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Keith Arnold

  1. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Oct 19, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    On a weekend where five ranked teams have already fallen, and a few more are likely to go down as well, Notre Dame and USC will battle to see who can likely work their way back into the Top 25. The battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh might not be the highest profile game of the…

  2. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Oct 19, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC

    With Notre Dame and USC set to square off under the lights, let’s go through some final thoughts before kickoff. Can the Irish get out of the gates? Starting fast is almost mandatory for the Irish, who will need to keep their emotions in check in a big night game. That means no early turnovers by…

  3. WR Isaiah McKenzie commits to Notre Dame

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    Photo property of the Sun Sentinel

    On the eve of the Irish’s biggest recruiting weekend of the year, Notre Dame received a commitment from their smallest recruit on the board. That’s not to say South Florida’s Isaiah McKenzie isn’t a recruit to get excited about. In fact, one look at his highlight tape and you see a playmaker that will likely do…

  4. Pregame Six Pack: More similar than different

    Oct 18, 2013, 4:13 AM EDT

    Amir Carlisle

    As Notre Dame and USC get set to do battle for the 85th time in the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football, it’s time to acknowledge that both programs see a lot more of themselves in the other one than they care to admit. For the Trojans, that means swallowing their pride and starting over,…

  5. USC Mailbag

    Oct 17, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Arizona State

    Without further ado, here are some answers to your mailbag questions. ndcanuck: Is USC more or less dangerous Saturday without Lane Kiffin? And can we get “Crazy Train” banned from the PA for this game? Come on Keith – you’ve got some pull, right? I think they’re way more dangerous. The worst thing has already happened.…

  6. Knute Rockne very nearly became USC’s head coach

    Oct 17, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Knute Rockne

    Before USC and Notre Dame ever took the football field, they clashed over a head coach. Knute Rockne, one of the all-time greats of football and a man immortalized by his coaching career at Notre Dame, very nearly left Notre Dame to accept a lucrative offer to become USC’s football coach. It’s amazing to think…

  7. Stephon Tuitt vows to return for senior year (Or did he?)

    Oct 17, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Michael Floyd. Tyler Eifert. Manti Te’o. Louis Nix. All elite Notre Dame players who decided to return for their senior season and get their degree at Notre Dame. It appears Stephon Tuitt looks like he’s on the way towards joining that club, according to the Notre Dame student newspaper, The Observer. Assistant Managing Editor of…

  8. And in that corner… The USC Trojans

    Oct 16, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Tommy Trojan

    There is no better intersectional rivalry in college football than the one between Notre Dame and Southern Cal. Started in 1926, and now meeting for the 85th time, the Irish lead the all-time series 44-35, with five ties between the two teams. With quite a bit of turmoil and uncertainty surrounding the USC football program,…

  9. USC Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT


    Get your questions in below in the comments or on Twitter @KeithArnold

  10. Kelly talks about team’s progress

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT


    With the Irish set to face-off against USC, Brian Kelly went on the Dan Patrick Show this morning to discuss the rivalry. While Kelly interestingly talked about playing USC’s Fight Song during the week to get his team ready for their annual battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh (a word I’m still struggling to spell correctly…

  11. IBG: USC edition

    Oct 16, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT


    Is it me, or are we all a little bit subdued about this weekend’s football game? Whether or not Lane Kiffin is still on the sidelines, there’s no bigger game this year (or at least from now until Stanford) for the Irish. The Trojans come to town for their biannual October trip to the Midwest,…

  12. On a schedule filled with big games, Trojans are Irish’s true rival

    Oct 15, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 9

    Nothing seems to get people excited like talking about rivalries. Just ask Brian Kelly, who kicked a hornet’s nest earlier this year when talking about Michigan. But as Kelly spoke with the media today about the Irish’s annual match-up with USC, it was clear that this game is the true rival that means the most…

  13. Orgeron set to lead Trojans to South Bend

    Oct 15, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Cody Kessler

    When USC heads to South Bend for their annual rivalry game against Notre Dame, they’ll bring a team that’s battered by injuries, coached by a staff likely to be looking for jobs in 90 days, and fanbase that nearly abandoned the program under Lane Kiffin. But in many ways, they’re the Irish’s biggest nightmare. Gone…

  14. Marqise Lee hopes to be ready for Notre Dame

    Oct 14, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Arizona State v USC

    Last year, Notre Dame caught a break when quarterback Matt Barkley wasn’t able to play against the Irish. They might catch a similar break if All-American wide receiver Marqise Lee‘s knee injury keeps the Trojan’s best player off the field on Saturday. The Biletnikoff winning wide receiver watched the Trojan offense explode in Ed Orgeron’s…

  15. How we got here: Secondary

    Oct 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Jackson Russell

    With three starters returning on the back end of the defense, many expected the Notre Dame secondary to thrive this season. Bennett Jackson had the makings of an All-American caliber player. KeiVarae Russell was finally able to spend an offseason training to play cornerback after an impressive true freshman campaign. And Matthias Farley was back…

  16. How we got here: Wide receivers (and tight ends)

    Oct 12, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    TJ Jones, Taylor Richards

    For the first time in years, Notre Dame entered the season without a preseason All-American set to anchor the pass catchers. From Tyler Eifert to Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph to Golden Tate, the Irish leaned heavily on their best receivers during Kelly’s first three seasons, featuring a heavy dose of the Irish’s best pass catcher…

  17. How we got here: Running backs

    Oct 12, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Purdue

    Notre Dame said goodbye to Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick, their two most talented and experienced running backs after last season. And while the depth chart entering the season was filled with question marks, it was also a position group Brian Kelly called one of his most talented. Whether that was to boost the morale…

  18. How we got here: Linebackers

    Oct 11, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    Everybody knew the loss of Manti Te’o would hurt. But after six months of treating the most decorated defensive player in modern college football history as a punching bag, even the staunchest of Irish fans might have forgotten just how much Te’o did for the Notre Dame defense. The Irish were set to return every…

  19. IBG: Life at halfway and Adios Subway Domer

    Oct 10, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT


    Our weekly Irish Blogger Gathering is a little late this week, but I’ve got a good excuse. Or not really a good excuse, but so be it — it’s bye week, people. That said, I did want to take a brief moment and acknowledge the retirement of noted Notre Dame blogger The Subway Domer. He…

  20. How we got here: Offensive line

    Oct 10, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Zack Martin

    When left tackle Zack Martin decided to return for a fifth year of eligibility instead of likely being chosen in the first half of the NFL Draft, Notre Dame received a boost similar to the ones they got when Michael Floyd, Tyler Eifert and Manti Te’o decided to come back for their senior seasons. While…

  21. Bryant’s father puts transfer rumors to rest

    Oct 9, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    If Greg Bryant is thinking about leaving Notre Dame after a slow start to his freshman season, it’s certainly news to his father. The true freshman running back, one of Notre Dame’s elite five-star signings of last season, hasn’t seen much of the field this season yet.That’s caused an awful lot of speculation along the…

  22. How we got here: Defensive line

    Oct 9, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    Jeff Whittingham, Kyle Friend, Louis Nix III

    Heading into the season, Notre Dame’s defensive line was looked at among the finest units in the country. Led by preseason All-Americans Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, the Irish’s three man front, with sophomore Sheldon Day stepping in for graduated Kapron Lewis-Moore, had the makings of one of the deepest and most dangerous in the…

  23. How we got here: Breaking down 4-2

    Oct 8, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    Brian Kelly won’t be joining us for his weekly Tuesday press conference, with the Irish having a week off before playing USC next weekend under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium. Kelly has talked a little bit about what the Irish coaching staff does with its in-season off weeks: player development for younger inexperienced players,…

  24. Irish game plan key in Sun Devils upset

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Arizona State

    It didn’t take long for the bloom to come off Brian Kelly’s twelve-win regular season. A heavy reliance on the passing game against Michigan, and a disappointing performance against Oklahoma had Irish fans frustrated, critical of everything from Bob Diaco’s defensive game plans to Kelly’s offensive system. The very set of coaches that had Irish…

  25. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jarron Jones, Stephon Tuitt

    What a difference a win makes. With the Irish back in South Bend with a week off before needing to prepare for Southern Cal, Notre Dame can look to the second half of the season, where the schedule could stack up nicely for a late season showdown against Stanford, who survived a scare from Washington…