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  1. Stay or go? Stephon Tuitt has a big decision to make

    Dec 11, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Moshood Adeniji, Stephon Tuitt

    As Notre Dame prepares for the Pinstripe Bowl, defensive end Stephon Tuitt is likely preparing to make his own big decision. The junior defensive end is eligible to enter the NFL Draft, and depending on what you hear from various experts in the media, Tuitt will likely be a first round pick whenever he decides…

  2. Priorities clear for Irish in bowl game

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:39 AM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick will be in wintery New York today, for a press conference with Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood and his athletic director Julie Hermann. It’ll be another opportunity for us to hear from the Irish head coach, who has a busy week with recruiting, visiting Everett Golson, and preparing his football…

  3. Pinstripe bowl ends up as best fit for Irish

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    ND Yankee Stadium

    The Irish practiced yesterday, with Brian Kelly meeting with the local media to discuss preparation for the Pinstripe Bowl. Notre Dame will practice ten times between now and the 28th, with the Irish spending Christmas in New York, leaving South Bend on the 23rd. While other bowls were discussed, and for a time the Poinsettia…

  4. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood fires three assistants

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    Kyle Flood

    A day after accepting a bid to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood fired three assistants. The second-year head coach fired defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski. Those changes go into effect immediately, meaning Flood will likely be short-handed in the Pinstripe Bowl.…

  5. OL Tristen Hoge pledges to ’15 class

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Tristen Hoge

    After visiting Notre Dame multiple times, 2015 offensive lineman Tristen Hoge gave his commitment to the Irish coaching staff over the weekend, adding another key building block for the future. The six-foot-4, 285-pound Idaho native chose Notre Dame over an elite set of early offers, giving Harry Hiestand another top lineman prospect. Hoge already had…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. IBG: Taking stock

    Dec 5, 2013, 2:14 AM EDT


    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. IBG: The season finale

    Nov 28, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT


    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,…

  20. 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,…