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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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. ***

  12. 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.…

  13. Key recruit Vanderdoes no longer committed to USC

    Dec 28, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Eddie-Vanderdoes

    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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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. …

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…