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  1. Pregame notes: Jonas, Recruiting, and the road back

    Nov 5, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Navy

    As always, we’ll be with you tonight for a live-blog of the Notre Dame – Wake Forest tilt. But before we get there, let’s toss a few interesting links your way as we get ready for a game the Irish’s battle on Tobacco Road. The Observer’s Allan Joseph had a really nice profile on Jonas…

  2. Pregame six pack: November Wake up call

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:59 AM EDT

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    In a season where the Irish have stumbled on themselves more than by the work of their opponents, some comments made by head coach Brian Kelly last week had the chance to trip up an Irish team already well practiced in the art. Given the option of imploding against a Navy team desperate for a…

  3. IBG: Getting ready for the Irish Wake

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    Okay people, don’t worry — nobody died. But while some of you might be mourning the fact that they decided to stack Notre Dame-Wake Forest at the exact same time as LSU-Alabama, I wouldn’t be insulted if you simply followed me on the live-blog Saturday night while flipping back and forth between the two games.…

  4. And in that corner… The Wake Forest Demon Deacons

    Nov 2, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Wake Forest

    The Irish now enter the ACC portion of their schedule, with a trio of Atlantic Coast opponents on the docket with Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College up next for the Irish. The first of that trio is Jim Grobe‘s Demon Deacons, who sit at a surprising 5-3, with four wins in conference play, including…

  5. An inside look at The Gug

    Nov 2, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    The Gug

    For everyone that’s wondered what’s inside The Guglielmino Athletics Complex — better known as The Gug — our friends over at UND.com gave us an incredible all-access tour, with seniors Brandon Newman and Mike Golic acting as our tour guides. For a long time, the Irish football program was behind the times when it came…

  6. Kelly preps for Wake Forest

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix

    It was business as usual for Brian Kelly, who prepares his team for a trip to Winston-Salem to face Jim Grobe‘s Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. It’s a game with plenty of connections between schools. Former Notre Dame Provost Dr. Nathan Hatch is now Wake Forest’s president. Track & Field coach John Millar spent 19…

  7. Can Kelly keep November momentum going?

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:36 AM EDT

    MFUtah

    On this day last year, the Irish football program was at rock bottom. Notre Dame was collectively mourning the loss of Declan Sullivan. Football fans where openly questioning their new head coach, as Brian Kelly eschewed running the football with less than a minute to go against Tulsa for an endzone pass attempt to Michael…

  8. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Navy

    If there’s criticism, it should be of the constructive manner this afternoon, a day after the Irish let go of some frustration on Navy. The 56-14 thumping was the biggest beating of Navy since Tony Rice, Mark Green and Ricky Watters beat up the Midshipmen in 1987. The victory was a complete mauling — with…

  9. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 56, Navy 14

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Floyd Navy

    With a tip of the cap to Mark Twain, perhaps the reports of Notre Dame’s internal revolt were greatly exaggerated. With much of the last 36 hours dedicated to rumors of a potential implosion inside the Irish locker room, the squad united quickly, putting together their most complete performance of the year as they demolished…

  10. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 29, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly Purdue

    It’s been seven long days for both Notre Dame and Navy, both looking to get a terrible taste from their mouths after losing big games last weekend. The Irish need to forget laying an egg against USC while Navy needs to erase another heart-stopping loss, this one at the hands of East Carolina, as the…

  11. As if Navy wasn’t enough, Irish battling internal demons

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    As Notre Dame prepares to take on Navy, the team across from them — a squad that’s defeated Notre Dame three of the last four years — may not be the Irish’s biggest opponent this afternoon. Not after the drama of the last 48 hours, more befitting an episode of Glee than a 4-3 football…

  12. Pregame six pack: Navy edition

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:25 AM EDT

    Ken Niumatalolo, Emmett Merchant

    Backed into a corner, Brian Kelly‘s first Irish football team overcame a ton of adversity before finishing last season in style. Facing Todd Graham’s Tulsa squad just days after the death of Declan Sullivan, the Irish lost their starting quarterback in the opening minutes of the game before losing in the final seconds. Given a…

  13. Aaron Taylor calls out senior leadership

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Aaron Taylor

    Aaron Taylor has seen Notre Dame football at its very best. The former Irish captain and 1993 Lombardi Award winner was a two-time All-American for Notre Dame before being drafted in the first round by the Green Bay Packers. After his career, Taylor has worked as both a television studio analyst and devoted time to…

  14. IBG: Anchors…Away!

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd 3

    (Yes, I know the song is titled Anchors Aweigh.) A four game winning streak had people feeling pretty good about the Irish. But a loss to now 6-1 USC has people ready to jump overboard, just as Navy and its dangerous triple-option attack come to town. While Irish fans might be walking around with an…

  15. One year later, Sullivan family honors Declan’s memory

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

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    One year ago, Notre Dame student videographer Declan Sullivan had his life end after a wind storm tipped over the lift he was filming football practice on. The tragedy was immense — his death a terrible mix of circumstance, poor decision making, and outdated protocol. After a thorough investigation, Notre Dame released its own internal…

  16. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Oct 26, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    Navy

    “Pitiful, disgraceful and shameful!” “Ugly, ugly, ugly.” “What an embarrassing loss.” “Looks like BK is CW v.2.” No, those are reader comments from last weekend, those are comments from the last Notre Dame football apocalypse, courtesy of Navy’s 35-17 win over the Irish last year in the Meadowlands. Sure, the Irish were without Michael Floyd,…

  17. Kelly moves on to Navy

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly Purdue

    With the chance to redeem last season’s most disappointing loss, after 20 minutes of questions about the most recent weekend disappointment, Brian Kelly was understandably sick of talking about USC on Tuesday. “Are we going to talk about Navy or not?” Kelly openly asked. “I guess not, huh? They beat us last year. You guys know that? Really…

  18. Lewis-Moore lost for year with knee injury

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

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    A year after Notre Dame got through the season without an injury at the precariously thin defensive end position, the Irish have suffered a second loss, this time a major one. Head coach Brian Kelly announced defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore will miss the rest of the season with a detached medial collateral ligament. “Kapron will…

  19. Galippo’s post-game comments draw apology

    Oct 24, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Robert Woods

    In a far from surprising development, USC senior linebacker Chris Galippo took to Twitter to apologize for his post-game comments after the game. “If I offended anyone with my post game comments Saturday, I do apologize,” Galippo tweeted. “I have great respect for their players and their program. It was a great game on both…

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

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:06 AM EDT

    Marc Tyler USC

    Nothing like a loss to a hated rival to wake up some very nasty feelings amongst Irish fans. But they’re not alone. Fans of Illinois, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Oklahoma all got a similar wake-up calls, when their top 25 team got shocked in games they were expected to win. That’s life in…