Jan 5, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT
With a Music City Bowl victory in the rearview mirror, the Irish can head into the offseason without the stench of November’s woes still clinging to the team. For a bowl game that felt of minimal importance when most assumed a loss, the Irish’s 31-28 victory certainly turned the tides.
Jan 2, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT
With an unexpected eighth win in the Music City Bowl, we can officially close the book on 2014. Let’s do the same with our final grades for the 2014 Fighting Irish.
Jan 1, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT
Just because the Irish finished their season with a victorious Music City Bowl doesn’t mean the football season is over. A large contingency from the 2015 signing class is taking part in various All-Star games over the holiday weekend, including the two flagship events: the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American game.
Dec 31, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT
On second viewing, Notre Dame’s victory over LSU still happened. After watching the Irish find ways not to get it done all November, Brian Kelly’s team handled adversity — and a leaky defense — and executed down the stretch, sending the Tigers faithful into the offseason grumbling about the foundation of their program.
Dec 31, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT
The snickering started early. After choosing to receive, Notre Dame fumbled the opening kickoff. They burned their first timeout before running a play. And when Malik Zaire got tracked down in the backfield on his first attempted run, a tidal wave of social media chatter left the Irish for dead.
Dec 30, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT
Chat throughout the Music City Bowl while Notre Dame and LSU do battle.
Dec 30, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT
The 2014 season comes to a close on Tuesday afternoon, with Notre Dame playing the role of underdog against LSU in the Music City Bowl. Here’s your Pregame Six Pack as the Irish and Tigers get set to do battle.
Dec 29, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT
Brian Kelly announced Monday afternoon that Malik Zaire will start the Music City Bowl at quarterback. It is the sophomore’s first career start after backing up Everett Golson all season.
Dec 29, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT
Michigan is in the process of finalizing their deal to make former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh their head football coach. After a mutually agreed upon divorce that feels like a satire on the life and times of Silicon Valley high society, Harbaugh will return to his alma mater to take on the reclamation project of returning the Victors to victories.
Dec 28, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT
As we get into our Top 10, we begin to understand why the future is still rather bullish for Notre Dame. The five players listed below all have at least one season of eligibility remaining. That means that a group that performed more than admirably this season will be expected to do even more for the team in 2015. (The entire Top 10 has at least a year of eligibility remaining.)
Dec 27, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT
Notre Dame’s football team arrived for the Music City Bowl on Friday, jetting in from around the country on 19 different flights after spending Christmas with their families. From there, the Irish had their first practice in Nashville, beginning game week preparations with LSU ahead.
Dec 26, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT
With ten players down, we get to the meat of our rankings. Our preseason and final rankings look quite different as we go from 15-11.
Dec 24, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Dallas Cowboys rookie Zack Martin was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the only offensive rookie selected to the game and one of six Cowboys. Martin has started all season at right guard for one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks.
Dec 24, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT
Tommy Rees will begin his coaching career close to where his football career began. Rees, who played in all four of his seasons at Notre Dame from 2010-13, will be an offensive graduate assistant at Northwestern.
Dec 24, 2014, 1:01 AM EDT
It appears that Brian Kelly has added another key piece to his football program. The Los Angeles Times reports Notre Dame has hired former Green Bay Packer and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin to join the staff in an administrative role, focusing on student welfare and development.
Dec 23, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
As we continue our final rankings of the 2014 season, numbers 20-16 continues to showcase the youth on the roster.
Dec 22, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT
With a little over a week to go until the Irish take on LSU in the Music City Bowl, it’s time to take a look back at the regular season. Our first five spots on the year-end Top 25 roll out.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT
After a mailbag goes missing, the Inside the Irish crew go looking for answers. That and other solutions in this week’s mailbag.
Dec 20, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT
Brian Kelly met with the local media on Saturday afternoon, delivering good news on the status of two key veteran defenders. Both defensive tackle Sheldon Day and cornerback Cody Riggs are on track to start against LSU, adding a few key pieces back into the puzzle.
Dec 19, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT
Notre Dame solidified its safety depth chart by going for a homegrown solution. The Irish offered Indianapolis Warren Central safety Mykelti Williams yesterday, and today the four-star prospect made the decision official by committing to Notre Dame.
Dec 19, 2014, 11:27 AM EDT
Notre Dame’s inclusion in the ACC’s bowl selections came in handy this year. As the Irish back-slid throughout November, they still held onto some preferred real estate, finding themselves in a pretty nice consolation game, with the opportunity to play in Nashville in the Music City Bowl.
Carter Bryant gets us ready for LSU.
Dec 18, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
Sophomores Jaylon Smith and Will Fuller have earned more kudos than just their defensive and offensive player of the year Echoes. Both have received mention for year-end All-American awards.
Dec 18, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT
While most eyes are focused on the battle at quarterback between Everett Golson and Malik Zaire, the preparations for LSU will also be critical along the offensive line. The extra practices will give Brian Kelly and Harry Hiestand time to evaluate their starting five, with changes that could have both short and long-term impacts.
Dec 17, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT
Any new questions? Ones that I’ve avoided? Last minute Christmas ideas? Drop them in the comments below or on Twitter @KeithArnold.
Dec 17, 2014, 12:29 PM EDT
Monday UND.com premiered the short film “Blind Faith.” Directed by Notre Dame graduate Greg Kohs, the documentary follows a blind eighth grade boy making his first visit to Notre Dame Stadium.
- Five things we learned: Gold 36, Blue 34 68
- Pregame Six Pack: Finishing spring practice strong 3
- Even without guarantee, Kelly expects Golson to return next season 107
- Grace opens up about the long road back 44
- Irish QB battle with (understandably) head into fall camp 12
- In a time of change, Denbrock a constant 35