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  1. Counting down the Irish: Looking back

    Dec 15, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

    Will Fuller, Nick VanHoose

    This August, a group of people who spend way too much time watching and writing about Notre Dame football got together to put together some preseason rankings on the roster. In doing so, we (I’m definitely included) put in writing what so many of you (especially in the comments) already thought was true: We don’t know what we’re talking about sometimes.

  2. Schmidt wins MVP as Notre Dame hands out year-end awards

    Dec 13, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

    Joe Schmidt

    Middle linebacker Joe Schmidt was named the 2014 team’s MVP on Saturday night, honored by his teammates with the top award at Notre Dame’s year-end awards show. Hosted by NBC’s Mike Mayock and WNBA star Skylar Diggins, “The Echoes” withstood a building-clearing plumbing issue to hand out 16 awards.

  3. With banquet ahead, recruiting efforts in full swing

    Dec 12, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

    MyLVSports.com

    Notre Dame’s regular season may be over. The Irish’s recruiting class — one many thought would cap itself around 20 — is already at 21 commits. Get ready for a busy weekend on campus.

  4. Swarbrick in favor of compensating student-athletes through group licensing

    Dec 10, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick finds himself in the news on another roller coaster day in college athletics. And while it isn’t about a coaching change (another job opening under Barry Alvarez!) or another critique of the College Football Playoff, Swarbrick found himself speaking openly — and rather candidly — about compensating student-athletes, and the perilous position college athletic departments now find themselves in.

  5. Mailbag: Now Open

    Dec 10, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

    New Mailbox

    Drop your questions below. Or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  6. Ronnie Stanley has an NFL decision to make

    Dec 9, 2014, 12:24 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Syracuse

    Notre Dame’s season may have gone down the tube in November, but left tackle Ronnie Stanley’s stock has been sky-rocketing. The third-year junior (Stanley is a sophomore eligibility wise) is finishing up his first season as a left tackle and beginning to garner plenty of looks as a potential first-round draft pick.

  7. Quarterback battle will take center stage

    Dec 8, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

    Rice v Notre Dame

    Throughout spring practice, summer workouts and fall camp, Brian Kelly did everything he could to make us believe a quarterback battle was taking place between Everett Golson and Malik Zaire.

    Twelve games and 22 turnovers later, the Irish finally have one.

  8. Irish wanted challenge? They’ll get one from LSU

    Dec 8, 2014, 12:27 AM EDT

    Les Miles

    Notre Dame got what it wanted. And if you thought Brian Kelly was looking for an easy matchup to become the first Irish head coach to win eight games or more in each of his first five seasons, think again.

  9. Notre Dame to face LSU in Music City Bowl

    Dec 7, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston, Daniel Gonzales, Obi Uzoma

    Notre Dame will be spending the holidays in Nashville. Sunday afternoon the Irish accepted their first ever bid to the Music City Bowl, where they’ll take on LSU. Les Miles’ football team finished the season 8-4.

  10. Postseason Mailbag: The ‘Moving Forward’ edition

    Dec 5, 2014, 5:16 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire, J.R. Tavai

    Recruiting rankings, quarterback controversy, coaching changes and more.

    We’ll find out over the weekend where Notre Dame will go bowling. Until then, let’s dig into the mailbag.

  11. Corey Robinson named first-team Academic All-American

    Dec 4, 2014, 3:21 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Florida State

    Notre Dame sophomore wide receiver Corey Robinson was named a first-team Academic All-American on Thursday. He is only the second Irish sophomore ever to be named first-team Academic All-American and the first sophomore since 2008 to be given the honor in the entire country.

  12. Irish won’t lack for bowl options

    Dec 4, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    Year one of Notre Dame’s football affiliation with the ACC may not have gone as hoped. (At least the second half of the season.) But a quick look at the Irish’s postseason options reminds us of the importance of Jack Swarbrick’s handy work, as a 7-5 Notre Dame team is still the belle of the ball.

  13. Bowl Season Mailbag: Now Open

    Dec 4, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT

    New Mailbox

    Drop your questions (not manifestos) below. Or on Twitter @KeithArnold.

  14. Tristen Hoge signs early enrollment paperwork

    Dec 3, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

    Tristen Hoge

    Tristen Hoge is down to his final days as a high schooler. And as he plans to early enroll at Notre Dame, Hoge signed his early enrollment paper work and made that commitment official Tuesday.

  15. Is Brian Kelly having an identity crisis?

    Dec 2, 2014, 9:36 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    “What you say you are is your philosophy. What we see on film is your identity.”

    Noted philosopher Charlie Weis snatched that quote from the great Bill Parcels, introducing it to Notre Dame fans early in his tenure as head coach. It’s a lesson taught often in football, one that can determine the difference between a good football team and a great one. It’s also a lesson that applies to Brian Kelly’s 2014 squad.

  16. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Dec 1, 2014, 11:41 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v USC

    Upon second review, Notre Dame’s 49-14 defeat against rival USC looks just as bad. Early missed opportunity. Another injury plague. And a game that looked decided by the end of the first quarter.

  17. Five things we learned: USC 49, Notre Dame 14

    Nov 29, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire, J.R. Tavai

    Held together by duct tape, twine and every bit of adhesive Brian Kelly could find, Notre Dame’s 2014 season officially exploded Saturday afternoon. The wreckage included a decimated defense incapable of stopping anyone and an offense in the middle of a full-blown identity crisis.

  18. Live chat — Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

    Everett Golson, Tarean Folston

    The regular-season finale is here as Notre Dame and USC are set to do battle. Join the chat here to follow along during the action.

  19. Pregame Six Pack: The present and future of a key rivalry

    Nov 28, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

    UNC at Notre Dame

    Expectations have been recalibrated. But it doesn’t take a view from 30,000 feet to understand the importance of Notre Dame’s annual battle with USC. Let’s get to a special rivalry edition of the pregame six pack.

  20. Notre Dame football players: Why I’m Thankful

    Nov 27, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Luke Massa, Kyle Brindza

    With the Irish heading to Southern California to try and finish the regular season with a much-needed eighth victory, seniors Austin Collinsworth, Kyle Brindza, Cam McDaniel and Christian Lombard look back on a football career that’s now ending.