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  1. 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.  

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Oct 10, 2010, 7:59 PM EST

    After a 23-17 win over Pittsburgh, Brian Kelly addressed the media. Here’s what he said:  

  10. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Oct 9, 2010, 7:58 PM EST

    It seemed a little too easy going into halftime for the Irish. Maybe that explains why Notre Dame seemed to backpedal their way to the finish, holding on for a six-point victory over Pitt 23-17 on a beautiful afternoon in Notre Dame Stadium. “As we’ve shown, we’re really good at stubbing our toes,” head coach…

  11. Weekend Primer: Prepping for Pitt

    Oct 9, 2010, 1:02 PM EST

    It’s finally one of those beautiful Saturdays in South Bend, and it’ll be nearly 80 degrees when the Irish kickoff against Pitt this afternoon. Last night at the Pep Rally, Golden Tate returned to campus, Kerry Neal and Trevor Robinson were named game captains, and the Irish seemed ready to win a critical game on…

  12. Pregame Twelve Pack: Pitt edition

    Oct 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    We’re back with the Pitt Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Pitt game. 1. Feel good about the Irish this weekend? Feel good about October 9th. If you’re looking for a reason to feel confident about the Irish this Saturday, just look at the calendar.…

  13. Dan Wenger done for season, 6th year a possibility

    Oct 7, 2010, 6:11 PM EST

    As many suspected, Brian Kelly announced that senior center Dan Wenger was ruled out for the season after suffering multiple concussions. Wenger had been out since before the Purdue game after he suffered two concussions during preseason camp. Kelly was adamant that Wenger is still very much a part of the football team and has…

  14. IBG: A pivotal match-up with Pitt

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    In this week’s edition of the Irish Blogger Gathering, we head to the venerable Irish Round Table for our questions. Bonus points to these guys for an awesome blog name, and for officially killing one of my first weekly column ideas before it ever started. As we’ll discuss in the next 48 hours, the game…

  15. Walls not taking the bait from Baldwin

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:22 AM EST

    “I never even heard of him before we played them last year.” Those were the words of Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, talking about fellow Pittsburgh native Darrin Walls, one of the highest-rated recruits to hail from the the area in 2006, two years before Baldwin would catch the eye of colleges nationally. Even if…

  16. Blanton's emergence key to improved secondary

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:01 PM EST

    Robert Blanton has made his presence felt the past two games in coverage, highlighted by his excellent interception last week against Boston College. With a secondary hobbled by a lack of depth in the first four weeks of the season, the Irish defense is now back to full-speed with safeties Jamoris Slaughter and Dan McCarthy…

  17. And in that corner… The Pitt Panthers

    Oct 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    It’s hard to believe that a little over eleven months ago, the No. 8 ranked Pitt Panthers were welcoming in a Charlie Weis-coached Notre Dame squad that had just lost to Navy without ever punting the football. It was the beginning of the end for Weis and the 2009 Fighting Irish, as Golden Tate’s heroics…