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  1. Notre Dame-Miami rivalry to get started early in Sun Bowl

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

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    While the announcement of the Irish and Hurricanes reuniting in 2012 had many fans excited, the Sun Bowl kick-started the process, reuniting Notre Dame and Miami in a dream scenario for bowl organizers. “After waiting 77 years, the stars have finally lined up for us,” John Folmer, Hyundai Sun Bowl chairman said today. “I have…

  2. Replacing quarterbacks not always easy

    Dec 4, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

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    When Jimmy Clausen announced that he was forgoing his senior season at Notre Dame, any chance that the Irish offense would keep pace with the 2009 edition left South Bend as well. With the ascension of Dayne Crist to the starting role, coming off major knee surgery and into a completely new offensive system, it…

  3. Golson talks commitment

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Recent Notre Dame commit quarterback Everett Golson sat down with his hometown paper the Sun News to discuss his career and his future. It’s a great read for those Irish fans just getting to know Golson and also a great reminder of just how prolific Golson has been at quarterback. A couple quick hits that…

  4. Irish take momentum onto recruiting trail

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    After an undefeated November, the Irish coaching staff hit the recruiting trail, and it isn’t hard to see the difference between spending the season’s final month building momentum versus the tailspin of the last two years. The commitments of Cam McDaniel and Everett Golson this week help illustrate how important stability at the top of…

  5. Robert Hughes’ career comes full circle

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    It’s appropriate that it was Robert Hughes that plowed through Trojan defenders on his way to the game-winning touchdown in the Coliseum for the Irish last Saturday. The touchdown brought a great deal of symmetry to the career of the Chicago native, who bowled his way into the collective thoughts of Notre Dame fans at…

  6. QB Golson gives Irish two-sport pledge

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

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    (You want recruiting news? We’ve got recruiting news!) South Carolina quarterback Everett Golson committed to Notre Dame today, officially switching from a pledge he made to North Carolina back in February. (Feels good to be on the other end of this, doesn’t it, Irish fans?) Golson plans on enrolling early in January, making this an…

  7. McDaniel to enter Notre Dame as a running back

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

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    I don’t usually get overly into recruiting here, but some of the news surrounding Cam McDaniel’s commitment to the Irish has been pretty interesting. In McDaniel, the Irish get one of the most prolific running backs and football players in the North Texas area, seemingly a huge coup for Notre Dame. But, whether it’s a…

  8. Best shots for bowling

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Quite a few different places have taken aim at guessing where the Irish end up this postseason. Both Frank Vitovitch at UHND.com and Eric Hansen at the South Bend Tribune have done some good digging on the Irish opportunities and came to pretty similar conclusions. Both Eric and Frank have the Irish deciding between the…

  9. Hegarty not enrolling early, but commitment solid

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Interesting update on recruiting from the guys at IrishSportsDaily.com. Resident ISD coach Bryan Driskell has a report on blue-chip offensive tackle Matt Hegarty from New Mexico, who received a visit from head coach Brian Kelly, offensive line coach Ed Warinner, and outside linebackers coach Kerry Cooks on Sunday after the Irish’s big win in Southern…

  10. Kelly recaps USC, talks bowl prep

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    There was no Tuesday morning press conference this week, and players and coaches will not be made available to the media this week. That said, Kelly gave some insight into what was going to happen this week during a Q&A he did with the voice of the Irish radio broadcast, Don Cirqui, who filled in…

  11. The good, the bad, the ugly: USC

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

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    Ronald Johnson still dropped it. That’s the thing most Irish fans have to be saying to themselves after Saturday’s 20-16 victory over the Trojans, where Notre Dame survived four turnovers to beat USC for the first time since 2001. When wrapping up the game, USC head coach Lane Kiffin had this to say. “None of…

  12. Irish add McDaniel to the recruiting fold

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

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    While most Irish fans wait for some of the bigger names to fall, Notre Dame offered a scholarship to Coppell, Texas all-purpose back/return man Cam McDaniel. He promptly accepted, becoming the Irish’s 17th verbal commitment to the class of 2011.  McDaniel had offers from programs like Colorado, Iowa, Stanford, and Cincinnati. McDaniel doesn’t wow recruitniks,…

  13. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — In the end, the skies opened up and the streak finally ended. Rain swept through Los Angeles and washed the slate clean, as Notre Dame turned the tide on a woefully one-sided rivalry of late, holding on to beat Southern Cal 20-16 in rainy Los Angeles. After nearly a decade of lopsided…

  14. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. USC

    Nov 27, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — With the breeze blowing crisply from the west, the Irish prepare to do something they haven’t done since 2001: Beat USC. It was October 20, 2001 when Bob Davie led the Irish to a 27-16 victory over the Trojans, the first season of the Pete Carroll era. Carroll coached eight more seasons…

  15. Front and center for Irish finale

    Nov 27, 2010, 7:17 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — It’s a cool, breezy evening in Los Angeles (cool being relative to the city, not the rest of the country, obviously) as the Irish prepare to take on their arch-rival USC Trojans in the regular season finale for Notre Dame. It’s a weird crowd outside the Coliseum, with Trojan tailgaters only mildly…

  16. Revisionist history shouldn’t comfort Trojan fans

    Nov 27, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    We’ve done our best to stick to just football this week. Whether it be unsettling reports in the media regarding the Lizzy Seeberg case or sticking to just on-the-field matters when it comes to discussing USC and the major sanctions the NCAA imposed on its athletic department, we decided to stay in the football writing…

  17. Pregame Twelve Pack: A Trojan finale

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:32 AM EDT

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    We’re already here. The regular season finale is upon us as the Irish prepare to face off with their nemesis, the USC Trojans. As always, here are twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play USC at the Coliseum in primetime. 1. After two seasons on the shelf, Michael…

  18. And in that corner… The Southern California Trojans

    Nov 25, 2010, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Can you believe this is it for the 2010 Irish football regular season? In many ways it feels like the Charlie Weis era is so far behind us with all that’s transpired, but it feels like Year One of the Brian Kelly era has just begun. We’ll have one more game after this Saturday to…

  19. Eifert named Mackey tight end of the week

    Nov 24, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

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    After his breakout game against Army, Tyler Eifert was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week.     This from the official release: Bethpage, N.Y. (November 24, 2010) – Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission. The sophomore recorded four…

  20. IBG: Day of reckoning in the Coliseum

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    The one bad thing about USC week when the game is in Los Angeles is that most people step away from college football for things like… well, Thanksgiving. And while only 46 percent of the country may be able to see this game (it’ll likely go up as ABC realizes how dumb their original coverage…