Braden Lenzy

Notre Dame’s offense excelled under Chip Long, except when it mattered


Chip Long authored the two highest-scoring seasons of Brian Kelly’s time at Notre Dame, along with two of the four best-gaining offenses. Those are inexact measures of an offense’s effectiveness, but they are still the black-and-white results on paper. The Irish offense produced with Long as its offensive coordinator. Broadly, this cannot be argued. Yet, [more]

Leftovers & Links: How close was Notre Dame to the Playoff?

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For all the misplaced angst over No. 15 Notre Dame’s berth in the Camping World Bowl, a destination outside anyone’s control in a season when college football was unprecedentedly deep at the top, none of the frustration seems to think back to the Irish loss at Georgia in mid-September. The way the season panned out [more]

Friday at 4: 40 Notre Dame givings of thanks


The trick to eating out on Thanksgiving is to commit to not having turkey. It is a questionable meat choice in the home dining room; paying gouged prices for turkey at a restaurant yields a mixture of disappointment and frustration. Instead, find Chinese food, get spaghetti, enjoy chicken wings. To force the parallel, expecting delicious [more]