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  1. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Alabama

    Jan 7, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

    Discover BCS National Championship - Notre Dame v Alabama

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.  — It’s finally time. With thousands of fans in the stadium and thousands more outside Sun Life Stadium looking for tickets, it’s time to play for the national championship. After opening the season in Dublin, concluding the regular season on the West Coast, the Irish now take to South Florida for the…

  2. Final Questions: Notre Dame vs. Alabama

    Jan 7, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Discover BCS National Championship - Head Coaches Press Conference

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.  — After a wait that felt almost biblical, Notre Dame and Alabama will finally play for the BCS National Championship. After over 40 days of breaking down match-ups, digging deeper into opponents, and hypothesizing about one of college football’s dream match-ups, it’s time to play the game. Let’s run through some final…

  3. Ten players, ten reasons: Manti Te’o

    Jan 7, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    The final entry in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. Others include Zeke Motta, Danny Spond, TJ Jones, Prince Shembo, Theo Riddick, Kapron Lewis-Moore,  Tommy Rees, Mike Golic Jr. and Stephon Tuitt. MIAMI — It’s a stretch to think that Manti Te’o —…

  4. Ten players, ten reasons: Stephon Tuitt

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    The ninth in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. Others include Zeke Motta, Danny Spond, TJ Jones, Prince Shembo, Theo Riddick, Kapron Lewis-Moore,  Tommy Rees and Mike Golic Jr. With Notre Dame fans eager for revenge against Michigan after three straight heart breaking…

  5. Pregame Six Pack: For all the marbles

    Jan 6, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    Fighting Irish quarterback Golson brings the first team offense together during a practice session in Davie, Florida

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  — We are finally inching closer. After forty days of waiting, Notre Dame and Alabama will go to bed tonight and wake up on game day. An eternity for football teams that thrive on the day-to-day process and structure a season provides, the layoff adds just another variable into an equation already…

  6. And in that corner… The Alabama Crimson Tide

    Jan 5, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

    Alabama wide receiver Cooper celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter during the NCAA SEC college football championship in Atlanta.

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Are we ready yet? After 40 days, there’s little to discuss that hasn’t already be covered for the past few weeks. But before we call no joy, it is worth at least discussing the very real difference that comes along with beach in South Florida right now. Just about every Alabama…

  7. Media day circus brings out Notre Dame’s best

    Jan 5, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Eilar Hardy (R) poses next to the Coaches' Trophy during media day for the 2013 BCS National Championship NCAA football game in Miami, Florida

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — As a reporter heading into Notre Dame’s media session, you needed to prioritize. For the first time in my years covering this team, you had access to everybody on the football team. Everybody. From Manti Te’o, propped up in front of a dozen cameras, to Cam McDaniel, sitting with the non-starters…

  8. Ten players, ten reasons: Mike Golic Jr.

    Jan 5, 2013, 1:11 AM EDT

    Golic father and son

    The eighth in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. Others include Zeke Motta, Danny Spond, TJ Jones, Prince Shembo, Theo Riddick, Kapron Lewis-Moore and Tommy Rees. The business of being a Notre Dame legacy is a tricky bit. At a school where family…

  9. Max Redfield gives Notre Dame his commitment

    Jan 4, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

    Max Redfield

    Notre Dame continued it’s monster recruiting haul today with the commitment of blue-chip safety Max Redfield of Mission Viejo, California. The one-time USC commitment announced on ESPN that he chose the Irish over the Trojans and Ohio State, giving Notre Dame what is believed to be their first five-star safety ever, and their third five-star…

  10. Irish offense ready to challenge Alabama secondary

    Jan 4, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Kirby Smart, CJ Mosley

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — With hundreds of reporters sifting through storylines looking for a new angle under every nook and cranny, Irish All-American Tyler Eifert ended up supplying the closest thing to bulletin board material this morning, when he called a Crimson Tide secondary that had to replace three NFL draft picks, well — human.…

  11. Martin’s evolution key to Irish success

    Jan 4, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Chuck Martin, Everett Golson

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — In need of an offensive identity, Brian Kelly turned to his safeties coach. Read that again. Nevermind the coach of the entire secondary, just the safeties. It was a move that should have raised more eyebrows. Could you imagine Mack Brown turning to his DB coach after his most recent offensive…

  12. Ten players, ten reasons: Tommy Rees

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    The seventh in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. Others include Zeke Motta, Danny Spond, TJ Jones, Prince Shembo, Theo Riddick and Kapron Lewis-Moore. History will likely be very kind to Tommy Rees. But that doesn’t mean it’s been an easy year for…

  13. Chip not the only Kelly on the NFL’s radar?

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:40 AM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    As college coaches like Bill O’Brien and Doug Marrone find themselves on the short list for several NFL head coaching openings, the lone defeated head coach of a BCS program was bound to find his name coming up in a few discussions. But with Notre Dame’s biggest football game in the past 20 years less…

  14. Diaco and Te’o form a dynamic duo

    Jan 3, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Diaco Te'o

    If you want an idea of the relationship forged between defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and his star linebacker Manti Te’o, your best insight wasn’t gleaned from the 45 minutes they spent answering questions asked by the assembled media. It was in the few minutes leading up to the media session, where the coach and player…

  15. Irish arrive in South Florida

    Jan 3, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Kelly talks to the media after getting off  the plane during arrivals at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game in Ft. Lauderdale

    With a contingency of Orange jacketed boosters waiting on the tarmac, Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish arrived in South Florida, landing in Fort Lauderdale on the final step of their miraculous journey. With a throng of media surrounding the Irish head coach as he exited the plane, National Championship week has started in earnest.…

  16. Ten players, ten reasons: Kapron Lewis-Moore

    Jan 2, 2013, 7:52 PM EDT

    Wake Forest v Notre Dame

    The sixth in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. Others include Zeke Motta, Danny Spond, TJ Jones, Prince Shembo and Theo Riddick. It wasn’t too long ago that Kapron Lewis-Moore looked like the odd man out. As the fifth-year senior worked his way…

  17. Irish add RB Tarean Folston to the ’13 recruiting class

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    Florida running back Tarean Folston announced his verbal commitment to Notre Dame at the Under Armor All-American Bowl this afternoon, choosing the Irish over the Oregon Ducks. Folston, long at the top of Notre Dame’s wish list as a dual-threat running back, chose the Irish over a slew of other offers that included Florida, Florida…

  18. Hunter Jr. breaks femur at U.S. Army All-American Bowl

    Jan 2, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    torii-hunter-jr

    Notre Dame recruit Torii Hunter Jr. suffered a serious injury during practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, putting a damper on a week that looked to be very kind to the Irish. Hunter, a sought after wide receiver who will play both football and baseball at Notre Dame, broke his left femur during non-contact…

  19. Ten players, ten reasons: Theo Riddick

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v USC

    The fifth in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. Others include Zeke Motta, Danny Spond, TJ Jones and Prince Shembo. In one of Brian Kelly’s first meetings with the media after taking over Notre Dame’s football team, he gushed about Theo Riddick. The…

  20. The road to 12-0: Miami

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Miami v Notre Dame

    The fifth in a series that looks back at Notre Dame’s 12-0 regular season. For more, read entries on Navy, Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan. After starting the season 4-0 for the first time in a decade, the Irish enjoyed a well-deserved bye week before prepping for another marquee opponent, the Miami Hurricanes. Even though…

  21. IBG: Days from Miami

    Dec 30, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    With Christmas in the rear view mirror and the final days of 2012 upon us, two things are certain: The Mayans were wrong and Notre Dame is going to the national championship. For a while, I was thinking that those two events were unfortunately intertwined. As you’d expect, that means the content is coming a…

  22. The road to 12-0: Michigan

    Dec 30, 2012, 9:39 PM EDT

    NCAA Football: Michigan at Notre Dame

    The fourth in a series that looks back at Notre Dame’s 12-0 regular season. For more, read entries on Navy, Purdue and Michigan State. No question about it, Notre Dame faced judgment day when Michigan came to town. Ascending to No. 11 in the country after an impressive victory against Michigan State, the Irish now…

  23. Ten players, ten reasons: Prince Shembo

    Dec 30, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    The fourth in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. Others include Zeke Motta, Danny Spond and TJ Jones. The logic used to put Prince Shembo at the Dog linebacker position in 2011 made plenty of sense. Darius Fleming was returning. Get your best…

  24. UND.com breaks down the top plays from 2012

    Dec 29, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Our friends at UND.com and Fighting Irish Digital Media broke down the top plays of the year in their 50th edition of ICONN. It’s a nice look back at a fun regular season. A very nice six minutes. ***

  25. The road to 12-0: Michigan State

    Dec 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan State

    The third in a series that looks back at Notre Dame’s 12-0 regular season. For more, read entries on Navy and Purdue. Sure, Notre Dame bumped up the rankings to No. 20 after squeezing by Purdue. But there would be little room for the Irish to play anything but their best game in East Lansing.…