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  1. 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.

  2. 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…

  3. 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>

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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,…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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,…

  10. BYU declares independence, sets six-game series with Irish

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    BYU’s announcement that they’ve broken lose from the Mountain West conference and gone independent in football has to be viewed as a positive for Irish fans, many of whom were close to conceding that independence was no longer an option. Here, BYU’s athletic director Tom Holmoe explains why the school decided to leave the Mountain…

  11. Diaco offers hope for the defense

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    In many ways, the Irish season will hinge completely on the efficiency of the defense. The failure of Jon Tenuta’s unit to play merely average football was the downfall of the 2009 season, and while the Irish offense struggled with its consistency (especially in the red zone), the football team lost six games largely because…

  12. Five things we'll learn: Keys to the Irish season

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    In the nine months that have passed since the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last played a meaningful football game, Irish fans have done a lot of heavy thinking. They just watched one of their own fail. A coach that dazzled the Irish faithful with his Super Bowl wins and unprecedented offensive fireworks. He found early…

  13. Broadcast upgrades and online simulcasts new for 2010 season

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    It may be the 20th season of NBC broadcasting Notre Dame football, but there are plenty of firsts coming this season, as NBC rolls out some cutting edge features for fans. It was announced today that NBC will debut ActionCam, and overhead cable-camera system that’ll provide viewers with never-before-seen angles. It’s the same camera angle…

  14. Video: Floyd is ready to go

    Sep 1, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    Next up from the video department, a quick profile on Michael Floyd. It’s tough not to get too excited for Saturday when you get video reminders like this of the guys that’ll be running out of the tunnel come Saturday afternoon at 3:30.  

  15. Opponent preview: Southern California Trojans

    Sep 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    This entry concludes our 12-part series, profiling Notre Dame’s 2010 opponents. Check out the rest of them with Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College, Pitt, Western Michigan, Navy, Tulsa, Utah, and Army. I will now rest my forearms and hands in a cold-tub until game time. The Overview: There is no bigger game for…

  16. Video: Kelly not worried about legacy

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Here’s another video from the crew, this time of Brian Kelly discussing what he’d like his legacy to be. I think it’s safe to say that if Kelly lasts 10 years at Notre Dame, everybody would be happy.  

  17. And in that corner… the Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    It was a tale of two seasons last year for Purdue. The first half heartbreak and despair, the second half hope for a better day. Maybe that’s overly dramatic, but the Boilermakers went on a nice run in the second half of the season, including an upset victory against Ohio State, finishing the season 4-2…

  18. Video: Dayne Crist is ready to lead

    Sep 1, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

    The video crew put together a pretty nice profile of Dayne Crist, a guy that has quite a lot on his plate right now. It’s hard not to root for Crist, who has gone through a lot since that Halloween game against Washington State and now finds himself the starting quarterback at Notre Dame.  

  19. Game to watch (well, maybe DVR): UConn vs. Michigan

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    While the Irish will be doing battle with the Boilermakers at 3:30 EST, Michigan will be opening up with Connecticut at the Big House. It’s far from the standard opening weekend fare for the Wolverines, and you’ve got to think that the upstart Huskies and coach Randy Edsall feel confident. Or at least their marketing…

  20. Opponent preview: Army Black Knights

    Aug 31, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    The eleventh piece of our opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2010 opponents. Check out the rest of them with Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College, Pitt, Western Michigan, Navy, Tulsa and Utah.  The Overview: November 20th marks the 50th time Notre Dame and Army will clash on the football field, and the 23rd time…