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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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The Battle for Notre Dame’s No. 2 Quarterback

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Everyone knew there would be a quarterback competition at Notre Dame heading into the fall. How many knew it would be between redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer and incoming true freshman Brandon Wimbush is the true question. The departure of Everett Golson to Florida State via the graduate transfer rule upended the balance of Notre Dame’s depth chart at quarterback. Suddenly, Malik Zaire sits alone at the top while his future backup remains unclear. But Wimbush, who will arrive to campus in June, is preparing himself for the increased timetable. “I was really shocked,” Wimbush said to the media upon hearing ...

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Time for Notre Dame’s Backfield to Shine

CJ Prosise Training at RB

One of the major storylines that emerged during Notre Dame’s spring practice sessions was the stellar performance of slot receiver C.J. Prosise when given the opportunity to cross-train at the running back position. “C.J.’s as good a player as we’ve got on the offensive football team right now, in my opinion,” said associate head coach Mike Denbrock.  “You saw what he can do if you hand him the ball, and we saw [it] in the LSU game.” Prosise showcased his potential to be a star in Notre Dame’s Music City Bowl victory over LSU when he rushed for 75-yards on ...

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5 Intriguing Notre Dame Football Games in 2015

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As the beginning of August approaches, most college football programs face at least a handful of uncertainties heading into the 2015 season, and the Irish are no different. Whether it be who emerges at tight end, can the Irish generate a pass rush, or can the program as a whole avoid the injury bug that plagued them in 2014? These are all legitimate questions that will play out over the duration of the season, but lack expedited resolutions. The one area that does provide some immediate gratification is the schedule for the upcoming season, and while a fluid situation due ...

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Notre Dame’s Quarterback Depth Still Strong

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Worried about Notre Dame’s depth at quarterback following the departure of incumbent starter Everett Golson?  Don’t be.  Even with Golson deciding to transfer and in essence conceding the starting quarterback derby to Malik Zaire, Notre Dame still remains deep and talented at the most crucial position on any football team thanks to the recruiting of the Irish staff the last few years. When news broke of Golson transferring one of the immediate concerns that popped up among Notre Dame fans was all of the snaps that Golson took away from Deshone Kizer this spring before ultimately transferring.  While those concerns are ...

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The Courting of Everett Golson Begins

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) during pre game warmups before their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Now that former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is officially a free agent, the one-time Heisman candidate turned backup quarterback for the Irish has begun making the rounds of college visits much like he did as a prep player out of South Carolina.  Monday Golson reportedly visited Florida State and Tuesday he was said to have stayed in state to visit with the Florida Gators. Since making his announcement last week that he was transferring from Notre Dame for his 5th year, there’s been rampant speculation as to where he would land.  Reports surfaced on Monday that Notre Dame had ...

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What’s the Plan with Malik Zaire as Notre Dame’s Starting Quarterback?  ‘Kick Some A**’

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Quarterback Everett Golson has done the expected and will transfer from the University of Notre Dame.  Now that Irish fans have had several days to digest this latest development, the true impact of Golson’s departure can be examined.a The most immediate impact is the ascension of junior Malik Zaire to the starting quarterback position, but another critical advancement involves sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer or incoming freshman quarterback Brandon Wimbush becoming Zaire’s backup.  Notre Dame has suddenly transitioned from great depth at the quarterback position to none at all, with Kizer redshirting his freshman season and receiving almost no spring practice ...

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Notre Dame Stocked with Future NFL Talent

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB vs ASU

Head coach Brian Kelly has transformed Notre Dame into a legitimate pathway to the NFL since taking the reins in South Bend in 2010.  The Fighting Irish had 8 players selected in last year’s NFL Draft, which tied with Alabama for second overall (LSU was No. 1 with 9 selections).  Notre Dame, as expected, had a quiet presence in the most recent NFL Draft with tight end Ben Koyack being the only player selected late in the seventh-round.  But Notre Dame’s silence this year serves as the calm before the 2016 NFL Draft’s storm, with the Irish having a potentially ...

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