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Keith Arnold

  1. Stay Golden, Louis Nix

    Nov 14, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT


    Louis Nix. The ultimate troll. As the Irish were warming up before the game against Pittsburgh, Twitter was a buzz after a few beat reporters noticed that Nix was wearing sweats during the pre-pregame warm-ups, unusual for the defensive tackle. A set back in the knee injury? A sign that Nix wouldn’t be able to…

  2. IBG: Bye week questions

    Nov 13, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT


    First off, I’m going to state my jealousy for two better title writers than myself. Hats off to these two columns for coming up with something far more clever than I did. That being said, let’s get to the questions at hand in the new IBG. Our panelists each supplied a question to be answered…

  3. Bye week means reprieve for wounded roster

    Nov 12, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

    Louis Nix

    You won’t hear Brian Kelly make excuses for a roster badly beaten up. But if you’re wondering how wounded the Irish are heading into their final two games, just consider the fact that Kelly isn’t practicing this week with his team. No pads. No practice. Just meetings, work in the weight room and conditioning. How…

  4. Bye week brings opportunity to answer legitimate questions

    Nov 11, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees, Aaron Donald, Darryl Render

    With Notre Dame’s team plane not arriving back in South Bend until the wee morning hours, Brian Kelly didn’t have his usual Sunday teleconference. If he did, he would’ve likely needed to answer some tough questions about a game plan that was just as erratic as the players executing it. Twenty-four hours have passed since…

  5. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Nov 10, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly ref

    Most coaches institute a 24-hour rule. After a win or a loss, you’ve got 24 hours to put the game in the rearview mirror and move past it. That might be a little bit tougher for Brian Kelly and his team this Sunday, with the loss among the most frustrating in the Kelly era. “Our…

  6. Five things we learned: Pitt 28, Notre Dame 21

    Nov 10, 2013, 2:57 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Pittsburgh

    After looking like a program that had gotten past the maddening inconsistencies of years gone by, Notre Dame’s 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh awoke all the wrong kinds of echoes on Saturday night. Done in by red zone mishaps and maddening inconsistency, the disappointing loss erased any hope for a BCS bid and ripped at scar…

  7. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Nov 9, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    With the Irish sitting at 7-2 after nine games, a win against Pitt would guarantee Notre Dame four consecutive eight win seasons for the first time in 20 years. That’s a stat Irish fans should let sink in for a bit. Twenty years. After Lou Holtz won 40 games over the 1990-93 seasons, the Irish…

  8. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Nov 9, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Moshood Adeniji, Stephon Tuitt

    With injuries piled up and a bye week on the horizon, the Irish face a crossroad they’ve been at before. Beat Pittsburgh and take a week to recover, allowing key contributors like Ishaq Williams and Kona Schwenke a chance to heal before dealing with BYU at home.  The Irish may be battered and bruised, but…

  9. Pregame Six Pack: Primetime at Pitt

    Nov 8, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Air Force

    During a season filled with high-wire acts and last-second escapes, Notre Dame’s 29-26 victory over Pitt might have been the capper, with the Irish miraculously winning the game in triple overtime after trailing 20-6 in the fourth quarter. They did so even with Everett Golson throwing a killer interception in the Pitt end zone, trailing…

  10. Pitt Mailbag

    Nov 8, 2013, 2:42 AM EDT

    Moshood Adeniji, Stephon Tuitt

    Let’s get to it. NotreDan: How does the defensive scheme have to change with all of the injuries we have suffered? Can scheme even compensate? Have you heard anything from inside channels about this? I think a different head coach and coordinator might be more prone to tweak scheme. But that hasn’t been Brian Kelly’s MO,…

  11. IBG: Questions before Pitt

    Nov 7, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT


    Another week, another IBG. But this week we’re shaking it up a bit. Tip of the cap to Tex, who thought things were getting a bit stale after the loss of the Subway Domer, and this is a pretty cool way to do thing. In the spirit of collaboration, everybody submitted one question to the…

  12. Mailbag open

    Nov 6, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT


    Questions below. Or @KeithArnold.

  13. And in that corner… The Pittsburgh Panthers

    Nov 6, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Quayshawn Nealy, Devin Street

    One year after an underwhelming Pitt team came into Notre Dame Stadium and nearly ended the Irish’s dream season early, Paul Chryst‘s squad once again has the Irish in their sights. An up and down season could be kickstarted by a victory over Notre Dame. It’s been a mixed back for the Panthers this season.…

  14. Watch: Folston anchors the running game

    Nov 5, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    Looking for a highlight reel of Tarean Folston‘s breakout performance? Our friends at and Fighting Irish Digital Media have you hooked up. Their Turning Points feature took a closer look at the Notre Dame running game, a unit that finally got on track against a Navy defense that was actually a lot better against…

  15. Injury Updates: Councell lost, Schwenke sidelined, Nix returns

    Nov 4, 2013, 3:02 AM EDT

    Jeff Whittingham, Kyle Friend, Louis Nix III

    After needing the night for medical reports to come in, Brian Kelly updated the status of a few key injuries on Sunday, detailing just how beat up his football team is with three regular season games to go and the Irish set to head to Pittsburgh on Saturday for (another) primetime kickoff. The toll of…

  16. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Nov 3, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

    Keenan Reynolds, Justin Utopo, Cole Luke

    After eight lead changes, Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame team did just enough to keep Navy from springing an upset that would’ve undone much of the positives that have come from a season that hasn’t come easy. At 7-2, the Irish will likely climb a few more spots in the polls if only because of attrition,…

  17. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 38, Navy 34

    Nov 2, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    With the game on the line late and Midshipmen facing a critical fourth down with four yards to go, Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper rolled the dice, hoping to catch the Notre Dame defense over-committing to the option that haunted them all afternoon. But Keenan Reynolds headed around the right side only to pitch the…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 30, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT


    Submit your questions below. Or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  24. 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…

  25. 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…