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  1. I'm not saying, but I'm just saying…

    Oct 17, 2009, 3:09 PM EST

    Okay, I understand that we’ve been told that (Mister) Michael Floyd won’t be available to play until Navy or Pitt or sometime in November, but I was just down on the field watching warm-ups and #3 was running around pretty good, with cleats laced up and catching passes. He certainly had the look of a…

  2. Game day report: campus is alive

    Oct 17, 2009, 11:00 AM EST

    Just arrived and found a bench to log a quick report. Campus is alive, and as was expected, it’s perfectly clear outside, but it certainly isn’t warm. The leaves have started to change, and the scene is perfectly set for the game. I’m hoping to get down to the field and get you guys a…

  3. Weekend primer: the goal line stand

    Oct 17, 2009, 10:21 AM EST

    We just got a couple great cut-downs on the epic goal line stands from the Washington game. Here’s hoping the ND defense can do this on the other 98 yards of the field today. About to head over to campus now, it’s nice and chilly outside… Talk about some epic, epic defense.

  4. Eric Olsen and Rocket Ismail fire up the fans

    Oct 16, 2009, 7:36 PM EST

    If you see any typos, please excuse them, as my hands are still thawing out. Just walked into the hotel after a long day but figured I’d give a quick update on the pep rally. For those of us who haven’t been back to campus in a few years, there has been a ridiculous amount…

  5. Reporting live from campus

    Oct 16, 2009, 5:18 PM EST

    So after a cramped 6:00 AM flight from LAX amidst equal parts Trojan and Irish fans, we arrived at the lovely O’Hare airport. We were greated by a crush of traffic on I-90, doubled back, got lost in another mess of traffic, ended up back at O’Hare, headed toward Wisconsin before finally getting on I-294…

  6. Descending on South Bend

    Oct 16, 2009, 9:00 AM EST

    As you read this, I’m sitting on a plane on my way to South Bend for the big weekend. (Full disclosure: I’m writing this well past my bedtime, as I make final preparations for the big weekend. Thanks to the magical power of time-delayed postings, I can write this without depending on American Airlines to…

  7. Catching up with… Ryan Harris

    Oct 16, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    So “Catching Up” was on a little bit of a bye week. But we’re coming back with a thunder this week and better late than never. After doing some hunting, I finally tracked down Denver Broncos right tackle Ryan Harris. Ryan is one of my personal favorites — he’s a graduate of both Cretin-Derham Hall…

  8. Jimmy vs. Matt

    Oct 15, 2009, 8:00 PM EST

    Steve Clarkson, the private quarterback coach who tutors both Jimmy Clausen and Matt Barkley sat down with ESPN’s Mike Hill to discuss the weekend ahead. It’s a fairly in-depth interview where Clarkson does his best to break down the strengths of both quarterbacks (as well as pump the tires of the private quarterback coach who…

  9. Different perspective on weekend matchup

    Oct 15, 2009, 7:01 PM EST

    I think I’ve read about 3,000 different game previews (which is why I haven’t given you one), but I just stumbled across one that I think is pretty unique. Football Outsiders is a website with the tagline “Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis,” about –yep, you guessed it — football. I’ve got them in my RSS feed,…

  10. Spotlight should be on Tenuta

    Oct 15, 2009, 5:00 PM EST

    While much of the talk this week has been about Charlie Weis and his lack of a “signature win,” if there’s one coach that should be in the crosshairs this week it’s defensive playcaller Jon Tenuta. Tenuta was handpicked by Weis to turn an upstart defense filled with young but promising players into an elite…

  11. And in that corner… the USC Trojans

    Oct 15, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    Enough has been said about the recent dominance of the USC Trojans that it doesn’t warrant me talking about it as well. But I read one stat though that was particularly grim. 70% of Notre Dame’s roster has yet to see the Irish score a touchdown against Southern Cal. Dan Woike has certainly seen plenty…

  12. Watch live game action this Saturday from your laptop

    Oct 14, 2009, 8:45 PM EST

    I just got a bit of good news from the higher-ups here at NBC Sports. While many of you have followed the game action with me during our epic live-blog sessions, a common question from the peanut gallery has been, “Where can we watch the game online?” For the first time ever, I’m able to…

  13. Trojans hard at work preparing for a sloppy track

    Oct 14, 2009, 7:30 PM EST

    Or something like that… Good to see the Trojans are staying loose before the big game.

  14. Sarkisian weighs in on looming Irish-Trojans showdown

    Oct 14, 2009, 5:00 PM EST

    Buried inside Ivan Maisel’s preview of Saturday’s game was an interesting tidbit from Washington coach, and former Southern Cal offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian’s Husky squad is the only team to have played both USC and Notre Dame, toppling Southern Cal earlier in the year 16-13 in the final seconds before losing to the Irish…

  15. Herbie looks at the Irish

    Oct 14, 2009, 1:20 PM EST

    ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, one of the more rational national voices out there, took a quick look at the big game Saturday. If you’re interested in the WWL’s perspective on the game, here you go. (And if you aren’t, enjoy the ad for Butters and South Park. I’m a huge fan of Butters, should be a…

  16. A closer look at Weis' words

    Oct 14, 2009, 12:30 PM EST

    Chances are you’ve already latched on to Weis’ disclosure that #3 would be out running around at practice and getting back in the swing of things so he’ll be “ready for Pittsburgh Navy.” I’m convinced Pitt/Navy/whatever game is in early November/it-doesn’t-matter-because-the-season-is-this-Saturday is really code word for 5-wide sets or red-zone offense, or motivational tool, or…

  17. Carroll understands the challenge ahead

    Oct 14, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    While you’ll get me thoughts on Charlie Weis’ press conference a little bit later, I thought it’d be worth taking a look at Pete Carroll’s press conference from yesterday and hear what he had to say about the Fighting Irish. Living in the heart of Trojan country, I have a chance to hear from Carroll…

  18. Tuesdays with Charlie: USC edition

    Oct 13, 2009, 4:21 PM EST

    I’ve got plenty of thoughts on today’s press conference. But until then, here’s the video of Charlie Weis’ comments. It’s pretty clear that this weekend isn’t just another game.

  19. Mr. Floyd shall return (just not in time for USC)

    Oct 13, 2009, 12:52 PM EST

    I’ve been holding off on blatant speculation, but Charlie Weis delivered good news to the Irish faithful today in his press conference remarks when talking about the status of sophomore wide receiver Michael Floyd. “Today is the first day we’re letting him run around in pads,” Weis said. “The players will be surprised to see…