Skip to content
  1. Crist vs. Rees: Breaking down Tommy’s throws

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:04 AM EST

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly named Tommy Rees the starting quarterback for Saturday against Michigan. It was a decision that made plenty of sense from a production point of view — Rees went 24 of 34 for 296 yards in the second half, when everyone in the stadium knew Rees would be passing to catch up, in conditions…

  2. Tuesdays with BK: Michigan edition

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EST

    Brian Kelly 9

    We already covered the big news of the day, with Notre Dame shifting gears and going with Tommy Rees as the starter against Michigan Saturday night. If there’s one quote that encapsulates the decision, here it is: “You got to be productive,” Kelly said. “If you’re not, you should be looking over your shoulder. If…

  3. Kelly names Tommy Rees starter against Michigan

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Tommy Rees USF

    Just a few days after relieving Dayne Crist at halftime and throwing for 296 yards in the second half, sophomore Tommy Rees was named starting quarterback against Michigan by head coach Brian Kelly. “We’re going to start Tommy Rees against Michigan,” Kelly said. “As we had talked about relative to Dayne, we talked about production.…

  4. Crist vs. Rees: Breaking down all of Dayne’s throws

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:46 PM EST

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    One week into the season, if you looked at the NCAA leaderboard, you’d say Brian Kelly‘s team is making the strides you’d expect from a program expecting big things this year. – Fifth in passing offense  with 391 yards — 15th in total offense, with 508 yards. — 25th in total defense, allowing only 254 yards —…

  5. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. USF

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Tommy Rees USF

    In the end, the final score is all that matters. South Florida 23, Notre Dame 20. But the Cliff Notes version of this game wouldn’t begin to tell the whole story, and while there’s plenty of bellyaching around ND Nation today, there’s only one single-sentence argument that I’ll listen to if you’re pinning this game…

  6. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. South Florida

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:11 AM EST

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — There are statistics. Then there are statistics that matter. Statistics: 508 yards of total offense. 391 passing yards. Cierre Wood — 21 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown. Michael Floyd — 12 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Statistics that matter: Turnovers — Notre Dame 5, South Florida 0.…

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

    Sep 3, 2011, 5:56 PM EST

    IMG_0009

    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…

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

    Sep 3, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Skip Holtz USF

    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…

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

    Sep 3, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    2043-1-notre-dame-central-hd

    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.…

  10. Pregame Six Pack: Running with the Bulls

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

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

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:34 AM EST

    Dayne Crist

    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…

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

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:51 AM EST

    charlie_brown_football-5357

    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.…

  13. And in that corner… The South Florida Bulls

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:26 PM EST

    usfbulls

    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.…

  14. Opponent preview: Air Force

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

    Chad Hall, Brian Smith

    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…

  15. That’s what he said: Skip Holtz

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

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

  16. Defensive depth chart breakdown

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:12 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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,…

  17. Offensive depth chart breakdown

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    John Goodman

    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,…

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

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:52 AM EST

    JarronJonesBuffaloNews

    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…

  19. Opponent preview: Purdue

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Michael Floyd Purdue

    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…

  20. Irish Blogger Gathering: Game week is finally here

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…