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  1. Spot opens in ’13 class as Mattingly officially decommits

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Danny Mattingly

    In one of the worst kept recruiting secrets out there, outside linebacker Danny Mattingly has opened up his recruitment, talking openly about the decision for the first time. Notre Dame’s recruiting class is now officially at 21, giving the team some breathing room as it continues to chase some high profile targets still left on…

  2. Kelly’s Coach of the Year award a validation of the process

    Dec 6, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    As the only coach to finish college football’s regular season 12-0, the naming of Brian Kelly as the Home Depot Coach of the Year might have been a foregone conclusion. Yet when Kelly steps to the podium tonight in ESPN’s made for television award show, it’s a great validation of the process Kelly used to…

  3. Eifert wins Mackey, Awards pile up for the Irish

    Dec 5, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kapron Lewis-Moore, Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert, Zack Martin

    Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert has won the John Mackey Award, the first Irish player to be honored as college football’s top tight end. For Eifert, the award comes a year after he led the nation in receptions at the position and was statistically the most deserving candidate. Returning for his senior season, Eifert’s…

  4. BC hires Addazio as coaching carousel gets crazy

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Steve Addazio

    Boston College indeed hired a coach with Notre Dame roots. But with Irish fans on red alert as they feared their top defensive assistant was headed to Boston, new Eagles athletic director Brad Bates reached past past current defensive coordinator Bob Diaco for former Irish assistant Steve Addazio, who traded his Temple head coaching job…

  5. Irish recruits all over the Rivals250 list

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    Looking for context as you measure the quality of Notre Dame’s 2013 recruiting class? The Rivals250 — the final grades for the recruiting class set to ink this February — have been finalized, and as you’d expect, Notre Dame has put together a terrific class. The Irish have recruits all over the top 250, with…

  6. Te’o wins Butkus Award (Jaylon Smith does too)

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Irish linebacker Te'o follows the play against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    After shedding 15 pounds in the offseason to help make him a faster player, Manti Te’o better be careful. On the banquet circuit, the pounds pile on pretty quickly. Te’o, on the first stop of an awards tour that’ll pile plenty of kudos on Notre Dame’s middle linebacker, was awarded the 28th annual Butkus Award…

  7. Report: Bob Diaco to interview at Boston College

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    Courtesy of South Bend Tribune

    File this under the category of not unexpected, but still worth a worry. A report out of, the Rivals’ Boston College affiliate, is reporting that Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will interview for the Eagles head coaching job. Veteran scribe Mark Blaudschun, who has a great handle on the B.C. athletic department, thinks…

  8. Live blog — Alabama vs. Georgia

    Dec 1, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Nick Saban, Mark Richt

    Alabama and Georgia will face off this afternoon, with the winner earning its way into the national championship game, where they’ll face Notre Dame. For Irish fans, it’ll be an opportunity to see their opponent face their stiffest competition of the year. It’ll also be a chance to see the vaunted SEC in all its…

  9. Weekend notes: Recruiting, SEC title, HeIsManti

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    For the first time in a long time, Saturday will be spent watching football for enjoyment’s sake. We’ll still have five weeks to break down either Alabama or Georgia, but just because this SEC Championship will be a bit more interesting to Notre Dame fans than usual, we’ll be live-blogging the proceedings tomorrow. Joined by…

  10. A magical time of year

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Notre Dame

    Let me utter a sentence that isn’t often said on the last day of November in northwest Indiana: It’s a great time to be in South Bend. The Irish await the winner of Alabama-Georgia in the national championship game. Mike Brey’s hoops team dispatched John Calipari’s lastest gang of mercenaries. As the student body galvanizes…

  11. Kelly impresses on West Coast swing

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly stayed on the West Coast after beating USC, visiting some top California prospects before stopping in St. Paul to visit James Onwualu and onto Michigan to see Steve Elmer, two early-enrollees in the class of 2013. But before he left California, he certainly left his stamp on the area, and some top 2014…

  12. HeIsManti or Johnny Football: An incredibly biased opinion

    Nov 28, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o, Stephon Tuitt

    Having a blog that covers Notre Dame football stump for an Irish player’s Heisman candidacy is pretty transparent. And lame. So I’ll spare you some of the usual rhetoric that comes with this type of column. Do I think Manti Te’o should win the Heisman Trophy? Yes. Do I think he deserves it? Yes. Do…

  13. Five-star challenge: Irish take aim at Bryant, Redfield

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT


    Being No. 1 in the country has its privileges. Right now, those perks include chasing down some of the top talent in the country, something Notre Dame’s coaching staff is doing as they try and put the finishing touches on a stellar 2013 recruiting class. There isn’t a lot of room in a class that…

  14. Diaco’s nomination for the Broyles Award well earned

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Bob Diaco hat

    Yesterday, Bob Diaco was nominated as one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach. Other assistants nominated are Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, Kliff Kingsbury, the OC at Texas A&M, and defensive coordinators Dan Quinn of Florida and Derek Mason of Stanford. Diaco, who serves as assistant head…

  15. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 26, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Notre Dame defensive players Tuitt, Nix III, and Te'O celebrate after breaking up a play in the fourth quarter during their win over USC in their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles

    With Saturday night’s victory, Notre Dame kept its stranglehold on the No. 1 spot in all the land. As expected, with just the conference title games left, the BCS rankings have the Irish atop their standings, with a No. 1 ranking in the Harris Poll, the USA Today Coaches Poll, and the top spot across…

  16. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 22, USC 13

    Nov 25, 2012, 2:17 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    LOS ANGELES — It’ll be a game that ends up etched in a coffee table book. Or a victory memorialized by a catchy turn of phrase. History will certainly be kind to No. 1 Notre Dame’s gutty 22-13 win over USC. But make no mistake, this victory was not extraordinary. The Irish beat the Trojans…

  17. It’s official: Irish punch ticket to championship

    Nov 24, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Notre Dame's Theo Riddick celebrates after scoring a touchdown against USC during their NCAA college football game in Los Angeles

    That’s it. Notre Dame is going to the national championship. No really. Notre Dame is going to the national championship. It wasn’t pretty, but thanks to a hard-nosed effort by Theo Riddick and a gutty performance by Everett Golson, the Irish survived multiple scares by the Trojans and a vallant effort by redshirt freshman Max…

  18. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 24, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    LOS ANGELES — We are finally there. On an unseasonably warm November evening, the No. 1 Fighting Irish prepare to take on USC, battling their rivals for the right to head to Miami for the national championship game. Stories like this one usually write themselves. But we’ll still be here keeping you up to speed…

  19. Game Day: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Notre Dame USC

    The Irish have invaded Southern California. A biennial pilgrimage that usually doubles as a short vacation for Midwesterners looking for one last long weekend of sun before winter, there’s a different feel to this year’s game, and for good reason. Notre Dame is playing for its shot in the national title game. As usual, we’ll…

  20. Pregame Six Pack: The final battle

    Nov 23, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT

    Irish linebacker Te'o follows the play against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    On Friday afternoon, Notre Dame will board a plane for Los Angeles. By the time they leave, they’ll know if they’ve punched their ticket to Miami, awaiting a challenger in the national championship game. After three months of twists and turns, the No. 1 Fighting Irish take on Southern Cal in the country’s greatest intersectional…

  21. Why I’m Thankful: Notre Dame and its magical season

    Nov 22, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT


    Thanksgiving Day. A time for the Macy’s parade, a day of football, too much turkey, and corny columns from writers everywhere. But in the midst of a historic season, some stories absolutely have to be written, even with family, football, and food waiting. As the Irish gather at their coaches’ homes for holiday meals before…

  22. IBG: All that’s left are the Trojans

    Nov 22, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT


    Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Hope we can all spend a little time with our families before the entire focus turns to the big game this weekend. Until then, I tried to throw my best at the Subway Domer for this week’s Irish Blogger Gathering, and he stepped up and took on all comers, not unlike a…

  23. Marqise Lee talks match-up with Notre Dame

    Nov 21, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Arizona State v USC

    USC’s No. 1 weapon, wide receiver Marqise Lee, went on the air with Russ Thaler on SportsTalk today, talking about the big game this weekend, Max Wittek’s “guarantee,” and what a victory over No. 1 Notre Dame would mean for the Trojans. ***

  24. Notre Dame: “The best SEC team in the country”

    Nov 21, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    Notre Dame isn’t just in control of its own destiny this weekend, it’s in control of the entire college football world. A Notre Dame victory on Saturday guarantees that the Irish will find its way into the national title game. Everybody else — with Alabama having the inside track — will have to fight for…

  25. And in that corner… The Southern California Trojans

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    USC v UCLA

    Well folks, it doesn’t get any bigger than this one. With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s Notre Dame’s biennial trip to Los Angeles, with this showdown in the Coliseum meaning more than any other in recent memory for the Irish. As we’ve discussed (and will continue to discuss for the next few days), Trojan’s quarterback Matt…