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Keith Arnold

  1. And in that corner… The Miami Hurricanes

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

    North Carolina State v Miami

    In the short history of the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame has had the chance to play in some great venues in some terrific cities. Starting the neutral site renaissance with an odd match against Washington State in San Antonio, the Irish exponentially improved the concept when they played the first football game in new Yankee…

  2. Golden talks match-up with Irish

    Oct 3, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    Miami v Georgia Tech

    Al Golden met with the media yesterday to discuss his team’s game against No. 9 Notre Dame. And after listening to Miami’s head coach, the Hurricanes certainly won’t enter Soldier Field overlooking the Irish. Golden was effusive with his praise for the Irish, applauding the work Brian Kelly and Notre Dame have done in the…

  3. Tuesdays with BK: Time for the Hurricanes

    Oct 2, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

    North Carolina State v Miami

    Brian Kelly met with the media this afternoon, updating all of us on how the bye week went and his early thoughts on the 4-1 Miami Hurricanes that’ll join the Irish in Soldier Field this weekend. It’s another prime time opportunity for the Irish to play a national opponent, and after five games, the ‘Canes…

  4. As winning continues, growing with Golson gets harder

    Oct 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

    Rees Golson Kiel

    After a week off, Notre Dame remains in the national conversation, ranked No. 9 in this week’s AP poll and set to play an offensively talented, but defensively flawed team in Miami at Soldier Field. But after watching the Hurricanes light up the scoreboard the past few weeks and the Notre Dame offense grind to…

  5. Opposition round-up: Week five

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

    North Carolina State v Miami

    With the Irish taking the weekend off and members of the team getting a chance to return home or step away from football, many of Notre Dame’s opponents took the field this weekend. Let’s take a run through the schedule and see how Notre Dame’s opponents did yesterday. NAVY — After getting back on track…

  6. Breaking down 4-0: The front seven

    Sep 29, 2012, 11:42 AM EST

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    Part four in our bye week on Notre Dame’s 4-0 start. For more, check out our introduction, the secondary, the running backs, and the receiving corps.  OFF-SEASON PERSPECTIVE Most outsiders thought the loss of defensive end Aaron Lynch would be a deathblow to a promising pass rush. The sophomore defensive end, who led the Irish…

  7. Breaking down 4-0: The receiving corps

    Sep 28, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    John Goodman, Tyler Eifert

    Part three in our bye week feature on Notre Dame’s 4-0 start. For more, check out our introduction, the secondary and the running backs. OFF-SEASON PERSPECTIVE All-American Tyler Eifert was a proven commodity. Everybody else? Well… After a run of highly productive receivers started almost a decade ago, the Irish said goodbye to Michael Floyd and hoped to…

  8. Martin looking for better execution from young offense

    Sep 28, 2012, 12:41 AM EST

    Chuck Martin

    One of the unfortunate byproducts of Notre Dame’s decision to keep the assistant coaches away from the media is that we get less time with offensive coordinator Chuck Martin. Moved from the secondary to get the Irish offense back on track, Martin has been tasked with getting an offense with a first time quarterback, a…

  9. Te’o earns his way onto the cover of Sports Illustrated

    Sep 27, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    Manti Te'o SI

    The issue should have arrived in mailboxes around the country yesterday, with Sports Illustrated featuring Manti Te’o on the cover of thousands of magazines. It’s the first time Notre Dame has been featured on the front since 2006, when Brady Quinn, Tommy Zbikowski, and Travis Thomas were on the cover of the college football preview…

  10. Breaking down 4-0: The running backs

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:24 AM EST

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    Part two in our bye week feature on Notre Dame’s 4-0 start. For more, check out our introduction and the secondary. OFF-SEASON PERSPECTIVE On paper, running back seemed like a position of strength. Even though the Irish were saying goodbye to senior Jonas Gray, Notre Dame welcomed back returning rushing leader Cierre Wood for his senior…

  11. Breaking down 4-0: The Secondary

    Sep 26, 2012, 4:19 PM EST

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    There was no bigger question mark on Notre Dame’s roster than the secondary. With first-round draft pick Harrison Smith gone and multi-year contributors Gary Gray and Robert Blanton exiting at cornerback, many believed that the Irish defense would only be as good as the replacements Bob Diaco and Kerry Cooks could find. OFF-SEASON PERSPECTIVE Preparing…

  12. How we got here: Breaking down 4-0

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:26 PM EST

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    After a whirlwind September saw the Irish cross the Atlantic and beat two preseason top 15 teams, the Irish are 4-0 for the first time in a decade. With the bye week coming a little bit earlier than usual, Notre Dame players and coaches get to catch their breath this weekend before heading into October…

  13. Notre Dame to halt series with Michigan after 2014 — UPDATED

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:57 AM EST

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    News broke this morning from an Associated Press report that Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick exercised an out-clause in the contract between Notre Dame and Michigan to halt the series with the Wolverines after the 2014 season. That’s three years earlier than planned, when Michigan asked to take 2018-2019 off from the rivalry that…

  14. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 24, 2012, 4:23 PM EST

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    With the Irish taking the week off with a well deserved bye week, Notre Dame fans everywhere can breathe deep and enjoy a nice break in the action and savor the 4-0 start. As you’d expect with a game like Saturday’s, not everything on the field went the way it was planned, but thanks to…

  15. Still Golson: Kelly reconfirms quarterback plans

    Sep 23, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Notre Dame v Michigan State

    As he did last night, head coach Brian Kelly re-committed to Everett Golson as his starting quarterback, not quite closing the door on Tommy Rees, but holding firm to the plan of working through some growing pains with his young quarterback. “Our goal is for him is to start it and finish it,” Kelly said…

  16. Irish get commitment from WR Torii Hunter Jr.

    Sep 23, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    Torii Hunter Jr

    Notre Dame has cashed in their first big chip of the recruiting weekend with Texas wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. committing to the Irish this weekend. The six-foot, 175-pound wideout from Prosper, Texas has picked Notre Dame over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State among others. Hunter joins a group of talented…

  17. Video round-up: Notre Dame beats Michigan

    Sep 23, 2012, 1:53 PM EST

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    The newest AP poll is out and Notre Dame climbed  to No. 10. It’s the highest ranking for the Irish since the end of the 2006 season, and gives the Irish an opportunity to head into bye week on their best early season roll in a decade. We’ll get to the big recruiting weekend as…

  18. Five things we’ve learned: Notre Dame 13, Michigan 6

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:35 AM EST

    ND MICH

    You never expected it to be easy. If Notre Dame was going to finally beat Michigan after three years of heart-stopping defeats, you didn’t think the Wolverines were going to lay down and go quietly into the night, did you? That’s why in spite of six turnovers — four interceptions and a fumble by Denard…

  19. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 22, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

    Manti Te'o

    After a long week of anticipation, Notre Dame – Michigan is finally here. If you’ve made it this far, stop on in and watch the live blog with me… and a thousand of your closest friends. Standard rules apply, but it should be plenty of fun. If you’re here to watch the game online, you’re…

  20. Game day: No. 11 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Michigan

    Sep 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Offensive Line

    It’s a big day for the Fighting Irish. We’ll be with you every step of the way tonight, hosting the live blog with some special guests from The Observer (Notre Dame’s school newspaper) sports team. Until then, let’s go over some final questions I’ve been thinking about as the No. 11 Irish go through final…

  21. So much for a boring Notre Dame pep rally

    Sep 22, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

    DillonHallPepRally

    The atmosphere at pep rallies the last few years hasn’t been the greatest. Outside of Rocket Ismail’s “Unbelief” speech before USC, it’s been tough to get too fired up for an event that’s designed to get everybody fired up. Well last night changed that a bit. With an emotional Manti Te’o thanking the students for…

  22. Irish defense gets one last chance to stop Denard Robinson

    Sep 21, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

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    Denard Robinson has killed Notre Dame. Smashed their hearts and stomped on their souls. This is undeniable. The man called Shoelace is Enemy No. 1 in South Bend this weekend. He’s put to sleep more echoes and silenced more thunder than any opponent in the modern era of Irish football. The Wolverines enter South Bend…

  23. Pregame six pack: War with the Wolverines

    Sep 21, 2012, 2:35 AM EST

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    There’s no doubt about it. This is a defining Saturday for Notre Dame football. A victory over No. 18 Michigan should propel the No. 11 Fighting Irish into the top 10, thrust right into the middle of BCS bedlam as they enjoy a bye week and take a deep breath before starting another harrowing portion…

  24. Wolverines might take aim at Irish secondary

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Massachusetts v Michigan

    You could fill up a few notebooks contemplating the ways quarterback Denard Robinson can beat the Irish. We’ve seen it first hand with his virtuoso running performance in 2010 and his fourth quarter passing display last season, where Robinson threw touchdown passes of 14, 21, and 16 yards in the games final eleven minutes to…

  25. IBG: Waiting for the Wolverines

    Sep 20, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Harrison Smith Michigan

    I don’t know about you guys, but this week is moving mighty slow. While last Saturday’s game certainly had a high stakes feel to it, the date with the Wolverines feels amplified. Win, and the Irish go to 4-0, with a much needed week of rest to get healthy and continue into uncharted territory. A…