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  1. Recruiting stakes high this weekend

    Oct 12, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    While the game on the field will take precedent, the Irish have stacked the deck for recruiting this weekend in South Bend. 17 top recruits will be in South Bend on official visits (and countless more unofficially), making this one of the more important weekends in recent Irish memory. Those recruits include all-everything prospects Seantrel…

  2. Bye weeks have been kind to Irish

    Oct 12, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    With Notre Dame coming off of a bye week, I decided to do some digging into the Irish’s history of playing after a week off. There is good news: the Irish have had great success after a week off — a 61-14-2 record since 1900. The extra week of practice and preparation should help the…

  3. Weekend off propels Irish into top 25

    Oct 11, 2009, 4:19 PM EDT

    Hope everyone enjoyed their bye weekend, and I’m still in the midst of enjoying mine. With playoff baseball, a full slate of NFL and NCAA football, the Presidents Cup, and the NHL getting started, I’m getting dizzy just trying to keep up. As I suspected, the Irish finally worked their way into the Top 25…

  4. What to do on a bye weekend?

    Oct 9, 2009, 4:30 PM EDT

    Never mind the football team, I think collectively Notre Dame football fans need a break after the heart-stopping fashion that the Irish started the season. Not that I’m looking forward to a weekend off, but there’s a bit more calm as Saturday approaches, a bit more openness to my schedule. That mid-afternoon block that is…

  5. Tate named AT&T Player of the Week

    Oct 9, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    This news was released yesterday by the Notre Dame SID office: Notre Dame junior wide receiver Golden Tate has been named the AT&T All-America Player of the Week award following the fifth week of college football action, AT&T announced today. In the only major college football award chosen exclusively by fans, more than 50 percent…

  6. Irish coaching staff hits the recruiting trail

    Oct 9, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    With a well deserved bye week this weekend, Coach Weis and his staff turn their attention to recruiting. While next weekend’s game against USC will be the premiere on-campus recruiting weekend, this weekend allows CW and his staff to hit the recruiting trail and see some of the top talent in the country. Expect Charlie…

  7. Chris Martin and the self-fulfilling prophecy

    Oct 8, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    So there’s more news about blue-chip recruit Chris Martin. And it’s news that Irish fans aren’t too happy about. Martin spoke with USC recruiting site and made waves by openly admitting that he’s taking visits and looking at other programs while long being committed to the Irish. This contradicts what Charlie Weis hinted at…

  8. Defensive deficiencies easy to diagnose

    Oct 8, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    As I talked about earlier in the week, the Irish defense has some problems. While most of the videos we’ve done have been rainbows, lollypops, and smiles, we decided to take a look at some of the defensive issues that have ailed the Irish. Here’s a closer look at the tackling “challenges” the Irish had…

  9. Tuesdays with Charlie: Bye week edition

    Oct 7, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    Charlie Weis met with the media yesterday without an opponent to talk about. While he acknowledged USC was on the horizon, this wasn’t a Trojan-heavy Q&A session. Here are a few interesting tidbits that came out of yesterday’s session: * Manti Te’o impressed Weis in his first outing, yet he was quick to acknowledge that…

  10. The talented Mr. Tate

    Oct 7, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    Much has already been said about Golden Tate’s miraculous game against Washington. Tate’s 244 receiving yards were the most of any receiver in college football this season, and he added 31 yards on a reverse handoff from Armando Allen to boot. Tate’s rise to lead the football team in the absence of Michael Floyd has…

  11. Pollsters might need to take notice

    Oct 7, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Reading Bruce Feldman and Andy Staples yesterday, two of my favorite college football writers, I noticed just how similar their comments were about Notre Dame and their exclusion from the Top 25 polls. Both reacted to Charlie Weis’ comments about the Irish’s exclusion from the polls after rising to 4-1 on the season. “If you…

  12. We are one week away from Jimmy-palooza

    Oct 7, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    For all those people who are worried that Jimmy Clausen isn’t getting the national respect that he deserves, fear not: It’s coming. Clausen’s weekly heroics during this Saturday’s game against Washington earned Jimmy the Davey O’Brien Foundation’s Quarterback of the Week award. His 422 yards passing and almost 75 percent accuracy pushed Clausen’s passer rating…

  13. What's wrong with the defense?

    Oct 6, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    The Irish enter their bye week with four wins in their first five games. But after a convincing shutout victory in the season opener against Nevada, the Irish defense — a unit many believed to be ready to take a major step forward — has gone backwards. What’s wrong with this Irish defense? I won’t…

  14. ND vs. UW — battle of the bands

    Oct 6, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    It wasn’t just an instant classic for four quarters and overtime, but for 8 glorious edited minutes, the Washington Husky and Notre Dame Fighting Irish bands battled on the rain soaked field. The Irish spelled out Styx while blasting “Come Sail Away,” clearing channeling their inner-hair band, and even formed a sailboat before breaking into…

  15. Huskies cry foul on officiating

    Oct 6, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    For much of the season, Notre Dame and their fans must have felt like a secret vendetta was being carried out against the Irish by the officials. You could continue to say the same thing after the Washington game on Saturday, with a bizarre roughing the snapper call giving the Huskies four extra shots at…

  16. Tale of two coaches

    Oct 5, 2009, 8:00 PM EDT

    Just looking at the two coaches, you can see how emotionally drained they are. Here are the post-game comments of both Charlie Weis and Steve Sarkisian. Say this for Sark, he’s an incredibly classy guy. There has been quite a bit of rumbling on the internet and amongst Washington fans that feel like the referees…

  17. Polls highlight the inexact science in college football formula

    Oct 5, 2009, 2:30 PM EDT

    Maybe I’m one of the only people who isn’t that worked up about Notre Dame’s exclusion from the Top 25 polls. Do I think the Irish deserve to be ranked? Absolutely. Do I think people should be worked up about it? Absolutely not. While it’s not in my agenda to question pollsters, it should be…

  18. ND vs UW — Highlights

    Oct 5, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    Just to put a bow on the instant classic, here’s a quick look at the highlights, courtesy of the video guys at

  19. The good, the bad, the ugly: Washington

    Oct 5, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Upon further review, the Irish still won the football game against the Huskies on a rain-soaked Saturday in South Bend. While Husky fans might want a review of a few plays around the goal-line, and Irish fans want an explanation for the bizarre roughing the snapper penalty that gave UW four free plays at the…

  20. ND vs UW — Overtime

    Oct 4, 2009, 8:45 PM EDT

    The stirring conclusion of another game of the year candidate. Here’s to earning your bye week.