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Keith Arnold

  1. Rudolph lost for season with lingering hamstring injury

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    In what was expected to be a pretty low-key press conference, Brian Kelly just dropped a gigantic bomb by announcing that pre-season All-American tight end Kyle Rudolph is out for the season. “Certainly you lose one of the best tight ends in the country, that’s a loss,” Kelly said. Rudolph re-injured a hamstring that had…

  2. The good, the bad, the ugly: Pitt

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Looking back over Saturday’s victory against Pittsburgh, there was plenty of good, bad, and ugly in a victory that was absolutely crucial for the Irish’s season. For the second consecutive week, Notre Dame got off to a quick start, only to give back the momentum by squandering opportunities and committing some unforced errors. But in…

  3. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Oct 10, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    After a 23-17 win over Pittsburgh, Brian Kelly addressed the media. Here’s what he said:  

  4. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Oct 9, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    It seemed a little too easy going into halftime for the Irish. Maybe that explains why Notre Dame seemed to backpedal their way to the finish, holding on for a six-point victory over Pitt 23-17 on a beautiful afternoon in Notre Dame Stadium. “As we’ve shown, we’re really good at stubbing our toes,” head coach…

  5. Weekend Primer: Prepping for Pitt

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    It’s finally one of those beautiful Saturdays in South Bend, and it’ll be nearly 80 degrees when the Irish kickoff against Pitt this afternoon. Last night at the Pep Rally, Golden Tate returned to campus, Kerry Neal and Trevor Robinson were named game captains, and the Irish seemed ready to win a critical game on…

  6. Pregame Twelve Pack: Pitt edition

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    We’re back with the Pitt Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Pitt game. 1. Feel good about the Irish this weekend? Feel good about October 9th. If you’re looking for a reason to feel confident about the Irish this Saturday, just look at the calendar.…

  7. Dan Wenger done for season, 6th year a possibility

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    As many suspected, Brian Kelly announced that senior center Dan Wenger was ruled out for the season after suffering multiple concussions. Wenger had been out since before the Purdue game after he suffered two concussions during preseason camp. Kelly was adamant that Wenger is still very much a part of the football team and has…

  8. IBG: A pivotal match-up with Pitt

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    In this week’s edition of the Irish Blogger Gathering, we head to the venerable Irish Round Table for our questions. Bonus points to these guys for an awesome blog name, and for officially killing one of my first weekly column ideas before it ever started. As we’ll discuss in the next 48 hours, the game…

  9. Walls not taking the bait from Baldwin

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:22 AM EDT

    “I never even heard of him before we played them last year.” Those were the words of Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, talking about fellow Pittsburgh native Darrin Walls, one of the highest-rated recruits to hail from the the area in 2006, two years before Baldwin would catch the eye of colleges nationally. Even if…

  10. Blanton's emergence key to improved secondary

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Robert Blanton has made his presence felt the past two games in coverage, highlighted by his excellent interception last week against Boston College. With a secondary hobbled by a lack of depth in the first four weeks of the season, the Irish defense is now back to full-speed with safeties Jamoris Slaughter and Dan McCarthy…

  11. And in that corner… The Pitt Panthers

    Oct 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    It’s hard to believe that a little over eleven months ago, the No. 8 ranked Pitt Panthers were welcoming in a Charlie Weis-coached Notre Dame squad that had just lost to Navy without ever punting the football. It was the beginning of the end for Weis and the 2009 Fighting Irish, as Golden Tate’s heroics…

  12. Tuesdays with BK: Pitt edition

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    There has been little familiarity for Brian Kelly in the opening five games of the season, as Kelly battled traditional Irish opponents that rarely showed up on the schedules of Central Michigan or Cincinnati. As the Irish prepare to face Pitt this Saturday afternoon, Kelly will square off with a team he’s battled the past…

  13. What to think of the loud voice on the sidelines

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Possibly the biggest surprise of the Brian Kelly era thus far has been Brian Kelly himself. Who’d have thought that such a nice man would be so grumpy on the sidelines? After fourteen years of Bob Davie’s tepid enthusiasm, Tyrone Willingham’s stoicism, and Charlie Weis’ controlled brashness, the bombastic nature of Kelly the coach —…

  14. The good, the bad, the ugly: Boston College

    Oct 3, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    Reaction to the Irish win last night is running about as hot and cold as the Irish offense was last night. For as many fans that are enthusiastic about Notre Dame drubbing rival Boston College at Alumni Field — something the Irish haven’t been able to do since 1998 — there are just as many…

  15. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

    Oct 2, 2010, 11:46 PM EDT

    A win is a win is a win. It wasn’t particularly good looking, but Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish got back on the right side of the ledger this evening in Boston, coasting to a 31-13 win over Boston College, a team searching even harder for an identity than Notre Dame. While the rivalry…

  16. Live Blog coming, Irish ready for Eagles

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    With an evening slate filled with at least four or five games that I’d like to be watching, I’ll be faithfully live-blogging the Notre Dame-Boston College game this evening, coming to you live from the rooftop, just 3,027 short miles away from Chestnut Hill. For those of you living in the areas that don’t get…

  17. Weekend Primer: Next level analysis says to be patient

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    The brainiacs over at Football Outsiders have given a look at the first four games of the Brian Kelly era and the results are enlightening. Here are a few of the highlights from Bill Connelly’s ESPN Insider article: Even without Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate, the Irish are playing decent offense. Offense S&P+ Category 2010…

  18. Pregame Twelve Pack: Boston College edition

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    We’re back for week five of the Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Boston College game. 1. Get ready for a larger dose of Bennett Jackson. Remember that streak burning down the field during the opening Saturday against Purdue? That was Bennett Jackson, covering kickoffs…

  19. IBG: Holy War edition

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    We continue the Irish Blogger Gathering, this time with the questions coming from the cleverly titled blog Domer Law, run by a real-life Notre Dame graduate that also happens to be an attorney. (Shocking, right?) Credit goes to Neil for being able to  put together some good questions, especially in light of the backpedaling the…

  20. And in that corner… The Boston College Eagles

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Weber State v Boston College

    As the Irish enter the second quarter of their season, they travel to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. It’s a another great rivalry game for the Irish, pitting the only two Catholic colleges playing D-I football against each other. While last year’s contest went the way of the Irish, the decade has been…

  21. DaVaris Daniels makes 20 for the Irish recruiting class

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:47 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    One thing that a slow start to the Brian Kelly era hasn’t done is hurt the Irish recruiting efforts. Kelly and company have systematically gone out and put together an incredible first recruiting class, which just landed another key piece in Illinois blue-chipper DaVaris Daniels. Rated as one of the top players in the state…