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  1. Severe storms and lightning delay ND-USF at half

    Sep 3, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

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    More than a few snarky fans have called it Divine Intervention. But with the Irish trailing at halftime 16-0, the football game has been delayed due to severe thunder and lightning storms rolling through the South Bend area. In a bizarre scene, the entire stadium has been cleared, with fans being evacuated and put into…

  2. ND vs. USF: Final questions with Greg Auman

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    With kickoff just a few short hours away, I had a chance to catch up with Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times and get the scoop. Greg’s been covering the USF Bulls since 2004, so he’s got the beat covered better than anyone. If you’re looking to get some final cramming on USF so…

  3. ND Gameday: Online viewing and live-blog updates are here

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

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    It’s game day folks. It only took eight full months to get around to it. Let’s proceed with a few updates for all of you. For those wondering, we’ve got a ton of cool ways to bring you the football game. For those unable to find their way to a TV set at 3:30 p.m.…

  4. Pregame Six Pack: Running with the Bulls

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Are you talked out yet? Between Charlie Brown, Eleven for ’11, USF previews, and a nice little sprinkling of recruiting news, it’s been a busy week. As we finally complete our crawl to Friday, the pregame heat has been turned up. Literally. It feels like someone left the oven open in the Midwest, and as…

  5. Eleven for ’11: Keys for the Fighting Irish

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

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    Everybody knows Michael Floyd, Manti Te’o and Harrison Smith. While those three will likely have a large hand in determining Notre Dame’s fate, the Irish’s three All-American candidates can only do so much for a roster that’s finally at a full allotment of 85 scholarship players. As the No. 16 Irish get ready to kick…

  6. Notre Dame in 2011: What makes this year different?

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:51 AM EDT

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    It was almost odd seeing it. Six years ago, a roster filled with the same guys that were trampled by USC and Purdue (Purdue!), edged by BYU, Boston College and Pittsburgh, and looked rudderless at the Insight Bowl after head coach Tyrone Willingham was dismissed, came out of the locker room eight months later transformed.…

  7. And in that corner… The South Florida Bulls

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

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    After eight long months, it’s finally time to talk about football again, as the season kicks off with Skip Holtz and his South Florida Bulls. While I’ve done my best to keep everybody up-to-speed on USF and the dangers they present, what better time to kick off this season’s “And in that corner,” than now.…

  8. Opponent preview: Air Force

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

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    This is the sixth of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. You can also read previews of South Florida, Michigan, and Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Purdue. The Overview: Get ready for a trap. Under head coach Troy Calhoun, Air Force has turned into a formidable foe, and those looking at the Falcons as…

  9. That’s what he said: Skip Holtz

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    The head coach of the South Florida Bulls addressed the media today to discuss Notre Dame. Here’s what he said:

  10. Defensive depth chart breakdown

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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    Just one look at the two-deep depth chart for the defense shows you how quickly a defense can change. If you’re looking for physicality, a quick look at the defensive line shows you how transformed the unit is from year’s past. Of the starters, only Sean Cwynar weighs less than 300 pounds. In the two-deep,…

  11. Offensive depth chart breakdown

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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    In anticipation of today’s press conference with Brian Kelly (more on that later), Notre Dame released their two-deep depth chart for Saturday’s game. There weren’t any complete surprises, but rather some very reassuring developments for Irish fans looking for continued improvement. Freshman Davaris Daniels, Nick Martin and Conor Hanratty found their way into the mix,…

  12. Blue-chip defensive lineman Jarron Jones commits to Irish

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:52 AM EDT

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    For years, Notre Dame struggled to land elite defensive linemen. With Brian Kelly in charge, the Irish can’t miss. Monday night, Kelly reeled in another mega-defensive line recruit, with 6-foot-7, 310-pound defensive lineman Jarron Jones from Rochester, New York pledging his commitment to the Irish, adding another jumbo-sized, blue-chip defensive lineman to a rapidly filling…

  13. Opponent preview: Purdue

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    This is the fifth of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. You can also read previews of South Florida, Michigan, and Michigan State and Pittsburgh.  The Overview: Head coach Danny Hope had a tough enough task in front of him last season even without the catastrophic injuries that hit his Purdue squad. The…

  14. Irish Blogger Gathering: Game week is finally here

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Buckle up, everybody. For those of you that have taken the last nine months off, welcome back. For those of you that have been here daily with me throughout our annual football drought, expect the pace of play to kick up considerably this week. (Refresh and reload the page a lot, we’re going to be…

  15. Samardzija ready for fresh start with Cubs

    Aug 28, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Before we kick off an actual game week, our friends at Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago had a good update on former Irish wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, looking for a fresh start with the Cubs after general manager Jim Hendry was relieved of his duties after nine years at the helm of a team looking for…

  16. Opponent preview: Pittsburgh

    Aug 27, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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    This is the fourth of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. you can also read previews of South Florida, Michigan, and Michigan State. The Overview: It was an offseason to forget for Pitt fans. After six seasons coaching at his alma mater, Dave Wannstedt was dismissed before the Panthers’ bowl game by athletic…

  17. Harrison Smith’s long journey

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    He’s a guy that seems like he’s been a part of the Irish football program forever. And for most of that time, Harrison Smith seemed to be in the doghouse. But before all the Irish angst, Smith was a blue-chip prospect. With offers from schools like Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama, Smith wasn’t the kind of…

  18. Even with love for Irish, Lou Holtz picking South Florida

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:44 AM EDT

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    Even with his son Skip returning to South Bend to coach against a team he supported as a student, player and coach, you won’t find Lou Holtz in South Bend next weekend. He’ll stay as far away from South Bend as his day job will take him, as Dr. Lou will stay with his brethren…

  19. Outside the mold, Shembo thriving at OLB

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

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    While we haven’t actually seen Prince Shembo in action at outside linebacker, all reports from the coaching staff have the expectations for the 6-foot-2, 250-pound sophomore sky high. An interesting proposition, considering that Shembo likely wouldn’t have been on the roster if it were up to Brian Kelly and his coaching staff. “We weren’t really…

  20. Opponent preview: Michigan State

    Aug 24, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

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    This is the third of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. You can also read previews for South Florida and Michigan. The Overview: Those pesky Spartans became more than that last season, charging their way to a share of the Big Ten title by playing… let’s call it opportunistic football. Taking advantage of…