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  1. IBG: A pivotal match-up with Pitt

    Oct 7, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    In this week’s edition of the Irish Blogger Gathering, we head to the venerable Irish Round Table for our questions. Bonus points to these guys for an awesome blog name, and for officially killing one of my first weekly column ideas before it ever started. As we’ll discuss in the next 48 hours, the game…

  2. Walls not taking the bait from Baldwin

    Oct 7, 2010, 12:22 AM EDT

    “I never even heard of him before we played them last year.” Those were the words of Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, talking about fellow Pittsburgh native Darrin Walls, one of the highest-rated recruits to hail from the the area in 2006, two years before Baldwin would catch the eye of colleges nationally. Even if…

  3. Blanton's emergence key to improved secondary

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Robert Blanton has made his presence felt the past two games in coverage, highlighted by his excellent interception last week against Boston College. With a secondary hobbled by a lack of depth in the first four weeks of the season, the Irish defense is now back to full-speed with safeties Jamoris Slaughter and Dan McCarthy…

  4. And in that corner… The Pitt Panthers

    Oct 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    It’s hard to believe that a little over eleven months ago, the No. 8 ranked Pitt Panthers were welcoming in a Charlie Weis-coached Notre Dame squad that had just lost to Navy without ever punting the football. It was the beginning of the end for Weis and the 2009 Fighting Irish, as Golden Tate’s heroics…

  5. Tuesdays with BK: Pitt edition

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    There has been little familiarity for Brian Kelly in the opening five games of the season, as Kelly battled traditional Irish opponents that rarely showed up on the schedules of Central Michigan or Cincinnati. As the Irish prepare to face Pitt this Saturday afternoon, Kelly will square off with a team he’s battled the past…

  6. What to think of the loud voice on the sidelines

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Possibly the biggest surprise of the Brian Kelly era thus far has been Brian Kelly himself. Who’d have thought that such a nice man would be so grumpy on the sidelines? After fourteen years of Bob Davie’s tepid enthusiasm, Tyrone Willingham’s stoicism, and Charlie Weis’ controlled brashness, the bombastic nature of Kelly the coach —…

  7. The good, the bad, the ugly: Boston College

    Oct 3, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    Reaction to the Irish win last night is running about as hot and cold as the Irish offense was last night. For as many fans that are enthusiastic about Notre Dame drubbing rival Boston College at Alumni Field — something the Irish haven’t been able to do since 1998 — there are just as many…

  8. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

    Oct 2, 2010, 11:46 PM EDT

    A win is a win is a win. It wasn’t particularly good looking, but Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish got back on the right side of the ledger this evening in Boston, coasting to a 31-13 win over Boston College, a team searching even harder for an identity than Notre Dame. While the rivalry…

  9. Live Blog coming, Irish ready for Eagles

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    With an evening slate filled with at least four or five games that I’d like to be watching, I’ll be faithfully live-blogging the Notre Dame-Boston College game this evening, coming to you live from the rooftop, just 3,027 short miles away from Chestnut Hill. For those of you living in the areas that don’t get…

  10. Weekend Primer: Next level analysis says to be patient

    Oct 1, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    The brainiacs over at Football Outsiders have given a look at the first four games of the Brian Kelly era and the results are enlightening. Here are a few of the highlights from Bill Connelly’s ESPN Insider article: Even without Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate, the Irish are playing decent offense. Offense S&P+ Category 2010…

  11. Pregame Twelve Pack: Boston College edition

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    We’re back for week five of the Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Boston College game. 1. Get ready for a larger dose of Bennett Jackson. Remember that streak burning down the field during the opening Saturday against Purdue? That was Bennett Jackson, covering kickoffs…

  12. IBG: Holy War edition

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    We continue the Irish Blogger Gathering, this time with the questions coming from the cleverly titled blog Domer Law, run by a real-life Notre Dame graduate that also happens to be an attorney. (Shocking, right?) Credit goes to Neil for being able to  put together some good questions, especially in light of the backpedaling the…

  13. And in that corner… The Boston College Eagles

    Sep 29, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Weber State v Boston College

    As the Irish enter the second quarter of their season, they travel to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. It’s a another great rivalry game for the Irish, pitting the only two Catholic colleges playing D-I football against each other. While last year’s contest went the way of the Irish, the decade has been…

  14. DaVaris Daniels makes 20 for the Irish recruiting class

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:47 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    One thing that a slow start to the Brian Kelly era hasn’t done is hurt the Irish recruiting efforts. Kelly and company have systematically gone out and put together an incredible first recruiting class, which just landed another key piece in Illinois blue-chipper DaVaris Daniels. Rated as one of the top players in the state…

  15. Tuesdays with BK: Boston College edition

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    As Brian Kelly prepares to rally his troops and return to his hometown of Boston, he took questions from the assembled media. Here’s a quick look as some highlights:   A few observations: I’m glad Kelly took a moment to address Cierre Wood. While everybody was hyped up to see Cierre perform after a dazzling…

  16. Depth chart moves: Hughes into the two-deep

    Sep 28, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Tulsa v Notre Dame

    An injury to Jonas Gray and the inability of Cierre Wood to make an impact in the backfield have given Robert Hughes his chance to ascend into the two-deep at tailback. Hughes has been the odd-man-out in the running back rotation, but looked very good when given playing time during the fourth quarter against Stanford.…

  17. The case for patience

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    There are some very ugly facts surrounding Notre Dame football, the most distressing being that the Irish have now lost seven of their last eight football games dating back to last season. And while there are certainly more than a few sane and logical arguments to be made in support of ditching your blue-and-gold and…

  18. 2011 schedule begins paradigm shift for Irish

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    Both Air Force and Wake Forest confirmed this weekend that they’d be playing Notre Dame in 2011, effectively finalizing the schedule for next season. And while its been hinted at by both Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick, we can now see with great certainty that the 7-4-1 scheduling model of former athletic director Kevin White…

  19. The good, the bad, the ugly: Stanford

    Sep 26, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

    After a evening of reflection and breaking down game tape, Brian Kelly said something incredibly interesting when discussing preparation for opponents. “One of the unique things I’m learning at Notre Dame, early in the season, you’re not going to get great film sometimes,” Kelly said. “So you have to prepare for every eventuality. I put…