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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. IBG: Days from Miami

    Dec 30, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT


    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. breaks down the top plays from 2012

    Dec 29, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Our friends at 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. ***

  7. 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.…

  8. Key recruit Vanderdoes no longer committed to USC

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT


    Key defensive line recruit Eddie Vanderdoes has publicly announced he’s no longer committed to USC, a decision he reportedly made three weeks ago. Notre Dame, who had a limited target list at defensive tackle this recruiting cycle but has long offered the 6-foot-3, 300-pound blue-chipper, spent the better part of the last two months pushing…

  9. Ten players, ten reasons: TJ Jones

    Dec 27, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    TJ Jones

    The third 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 and Danny Spond. TJ Jones was a broken kid. In the minutes before Notre Dame opened the 2011 season, he grieved the loss of his father and hero, Andre Jones,…

  10. Alabama AD has had a close look at both Irish and Tide

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mal Moore

    For many awaiting January 7th’s BCS Championship, they’re expecting a culture clash between two traditional football powers. Nobody expects to find much of a common thread between Notre Dame and Alabama. Whether its the differences between life in Tuscaloosa or  South Bend, or a proud football independent versus the leading man in the rough and…

  11. Ten players, ten reasons: Danny Spond

    Dec 26, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    BYU v Notre Dame

    The second in a series on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to a national title game. For more, see part one on Zeke Motta. It’s a story that’s been told, but certainly one that bears repeating. Danny Spond thought his football career was over. In August, the junior linebacker, the…

  12. The road to 12-0: Purdue

    Dec 26, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Robert Maci, Joe Gilliam, Everett Golson

    The second in a series that will look back at Notre Dame’s undefeated 12-0 regular season. For more, read about the Navy game. With Notre Dame’s impressive 50-10 victory, the Irish jumped into the polls, checking in at No. 22 as they returned home from Dublin to play Purdue. After watching Everett Golson look comfortable…

  13. Christmas links: Crist, Jackson, and Elliott

    Dec 25, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

    Jarious Jackson

    First and foremost, a very Merry Christmas to everyone. Thanks for being a part of a wonderful year, both on and off the field. It’s terrific to see how many readers we keep bringing to the Inside the Irish blog, and I appreciate all the new friends. Hope you enjoy some time with family, a…

  14. Ten players, ten reasons: Zeke Motta

    Dec 24, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Notre Dame-Purdue

    The first of ten features on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. If there’s a handful of enduring images from this season, Zeke Motta‘s celebration in the USC visitors locker room belongs near the top of the list. As Lane Kiffin addressed the media after another…

  15. The road to 12-0: Navy

    Dec 24, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Navy

    The Irish have taken a long and winding road to Miami. The trail they’ve forged — crossing the Atlantic to open the season and playing their season finale just miles from the Pacific — gives you an idea of the literal distance this team had to travel to fight their way into college football’s finale. …

  16. PTI Timeline: Notre Dame — History not kind to Wilbon

    Dec 21, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    PTI guys

    There are numerous reasons I find HBO’s The Newsroom grating. Skipping past the one-dimensional female characters, melodramatic plot cheats, and overly political agenda, the biggest issue I have with Aaron Sorkin‘s one-hour drama is the omnipotence of Will McAvoy and his news team. The ACN News Night team never gets a story wrong, a product…

  17. Holtz talks candidly about life at the top of Notre Dame

    Dec 20, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Lou Holtz

    For most of the younger generation, especially those suiting up and playing football, Lou Holtz isn’t known as a football coach, but as Dr. Lou, the funny old fella on ESPN that’s got a catchy phrase for just about everything. While the ESPN Holtz has become almost a caricature of himself, and the mantel piece…

  18. James officially decommits from ’13 recruiting class

    Dec 19, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jamel James

    The whispers have been out there for a few weeks, but today running back Jamel James confirmed he was no longer a part of the ’13 recruiting class. The departure of the 215-pound running back leaves five-star prospect Greg Bryant the only back currently in the class. James’ status in the class had been up…

  19. All-American center Jones key to line battle

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Alabama Crimson Tide Cody Mandell, Kevin Norwood and Barrett Jones celebrate after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs during the NCAA SEC college football championship in Atlanta

    If Manti Te’o was spotted wearing a protective boot this week, you can bet Notre Dame fans would be a little bit worried heading into Christmas. That’s where Alabama fans find themselves, with the heart and soul of their team’s best unit, All-American center Barrett Jones, still in a protective cast on his left foot.…

  20. Martin’s return keyed by Hiestand’s results

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Atkinson III jumps into the arms of teammate Martin after a touchdown against Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their NCAA college football game in South Bend, Indiana

    You won’t confuse Harry Hiestand for a man looking for greener pastures. The veteran offensive line coach, in his first season in South Bend, has no qualms being a position coach, a job that might seem like old hat for a respected assistant who has coached in a Super Bowl and spent the last three…

  21. Nix shows wisdom in returning to Notre Dame

    Dec 18, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Santa Louis Nix III

    You could forgive Louis Nix for capitalizing on the hard work he’s put in as a football player. Committing to Notre Dame with the program in the middle of a coaching transition, the high school senior from a hard knock neighborhood and an oversized family, brought a preternatural maturity and wisdom that belies his jokester…

  22. It’s official: Martin and Nix will return for 2013

    Dec 17, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Chris Watt,  Zack Martin

    Today is Notre Dame’s media day for the BCS Championship, so expect news to flow from the various interviews as Brian Kelly, his assistant coaches, and select players will be available for questions and answers. But Kelly supplied some of the biggest news today when he announced that left tackle Zack Martin and nose guard…

  23. Weekend Notes: Dial, Pac-12 refs, and Russell’s journey

    Dec 14, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC

    We’re still 24 long days away from Notre Dame’s date with Alabama in the national title game. While following the daily rumblings on the recruiting trail or coaching carousel has been enjoyable, it’s time to get to the holidays so we can make the calendar move a little bit quicker. Starting next week, we’re going…

  24. Broyles Award finds perfect fit in Bob Diaco

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Bob Diaco hat

    When Frank Broyles and his selection committee set out to rightfully honor the very best in assistant coaches, they had probably never heard of Bob Diaco. At the time, Diaco was a young man just completing a college football career at Iowa, playing for the legendary Hayden Fry. Yet even as a two-time All-Big Ten…

  25. Reports: Redfield down to Notre Dame and USC

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Max Redfield

    The Irish coaching staff certainly isn’t resting on its laurels in the recruiting war. Even with a recruiting class edging closer to capacity, Notre Dame is in the hunt for one of the country’s elite safeties, Southern California’s Max Redfield. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, Redfield has the elite size coveted by the Irish at safety. While…