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  1. Ten players, ten reasons: Zeke Motta

    Dec 24, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Notre Dame-Purdue

    The first of ten features on ten below-the-radar players whose performances helped key the Irish’s run to the national title game. If there’s a handful of enduring images from this season, Zeke Motta‘s celebration in the USC visitors locker room belongs near the top of the list. As Lane Kiffin addressed the media after another…

  2. The road to 12-0: Navy

    Dec 24, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Navy

    The Irish have taken a long and winding road to Miami. The trail they’ve forged — crossing the Atlantic to open the season and playing their season finale just miles from the Pacific — gives you an idea of the literal distance this team had to travel to fight their way into college football’s finale. …

  3. PTI Timeline: Notre Dame — History not kind to Wilbon

    Dec 21, 2012, 5:39 PM EDT

    PTI guys

    There are numerous reasons I find HBO’s The Newsroom grating. Skipping past the one-dimensional female characters, melodramatic plot cheats, and overly political agenda, the biggest issue I have with Aaron Sorkin‘s one-hour drama is the omnipotence of Will McAvoy and his news team. The ACN News Night team never gets a story wrong, a product…

  4. Holtz talks candidly about life at the top of Notre Dame

    Dec 20, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Lou Holtz

    For most of the younger generation, especially those suiting up and playing football, Lou Holtz isn’t known as a football coach, but as Dr. Lou, the funny old fella on ESPN that’s got a catchy phrase for just about everything. While the ESPN Holtz has become almost a caricature of himself, and the mantel piece…

  5. James officially decommits from ’13 recruiting class

    Dec 19, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jamel James

    The whispers have been out there for a few weeks, but today running back Jamel James confirmed he was no longer a part of the ’13 recruiting class. The departure of the 215-pound running back leaves five-star prospect Greg Bryant the only back currently in the class. James’ status in the class had been up…

  6. All-American center Jones key to line battle

    Dec 19, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Alabama Crimson Tide Cody Mandell, Kevin Norwood and Barrett Jones celebrate after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs during the NCAA SEC college football championship in Atlanta

    If Manti Te’o was spotted wearing a protective boot this week, you can bet Notre Dame fans would be a little bit worried heading into Christmas. That’s where Alabama fans find themselves, with the heart and soul of their team’s best unit, All-American center Barrett Jones, still in a protective cast on his left foot.…

  7. Martin’s return keyed by Hiestand’s results

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Atkinson III jumps into the arms of teammate Martin after a touchdown against Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their NCAA college football game in South Bend, Indiana

    You won’t confuse Harry Hiestand for a man looking for greener pastures. The veteran offensive line coach, in his first season in South Bend, has no qualms being a position coach, a job that might seem like old hat for a respected assistant who has coached in a Super Bowl and spent the last three…

  8. Nix shows wisdom in returning to Notre Dame

    Dec 18, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Santa Louis Nix III

    You could forgive Louis Nix for capitalizing on the hard work he’s put in as a football player. Committing to Notre Dame with the program in the middle of a coaching transition, the high school senior from a hard knock neighborhood and an oversized family, brought a preternatural maturity and wisdom that belies his jokester…

  9. It’s official: Martin and Nix will return for 2013

    Dec 17, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Chris Watt,  Zack Martin

    Today is Notre Dame’s media day for the BCS Championship, so expect news to flow from the various interviews as Brian Kelly, his assistant coaches, and select players will be available for questions and answers. But Kelly supplied some of the biggest news today when he announced that left tackle Zack Martin and nose guard…

  10. Weekend Notes: Dial, Pac-12 refs, and Russell’s journey

    Dec 14, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC

    We’re still 24 long days away from Notre Dame’s date with Alabama in the national title game. While following the daily rumblings on the recruiting trail or coaching carousel has been enjoyable, it’s time to get to the holidays so we can make the calendar move a little bit quicker. Starting next week, we’re going…

  11. Broyles Award finds perfect fit in Bob Diaco

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Bob Diaco hat

    When Frank Broyles and his selection committee set out to rightfully honor the very best in assistant coaches, they had probably never heard of Bob Diaco. At the time, Diaco was a young man just completing a college football career at Iowa, playing for the legendary Hayden Fry. Yet even as a two-time All-Big Ten…

  12. Reports: Redfield down to Notre Dame and USC

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Max Redfield

    The Irish coaching staff certainly isn’t resting on its laurels in the recruiting war. Even with a recruiting class edging closer to capacity, Notre Dame is in the hunt for one of the country’s elite safeties, Southern California’s Max Redfield. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, Redfield has the elite size coveted by the Irish at safety. While…

  13. The perfect coaching staff for the perfect season

    Dec 12, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    To know what this 2012 Notre Dame coaching staff is, you first need to know what it isn’t. So let’s turn back the clock seven years. It was imagery that Notre Dame fans took to like catnip. Newly hired head coach Charlie Weis, slaving away in his office in Foxboro. Weis was building a Super…

  14. Te’o leads list of Irish All-Americans

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o, Stephon Tuitt

    The Associated Press and Sports Illustrated released their All-American teams. And as you’d expect from the No. 1 team in the land, Notre Dame is well represented. Manti Te’o, fresh off a week of travels that covered 8,500 miles in just over seven days as the senior linebacker earned seven major awards, leads the way…

  15. Forde takes a look at life on campus

    Dec 11, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    SorinSeptember03

    When you comparing dorm life at Notre Dame to other perennial football powers, a cinder block room on north quad probably doesn’t look too appealing for potential student-athletes. And while schools like Oklahoma erect $75 million living quarters that feel more like penthouses than college dorms, there’s a certain charm to campus life at Notre…

  16. Kelly’s talking points translate to pro football

    Dec 10, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    Next man in. Unconscious competence. Count on me. Just a few of the building blocks Brian Kelly has used as he resurrected the Irish football program in his third season. For some, this sounds like your stereotypical management jargon that goes in one ear and out the other. But inside the Notre Dame football program,…

  17. Irish land coveted RB recruit Greg Bryant

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    greg-bryant-delray

    If you are looking for proof that Notre Dame’s resurgent season is helping with recruiting, look no further than running back Greg Bryant. The five-star, blue-chip running back, viewed by Rivals as the second best running back in the ’13 class and one of the top 20 players in the country, committed to Notre Dame…

  18. Even without Heisman, Te’o’s season one for the ages

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    2012 Heisman Trophy Presentation

    In the end, the pull of Johnny Football, and the traditional voting preference for an offensive player, was too much for even Manti Te’o to overcome. But make no mistake, Saturday night’s Heisman Trophy ceremony was another celebration of Te’o’s excellence this season, an award that’s aspirations were all but defined by Notre Dame’s star…

  19. Jimmy Byrne pledges to ’14 recruiting class

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Jimmy Byrne

    Cleveland offensive tackle Jimmy Byrne has committed to the Fighting Irish, the fourth member of the Notre Dame ’14 recruiting class. The St. Ignatius left tackle will join Harry Hiestand’s offensive line, with the flexibility to play both tackle or guard. Byrne’s commitment isn’t a surprise. A tweet sent from an account associated with St.…

  20. Weekend notes: Awards, Ara, and Swarbrick

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz

    If you didn’t have a chance to catch last night’s college football awards show, you missed two-plus hours of honoring Notre Dame. With Brian Kelly winning the coach of the year, Lou Holtz presenting Ara Parseghian with a lifetime achievement award, and Manti Te’o pulling in even more hardware, Notre Dame’s resurgence was on full…