April 19 // Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Post-Spring 2014 Defensive Outlook

New Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian Vangorder watches over his defense during Notre Dame's 2014 Blue Gold Game.  (Photo: Robin Alam / IconSMI)

In high school algebra we learned that the difficulty of solving an equation increases in relation to the number of unknowns in the equation.  That lesson is applicable to the 2014 Irish Defense. Here are the unknowns: (1) New Coordinator (2) New scheme (3) shift to more aggressive, attacking philosophy (4) more sophisticated third down substitution [...]

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April 18 // Notre Dame Football

2014 Notre Dame Offense: Where Are We?

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in action during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Spring Game, at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo - Robin Alam ./ IconSMI)

The whole, ideally, should be greater than the sum of the parts. But let’s start with “parts.” OFFENSIVE LINE Were Notre Dame to have corporate sponsors for units, Virginia Slims would seem the most appropriate for the offensive line: ”You’ve come a long way baby!” Right now, the line, from left to right appears to be [...]

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April 15 // Notre Dame Football

Is Notre Dame Mired in Quarterback Controversy?

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Malik Zaire (8) consults with head coach Brian Kelly in action during the Notre Dame Blue - Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo - Robin Alam / IconSMI)

Football fans never need additional incentive to monitor the progress of the quarterback position, particularly when it involves a tale as interesting as the one currently unfolding at Notre Dame. Former starting quarterback Everett Golson has returned after serving an academic suspension and missing the 2013 season only to battle for his former position with [...]

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April 14 // Notre Dame Football

Malik Zaire Steals the Show

Malik Zaire - 2014 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game

The 85th Annual Notre Dame Blue and Gold game this weekend was supposed to be all about the return of Everett Golson after the former starting quarterback spent last season exiled following his poor academic judgement last year. Someone forgot to tell rising sophomore Malik Zaire. Zaire, playing in his second Blue – Gold game [...]

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April 13 // Notre Dame Football

Brian Kelly Talks 2014 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game

Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly waits with his players to enter on to the field in action during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Spring Game, at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo: Robin Alam / IconSMI)

Brian Kelly talked with the media on Saturday afternoon to discuss the 85th Blue Gold game, Notre Dame’s spring progression, and yes, the installation of FieldTurf in Notre Dame Stadium this spring. The full video is below with some bullet points on the highlights that Kelly touched on during his half hour session with the [...]

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April 12 // Notre Dame Football

Jack Swarbrick Talks FieldTurf in Notre Dame Stadium


Just in case you may have missed it, Notre Dame announced today that they will be installing FieldTurf.  Jack Swarbrick was interviewed by the FIDM crew on the decision which has caused more than a little stir in the Notre Dame online community already.  Here is the full video of the interview along with some [...]

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April 12 // Notre Dame Football

2014 Notre Dame Blue – Gold Game Highlights


Missed today’s 85th Notre Dame Blue – Gold game?  No worries, we have the highlights from today’s annual scrimmage that culminated the 2014 Notre Dame spring football season.  With a little over four and a half months left until we get to see some live action in the 2014 season opener, enjoy the last glimpse [...]

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April 12 // Notre Dame Football

2014 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game – First Impressions

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish huddle before the Blue-Gold Game at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Lost in the hysteria of Notre Dame deciding to install FieldTurf later this spring after commencement was the actual 2014 Notre Dame Blue-Gold game.  Notre Dame battled itself this afternoon in the annual culmination of spring practice in what has turned out to be the last time a Notre Dame team will play a game [...]

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April 12 // Notre Dame Football

Artificial Turf Coming to Notre Dame Stadium

A general view of Notre Dame Stadium before the Blue-Gold Game. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

A major change is coming to Notre Dame Stadium. During the first quarter of the 2014 Blue and Gold game, NBC’s Alex Flanigan reported that Notre Dame will be installing artificial turf in Notre Dame Stadium for the first time in history following commencement this spring. Flanigan interviewed Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick about [...]

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April 11 // Notre Dame Football

QB Battle Highlights Notre Dame Spring Storylines

Everett Golson - 2013 Blue-Gold Game

New defensive coordinator. New and improved Everett Golson. A lot has changed in South Bend this spring. Irish insider Allen Pinkett joins Ray Crawford and Doug Chapman to discuss what to watch during Saturday’s Blue Gold Game, including whether Golson or left-hander Malik Zaire is the right guy under center. Campus Insiders takes a look [...]

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April 11 // Notre Dame Football

2014 Notre Dame Blue Gold Game – Positions to Watch

Notre Dame caps off spring football 2014 on Saturday in the annual Blue Gold game.  (Photo: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

Notre Dame’s 85th annual Blue-Gold spring game will kick off this Saturday at 12:30 PM EST and will provide Fighting Irish fans one final fix of pigskin action before the summer doldrums commence. Though the game serves as a glorified practice in front of thousands of fans, the yearly spring battle does allow a glimpse [...]

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April 10 // Notre Dame Football

For Notre Dame Defense: 3-4 or 4-3… Both?

(Photo: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports)

Bob Diaco unequivocally installed and stayed with the 3-4 as Notre Dame’s base defense when the Kelly regime began in 2010.

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April 7 // Notre Dame Football

Greg Bryant Shows the Virtue of Patience

Greg Bryant - Notre Dame RB

When Brian Kelly was announced as the next head coach of the University of Notre Dame, one of the key areas stressed was the importance of player development, a point of emphasis that had been sorely lacking for the Fighting Irish.

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April 5 // Recruiting

Nicco Fertitta Commits to Notre Dame


Notre Dame picked up a verbal commitment on Saturday night in the form of 5-10, 170 safety Nicco Fertitta.  Fertitta, a native of Las Vegas and son of UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, committed to Notre Dame while on a visit this weekend as the Irish wind down spring practice 2014. Excited to say I'm officially [...]

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April 4 // Notre Dame Football

Duranko’s Digest: Kain Colter and the Unionization of Northwestern players

Jan 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; (From left to right) CAPA president Ramogi Huma, Northwestern University quarterback Kain Colter, United Steelworkers (USW) national political director Tim Waters, and United Steelworkers (USW) president Leo W. Gerard during a press conference for CAPA College Athletes Players Association at Hyatt Regency. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

In large things and small, war games and the sports and games people play, in government, in society, there occur tipping points that mark the beginning of a change in the way things are.

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