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

    Sep 27, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    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…

  2. Breaking down 4-0: The running backs

    Sep 27, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    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…

  3. Breaking down 4-0: The Secondary

    Sep 26, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 26, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 25, 2012, 11:57 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 24, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

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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…

  7. Still Golson: Kelly reconfirms quarterback plans

    Sep 23, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Irish get commitment from WR Torii Hunter Jr.

    Sep 23, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    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…

  9. Video round-up: Notre Dame beats Michigan

    Sep 23, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 23, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

    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…

  11. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 22, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    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…

  13. So much for a boring Notre Dame pep rally

    Sep 22, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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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…

  15. Pregame six pack: War with the Wolverines

    Sep 21, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

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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…

  16. Wolverines might take aim at Irish secondary

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    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…

  17. IBG: Waiting for the Wolverines

    Sep 20, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Michigan staff prepares for test against Irish

    Sep 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    brady-hoke

    The Michigan coaching staff met with the media this week to discuss the football game this weekend. Head coach Brady Hoke discussed the challenges ahead for his football team, while offensive coordinator Al Borges discussed the evolution of Denard Robinson and the work the offense still needs to do. And as it happened last year,…

  19. And in that corner… The Michigan Wolverines

    Sep 19, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Denard Robinson, Perry McIntyre

    If last Saturday’s victory was a “signature win for the Irish, this Saturday’s game is to settle a score. When No. 11 Notre Dame battles No. 18 Michigan, the Irish won’t just be looking to take down another ranked opponent and push their way into the country’s top ten, they’ll be looking to seek vengeance…

  20. Tuesdays with BK: Wolverines!

    Sep 18, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    091110_UM V ND FBC ROBINSON 3 LON

    Brian Kelly met with the media this afternoon to discuss the Irish’s preparation for Michigan, a game that’s likely been circled on the calendar for every member of ND Nation since last year’s late-game implosion. With a primetime start and two nationally ranked teams, there’s a lot at stake. Yet don’t tell  Kelly that there’s…

  21. Opposition round-up: Week three

    Sep 17, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    USC v Stanford

    Let’s take a quick jog through the Irish schedule and see how Notre Dame’s past and future opponents did in week three. NAVY — It looks like it might be another tough season in Annapolis, with Ken Niumatalolo’s squad turning the ball over four times against Penn State to give Bill O’Brien his first win.…

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

    Sep 16, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    A big win for Notre Dame doesn’t mean they’re back. But the dominating victory sure does propel them into the conversation. An exciting weekend of college football combined with a terrific defensive performance pushed the Irish up to No. 11 in the country, the highest ranking for Notre Dame since the end of the 2006…

  23. Jamoris Slaughter lost for year with Achilles injury

    Sep 16, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Jamoris Slaughter

    Notre Dame may have won a huge battle with their 20-3 victory over No. 10 Michigan State, but they lost a key cog to their defense. Brian Kelly confirmed the worst for senior safety Jamoris Slaughter who suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the third quarter of the Irish victory and will be lost for…

  24. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 3

    Sep 16, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan State

    Statistics don’t always tell the story of a football game. A quick glance at the box score of the Irish’s 20-3 dismantling of No. 10 Michigan State doesn’t do Brian Kelly and his football team justice. The Irish were just 1 of 14 on third downs. Everett Golson completed less than half his throws, going…

  25. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 15, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

    Irish Spartans

    After an eventful week for Notre Dame athletics, it’s finally time for the Irish to actually take the field and battle Michigan State. As usual, we’re here with the live blog. Notre Dame will have its chance to beat a top ten opponent for the first time in nine tries, with Brian Kelly battling Mark…