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Is This Brian Kelly’s Best Coaching Job to Date?

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Head Coach

The topic is obviously a very subjective one, and in some corners, a very polarizing one. Brian Kelly has now been with the Notre Dame since 2010 and under his tenure has compiled a record of 51-21, with a national title game appearance. Depending on who you talk to, some consider Kelly as one of the most successful coaches to ever man the helm of the Fighting Irish Football program, while others will whisper that he has actually underachieved during his tenure. Neither side in the debate lacks a list of ‘facts’ to support their narrative. Regardless of which category ...

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Notre Dame Persevering Despite Mounting Injuries

Deshone Kizer & Will Fuller

Enduring optimism is a great attribute for one to possess in their arsenal against the inevitable crusade against the realities of life, and Irish fans have probably needed to call upon it more than most, at least over the last two years. From a seemingly epidemic of injuries to a collection of suspensions, very few teams have had to live by the mantra “Next Man In” more than the Fighting Irish football program. So here we are, heading into the weekend and facing the #12 ranked Clemson Tigers, in South Carolina, and on ABC as the Saturday night game of ...

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Jaylon Smith – Notre Dame’s Quiet Leader

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB

There are many definitions of a leader.  There are some who are vocal and outspoken, some who lead by example, and some who are a combination of all these traits. Many would classify Jaylon Smith as the latter, and I would agree. Without a doubt, the Ft. Wayne native will be looked upon as the leader of the 2015 Notre Dame defensive unit, a unit that has the potential to be a very dangerous squad to opposing offenses. The Irish will look to Smith and the defense early and often in this season, as the offense likely will require time to become ...

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3 Under the Radar Games on Notre Dame’s 2015 Schedule

Tarean Folston- Notre Dame v. Navy

Although many college schedules are pieced together years in advance, fans tend to use the summer off-season to breakdown, assess, and prognosticate the possibilities of the upcoming year, and this year is no different. It’s easy to put focus on games against the Yellow Jackets, Tigers, Longhorns, and Trojans, but as they say, the ‘Devil’s in the details’, and that is most definitely the case with the 2015 Notre Dame football schedule. Here are three games that have the potential to sneak up on the Irish and become the game that Irish fans will refer to after the season as ...

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3 Reasons Why Notre Dame Can & Can’t Make a Playoff Run

The championship appearance of 2012 seems so long ago, and while the season was full of memories, the final result was less than memorable. Regardless, Irish fans (and players and coaches) are ready find their football program back in the mix, and land one of the four coveted playoff spots, and hopefully a shot at winning it all. Earning one of those four spots is a huge accomplishment by itself, but winning it all takes a talent, depth, good coaching, and a bit of luck. The quest for that title begins on August 7th, as the Irish make the trip ...

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5 Intriguing Notre Dame Football Games in 2015

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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6 Notre Dame Players In Need of Strong Summer Workouts

Now that the spring game is in the rear view mirror it is time to focus on moving forward. This is true not only for Irish fans, but coaches and players also. For the first time in many years the Notre Dame football program has some exceptional frontline talent and the depth to match. While this is never a bad problem for any program to have, it does present some interesting scenarios and storylines that will reveal themselves as fall practice inches closer. The fact is, a large majority of positions for the Irish program are locked in, and barring ...

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Cornerback a Position of Strength for Notre Dame in ’15

Devin Butler - Notre Dame CB

The ineffectiveness of the Irish 2014 secondary, specifically the cornerback position, had less to do with talent and ability and more to do with lack of depth and experience. Heading into last season the secondary was supposed to be an area of strength for Notre Dame football, but as the season grew longer, the amount of able bodies grew shorter. When you combine the suspension of KeiVarae Russell along with numerous injuries of varying levels and lengths, the lack of production from the cornerback position during the 2014 campaign really came as no surprise. That’s the bad news, the good news ...

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Striking Offensive Balance Imperative for Notre Dame in ’15

Tarean Folston - Notre Dame

The game of college football has seen a metamorphosis over the last ten years from a” balanced offensive attack” philosophy , to a “pass first and fit the run game in when we can” mindset by offensive coordinators and head coaches alike. For better or worse, the pass first mentality has permeated the entire landscape of college football, sans a few programs – same with the pro game. It’s no different at Notre Dame, and if one takes a look at the stats from the 2014 season, compared to the stats of the 2004 and 1994 season, you will notice ...

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