Nov 22, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT
Kyle Brindza stared down his spot. Envisioned making the kick. Took a final deep breath before waiting for the snap.
And then he missed it.
Nov 17, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT
A little less than 48 hours after Notre Dame’s loss to Northwestern, it doesn’t seem like too many people are over it. So let’s dispense with the introductions and pull the band-aid.
Here’s the good, bad and ugly from Saturday’s disastrous 43-40 loss to the Wildcats.
Aug 7, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
When Brian Kelly was hired to take over Notre Dame’s football program, he developed a reputation not just as an offensive mastermind or spread offense guru, but rather that of a “program builder.” As we move into the Top 15 of our annual Top 25 countdown, we get a snapshot of the fruits of Kelly’s labor.
Jul 11, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT
Watch List week continues with more Irish veterans recognized for their potential 2014 season. In addition to Everett Golson, KeiVarae Russell and Jaylon Smith, four more Irish players found their names on awards lists, with Kyle Brindza, Sheldon Day, Ben Koyack and Nick Martin being tabbed.
May 15, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
Entering his final season in South Bend, specialist Kyle Brindza is a valuable asset for head coach Brian Kelly. The team’s kickoff man, placekicker and punter, Brindza is a one-man special teams unit.
Mar 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
There was no question that by the end of the 2013 season, Notre Dame’s coverage teams were a mess. The product of a ravaged depth chart, the Irish were miserable covering kicks, likely a deadly mix of mismatched personnel and some questionable schemes. After a commitment to putting better players on the special teams units…
Nov 25, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT
For the fourth straight season, Notre Dame sent its seniors out with a victory, a wonderful change from the Charlie Weis era where the Irish lost their two final home games in devastatingly painful fashion. But on Saturday, the Irish put together a complete victory, a late-season win that felt like a great pitcher grinding…
Sep 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT
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,…
Sep 7, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT
Ann Arbor is abuzz with tailgates set and thousands migrating towards the Big House. In a game and grudge match that feels mighty personal, let’s run through some final thoughts before kickoff. At this point, we’ve beaten some of the match-ups to death, so here are ten key players that need to step up for…
Aug 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
Talk to enough Notre Dame fans and eventually the Irish’s mediocre punt return game with come up. Perhaps I’m mixing this old adage up a bit, but it goes something like, “Run the table with an undefeated regular season and finish 120th in punt returns and nobody remembers you went undefeated.” So maybe that’s not…
Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT
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…
Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT
Are you talked out yet? Between Charlie Brown, Eleven for ’11, USF previews, and a nice little sprinkling of recruiting news, it’s been a busy week. As we finally complete our crawl to Friday, the pregame heat has been turned up. Literally. It feels like someone left the oven open in the Midwest, and as…
Aug 15, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT
Armed with a full 85-man roster and a depth chart that’s finally representative of a top 25 college football program, Brian Kelly and the Irish have the luxury of not needing to force freshmen into the lineup this season. That certainly wasn’t the case for the Irish last year, where Kelly opened the season with…
Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT
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…
Apr 15, 2011, 3:14 AM EDT
As thousands of Irish fans descend on South Bend for the 82nd annual Blue-Gold game (and the first televised nationally — 2:00 p.m. ET on Versus — likely featuring yours truly), here are six tidbits, quick hits, fun facts or leftovers to get you ready for a Saturday of football. 1.Blue-Gold success isn’t necessarily an…
Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT
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…
Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT
While the Irish were thrown a major curve ball with Michael Floyd’s arrest and indefinite suspension the weekend before spring practice was set to start, there’s plenty to be excited about as Brian Kelly kicked off the spring season for the Irish Tuesday with some opening comments. For those of you that’ve been away from…
Feb 2, 2011, 10:07 PM EDT
Both Jimmy Johnson and Charlie Weis helped prove that in college football it’s not “the Xs and Os, but the Jimmys and the Joes.” For all the talk of decided schematic advantage, Weis’ offense and football program only succeeded when it had a proper stable of players executing the Xs and the Os. (Note: This…
Jan 17, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT
It doesn’t feel that long ago that Chris Stewart, George West and James Aldridge became the first three early-enrollees at Notre Dame. But when university admissions finally opened the door to allow high school seniors the ability to enroll a semester early five years ago, Notre Dame got up to speed with the rest of…
Dec 3, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT
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…
- Running back Tony Jones Jr. commits to Irish 36
- Irish open spring: Five quick updates from BK 44
- Tracking fifth-year spots and the bumpy road to 85 scholarships 41
- Great on paper, rebuilt staff needs to hit the ground running 15
- Matt Hegarty will transfer for fifth year 31
- Spring solutions: Offensive Line 64