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  1. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 15, Pitt 12

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The recipe for disaster was there. Eight penalties for 85 yards. Another lost turnover battle, 2-0. Drive killing mistakes. But Saturday turned out differently, with Notre Dame beating Pittsburgh 15-12 thanks to a great fourth quarter drive by Tommy Rees, who up until that point was held captive by a blitzing Panthers defense. It was…

  2. Pregame Six Pack: Prepping for Pitt

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:30 AM EDT

    What a difference a week makes. Irish fans didn’t quite know what to make of last weekend’s game: an annual rivalry, a game the Irish usually don’t fare well in, and Las Vegas somehow favoring Notre Dame by almost a touchdown even though they were the team with an 0-2 record and Michigan State was…

  3. Spartan notes: Diaco, Cousins, Narduzzi, and more

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Sometimes you just need to get a column out there, and purge some of the fun facts you’ve been storing up for the week. After spending a lot of time watching and re-watching last Saturday’s debacle, getting up to speed on the Spartans, and reassessing where this team is, you tend to forget that just…

  4. Pregame Six Pack: Late night with Michigan

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    So Lucy pulled the football out from under us last Saturday, adding a measure of cruelty to the loss that was incredibly difficult to see coming. (Unfortunately, part of me saw it coming.) With a painful first L in the opening ledger of the season, Notre Dame must turn the page to a team that’s…

  5. Mattison has seen both sides of the UM-ND rivalry

    Sep 8, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Greg Mattison

    Saturday isn’t just another game for Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. “I know it’s a huge rivalry for everybody involved in it,” Mattison said. “It’s Michigan. It’s Notre Dame.” He knows because he’s spent eight years on the opposite sideline, coordinating the Irish defense under Bob Davie and then staying on staff under Tyrone Willingham…

  6. Crist vs. Rees: Breaking down Tommy’s throws

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly named Tommy Rees the starting quarterback for Saturday against Michigan. It was a decision that made plenty of sense from a production point of view — Rees went 24 of 34 for 296 yards in the second half, when everyone in the stadium knew Rees would be passing to catch up, in conditions…

  7. Tuesdays with BK: Michigan edition

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

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    We already covered the big news of the day, with Notre Dame shifting gears and going with Tommy Rees as the starter against Michigan Saturday night. If there’s one quote that encapsulates the decision, here it is: “You got to be productive,” Kelly said. “If you’re not, you should be looking over your shoulder. If…

  8. Kelly names Tommy Rees starter against Michigan

    Sep 6, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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    Just a few days after relieving Dayne Crist at halftime and throwing for 296 yards in the second half, sophomore Tommy Rees was named starting quarterback against Michigan by head coach Brian Kelly. “We’re going to start Tommy Rees against Michigan,” Kelly said. “As we had talked about relative to Dayne, we talked about production.…

  9. 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…

  10. Pregame Six Pack: Running with the Bulls

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. Dayne Crist named Notre Dame’s starting quarterback

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    When Notre Dame takes the field to play South Florida on September 3, they’ll do it with Dayne Crist at the helm. After two weeks of solid competition that saw Crist and Tommy Rees separate themselves from sophomore Andrew Hendrix and freshman Everett Golson, head coach Brian Kelly tapped Crist as his starter, in a…

  12. QB competition focusing on Crist and Rees

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

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    With Brian Kelly and Notre Dame holding their second media day, this one with a national twist,  Kelly was given the opportunity to essentially answer the same set of preseason questions for a second time, only this time from reporters at the New York Times and USA Today. For those that have been following along…

  13. Five things we’ll learn: Kicking off 2011

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    As Brian Kelly stepped to the podium this afternoon, it had been 217 days since he led the Notre Dame football team in a contest that mattered. Last we saw Kelly’s Fighting Irish, they were embarrassing a former rival in the Sun Bowl, jumping all over a wayward Miami Hurricane squad that was adrift after…

  14. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:21 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    This is the second installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21. If you’re looking for a grouping high on expectations, look no further than numbers 20-16 on our list. Youth is served with four true sophomores…

  15. 2011 could be the year… Now with stats to back you up

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

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    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…

  16. 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…

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

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:14 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. Hendrix vs. Golson as Blue-Gold game details emerge

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    For those looking for details about Notre Dame’s first televised Blue-Gold game (2:00 p.m. ET on Versus) look no further. Brian Kelly met with reporters today and dished about the intricacies of a game that’ll have plenty of intrigue. First, let’s talk about the quarterbacks: For those expecting to see heavy doses of Tommy Rees…

  19. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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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…

  20. Molnar talks QBs

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Offensive coordinator Charley Molnar, now with a load slightly lighter thanks to Ed Warinner’s promotion to run game coordinator, talked about his quarterbacks yesterday, shedding light on the four-man race this spring. Much was made of the decision to roll four quarterbacks, with Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson joining part-time starters Dayne Crist and Tommy…

  21. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

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    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…

  23. QB battle will have a little of everything

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

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    Ah, the benefits of a fully stocked roster. For the first time since Tyrone Willingham struggled to fill a roster with D-I recruits, the Irish will have a full 85-man allotment of scholarships on their roster. And of all the positions where battles will be fought for playing time, no spot on the depth chart…

  24. Montana’s departure official, QB depth chart set

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    With Luke Massa transitioning to wide receiver, the Irish have finally settled on a four-man depth chart at quarterback, after Nate Montana officially enrolled at University of Montana, according to The Missoulian. “He’s admitted as a student, and he started classes today,” athletic director Jim O’Day told the paper. “Then I would assume he’s a…

  25. Floyd and Smith named captains for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Harrison Smith

    Saturday’s Notre Dame Football Awards Show gave us plenty to discuss, but the headline was probably Brian Kelly naming Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith the captains of the 2011 Fighting Irish. For Smith, that means his application for a fifth year has been accepted. For Floyd, it’s a permanent accolade after being named game captain…