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Now or Never ’15 – Chris Brown

Chris Brown - Notre Dame WR

UHND continues its annual “Now or Never” series with senior wide receiver Chris Brown after similar installments for safety Elijah Shumate and slot wide receiver Amir Carlisle. Pedigree Chris Brown was a 3-star, under the radar wide receiver prospect hailing from Hanahan, S.C., with offers from the likes of Arkansas, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.  Though unranked as a national recruit, Brown was listed as the No. 11 prospect in South Carolina, and Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier battled Notre Dame hard for his signature.  The in-state ball coach saw what many other major programs didn’t – the extreme athleticism ...

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Do or Die for Notre Dame Football?

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Coaching Changes

Every college football season is important. Unlike the NFL, which compensates poor performing teams with first dibs on elite talent through the NFL Draft, a string of underwhelming seasons can set a program back for years. After back-to-back middling seasons, many media outlets are projecting Notre Dame to make a serious run this fall, and if the Irish don’t, they will face a very difficult road to becoming a top-tier program on a consistent basis. Head coach Brian Kelly’s most recent Irish Invasion recruiting event netted Notre Dame some class of 2016 talent, landing three verbal commitments in a span ...

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Instant Maturity: KeiVarae Russell and Avery Sebastian

Keivarae Russell - Notre Dame CB

Two vintage wines recently arrived in South Bend from West Coast vineyards.  Avery Sebastian came in from Berkeley and KeiVarae Russell from Tacoma. Last Spring Brian Van Gorder and Kerry Cooks were moving along counting on KeiVarae Russell as the cornerstone cornerback, and grizzled vet and captain-in-waiting Austin Collinsworth shepherding the young safeties, with Eilar Hardy and Nicky Baratti as Collinsworth’s lieutenants and assisting with the kids.  Russell was rated by Phil Steele as the #7 cornerback in America.  (FWIW, the six listed above him were all drafted in the 2014 NFL draft.) Oops! Van Gorder and Cooks, by the ...

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Notre Dame’s Academic ‘Risks’ are Self-Inflicted

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Brian Kelly has endured several academic scandals since agreeing to take the head coaching position at Notre Dame in December of 2010, and perhaps the cumulative impact of those scandals has led to increased candor, as Kelly did not hold back when the subject of academics was raised when speaking recently to the South Bend Tribune. “I think we recognized that all of my football players are at risk – all of them – really.  Honestly, I don’t know that any of our players would get into the school by themselves right now with the academic standards the way they ...

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Ishaq Williams Readmitted to Notre Dame

Ishaq Williams - Notre Dame DE

Over the weekend we learned that Keivarae Russell was back with Notre Dame, but that had long been expected.  On Monday we learned that a bit more surprisingly, Ishaq Williams has reportedly also been readmitted to Notre Dame after his suspension following last summer’s academic investigation. It has been widely expected for months that Russell would not only be back at the University, but that there was a spot on the roster waiting for him as soon as he returned.  With Williams, however, it was never clear if he even be back at Notre Dame let alone a member of ...

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