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  1. Under the lights: Tonight can help define Tommy Rees

    Oct 22, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees USF

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — When the Irish finally broke the eight-year hex the Trojans had cast over them, it wasn’t because of their freshman quarterback. In a season that saw Tommy Rees become one of the biggest surprises on the roster, on a rain-soaked night in Los Angeles, Rees threw three interceptions and nearly gave…

  2. Te’o sparks pep rally crowd

    Oct 22, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Teo Pointing Air Force

    In a year where Robert Blanton has quoted Genghis Khan, and on a night where Irish basketball coach Mike Brey went crowd surfing and the Notre Dame student body unveiled their Trojan horse, the scene for the Irish pep rally was a bit more electric than most. But the evening was stolen by Manti Te’o.…

  3. The two-minute drill: Mike Mayock talks Southern Cal

    Oct 22, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — You can feel the electricity on campus. Whether it’s the opening of the Compton Family Ice Arena, where over 5,000 fans turned out to watch Anders Lee and the No. 6 Irish open their new building in style, or the thousands of fans that spent Friday just milling around campus, it’s…

  4. Add QB Gunner Kiel to the list of weekend visitors

    Oct 21, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    In a weekend packed with enough recruiting stars to make even Tom Lemming’s head explode, the Irish will have to make room for one more five-star. Touted blue-chip quarterback Gunner Kiel has decided to open up his recruitment and take a visit to Notre Dame for the weekend. The Columbus, Indiana native with family ties…

  5. Pregame Six Pack: Time for the Trojans

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    HarrisonSmithUSC

    If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then The Observer’s Irish Insider saved me a few columns. As Douglas Farmer and his crew aptly note, “the wait is over.” Sure, it’s been tough waiting those 21-odd years for a night game, but I’m just happy we’re finally approaching the annual Notre Dame vs. USC game.…

  6. IBG: Burning the midnight oil

    Oct 21, 2011, 4:41 AM EDT

    Rocket Pep Rally

    Apologies for the late arrival of this week’s Irish Blogger Gathering. Boarding a United flight out of LAX to O’Hare, I was wondering if I was boarding an episode of Pan Am, as the plane they rolled out for us was from a long forgotten era, and of course… it didn’t have wifi. So this…

  7. Irish brace for biggest recruiting weekend ever

    Oct 20, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

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    There are recruiting weekends, and then there are big recruiting weekends. But to get a feel for just how big this recruiting weekend will be for Notre Dame, take the biggest Irish recruiting weekend in recent memory and add about 30 more prospects. As the weekend approaches, Notre Dame’s coaching staff gears up for some…

  8. New “gold standard” used for Irish helmets

    Oct 19, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

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    It won’t just be the lights making the Irish helmets sparkle brighter on Saturday night. The Irish will be unveiling a new helmet color, with a luster that better matches the Golden Dome that towers over Notre Dame’s campus. In a week where many people were expecting a uniform “surprise,” a new shade of helmet…

  9. And in that corner… The USC Trojans

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Barkley Woods

    We’re a little over three days from the primetime affair with Lane Kiffin’s USC Trojans in Notre Dame Stadium. With subplots like the health of USC’s Marc Tyler and Notre Dame’s Ethan Johnson, recruiting battles being held on the Irish’s turf, and All-American wide receiver candidates like Michael Floyd and Robert Woods, this game doesn’t…

  10. Tuesdays with BK: Talking Trojans

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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    In his first official press conference since the week off, Brian Kelly seemed to do as much as he could to turn Saturday night’s main event into just another Saturday for the Irish. “The guys know USC-Notre Dame is not a game you need to hype with your players. They recognize that,” Kelly said. “So…

  11. Kiffin talks Irish, looks back at last year

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    USC Spring Game

    Lane Kiffin spent about ten minutes in total answering questions about the upcoming game against Notre Dame. Even though he did his best to keep it mostly coachspeak, a few comments he made will certainly raise some eyebrows amongst ND Nation, and likely find the way onto a bulletin board or two in the Gug.…

  12. Armstead’s recruitment highlights West Coast visitors

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Arik Armstead

    This Saturday was already a critical weekend in the head-to-head recruiting battle the Irish and Trojans are waging with each other. It just got a whole lot more interesting with five-star defensive end recruit Arik Armstead backing away from his commitment to USC on Sunday, less than a week before his official recruiting visit to…

  13. Bye weekend notes: The calm before the storm

    Oct 15, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Floyd Riddick

    I’m not sure about you guys, but I’m enjoying a weekend away from the Irish before the big match-up next weekend against the Trojans. I’ll be getting to South Bend late Thursday and will deliver as much as I can from campus for those that aren’t lucky enough to be there. I’ve got a few…

  14. Swarbrick challenges student section

    Oct 13, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    NCAA Football: Notre Dame Spring Practice

    With fall break approaching, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick took an interesting message to the dining halls Wednesday, where he addressed students a little over a week before the premiere home football game of the season. Be louder. It’s clear that while Brian Kelly and the Irish haven’t officially turned the page to USC…

  15. Wood and Gray are running to a historic season

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Tango and Cash. Turner and Hooch. Murtaugh and Riggs. HollyWood and Meatball. The last duo might not have the notoriety yet, but it hasn’t been for a lack of effort by Cierre Wood and Jonas Gray. At the midway point of the 2011 season, Wood (nickname still pending) and Gray (Meatball has already stuck) haven’t reached…

  16. Bye weeks kind to Kelly, Irish

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Teo Pointing Air Force

    Apologies to those worried about the Irish losing momentum with a bye week interrupting their four-game winning streak, but it’s never seem to hurt Brian Kelly. The Irish head coach is 12-1 coming out of an off week in his head coaching career, and the break comes at a perfect time for the Irish after…

  17. The Andrew Hendrix experience

    Oct 11, 2011, 1:14 AM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix

    After a season and a half of waiting, Irish fans finally got to see quarterback Andrew Hendrix in action. Through a recruitment process that started with Charlie Weis, ended with Brian Kelly and had a brief dalliance with Florida coach Urban Meyer, Hendrix was always a player that piqued the interest of Notre Dame fans…

  18. Irish impress Agholor with weekend recruiting visit

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Nelson Agholor

    There might not be a bigger weekend on the recruiting calendar than next week’s primetime showdown with USC. While the numbers are still being confirmed, the Irish will host a slew of blue-chip talent, with many of the country’s top players coming to town to see the Irish and the Trojans battle it out under…

  19. Video round-up: Irish beat Falcons

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:39 AM EDT

    Looking for videos? We’ve got you covered. First a look at some highlights:     Here’s Brian Kelly with Alex Flanagan after the game.     How about some Notre Dame marching band? Yep. We’ve got ‘em.     Here’s BK at his post game press conference.  

  20. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Air Force

    Oct 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Toma Eifert Air Force

    The offensive fireworks ruled the day yesterday afternoon in Notre Dame Stadium, with both teams moving the football, but the Irish doing so with incredible efficiency in a 59-33 victory. Notre Dame’s 560 yards were the most for the Irish since they beat Washington State in San Antonio in 2009, and continues a promising trend…