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Keith Arnold

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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,…

  23. USC Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 16, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT


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

  24. 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…

  25. 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,…