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  1. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Dec 2, 2013, 3:35 AM EDT

    Shayne Skov, Tommy Rees

    Ultimately, TJ Jones said everything that was needed after the Irish’s 27-20 loss, putting into context the 8-4 season the Irish just completed. “You’re not great. You’re not terrible,” Jones said of the 8-4 record. “Little better than average, I guess you can say.” Notre Dame was game for most of the evening against Stanford,…

  2. Five things we learned: Stanford 27, Notre Dame 20

    Dec 1, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

    Matt Cashore - USA Today

    STANFORD, Calif. — Like many Notre Dame losses, you can look at the Irish’s 27-20 defeat at the hands of No. 8 Stanford in a variety of ways. The pragmatist sees a beaten Irish squad hang with one of college football’s most physical teams while ravaged by injuries. The optimist sees a young stable of…

  3. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Nov 30, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

    Rees USC

    Welcome to the finale of the regular season. As usual, we’re here with our buddies from Irish Illustrated, and we’re live chatting throughout the Notre Dame vs. Stanford game. It’s a beautiful day in Stanford Stadium, with a good turn out by Irish fans who headed to Northern California for Thanksgiving weekend. As usual, standard…

  4. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Nov 30, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    USC Notre Dame Football

    The sun has yet to rise in Northern California. But it will soon set on another Notre Dame football season, with the Irish having one more shot to win a very big football game. On first glance, the deck seems stacked against Brian Kelly’s squad, with injuries up front on both sides of the ball…

  5. Hardy and Shumate don’t make trip due to rules violation

    Nov 29, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    Notre Dame safeties Eilar Hardy and Elijah Shumate won’t be available for the regular season finale against Stanford. Rumors swirled late Thursday evening that the two safeties wouldn’t be traveling with the team to Palo Alto. Brian Kelly confirmed those rumors Friday afternoon from Northern California, citing a violation of team rules. Here’s the official…

  6. Pregame Six Pack: Send off at Stanford

    Nov 29, 2013, 1:45 AM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    The regular season comes to a close on Saturday, with No. 25 Notre Dame visiting No. 8 Stanford. The Irish will have a chance to beat four ranked opponents on the season, though pulling off a victory in Palo Alto will be the biggest win on a season that certainly had its ups and downs.…

  7. IBG: The season finale

    Nov 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    Happy Thanksgiving. Here’s hoping everybody is spending it with family, friends and loved ones. The Notre Dame football team is gathering today, with coaches and their families celebrating with the team as a new record for turkeys eaten is attempted. Before I get to work in the kitchen today, let’s get to the IBG (sorry,…

  8. OLB Jhonny Williams commits to Notre Dame

    Nov 27, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

    South Bend Tribune

    It took one visit to convince outside linebacker Jhonny Williams that Notre Dame was the place for him. Even amidst the wind and snow of last weekend, Williams knew the best option for him was the school just 30 minutes away from his home in Berrian Springs, Michigan. He made that decision official Wednesday morning,…

  9. And in that corner… The Stanford Cardinal

    Nov 27, 2013, 3:13 AM EDT

    Tyler Gaffney, Hayes Pullard

    The regular season finale takes Notre Dame to Northern California on Saturday, where they’ll face No. 8 Stanford, a program that’s spent the past four seasons in rarified air. With the opportunity to win ten games for the fourth straight season, David Shaw’s Cardinal already have their ticket booked for the Pac-12 Championship game. But…

  10. Kelly previews Stanford

    Nov 26, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    For the final Tuesday of the regular season, Brian Kelly hosted his weekly opponent preview press conference. And it’s clear that the Irish head coach understands the challenge that No. 8 Stanford presents. The Irish have played some good teams this season. But Kelly made it clear that he thinks Stanford is the best one he’ll…

  11. Stanford QB Hogan could’ve been Irish

    Nov 25, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Kevin Hogan, Dan Camporeale

    When Notre Dame takes the field this weekend, the Irish will face a quarterback that grew up dreaming of playing in this game. Only Kevin Hogan always pictured himself calling the plays for the Fighting Irish. Hogan, the junior quarterback for Stanford, took the reins of the Cardinal offense in late October last season, replacing…

  12. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Nov 25, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

    Cam McDaniel BYU

    For the fourth straight season, Notre Dame sent its seniors out with a victory, a wonderful change from the Charlie Weis era where the Irish lost their two final home games in devastatingly painful fashion. But on Saturday, the Irish put together a complete victory, a late-season win that felt like a great pitcher grinding…

  13. Irish add QB recruit Blake Barnett to 2015 class

    Nov 24, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Blake Barnett

    A little winter weather wasn’t enough to deter 2015 quarterback Blake Barnett from committing to Notre Dame this weekend. The junior quarterback from Orange County, California gave the Irish a building block recruit for next season’s cycle, with the offensive coaching staff finding what looks like an excellent fit for the Irish offense. Barnett’s commitment…

  14. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 23, BYU 13

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore - USA Today

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Before an emotional Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, Brian Kelly made sure the message to his team was very clear. “We told them that, you’ll get a chance to kiss your mom again,” Kelly said after the game. “But you’ll remember winning the game. That’s the most important thing.” And win…

  15. Danny Spond’s rise above adversity

    Nov 23, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    Danny Spond

    In case you missed it, the NBC pregame show had a wonderful feature on Danny Spond, giving you a window into the life of the senior linebacker, who has had to transition from the starting lineup to life after football because of severe migraine headaches. Spond rise about adversity has been one of the very…

  16. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Nov 23, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    TJ Jones

    For the second consecutive season, BYU visits Notre Dame, with the Cougars hoping to land the knock out punch that just evaded them last season. As usual, you’ll have multiple options for following this game. Like all home games, you can watch the broadcast on NBC. If you can’t find a TV set, you can…

  17. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Nov 23, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    The snow flurries have already started. And they don’t look like they’re going anywhere. Today’s Senior Day should also be a Snow Day, with weather playing a factor from the start. Temperatures will start in the high 20s and continue to drop all afternoon. Football weather? Frozen tundra weather. It’s a good day to be…

  18. Appreciating the senior class

    Nov 22, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

    Zack Martin

    There’s still football to be played, which makes any goodbye a little premature. But as it’s Senior Day tomorrow, this is as good of a time as any to tip a cap to the graduating class. There’s been so much great work done to take a look at this class. So consider this just a…

  19. Pregame Six Pack: Going out on a high note

    Nov 22, 2013, 3:39 AM EDT

    Senior Day

    If the major concern heading into Senior Day was dealing with the team’s heightened emotions, a dash of reality set in on Thursday evening when the news of Louis Nix’s season-ending surgery sunk in.  Working through emotions is one thing. Playing without the team’s 350-pound tip of the spear is quite another.   As the…

  20. Knee surgery ends Louis Nix’s season

    Nov 21, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

    Louis Nix

    After missing games against Air Force and Navy to rehabilitate an injured meniscus, Louis Nix returned to the field to play against Pitt. In the Irish’s 28-21 loss, Nix battled through double teams and a sore knee to notch five tackles, a game that’ll likely be his last at Notre Dame. After practice Thursday evening,…