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  1. IBG: Struggling to focus on football

    Nov 10, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Joe Paterno Penn State

    It’s been a weird week. Apologies for maybe coming up a little short on columns this week, but I’ve just been transfixed to the situation evolving in Happy Valley. What a sad state of affairs, and it makes it pretty difficult to get excited about a football game when you’re watching a horrific scandal that’s…

  2. And in that corner… the Maryland Terrapins

    Nov 9, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Randy Edsall Maryland

    It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for Randy Edsall in his first year at Maryland. After Terrapins brass decided to say goodbye to former head coach Ralph Friedgen after one of the most impressive runs in the program history, it looked as if the Terps were on a collision course with former Texas Tech coach…

  3. Kelly preps Irish for Maryland

    Nov 9, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    Harrison Smith Michigan

    If last week’s press conference was of the vanilla variety, Brian Kelly gave us plenty to talk about this week, discussing key injuries, personnel decisions, alternate uniforms and a bunch of other stuff. If the headline news was Braxston Cave being lost for the season with foot surgery, the juicy subplots were the loss of…

  4. Braxston Cave lost for the season

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Braxston Cave

    The details of the injury are still scant, but Brian Kelly announced this morning that starting center Braxston Cave will be lost for the remainder of the season. The injury will push senior┬áMike Golic into the lineup, the first change in the starting offensive line this year. “Braxston Cave will be out for the season.…

  5. Irish going shamrock and green against Maryland

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Shamrock Helmet

    You know your helmet design is making waves when the news of the Irish wearing green jerseys gets buried. But that’s what happened yesterday when Notre Dame equipment manager Ryan Grooms kickstarted the debate when he tweeted a photo of the Irish’s helmet for this Saturday night’s game against Maryland at FedEx Field, bringing the…

  6. Triple duty for the Watt family this fall

    Nov 7, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Watt family

    Richard and Mary Pat Watt likely have a few extra dollars stashed away in a 529 savings plan, courtesy of three full ride college scholarships for their three children. But with son Kevin playing football for Northwestern, daughter Katie playing soccer at Toledo, and son Chris starting at left guard for the Irish, they’ve likely…

  7. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 7, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT


    Let’s clean up the leftovers from Saturday night’s 24-17 victory over Wake Forest. For those grumpy that the Irish weren’t more impressive during their sixth win, head coach Brian Kelly is more concerned with his team developing the right mindset. “I want winning to become a habit,” Kelly said. “I don’t want it to be…

  8. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 24, Wake Forest 17

    Nov 6, 2011, 1:32 AM EDT

    Cierre Wood Wake Forest

    They don’t ask how. They just ask how many. Good thing for Notre Dame, who pulled an ugly victory out on the road against Wake Forest Saturday night 24-17. “You gotta win games like this,” Brian Kelly said afterwards. “It was just a gritty tough performance.” Gritty is in the eye of the beholder. The…

  9. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest

    Nov 5, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Here we go. Everybody else should keep an eye on the LSU-‘Bama game. I’ll be all over the Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest game. Here’s the live blog:

  10. Pregame notes: Jonas, Recruiting, and the road back

    Nov 5, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Navy

    As always, we’ll be with you tonight for a live-blog of the Notre Dame – Wake Forest tilt. But before we get there, let’s toss a few interesting links your way as we get ready for a game the Irish’s battle on Tobacco Road. The Observer’s Allan Joseph had a really nice profile on Jonas…

  11. Pregame six pack: November Wake up call

    Nov 4, 2011, 3:59 AM EDT

    manti-teo getty images

    In a season where the Irish have stumbled on themselves more than by the work of their opponents, some comments made by head coach Brian Kelly last week had the chance to trip up an Irish team already well practiced in the art. Given the option of imploding against a Navy team desperate for a…

  12. IBG: Getting ready for the Irish Wake

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    Okay people, don’t worry — nobody died. But while some of you might be mourning the fact that they decided to stack Notre Dame-Wake Forest at the exact same time as LSU-Alabama, I wouldn’t be insulted if you simply followed me on the live-blog Saturday night while flipping back and forth between the two games.…

  13. And in that corner… The Wake Forest Demon Deacons

    Nov 2, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Wake Forest

    The Irish now enter the ACC portion of their schedule, with a trio of Atlantic Coast opponents on the docket with Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College up next for the Irish. The first of that trio is Jim Grobe‘s Demon Deacons, who sit at a surprising 5-3, with four wins in conference play, including…

  14. An inside look at The Gug

    Nov 2, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    The Gug

    For everyone that’s wondered what’s inside The Guglielmino Athletics Complex — better known as The Gug — our friends over at gave us an incredible all-access tour, with seniors Brandon Newman and Mike Golic acting as our tour guides. For a long time, the Irish football program was behind the times when it came…

  15. Kelly preps for Wake Forest

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix

    It was business as usual for Brian Kelly, who prepares his team for a trip to Winston-Salem to face Jim Grobe‘s Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. It’s a game with plenty of connections between schools. Former Notre Dame Provost Dr. Nathan Hatch is now Wake Forest’s president. Track & Field coach John Millar spent 19…

  16. Can Kelly keep November momentum going?

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:36 AM EDT


    On this day last year, the Irish football program was at rock bottom. Notre Dame was collectively mourning the loss of Declan Sullivan. Football fans where openly questioning their new head coach, as Brian Kelly eschewed running the football with less than a minute to go against Tulsa for an endzone pass attempt to Michael…

  17. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Navy

    If there’s criticism, it should be of the constructive manner this afternoon, a day after the Irish let go of some frustration on Navy. The 56-14 thumping was the biggest beating of Navy since Tony Rice, Mark Green and Ricky Watters beat up the Midshipmen in 1987. The victory was a complete mauling — with…

  18. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 56, Navy 14

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Floyd Navy

    With a tip of the cap to Mark Twain, perhaps the reports of Notre Dame’s internal revolt were greatly exaggerated. With much of the last 36 hours dedicated to rumors of a potential implosion inside the Irish locker room, the squad united quickly, putting together their most complete performance of the year as they demolished…

  19. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 29, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly Purdue

    It’s been seven long days for both Notre Dame and Navy, both looking to get a terrible taste from their mouths after losing big games last weekend. The Irish need to forget laying an egg against USC while Navy needs to erase another heart-stopping loss, this one at the hands of East Carolina, as the…

  20. As if Navy wasn’t enough, Irish battling internal demons

    Oct 29, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    As Notre Dame prepares to take on Navy, the team across from them — a squad that’s defeated Notre Dame three of the last four years — may not be the Irish’s biggest opponent this afternoon. Not after the drama of the last 48 hours, more befitting an episode of Glee than a 4-3 football…