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  1. Heisman Pundit has Clausen at #2, Tate at #6

    Oct 28, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    Even though Jimmy Clausen hasn’t put up monster numbers the past few weeks, he’s still in the thick of things for the Heisman Trophy. According to Chris Huston, a.k.a. The Heisman Pundit, and his recent straw poll, Clausen is running second behind Alabama’s Mark Ingram. Even more interesting, wide receiver Golden Tate has made an…

  2. Thoughts on the Presser: WSU Edition

    Oct 27, 2009, 5:30 PM EST

    Charlie Weis met with the media today and broke down this week’s opponent. It was a pretty nondescript press conference, and you know Washington State is struggling when Weis comes out of the chute with this one for his opener. “One quarter they (Washington State) have had success in this year is they’ve won the…

  3. Tuesdays with Charlie: Washington State edition

    Oct 27, 2009, 3:30 PM EST

    Here’s video from today’s press conference with Charlie Weis. I’ll have some thoughts on what he said a little bit later.

  4. Schedule complaints might have been premature

    Oct 27, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    I’ve been quietly keeping an eye on Notre Dame’s strength of schedule ever since it became socially acceptable to blast the 2009 slate. From the beginning, I never really saw the issue with it. Taken game by game, the Irish may have avoided a schedule packed with top five teams, but as we’ve seen as…

  5. Tate named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist

    Oct 26, 2009, 7:00 PM EST

    There is more awards news coming today, as Jimmy Clausen isn’t the only Irish offensive star to be named to a semifinalist list. Golden Tate is one of 10 receivers to be named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist. The honor will be cut down to three finalists in November, but for the time being, here are…

  6. Clausen named an O'Brien Award semifinalist

    Oct 26, 2009, 4:30 PM EST

    Just saw the press release announcing the 15 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Not surprisingly, Jimmy Clausen made the cut: Here is the complete list of the 15 semifinalists: Matt Barkley, USCDaryll Clark, Penn StateJimmy Clausen, Notre DameJacory Harris, MiamiCase Keenum, HoustonDan LeFevour, Central MichiganJake Locker, WashingtonColt McCoy, TexasKellen Moore, Boise StateTony…

  7. Bradford and Benn: What could have been

    Oct 26, 2009, 1:30 PM EST

    News broke that Sam Bradford will undergo shoulder surgery by Dr. James Andrews and make himself eligible for next year’s NFL draft, ending a wonderful career at Oklahoma on a very depressing note. When Bradford turned down the chance to go in the first round of the NFL draft to return to Oklahoma, it was…

  8. Thoughts on the Presser

    Oct 26, 2009, 10:30 AM EST

    Charlie Weis met with the media Sunday to wrap up the Boston College game and was pretty candid with his thoughts. Here are the greatest hits. * Weis was asked to talk about the evolution of Armando Allen, who has quietly built himself into a very solid all-purpose running back, in many ways similar to…

  9. Irish might have added another blue chip this weekend

    Oct 26, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    When Notre Dame fans look back at this year’s loss to Southern Cal, they might be forced to re-catalog the last second heart-breaker to the Trojans. That’s because when it’s all said and done, the Irish might have lost the game on the field, but won the recruiting war off of it. Earlier this week,…

  10. The good, the bad, the ugly: Boston College

    Oct 25, 2009, 7:00 PM EST

    Yesterday’s 20-16 win got Notre Dame back into the Top 25, but still left much to be desired. With the offense kept in check by a solid defensive game plan and good field management, the Irish once again had to fight and scratch to win a football game. With Notre Dame’s maligned defense forcing five…

  11. The Jimmy / Gunnell mess

    Oct 25, 2009, 3:00 PM EST

    So, apparently a whole bunch of people noticed the little skirmish after the game between Jimmy Clausen and Rich Gunnell. I did, too. To catch you up if you didn’t, Jimmy went over to shake hands with Gunnell, presumably to congratulate him on shredding the Irish secondary, and Gunnell stuck a finger in Jimmy’s face…

  12. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

    Oct 24, 2009, 9:00 PM EST

    There were no style points rewarded, but in the end the Irish came out victorious. As Boston College freshman quarterback Dave Shinskie’s pass hit linebacker Brian Smith in the chest, Notre Dame won another football game that was too close for comfort, and left many Irish fans scratching their head, wondering what — if any…

  13. T minus 3 hours…

    Oct 24, 2009, 12:30 PM EST

    We’re three hours away from kickoff, and the big question has to be “does Notre Dame show up or come out flat?” I fully expect Coach Weis to have a say in that, and if the conditions make it possible, the Irish should open up with some offensive fireworks. Whatever the case, if there’s one…

  14. Breaking down the Eagles

    Oct 23, 2009, 2:30 PM EST

    My apologies for not getting to a opponent preview this week. I could give you a dozen different excuses, but I’m going with “my dog ate it.” It was a really great one, too. Instead, I offer you two different previews — one from the guys at Rakes of Mallows and the other from the…

  15. Notre Dame fills 2010 slate with Western Michigan and Tulsa

    Oct 23, 2009, 10:00 AM EST

    Well, any hope that Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick was using his high-level negotiating skills to wheel and deal an exciting home game for next season has officially gone out the window. That’s because Notre Dame and Western Michigan  signed on the dotted line and agreed to play next season on October 16th. Joining the…

  16. Weis talks Boston College… kind of.

    Oct 23, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    Charlie Weis met with members of the media after practice Thursday to talk about the upcoming game against Boston College. While the session was relatively brief, and relatively light on BC Eagle related material, here are some things that came out of the session. * Robby Parris is healed. Like I mentioned this morning, Robby…

  17. Tenuta and Brown face their biggest test

    Oct 22, 2009, 2:30 PM EST

    I wasn’t able to find a transcript of Jon Tenuta’s remarks yesterday, but I was able to watch about 3:30 minutes of his comments. I was actually surprised that he seemed in good spirits, although I supposed it would’ve been a bad sign if we saw a guy with gigantic bags under his eyes looking…

  18. Parris healing quickly

    Oct 22, 2009, 11:00 AM EST

    Getting carried off the field in the fourth quarter against USC, I quietly said goodbye to Robby Parris, almost assuming that the hit he took combined with the awkward position he landed in, meant he did something that would cost him the rest of the season. Yet during Charlie Weis’ Tuesday press conference, he was…

  19. Purdue locked in until 2021

    Oct 22, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    There were whispers that Purdue’s long-standing spot on the Notre Dame schedule was coming to an end. John Taylor over at CFT was all over this, even taking a look back at some of the static created by Wisconsin athletic director (and former Notre Dame coach) Barry Alvarez this summer when rumors of a Wisconsin-Notre…