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  1. Optimal Offseason: What Brian Kelly needs to address before spring

    Jan 5, 2015, 11:18 AM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    With a Music City Bowl victory in the rearview mirror, the Irish can head into the offseason without the stench of November’s woes still clinging to the team. For a bowl game that felt of minimal importance when most assumed a loss, the Irish’s 31-28 victory certainly turned the tides.

  2. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, Top 5

    Jan 2, 2015, 2:22 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith, Joe Schmidt

    With an unexpected eighth win in the Music City Bowl, we can officially close the book on 2014. Let’s do the same with our final grades for the 2014 Fighting Irish.

  3. Irish recruits taking part in All-American games

    Jan 1, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Just because the Irish finished their season with a victorious Music City Bowl doesn’t mean the football season is over. A large contingency from the 2015 signing class is taking part in various All-Star games over the holiday weekend, including the two flagship events: the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-American game.

  4. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. LSU

    Dec 31, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

    C. J. Prosise, Nick Martin, Cam McDaniel

    On second viewing, Notre Dame’s victory over LSU still happened. After watching the Irish find ways not to get it done all November, Brian Kelly’s team handled adversity — and a leaky defense — and executed down the stretch, sending the Tigers faithful into the offseason grumbling about the foundation of their program.

  5. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 31, LSU 28

    Dec 31, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

    Kyle Brindza, Malik Zaire, Jalen Collins

    The snickering started early. After choosing to receive, Notre Dame fumbled the opening kickoff. They burned their first timeout before running a play. And when Malik Zaire got tracked down in the backfield on his first attempted run, a tidal wave of social media chatter left the Irish for dead.

  6. Everett Golson, Malik Zaire team up to push Notre Dame past LSU

    Dec 30, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire, Kwon Alexander

    NASHVILLE — Everett Golson hadn’t taken a snap in the fourth quarter until Malik Zaire’s helmet popped off.

    Turns out, the rule that forces a player to sit out a play after losing his helmet may have pushed Notre Dame to a 31-28 win over LSU.

  7. Open Thread: Notre Dame vs. LSU

    Dec 30, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    Chat throughout the Music City Bowl while Notre Dame and LSU do battle.

  8. Pregame Six Pack: A Music City Finale

    Dec 30, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    The 2014 season comes to a close on Tuesday afternoon, with Notre Dame playing the role of underdog against LSU in the Music City Bowl. Here’s your Pregame Six Pack as the Irish and Tigers get set to do battle.

  9. Zaire to start Music City Bowl

    Dec 29, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

    Rice v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly announced Monday afternoon that Malik Zaire will start the Music City Bowl at quarterback. It is the sophomore’s first career start after backing up Everett Golson all season.

  10. Does Harbaugh to Michigan really matter for Notre Dame?

    Dec 29, 2014, 12:06 PM EDT

    AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Final Round

    Michigan is in the process of finalizing their deal to make former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh their head football coach. After a mutually agreed upon divorce that feels like a satire on the life and times of Silicon Valley high society, Harbaugh will return to his alma mater to take on the reclamation project of returning the Victors to victories.

  11. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, 10-6

    Dec 28, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    As we get into our Top 10, we begin to understand why the future is still rather bullish for Notre Dame. The five players listed below all have at least one season of eligibility remaining. That means that a group that performed more than admirably this season will be expected to do even more for the team in 2015. (The entire Top 10 has at least a year of eligibility remaining.)

  12. Irish arrive in Nashville, no decision on starting QB yet

    Dec 27, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT

    Malik Zaire, J.R. Tavai

    Notre Dame’s football team arrived for the Music City Bowl on Friday, jetting in from around the country on 19 different flights after spending Christmas with their families. From there, the Irish had their first practice in Nashville, beginning game week preparations with LSU ahead.

  13. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, 15-11

    Dec 26, 2014, 10:05 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Syracuse

    With ten players down, we get to the meat of our rankings. Our preseason and final rankings look quite different as we go from 15-11.

  14. Zack Martin named a Pro Bowler

    Dec 24, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

    Zack Martin

    Dallas Cowboys rookie Zack Martin was named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday, the only offensive rookie selected to the game and one of six Cowboys. Martin has started all season at right guard for one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks.

  15. Tommy Rees to begin coaching career at Northwestern

    Dec 24, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rees USC

    Tommy Rees will begin his coaching career close to where his football career began. Rees, who played in all four of his seasons at Notre Dame from 2010-13, will be an offensive graduate assistant at Northwestern.

  16. Report: Irish add former UCLA great Johnathan Franklin to staff

    Dec 24, 2014, 1:01 AM EDT

    Pac-12 Championship - UCLA v Stanford

    It appears that Brian Kelly has added another key piece to his football program. The Los Angeles Times reports Notre Dame has hired former Green Bay Packer and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin to join the staff in an administrative role, focusing on student welfare and development.

  17. Counting down the Irish: Final grades, 20-16

    Dec 23, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    As we continue our final rankings of the 2014 season, numbers 20-16 continues to showcase the youth on the roster.

  18. Counting down the Irish: Final rankings for 2014

    Dec 22, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

    Nyles Morgan

    With a little over a week to go until the Irish take on LSU in the Music City Bowl, it’s time to take a look back at the regular season. Our first five spots on the year-end Top 25 roll out.

  19. Mailbag: The case of the missing questions

    Dec 21, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT

    Nyles Morgan

    After a mailbag goes missing, the Inside the Irish crew go looking for answers. That and other solutions in this week’s mailbag.

  20. Day, Riggs on track to start, Lombard’s career may be over

    Dec 20, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

    North Carolina v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly met with the local media on Saturday afternoon, delivering good news on the status of two key veteran defenders. Both defensive tackle Sheldon Day and cornerback Cody Riggs are on track to start against LSU, adding a few key pieces back into the puzzle.