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  1. Notre Dame in 2011: What makes this year different?

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:51 AM EST

    charlie_brown_football-5357

    It was almost odd seeing it. Six years ago, a roster filled with the same guys that were trampled by USC and Purdue (Purdue!), edged by BYU, Boston College and Pittsburgh, and looked rudderless at the Insight Bowl after head coach Tyrone Willingham was dismissed, came out of the locker room eight months later transformed.…

  2. 2011 could be the year… Now with stats to back you up

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

    Brian Kelly - vs. Michigan

    I’m a few days late linking to Bill Connelly’s season preview of the Fighting Irish, but I can always blame the research needed to simply understand what Connelly is actually talking about for the delay. Connelly is part of the wonderful team at FootballOutsiders.com, taking “innovative statistics and intelligent analysis,” two things that always trump…