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  1. Running game fueled by offensive line play

    Sep 9, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    Outside of the dreadful 2007 season, the Charlie Weis era put up prolific offensive numbers. But even within that offensive success, the running game never found equal footing, failing to add a worthy complement to Weis’ downfield passing attack. Breaking in new quarterback Dayne Crist and three new offensive linemen, the Irish relied on the…

  2. IBG: Apparently people really don't like Michigan

    Sep 9, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    This is week two of the Irish Blogger Gathering, a communal exercise where various ND bloggers get together, ask each other questions, and try to top each other with their answers. Of course I’m going to participate. Courtesy of the fine gentlemen over at Her Loyal Sons, here are the pertinent questions as we approach…

  3. Defensive line pressure key for Irish

    Sep 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Thanks to the guys in the video department, and my new favorite toy the CableCam, we’ve got a great look at how the Irish got pressure with their front three against Purdue quarterback Robert Marve last week. Take a look at the great work Ethan Johnson, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and Ian Williams did against the Purdue…

  4. Freshman Derek Roback to transfer

    Sep 8, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

    For the second time in a week, the Irish have lost a member of the football team to transfer. Freshman Derek Roback will be transferring to Ohio University, is reporting and the South Bend Tribune‘s Eric Hansen has confirmed after speaking with head coach Brian Kelly. Roback was one of the last commitments to…

  5. Wenger's career in doubt after second concussion

    Sep 8, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Scary news after practice today from Brian Kelly, who announced that center Dan Wenger is recovering from another concussion, the second in three weeks, and an injury that clouds his future in football. “He’s had these concussions and we’re going to have to make a decision as to whether we can put him back on…

  6. Wolverines secondary takes another hit

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    News is breaking today that Michigan sophomore safety Vladimir Emilien has decided to leave the Wolverines football program. That makes another departure from a secondary that’s already been plundered by injury and attrition. “Vlady has decided to transfer and look for other opportunities,” Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said today. “He’s a good man and we…

  7. And in that corner… the Michigan Wolverines

    Sep 8, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    While most of us are still processing the opening win against Purdue, there’s no game that’s been circled on Irish calendars more than the rematch against Michigan. Last season’s stunning loss was the coronation of freshman quarterback Tate Forcier, who thanks to some questionable play-calling and mediocre defense by Notre Dame, and some impressive moxie…

  8. Tuesday's with BK: Michigan edition

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly met the media this morning to chat about Michigan and the state of the Irish team after beating Purdue 23-12 on Saturday. Here’s some video for you, courtesy of the digital team at   A few observations: I was one of the many people who thought that seeing a mobile quarterback like…

  9. Gigantic football weekend ahead

    Sep 7, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Apologies for the lack of updates yesterday, but I was flying back from Chicago and enjoyed the double-whammy of travel delays and a few computer problems, but we’re back and better than ever today to get started on the now incredibly intriguing Notre Dame-Michigan showdown this Saturday. As a college football fan, if you’re not…

  10. Kelly wraps up Purdue

    Sep 5, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Before we dive into a certain team from Ann Arbor that happens to be traveling to South Bend next weekend, let’s kick the tires on the 23-12 victory over Purdue one more time. Head coach Brian Kelly got on the phone this morning with the media and answered a few questions on yesterday’s game. Here…

  11. The Good, the bad, the ugly: Purdue

    Sep 5, 2010, 10:17 AM EDT

    There’s so much more good to be found here after recapping Notre Dame’s 23-12 victory over Purdue yesterday. While it’s clear that the Irish are still very much a work in progress, the key elements of a successful football team were there in spades at Notre Dame Stadium yesterday. Not wanting to fill up the…

  12. ND vs. Purdue — Highlights

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:19 PM EDT

      What’s your favorite highlight? Tough choice for me, but I thought Darrin Walls’ interception, sinking into the zone to pick off Marve was a thing of beauty.

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

    Sep 4, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win. Brian Kelly’s debut at Notre Dame was a successful one, as the Fighting Irish beat a very able Purdue team 23-12 at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Irish were in control for much of the afternoon and looked to be cruising to an easy win…

  14. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Sep 4, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    For a live stream of the NBC broadcast, click here. <a href=”″ >Notre Dame vs. Purdue</a>

  15. Weekend Primer: Morning update

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Live from the press box, we’re four hours until kickoff and it’s a blustery, mildly chilly day in South Bend. It’s breezy enough for the wind to definitely play a factor today, so expect each team to try and establish a running attack early. The wind’s blowing across the field, so it won’t necessarily effect…

  16. Floyd and Walls named game captains, pep rally surprises

    Sep 3, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    Logging in live here after a long day of travel, courtesy of Labor Day traffic and toll road construction on a holiday weekend. Ugh. Just walked out of the opening pep rally outside of Dillon Hall, where the windy weather and occasional drizzle didn’t mute a crowd of at least 15,000 that welcomed the 2010…

  17. Pregame Twelve Pack: Purdue edition

    Sep 3, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    Welcome to the Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers, or miscellaneous musings as we head into the Purdue game. 1. Notre Dame has owned the season opener against Purdue. For those Irish fans looking to the past for a preview of future results, the Irish are 6-1 in opening games against Purdue, the…

  18. Weekend Primer: Getting you ready for Purdue

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    First off, I want to thank everyone that’s been visiting the blog. August was our best month ever at Inside the Irish, and I only expect things to grow exponentially from here as we kick off the season. Over the next couple of days, I’ll keep the updates coming fast and furious, with video, analysis,…

  19. Ruffer wins kicking job for opener

    Sep 2, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Even though Nick Tausch set a school-record with 14 straight field goals last season, that wasn’t enough too hold off walk-on kicker David Ruffer, who won the starting job for the opener against Purdue this Saturday. “Ruffer is going to start as our kicker,” Kelly said this afternoon. “We felt he had a great week.…

  20. Irish flashback: ND vs. Purdue – 2000

    Sep 2, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    Back before Drew Brees was the Super Bowl winning hero of New Orleans, he was an undersized quarterback that ended up at Purdue because all the Texas high schools ignored the pint-sized signal caller from Austin that won a state championship. But Brees took the Big Ten by storm, and back in September of 2000,…