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Keith Arnold

  1. Floyd expects to be ready

    Oct 28, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Lost in the tragedy of the last few days, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd expects to play Saturday against Tulsa. “I think my chances are real high Saturday,” Floyd said Wednesday. “I just don’t think my hamstring was strong all of the way to where I wanted it to be last week, so I…

  2. Tragedy makes football hard to discuss

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Accident

    In the hours before yesterday’s accident, I had been preparing a column on Bob Diaco’s defensive struggles against Navy. Pulling stats from old Navy games and quotes from archived videos, I drew comparisons between Diaco’s failed gameplan against Ken Niumatalolo’s option attack to the plan Missouri put together during last year’s Texas Bowl, a game…

  3. Junior Declan Sullivan mourned after Tower accident

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

    A special Mass of Remembrance has been planned for Notre Dame junior Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old from Long Grove, Ill., who died while filming practice for the athletic department. University president Rev. John Jenkins will preside over Mass, which will begin at 10 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. He also sent an…

  4. Tragedy strikes as student dies in video tower collapse

    Oct 27, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Terrible news out of South Bend, as a 20-year-old Notre Dame student died Wednesday afternoon when a video tower collapsed. “We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins said. “Our hearts go out to the student’s family and friends and our prayers and profound sympathies are with them…

  5. And in that corner… The Tulsa Golden Hurricane

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT


    With Irish fans still smarting after last week’s loss to Navy, the team and coaches have turned the page to Tulsa, who play Notre Dame for the first time in the program’s history this Saturday. The Golden Hurricane bring in a high-octane offense that’s coming off a bye week and a dominating homecoming performance against…

  6. Tuesdays with BK: Tulsa edition

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:27 PM EDT

    With the honeymoon officially over after last week’s loss to Navy, Brian Kelly met with the assembled media. Here’s a slice of what he said: Some thoughs: I’m feeling pretty good about my injury diagnosis of Ian Williams, with the “no surgery” call part in my one paragraph of medical analysis. Again, I’m no doctor,…

  7. Burton accepts Florida offer, decommits from Irish

    Oct 26, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    Chalk another poaching up to Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators of a top-flight defensive recruit, joining Justin Trattou and Omar Hunter of years past. Only this one, Irish fans probably should’ve seen coming. Defensive end Clay Burton decommitted from Notre Dame earlier this week, accepting a scholarship offer from Florida, where his older brother,…

  8. Report: Ian Williams has torn MCL

    Oct 25, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Both Joe Schad of ESPN and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune are reporting that Ian Williams has a torn MCL and will miss approximately 4-6 weeks, putting his availability for the rest of the regular season in doubt. While the loss is undoubtedly a killer for an Irish defense that just played its worst…

  9. Candor not helping the Kelly narrative

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT


    After the first eight games of his inaugural season, Brian Kelly has won exactly as many games as he has lost, which has quite a few members of the Irish faithful weary. Kelly has failed to win the close games that got Charlie Weis removed after his fifth season, and even worse, has openly conceded…

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

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT


    There are Sundays where it’s hard to think of the negatives and then there are Sundays where it’s hard to think of the positives. This is one of those Sundays, where retrospection doesn’t always help. Navy’s convincing 35-17 victory over Notre Dame was clinical. The Midshipmen accomplished just about every objective they had laid out…

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

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT


    With the Notre Dame offense unable to play their top three receiving threats and with running back Armando Allen well below 100 percent, it’s not a complete surprise that the Irish offense struggled against Navy’s bend, but not break, defense. What is a surprise is the complete collapse of the Irish defense, which was absolutely…

  12. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 22, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    If you’re looking for a live feed of the game, you can catch it here.

  13. Pregame Twelve Pack: Navy Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT


    Bring on another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Navy game in the new Meadowlands. 1. Want a key to victory? Irish need to win the turnover battle. Even though the Irish have won the yardage and first down battle in the last three games…

  14. Notre Dame vs. Navy… The Rivalry?

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    As the Irish prepare for their 84th meeting with the Naval Academy, I noticed that this game is being billed as “The Rivalry,” by some clever marketers. Not to discredit what Navy has done over the past three years, but it’s tough to call Notre Dame vs. Navy a rivalry, at least in the definition…

  15. Floyd and Allen vow to be ready for Navy

    Oct 21, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    While two of Notre Dame’s most important offensive weapons, Kyle Rudolph and Theo Riddick, are already out for Saturday’s game against Navy, two others are doing their best to make sure they’ll be on the field. Senior Armando Allen, who played only briefly against Western Michigan, was adamant he’ll be ready for Navy. “Without a…

  16. Remodel complete: Redesign awesome

    Oct 20, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Notice anything different? It’s the work of a dozen different tech-wizards, web-designers, producers and editors responsible for giving Inside the Irish (and eventually the rest of the blogs) a totally awesome face lift. For those of you logging in this afternoon, prepare for ITI 2.0, where you’ll still get the same old me, but…

  17. 2011 and 2012 schedules set

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The University of Notre Dame announced today that the 2011 and 2012 schedules are officially set. 2011 Sept. 3 SOUTH FLORIDA Sept. 10 at Michigan Sept. 17 MICHIGAN STATE Sept. 24 at Pittsburgh Oct. 1 at Purdue Oct. 8 AIR FORCE Oct. 15 Open Date Oct. 22 USC Oct. 29 NAVY Nov. 5 at Wake…

  18. The case for 9-3

    Oct 20, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    David Bruton, David Grimes, and Maurice Crum

    When addressing the media after his worst coaching loss in nearly two full seasons, Brian Kelly made it clear that the season could go two ways, after starting with three loses in their first four games. “There’s going to be a lot of 1-3 football teams across the country,” Kelly said after losing to Stanford.…

  19. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:30 AM EDT

    Ken Niumatalolo, Emmett Merchant

    After over forty years of frustration, the Naval Academy has finally turned the tide on the Fighting Irish. After years of having victory snatched out of their hands by a football team with greater pedigree and higher-ranked recruits, 2007 marked a watershed victory for the Midshipmen, and the opening of the floodgates that have turned…

  20. Tuesdays with BK: Navy edition

    Oct 19, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    As he does every Tuesday, Brian Kelly threw on a suit and addressed the assembled media for his weekly press conference. On tap this week, a date with the pesky Naval Academy. Here’s a snippet of what BK said:   As usual, here are a few observations: During an interesting exchange, Kelly was asked about…

  21. Riddick out, Floyd game-time decision as WRs depleted

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    During Brian Kelly’s Tuesday remarks, he announced that the wide receiving corp is definitely shy one more playmaker — and possible two — as they prepare for Navy. Theo Riddick will be wearing a cast on his severely sprained ankle and unavailable for Saturday’s contest. “We were fearful it would require surgery,” Kelly said. “Doesn’t…

  22. Preparation for Navy option already under way

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    After 43 consecutive victories over Navy, the Midshipmen have having beaten Notre Dame two of the last three times they’ve played. With an option offense piloted by Ricky Dobbs, one of the best option quarterbacks to play in the last two decades, preparation for Navy’s option attack is already well underway. “This will be our…

  23. The good, the bad, the ugly: Western Michigan

    Oct 17, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Before we put Saturday’s 44-20 victory in the rear-view mirror, let’s talk about what was gained from the win against Western Michigan, the first MAC opponent to play the Irish in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish were able to pull out their first three-game winning streak since early last season, erasing the three-game slide that…

  24. ND vs. Western Michigan — Postgame Highlights

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    For your viewing pleasure, here’s four minutes and 24 seconds of highlights from yesterday’s game.  

  25. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    After the Irish’s 44-20 victory, Brian Kelly spoke to the media. Here’s what he said: