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  1. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    aaron lynch Sack

    With an early kickoff today, enjoy a late breakfast and a live blog with us as Notre Dame battles for a chance to get back to even on the season, with hopes of beginning their first winning streak of the year. Some relatively big news broke yesterday when Pitt announced senior guard Chris Jacobson, the…

  2. Pregame Six Pack: Prepping for Pitt

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:30 AM EST

    What a difference a week makes. Irish fans didn’t quite know what to make of last weekend’s game: an annual rivalry, a game the Irish usually don’t fare well in, and Las Vegas somehow favoring Notre Dame by almost a touchdown even though they were the team with an 0-2 record and Michigan State was…

  3. IBG: Life at the quarter-turn

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:06 AM EST

    Little Mac

    Slow this season down, please! After months of analyzing and dissecting all the things related to the 2011 football season, the first three weeks — in all their bizarre and agonizing glory — are already gone. Not a lot of people saw a 1-2 start for the Irish, and nobody saw the way the Irish…

  4. Jones carries heavy heart after loss of his father

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    tj-jones

    With TJ Jones made available to the media for the first time after the sudden death of his father Andre in June, there are a few great columns out today on the sophomore wide receiver and how impressive he’s been pushing on in a time of tragedy. “Every second, when I’m not thinking about schoolwork…

  5. Lynch adds another level to Irish pass rush

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    aaron lynch Sack

    Aaron Lynch has always had a flair for the dramatic. Whether it was a recruiting battle that played out like a Friday Night Lights episode, his eye-popping performances in the Army All-American Bowl and the spring’s Blue-Gold game, Lynch came to campus with lofty expectations heaped on him by anybody that followed the Irish. Brian…

  6. And in that corner… The Pitt Panthers

    Sep 21, 2011, 7:30 AM EST

    Floyd Pitt

    For the first time in more than half a decade, the Irish will prepare to take on a Pittsburgh team that doesn’t feature Dave Wannstedt on the sidelines. Kicked to the curb after winning 27 games over the last three seasons, the Pitt brass finally tired of the Wannstedt era, known for it’s inability to…

  7. Aaron Lynch: Sack one

    Sep 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Consider this for posterity’s sake, but the video guys at NBCSports.com did a nice cut-up on Aaron Lynch‘s first official sack in an Irish uniform.     I have a feeling there’ll be plenty more, so consider this a fun one to put in the memory bank.

  8. Tuesdays with BK: Moving on to Pitt

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Brian Kelly spring ball

    With a win against Michigan State in the rearview mirror, the Irish and head coach Brian Kelly move on to Pittsburgh and Todd Graham, who put himself on the map last year when his Tulsa team can to Notre Dame and shocked the Irish 28-27 last October. The win propelled a Tulsa team that was 4-3…

  9. 2012 recruiting class hits 15 with WR Chris Brown

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:58 PM EST

    Chris Brown

    With the class of 2013 getting its first commitment in offensive lineman Steve Elmers, the remaining seats in the class of 2012 continue to fill up, with South Carolina wide receiver Chris Brown committing to the Irish after an official visit to Notre Dame for the Michigan State game. The six-foot-two wide receiver is the…

  10. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:13 AM EST

    Kelly and Blanton

    In a series of games that have seen close wins by both Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Irish finally were able to pull off an impressive victory — something that’s been few and far between these past 15 years. After dominating the Spartans in every phase of the game, it’s finally time to find…

  11. Irish land first 2013 recruit in OL Steve Elmers

    Sep 18, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    Steve Elmer

    Lost in the shuffle of the Irish’s 31-13 victory yesterday was the news that Notre Dame also received its first recruiting commitment for the class of 2013. It just goes to show how important the victory was, because losing track of 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle Steve Elmer is an accomplishment. The junior offensive tackle from…

  12. Notre Dame 31, Michigan State 13: Video round-up

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:16 PM EST

    With Notre Dame’s first victory of 2011 officially in the books, our video team put together a few clips after the Irish’s 31-13 win over Michigan State. Here are some highlights from the victory: Here’s Brian Kelly after the win: Here’s Robert Blanton with Alex Flanagan: Here’s more of Kelly’s comments after the win:

  13. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:19 PM EST

    Robert Blanton

    Robert Blanton wasn’t taking the bait. After doing everything but putting on Superman’s cape in Notre Dame’s 31-13 victory over No. 15 Michigan State, NBC’s Alex Flanagan asked the senior cornerback if this was the best game he’s ever played. “No, ma’am,” Blanton replied matter-of-factly. The response is the perfect one for a veteran leader…

  14. Live Blogs: Notre Dame vs. Michigan State

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

    ara

    There’ll be no two-hour weather delays. No 110,000 screaming fans cheering for the opposition. It’ll be a good old fashioned Notre Dame Saturday, with the local weather perfect for football… not to mention a double live blog. That’s where today will be a little bit different. We’re still going to be doing our live chat…

  15. ND vs. MSU: Final questions for Joe Rexrode

    Sep 17, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    There’s no day like today for the Irish. Win, and they’re one small step closer to digging themselves out of a serious hole. With a loss, well — Notre Dame is 0-3 and looking for some serious answers. Even though the Irish are a five point favorite, the Spartans have won 10 of the last…

  16. Pregame Six Pack: Bring on Sparty

    Sep 16, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

    Theo Riddick Michigan State

    If you canvassed a group of Notre Dame fans, not many saw a 0-2 start coming. In fact, if you look at NDNation.com’s annual probability poll, there’s a bunch of statistical stuff that I’m sure I’ll mangle when explaining, but the gist of it is that most people had the Irish beating USF and a…

  17. Spartan notes: Diaco, Cousins, Narduzzi, and more

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

    Capital One Bowl - Alabama v Michigan State

    Sometimes you just need to get a column out there, and purge some of the fun facts you’ve been storing up for the week. After spending a lot of time watching and re-watching last Saturday’s debacle, getting up to speed on the Spartans, and reassessing where this team is, you tend to forget that just…

  18. IBG: Snapping back for the Spartans

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Kelly Dantonio

    Saturday can’t come soon enough for the Irish, who’ll be looking to get rid of a very bad taste in their mouths after last week’s collapse against Michigan. Brian Kelly had the Irish going full tilt in practice yesterday, getting physical in its preparation for a smash-mouth Spartans team coming to town this Saturday. Before…

  19. And in that corner… The Michigan State Spartans

    Sep 14, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

    Little Giants Michigan State

    If anybody is feeling bad for the hard luck 0-2 Fighting Irish, it certainly isn’t Michigan State. The boys from East Lansing have taken great pleasure in being a thorn in the Irish’s side, winning an amazing 10 of the last 14 match-ups between the two teams. No game was a bigger dagger than last…

  20. Kelly talks Ragone, Irish, Spartans

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:24 AM EST

    Gary Gray Robert Blanton

    Brian Kelly ran down the state of the Irish football program, and the biggest headline of the presser was the loss of fifth-year senior Mike Ragone to an ACL tear. It’s horrible news for Ragone, who suffered his third major knee injuries in his football career — with an ACL tear as a high school…