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

    Dec 8, 2014, 12:27 AM EST

    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.

  2. Notre Dame to face LSU in Music City Bowl

    Dec 7, 2014, 7:01 PM EST

    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.

  3. Postseason Mailbag: The ‘Moving Forward’ edition

    Dec 5, 2014, 5:16 PM EST

    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.

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

    Dec 4, 2014, 3:21 PM EST

    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.

  5. Irish won’t lack for bowl options

    Dec 4, 2014, 11:08 AM EST

    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.

  6. Bowl Season Mailbag: Now Open

    Dec 4, 2014, 10:25 AM EST

    New Mailbox

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

  7. Tristen Hoge signs early enrollment paperwork

    Dec 3, 2014, 12:08 PM EST

    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.

  8. Is Brian Kelly having an identity crisis?

    Dec 2, 2014, 9:36 PM EST

    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.

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

    Dec 1, 2014, 11:41 AM EST

    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.

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

    Nov 29, 2014, 10:03 PM EST

    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.

  11. Live chat — Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

    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.

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

    Nov 28, 2014, 12:54 PM EST

    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.

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

    Nov 27, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    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.

  14. And in that corner… The USC Trojans

    Nov 26, 2014, 12:10 PM EST

    The greatest intersectional rivalry in college football might not have the shine of previous years, but it doesn’t make it any less important. Both Notre Dame and USC will enter the Coliseum desperate for a victory.

  15. Secondary depth chart reaches red-line status

    Nov 26, 2014, 11:47 AM EST

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    A one-armed man. Two guys sentenced to a year in the house. And a parolee. Sounds like the cast list for a new cop drama. But that’s the safety depth chart entering the final Saturday of the regular season.

  16. Kyle McCarthy: Blessed with ND football during cancer fight

    Nov 25, 2014, 7:38 PM EST

    Washington v Notre Dame

    Throughout the ups and downs of the football season, one thing was a constant in graduate assistant Kyle McCarthy’s first season of coaching. A life or death battle with cancer.

  17. Irish defense loses Jones, Tranquill for season

    Nov 25, 2014, 2:59 PM EST

    Notre Dame v Syracuse

    The hits just keep coming for Notre Dame’s defense. On Tuesday, Brian Kelly confirmed that defensive tackle Jarron Jones would be lost for the season. He also announced that safety Drue Tranquill tore his ACL, ending the freshman safety’s season as well.

  18. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Louisville

    Nov 24, 2014, 2:24 PM EST

    Brian Kelly

    The Irish exited Notre Dame Stadium for the last time in 2014. And for the second-straight week they sang the alma mater after a defeat, taking another step backwards from a home-field advantage Brian Kelly and the Irish had quietly built over the past few seasons.

    Let’s take a look at the good, bad and ugly of Notre Dame’s 31-28 loss to Louisville.

  19. Young defensive front up for another challenge against USC

    Nov 24, 2014, 10:42 AM EST

    Jacob Matuska, Reggie Bonnafon

    It appears that Notre Dame’s already youthful defensive line is going to be getting even younger on Saturday. After losing Jarron Jones essentially on the first play of Saturday’s 31-28 loss to Louisville, a Sunday MRI will determine the severity of the injury and whether he can play again this season.

  20. Five things we learned: Louisville 31, Notre Dame 28

    Nov 22, 2014, 8:40 PM EST

    Austin Collinsworth, Joe Schmidt

    Kyle Brindza stared down his spot. Envisioned making the kick. Took a final deep breath before waiting for the snap.

    And then he missed it.