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  1. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 17, Michigan State 13

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly told us all week that he was expecting an ugly, hard-nosed football game. But even the biggest fan of a defensive battle had a tough time watching Notre Dame and Michigan State’s defenses beat up on the opposition, with neither team able to gain 300 yards of total offense. Even with eight penalties,…

  2. Rees takes charge as team’s identity comes into focus

    Sep 19, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees, Brian Kelly

    Saturday’s comeback victory against Purdue was keyed by a second half recovery after a slow start by both sides of the ball. And while it felt like a frustrating slog for most of the game, it didn’t feel like a great escape or death-defying act. And that’s a product of the team understanding what it…

  3. Blitzes and pressure a two-way street

    Sep 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    If Stephon Tuitt was still wondering, life is more difficult being on everybody’s All-American list. A season after exploding onto the scene with 12 sacks during his breakout sophomore campaign, Tuitt has found out that it’s much tougher to impact games when he’s one of the main targets in an opponents scouting report. For those…

  4. Objectives cut and dry for both teams

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Central Michigan v Michigan

    Football is a game of numbers. And it’s not hard to look at a few of them and understand the difference between winning and losing. When you check the stat sheet from last year’s 13-6 game, the Irish held Michigan’s offense to just 299 yards while forcing a whopping six turnovers in a hard-earned victory.…

  5. Pistol formation paying early dividends

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

    Amir Carlisle, Tommy Rees

    After doing his best to keep the formation out of the limelight, Notre Dame opened up in the pistol formation, putting to bed Brian Kelly‘s worst kept secret of the offseason. On the Irish’s first play from scrimmage on the season, Tommy Rees started in the short shotgun and running back Amir Carlisle lined up…

  6. Rivalry or no rivalry… it’s still a big deal

    Sep 2, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Kelly Hoke

    It’s Michigan Week. For Irish fans, these seven days come with an extra chip on their shoulders, with the hated Wolverines winning five of the last seven games against Notre Dame, nearly all of them in unreasonably cruel fashion. For Michigan fans, it’s an early season opportunity for the Winningest College Football Program to ruin…

  7. Pregame Six Pack: Bring on the Owls

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    Thirty-three weeks. Two hundred thirty-six days. Five thousand, six hundred sixty-four hours. Three hundred thirty-nine thousand eight hundred forty minutes. Twenty million, three hundred ninety thousand, four hundred seconds. No, those aren’t alternative lyrics to the Rent soundtrack, but rather how long the Irish have had to have the awful taste of defeat in their mouths.…

  8. Kelly makes a Dan Patrick Show appearance

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    TheDanPatrickShow

    With game week upon us, Brian Kelly made a stop by the Dan Patrick Show, answering some interesting questions and shedding some new light on a few subjects. As usual, DP asked some great questions — “Who will you miss more, Manti Te’o or Everett Golson” for one — and it’s worth the ten minute…

  9. Five things we’ll learn: The season is finally upon us

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Notre Dame team

    Within ten minutes of reaching the top of the college football mountain, Notre Dame fans had to feel like Sisyphus. After watching their beloved Irish vanquish a boulder carrying the burdens of tradition, unfulfilled expectations, and the final shouts of irrelevancy at the BCS National Championship game, the honeymoon lasted just minutes before the Crimson…

  10. Video: Naming the captains

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Bennett Jackson 2

    Here’s a great video from UND.com and the FIDM team as they released the behind-the-scenes footage of head coach Brian Kelly naming Bennett Jackson, TJ Jones and Zack Martin the 2013 team captains. It’s all part of the great footage being put together for the upcoming “Strong & True: Building Bonds,” which airs Saturday, August…

  11. Kelly begins fourth season on steady ground

    Aug 2, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

    After three seasons as the head coach of Notre Dame, Brian Kelly feels confident. And that’s not just the confidence that comes from your average, everybody-is-still-undefeated media day banter, but rather the belief of a head coach that’s followed a blue print and seen the corresponding results. Comfortably in the rearview mirror is an undefeated…

  12. Kelly puts his faith in Rees as his quarterback

    Aug 2, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    Notre Dame is ready to kick off the 2013 with preseason expectations higher than they’ve been in South Bend since Brady Quinn was returning for his senior season. And while some fans can’t help but think about what could have been with returning starter Everett Golson back at quarterback for a second season in the…

  13. Holtz talks candidly about life at the top of Notre Dame

    Dec 20, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

    Lou Holtz

    For most of the younger generation, especially those suiting up and playing football, Lou Holtz isn’t known as a football coach, but as Dr. Lou, the funny old fella on ESPN that’s got a catchy phrase for just about everything. While the ESPN Holtz has become almost a caricature of himself, and the mantel piece…

  14. Kelly discusses Irish football program with Colin Cowherd

    Oct 24, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly was fulfilling a few media obligations before turning his  focus onto the big match-up with Oklahoma this weekend. Part of that media tour included a few minutes in the “Herd,” joining ESPN’s Colin Cowherd to discuss the state of the Irish football program, and go one-on-one with a pretty polarizing radio personality that…

  15. Pregame Six Pack: Staring down Stanford

    Oct 12, 2012, 3:21 AM EDT

    Manti Te'o Stanford

    The Stanford Cardinal have quite a feather in their cap. Entering the season, they’re the only team in college football history to defeat Notre Dame and USC in three consecutive seasons. David Shaw’s squad has already extended their streak against the Trojans. They’ll look to do the same against the Irish, running their record winning…

  16. And in that corner… The Miami Hurricanes

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    North Carolina State v Miami

    In the short history of the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame has had the chance to play in some great venues in some terrific cities. Starting the neutral site renaissance with an odd match against Washington State in San Antonio, the Irish exponentially improved the concept when they played the first football game in new Yankee…

  17. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 4, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    If you expected head coach Brian Kelly to be excited about Notre Dame jumping into both the AP and Coaches Poll at No. 22, you might be disappointed. When asked if it was something he paid attention to, Notre Dame’s head coach was pretty succinct. “White noise,” Kelly said. “White noise.” With in-state rival Purdue…

  18. Kelly: “I need to be a better head coach.”

    Aug 4, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Kelly, Martin, Elston

    It was a pretty good exchange after practice between Brian Kelly and a large assembly of media after Day One on the LaBar Practice Fields. While Kelly gave some early impressions on quarterbacks, freshmen, and this blogger’s dark-horse favorite for the season, possibly the best comments to come from Kelly were self-reflective. It’s no secret…

  19. And so it begins: BK talks 2012 season

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly doesn’t officially kick off the 2012 football season until tomorrow, when his opening press conference takes place before the start of training camp. But that didn’t stop talk of the quarterbacking race from starting early. Joining WSBT’s Sportsbeat with Darin Pritchett and Eric Hansen, Kelly answered questions from fans all across the country…

  20. Louis Nix gets first Brian Kelly post-surgery comments

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Louis Nix9

    You’ve got to love the internet… and defensive tackle Louis Nix. The rising junior, a key cog to the Irish defensive line, has taken to his YouTube channel to continue building his social media presence. Along with a popular Twitter handle — @IrishChocolate9 –Nix has now started “Chocolate News,” his YouTube updates of life in…

  21. Pregame Six Pack: Blue & Gold (and a certain Irish victory)

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

    Blue-Gold-27

    It may count the same as the other fourteen practices allotted by NCAA rules during the spring, but there will be plenty of eyeballs on the last official workout of the school year for the Irish. With a national broadcast on NBC Sports Network kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET, a spring spent mostly working…

  22. Offense vs. Defense in the 83rd annual Blue-Gold game

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cierre Wood Pitt

    Brian Kelly met with the media after the penultimate practice of spring, and one of his first orders of business was breaking down the rules for the 83rd annual Blue-Gold Game. With the depth chart a bit thin at positions like cornerback and wide receiver, after two seasons of a traditionally formatted game, scoring will…

  23. After rough start, Gray believes in Kelly

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Shamrock

    It took a while for the light bulb to go on, but when it did, Jonas Gray finally showed the talent many had expected from the blue-chip prospect from Detroit. One of the top prep running backs in the country, it took until Gray’s senior season to make an impact on the field, but from…

  24. With classes set to begin, did the Irish flip two blue-chips?

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    You’ve got to hand it to Brian Kelly and his assistants. A year after reeling in the trio of Ishaq Williams, Stephon Tuitt, and Aaron Lynch in dramatic fashion, the Irish are close to landing two of the nation’s most heralded recruits, amidst even more extraordinary circumstances than last year. With the spring semester set…

  25. Stability prevails as Kelly signs two-year extension

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    NCAA Football: Notre Dame Spring Practice

    Brian Kelly and Notre Dame have struck a deal that extends the head coach’s contract through the 2016 season, the university announced today. The school officially exercised an option to extend his original contract two years. “While Coach Kelly and I are focused on the additional work that must be done to reach our goals,…