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  1. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 50, North Carolina 43

    Oct 11, 2014, 10:16 PM EDT

    UNC at Notre Dame

    Every one of the 80,000-plus bodies in Notre Dame Stadium knew that North Carolina was ready to spring a trap on Notre Dame. But wouldn’t you know it, the Irish stepped in it any way.

  2. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. North Carolina

    Oct 11, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Syracuse

    After a week filled with off-field distractions, Notre Dame takes the field with aims of getting to 6-0. Sandwiched between tough games with Stanford and Florida State, the Irish take on a 2-3 North Carolina team that’s yet to put together a complete game.

  3. Corey Robinson blazes his own path (VIDEO)

    Oct 11, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Corey Robinson, Kyle Olugbode

    On a Notre Dame roster with plenty of famous fathers, none are as imposing as David Robinson. Sure, it helps that he’s a a seven-footer. But the former Hall of Fame basketball star from the San Antonio Spurs is one of the all-time greats to ever play the game, casting quite a shadow every Saturday he’s spotted at a Notre Dame football game.

  4. North Carolina Mailbag: Non-Frozen Five edition

    Oct 11, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

    Cam McDaniel

    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.

  5. Shumate, Luke step into key roles in the secondary (VIDEO)

    Oct 11, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

    Cole Luke, Jaylon Smith

    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.

  6. Koyack, Golson relive 4th-and-11 completion (VIDEO)

    Oct 11, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    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.

  7. KeiVarae Russell won’t play this season, plans to return in 2015

    Oct 10, 2014, 3:43 PM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC

    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.

  8. Pregame Six Pack: Time for the Tar Heels

    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.

  9. Still no news on five suspended players

    Oct 9, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    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.

  10. Another week, another playmaker to watch

    Oct 9, 2014, 12:28 PM EDT

    Liberty v North Carolina

    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.

  11. North Carolina Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 9, 2014, 11:36 AM EDT

    New Mailbox

    Questions below. All are welcome. Here or @KeithArnold on Twitter.

  12. And in that corner… The North Carolina Tar Heels

    Oct 8, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

    North Carolina v Clemson

    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.

  13. Kelly shifts gears to North Carolina

    Oct 7, 2014, 11:52 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    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.

  14. Irish flip blue-chip QB Brandon Wimbush

    Oct 7, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT

    Wimbush

    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.

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

    Oct 6, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

    Ben Koyack

    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.

  16. Notre Dame picks up first ’16 commit in OL Tommy Kraemer

    Oct 5, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati.com

    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.

  17. With academic probe complete, Notre Dame releases statement, but not fate of players

    Oct 5, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

    Rev. John Jenkins,Jack Swarbrick

    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.

  18. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 17, Stanford 14

    Oct 4, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    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.

  19. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Oct 4, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    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.

  20. NDonNBC video: One-on-one with Brian Kelly

    Oct 4, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    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.

  21. Stanford mailbag: Chaos, drama and swagger edition

    Oct 3, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    New Mailbox

    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.

  22. Pregame Six Pack: Showdown with Stanford

    Oct 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Everett Golson, Amir Carlisle

    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.

  23. Stanford provided Irish the blueprint for success

    Oct 2, 2014, 11:13 AM EDT

    USA TODAY SPORTS

    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.

  24. Looking back at ND’s big 2012 win over Stanford for clues to Saturday

    Oct 1, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    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.

  25. Stanford Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 1, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

    Mailbag

    Drop your questions below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.