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Keith Arnold

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Tuesdays with BK: Boston College edition

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    As Brian Kelly prepares to rally his troops and return to his hometown of Boston, he took questions from the assembled media. Here’s a quick look as some highlights:   A few observations: I’m glad Kelly took a moment to address Cierre Wood. While everybody was hyped up to see Cierre perform after a dazzling…

  7. Depth chart moves: Hughes into the two-deep

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Tulsa v Notre Dame

    An injury to Jonas Gray and the inability of Cierre Wood to make an impact in the backfield have given Robert Hughes his chance to ascend into the two-deep at tailback. Hughes has been the odd-man-out in the running back rotation, but looked very good when given playing time during the fourth quarter against Stanford.…

  8. The case for patience

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    There are some very ugly facts surrounding Notre Dame football, the most distressing being that the Irish have now lost seven of their last eight football games dating back to last season. And while there are certainly more than a few sane and logical arguments to be made in support of ditching your blue-and-gold and…

  9. 2011 schedule begins paradigm shift for Irish

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    Both Air Force and Wake Forest confirmed this weekend that they’d be playing Notre Dame in 2011, effectively finalizing the schedule for next season. And while its been hinted at by both Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick, we can now see with great certainty that the 7-4-1 scheduling model of former athletic director Kevin White…

  10. The good, the bad, the ugly: Stanford

    Sep 26, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    After a evening of reflection and breaking down game tape, Brian Kelly said something incredibly interesting when discussing preparation for opponents. “One of the unique things I’m learning at Notre Dame, early in the season, you’re not going to get great film sometimes,” Kelly said. “So you have to prepare for every eventuality. I put…

  11. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Moments after the loss to Stanford, Brian Kelly addressed the media. Here’s what he said:  

  12. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Sep 25, 2010, 6:56 PM EDT

    Van Morrison said it best: There’ll be days like this. Stuck in neutral for much of the afternoon, Notre Dame’s took a large step backward as Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford squad easily defeated the Irish 37-14, dropping Notre Dame to 1-3 on the season. The Cardinal physically dominated the game, winning the battle at the line…

  13. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Sep 25, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    For the live-stream of the game, click here. <a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=e38cfd0d12″ >Notre Dame vs. Stanford</a>

  14. Weekend Primer: Live-blog coming, Prepare for Stanford

    Sep 25, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Just in case you’re already popping in, the live-blog is coming (as it always does), and the live-stream of the game will be available as well. (I’m currently watching the Purdue game online to remind myself that Cierre Wood is a explosive running back…) While I’m not in South Bend, weather certainly won’t be a…

  15. Pregame Twelve Pack: Stanford edition

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Week four of the Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Purdue game. 1. Kelly and the Irish are going dark. You can’t blame me as I’m never at practice, but somebody broke the practice policy for reporting, and as a result media will no longer…

  16. Alumni Band weekend brings generations together

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Friend of the blog Jim Lefebvre, the curator of the excellent historical Notre Dame blog, Forever Irish, brought to my attention a great tradition that’s taking place this weekend at Notre Dame: Alumni Band Weekend. So if you see an exorbitant amount of people with musical instruments, fear not — the Stanford band hasn’t returned.…

  17. Stanford and Irish wage war in recruiting

    Sep 23, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    I discussed it briefly during the IBG, but the boys at One Foot Down did a nice job breaking down the recruiting wars that have been taking place between Palo Alto and South Bend the past few years. If you want a better look give it a read, but here’s a cliffnotes version of the…

  18. Kelly rallies the troops

    Sep 23, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    With the Irish staring a ranked opponent in the eye and sitting at 1-2 after two last-second defeats, Brian Kelly has turned the focus inward for his team. “Nobody feels sorry for Notre Dame at 1-2,” Kelly said. “It can’t be, ‘Well, gee, we deserve this,’  we don’t deserve anything. We deserve what we get.…

  19. And in that corner… The Stanford Cardinal

    Sep 22, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    The Stanford Cardinal come rolling into town this Saturday, primed to play the Fighting Irish after three weeks of astonishing production and lopsided scores. While their treatment of Sacramento State didn’t surprise anyone, Jim Harbaugh’s squad absolutely demolished UCLA and Wake Forest, with scores that certainly raised eyebrows around the country. Harbaugh enters his fourth…

  20. IBG: Bring on Stanford

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    The Irish Blogger Gathering continues with some pertinent questions about the game against  Stanford. Running the show with a Q&A befitting the written exam on the GRE is the crew from One Foot Down, who have certainly put some time and effort into the questions at hand. I’ll do my best to answer them. (Apologies…

  21. 2012 Dublin game set for Aviva Stadium

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:44 PM EDT

    Details on the highly-anticipated Navy-Notre Dame game set for Sept 1, 2012 in Dublin were announced today. The game will be played in the recently completed Aviva Stadium, Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced. Here’s more from the official release: “To see this stadium is to believe it has to be one of…

  22. Tuesdays with BK: Stanford edition

    Sep 21, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    After two straight last-minute losses, Brian Kelly addressed the media as his team prepared to play Jim Harbaugh’s Stanford Cardinal. Here’s some video from the fine folks back at home base:  

  23. Where did all the safeties go?

    Sep 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Harrison Smith and Zeke Motta were the only two scholarship safeties available to play on Saturday night in East Lansing, a gigantic handicap that reared its ugly head multiple times in Saturday’s overtime loss to Michigan State. While injuries to starting safety Jamoris Slaughter and key reserve Dan McCarthy put the Irish in the inevitable…

  24. Clausen slated to start for Panthers

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    While the wait to hear his name called during the NFL Draft took longer than he expected, it only took two games for Jimmy Clausen to become a starting quarterback in the NFL. After a woeful performance against Tampa Bay, Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox announced he’s starting the rookie from Notre Dame next…

  25. The Good, the bad the ugly: Michigan State

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    It’s hard to envision two endings more painful than the last two Saturdays for Notre Dame. Against two familiar rivals, the Irish came out on the wrong end of two last-minute finishes, and in the process ripped open old wounds and forced plenty of repressed memories to the forefront. For players and fans alike, there’s…