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Keith Arnold

  1. Weis calms the recruiting storm

    Sep 30, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    Another small tidbit from the Charlie Weis press conference had to do with recruiting. Specifically some recruit poaching that may or may not be going on. Rumors about blue-chip recruit Chris Martin had been floating around when Martin mentioned to a recruiting website that he’d possibly be taking an official visit to Florida — the…

  2. Weis looks to USC for UW clues

    Sep 30, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    For any of his perceived faults, Charlie Weis is an analytical coach who pays great attention to detail. And for anyone who doesn’t believe that, watch, listen or read one of his press conferences. (If you still care to object, here’s a brief snippet from his breakdown of route-running when asked about freshman Shaq Evans:…

  3. And in that corner… the Washington Huskies

    Sep 30, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Notre Dame’s game with Washington this Saturday got infinitely more interesting when the Huskies pulled off the upset of this young season and beat the USC Trojans in Husky Stadium. Steve Sarkisian’s victory over his mentor Pete Carroll marked a remarkable turnaround from the winless Husky’s of a season before. Nobody follows the Washington program…

  4. The futility of Heisman watches

    Sep 30, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Everything about it I enjoy, right down to the made for TV cheesiness that ESPN has mastered, with Chris Fowler doing his best Jim Nance at Augusta impression, and the little interview stations in different corners of the Downtown Athletic Club (or wherever the…

  5. Tuesdays with Charlie: Washington Edition

    Sep 29, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT

    Here’s video of Charlie Weis’ Tuesday press conference as the Irish prepare to welcome Washington to town. I’ve got more thoughts coming, as it was quite a revealing hour with Charlie.

  6. Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

    Sep 29, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Surrounded by thousands of crazed college students, Pete Carroll gave up trying to find new Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian on the field, settling for a congratulatory embrace in the tunnel below Husky Stadium after Washington toppled USC 16-13 two Saturdays ago. While Carroll had to be shocked that his Trojans could once again fall…

  7. Turk to get his shot as starting punter

    Sep 29, 2009, 12:06 AM EDT

    While Charlie Weis has yet to announce anything, a depth chart released by Notre Dame indicates that Ben Turk will replace Eric Maust as the starting punter. Turk, a highly touted freshman specialist, will take over the punting duties for Maust, who is averaging less than forty yards per punt this year. Maust’s four punts…

  8. Remarks from the glass is half empty camp

    Sep 28, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    There has been plenty of rumbling and grumbling about the last few games, mostly from the camp that believes the last three games should never have been this close. But the facts remain: The Irish are a play away from being 4-0, and a few tough breaks away from being 1-3, and sit at 3-1…

  9. A few more questions for Sam Young

    Sep 28, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Journal Gazette’s Tony Krausz ran his weekly “Five questions” segment, and this week featured senior right tackle Sam Young. Young has had an up-and-down season so far, where he’s mixed dominant blocking with head-scratching discipline issues. I won’t pretend to grade out Young’s play in the trenches, but everybody has heard Young’s name announced…

  10. Weekend leftovers: Assorted thoughts from the Purdue game

    Sep 28, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    There’s still plenty left to talk about after the thrilling victory over Purdue Saturday night. Yet I don’t want to get too bogged down looking in the rear-view mirror when Notre Dame faces their stiffest test of the year on Saturday when the Washington Huskies come to South Bend. Before we turn the page though,…

  11. The good, the bad, the ugly: Purdue

    Sep 28, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    With almost 24 hours to sit back and reflect on the stunning Irish victory, a few things are more evident than they were last night. The Irish were truly handicapped offensively by injuries last night. Give Charlie Weis credit for a very good scheme. Weis found a way to make Jimmy Clausen effective — using…

  12. That's what he said: Hammer & Rails

    Sep 27, 2009, 11:00 PM EDT

    T-Mill, the voice of Hammer & Rails, had plenty to say about the gut-wrenching loss to the Irish. Specifically, he had a few issues with the final timeout by head coach Danny Hope. Here’s what he said (emphasis mine): Even when we did stop them on 3rd down, I knew we couldn’t do it on…

  13. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Sep 26, 2009, 11:42 PM EDT

    In the end, it was the Irish marching down the field, attempting to steal away a football game that had already slipped out of their grasp. With Jimmy Clausen clearly hobbled and nowhere near 100 percent, he gimped his way back onto the field, intent on settling some unfinished business. With a 4th and goal,…

  14. T-minus 6.5 hours…

    Sep 26, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT

    The worst part about night games is the wait. Tonight’s questions also present opportunities for Notre Dame: Will Duval Kamara, Robby Parris, Shaq Evans, or John Goodman emerge?Can Jonas Gray carry the weight for the running attack?Will Jimmy Clausen be as effective without Michael Floyd and with a turf toe injury?Can the Irish win in…

  15. This never ends well…

    Sep 26, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    I haven’t dove into the recruiting circus that usually surrounds college football, just because I don’t have the time to track down 17- and 18-year-old kids, but I do following close attention to the sites that do. Over at ESPN.com, their West Coast recruiting blogger Greg Biggins had some news on Notre Dame’s number one…

  16. Jimmy's improved pocket presence

    Sep 25, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    I’m a little late to the party with this video, but the our crack staff at NBCSports.com put together a nice video on the improved pocket presence of Jimmy Clausen. Through three games, we’ve yet to see the patented “Clausen reverse peel-out,” which usually was a recipe for field position disaster, as Jimmy’s evasion attempts…

  17. Reminder: ND vs. Purdue live blog tomorrow night

    Sep 25, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    Just because the game isn’t on NBC doesn’t mean there won’t be an Inside the Irish live-blog going on. If you’re looking for a running commentary, snarky visitor comments, and taking pleasure in the fact that I’ll be hunched over my computer for three straight hours typing away furiously as my friends all make fun…

  18. Purdue presents opportunities for Irish

    Sep 25, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    I’ve been hesitant to write much about the Irish’s opponent this weekend, only because I’m not sure what to expect from this Purdue Boilermakers team. If you chose to, you could make a compelling argument that Purdue presents imminent danger to the Irish. A rowdy Ross-Ade Stadium, a night game against an enemy of the…

  19. Clausen a go, Allen a maybe

    Sep 25, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    Throughout yesterday, I had been hearing whispers that Jimmy Clausen might not be on track to play Saturday. But as Charlie Weis briefed the press corp on Thursday, he updated everyone on the injury situation. One of the Irish’s star performers was, indeed, a game time decision to play Saturday at Purdue. Who was the…

  20. Smart baby.

    Sep 25, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

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  21. Givens lawsuit proves an ugly point

    Sep 24, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    After talking with Shane Walton last night, I was reminded how quickly an NFL career can turn. Walton went from being a consensus All-American cornerback, one of the rarest breeds in college and professional football, to an NFL player whose career only lasted four games. The news of former Irish wide receiver David Givens’ $25…

  22. That's what he said: Danny Hope

    Sep 24, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    Purdue head coach Danny Hope breaks down the Boilermakers matchup with the Irish.  He’s got some nice things to say about quarterback Jimmy Clausen, as well as defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. My favorite quote of the clip: “They’re a pressure defense that has some talent. And they like to heat it up.”

  23. Catching up with… Shane Walton

    Sep 24, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    One of my favorite Irish football players past or present is Shane Walton. Walton’s story has been well documented. Recruited as a soccer player to Notre Dame, Shane was given the chance to walk-on during spring practice. After a handful of practices, coach Bob Davie and the defensive staff knew they had someone special, and…

  24. The Verducci honeymoon

    Sep 24, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Let’s be honest: Notre Dame fans are madly in love with Frank Verducci. The honeymoon is in full bloom. The once downtrodden offensive line has made leaps and bounds this year under the first year offensive line coach and running game coordinator. I have suspect that if Verducci credited the line’s outstanding play to a…