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  1. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

    Very rarely can you summarize a football game in one sentence, but head coach Brian Kelly did in his post-game press conference, just minutes after a fake field goal attempt in overtime won the football game for Michigan State 34-31: “It came down to one play,” Kelly said. “Michigan State executed the play. We did…

  2. Kudos to the Spartans…

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

    …but the play should have never happened.  Both the playclock on the TV feed and the scoreboard were clearly at zero before the ball was snapped. Either way, it’s the playcall of the year by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.

  3. Live Blog coming — T minus 7 hours until kickoff

    Sep 18, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The weather report doesn’t look too promising for East Lansing tonight, where the Irish and Spartans could be playing in sporadic thunderstorms. That said, it won’t stop me from live-blogging the event, from the comfortable confines of the Inside the Irish HQ, deep in the heart of USC country. A couple quick notes: * After…

  4. Pregame Twelve Pack: Michigan State edition

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    Round three of the Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers, or miscellaneous musings as we head into the Michigan State game. 1. Charlie Weis may have been a Bon Jovi guy, but Brian Kelly is a Van Halen man. While the real news should be that defensive line/special teams coach Mike Elston has…

  5. Riddick key to unlocking Irish offense

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    “I really have high high expectations for him. He’s an elite player. He’s learning a position, but I think we’ll be talking a lot about Theo Riddick as we move through the season.” Those were the comments from head coach Brian Kelly during preseason camp that had Irish fans so excited about the potential of…

  6. Day in the life of Stewart shows true student-athlete

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    The last few days the headlines haven’t been pretty for college football. Mughshots of Chris Rainey, Heisman’s returned by a suddenly righteous Reggie Bush. Meanwhile, law student and starting left guard Chris Stewart goes about his self-proclaimed “boring” life and the USA Today’s Mike Lopresti was there to follow along. Here’s a snippet from a…

  7. Irish land another blue-chipper in DE Stephon Tuitt

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune is reporting that Brian Kelly and company received a gigantic commitment this evening from another blue-chip defensive end, Georgia-native Stephon Tuitt. His commitment gives the Irish arguably the best one-two recruiting punch at defensive end in the country with Tuitt joining Aaron Lynch as two national, mega-prospects. Add…

  8. IBG: Welcome to Spartyville — UPDATED

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’m new to this Irish Blogger Gathering thing, but I was asked to host this week’s party. My job — DJ the evening, select the questions, and make sure everybody behaves. (All while people probably crack jokes behind my back and make fun of the corporate blogger, an oxymoron if there ever was one…) As…

  9. Rudolph named John Mackey tight end of the week

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    The Irish may have lost the game 28-24, but Kyle Rudolph’s performance did not go unnoticed, as he was named John Mackey tight end of the week. Here’s the official press release: Kyle Rudolph of Notre Dame was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The junior recorded…

  10. And in that corner… the Michigan State Spartans

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Looking to catch a good football game? Your best bet is to buy a ticket to Notre Dame vs. Michigan State, because this series usually guarantees something dramatic is going to happen, and for some reason the ticket is never as in demand as other Irish rivalries. Last year’s high-wire escape win for the Irish…

  11. Tuesday's with BK: Michigan State

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly was back with the media today, discussing the Irish, Michigan State, and what needs to happen for Notre Dame to walk out of Spartan Stadium Saturday night with a victory. Here’s a few minutes of what he said:   There’s plenty to discuss in the nearly four-minutes of video, but here are a…

  12. Shaq Evans enrolls at UCLA

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Wide receiver Shaquelle Evans has enrolled at UCLA, finalizing the transfer process he started just days before the Notre Dame season was set to start. ESPN’s Bruce Feldman reported early this morning that the Inglewood, California native enrolled in classes at UCLA Monday. A quick check of the UCLA directory also confirms Evans’ enrollment in…

  13. Irish turn page on the loss

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    it’s been nearly three days since the Brian Kelly era received its first blemish, and we can now officially say that the Notre Dame football season starts. Gone is the unbridled optimism, the belief that maybe the Irish will actually win — quite literally — now. That’s not to say that this football season is…

  14. The Good, the bad the ugly: Michigan

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    A little over 24 hours after the Irish lost to Michigan 28-24, Brian Kelly was given more than a few opportunities to try and find a silver lining in the heartbreaking defeat. He never took the bait. “I’m not a real big believer in that you learn a lot after a loss,” Kelly said. “I’d…

  15. Irish recruiting picks up pair of aces with Atkinson brothers

    Sep 12, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    For Irish fans still feeling the after-effects of the 28-24 loss to Michigan, Notre Dame did win two important battles this weekend, picking up recruiting commitments from high-profile prospects George and Josh Atkinson this weekend. Multiple websites are reporting that the twin brothers gave their pledge to head coach Brian Kelly this weekend during their…

  16. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Sep 12, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    Here’s video of Brian Kelly talking immediately after the game on the sidelines with Alex Flanagan, as well as his post-game press conference.    

  17. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    Kyle Rudolph galloped down the field, looking over his shoulder for a defensive back that wasn’t going to catch him. He registered the second-longest play in the history of Notre Dame football, a 95-yard touchdown pass from Dayne Crist, who returned from a bell-ringing at the beginning of the game to ignite the Irish in…

  18. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Michigan

    Sep 11, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    For a live-stream of today’s game, click here. <a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=6d59b8a8aa” >Notre Dame vs. Michigan</a>

  19. Weekend Primer: Flashback to 1989

    Sep 11, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Yesterday, Brian Kelly named Ethan Johnson and Armando Allen game captains for the showdown this afternoon against Michigan. But before we get ready to jump-start the live-blog, let’s take one more trip down Memory Lane…   Talk about a high-profile football game. No. 1 Notre Dame versus No. 2 Michigan. Enjoy watching Rocket Ismail take…