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

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:24 PM EST

    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…

  3. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 29, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    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…

  5. Pregame six pack: Navy edition

    Oct 28, 2011, 1:25 AM EST

    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…

  6. Aaron Taylor calls out senior leadership

    Oct 27, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    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…

  7. IBG: Anchors…Away!

    Oct 27, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 27, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

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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…

  9. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Oct 26, 2011, 7:59 PM EST

    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,…

  10. Kelly moves on to Navy

    Oct 26, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    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…

  11. Lewis-Moore lost for year with knee injury

    Oct 25, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  12. Galippo’s post-game comments draw apology

    Oct 24, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    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…

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

    Oct 24, 2011, 3:06 AM EST

    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…

  14. Five things we learned: USC 31, Notre Dame 17

    Oct 23, 2011, 1:57 AM EST

    Crist fumble USC

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The stage was set for magic. Notre Dame Stadium was electric, bringing the evening to life on the type of crisp autumn night that football was meant to be played on. In Southern Cal and Notre Dame, two of college football’s most storied programs had the perfect canvas for another classic…

  15. Live blogs: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Oct 22, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind.  – It’s finally time to play. After a long week of talking about every conceivable angle this rivalry match has to offer, the Irish and the Trojans are finally ready to square off. The sidelines of Notre Dame Stadium are packed full with recruits and VIPs and one look at the field…

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

    Oct 22, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    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…

  17. Te’o sparks pep rally crowd

    Oct 22, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Oct 22, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

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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…

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

    Oct 21, 2011, 4:41 PM EST

    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…

  20. Pregame Six Pack: Time for the Trojans

    Oct 21, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    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.…