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  1. David Ruffer: Rudy 2.0

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    David Ruffer

    Last year, David Ruffer went from anonymous walk-on to Lou Groza Award finalist, one of the more amazing stories in the college football world. After working his way into Notre Dame after getting rejected out of high school, Ruffer was discovered kicking in a interhall football game by the coaching staff. The rest is… well,…

  2. Molnar targeted for the UMass head coaching job

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Charley Molnar

    A week after running backs coach Tim Hinton was rumored to be joining Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff (nothing has happened yet), there’s more smoke around another member of Brian Kelly‘s staff: offensive coordinator Charley Molnar, who looks to be the front-runner for the vacant UMass coaching job. Mark Braudschun of the Boston Globe reports…

  3. A special message from Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    In case you didn’t believe Brian Kelly when he said Stephon Tuitt was cleared to practice after a serious illness, the freshman defensive lineman joins his partner-in-crime Louis Nix to invite Irish fans to the upcoming Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. Next up, Louis Nix reads from DuLac. I’d still probably watch it.

  4. Notre Dame versus Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl

    Dec 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Michael Floyd

    A year after renewing a storied rivalry against Miami in the Sun Bowl, the Irish have another date with a vaunted opponent of yesteryear. Thanks to Clemson’s victory in the ACC Championship last night, Notre Dame will take on Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl, giving December 29th one of the most high-profile match-ups…

  5. Crist makes it official: Transfer in motion

    Dec 4, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Dayne Crist

    It started with a tweet last week (of course it did, this is 2011 after all), quickly deleted after it spread like wildfire through cyberspace: walkerRcarey Walker Carey I have a sneaking feeling that I will be a Wisconsin Badgers fan next year. 8 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply Retweeted by @SeanCwynar98 After weeks of…

  6. Weekend six pack: plane tracker edition

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Keith Marshall

    With a bowl game still to be determined, the Irish aren’t quite sure when their next game is. For players, that means a week where there isn’t a whole lot to do. “I hate not knowing what to do with your free time,” linebacker Carlo Calabrese tweeted yesterday. Well that makes a few thousand of…

  7. Dever looks back at his five years under the dome

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    For an offensive lineman that was recruited by Charlie Weis, Taylor Dever‘s big break came when Brian Kelly took over the Notre Dame football program. Up until then, Dever was mostly an anonymous tackle, stuck in Sam Young’s shadow, a four-year starter that didn’t give up his job until he graduated and was drafted by…

  8. Midwest recruiting scene just got a little more crowded

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    brady-hoke

    Way back in June, we took a look at the lay of the land in the Midwest, and noticed how the recruiting world might be shifting a bit. Back then, big news was that Russell Wilson — given his walking papers by North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien — was signing on the dotted line…

  9. Kelly stays on the West Coast as coaches hit the recruiting trail

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Arik Armstead

    When the Irish loaded up and departed the San Francisco airport late Saturday night, head coach Brian Kelly stayed behind, swinging by some key West Coast spots before returning to his team later this week. While the internet is abuzz with a full fledged quarterback controversy after Andrew Hendrix gave the offense a jolt in…

  10. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Stanford

    We’ve got a month to spend talking about what comes next for the Irish, but let’s talk about what just happened first. With the Irish given one last chance to perform on a big stage, they turned into wallflowers, tripping over their feet when they finally got their chance to tango with a Stanford team…

  11. Five things we learned: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 14

    Nov 27, 2011, 1:54 AM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    When you laid out the checklist of things Notre Dame needed to do to beat No. 4 Stanford on Saturday night, the objectives were quite clear. Limit mistakes, win the battle at the line of scrimmage, and eliminate turnovers — bedrock principles for winning football games. Yet from the opening minutes of the Irish’s 28-14…

  12. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Nov 26, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Mike Floyd high point

    You can spin yourself dizzy trying to think of the different permutations that could help Notre Dame slide their way into the BCS rankings’ top 14 teams. But all of that doesn’t matter if the Irish don’t show up tonight, tasked with one of their biggest challenges on the year with Stanford and quarterback Andrew…

  13. Pregame Six Pack: Stanford edition

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Eifert

    With turkey and leftovers stuffed into refrigerators everywhere, the rest of the weekend can be dedicated to what’s important (and no, it’s not Black Friday sales): Football. As the final regular season Saturday of the year approaches, Notre Dame has the chance to prove that they’re a different team than the one that opened the…

  14. IBG: Thankful for another year of football

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    What a bizarre year of football. After months of anticipation, the season got off to its worst possible start, as the Irish stumbled out of the gate so badly that most casual football fans never even got a chance to hop on the Notre Dame bandwagon. But of course, this website isn’t for the casual…

  15. Kelly preps the Irish for Stanford

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    Before the Irish break for the holiday and set off to Palo Alto, Brian Kelly took some time to talk with the media and get everyone up to speed on injuries, Stanford, his Thanksgiving plans, and what the Irish need to do to spring an upset on No. 4 Stanford. As usual, the guys at…

  16. And in that corner… The Stanford Cardinal

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Andrew Luck

    After nearly three months of being the favorite, the Irish finally get to try their hand as an underdog. That’s how Brian Kelly‘s troops find themselves as they prepare to head to Palo Alto on Saturday, ready to take on the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal, led by All-Universe quarterback Andrew Luck. Leaving Luck — all…

  17. All hands on deck for Stanford

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    manti-teo getty images

    At this time of year, no football team is entirely healthy. (Just ask the guys in Palo Alto.) But as the Irish head into their final — and most important — game of the year, let’s take a look at the positional depth chart and see just how well the Irish are hanging on. Brian…

  18. Turning the focus to Stanford

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    The scene is the locker room was far from what you’d expect after a final home victory in Notre Dame Stadium. With his college career ending on a note he never thought possible just hours before, Jonas Gray addressed his teammates, emotionally imploring them to finish the job this season, even if he wouldn’t be…

  19. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

    Nov 20, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees BC

    For all the bellyaching that’s followed the Irish’s imperfect 16-14 victory over Boston College, a chaotic Saturday in the college football world should’ve given people plenty of reminders that no victory should be assumed and simply surviving is sometimes accomplishment enough. That was No. 8 Virginia Tech surviving a fourth quarter rally by mediocre North…

  20. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 16, Boston College 14

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Michael Floyd

    Senior Day will always be bittersweet. But Saturday’s home finale was also cruel, with the Irish’s 16-14 victory over Boston College overshadowed by the loss of senior running back Jonas Gray. Gray — one of the great surprises of the 2011 season, coming from nowhere to becoming the Irish’s most dangerous rusher — was tackled…

  21. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

    Nov 19, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd 3

    On paper, this game looks as lopsided as any the Irish have played. But with Boston College coming to town and emotions running high on Senior Day, anything can happen this afternoon as the Eagles and the Irish battle. That the Irish have already lost three games and are most likely out of BCS contention…

  22. Gameday at Notre Dame: Make the last one a good one

    Nov 19, 2011, 1:55 AM EDT

    harrison-smith-post

    As a large group of Notre Dame seniors head onto the field for the last time, there’s been an awful lot of good work done to document the event. Before we get to the live blog, let’s get everyone up to speed on some of the great articles that were written in the last day…

  23. Pregame six pack: Here comes the Holy War

    Nov 18, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Close your eyes and you might have missed it. After an opening to the season that can only be described as bizarre, Notre Dame has righted the ship, won seven of their last eight games, and is closing in on the end of the 2011 season. For eight graduate students and 30 seniors, this could…

  24. IBG: Down the stretch we come

    Nov 18, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

    Tommy Rees USF

    If rivalries were measured by the excellence of snarky t-shirts generated by students and fans, the Notre Dame-Boston College match-up would be up there with the best rivalries in all of college football. When the Eagles come to town, a fanbase with an awful lot of similarities joins them, and the result is the kind…

  25. Riddick limited, Te’o ready to go

    Nov 17, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Theo Riddick Michigan State

    Meeting with the media after practice yesterday, Brian Kelly got back on the hamster wheel and brought us more of the same. “We’re in the midst of pretty boring times for all you folks,” Kelly said. “It’s preparation and doing the things we need to do each and every week. Making sure we stay on…