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  1. Weekend Primer: Getting you ready for Purdue

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    First off, I want to thank everyone that’s been visiting the blog. August was our best month ever at Inside the Irish, and I only expect things to grow exponentially from here as we kick off the season. Over the next couple of days, I’ll keep the updates coming fast and furious, with video, analysis,…

  2. Ruffer wins kicking job for opener

    Sep 2, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Even though Nick Tausch set a school-record with 14 straight field goals last season, that wasn’t enough too hold off walk-on kicker David Ruffer, who won the starting job for the opener against Purdue this Saturday. “Ruffer is going to start as our kicker,” Kelly said this afternoon. “We felt he had a great week.…

  3. Irish flashback: ND vs. Purdue – 2000

    Sep 2, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Back before Drew Brees was the Super Bowl winning hero of New Orleans, he was an undersized quarterback that ended up at Purdue because all the Texas high schools ignored the pint-sized signal caller from Austin that won a state championship. But Brees took the Big Ten by storm, and back in September of 2000,…

  4. BYU declares independence, sets six-game series with Irish

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    BYU’s announcement that they’ve broken lose from the Mountain West conference and gone independent in football has to be viewed as a positive for Irish fans, many of whom were close to conceding that independence was no longer an option. Here, BYU’s athletic director Tom Holmoe explains why the school decided to leave the Mountain…

  5. Diaco offers hope for the defense

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    In many ways, the Irish season will hinge completely on the efficiency of the defense. The failure of Jon Tenuta’s unit to play merely average football was the downfall of the 2009 season, and while the Irish offense struggled with its consistency (especially in the red zone), the football team lost six games largely because…

  6. Five things we'll learn: Keys to the Irish season

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    In the nine months that have passed since the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last played a meaningful football game, Irish fans have done a lot of heavy thinking. They just watched one of their own fail. A coach that dazzled the Irish faithful with his Super Bowl wins and unprecedented offensive fireworks. He found early…

  7. Broadcast upgrades and online simulcasts new for 2010 season

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    It may be the 20th season of NBC broadcasting Notre Dame football, but there are plenty of firsts coming this season, as NBC rolls out some cutting edge features for fans. It was announced today that NBC will debut ActionCam, and overhead cable-camera system that’ll provide viewers with never-before-seen angles. It’s the same camera angle…

  8. Video: Floyd is ready to go

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    Next up from the video department, a quick profile on Michael Floyd. It’s tough not to get too excited for Saturday when you get video reminders like this of the guys that’ll be running out of the tunnel come Saturday afternoon at 3:30.  

  9. Opponent preview: Southern California Trojans

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    This entry concludes our 12-part series, profiling Notre Dame’s 2010 opponents. Check out the rest of them with Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College, Pitt, Western Michigan, Navy, Tulsa, Utah, and Army. I will now rest my forearms and hands in a cold-tub until game time. The Overview: There is no bigger game for…

  10. Video: Kelly not worried about legacy

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Here’s another video from the crew, this time of Brian Kelly discussing what he’d like his legacy to be. I think it’s safe to say that if Kelly lasts 10 years at Notre Dame, everybody would be happy.  

  11. And in that corner… the Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    It was a tale of two seasons last year for Purdue. The first half heartbreak and despair, the second half hope for a better day. Maybe that’s overly dramatic, but the Boilermakers went on a nice run in the second half of the season, including an upset victory against Ohio State, finishing the season 4-2…

  12. Video: Dayne Crist is ready to lead

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

    The video crew put together a pretty nice profile of Dayne Crist, a guy that has quite a lot on his plate right now. It’s hard not to root for Crist, who has gone through a lot since that Halloween game against Washington State and now finds himself the starting quarterback at Notre Dame.  

  13. Game to watch (well, maybe DVR): UConn vs. Michigan

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    While the Irish will be doing battle with the Boilermakers at 3:30 EST, Michigan will be opening up with Connecticut at the Big House. It’s far from the standard opening weekend fare for the Wolverines, and you’ve got to think that the upstart Huskies and coach Randy Edsall feel confident. Or at least their marketing…

  14. Opponent preview: Army Black Knights

    Aug 31, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    The eleventh piece of our opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2010 opponents. Check out the rest of them with Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College, Pitt, Western Michigan, Navy, Tulsa and Utah.  The Overview: November 20th marks the 50th time Notre Dame and Army will clash on the football field, and the 23rd time…

  15. IBG: The season begins

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The good folks of the Notre Dame blogosphere found it in their hearts to welcome me into their midst for the Irish Blogger Gathering. I noticed this nice community-building exercise last season and feel quite honored to be invited by the Subway Domer himself. Nothing like putting your feet to the fire to get started…

  16. More on Shaq Evans transfer

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly met with the media after his press conference to discuss the Shaquelle Evans transfer, here’s a bit more of what he said: “He came in yesterday and informed me that he had made a decision,” Kelly said. “This was not a two-way conversation, this was a one-way conversation.” The lack of dialogue in…

  17. Shaquelle Evans to transfer

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly just confirmed during his press conference that wide receiver Shaquelle Evans is no longer with the team. “Shaq Evans is no longer with the team,” Kelly said. “We granted him a release and we wish him the best. He’s a good kid.” The whispers had been growing the past few days that Evans…

  18. Week one depth chart released

    Aug 30, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    While Brian Kelly doesn’t address the media until tomorrow, the two-deep depth chart for Purdue has been released. Here’s the depth-chart on offense (returning starters in CAPS): WR 7   TJ Jones 5-11 187 Fr.       18 DUVAL KAMARA 6-4 225 Sr. WR 6 Theo Riddick 5-11 198 So.       19 Robby Toma 5-9 175 So. LT 70…

  19. Opponent Preview: Utah Utes

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    The tenth edition of our opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2010 opponents. Check out the rest of them with Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College, Pitt, Western Michigan, Navy and Tulsa. The Overview: It’s a sign of the times in college football when the toughest game on Notre Dame’s home schedule is a date…