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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a display of genius, it was a display of foolishness- for Everett Golson. (Apologies to Dickens) Four touchdown passes, 25 consecutive completion, spreading the passes to 8 different receivers? Wonderful! Four turnovers? Who is this guy? The fumble at the end [...]
With three games behind us it’s time for a quarterly report, even if qualitative. ASSETS/LIMITATIONS: THE UNITS We rank the units according to three categories: (1) FINAL FOUR (2) MAJOR BOWL (3) BOWL This is primarily an evaluation of asset potential and value in the future, albeit based on past results along with other factors that [...]
As Notre Dame enters its first bye week of the season, we take a close look at the revitalized Notre Dame defense led by a ground of talented youngsters who give the Irish defense hope for years to come. We’ll analyse the switch to Brian Van Gorder 4-3 defense, the impact thus far, what to expect [...]
Rallying from the season’s first deficit, the Irish tightened the screws defensively and scored the Shamrock Classic’s games last 20 points to beat Purdue 30-14, moving to 3-0 before the very welcomed Saturday off. Purdue led Notre Dame for only 2:47, as Everett Golson led the Irish to their third consecutive half-ending touchdown drive, as [...]
Notre Dame and Michigan’s football histories are inexorably intertwined, however inconvenient that truth seems to some folks in South Bend and Ann Arbor. IN THE BEGINNING….. Notre Dame’s first football game EVER (partisans mark this rather than the Rutgers-Princeton game as the TRUE commencement of College Football) was on the day before Thanksgiving in 1887. [...]
After a brief acclimatizing warmup with two 3-and-outs, the Irish offense exploded early and often, the refurbished Notre Dame defense held down the refurbished Rice offense, and the Irish nicely plucked, stuffed and and mounted the Owls of Rice 48-17. First games are usually fraught, unless played in Dublin, with mistakes of timing, coordination and ball security. [...]
Hart was born in Pittsburgh, and was recruited to Notre Dame from Turtle Creek, PA, just Southeast of Pittsburgh. Hart’s recruiting had some drama. Leahy had assigned the wonderful Moose Krause to recruit Hart and he had been on him like basmati on rice. Hart had not yet visited Notre Dame. Read more about how Hart ended up [...]
Last week we profiled Angelo Bertelli. This week we move on to Notre Dame’s 2nd Heisman Winner, Johnny Lujack. Read about how this high school valedictorian took home college football’s most coveted award.
During the 2014 off-season, UHND will be profiling all seven Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winners starting with the 1st member of the Fighting Irish to win the award, Angelo Bertelli. Learn more about the Springfield Rifle.
There are many players who will be important for Notre Dame in 2014, but today we identify four Irish players who, individually and together, may well determine the Irish success and final record in 2014. We here use pivotal based on the root word “Pivot:” something on which an event turns or depends. Certain players are, pretty [...]
It is timely to examine the reconstituted coaching staff or “Football Faculty” as their primary function is to teach. Ah yes, we love our mantra “it’s not the X’s and the O’s but the Jimmies and the Joes” Certainly, talent is a sine qua and recruiting a constant and high priority. But coaching matters.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Bob Diaco unequivocally installed and stayed with the 3-4 as Notre Dame’s base defense when the Kelly regime began in 2010.
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.