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  1. Notre Dame accepts bid to play in Pinstripe Bowl

    Dec 7, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Tyler Eifert Army

    Notre Dame has made it official. They’ll be heading to New York City for bowl season. The Irish accepted an invitation to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl today, both the New York Yankees and Notre Dame announced. The game will take place on Saturday, December 28 at 12:15 p.m. ET. The Irish will take on…

  2. Friday notes: Additions, Bowls, Coaches and Departures

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Louis Nix

    Welcome to our first non-game / pre-bowl weekend. While conference championship games play on and bowl assignments will be coming soon, let’s throw some headlines out to get you to the weekend. * Members of the Irish coaching staff stayed on the West Coast to recruit after the Stanford game. We’ll see if it has…

  3. IBG: Taking stock

    Dec 5, 2013, 2:14 AM EDT

    ibg_nokelly3

    With bowl scenarios still shaking out, and a coaching search potentially under way, it’s a good time to take a look at some relatively big picture questions in this week’s IBG. As usual, the crew has supplied some topical questions. Participate down below, where there’s been some “lively” discussion the past few days. And head…

  4. It’s official: Chuck Martin the new head coach at Miami (OH)

    Dec 3, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore - USA Today Sports

    Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin has boarded a private plane with his family to Oxford, Ohio, where he’ll be named the new head coach of the Miami Redhawks. Martin interviewed for the job on Sunday and will likely be introduced later today by Miami athletic director David Sayler. Martin will fill a job vacancy…

  5. Rumors swirl as Chuck Martin looks headed for Miami (OH) head job

    Dec 3, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Chuck Martin, Everett Golson

    No deal is done, but multiple outlets are reporting that Miami (OH) will offer Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin its vacant head coaching position. Former Michigan State offensive coordinator Don Treadwell was fired after a 0-5 start, along with offensive coordinator John Klacik. Martin has served as the Irish’s offensive coordinator the past two…

  6. What Steve Sarkisian’s hiring means to Notre Dame

    Dec 3, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

    Steve Sarkisian

    When Notre Dame finishes the season next year in the Coliseum, they’ll square off against head coach Steve Sarkisian, who was tabbed to run the Trojan football program on Monday. After firing Lane Kiffin early this season, USC athletic director Pat Haden brings in another visor wearing, high-energy young coach from the Pete Carroll coaching…

  7. Report: Welch, Wood will transfer for fifth year

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

    Alex Welch

    It looks like seniors Alex Welch and Lo Wood are nearing the end of their careers at Notre Dame. The reserve tight end and cornerback are looking to transfer, set to graduate from Notre Dame and play their final season at a different college without restriction. Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated was the first to…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…