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  1. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 16, Boston College 14

    Nov 19, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Michael Floyd

    Senior Day will always be bittersweet. But Saturday’s home finale was also cruel, with the Irish’s 16-14 victory over Boston College overshadowed by the loss of senior running back Jonas Gray. Gray — one of the great surprises of the 2011 season, coming from nowhere to becoming the Irish’s most dangerous rusher — was tackled…

  2. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 45, Maryland 21

    Nov 13, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    Shamrocks Shake

    In case you didn’t know, Notre Dame’s trip to the nation’s capital had nothing to do about football. Just ask athletic director Jack Swarbrick. “In many ways the motivation for all this has virtually nothing to do with football,” Swarbrick said. “What we want to do is expose more people to Notre Dame. With two…

  3. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Pitt

    A second viewing of Notre Dame’s 15-12 victory doesn’t add new perspective to Saturday’s win. The maddening inconsistencies that have plagued this football team still exist, rearing their ugly heads when you’d least expect it. Two turnovers, a missed field goal, and too many penalties all combine to give you a squad that has understandably…

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

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:13 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    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. Eleven for ’11: Keys for the Fighting Irish

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

    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…

  7. BK talks: QB Derby, Theo, Te’o, Hercules and more

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    After a Saturday morning practice, the Irish boarded buses and headed to the lake, the second year Brian Kelly and his staff have taken the team for a little R&R and water activities. But before he did, Kelly spoke with the assembled media, with the biggest news being that second-string tackle Tate Nichols was doubtful…

  8. 2011 in 100 words… Ben Turk

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

    Ben Turk

    The ninth of twelve previews analyzing a dozen players essential to the Irish making a BCS run next season. For more, check the previews of Braxston Cave, Sean Cwynar, Jonas Gray, Trevor Robinson, Theo Riddick, Steve Filer, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and Tyler Eifert. Player Overview: Turk was brought into South Bend as the blue-chip answer to…

  9. What to take from the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Robby Toma

    The 27,863 fans that paid to see the Blue-Gold game in person might be thawed out and dry by now. For the rest of you that either skipped the festivities or watched on TV, trying to quantify what you saw and reach some conclusions might be a little difficult. First, let’s cross off a few…

  10. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    david-ruffer11149

    With the Blue-Gold game set for this Saturday, Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish are down to their final four football sessions until preseason camp in August. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the battles that caught our interest: At ‘Dog’ linebacker, it’s a two-man race, with sophomores Prince Shembo and Danny…