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Keith Arnold

  1. Pregame Six Pack: Prepping for Purdue

    Sep 7, 2012, 1:06 AM EDT

    Akeem Hunt

    No doubt, expectations have been raised thanks to the Irish’s convincing victory over Navy. But one win is a data point. Two would make a trend. And over the past few years, the trend has never been a good one for Notre Dame. With a stout defensive line and strength in the secondary, quarterback Everett…

  2. IBG: Can the Irish keep the train rolling?

    Sep 6, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT


    I don’t think anybody expected the Irish to steamroll Navy for the second straight season. Behind the rock solid offensive line play and an impressive performance by Manti Te’o’s defense, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo called the Irish the best Notre Dame team he’d seen in 15 years. Nobody knows how to take advantage of momentum…

  3. Notre Dame hoping fans are ready to take a staND

    Sep 6, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT


    It’s hardly newsworthy to mention the fact that Notre Dame Stadium isn’t the most daunting home field advantage in college football. Between welcoming fans, overly protective ushers, and a geriatric portion of the fanbase that spends most of the game sitting on their thumbs, it’s been far too easy for opponents to walk into South…

  4. The case for a vanilla offense

    Sep 5, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Arkansas State v Oregon

    With Notre Dame breaking in a first-time quarterback in Everett Golson, many worried the Irish offensive attack would be too vanilla, making it easy on opposing defensive coordinators. Those that watched Notre Dame’s debut against Navy saw simplicity in the approach, but success in that execution. It may have been vanilla, but that tends to…

  5. Trick Shot Monday goes big time

    Sep 5, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

    Trick Shot Monday

    What started as a fun locker room game for the Notre Dame players has gone past viral and now turned mainstream. Trick Shot Monday was featured on SportsCenter’s top ten plays, an impressive feat for Jake Golic‘s long distance, ping pong bank shot into a small water cup. Here’s the video of the impressive long…

  6. And in that corner: The Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 5, 2012, 1:35 AM EDT

    Cierre Wood

    After starting 2011 in the worst possible fashion, Irish fans couldn’t feel better about things after a 50-10 drubbing of Navy. First-time starting quarterback Everett Golson looked confident and smooth in his debut. The Irish ground attack was prolific, even without starter Cierre Wood. And even without defensive end Aaron Lynch, the Irish continually harassed…

  7. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 4, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    If you expected head coach Brian Kelly to be excited about Notre Dame jumping into both the AP and Coaches Poll at No. 22, you might be disappointed. When asked if it was something he paid attention to, Notre Dame’s head coach was pretty succinct. “White noise,” Kelly said. “White noise.” With in-state rival Purdue…

  8. Pinkett to return to radio broadcast after suspension

    Sep 4, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Notre Dame The Shirt

    While Allen Pinkett‘s comments last week had him sent home from Ireland and removed from the radio broadcast for the game against Navy, they will not cost him his job. Notre Dame IMG Radio Network announced that Pinkett will serve a three-game unpaid suspension before returning to join Don Criqui in the radio booth. “Allen…

  9. Behind the scenes: Irish Connection vs. Navy

    Sep 4, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Navy

    Wrapping up the Irish’s 50-10 victory over Navy,’s popular Irish Connection video, the 40th edition, is posted for everyone’s enjoyment. It features a ton of great sideline footage including touchdown runs by Theo Riddick, George Atkinson, Stephon Tuitt, and Robby Toma. It also gives you a peak onto the sidelines during the romp, and…

  10. Opposition round-up

    Sep 3, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

    Barkley Woods

    With college football kicking off this weekend, Notre Dame wasn’t the only program that got to see what their team was made of. With a schedule that looked to be one of the most daunting slates in the country, I did my best to keep tabs on all the future Irish opponents. Here’s a quick…

  11. Ireland trip part of what makes Notre Dame special

    Sep 2, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT


    With my bags packed and wake-up call set, I’ll spend Labor Day traveling a little over 5,000 miles as I head from Dublin back home to Manhattan Beach. I’m a terrible traveler — constantly getting too hot, too uncomfortable, too claustraphobic in a plane I can never sleep on — and the idea of 13…

  12. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Sep 2, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Navy

    With Irish fans migrating back across the Atlantic to get home for Labor Day, it’s time to put a bow on Notre Dame’s dominating 50-10 victory over Navy. After starting the 2011 season in such calamitous fashion, the Irish left no shadow of doubt, scoring touchdowns on their first three offensive drives, the first time…

  13. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 50, Navy 10

    Sep 1, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Navy

    DUBLIN — After an offseason and training camp spent listening to talking heads and columnists shovel dirt onto a once proud football program, Notre Dame spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Ireland letting out some frustration. For one Saturday, it appears the death of a once proud football program was greatly exaggerated, as Notre Dame…

  14. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Sep 1, 2012, 7:44 AM EDT


    DUBLIN, Ireland — Here we go folks. Another football season is here. On a beautiful, sunny and windy afternoon in Aviva Stadium, Notre Dame begins its 2012 season. Led by first-time starting quarterback Everett Golson, the Irish are looking to get the season off to a good start. With a 2 p.m. local kickoff, fans…

  15. Game Day is here

    Sep 1, 2012, 5:07 AM EDT

    Trey Miller, Manti Te'o

    DUBLIN — Looking out the window, it’s hard to believe we’re in Ireland. There’s not a cloud in the sky on this beautiful Saturday morning, and in a few hours Notre Dame will open the 2012 season in Aviva Stadium. Here are a few questions I’ve been thinking about as the season finally gets underway.…

  16. Pregame Six Pack: Irish invade Dublin

    Aug 31, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT


    Football is finally here. And while I wasn’t able to watch South Carolina and Vanderbilt play one of their patented SEC slugfests, it’s good to know that it’s finally time to start talking about the games, instead of all the other rubbish that happens this time of year. With thousands of fans from Navy and…

  17. Irish Blogger Gathering: Live from Dublin

    Aug 30, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT


    Another football season is finally upon us. And that means another year of the Irish Blogger Gathering, my attempt at trying to be social in the wonderful world of the Irish blogosphere. Our fearless leader, the Subway Domer, has tweaked the format and tried to add some energy to the proceedings. And since most readers…

  18. Five things we’ll learn: The 2012 Fighting Irish

    Aug 30, 2012, 5:00 AM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    There’s no better time of year to be a football fan. Everybody is undefeated. The team looks confident and ready for battle. Your coaching staff is confident they’ve filled the holes in the roster and players are ready to step up and have a breakthrough season. In other words, it’s still August. For Notre Dame…

  19. Tuesdays with BK: Navy edition

    Aug 28, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT


    With the time difference in Ireland forcing this post at an absurdly late hour, we’ll present Brian Kelly’s Tuesday press conference mostly without comment. But a few bullet points that really caught my ear: * Congratulations to the four seniors named captains of the 2012 football team: Tyler Eifert, Zack Martin, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and Manti…

  20. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Aug 28, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    Ken Niumatalolo, Emmett Merchant

    We’ve had almost nine months to think about it. After finishing the 2011 season on a dour note, Notre Dame — both its team and its fans — have been in an ornery mood hoping to get the bad taste of a disappointing season out of their collective mouths ever since the Irish let Florida…

  21. A closer look at the depth chart: Defense

    Aug 28, 2012, 2:47 AM EDT

    Big Louis Nix

    Just as we did with the offense, here’s a closer look at the depth chart on the defensive side of the ball, where co-defensive coordinators Bob Diaco and Kerry Cook have their work cut out for them as they try and protect a secondary that’s replacing three starters and welcomed KeiVarae Russell to the starting…

  22. A closer look at the depth chart: Offense

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

    John Goodman

    With injuries, suspensions, and uncertainty in a few position battles, Brian Kelly released the season’s first official depth chart with a few minor surprises. We already knew quarterback Everett Golson locked up the starting quarterback job, but let’s run through the position groupings and see who broke camp in the starting lineup. Here’s our first…

  23. Wood, Utupo suspended two games

    Aug 27, 2012, 4:05 AM EDT

    Cierre Wood Pitt

    Notre Dame confirmed the suspension of running back Cierre Wood and announced a two-game suspension of defensive end Justin Utupo as well on Sunday for violating team rules. “Our players are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure to meet my expectations will result in consequences,” Notre Dame head coach…

  24. Cierre Wood suspended for season opener (maybe more)

    Aug 26, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    Cierre Wood Wake Forest

    The Irish’s travel squad will lose another returning starter, as Cierre Wood has been suspended for the season’s opening game, joining quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese at home in South Bend when the Irish travel to Dublin on Wednesday. Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Wood will sit out the season’s opening…

  25. Opponent preview: Michigan State

    Aug 26, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

    Robert Blanton

    This is the third of twelve opponent updates as we sprint towards next Saturday’s opening game in Dublin. For more, check out the preview of Navy and Purdue. The Overview: It might not give Irish fans much solace, but Notre Dame finally got to be the spoiler in its annual matchup with Michigan State. The…