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Keith Arnold

  1. USA Today: Both Kelly and Swarbrick’s jobs are safe

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick conducted his first interview since the passing of Declan Sullivan, and told the USA Today that he isn’t resigning, nor is he asking for the resignation of head football coach Brian Kelly. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but will likely make headlines across the…

  2. How we got here: Turnovers

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:14 AM EDT

    CristINT

    It was no secret that there were going to be some growing pains in the evolution of the Notre Dame offense. Brian Kelly was taking a drop-back quarterback with a total of 20 mop-up throws under his belt and putting him into an offensive system that relied on quick throws, quicker data processing, and presenting…

  3. Demetrius Jones regrets leaving Notre Dame

    Nov 3, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Former Notre Dame beat writer and current Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh caught up with former Chicago prep star, former Notre Dame quarterback, former Cincinnati outside linebacker, and current Central State University jack-of-all-trades Demetrius Jones, who is still chasing his dream of making it to the NFL. Even if he doesn’t, he’ll at least have…

  4. How we got here: Injuries

    Nov 3, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

    CristKyleCrutch

    There’s a tricky line to draw when you write about injuries. They are a certainty in football (not unlike death and taxes off the field), but there is also a line where you’ve got to take injuries into account when adjusting your expectations for a team’s ability to perform. There’s a school of thought that…

  5. How we got here: The path to 4-5

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    With the Irish on bye week, there was no Tuesday Brian Kelly press conference, a likely relief for a coach supplying more questions than answers last weekend as the Irish found a way to lose to Tulsa 28-27, dropping their record to 4-5 on the year. With no game to prep for this week, I…

  6. The good, the bad, the ugly: Tulsa

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    FloydTulsaINT

    What a calendar year for the Irish. From Halloween to Halloween, you’d be hard pressed to find a football program that’s had a tougher 12 months than the Fighting Irish. On the field, the Irish were 4-9, with seven of those losses decided by one score or less. Major injuries were suffered by starters like…

  7. Brian Kelly discusses the Declan Sullivan accident

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Before Kelly addressed the 28-27 loss to Tulsa, he spoke at length about the video tower’s collapse and the death of Declan Sullivan. Here is the entirety of his statement: Obviously a very difficult loss for our football team. Certain pales in comparison to the unimaginable sorrow we had this week in the loss of…

  8. Crist has knee surgery, out six months

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    As suspected, quarterback Dayne Crist is lost for the season, undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon. “I met with our doctors today, and he had successful surgery this morning,” Kelly said this afternoon. “The patellar tendon had in fact torn, and it was reattached. The surgery went well and we’re looking at a…

  9. Sullivan family releases statement

    Oct 30, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    Hours after the Irish lost to Tulsa 28-27, Declan Sullivan’s family released a statement: This week our family lost Declan Drumm Sullivan in a tragic accident on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, IN. Declan loved Notre Dame. He felt privileged to have a role with the football program videotaping games and…

  10. Five Things We Learned: Notre Dame vs. Tulsa

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    DeclanSullivan

    For those looking to bury Brian Kelly after nine games at Notre Dame, they were given the opportunity late in the fourth quarter. After calling a timeout with 42 seconds left, Kelly decided against putting the game on the leg of his field goal kicker David Ruffer, and instead bet on the arm of freshman…

  11. IBG: Better late than never

    Oct 29, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

    I missed out on the Irish Blog Gathering last week, and even though most Irish fans are still dragging, Subway Domer did too good of a job assembling this week’s questions to ignore them completely. Here we go with this week’s edition, proposed Monday evening: 1. A young man of 12 arrives in the United…

  12. Pregame Twelve Pack: Tulsa edition

    Oct 29, 2010, 1:50 AM EDT

    MichaelFloyd_TD-v-Pitt

    (Due to the lack of media access to the team this week, and the Declan Sullivan tragedy, we’re cutting down the 12 pack to 6 items. We’ll be back next week with a full slate of fun facts, tidbits, and miscellaneous items.) 1. While the game will go on, the Irish will pay tribute to…

  13. University gathers in mourning of Declan Sullivan

    Oct 29, 2010, 12:22 AM EDT

    With hundreds standing outside of the Basilica unable to get inside, Rev. John Jenkins presided over an overflowing Mass in memory of junior Declan Sullivan Thursday night at 10 p.m. Sullivan was remember by friends and students, and honored by a large group of friends who wore neon sunglasses in Sullivan’s honor. Earlier in the…

  14. Floyd expects to be ready

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Lost in the tragedy of the last few days, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd expects to play Saturday against Tulsa. “I think my chances are real high Saturday,” Floyd said Wednesday. “I just don’t think my hamstring was strong all of the way to where I wanted it to be last week, so I…

  15. Tragedy makes football hard to discuss

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Accident

    In the hours before yesterday’s accident, I had been preparing a column on Bob Diaco’s defensive struggles against Navy. Pulling stats from old Navy games and quotes from archived videos, I drew comparisons between Diaco’s failed gameplan against Ken Niumatalolo’s option attack to the plan Missouri put together during last year’s Texas Bowl, a game…

  16. Junior Declan Sullivan mourned after Tower accident

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

    A special Mass of Remembrance has been planned for Notre Dame junior Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old from Long Grove, Ill., who died while filming practice for the athletic department. University president Rev. John Jenkins will preside over Mass, which will begin at 10 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. He also sent an…

  17. Tragedy strikes as student dies in video tower collapse

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Terrible news out of South Bend, as a 20-year-old Notre Dame student died Wednesday afternoon when a video tower collapsed. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins said. “Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them…

  18. And in that corner… The Tulsa Golden Hurricane

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Kinne

    With Irish fans still smarting after last week’s loss to Navy, the team and coaches have turned the page to Tulsa, who play Notre Dame for the first time in the program’s history this Saturday. The Golden Hurricane bring in a high-octane offense that’s coming off a bye week and a dominating homecoming performance against…

  19. Tuesdays with BK: Tulsa edition

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:27 PM EDT

    With the honeymoon officially over after last week’s loss to Navy, Brian Kelly met with the assembled media. Here’s a slice of what he said: Some thoughs: I’m feeling pretty good about my injury diagnosis of Ian Williams, with the “no surgery” call part in my one paragraph of medical analysis. Again, I’m no doctor,…

  20. Burton accepts Florida offer, decommits from Irish

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Chalk another poaching up to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators of a top-flight defensive recruit, joining Justin Trattou and Omar Hunter of years past. Only this one, Irish fans probably should’ve seen coming. Defensive end Clay Burton decommitted from Notre Dame earlier this week, accepting a scholarship offer from Florida, where his older brother,…

  21. Report: Ian Williams has torn MCL

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Both Joe Schad of ESPN and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune are reporting that Ian Williams has a torn MCL and will miss approximately 4-6 weeks, putting his availability for the rest of the regular season in doubt. While the loss is undoubtedly a killer for an Irish defense that just played its worst…

  22. Candor not helping the Kelly narrative

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    brian-kelly-michigan

    After the first eight games of his inaugural season, Brian Kelly has won exactly as many games as he has lost, which has quite a few members of the Irish faithful weary. Kelly has failed to win the close games that got Charlie Weis removed after his fifth season, and even worse, has openly conceded…

  23. The good, the bad, the ugly: Navy

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    3peat

    There are Sundays where it’s hard to think of the negatives and then there are Sundays where it’s hard to think of the positives. This is one of those Sundays, where retrospection doesn’t always help. Navy’s convincing 35-17 victory over Notre Dame was clinical. The Midshipmen accomplished just about every objective they had laid out…

  24. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Teich

    With the Notre Dame offense unable to play their top three receiving threats and with running back Armando Allen well below 100 percent, it’s not a complete surprise that the Irish offense struggled against Navy’s bend, but not break, defense. What is a surprise is the complete collapse of the Irish defense, which was absolutely…