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Keith Arnold

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

    Dec 31, 2014, 4:02 PM EST

    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.

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

    Dec 31, 2014, 12:26 AM EST

    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.

  3. Open Thread: Notre Dame vs. LSU

    Dec 30, 2014, 2:45 PM EST

    Malik Zaire

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

  4. Pregame Six Pack: A Music City Finale

    Dec 30, 2014, 10:38 AM EST

    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.

  5. Zaire to start Music City Bowl

    Dec 29, 2014, 4:57 PM EST

    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.

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

    Dec 29, 2014, 12:06 PM EST

    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.

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

    Dec 28, 2014, 12:10 PM EST

    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.)

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

    Dec 27, 2014, 10:28 AM EST

    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.

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

    Dec 26, 2014, 10:05 AM EST

    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.

  10. Zack Martin named a Pro Bowler

    Dec 24, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

    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.

  11. Tommy Rees to begin coaching career at Northwestern

    Dec 24, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

    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.

  12. Report: Irish add former UCLA great Johnathan Franklin to staff

    Dec 24, 2014, 1:01 AM EST

    Pac-12 Championship - UCLA v Stanford

    It appears that Brian Kelly has added another key piece to his football program. The Los Angeles Times reports Notre Dame has hired former Green Bay Packer and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin to join the staff in an administrative role, focusing on student welfare and development.

  13. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, 20-16

    Dec 23, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    Greg Bryant

    As we continue our final rankings of the 2014 season, numbers 20-16 continues to showcase the youth on the roster.

  14. Counting down the Irish: Final rankings for 2014

    Dec 22, 2014, 12:32 PM EST

    Nyles Morgan

    With a little over a week to go until the Irish take on LSU in the Music City Bowl, it’s time to take a look back at the regular season. Our first five spots on the year-end Top 25 roll out.

  15. Mailbag: The case of the missing questions

    Dec 21, 2014, 4:35 PM EST

    Nyles Morgan

    After a mailbag goes missing, the Inside the Irish crew go looking for answers. That and other solutions in this week’s mailbag.

  16. Day, Riggs on track to start, Lombard’s career may be over

    Dec 20, 2014, 4:50 PM EST

    North Carolina v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly met with the local media on Saturday afternoon, delivering good news on the status of two key veteran defenders. Both defensive tackle Sheldon Day and cornerback Cody Riggs are on track to start against LSU, adding a few key pieces back into the puzzle.

  17. Notre Dame lands Indianapolis safety Mykelti Williams

    Dec 19, 2014, 11:59 AM EST

    Property of Indianapolis Star

    Notre Dame solidified its safety depth chart by going for a homegrown solution. The Irish offered Indianapolis Warren Central safety Mykelti Williams yesterday, and today the four-star prospect made the decision official by committing to Notre Dame.

  18. And in that corner… The LSU Tigers

    Dec 19, 2014, 11:27 AM EST

    Les Miles

    Notre Dame’s inclusion in the ACC’s bowl selections came in handy this year. As the Irish back-slid throughout November, they still held onto some preferred real estate, finding themselves in a pretty nice consolation game, with the opportunity to play in Nashville in the Music City Bowl.

    Carter Bryant gets us ready for LSU.

  19. Smith, Fuller nab All-American mentions

    Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EST

    Jaylon Smith

    Sophomores Jaylon Smith and Will Fuller have earned more kudos than just their defensive and offensive player of the year Echoes. Both have received mention for year-end All-American awards.

  20. Bowl prep helps both present and future along offensive line

    Dec 18, 2014, 1:17 PM EST

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    While most eyes are focused on the battle at quarterback between Everett Golson and Malik Zaire, the preparations for LSU will also be critical along the offensive line. The extra practices will give Brian Kelly and Harry Hiestand time to evaluate their starting five, with changes that could have both short and long-term impacts.

  21. Mailbag: Now Open

    Dec 17, 2014, 4:24 PM EST

    New Mailbox

    Any new questions? Ones that I’ve avoided? Last minute Christmas ideas? Drop them in the comments below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  22. ‘Blind Faith’ gives first time fan the Notre Dame experience

    Dec 17, 2014, 12:29 PM EST

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Monday UND.com premiered the short film “Blind Faith.” Directed by Notre Dame graduate Greg Kohs, the documentary follows a blind eighth grade boy making his first visit to Notre Dame Stadium.

  23. Golson and Zaire will share time against LSU

    Dec 16, 2014, 11:40 AM EST

    Rice v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly will play two quarterbacks against LSU, with both senior Everett Golson and sophomore Malik Zaire getting an opportunity to take on the LSU in the Music City Bowl. After a regular season where Golson served as the starter all 12 games with Zaire only seeing significant action against USC in the finale, both will be utilized in the Irish’s offensive game plan.

  24. Stanley still undecided on NFL future

    Dec 15, 2014, 4:52 PM EST

    Notre Dame v Syracuse

    Notre Dame junior offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley walked off the stage Friday night with the team’s Lineman of the Year Award. He’s still uncertain if it’s the last time he’ll take part in the season-ending festivities.

  25. Counting down the Irish: Looking back

    Dec 15, 2014, 3:37 PM EST

    Will Fuller, Nick VanHoose

    This August, a group of people who spend way too much time watching and writing about Notre Dame football got together to put together some preseason rankings on the roster. In doing so, we (I’m definitely included) put in writing what so many of you (especially in the comments) already thought was true: We don’t know what we’re talking about sometimes.