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  1. Weekend notes: Recruiting, SEC title, HeIsManti

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    For the first time in a long time, Saturday will be spent watching football for enjoyment’s sake. We’ll still have five weeks to break down either Alabama or Georgia, but just because this SEC Championship will be a bit more interesting to Notre Dame fans than usual, we’ll be live-blogging the proceedings tomorrow. Joined by…

  2. A magical time of year

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Notre Dame

    Let me utter a sentence that isn’t often said on the last day of November in northwest Indiana: It’s a great time to be in South Bend. The Irish await the winner of Alabama-Georgia in the national championship game. Mike Brey’s hoops team dispatched John Calipari’s lastest gang of mercenaries. As the student body galvanizes…

  3. Kelly impresses on West Coast swing

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly stayed on the West Coast after beating USC, visiting some top California prospects before stopping in St. Paul to visit James Onwualu and onto Michigan to see Steve Elmer, two early-enrollees in the class of 2013. But before he left California, he certainly left his stamp on the area, and some top 2014…

  4. HeIsManti or Johnny Football: An incredibly biased opinion

    Nov 28, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o, Stephon Tuitt

    Having a blog that covers Notre Dame football stump for an Irish player’s Heisman candidacy is pretty transparent. And lame. So I’ll spare you some of the usual rhetoric that comes with this type of column. Do I think Manti Te’o should win the Heisman Trophy? Yes. Do I think he deserves it? Yes. Do…

  5. Five-star challenge: Irish take aim at Bryant, Redfield

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

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    Being No. 1 in the country has its privileges. Right now, those perks include chasing down some of the top talent in the country, something Notre Dame’s coaching staff is doing as they try and put the finishing touches on a stellar 2013 recruiting class. There isn’t a lot of room in a class that…

  6. Diaco’s nomination for the Broyles Award well earned

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Bob Diaco hat

    Yesterday, Bob Diaco was nominated as one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant coach. Other assistants nominated are Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, Kliff Kingsbury, the OC at Texas A&M, and defensive coordinators Dan Quinn of Florida and Derek Mason of Stanford. Diaco, who serves as assistant head…

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

    Nov 26, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Notre Dame defensive players Tuitt, Nix III, and Te'O celebrate after breaking up a play in the fourth quarter during their win over USC in their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles

    With Saturday night’s victory, Notre Dame kept its stranglehold on the No. 1 spot in all the land. As expected, with just the conference title games left, the BCS rankings have the Irish atop their standings, with a No. 1 ranking in the Harris Poll, the USA Today Coaches Poll, and the top spot across…

  8. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 22, USC 13

    Nov 25, 2012, 2:17 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    LOS ANGELES — It’ll be a game that ends up etched in a coffee table book. Or a victory memorialized by a catchy turn of phrase. History will certainly be kind to No. 1 Notre Dame’s gutty 22-13 win over USC. But make no mistake, this victory was not extraordinary. The Irish beat the Trojans…

  9. It’s official: Irish punch ticket to championship

    Nov 24, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Notre Dame's Theo Riddick celebrates after scoring a touchdown against USC during their NCAA college football game in Los Angeles

    That’s it. Notre Dame is going to the national championship. No really. Notre Dame is going to the national championship. It wasn’t pretty, but thanks to a hard-nosed effort by Theo Riddick and a gutty performance by Everett Golson, the Irish survived multiple scares by the Trojans and a vallant effort by redshirt freshman Max…

  10. Live blog — Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 24, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    LOS ANGELES — We are finally there. On an unseasonably warm November evening, the No. 1 Fighting Irish prepare to take on USC, battling their rivals for the right to head to Miami for the national championship game. Stories like this one usually write themselves. But we’ll still be here keeping you up to speed…

  11. Game Day: No. 1 Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 24, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Notre Dame USC

    The Irish have invaded Southern California. A biennial pilgrimage that usually doubles as a short vacation for Midwesterners looking for one last long weekend of sun before winter, there’s a different feel to this year’s game, and for good reason. Notre Dame is playing for its shot in the national title game. As usual, we’ll…

  12. Pregame Six Pack: The final battle

    Nov 23, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT

    Irish linebacker Te'o follows the play against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    On Friday afternoon, Notre Dame will board a plane for Los Angeles. By the time they leave, they’ll know if they’ve punched their ticket to Miami, awaiting a challenger in the national championship game. After three months of twists and turns, the No. 1 Fighting Irish take on Southern Cal in the country’s greatest intersectional…

  13. Why I’m Thankful: Notre Dame and its magical season

    Nov 22, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Thanksgiving Day. A time for the Macy’s parade, a day of football, too much turkey, and corny columns from writers everywhere. But in the midst of a historic season, some stories absolutely have to be written, even with family, football, and food waiting. As the Irish gather at their coaches’ homes for holiday meals before…

  14. IBG: All that’s left are the Trojans

    Nov 22, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

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    Happy Thanksgiving everybody. Hope we can all spend a little time with our families before the entire focus turns to the big game this weekend. Until then, I tried to throw my best at the Subway Domer for this week’s Irish Blogger Gathering, and he stepped up and took on all comers, not unlike a…

  15. Marqise Lee talks match-up with Notre Dame

    Nov 21, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Arizona State v USC

    USC’s No. 1 weapon, wide receiver Marqise Lee, went on the air with Russ Thaler on SportsTalk today, talking about the big game this weekend, Max Wittek’s “guarantee,” and what a victory over No. 1 Notre Dame would mean for the Trojans. ***

  16. Notre Dame: “The best SEC team in the country”

    Nov 21, 2012, 4:28 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    Notre Dame isn’t just in control of its own destiny this weekend, it’s in control of the entire college football world. A Notre Dame victory on Saturday guarantees that the Irish will find its way into the national title game. Everybody else — with Alabama having the inside track — will have to fight for…

  17. And in that corner… The Southern California Trojans

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    USC v UCLA

    Well folks, it doesn’t get any bigger than this one. With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s Notre Dame’s biennial trip to Los Angeles, with this showdown in the Coliseum meaning more than any other in recent memory for the Irish. As we’ve discussed (and will continue to discuss for the next few days), Trojan’s quarterback Matt…

  18. Tuesdays with BK: One more time

    Nov 21, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    As Brian Kelly, the head coach of the No. 1 ranked team in the country, stood at the podium for his final game week press conference of the season, he was candid when he spoke of Notre Dame’s rivalry with Southern Cal. Frankly, it hasn’t been much of one. “Well, it’s not a great rivalry…

  19. Max Wittek: “We’re going to win this ballgame”

    Nov 20, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Colorado v USC

    With senior quarterback Matt Barkley on the sidelines for Saturday’s game, the Trojans will turn to redshirt freshman Max Wittek to pilot their high-powered offense. Having appeared in only three games in his USC career, Wittek is far from a proven commodity. But that hasn’t stopped the young quarterback from calling his shot. “We’re going…

  20. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 19, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Irish running back Wood runs for a 68 yard touchdown against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the first half of their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    At this point, it’s probably best to give up looking for a bad and an ugly from the weekend that was. Between the Irish’s demolition of Wake Forest, senior day festivities, and losses by both Kansas State and Oregon, there hasn’t been a better autumn Saturday in South Bend in quite some time. With the…