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  1. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 27, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — With the breeze blowing crisply from the west, the Irish prepare to do something they haven’t done since 2001: Beat USC. It was October 20, 2001 when Bob Davie led the Irish to a 27-16 victory over the Trojans, the first season of the Pete Carroll era. Carroll coached eight more seasons…

  2. Front and center for Irish finale

    Nov 27, 2010, 7:17 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — It’s a cool, breezy evening in Los Angeles (cool being relative to the city, not the rest of the country, obviously) as the Irish prepare to take on their arch-rival USC Trojans in the regular season finale for Notre Dame. It’s a weird crowd outside the Coliseum, with Trojan tailgaters only mildly…

  3. Revisionist history shouldn’t comfort Trojan fans

    Nov 27, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    We’ve done our best to stick to just football this week. Whether it be unsettling reports in the media regarding the Lizzy Seeberg case or sticking to just on-the-field matters when it comes to discussing USC and the major sanctions the NCAA imposed on its athletic department, we decided to stay in the football writing…

  4. Pregame Twelve Pack: A Trojan finale

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:32 AM EDT

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    We’re already here. The regular season finale is upon us as the Irish prepare to face off with their nemesis, the USC Trojans. As always, here are twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play USC at the Coliseum in primetime. 1. After two seasons on the shelf, Michael…

  5. And in that corner… The Southern California Trojans

    Nov 25, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Can you believe this is it for the 2010 Irish football regular season? In many ways it feels like the Charlie Weis era is so far behind us with all that’s transpired, but it feels like Year One of the Brian Kelly era has just begun. We’ll have one more game after this Saturday to…

  6. Eifert named Mackey tight end of the week

    Nov 24, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

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    After his breakout game against Army, Tyler Eifert was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.     This from the official release: Bethpage, N.Y. (November 24, 2010) – Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The sophomore recorded four…

  7. IBG: Day of reckoning in the Coliseum

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    The one bad thing about USC week when the game is in Los Angeles is that most people step away from college football for things like… well, Thanksgiving. And while only 46 percent of the country may be able to see this game (it’ll likely go up as ABC realizes how dumb their original coverage…

  8. Coverage map victory for ND/USC game

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

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    After inexplicably giving most of the country the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State game, ABC and ESPN announced changes to their coverage map for Saturday night’s game between Notre Dame and USC. According to the Notre Dame athletic department, ABC has made revisions and now the New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh markets have changed…

  9. Tuesdays with BK: USC edition

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

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    As he does every Tuesday at noon, Brian Kelly met with the assembled media to discuss the upcoming game and the state of the program. This week’s subject, the vaunted USC Trojans. Here’s what Kelly had to say about playing Lane Kiffin’s troops, the walking wounded on the Irish roster, the transformation of his team,…

  10. SI.com names Floyd and Rudolph among Top 10 WR/TEs

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

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    It’s not entirely surprising that preseason All-Americans Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph were listed in a 2011 NFL Draft list, but SI.com has Floyd rated No. 8 in the country and Rudolph No. 10 among the 2011 NFL Draft’s top wide receivers and tight ends. In order, here’s the list in its entirety, along with…

  11. Justice Hayes’ U-turn ends up with commitment to Michigan

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    In one of the more bizarre turn of events, Notre Dame has lost running back commitment Justice Hayes — one of Notre Dame’s most enthusiastic high school recruiters — who has decommitted from the Irish and in a matter of days given his pledge to the home state Michigan Wolverines. “I’m a Wolverine now,” Hayes…

  12. Ruffer one of three finalists for Groza Award

    Nov 22, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

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    If you’d like to make comparisons to other sports, consider David Ruffer the little school that just cut down the nets on its way to the Final Four, only in this case it’s only a final three. Ruffer, Notre Dame’s senior placekicker, was named one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, given to…

  13. The good, the bad, the ugly: Army

    Nov 22, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

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    If this column is a day late, it’s not because of the ten hours spent getting from New York back home yesterday (I was in line at JFK security next to two people on the Delta flight to Moscow that turned around because of engine problems), but because there’s so few holes to pick at…

  14. One step forward, two steps back

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

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    Sunday was supposed to be a celebratory day for the Notre Dame football program, coming off another resounding win in one of sport’s best venues. But as it seems to happen, the Irish football program has been blindsided again this season, this time with a Chicago Tribune report nearly three months in the making alleging…

  15. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Army

    Nov 21, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — As the Irish started their jog for the Yankee’s dugout after the game, strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo gave defensive coordinator Bob Diaco a very large bear hug. This was one of those jubilant celebratory embraces, the byproduct of both men’s work culminating in another absolutely dominant defensive performance and a…

  16. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Army

    Nov 20, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — After braving a claustrophobic subway ride packed beyond capacity with Notre Dame fans heading northbound on the 4 train into the Bronx, we’re here live from a very cool Yankee Stadium bringing you the live blog from the press box. Walking Manhattan, it was hard not to run into Notre Dame fans,…

  17. Welcome to New York

    Nov 20, 2010, 1:20 AM EDT

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    Reporting live from our Midtown hotel, it’s time to go to bed… But not after spending much of the evening running into Notre Dame people that covered the city of New York. Every place we went, we seemed to run into somebody wearing a Irish logo. Jogging Central Park this afternoon, I bobbed and weaved…

  18. NBCSportsTalk app puts all our blogs at your fingertips

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Consider this the cheerleading portion of the program, as NBCSports.com just rolled out its iPad App for the NBCSports.com family of blogs. If you’ve spent any time cruising our vastly improved website, you’ve had to notice the great work done at not only the gargantuan ProFootballTalk, but also at HardballTalk, ProBasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, and of…

  19. Kelly discusses Irish season, Declan Sullivan

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

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    On his appearance this morning with Dan Patrick, Brian Kelly covered plenty of interesting topics, discussing the season so far, the Declan Sullivan tragedy, and whether or not he’s having fun. When asked to assess his first season in South Bend, Kelly was candid. “It’s always about winning,” Kelly said. “I could have very easily…

  20. Pregame Twelve Pack: Big Apple edition

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:40 AM EDT

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    It’s Friday, so that means another Pregame Twelve Pack, this one a special Yankee Stadium edition. Here’s twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play Army at Yankee Stadium in primetime on NBC. 1. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the New York Times just spotted us…

  21. IBG: Bright lights, big city edition

    Nov 18, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

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    Editor’s note: This post is coming to you 30,000 flight above the middle of America as this lowly writer makes his way to the Bronx for Saturday’s ball game. Armed with a digital camera and a (hopefully) All-Access field pass, I’ll do my best to go all tourist and take as many photos as possible…

  22. Irish need to battle the chop blocks

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

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    Yesterday, Brian Kelly met with the assembled beat writers and a conversation on chop blocks broke out. Doing his best to deflect the issue while still letting it be known that illegal chop blocks are a huge advantage for triple option teams, Kelly flashed his political chops at their best in his dealing with the…

  23. New York Times takes a look back at Notre Dame vs. Army

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

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    If you’re looking for historical context for this Saturday’s match-up between Notre Dame and Army, look no further than the New York Times, which ran an excellent piece on the history of the match-up that took place in Yankee Stadium. Here’s a quick snippet: To understand how universally significant the Yankee Stadium football games between…

  24. Yankee Stadium transforms for ND vs. Army game

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

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    I’m a sucker for a good time lapse video, and this one is about as cool as it gets. Check out the transformation of Yankee Stadium as it went about changing from a baseball field to a football stadium. It’s pretty crazy how they transformed the infield, and if A-Rod and Jeter take a few…

  25. And in that corner… The Army Black Knights

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:50 AM EDT

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    Looking at the 2010 schedule back in August, few people could point to the Army vs. Notre Dame game at Yankee Stadium as anything more than the novelty of playing a football game in the House that George Built. But that was before Army turned its program around under coach Rich Ellerson and the Irish…