Jay Hayes

Polian prepares for Notre Dame


This won’t be just any other game for Nevada head coach Brian Polian. The Wolf Pack head coach returns to South Bend this weekend, where he served as an assistant to Charlie Weis from 2005 to 2009. And while his time coaching the Irish ended when Weis was dismissed by athletic director Jack Swarbrick, Polian’s fondness for Notre [more]

Kelly confident Jay Hayes will be healthy for Texas


Projected starter Jay Hayes has a sprained ankle. The injury was spotted by multiple media reports from Wednesday’s open practice, setting off a few alarms via social media. But Brian Kelly downplayed the severity of the injury and is confident that Hayes will be back and ready for Texas, a key piece of the puzzle for the [more]

Irish A-to-Z: Jay Hayes


A freshman season with a redshirt burned in November. A sophomore year with a redshirt earned begrudgingly. Entering his third season in the program, Jay Hayes has a chance to erase any conversation about “will-he-play-or-won’t-he?” Because Hayes is a key piece of the puzzle for the Irish on the defensive front. Spring practice saw Hayes move to [more]

Pregame Six Pack: Moving on to UMass


After starting the season with three “Power Five” conference opponents, the Irish get in on some rare MACtion this weekend, welcoming Massachusetts to South Bend for their very first meeting on the gridiron. In a game that was initially scheduled to reunite (it’s hard to call this match-up a reward) ex-Irish offensive coordinator Charley Molnar with [more]

Last looks: Defensive line


With the season right around the corner and preseason camp finished, it's time to get our final preparations done before the games start counting and the journey begins. We spent the summer pumping out tens of thousands of words on Notre Dame's evolving roster, so if you're looking for 50 hours of easy reading, check out the Irish A-to-Z series. [more]