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Keith Arnold

  1. Clausen and Tate are semifinalists for Maxwell Award

    Nov 5, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Both Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate were among the 16 finalists for the Maxwell Award, annually giving to college football’s player of the year. Clausen is one of six quarterbacks on the list, while Tate is one of only two wide receivers. Notre Dame and Texas are the only teams to have two players among…

  2. Navy-Notre Dame matchup means plenty to Mrs. Miller

    Nov 4, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    More and more, people outside the Irish fanbase gripe about Notre Dame’s yearly commitment to the service academies. While bashing the Irish for continuing their traditional matchups with Navy and Army, people forget the rich tradition that comes along with these games. Too often people want to label these games “cupcakes,” while lumping them in…

  3. Press conference notes

    Nov 4, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    While the headlines coming out of yesterday’s press conference were the good and bad news on injuries regarding Michael Floyd and Dayne Crist, there were still more than a few interesting tidbits gathered yesterday. Here are a few notes from the press conference. * John Goodman is now working as the third-string quarterback. Weis was…

  4. Will labor uncertainty push Clausen and Tate to NFL?

    Nov 4, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    While Charlie Weis acknowledged that Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate will have a decision to make come December, their choice has been made even more complicated with the uncertainty that looms in the NFL’s ongoing labor negotiations. It’s tough to disseminate what’s true and what’s fiction when it comes to the murky waters of the…

  5. Floyd is back, Crist is out

    Nov 3, 2009, 12:07 PM EDT

    Word just broke from Charlie Weis’ press conference. Dayne Crist is done for the season, out 4-6 months with a torn ACL. Michael Floyd is back full go, officially returned from his broken collarbone. With Crist out, John Goodman moves into the #3 slot of quarterback, and will start that transition today at practice. More…

  6. Robert Hughes and the lightswitch

    Nov 3, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Before we get too far into Navy week, I wanted to shine the light onto Robert Hughes for his performance against Washington State. Hughes had started to become a forgotten man, his number rarely called in the loss to USC and the narrow victory over Boston College. In fact, some were worried if the 240-pound…

  7. The return of Mr. Floyd

    Nov 3, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    (THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED…) With Charlie Weis delivering the official news today at his press conference, Michael Floyd is now officially cleared to return for the Irish offense. Let’s take a look at the return of the sophomore receiver and what it means to the Irish offense. While Golden Tate has been building up…

  8. Primetime kickoff for Pitt

    Nov 2, 2009, 4:04 PM EDT

    As anticipated, a primetime kickoff has been set for next week’s game against Pitt. The action from Heinz Field on November 14 will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST. It’s a split national broadcast on ABC, with the other game being Texas Tech at Oklahoma State. Word from Notre Dame’s sports information department is that there…

  9. Jimmy, Golden, and Alex

    Nov 2, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    I’m not sure about you guys, but these are three people that I definitely want to see roaming the Irish sidelines next season as well… I’m glad that Pat and Tom started talking a little bit about the Golden Tate Heisman campaign. Might as well, right? Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights…

  10. Weekend leftovers

    Nov 2, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    We’ll know much more about the Irish offense in the next day or so, and I’ll share some thoughts on that later today. But until then, here are some observations, thoughts and leftovers from the weekend that was. Overall, it’s never disappointing to win a game by almost 4 touchdowns, but if I’m the Irish…

  11. The good, the bad, the ugly: Washington State

    Nov 1, 2009, 8:14 PM EDT

    Twenty-four hours later, the victory feels the same. The Irish did what they needed: they took care of business. The Irish piled up 592 yards of offense, 255 of it on the ground, and the Irish took a 30-7 lead into half and cruised to a 40-14 victory. Here’s a look at the good, the…

  12. The amazing Mr. Tate

    Nov 1, 2009, 4:40 PM EDT

    Here’s a quick cut-up of the highlights from yesterday… Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

  13. Irish move to 19 in AP poll, 21 in Coaches

    Nov 1, 2009, 2:57 PM EDT

    The new rankings were just released and they saw Notre Dame climb a few spots up the ladder. In the AP poll, the Irish went from 25 to 19, moving up six spots from last week. In the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the Irish climbed from 25 to 21, a smaller jump, but still significant…

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Washington State

    Oct 31, 2009, 11:55 PM EDT

    As the Irish ran into the locker room at halftime, still celebrating the incredible Hail Mary grab Golden Tate made over three Washington State defenders, it was clear that tonight’s game wasn’t going to be like the rest of them. The Irish slogged their way through the second half, cruising comfortably to a 40-14 victory…

  15. Weekend Primer: Making a statement

    Oct 31, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT

    We’re about five-and-a-half hours away from kickoff, and as I watch the early games — specifically Iowa once again struggling with a mediocre team — the importance of the Irish making a statement tonight grows. While it’s too early to be reading them, the stars are aligning for the Irish to make a move up…

  16. Irish reel in another recruit

    Oct 30, 2009, 6:17 PM EDT

    Word is flying around the internet that Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis received another commitment, this time from cornerback Toney Hurd Jr. Hurd is from Missouri City, Texas and depending on what recruiting service you believe, he’s either very highly touted, or highly touted. Hurd stands anywhere from 5-8 to 5-10 depending on what you’re…

  17. That's what he said: Charlie Weis

    Oct 30, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    CW met with the media yesterday evening for a quick Q&A before the Washington State game, and here’s what he said. * Freshman Ben Turk won the competition this week and kept the punting job. “I think the incumbent will stay. #35 (Turk) kicked significantly better than #43 (Eric Maust). He’ll be the guy. When…

  18. The curious case of Harrison Smith

    Oct 30, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    As Notre Dame fans turned the page on the disappointing 2008 season, many looked ahead to the 2009 season and started filling in the blanks. A returning offensive line. Skill positions largely untouched. A year of weight-training and experience along the defensive front. Linebackers buoyed by Manti Te’o. A veteran secondary moving Harrison Smith back…

  19. Hawaiian punch

    Oct 29, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    Here’s a little Manti Te’o from the Boston College game. If a picture says a thousand words, one minute of video says… well, at least a thousand and one.

  20. Looking closer at the secondary's problems

    Oct 29, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    It’s not breaking news to say that the Irish secondary has struggled covering the pass. But after watching the past few games and seeing some of the problems that the Irish have been having, I thought it might be an interesting exercise to break down some tape and see if we could diagnose some of…

  21. Weis coaches up the tight ends

    Oct 29, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    After getting off to a quick start, tight end Kyle Rudolph has struggled to produce, making only three catches for 9 yards against USC and only a single catch against Boston College. After Southern Cal, Charlie Weis mentioned that Rudolph was used more as a blocker than a pass catcher, helping the offensive line protect…

  22. That's what he said: Paul Wulff

    Oct 28, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    The Washington State coach sat down to discuss Notre Dame this week. Here’s what he said.

  23. And in that corner… the Washington State Cougars

    Oct 28, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    It’s got to be tough right now for Washington State Cougar fans. Outside of an overtime victory against SMU, things have been pretty bleak this season for the Cougs. If you take a look at the national stats, it’s not too hard to figure out why Wazzou has been struggling. They’ve got a spot in…

  24. Catching up with… Hannah Storm

    Oct 28, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    While her allegiances might not be as well known as other celebrities, Hannah Storm takes a back seat to no Notre Dame fan. In between trailblazing a path as an award-winning sports and newscaster, raising three daughters, writing books, producing movies, and starting her own charitable foundation, Hannah never misses a Saturday with the Notre…