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  1. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Northwestern

    Nov 17, 2014, 1:22 PM EST

    Will Fuller, Nick VanHoose

    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.

  2. Counting down the Irish: 15-11

    Aug 7, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    Oklahoma v Notre Dame

    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.

  3. Watch Lists: Brindza, Day, Koyack and Martin join club

    Jul 11, 2014, 8:59 AM EST

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk

    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.

  4. Irish A-to-Z: Kyle Brindza

    May 15, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk

    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.

  5. Kelly committed to fixing special teams

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk

    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…

  6. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Nov 25, 2013, 1:52 AM EST

    Cam McDaniel BYU

    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…

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

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:02 PM EST

    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,…

  8. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

    Louis Nix III

    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…

  9. Special teams duties are (almost) set

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk

    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…

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

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    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…

  11. Pregame Six Pack: Running with the Bulls

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  12. Handicapping playing time for the freshman

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    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…

  13. What to take from the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    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…

  14. Pregame six pack: Your guide to the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:14 AM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  15. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

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    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…

  16. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  17. Friday notes: Temple, recruiters, numbers and more

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As we mentioned a few days ago, Notre Dame and Temple have agreed to a three-game series, with the first game of the series coming in 2014 at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia. ““It’s been nearly 20 years since a Notre Dame football team has played in Philadelphia, so we’re excited about the opportunity to…

  18. Signing Day 2011: Skill

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:07 PM EST

    Everett Golson

    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…

  19. Five recruits set to begin classes tomorrow

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    Early Enrollees

    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…

  20. Irish take momentum onto recruiting trail

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…