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  1. Bryant’s father puts transfer rumors to rest

    Oct 9, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    If Greg Bryant is thinking about leaving Notre Dame after a slow start to his freshman season, it’s certainly news to his father. The true freshman running back, one of Notre Dame’s elite five-star signings of last season, hasn’t seen much of the field this season yet.That’s caused an awful lot of speculation along the…

  2. How we got here: Defensive line

    Oct 9, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    Jeff Whittingham, Kyle Friend, Louis Nix III

    Heading into the season, Notre Dame’s defensive line was looked at among the finest units in the country. Led by preseason All-Americans Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, the Irish’s three man front, with sophomore Sheldon Day stepping in for graduated Kapron Lewis-Moore, had the makings of one of the deepest and most dangerous in the…

  3. How we got here: Breaking down 4-2

    Oct 8, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    Brian Kelly won’t be joining us for his weekly Tuesday press conference, with the Irish having a week off before playing USC next weekend under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium. Kelly has talked a little bit about what the Irish coaching staff does with its in-season off weeks: player development for younger inexperienced players,…

  4. Irish game plan key in Sun Devils upset

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Arizona State

    It didn’t take long for the bloom to come off Brian Kelly’s twelve-win regular season. A heavy reliance on the passing game against Michigan, and a disappointing performance against Oklahoma had Irish fans frustrated, critical of everything from Bob Diaco’s defensive game plans to Kelly’s offensive system. The very set of coaches that had Irish…

  5. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

    Jarron Jones, Stephon Tuitt

    What a difference a win makes. With the Irish back in South Bend with a week off before needing to prepare for Southern Cal, Notre Dame can look to the second half of the season, where the schedule could stack up nicely for a late season showdown against Stanford, who survived a scare from Washington…

  6. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 37, Arizona State 34

    Oct 6, 2013, 1:13 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Arizona State

    After a month of getting kicked around, picked on, and compared to last year’s historic unit, you can forgive Notre Dame’s defense for playing with a chip on their shoulder. And with Irish fans steaming after Tommy Rees’s throw sailed over DaVaris Daniels’ head to stop a clock with precious few seconds left, you can…

  7. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Arizona State

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    With Notre Dame wearing home white uniforms, the Irish enter their annual Shamrock Series game hoping to replicate the glory days of Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys, who made wearing white at home fashionable. Needing to shake off a disappointing loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, Notre Dame hosts Arizona State in AT&T Stadium, Jerry…

  8. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Oct 5, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

    TJ Jones, Julian Wilson

    With Notre Dame in need of a rebound against an Arizona State team that looks a lot more dangerous than ever before, let’s run through ten Irish players that need to play well for Notre Dame to win in tonight’s primetime affair. Tommy Rees. No need to sugarcoat it. (And after reading the comments on recent…

  9. Pregame Six Pack: Shamrocks and Sun Devils

    Oct 4, 2013, 9:25 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    A Shamrock Series game is usually known for its alternate location and nontraditional uniforms. But when Notre Dame and Arizona State battle in primetime on Saturday night, it might also decide the season. As the Irish take on Todd Graham’s dangerous Sun Devils squad, Notre Dame is likely playing for their BCS lives. A win…

  10. Kelly expects knee injury to sideline Bryant for the season

    Oct 3, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    The weekly Greg Bryant watch has been called off. On Thursday after practice, Brian Kelly announced that the highly touted freshman running back will need approximately four weeks rest after battling knee tendinitis, likely ending his season. Bryant played early in the season, logging two carries against Temple and another touch against Purdue. And while…

  11. Mailbag! (Angry villagers and ASU edition)

    Oct 3, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    Without further ado, this week’s mailbag. rossumnminor: Keith is this a second chance and sort of a good thing that OU and ASU are very similar across the board? I.e. another week of similar preparation? Let’s start this off with a football question. Well done, Rossumn! If you’re looking to actually think about Xs and Os…

  12. Irish offense’s no-back set coming up empty

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rees Empty

    Through five games, Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin are doing their best to try and find an identity for the Irish offense. With five running backs battling for snaps, a wide receiving corps that’s run hot and cold, and an offensive line that struggled until last week to dictate terms in the running…

  13. ASU Mailbag: Now Open

    Oct 2, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

    Mailbag

    Open for questions. Here or on Twitter @KeithArnold. Fire Away.

  14. And in that corner… The Arizona State Sun Devils

    Oct 2, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

    USC v Arizona State

    Forgive Arizona State head coach Todd Graham for feeling comfortable at a job. For the first time in a few years, Graham might actually put down some roots, quickly reinvigorating the Sun Devil football program with a new approach after Dennis Erickson failed to return the program to its glory days. Graham took over the…

  15. IBG: Shamrock Showdown

    Oct 2, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    Any time you have a first five games that includes Michigan, Michigan State and Oklahoma, the chance for losing football games is there. But perhaps the disappointment for most Irish fans comes from the way Notre Dame lost the games — a series of self-inflicted mistakes that many hoped were behind this team. But as…

  16. Kelly: Rees needs to “avoid the noise”

    Oct 1, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees

    This certainly isn’t the first time quarterback Tommy Rees has felt the fire from Notre Dame’s fanbase. About a year to date after Rees was booed entering the game in relief against Purdue last season, Rees is once again the whipping boy of Irish fans near and far as the senior quarterback’s performance against Oklahoma,…

  17. Against Sun Devil defense, run game is key

    Oct 1, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

    George Atkinson III

    It doesn’t take a very deep dive into Arizona State to understand there are some areas to attack. The last three games the Sun Devils have played have resulted in some ugly numbers in rushing defense, counterintuitive when you consider Will Sutton is considered Louis Nix’s equal when talking about elite defensive tackles. Of course,…

  18. Progress measured in both wins and losses

    Sep 30, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Oklahoma v Notre Dame

    If there’s anything that’s taken the stink off Notre Dame’s disappointing loss to Oklahoma, it’s comparing it to the sinkhole that’s enveloped the football program at rival USC. As the Trojans exit September, they aren’t wondering whether or not they’re still competing for a spot at the top of the Pac-12, but rather who will…

  19. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma v Notre Dame

    Usually losing for the second time in the season’s opening month calls for greater introspection. But upon the second viewing of Notre Dame’s 35-21 loss to Oklahoma, the results were quite clear: Early turnovers sunk the Irish on Saturday. Those turnovers ultimately fall on quarterback Tommy Rees. The senior leader of the Irish offense once…

  20. Kiffin’s firing and ASU’s offense both impact Notre Dame

    Sep 29, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    USC vs Notre Dame

    As Arizona State piled up a remarkable six second half touchdowns, two realizations quickly came to mind last night: The Sun Devils offense looks mighty tough. And it was going to be a really difficult week for Lane Kiffin. First let’s get to the juicy stuff. Kiffin was fired late last night after the team’s…