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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…)   

  8. Thursday updates from CW

    Nov 6, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    Coach Weis met with the media and gave a few updates as the team prepares for Navy. Here are some highlights: * Eric Maust is back at starting punter. Even if Maust shanked balls all week at practice, he still should be giving the shot out there, as Ben Turk has to be close to…

  9. Is Ingram a default Heisman pick?

    Nov 6, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    HeismanPundit.com released their weekly straw poll, and the 13 Heisman voters participating still have Alabama running back Mark Ingram well ahead of everybody else. As of this week, Ingram slots ahead of Tim Tebow, Case Keenum, Colt McCoy, Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is fifth, Kellen Moore sixth, then Golden Tate comes in at seven.…

  10. Jimmy & Eric meet the press

    Nov 5, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    The captains press conference usually isn’t good for much, as the guys are usually very well media trained, but I’ve really found myself enjoying Eric Olsen and Jimmy Clausen when they’re up in front of the microphones. Olsen has a pretty good sense of humor, and has made more than his share of jokes when…

  11. Navy's Marshall more than just a football player

    Nov 5, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    While most Navy football players might lack a Rivals.com recruiting profile, they certainly aren’t lacking when it comes to character, background, and accomplishments. While we’ll hear plenty about this group of over-achieving, under-sized, disciplined competitors this Saturday, I thought Cameron Marshall deserved some extra mention. Marshall may not make much of an impact this Saturday…

  12. Clausen and Tate are semifinalists for Maxwell Award

    Nov 5, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Both Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate were among the 16 finalists for the Maxwell Award, annually giving to college football’s player of the year. Clausen is one of six quarterbacks on the list, while Tate is one of only two wide receivers. Notre Dame and Texas are the only teams to have two players among…

  13. Navy-Notre Dame matchup means plenty to Mrs. Miller

    Nov 4, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    More and more, people outside the Irish fanbase gripe about Notre Dame’s yearly commitment to the service academies. While bashing the Irish for continuing their traditional matchups with Navy and Army, people forget the rich tradition that comes along with these games. Too often people want to label these games “cupcakes,” while lumping them in…

  14. Press conference notes

    Nov 4, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    While the headlines coming out of yesterday’s press conference were the good and bad news on injuries regarding Michael Floyd and Dayne Crist, there were still more than a few interesting tidbits gathered yesterday. Here are a few notes from the press conference. * John Goodman is now working as the third-string quarterback. Weis was…

  15. Will labor uncertainty push Clausen and Tate to NFL?

    Nov 4, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    While Charlie Weis acknowledged that Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate will have a decision to make come December, their choice has been made even more complicated with the uncertainty that looms in the NFL’s ongoing labor negotiations. It’s tough to disseminate what’s true and what’s fiction when it comes to the murky waters of the…

  16. Floyd is back, Crist is out

    Nov 3, 2009, 12:07 PM EDT

    Word just broke from Charlie Weis’ press conference. Dayne Crist is done for the season, out 4-6 months with a torn ACL. Michael Floyd is back full go, officially returned from his broken collarbone. With Crist out, John Goodman moves into the #3 slot of quarterback, and will start that transition today at practice. More…

  17. Robert Hughes and the lightswitch

    Nov 3, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Before we get too far into Navy week, I wanted to shine the light onto Robert Hughes for his performance against Washington State. Hughes had started to become a forgotten man, his number rarely called in the loss to USC and the narrow victory over Boston College. In fact, some were worried if the 240-pound…

  18. The return of Mr. Floyd

    Nov 3, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    (THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED…) With Charlie Weis delivering the official news today at his press conference, Michael Floyd is now officially cleared to return for the Irish offense. Let’s take a look at the return of the sophomore receiver and what it means to the Irish offense. While Golden Tate has been building up…

  19. Primetime kickoff for Pitt

    Nov 2, 2009, 4:04 PM EDT

    As anticipated, a primetime kickoff has been set for next week’s game against Pitt. The action from Heinz Field on November 14 will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST. It’s a split national broadcast on ABC, with the other game being Texas Tech at Oklahoma State. Word from Notre Dame’s sports information department is that there…