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  1. T-minus 20 minutes…

    Sep 5, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT

    It looks like a perfect NBC Saturday at Notre Dame, and it’s a beautiful day here at the Inside the Irish headquarters, approximately 2,112 miles away. After a long morning of prep, we’ve managed to get a TV onto our rooftop, a huge tent to protect from the glare, and a nice cooler filled with…

  2. Offensive line preview: Final answer

    Sep 5, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    A commenter during my preview of Jimmy Clausen and the rest of the Notre Dame quarterbacks took umbrage with my comment, “Notre Dame’s season goes as Jimmy Clausen goes.” His response was this: I obviously agree that Claussen’s development is essential for Notre Dame to have a successful season, but I think the season goes…

  3. Weekend primer: Pregame rituals

    Sep 5, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    Lot of athletes have bizarre pregame rituals. Wade Boggs used to eat chicken before every game. All 162. I’m surprised he didn’t grow feathers. Hockey player Bruce Gardiner used to dunk his stick in a toilet before a game, because a teammate thought he was slumping because he treated his stick too nicely. And Cleveland…

  4. Just finding us? Better late than never…

    Sep 5, 2009, 5:00 AM EDT

    Welcome to the Inside the Irish blog. You’re a little over a week late, but we won’t hold it against you. In fact, we’ll slip you a crib sheet to help you get started. Here’s a quick look at the greatest hits of what we did in the past 8 days. Enjoy. We introduced our…

  5. Weekend primer: Favorite Notre Dame players

    Sep 4, 2009, 9:00 PM EDT

    Talk about an unfair question… Who is your favorite Notre Dame player? Why don’t they just ask me my favorite sibling, or ask my parents in front of all three kids who they liked best. (That’d be easy… it’d be my sister.) Favorite Notre Dame player? That question is sinister. It’s like asking someone to…

  6. Weekend primer: Favorite Notre Dame memories

    Sep 4, 2009, 8:02 PM EDT

    In all my years as an Irish fan, this might be as excited as I’ve been for an opening game, not including my first as a Notre Dame student (Upset special against Michigan — the defending National Champions). There is a sense of urgency in the air, and it’ll be interesting if the Irish can…

  7. Linebackers preview: no longer an afterthought

    Sep 4, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    The heralded recruiting class of 2007 touted a lot of very big names. Brian Smith’s wasn’t one of them. Smith was a recruiting afterthought, a three-star linebacker committed to Iowa, but a deep love of Notre Dame given to him from his father Chris, a former fullback at Notre Dame from 1981-84, made the 11th…

  8. 2008 Notre Dame recap video

    Sep 4, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    Before we usher in the 2009 season, the video wizards here at NBCSports.com put together this “Best of 2008″ reel from last season. After you’re done watching this, if you’re not ready to watch some Irish football tomorrow, head immediately to the emergency room and tell the doctors you don’t have a pulse.  

  9. Smart Football: Ault's Pistol vs. Tenuta's Defense

    Sep 4, 2009, 11:15 AM EDT

    Chris Brown is the editor and creator of the website SmartFootball.com, which is every bit as intelligent as the website name implies. He’s taken a look at the Pistol offense before, and I asked him to give us a little slice of how he expected Notre Dame defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta to attack Chris Ault’s…

  10. Quarterbacks preview: time to make the leap

    Sep 4, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    As a sophomore, quarterback Brady Quinn showed signs of greatness. According to his official bio, Quinn “produced the finest statistical sophomore season of any quarterback in Notre Dame history.” His numbers in 2004: 12 games: 191-353, 54% accuracy, 2,586 yards, 17 TDs, 10 INTs. For all the talk of Jimmy Clausen and his uneven play,…

  11. That's just about enough out of you, Tom Reynolds

    Sep 4, 2009, 12:59 AM EDT

    So… the billboard. (Sigh.) Here’s where we left off. A mysterious billboard popped up earlier in the week, strategically placed above the popular bar, The ‘Backer. The billboard featured a pretty decent (actually good, but I’m not really willing to give the guy credit after learning the backstory) zinger at Charlie Weis, replacing the word…

  12. Nevada… (Why I'm petrified.)

    Sep 3, 2009, 6:28 PM EDT

    As a Notre Dame fan you get conditioned for certain reactions. Whether its bemoaning a ranking undeserved or chuckling when the team falls out of preseason favor, the opposition always finds a way to say something that gets under your skin. The Nevada game is a perfect example. This season’s Notre Dame story line undoubtedly…

  13. The Onion: Walk-On injures 9 starters during practice

    Sep 3, 2009, 1:44 PM EDT

    For the few people left on the internet who don’t know what The Onion is, this article must come as a shock as game day approaches: During Wednesday’s afternoon practice, 17-year-old Brian Novak, a 145-pound walk-on for the struggling Notre Dame football team, injured nine starters, including third-year quarterback Jimmy Clausen, junior wide receiver Golden…

  14. That's what he said: Jimmy Clausen

    Sep 3, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Clausen met with the media as one of the team’s captains yesterday. Here’s what he said: On Robby Paris solidifying his job as the #3 receiver: “Robby’s done a great job. Ever since I’ve been here he’s been a hard worker, a team player. Just a guy who wants to be on the field…

  15. The depth chart revealed

    Sep 3, 2009, 9:00 AM EDT

    In the end, it really wasn’t that big of an announcement. Head coach Charlie Weis revealed his depth chart Tuesday afternoon, and if it told us anything, it’s that Weis has built his team. There are no more excuses about a previous regime. There are no more ways to forget about the “decided schematic advantage.”…

  16. Billboard prankster revealed

    Sep 3, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    Our good friend John Taylor over at CFT has got the scoop on the billboard prankster who spent a few grand to rankle Irish fans and head coach Charlie Weis. Per CFT: Former Notre Dame linebacker Tom Reynolds stepped forward today and explained his decision — made with the support of 50 other former Irish…

  17. Secondary preview: the forgotten man

    Sep 2, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    While All-America accolades aren’t necessarily hanging on the walls, there is no more acclaimed position group, top to bottom, than the Notre Dame secondary. Sure, wide receivers have a dynamic duo. And the quarterbacks have that one kid who created a stir in a Hummer limo way back when and another All-Everything recruit in Dayne…

  18. An ode to the Charlie Weis press conference

    Sep 2, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    I’ll get around to breaking down what Charlie Weis said at his first game-week press conference, but first a quick tribute to the extraordinary event that is a Charlie Weis press conference. In his season-opening remarks a week or so ago, Weis spoke about “showing us.” Instead of giving his thoughts on what his team…

  19. And in that corner… the Nevada Wolf Pack

    Sep 2, 2009, 6:00 AM EDT

    (“And in that corner” will be a weekly feature where we find an expert on Notre Dame’s opponent to give a look from the other side. Because opposing viewpoints are good, right?) While Vegas sportsbooks have the Irish hovering a bit above a two-touchdown favorite, there is a solid minority that truly believe that Nevada…

  20. South Bend billboard takes $2,000 pot-shot at Weis

    Sep 1, 2009, 7:32 PM EDT

    Do you have an extra two-grand lining your pockets and want to get off a cheap shot at the head football coach of Notre Dame? Too bad, because somebody beat you to it. A well-directed smart bomb was heaved toward coach Charlie Weis, and it’s created quite a controversy. A billboard placed strategically above the…