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  1. The two-minute drill: Mike Mayock talks Air Force

    Oct 8, 2011, 6:45 AM EST

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    In case you’ve been under a rock for the last few years, NBC’s Mike Mayock is a pretty busy guy. Between his duties at the NFL Network, calling home Notre Dame games, Thursday night NFL games, and breaking down tape of just about every draft prospect in college football, the guy doesn’t have a ton…

  2. Pregame Six Pack: Air Force

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:35 AM EST

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    With the Irish in an early 0-2 hole this season, most Notre Dame fans assumed the Irish would right the ship. But history didn’t necessarily share that rosy outlook.  Seven Irish teams have stumbled out of the gates in their opening two games. Only two of the teams have come back to have winning seasons,…

  3. IBG: And on to Air Force

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:26 AM EST

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    We’re back with another edition of the Irish Blogger Gathering. If you’ve missed the last few, you’ve missed me comparing the Irish quarterbacking depth chart to TV’s leading ladies, Little Mac’s journey to beat Iron Mike, and other answers to questions that I’ve retro-fit to keep this blog family friendly and  my job safe. This…

  4. Nichols, Rabasa have season ending surgeries

    Oct 6, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

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    Brian Kelly announced that reserves Tate Nichols and Anthony Rabasa would be done for the season, with both needing shoulder surgeries. The surgeries were being performed this week with an eye towards having both players ready to compete in spring practice. “We want to get these guys 100 percent for spring ball,” Kelly said. “They…

  5. Former Irish coach and player Bob McBride passes away

    Oct 6, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    Bob McBride, the oldest surviving Notre Dame coach, passed away Wednesday night. He was 89. McBride was an offensive guard for the Irish in the 1940s, including playing for the 1946 national championship squad, before serving as the offensive line coach for the final five years of the Frank Leahy era. McBride’s passing wouldn’t usually…

  6. Jefferson gives the Irish some bulletin board material

    Oct 5, 2011, 7:54 PM EST

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    It’s been said that opposing teams will always bring their best when they prepare to come to Notre Dame. With the Irish halfway through their preparation for Air Force, it’s clear that nobody on the Irish wants to supply any bulletin board material this week to an already game Falcons team coming into South Bend…

  7. And in that corner… The Air Force Falcons

    Oct 5, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

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    Credit Brian Kelly for this: He knows just how dangerous this Air Force football team is. The Irish hadn’t hit the showers after beating Purdue before Kelly and his coaching staff mentally had the team thinking about Troy Calhoun‘s squad, a testament to just how important this football game is. If Notre Dame handles its…

  8. Tuesdays with BK: Jefferson Nightmare edition

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

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    Goodbye Purdue. Hello Air Force. Brian Kelly met with the assembled media today and talked about wrapping up Purdue, prepping for Air Force, and getting ready for head coach Troy Calhoun and his very dangerous quarterback Tim Jefferson. If you’re curious what Kelly thinks about Jefferson and what he does to a defense, this quote…

  9. After big Purdue win, focus shifts to Air Force

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    Brian Kelly Purdue

    The Notre Dame victory over Purdue was an important one. For the Irish to play the kind of football they know they can, they need to have games like last Saturday’s, where the superior team enacts its will onto their opponent. The Irish did that, and they took a big step forward, pushing them to…

  10. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Oct 2, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Floyd Riddick

    It’s tough to be too picky this afternoon, a day after the Irish manhandled Purdue 38-10. Sure, the Irish left some points on the board. But even Brian Kelly knows there was too much good to try and complain. “We missed some opportunities,” Kelly said last night. “In close games, missing an easy field goal…

  11. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 38, Purdue 10

    Oct 2, 2011, 2:04 AM EST

    Cierre Wood

    It took roughly 30 seconds to realize that this Saturday might be slightly different for the Irish. Purdue quarterback Caleb TerBush locked onto a crossing route on the game’s first play from scrimmage. He failed to see Gary Gray (let alone Harrison Smith) who locked onto TerBush’s ill-fated throw. Gray stepped in front of the…

  12. Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Purdue

    Oct 1, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

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    While it’s hardly the top billing of the evening, the Fighting Irish have a chance to make a primetime statement, three weeks after failing to do so with all eyes watching. Notre Dame heads down to West Lafayette, taking on an undermanned Purdue squad that doesn’t have much of a shot on paper against a…

  13. RB Will Mahone pledges to the Irish

    Oct 1, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

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    It seemed like a long time coming. After months of being connected to the Irish, Ohio running back Will Mahone finally committed to Notre Dame last night, giving the Irish a much needed commitment in the backfield. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back from Austintown, Ohio had offers from Penn State, Pitt, Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois,…

  14. Pregame Six Pack: Primetime at Purdue

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:14 AM EST

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    Four down, eight to go. After digging themselves into an improbable 0-2 hole, the Irish are ready to push their way above .500, a long slog back after two really disheartening losses. They’ll have their chance to do it in primetime Saturday night, with the Irish and Boilermakers kicking off at Rose-Ade Stadium at 8:00…

  15. IBG: Pushing towards Purdue

    Sep 29, 2011, 10:33 PM EST

    George Atkinson MSU

    In case people forgot, the Irish are playing a football game this Saturday night. Yep, they’ll be hopping on the bus and heading down to West Lafayette, enjoying that glorious drive down US 31 into Boilermaker country, where a hostile crowd will be looking to enact revenge from 2009, where Purdue nearly pulled the upset…

  16. Ragone still contributing, sixth year possible

    Sep 29, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    Mike Ragone

    The Irish have done a good job of staying healthy these first four games. Unfortunately, one big exception is fifth-year tight end Mike Ragone, who tore his ACL against Michigan and was lost for the year. Ragone’s had three major knee injuries dating back to his senior year in high school, a snake-bit career that…

  17. And in that corner… The Purdue Boilermakers

    Sep 28, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Michael Floyd Purdue

    It’s that time of year. The Purdue game. An annual tradition that’s not entirely appreciated by one-side of the in-state “rivalry,” a term that alone makes some Notre Dame fans bristle. (Memo to those fans: Be careful about getting too uppity about rivalries. Just look at what’s happened with Navy lately.) Anyway, if Michigan and…

  18. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:44 AM EST

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    Okay, people — who’s ready to turn the corner from bickering about a quarterback controversy that only exists in the hearts and minds of Irish fans? (This guy!) While there will be plenty of time for us to keep picking away at the play behind center, Brian Kelly and the Irish continued to trudge forward,…

  19. Rees is still Kelly’s quarterback

    Sep 27, 2011, 2:53 AM EST

    Tommy Rees USF

    You can spend a day trying to analyze the Irish quarterbacking conundrum. I just did — spending a solid 18 hours with a draft open before ever successfully committing a word to page. It hasn’t been for lack of effort. Or lack of dissenting opinions. But here’s the rub: Ask a thousand Irish fans what…

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

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Jonas Gray Pitt

    A second viewing of Notre Dame’s 15-12 victory doesn’t add new perspective to Saturday’s win. The maddening inconsistencies that have plagued this football team still exist, rearing their ugly heads when you’d least expect it. Two turnovers, a missed field goal, and too many penalties all combine to give you a squad that has understandably…