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  1. Weekend Primer: Interesting Framing by ESPN…

    Nov 13, 2009, 10:47 PM EDT

    … Watching the promos for the ND-Pitt game tomorrow, interesting choice by the ESPN brass to show one of the only big plays that Golden Tate didn‘t make this year, where a go route falls from his hands against Michigan that would’ve been a sure touchdown… Wonder what angle we’ll be hearing about tomorrow on…

  2. Deciphering what Pitt we'll see

    Nov 13, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    I’ve thought long and hard about this weekend’s game. (A loss like the Navy game will do that to you…) Yet the more I think about Pitt, the more I’m just not sure of what we’ll actually see out there. I understand that the AP Top 25 has Pitt ranked eighth, the BCS has the…

  3. And in that corner… the Pitt Panthers

    Nov 13, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    This weekend’s matchup with No. 8 Pittsburgh certainly got more interesting with Notre Dame’s shocking loss to Navy. What looked like a battle for a BCS bid now looks like a battle for Charlie Weis’ survival. Pitt has slowly worked its way up the rankings, and has ascended into the top ten for the first…

  4. Brown takes issue with Navy coach's comments

    Nov 12, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    (UPDATED WITH VIDEO) Before Corwin Brown spoke about the upcoming game with Pittsburgh, he had to get something off his chest. Specifically, Brown took issue with Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo’s comments in his postgame press conference, where he made a comment that started with “I really hope this doesn’t come across wrong,” that called out…

  5. Wannstedt talks Irish

    Nov 12, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Dave Wannstedt met with the media to discuss the showdown this Saturday night with Notre Dame. Here are a few observations: * Wanny was certainly complementary of the offensive weapons Notre Dame has. He said quarterback Jimmy Clausen “is playing as good as any quarterback around.” After watching tape on all of Pitt’s opponents, Wannstedt…

  6. Davie talks about the Notre Dame hot seat

    Nov 11, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    Few people are as qualified to talk about life on the Notre Dame hot seat as well as Bob Davie. Out of college coaching since he was relieved of his head coaching duties, Davie now broadcasts football games for ESPN and ABC. Davie was on ESPN Radio this morning with Colin Cowherd to discuss the…

  7. Weis moves forward

    Nov 11, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    While many look to circle the wagons, head coach Charlie Weis turned the page to eighth-ranked Pitt, in a game that might not have BCS ramifications, but now has a much more macabre feel for the embattled coach. As usual, Weis took questions from the assembled media, and this week fielded questions from ESPN’s Tom…

  8. Controversial fumble key ingredient in Navy upset

    Nov 10, 2009, 6:45 PM EDT

    If you were to diagram the anatomy of an upset, Robby Parris’ fumble on the third play from scrimmage could qualify as the first crucial piece needed for a Navy victory. The only way Navy was going to win this football game was for Notre Dame’s offense to give up possessions, and starting in the…

  9. Kyle Rudolph out for the rest of regular season

    Nov 10, 2009, 12:10 PM EDT

    Charlie Weis just announced that Kyle Rudolph will be out for the rest of the regular season. Rudolph’s injury isn’t a broken collarbone, but some type of muscle injury to the shoulder. There’s a chance that he’ll be back for Stanford, but Weis thinks it’s doubtful. Mike Ragone will replace Rudolph in the starting lineup…

  10. Tough to take Pat Fitzgerald seriously

    Nov 10, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    The fruit has been hanging pretty low for Notre Dame detractors since the Irish unraveled last weekend. Low enough for Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald to take a shot at the Notre Dame program as well. In his weekly “College Football Overtime” roundup, Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel took advantage of the high-water mark wins for both…

  11. Time to batten down the hatches

    Nov 10, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    There’s been so much rumbling and grumbling the past 48 hours that many people have forgotten that Notre Dame’s most important game on the post-USC schedule is coming up this Saturday. While there may not be BCS relevancy anyone, Notre Dame is now playing for much more than a BCS bid, they’re playing for legitimacy,…

  12. Evan Sharpley: Teacher, quarterback, slugger… and hard body?

    Nov 9, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    While I realize we’d all rather turn this place into the dregs of Notre Dame blogdom, I thought it might be an appropriate time to bring up something a little bit lighter. Tensions are high, emotions are fragile, people are close to losing their collective minds, but we can all take a deep breath and…

  13. Accountability

    Nov 9, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    When meeting with the media yesterday to wrap up the upset loss to Navy, Charlie Weis spoke a lot about accountability. “The whole theme this week is going to be about accountability,” Weis said. “Accountability and dependability, because in that game yesterday, there are just too many opportunities squandered.” Many people are slaughtering Weis for…

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

    Nov 8, 2009, 2:30 PM EDT

    It’s been about 24 hours, and the loss to Navy doesn’t feel any different. It’s a devastating blow to the Irish, and once again the buzzards are beginning to swirl. Still, in the aftermath of it all, people are forgetting that Notre Dame didn’t just lose a football game. Navy won it, and they won…

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

    Nov 7, 2009, 5:51 PM EDT

    After a week of coasting, the Irish go back to another heart-stopper, this time against Navy, who have now beaten the Irish twice in the last three games. The Irish lost a football game without punting, which has to be a statistical anomaly, and also tells the story of this game that went so very…

  16. Weekend Primer: T minus 90 minutes…

    Nov 7, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    … Get ready for another live-blog coming soon, as Notre Dame prepares to take on Navy. It’s a beautiful day in South Bend (and in St. Paul, MN where I’m reporting live from). A quick update from the early games shows Texas struggling with UCF, leading only 7-3 in the second quarter. Iowa continues their…

  17. Ragone earns title of Mr. Hustle

    Nov 6, 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

    As we roll into the weekend, just figured a video of Mike Ragone’s hustle play would get everybody fired up for tomorrow. Watching Ragone burn down the field and chase down a DB really gets me fired up. (Sidenote: If you haven’t figured out Hulu yet, you’re really missing out…)