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Keith Arnold

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Freshmen step to the forefront

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    Brian Kelly made his biggest headlines with the announcement of Everett Golson as his starting quarterback. Yet he dropped a few other bombs in his post-practice comments yesterday that help put into focus the team he’ll be trotting out in eight days in Dublin. Most notably, Kelly seems to have doubled-down on the youngsters on…

  16. It’s official: Everett Golson is the Irish’s starting QB

    Aug 23, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    Everett Golson Spring Game

    Brian Kelly met with the assembled media and confirmed what I tweeted this morning: Sophomore Everett Golson will be the Irish’s starting quarterback. “It was a tough decision, but Everett won the starting job,” Kelly said after practice tonight. “If everything is going the way we planned it, he will play the whole game.” Golson’s…

  17. Opponent preview: Purdue

    Aug 23, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Cierre Wood

    This is the second of twelve opponent updates as we sprint towards next Saturday’s opening game in Dublin. For more, check out the preview of Navy. The Overview: Forgive Danny Hope if he’s been feeling snake bit. After taking over the Boilermakers program from Joe Tiller, Hope has had to battle a rash of bad…

  18. How we got here: A look at the Irish secondary

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    Bennett Jackson 2

    What we know is that presumed starting field cornerback Lo Wood is out for the season after rupturing his achilles tendon in a non-contact drill. What we don’t know is who’ll replace him in the starting lineup. But maybe Brian Kelly does. “I’m absolutely sure who’s going to replace him,” Kelly said yesterday when he…

  19. Announced or not: Golson is the man for the job

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Everett Golson

    With classes at Notre Dame started and preparation for Navy underway, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will meet with the assembled meeting for his weekly Tuesday press conference at noon. And while there’s no indication that he’s ready to name a signal-caller for the season opener against the Midshipmen, it’s time to give up…

  20. Lo Wood suffers season-ending Achilles injury

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT


    Notre Dame’s untested secondary just suffered a major blow this afternoon when Lo Wood, the presumed starter across from Bennett Jackson, suffered a major Achilles tendon injury and will likely be lost for the season. Wood was lauded by Brian Kelly last week for the great work he’s done during this preseason camp and was…

  21. Diaco gives insight into recruiting defensive players

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Bob Diaco hat

    When Bob Diaco talks, I always try to listen. Whether he’s quoting Gandhi or talking werewolves, the Irish’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach is one of the more thoughtful and eclectic guys you’d ever ask to be around, and you’re always going to get an interesting interview session. Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated had…

  22. Opponent preview: Navy

    Aug 19, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Floyd Navy

    The first of twelve opponent previews profiling Notre Dame’s 2012 opponents. The Overview: After living the good life as the scrappy band of underdogs that won games by doing the little things right, Ken Niumatalolo‘s Navy team fell back down to earth in 2011, losing seven games because of bad red zone play, a horrific…

  23. Back to football: Practice report video

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Cierre Wood Pitt

    Can we purge yesterday’s Shamrock Series uniforms and get back to football? Let’s hope so. Until early October, let’s just not speak of that helmet, which can go hide in the corner of the internet with the FreakBass video for all I care. But on to football! Yesterday, we got our first (and only) look…

  24. Irish release Shamrock Series uniforms (Bedlam ensues)

    Aug 16, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Shamrock unis

    Today Brian Kelly, the assistant coaches and key veterans met with the press for Notre Dame’s official media day. But the real story wasn’t the quarterbacking debate, the coaching changes, or the ways the Irish are going to navigate the daunting 2012 schedule. It was the Notre Dame uniform for the Shamrock Series. For almost…

  25. Projecting the freshmen

    Aug 15, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    A funny thing happens each winter. As the focus of hard core fans turns from football to recruiting, the attention of that group tends to shift from the players already on board to the inevitable recruits that tend to get away. Rare is the recruiting class that doesn’t suffer defections. And after a disappointing 8-5…