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  1. Weekend Primer: Making a statement

    Oct 31, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT

    We’re about five-and-a-half hours away from kickoff, and as I watch the early games — specifically Iowa once again struggling with a mediocre team — the importance of the Irish making a statement tonight grows. While it’s too early to be reading them, the stars are aligning for the Irish to make a move up…

  2. Irish reel in another recruit

    Oct 30, 2009, 6:17 PM EDT

    Word is flying around the internet that Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis received another commitment, this time from cornerback Toney Hurd Jr. Hurd is from Missouri City, Texas and depending on what recruiting service you believe, he’s either very highly touted, or highly touted. Hurd stands anywhere from 5-8 to 5-10 depending on what you’re…

  3. That's what he said: Charlie Weis

    Oct 30, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    CW met with the media yesterday evening for a quick Q&A before the Washington State game, and here’s what he said. * Freshman Ben Turk won the competition this week and kept the punting job. “I think the incumbent will stay. #35 (Turk) kicked significantly better than #43 (Eric Maust). He’ll be the guy. When…

  4. The curious case of Harrison Smith

    Oct 30, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    As Notre Dame fans turned the page on the disappointing 2008 season, many looked ahead to the 2009 season and started filling in the blanks. A returning offensive line. Skill positions largely untouched. A year of weight-training and experience along the defensive front. Linebackers buoyed by Manti Te’o. A veteran secondary moving Harrison Smith back…

  5. Hawaiian punch

    Oct 29, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    Here’s a little Manti Te’o from the Boston College game. If a picture says a thousand words, one minute of video says… well, at least a thousand and one.

  6. Looking closer at the secondary's problems

    Oct 29, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    It’s not breaking news to say that the Irish secondary has struggled covering the pass. But after watching the past few games and seeing some of the problems that the Irish have been having, I thought it might be an interesting exercise to break down some tape and see if we could diagnose some of…

  7. Weis coaches up the tight ends

    Oct 29, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    After getting off to a quick start, tight end Kyle Rudolph has struggled to produce, making only three catches for 9 yards against USC and only a single catch against Boston College. After Southern Cal, Charlie Weis mentioned that Rudolph was used more as a blocker than a pass catcher, helping the offensive line protect…

  8. That's what he said: Paul Wulff

    Oct 28, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    The Washington State coach sat down to discuss Notre Dame this week. Here’s what he said.

  9. And in that corner… the Washington State Cougars

    Oct 28, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    It’s got to be tough right now for Washington State Cougar fans. Outside of an overtime victory against SMU, things have been pretty bleak this season for the Cougs. If you take a look at the national stats, it’s not too hard to figure out why Wazzou has been struggling. They’ve got a spot in…

  10. Catching up with… Hannah Storm

    Oct 28, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    While her allegiances might not be as well known as other celebrities, Hannah Storm takes a back seat to no Notre Dame fan. In between trailblazing a path as an award-winning sports and newscaster, raising three daughters, writing books, producing movies, and starting her own charitable foundation, Hannah never misses a Saturday with the Notre…

  11. Heisman Pundit has Clausen at #2, Tate at #6

    Oct 28, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Even though Jimmy Clausen hasn’t put up monster numbers the past few weeks, he’s still in the thick of things for the Heisman Trophy. According to Chris Huston, a.k.a. The Heisman Pundit, and his recent straw poll, Clausen is running second behind Alabama’s Mark Ingram. Even more interesting, wide receiver Golden Tate has made an…

  12. Thoughts on the Presser: WSU Edition

    Oct 27, 2009, 5:30 PM EDT

    Charlie Weis met with the media today and broke down this week’s opponent. It was a pretty nondescript press conference, and you know Washington State is struggling when Weis comes out of the chute with this one for his opener. “One quarter they (Washington State) have had success in this year is they’ve won the…

  13. Tuesdays with Charlie: Washington State edition

    Oct 27, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT

    Here’s video from today’s press conference with Charlie Weis. I’ll have some thoughts on what he said a little bit later.

  14. Schedule complaints might have been premature

    Oct 27, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    I’ve been quietly keeping an eye on Notre Dame’s strength of schedule ever since it became socially acceptable to blast the 2009 slate. From the beginning, I never really saw the issue with it. Taken game by game, the Irish may have avoided a schedule packed with top five teams, but as we’ve seen as…

  15. Tate named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist

    Oct 26, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT

    There is more awards news coming today, as Jimmy Clausen isn’t the only Irish offensive star to be named to a semifinalist list. Golden Tate is one of 10 receivers to be named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist. The honor will be cut down to three finalists in November, but for the time being, here are…

  16. Clausen named an O'Brien Award semifinalist

    Oct 26, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    Just saw the press release announcing the 15 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Not surprisingly, Jimmy Clausen made the cut: Here is the complete list of the 15 semifinalists: Matt Barkley, USCDaryll Clark, Penn StateJimmy Clausen, Notre DameJacory Harris, MiamiCase Keenum, HoustonDan LeFevour, Central MichiganJake Locker, WashingtonColt McCoy, TexasKellen Moore, Boise StateTony…

  17. Bradford and Benn: What could have been

    Oct 26, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT

    News broke that Sam Bradford will undergo shoulder surgery by Dr. James Andrews and make himself eligible for next year’s NFL draft, ending a wonderful career at Oklahoma on a very depressing note. When Bradford turned down the chance to go in the first round of the NFL draft to return to Oklahoma, it was…

  18. Thoughts on the Presser

    Oct 26, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Charlie Weis met with the media Sunday to wrap up the Boston College game and was pretty candid with his thoughts. Here are the greatest hits. * Weis was asked to talk about the evolution of Armando Allen, who has quietly built himself into a very solid all-purpose running back, in many ways similar to…

  19. Irish might have added another blue chip this weekend

    Oct 26, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    When Notre Dame fans look back at this year’s loss to Southern Cal, they might be forced to re-catalog the last second heart-breaker to the Trojans. That’s because when it’s all said and done, the Irish might have lost the game on the field, but won the recruiting war off of it. Earlier this week,…

  20. The good, the bad, the ugly: Boston College

    Oct 25, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT

    Yesterday’s 20-16 win got Notre Dame back into the Top 25, but still left much to be desired. With the offense kept in check by a solid defensive game plan and good field management, the Irish once again had to fight and scratch to win a football game. With Notre Dame’s maligned defense forcing five…