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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Pay no attention to what's happening in Southern California…

    Sep 1, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    (And no, I don’t mean the fires…) While we are a long, long, long, long, looong way away from October 17th, it bears mentioning a few minor updates that are happening in South-Central Los Angeles. * Starting defensive end Armond Armstead broke a bone in his foot a few weeks ago and could miss anywhere…

  4. Catching up with… Kory Minor

    Sep 1, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

    (Catching Up will be a regular feature at Inside the Irish. Feel free to send along suggestions or nominees for future weeks.) Kory Minor is a fascinating person. A five-star recruit before there were five-star recruits, Minor was USA Today’s national player of the year coming out of high school in Inglewood, California. Minor signed…

  5. Jack Swarbrick taking to the airwaves

    Sep 1, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Can’t get enough of Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick? (I could always link to another Q&A if you guys would like…) Don’t worry, because you can look forward to the Jack Swarbrick Radio Show! Swarbrick will be hosting a one-hour weekly radio show beginning this Saturday (Sept. 5) and will be running for 30…

  6. To wake the echoes or not wake the echoes, that is the question

    Sep 1, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    As Nevada prepares to make a historic first visit to Notre Dame stadium, head coach Chris Ault is forced to deal with a question. How to deal with the rich tradition and history of his week one opponent? For the most part, Ault insists its a game just like all the rest. “Travel and play…

  7. Season previews continue: the pragmatic Dr. Saturday

    Aug 31, 2009, 10:30 PM EDT

    Dr. Saturday, Yahoo! Sports’ Matt Hinton, takes his turn at the operating table as he dissects this season’s Fighting Irish. Doc’s preview is especially pragmatic, as he analyzes some of the talking points we’ve hit on a few times this week. Here are some of his thoughts on… BCS or bust: “Given just how dire…

  8. Another Swarbrick Q&A

    Aug 31, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    The South Bend Tribune wasn’t the only news organization to get a sit-down with Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick. Here’s a small sampling of Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune’s interview. What he thinks of this year’s Irish: “If you can find an AD who doesn’t go into the season optimistic, you’ve done a helluva…

  9. Minority report: a 7 or 8 win Irish team?

    Aug 31, 2009, 1:37 PM EDT

    While we’ve done plenty of linking to optimistic predictions for the 2009 Fighting Irish, we thought it only fair to at least mention a few of the pessimistic viewpoints being written. Exhibit A comes from the Bleacher Report, where scribe Jonathan Slotter makes the case for a “7-5 Irish record, or 8-4 at best.” He…

  10. Swarbrick talks scheduling

    Aug 31, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    A familiar theme this preseason has been the softness of Notre Dame’s 2009 schedule. Scheduling for Notre Dame has always been somewhat of a double-edged sword. Schedule too many challenging games, and people will complain that you’re doing it to the detriment of the team. Schedule one too many cupcakes, and you’ll hear that the…

  11. Running Backs preview: explosive plays wanted

    Aug 31, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    (As game day approaches, Inside the Irish will be previewing each of the positions leading up to the big tilt with Nevada to open the season. The running backs preview is the first of many to come this week.) Many were thrilled when Armando Allen signed with the Irish in the 2007 recruiting class. Here…

  12. Wall Street Journal bullish on the Irish

    Aug 30, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    The Wall Street Journal previewed the upcoming college football season, and asked “which college football giant awakens next?” Using last year’s Alabama squad as an example (as the South Bend Tribune did the same a few weeks ago), WSJ broke down last season’s group of “fallen powers” into two divisions — last year’s mediocres and…

  13. Michigan might be in big trouble

    Aug 30, 2009, 1:35 PM EDT

    News broke this morning in the Detroit Free-Press about potential NCAA violations under Rich Rodriguez and his Michigan Wolverines coaching staff. From the Free Press: The University of Michigan football team consistently has violated NCAA rules governing off-season workouts, in-season demands on players and mandatory summer activities under coach Rich Rodriguez, numerous players told the…

  14. The Recruitnik nearly gave an ND fan a heart attack

    Aug 30, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    …Had this headline sent to me by a Notre Dame fan who claimed to nearly have a heart attack after reading it. “SN100 DE settles on a new high school” By Brian McLaughlinSporting News Sporting News Top 100 defensive end Chris Martin has transferred to Grandview (Aurora, Colo.), the Denver Post reported. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound…

  15. ESPN previews the Fighting Irish

    Aug 29, 2009, 8:00 PM EDT

    The GameDay crew at ESPN decided to sit down and talk about the upcoming season for the Irish. Overall, some pretty level-headed discourse, but one of the biggest disappointments of it all was this: Where is Mark May? May has gotten under the skin of most hard-core Notre Dame fans with his good cop, bad…

  16. That's what he said: Darrin Walls

    Aug 29, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    (Editor’s Note: “That’s What He Said,” is a new segment where we’ll break down comments from different members of the Irish and try to dig a little deeper into what he’s thinking. Think of it as our tribute to Dunder Mifflin’s Michael Scott, only about college football, not… well, you know.) Darrin Walls spent 2008…

  17. Radio silence coming from under the Golden Dome

    Aug 29, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    This time next week, a few hundred thousand people will be descending upon South Bend, and preparing to fill Notre Dame stadium to capacity for the opening of the 2009 football season. But this weekend, the Notre Dame football team will “go silent.” “The University of Notre Dame football team will ‘go silent’ over the…

  18. Viva la Wildcat!

    Aug 28, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    As Nevada game week approaches, and we get ready to spend some serious time next week covering the vaunted “Pistol” offense, I figured it’d be a good time for us to start talking about other offensive systems that get everybody fired up. Lately, no offense has captured the hearts and minds of football coaches more…

  19. Why is everybody ripping Lou and Beano?

    Aug 28, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    You’ll have to cut me some slack, this blog wasn’t around when Lou Holtz made waves with his prediction for the BCS National Championship game. In case you were under a rock (or in web-development chaos all week as well), here’s what you missed: Lou Holtz, he of undying allegiance to the University of Notre…

  20. Deciphering the depth chart

    Aug 28, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    While head coach Charlie Weis won’t be making the depth chart for week one public until next Tuesday, he did give more than a few hints at what’s to come when it’s revealed. Here’s a link to the preseason depth chart, that both UND.com and the preseason media guide show. A few thoughts before analyzing…