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  1. Irish need complete effort

    Oct 3, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    Notre Dame faces an important test today with the Washington Huskies. Empirically, the Irish are the better team. They have a more explosive offense, a defense with less question marks (believe it or not), and the advantage of playing in front of 80,000 of their own fans. Yet there is a general sense of uneasiness…

  2. Weekend primer: Notes before UW

    Oct 2, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’ve got a collection of links I’ve been storing this week, trying to find a place to fit them in or write them up, but they just never came together. Consider this force-feeding: * A few days ago, Mike Baldwin of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote a post comparing the paths of Jake Locker and Jimmy…

  3. What will rain mean to Saturday's game?

    Oct 2, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    As Coach Weis alluded to in his brief comments today, the weather forecast for this weekend looks dreary in South Bend. The cool, wet weather should hang around all day Saturday, meaning that the game could be the first real “weather game” of the season. The first thing that comes to mind when we talk…

  4. Coachspeak: Why we shouldn't believe a word they say

    Oct 2, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Having been to a few coaching press conferences, I can tell you they are far from glamorous. One of the more ridiculous things in movies (other than the always available parking spots, or the scrawny bad guy fighting to a draw with the yoked up hero) is the energy in press conferences. It’s as if…

  5. New Rockne sculpture to be dedicated

    Oct 1, 2009, 5:16 PM EDT

    New news out of Notre Dame from the always awesome Bronze Sculpture Department: Notre Dame will unveil a bronze sculpture of coaching great Knute Rockne on Friday. The sculpture of the most successful coach in Fighting Irish history depicts Rockne in his coaching sweatshirt and baseball pants with his hands on his hips. Rockne had…

  6. That's what he said: Steve Sarkisian

    Oct 1, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT

    Steve Sarkisian spoke with the media yesterday to talk about the Fighting Irish. The fine gentlemen upstairs at cut up the greatest hits of his press conference to give us a peek at what Coach Sark is preparing for. Here’s what he said:

  7. Taking a closer look at the USC offense

    Oct 1, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    As we did earlier in the year, when trying to get some real serious breakdown of the X’s and O’s, we looked to Chris Brown of Smart Football. Just as I was firing up an email to Chris about Steve Sarkisian and the USC offense that he brought with him to Washington, I figured it’d…

  8. Clausen injured, will it matter?

    Oct 1, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    During yesterday’s player press conferences, Jimmy Clausen made the pretty obvious revelation that he’s not 100 percent. Then, he made a little bit of news by revealing that he might not be 100 percent for the rest of the season. “It’s just a nagging injury,” Clausen said. “I don’t think I’ll be healthy until the…

  9. Weis calms the recruiting storm

    Sep 30, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    Another small tidbit from the Charlie Weis press conference had to do with recruiting. Specifically some recruit poaching that may or may not be going on. Rumors about blue-chip recruit Chris Martin had been floating around when Martin mentioned to a recruiting website that he’d possibly be taking an official visit to Florida — the…

  10. Weis looks to USC for UW clues

    Sep 30, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    For any of his perceived faults, Charlie Weis is an analytical coach who pays great attention to detail. And for anyone who doesn’t believe that, watch, listen or read one of his press conferences. (If you still care to object, here’s a brief snippet from his breakdown of route-running when asked about freshman Shaq Evans:…

  11. And in that corner… the Washington Huskies

    Sep 30, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Notre Dame’s game with Washington this Saturday got infinitely more interesting when the Huskies pulled off the upset of this young season and beat the USC Trojans in Husky Stadium. Steve Sarkisian’s victory over his mentor Pete Carroll marked a remarkable turnaround from the winless Husky’s of a season before. Nobody follows the Washington program…

  12. The futility of Heisman watches

    Sep 30, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Everything about it I enjoy, right down to the made for TV cheesiness that ESPN has mastered, with Chris Fowler doing his best Jim Nance at Augusta impression, and the little interview stations in different corners of the Downtown Athletic Club (or wherever the…

  13. Tuesdays with Charlie: Washington Edition

    Sep 29, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT

    Here’s video of Charlie Weis’ Tuesday press conference as the Irish prepare to welcome Washington to town. I’ve got more thoughts coming, as it was quite a revealing hour with Charlie.

  14. Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

    Sep 29, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Surrounded by thousands of crazed college students, Pete Carroll gave up trying to find new Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian on the field, settling for a congratulatory embrace in the tunnel below Husky Stadium after Washington toppled USC 16-13 two Saturdays ago. While Carroll had to be shocked that his Trojans could once again fall…

  15. Turk to get his shot as starting punter

    Sep 29, 2009, 12:06 AM EDT

    While Charlie Weis has yet to announce anything, a depth chart released by Notre Dame indicates that Ben Turk will replace Eric Maust as the starting punter. Turk, a highly touted freshman specialist, will take over the punting duties for Maust, who is averaging less than forty yards per punt this year. Maust’s four punts…

  16. Remarks from the glass is half empty camp

    Sep 28, 2009, 5:15 PM EDT

    There has been plenty of rumbling and grumbling about the last few games, mostly from the camp that believes the last three games should never have been this close. But the facts remain: The Irish are a play away from being 4-0, and a few tough breaks away from being 1-3, and sit at 3-1…

  17. A few more questions for Sam Young

    Sep 28, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    The Journal Gazette’s Tony Krausz ran his weekly “Five questions” segment, and this week featured senior right tackle Sam Young. Young has had an up-and-down season so far, where he’s mixed dominant blocking with head-scratching discipline issues. I won’t pretend to grade out Young’s play in the trenches, but everybody has heard Young’s name announced…

  18. Weekend leftovers: Assorted thoughts from the Purdue game

    Sep 28, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    There’s still plenty left to talk about after the thrilling victory over Purdue Saturday night. Yet I don’t want to get too bogged down looking in the rear-view mirror when Notre Dame faces their stiffest test of the year on Saturday when the Washington Huskies come to South Bend. Before we turn the page though,…

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

    Sep 28, 2009, 7:00 AM EDT

    With almost 24 hours to sit back and reflect on the stunning Irish victory, a few things are more evident than they were last night. The Irish were truly handicapped offensively by injuries last night. Give Charlie Weis credit for a very good scheme. Weis found a way to make Jimmy Clausen effective — using…

  20. That's what he said: Hammer & Rails

    Sep 27, 2009, 11:00 PM EDT

    T-Mill, the voice of Hammer & Rails, had plenty to say about the gut-wrenching loss to the Irish. Specifically, he had a few issues with the final timeout by head coach Danny Hope. Here’s what he said (emphasis mine): Even when we did stop them on 3rd down, I knew we couldn’t do it on…