a 3 loss yr will…

  5. One century later, Rockne’s innovation changed the game

    Oct 31, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Knute Rockne

    Air Raid. Run and shoot. Basketball on grass. This generation of offensive innovation has turned football loose, with passing offenses now the preferred methodology for eating up yardage and scoring points. While there will always be ground-based attacks, many of the most successful offenses are set up by throwing the football, spreading the defense out…

  6. Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT


    Submit your questions below. Or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  7. IBG: Anchors Aweigh!

    Oct 30, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT


    It’s that time of week again. While I think there might be a glitch in the Matrix, I’m once again chatting with’s Aaron Horvath, who took the time to answer my three questions. Every year the Navy game feels a little different than the others. But after a four-year run where the Midshipmen terrified…

  8. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Noah Copeland

    Every year since 1927 Notre Dame and Navy have played football. While the Irish have won 73 of those games, the rivarly is known less for its one-sided nature than for its mutual respect. And that’s before Navy made things competitive. For a long time, Notre Dame was Navy’s shot at Mt. Everest. Even though…

  9. Golson speaks: Heart set on returning to Notre Dame

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Discover BCS National Championship - Notre Dame v Alabama

    Life changed for Everett Golson in May. That’s when Notre Dame’s disciplinary branch informed Golson that an honor code violation was going to keep him out of the university for the fall semester, ending his ’13 football season before it even started. It was quite a precipitous fall for the redshirt freshman quarterback. From a…

  10. Depth starting to show itself in easy Irish victory

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT


    There was one revealing moment in Brian Kelly‘s postgame press conference that told you everything you want to know about the relationship between the Irish head coach and his boss, athletic director Jack Swarbrick. Kelly looked directly at Swarbrick when asked a question about comfortable games that allow the coach to plug in some of…

  11. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Air Force

    Oct 27, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Air Force

    For much of the season, Notre Dame hasn’t done a great job playing as a favorite. That changed Saturday afternoon, as the Irish shrugged off Air Force’s opening score and proceeded to roll through an overmatched Falcons team. The Irish scored 45 points, the most since last season’s opener against Navy. They racked up 466…

  12. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 45, Air Force 10

    Oct 26, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Steffon Batts, Corey Robinson

    Things may not have started out as planned for Notre Dame. The offense’s eleven-play opening drive ended with Kyle Brindza’s field goal attempt blocked. Then Air Force proceeded to march ten plays for 71 yards and a quick touchdown in under four minutes. But the Irish shrugged off a challenging start and cruised to an…

  13. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Air Force

    Oct 26, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    TJ Jones

    As the Irish get set to take on Air Force without Louis Nix anchoring their defensive front, Bob Diaco’s defense is getting a good look at what life will be like in the post-Irish Chocolate era. For now, they’ll be able to slide Stephon Tuitt inside and use senior Kona Schwenke on the interior, but…

  14. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Oct 26, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    With the Irish getting acclimated to life above 6,000 feet, let’s run through some final thoughts before Notre Dame takes the field against Air Force. Notre Dame needs to contain the option. About as basic as it gets, but worth stating. It looks like Air Force will go with Karson Roberts at quarterback, who was cleared…

  15. Pregame Six Pack: Going up to Air Force

    Oct 25, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

    USC Notre Dame Football

    As we prepared for Notre Dame to take on a 1-6 Air Force team that is winless in five Mountain West games, the storylines on the field between the Irish and Falcons seemed few and far between. For better or worse, the Irish coaching staff had seemingly “figured out” the option attack after their ugly…

  16. Injuries: Nix out for Air Force, Lombard lost for season

    Oct 24, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Christian Lombard

    Big news came out of South Bend today as Brian Kelly announced that the Irish will be without defensive tackle Louis Nix this weekend. Nix was already being monitored for a balky shoulder that took him off the field for a few snaps against USC, but was limited this week with knee tendinitis. He won’t make…

  17. Mailbag: Air Force edition

    Oct 24, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Cam Smile

    Another week, another Mailbag. Let’s get into your questions. jcmpa: Given the struggles of the ND defense this year, last week not included, is Diaco still a legitimate head coaching candidate? I think you might be taking “struggles” a little too seriously. It’s not as if this Notre Dame defense is getting torched, and when all…

  18. IBG: Air Force edition

    Oct 24, 2013, 2:14 AM EDT


    With USC in the rearview mirror and Air Force welcoming the Irish to Colorado Springs, let’s get to the IBG. As usual, play along in the comments and answer my questions there. (I’m especially interested this week, as I think questions one and two are tough asks.) Check out our friends in the IBG as…

  19. Mailbag Open

    Oct 23, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT


    Submit questions below. Let’s shake it up a bit, shall we? Find me here or @KeithArnold.

  20. Big recruiting weekend nets positive results

    Oct 23, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Bo Scarbrough

    While the weekend got off to an early start with the commitment of slot receiver Isaiah McKenzie, no other recruits pulled the trigger after visiting South Bend for the Notre Dame-USC game. But that doesn’t mean the weekend wasn’t a positive. The Irish entertained several big names last weekend, making positive strides with keystone guys…

  21. And in that corner… The Air Force Falcons

    Oct 23, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

    San Diego State Air Force Football

    It’s been a tough go of it for Troy Calhoun and Air Force. After an unprecedented run of success the wheels finally have come off this season, with Air Force entering Saturday’s game against Notre Dame a hard luck 1-6. It’s been a mixed bag of mostly bad for Air Force, a toxic mix of…

  22. Rees cleared for practice

    Oct 22, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees, Amir Carlisle

    Tommy Rees has been cleared to practice and will be on the field this afternoon with the Irish, Brian Kelly announced during his weekly press conference. The senior quarterback was pronounced day-to-day on Sunday by Kelly after a sack last weekend knocked Rees out of the game with a high hit, but has progressed nicely…

  23. Irish offense catches USC with an up-tempo attack

    Oct 21, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

    Rees USC

    In the afterglow (or more appropriately, aftermath) of Notre Dame’s 14-10 victory over USC, most of the talk on the offensive side of the ball has been about Andrew Hendrix‘s struggles and the hit that knocked Tommy Rees out of the game. But before either of those things occurred, the Irish offense had a breakthrough.…

  24. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Oct 20, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    USC Notre Dame Football

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That was never more true than in the aftermath of Notre Dame’s 14-10 victory, a game where offensive football went to die after halftime. What looked like a game that’d feature two efficient offenses turned into trench warfare. With the Irish on pace to gain 500 yards…

  25. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 14, USC 10

    Oct 20, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

    USC v Notre Dame

    With exactly 9:31 left in the third quarter, Notre Dame fans finally saw what life looked like without Tommy Rees this season. On a delayed blitz, Lamar Dawson planted a vicious hit on the senior quarterback, drilled Rees above the shoulder and driving him into the ground. Rees was done for the night. So was…