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Keith Arnold

  1. That's what he said: Mr. Floyd

    Oct 21, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    You know it’s getting close to his return when Charlie and company have Michael Floyd getting some media time. While Floyd downplays his pregame workouts, I can assure you that seeing first hand the way he was warming up, it certainly wasn’t a “joke.” That’d be like saying that Kevin Garnett is really joking when…

  2. Detonating the big play

    Oct 21, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Right now the Irish defense is a mess. A 104th placed mess that is giving up a whopping 419 yards per game and 6.3 yards per play. Making those stats even worse is the fact that Notre Dame’s offense has been very good, including a Top-15 rating in total time of possession. Basically, the Irish…

  3. Tuesdays with Charlie: Boston College edition

    Oct 20, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    Here’s the video from Weis’ press conference today.

  4. Thoughts on the Presser

    Oct 20, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tuesday session with the media was a combination platter of sorts. Charlie Weis first addressed questions regarding the USC game, then went on to preview Boston College. We’ll have video highlights for you to watch, but here are some interesting bits from the presser: * The defense has officially been put on notice. “I been…

  5. John Goodman: secret weapon?

    Oct 20, 2009, 3:51 PM EDT

    Check out the video of John Goodman, who was featured prominently in the USC gameplan. (Video from the press conference and analysis to come…)

  6. We'll see if there's fight in the Irish this Saturday

    Oct 20, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    One positive coming out of the loss to USC is that the Irish won’t have much time to dwell on it. That’s because the reviled Boston College Eagles come to town intent on extending a winning streak of their own. Boston College didn’t look like much of an opponent early in the season. With an…

  7. Recruiting recap

    Oct 19, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    One of the better ways to pull ourselves out of the USC hangover is to take a quick look at the recruits that came and visited over the weekend. As I mentioned before the game, there was an abundance of talent on campus, and from the sounds of it, the early returns are very good.…

  8. Turning the page on USC

    Oct 19, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Okay, I think we can all agree that nobody is ready to turn the page on Saturday’s game, but for the good of all things sane, we’re going to do it anyway. We’ve got the video guys humming on some stuff that is pretty cool, so we’ll take a few steps back and look at…

  9. Why I can't write the easy story

    Oct 18, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    I stayed up too late last night. Working on three hours of sleep, I didn’t leave the stadium until 10:00pm, trying to get some work down and slugging through the Five Things We Learned. Even after trying to wrap this game up with the Good, Bad, and Ugly, I’m still struggling with the defeat. But…

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

    Oct 18, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Waking up today, it still feels the same way. Another heart-breaker against the hated Trojans, and Irish fans have to be wondering when this losing streak will come to an end. I haven’t rewatched the game yet, but I can’t stop thinking about three or four close plays that the Irish secondary almost made on…

  11. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Oct 17, 2009, 7:34 PM EDT

    And in the end, it wasn’t meant to be. As Jimmy Clausen’s pass hit the well-clipped end zone grass, the last scene of this movie was what Irish and Trojan fans have come to expect. Yet the way we got there… that’s where the story got interesting. In the end, there are no moral victories,…

  12. Grass length won't be an issue

    Oct 17, 2009, 3:16 PM EDT

    I figured this was worth sharing, since the length of the grass seems to be a topic much enjoyed by a few people in the Trojan camp. Here’s a quick look at Little Charlie Weis’s Adidas on the grass today. Needless to say, the length of the grass isn’t going to be an issue today. …

  13. I'm not saying, but I'm just saying…

    Oct 17, 2009, 3:09 PM EDT

    Okay, I understand that we’ve been told that (Mister) Michael Floyd won’t be available to play until Navy or Pitt or sometime in November, but I was just down on the field watching warm-ups and #3 was running around pretty good, with cleats laced up and catching passes. He certainly had the look of a…

  14. Game day report: campus is alive

    Oct 17, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Just arrived and found a bench to log a quick report. Campus is alive, and as was expected, it’s perfectly clear outside, but it certainly isn’t warm. The leaves have started to change, and the scene is perfectly set for the game. I’m hoping to get down to the field and get you guys a…

  15. Weekend primer: the goal line stand

    Oct 17, 2009, 10:21 AM EDT

    We just got a couple great cut-downs on the epic goal line stands from the Washington game. Here’s hoping the ND defense can do this on the other 98 yards of the field today. About to head over to campus now, it’s nice and chilly outside… Talk about some epic, epic defense.

  16. Eric Olsen and Rocket Ismail fire up the fans

    Oct 16, 2009, 7:36 PM EDT

    If you see any typos, please excuse them, as my hands are still thawing out. Just walked into the hotel after a long day but figured I’d give a quick update on the pep rally. For those of us who haven’t been back to campus in a few years, there has been a ridiculous amount…

  17. Reporting live from campus

    Oct 16, 2009, 5:18 PM EDT

    So after a cramped 6:00 AM flight from LAX amidst equal parts Trojan and Irish fans, we arrived at the lovely O’Hare airport. We were greated by a crush of traffic on I-90, doubled back, got lost in another mess of traffic, ended up back at O’Hare, headed toward Wisconsin before finally getting on I-294…

  18. Descending on South Bend

    Oct 16, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

    As you read this, I’m sitting on a plane on my way to South Bend for the big weekend. (Full disclosure: I’m writing this well past my bedtime, as I make final preparations for the big weekend. Thanks to the magical power of time-delayed postings, I can write this without depending on American Airlines to…

  19. Catching up with… Ryan Harris

    Oct 16, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    So “Catching Up” was on a little bit of a bye week. But we’re coming back with a thunder this week and better late than never. After doing some hunting, I finally tracked down Denver Broncos right tackle Ryan Harris. Ryan is one of my personal favorites — he’s a graduate of both Cretin-Derham Hall…

  20. Jimmy vs. Matt

    Oct 15, 2009, 8:00 PM EDT

    Steve Clarkson, the private quarterback coach who tutors both Jimmy Clausen and Matt Barkley sat down with ESPN’s Mike Hill to discuss the weekend ahead. It’s a fairly in-depth interview where Clarkson does his best to break down the strengths of both quarterbacks (as well as pump the tires of the private quarterback coach who…

  21. Different perspective on weekend matchup

    Oct 15, 2009, 7:01 PM EDT

    I think I’ve read about 3,000 different game previews (which is why I haven’t given you one), but I just stumbled across one that I think is pretty unique. Football Outsiders is a website with the tagline “Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis,” about –yep, you guessed it — football. I’ve got them in my RSS feed,…

  22. Spotlight should be on Tenuta

    Oct 15, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    While much of the talk this week has been about Charlie Weis and his lack of a “signature win,” if there’s one coach that should be in the crosshairs this week it’s defensive playcaller Jon Tenuta. Tenuta was handpicked by Weis to turn an upstart defense filled with young but promising players into an elite…

  23. And in that corner… the USC Trojans

    Oct 15, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Enough has been said about the recent dominance of the USC Trojans that it doesn’t warrant me talking about it as well. But I read one stat though that was particularly grim. 70% of Notre Dame’s roster has yet to see the Irish score a touchdown against Southern Cal. Dan Woike has certainly seen plenty…