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  1. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Oct 1, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd 3

    While it’s hardly the top billing of the evening, the Fighting Irish have a chance to make a primetime statement, three weeks after failing to do so with all eyes watching. Notre Dame heads down to West Lafayette, taking on an undermanned Purdue squad that doesn’t have much of a shot on paper against a…

  2. RB Will Mahone pledges to the Irish

    Oct 1, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Will Mahone

    It seemed like a long time coming. After months of being connected to the Irish, Ohio running back Will Mahone finally committed to Notre Dame last night, giving the Irish a much needed commitment in the backfield. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back from Austintown, Ohio had offers from Penn State, Pitt, Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois,…

  3. Pregame Six Pack: Primetime at Purdue

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:14 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Four down, eight to go. After digging themselves into an improbable 0-2 hole, the Irish are ready to push their way above .500, a long slog back after two really disheartening losses. They’ll have their chance to do it in primetime Saturday night, with the Irish and Boilermakers kicking off at Rose-Ade Stadium at 8:00…

  4. IBG: Pushing towards Purdue

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    George Atkinson MSU

    In case people forgot, the Irish are playing a football game this Saturday night. Yep, they’ll be hopping on the bus and heading down to West Lafayette, enjoying that glorious drive down US 31 into Boilermaker country, where a hostile crowd will be looking to enact revenge from 2009, where Purdue nearly pulled the upset…

  5. Ragone still contributing, sixth year possible

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Mike Ragone

    The Irish have done a good job of staying healthy these first four games. Unfortunately, one big exception is fifth-year tight end Mike Ragone, who tore his ACL against Michigan and was lost for the year. Ragone’s had three major knee injuries dating back to his senior year in high school, a snake-bit career that…

  6. And in that corner… The Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd Purdue

    It’s that time of year. The Purdue game. An annual tradition that’s not entirely appreciated by one-side of the in-state “rivalry,” a term that alone makes some Notre Dame fans bristle. (Memo to those fans: Be careful about getting too uppity about rivalries. Just look at what’s happened with Navy lately.) Anyway, if Michigan and…

  7. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:44 AM EDT

    brian-kelly-michigan

    Okay, people — who’s ready to turn the corner from bickering about a quarterback controversy that only exists in the hearts and minds of Irish fans? (This guy!) While there will be plenty of time for us to keep picking away at the play behind center, Brian Kelly and the Irish continued to trudge forward,…

  8. Rees is still Kelly’s quarterback

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Tommy Rees USF

    You can spend a day trying to analyze the Irish quarterbacking conundrum. I just did — spending a solid 18 hours with a draft open before ever successfully committing a word to page. It hasn’t been for lack of effort. Or lack of dissenting opinions. But here’s the rub: Ask a thousand Irish fans what…

  9. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Pitt

    A second viewing of Notre Dame’s 15-12 victory doesn’t add new perspective to Saturday’s win. The maddening inconsistencies that have plagued this football team still exist, rearing their ugly heads when you’d least expect it. Two turnovers, a missed field goal, and too many penalties all combine to give you a squad that has understandably…

  10. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 15, Pitt 12

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Gang tackle Pitt

    The recipe for disaster was there. Eight penalties for 85 yards. Another lost turnover battle, 2-0. Drive killing mistakes. But Saturday turned out differently, with Notre Dame beating Pittsburgh 15-12 thanks to a great fourth quarter drive by Tommy Rees, who up until that point was held captive by a blitzing Panthers defense. It was…

  11. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    With an early kickoff today, enjoy a late breakfast and a live blog with us as Notre Dame battles for a chance to get back to even on the season, with hopes of beginning their first winning streak of the year. Some relatively big news broke yesterday when Pitt announced senior guard Chris Jacobson, the…

  12. Pregame Six Pack: Prepping for Pitt

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:30 AM EDT

    What a difference a week makes. Irish fans didn’t quite know what to make of last weekend’s game: an annual rivalry, a game the Irish usually don’t fare well in, and Las Vegas somehow favoring Notre Dame by almost a touchdown even though they were the team with an 0-2 record and Michigan State was…

  13. IBG: Life at the quarter-turn

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:06 AM EDT

    Little Mac

    Slow this season down, please! After months of analyzing and dissecting all the things related to the 2011 football season, the first three weeks — in all their bizarre and agonizing glory — are already gone. Not a lot of people saw a 1-2 start for the Irish, and nobody saw the way the Irish…

  14. Jones carries heavy heart after loss of his father

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    tj-jones

    With TJ Jones made available to the media for the first time after the sudden death of his father Andre in June, there are a few great columns out today on the sophomore wide receiver and how impressive he’s been pushing on in a time of tragedy. “Every second, when I’m not thinking about schoolwork…

  15. Lynch adds another level to Irish pass rush

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    Aaron Lynch has always had a flair for the dramatic. Whether it was a recruiting battle that played out like a Friday Night Lights episode, his eye-popping performances in the Army All-American Bowl and the spring’s Blue-Gold game, Lynch came to campus with lofty expectations heaped on him by anybody that followed the Irish. Brian…

  16. And in that corner… The Pitt Panthers

    Sep 21, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

    Floyd Pitt

    For the first time in more than half a decade, the Irish will prepare to take on a Pittsburgh team that doesn’t feature Dave Wannstedt on the sidelines. Kicked to the curb after winning 27 games over the last three seasons, the Pitt brass finally tired of the Wannstedt era, known for it’s inability to…

  17. Aaron Lynch: Sack one

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Consider this for posterity’s sake, but the video guys at NBCSports.com did a nice cut-up on Aaron Lynch‘s first official sack in an Irish uniform.     I have a feeling there’ll be plenty more, so consider this a fun one to put in the memory bank.

  18. Tuesdays with BK: Moving on to Pitt

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly spring ball

    With a win against Michigan State in the rearview mirror, the Irish and head coach Brian Kelly move on to Pittsburgh and Todd Graham, who put himself on the map last year when his Tulsa team can to Notre Dame and shocked the Irish 28-27 last October. The win propelled a Tulsa team that was 4-3…

  19. 2012 recruiting class hits 15 with WR Chris Brown

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Chris Brown

    With the class of 2013 getting its first commitment in offensive lineman Steve Elmers, the remaining seats in the class of 2012 continue to fill up, with South Carolina wide receiver Chris Brown committing to the Irish after an official visit to Notre Dame for the Michigan State game. The six-foot-two wide receiver is the…

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

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:13 AM EDT

    Kelly and Blanton

    In a series of games that have seen close wins by both Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Irish finally were able to pull off an impressive victory — something that’s been few and far between these past 15 years. After dominating the Spartans in every phase of the game, it’s finally time to find…

  21. Irish land first 2013 recruit in OL Steve Elmers

    Sep 18, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Steve Elmer

    Lost in the shuffle of the Irish’s 31-13 victory yesterday was the news that Notre Dame also received its first recruiting commitment for the class of 2013. It just goes to show how important the victory was, because losing track of 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle Steve Elmer is an accomplishment. The junior offensive tackle from…

  22. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:19 PM EDT

    Robert Blanton

    Robert Blanton wasn’t taking the bait. After doing everything but putting on Superman’s cape in Notre Dame’s 31-13 victory over No. 15 Michigan State, NBC’s Alex Flanagan asked the senior cornerback if this was the best game he’s ever played. “No, ma’am,” Blanton replied matter-of-factly. The response is the perfect one for a veteran leader…

  23. Live Blogs: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    ara

    There’ll be no two-hour weather delays. No 110,000 screaming fans cheering for the opposition. It’ll be a good old fashioned Notre Dame Saturday, with the local weather perfect for football… not to mention a double live blog. That’s where today will be a little bit different. We’re still going to be doing our live chat…

  24. ND vs. MSU: Final questions for Joe Rexrode

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    There’s no day like today for the Irish. Win, and they’re one small step closer to digging themselves out of a serious hole. With a loss, well — Notre Dame is 0-3 and looking for some serious answers. Even though the Irish are a five point favorite, the Spartans have won 10 of the last…

  25. Pregame Six Pack: Bring on Sparty

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Theo Riddick Michigan State

    If you canvassed a group of Notre Dame fans, not many saw a 0-2 start coming. In fact, if you look at NDNation.com’s annual probability poll, there’s a bunch of statistical stuff that I’m sure I’ll mangle when explaining, but the gist of it is that most people had the Irish beating USF and a…