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  1. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Oct 20, 2010, 2:30 AM EST

    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…

  2. Tuesdays with BK: Navy edition

    Oct 19, 2010, 6:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 19, 2010, 1:41 PM EST

    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…

  4. Preparation for Navy option already under way

    Oct 18, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2010, 9:29 PM EST

    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…

  6. ND vs. Western Michigan — Postgame Highlights

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

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

  7. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Oct 17, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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

  8. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Western Michigan

    Oct 16, 2010, 6:48 PM EST

    Floyd WMU

    Notre Dame got off to the perfect start on Saturday afternoon, with Dayne Crist hitting a wide open Michael Floyd for an 80-yard touchdown pass on the games first play from scrimmage. The rest of the first half? Not so great. “I was not happy obviously about the first half and we hadn’t played that…

  9. Pregame Twelve Pack: Western Michigan edition

    Oct 16, 2010, 3:30 AM EST

    We’re back for another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Western Michigan game. 1. The Irish will be wearing new uniforms this Saturday. Thanks to some new technology from Adidas, the Irish will be donning the new TECHFIT compression jersey this Saturday. “They’re really excited…

  10. That's what he said: Dayne Crist

    Oct 15, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    Dayne Crist talked to the production team earlier this week, recapping the first half of the season as he prepared for Western Michigan. Here’s what he said.  

  11. Run/Pass mix a difficult balancing act

    Oct 14, 2010, 2:39 PM EST

    If you’re looking for a debate among Notre Dame football fans, there’s none more enjoyable than the run/pass balance in Brian Kelly’s offensive system. While people have to be pleased with the steady progress from quarterback Dayne Crist, the transformation of Armando Allen during his senior season has made him the offensive MVP of the…

  12. IBG: Life at the half-way point

    Oct 14, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    With Western Michigan not exactly the sexiest of opponents and the season exactly half-way finished, the guys at We Never Graduate hosted the Irish Blogger Gathering with a fairly meaty selection of questions. I’ll do my best to answer the bonus question without getting Jack Donaghy calling downstairs for my head. The Irish have posted…

  13. Tuesdays with BK: WMU (and Wednesday) edition

    Oct 13, 2010, 3:38 PM EST

    Yesterday afternoon, Brian Kelly addressed the media to discuss things other than Kyle Rudolph’s season ending injury. Specifically, Kelly talked Bill Cubit’s Western Michigan Broncos. Here’s a slice of what he said, courtesy of the video guys:   A few observations: It’s amazing how candid Kelly is when dealing with the media. I think back…

  14. And in that corner… The Western Michigan Broncos

    Oct 13, 2010, 12:58 AM EST

    It’ll be a historic Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, when the first ever Mid-American Conference team takes on Notre Dame when the Irish play the Western Michigan Broncos. The match-up marks the first time the Irish have played Western Michigan since 1920, with the Irish blanking WMU 53-0 in 1919 and 41-0 in 1920. With…

  15. Harrison Smith… Doing work

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:57 PM EST

    It wasn’t too long ago that Irish fans wondered if Harrison Smith had what it took to be a starter on a Notre Dame defense that was anything but impressive. Smith has long dazzled Irish fans and coaches with his raw athletic ability, but even though the previous regime did just about everything you could…

  16. Rudolph lost for season with lingering hamstring injury

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    In what was expected to be a pretty low-key press conference, Brian Kelly just dropped a gigantic bomb by announcing that pre-season All-American tight end Kyle Rudolph is out for the season. “Certainly you lose one of the best tight ends in the country, that’s a loss,” Kelly said. Rudolph re-injured a hamstring that had…

  17. The good, the bad, the ugly: Pitt

    Oct 11, 2010, 12:13 PM EST

    Looking back over Saturday’s victory against Pittsburgh, there was plenty of good, bad, and ugly in a victory that was absolutely crucial for the Irish’s season. For the second consecutive week, Notre Dame got off to a quick start, only to give back the momentum by squandering opportunities and committing some unforced errors. But in…