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  1. Weekend leftovers: Assorted thoughts from the Purdue game

    Sep 28, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    There’s still plenty left to talk about after the thrilling victory over Purdue Saturday night. Yet I don’t want to get too bogged down looking in the rear-view mirror when Notre Dame faces their stiffest test of the year on Saturday when the Washington Huskies come to South Bend. Before we turn the page though,…

  2. The good, the bad, the ugly: Purdue

    Sep 28, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    With almost 24 hours to sit back and reflect on the stunning Irish victory, a few things are more evident than they were last night. The Irish were truly handicapped offensively by injuries last night. Give Charlie Weis credit for a very good scheme. Weis found a way to make Jimmy Clausen effective — using…

  3. That's what he said: Hammer & Rails

    Sep 27, 2009, 11:00 PM EDT

    T-Mill, the voice of Hammer & Rails, had plenty to say about the gut-wrenching loss to the Irish. Specifically, he had a few issues with the final timeout by head coach Danny Hope. Here’s what he said (emphasis mine): Even when we did stop them on 3rd down, I knew we couldn’t do it on…

  4. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Sep 26, 2009, 11:42 PM EDT

    In the end, it was the Irish marching down the field, attempting to steal away a football game that had already slipped out of their grasp. With Jimmy Clausen clearly hobbled and nowhere near 100 percent, he gimped his way back onto the field, intent on settling some unfinished business. With a 4th and goal,…

  5. T-minus 6.5 hours…

    Sep 26, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT

    The worst part about night games is the wait. Tonight’s questions also present opportunities for Notre Dame: Will Duval Kamara, Robby Parris, Shaq Evans, or John Goodman emerge?Can Jonas Gray carry the weight for the running attack?Will Jimmy Clausen be as effective without Michael Floyd and with a turf toe injury?Can the Irish win in…

  6. This never ends well…

    Sep 26, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    I haven’t dove into the recruiting circus that usually surrounds college football, just because I don’t have the time to track down 17- and 18-year-old kids, but I do following close attention to the sites that do. Over at ESPN.com, their West Coast recruiting blogger Greg Biggins had some news on Notre Dame’s number one…

  7. Jimmy's improved pocket presence

    Sep 25, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    I’m a little late to the party with this video, but the our crack staff at NBCSports.com put together a nice video on the improved pocket presence of Jimmy Clausen. Through three games, we’ve yet to see the patented “Clausen reverse peel-out,” which usually was a recipe for field position disaster, as Jimmy’s evasion attempts…

  8. Reminder: ND vs. Purdue live blog tomorrow night

    Sep 25, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    Just because the game isn’t on NBC doesn’t mean there won’t be an Inside the Irish live-blog going on. If you’re looking for a running commentary, snarky visitor comments, and taking pleasure in the fact that I’ll be hunched over my computer for three straight hours typing away furiously as my friends all make fun…

  9. Purdue presents opportunities for Irish

    Sep 25, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    I’ve been hesitant to write much about the Irish’s opponent this weekend, only because I’m not sure what to expect from this Purdue Boilermakers team. If you chose to, you could make a compelling argument that Purdue presents imminent danger to the Irish. A rowdy Ross-Ade Stadium, a night game against an enemy of the…

  10. Clausen a go, Allen a maybe

    Sep 25, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    Throughout yesterday, I had been hearing whispers that Jimmy Clausen might not be on track to play Saturday. But as Charlie Weis briefed the press corp on Thursday, he updated everyone on the injury situation. One of the Irish’s star performers was, indeed, a game time decision to play Saturday at Purdue. Who was the…

  11. Smart baby.

    Sep 25, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    Baby Hates Michigan Fight Song @ Yahoo! Video

  12. Givens lawsuit proves an ugly point

    Sep 24, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    After talking with Shane Walton last night, I was reminded how quickly an NFL career can turn. Walton went from being a consensus All-American cornerback, one of the rarest breeds in college and professional football, to an NFL player whose career only lasted four games. The news of former Irish wide receiver David Givens’ $25…

  13. That's what he said: Danny Hope

    Sep 24, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    Purdue head coach Danny Hope breaks down the Boilermakers matchup with the Irish.  He’s got some nice things to say about quarterback Jimmy Clausen, as well as defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta. My favorite quote of the clip: “They’re a pressure defense that has some talent. And they like to heat it up.”

  14. Catching up with… Shane Walton

    Sep 24, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    One of my favorite Irish football players past or present is Shane Walton. Walton’s story has been well documented. Recruited as a soccer player to Notre Dame, Shane was given the chance to walk-on during spring practice. After a handful of practices, coach Bob Davie and the defensive staff knew they had someone special, and…

  15. The Verducci honeymoon

    Sep 24, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

    Let’s be honest: Notre Dame fans are madly in love with Frank Verducci. The honeymoon is in full bloom. The once downtrodden offensive line has made leaps and bounds this year under the first year offensive line coach and running game coordinator. I have suspect that if Verducci credited the line’s outstanding play to a…

  16. Rudolph named Tight End of the Week

    Sep 23, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

    Kyle Rudolph’s performance against Michigan State has garnered national attention. The Nassau County Sports Commission announced Wednesday that Rudolph was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week. Rudolph’s six catches for 95 yards were key to the Irish victory last week, and his 52-yard catch and run was the longest play from scrimmage…

  17. Armando in the Wildcat

    Sep 23, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    By popular demand, we’ve got Armando Allen running the show in the Wildcat. The Irish had two touchdowns out of the formation against Michigan State, one a really well blocked run by Allen, and the other a perfectly executed pass from Allen to Robby Parris. The video guys do a great job of dissecting just…

  18. Kyle McCarthy… Doin' work.

    Sep 23, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    With a hat tip to both Kobe Bryant and Spike Lee, Kyle McCarthy has been “doin’ work” this season. The 5th year senior has been all over the field, leading the Irish in tackles and coming up with key interceptions during both the Michigan and Michigan State game. Check out McCarthy’s highlights from the victory…

  19. Notes from afar

    Sep 23, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT

    I’m not going to pretend like I’ve been attending the Tuesday practices open to the media each week. But I definitely have been reading the practice reports from writers who have been attending practice each week, so consider this a crib sheet from one of the more interesting practice sessions the Irish have had this…