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Notre Dame Basketball Falls Late to #1 Ranked Villanova (Highlights)

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Notre Dame jumped out to an early 11 point first half lead over top ranked, defending national champion Villanova Saturday afternoon.  The Irish, however, were unable to hold on to their lead in the second half before finally falling to the #1 team in the country 74-66. The Irish lead throughout much of the game but fell behind in the final 10 minutes and were unable to battle back.  Jason Hart and the Wildcats proved to be just too much as Hart almost single handily doomed with the Irish with 37 points.  No other Villanova player reach double figures. A ...

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Notre Dame Naming Captains Early Gimmicky or Needed Change?

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The annual Notre Dame Echoes Awards banquet rarely brings much in terms of breaking news outside of a potential recruiting commitment.  Last night, however, Brian Kelly’s program raised eyebrows when Notre Dame named seven captains for the 2017 season while the calendar still says 2016.  Was the move a head coach on the hot seat grab bagging or a necessary move needed to change the culture of the program? In past years, Brian Kelly hasn’t been ready to name his captains until well into training camp in some cases.  As he prepares for what is likely a make or break season ...

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4-Star OL Aaron Banks Commits to Notre Dame!

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Notre Dame picked up a HUGE commitment on Friday as they prepare for the annual Echoes awards banquet.  Literally.  Aaron Banks, a 6-7, 330 lbs offensive tackle, committed to Notre Dame earlier today over .  Banks selected Notre Dame over offers from Michigan, Cal, Nebraska, UCLA, Oregon, and Tennessee. Notre Dame needed to add another offensive lineman in this class and they landed an elite one to round out this year’s OL haul.  Landing Banks was no easy task for Brian Kelly and Harry Hiestand either.  The Irish lured the consensus 4-star OL from the San Cerrito, California in the ...

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We’re All Battling to Be the 2nd Biggest Notre Dame Fan

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Sorry everybody, but we’re now all officially battling to be the second biggest Notre Dame fans around.  Keith Penrod has officially cemented his place as the biggest Notre Dame fan.  It’s been a really rough year for Notre Dame football, but videos like the one above are a reminder of just why we’re all Notre Dame fans.  We can all complain about wins and losses all we want, but at the end of the day, there’s a whole hell of a lot more that matters than Notre Dame’s number of wins and losses at the end of the season. Hats ...

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Brian VanGorder Was 9th Highest Paid Assistant Coach in 2016?!?

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According to data released by USA Today, former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was the 9th highest paid assistant coach in all of college football in 2016.  VanGorder was fired four games into the 2016 season with a 1-3 record while sporting the nation’s 103rd ranked defense. According to the USA Today, VanGorder’s salary was reported as $1,106,156 on Notre Dame’s 2014 Tax Return.  Even as a private institution, VanGorder’s salary was available as one of the University’s highest paid employees. Talk about a poor return on investment. Money Shouldn’t Be An Issue for the Next Defensive Coordinator The good ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Highlights vs. Fort Wayne

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Notre Dame improved to 9-0 on the 2016-17 season on Tuesday night with an 87-72 victory over Fort Wayne.  The Irish jumped out to a big first lead leading 41-23 at half time.  Fort Wayne actually outscored the Irish in the second half, however, as Notre Dame held on for the 15 point victory. Reigning ACC Player of the Week Bonzie Colson notched another double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds while adding 5 assists.  Steve Vasturia led Notre Dame with 21 points.  VJ Beachem and Matt Farrell also reached double digits for the Irish with 14 and 12 points ...

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Notre Dame, Brian Kelly Need to Target Charlie Strong

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Now that we know definitively that Brian Kelly will be back to coach Notre Dame in 2017, the most pressing issue facing the Notre Dame program is finding a new defensive coordinator.  If Kelly is to succeed in rebounding from this disastrous 2016 season, this hire has to be a grand slam.  For that reason, Kelly’s attention should be on luring Charlie Strong back to Notre Dame. Charlie Strong may not be interested in being a defensive coordinator again after his failed stint as a head coach at Texas, but should he be open to the idea, Notre Dame should ...

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Corey Holmes to Transfer from Notre Dame

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A tight Notre Dame roster situation is starting to work itself out following Saturday’s news that Corey Holmes has decided to transfer.  The junior will graduate in the summer and have two years of eligibility remaining after redshirting as a sophomore. Holmes came to Notre Dame as a highly rated, 4-star recruit out of Florida’s St. Thomas Aquinas – one of the Sunshine State’s strongest programs, but didn’t make much of an impact on Saturdays for the Irish.  He is reportedly looking at Miami, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona and North Carolina currently. Holmes was not guaranteed to have a prominent role ...

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Jack Swarbrick Shoots Down Brian Kelly Rumors

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Since the final gun sounded in last week’s season finale loss to USC, rumors have swirled around the status of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly.   Reports surfaced he was looking to leave. Message boards lit up with “insider” posts suggesting Kelly was going to be forced to leave.  All the while Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick remained silent.  He broke his silence on Friday shooting down all those rumors and reaffirming Kelly will be back in 2017. Swarbrick backed his embattled coach on the heels of a 4-8 record and mounting off the field issues that have ...

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Report: Brian Kelly’s Reps Talked to USC Last Year?

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Hours after the Notre Dame season ended with a blowout loss at the hands of USC, reports surfaced that Brian Kelly was exploring his options.  Those rumors were refuted by Kelly in the middle of the night with a 3:30 AM early Sunday release.  A couple days later the circus surrounding Kelly continues.  A report from USA Today states that last year a conversation on Kelly’s behalf took place with arch rival USC last year during the Trojans search for a head coach. Wowsers. Here’s the report: The tension between Notre Dame, Kelly and his agent Trace Armstrong dates to ...

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Deshone Kizer’s Complicated NFL Decision Looms

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Since Deshone Kizer’s hot start to the 2016 season, speculation has run wild that the junior quarterback would be a sure fire first round NFL pick in ’17.  Even a late season slump that has seen the Irish spiral out out of control with Kizer’s inconsistent performances contributing to the Irish demise in 2016 hasn’t squashed that talk.  With the season in the rear view, it’s decision time for Kizer. Last year Notre Dame lost Will Fuller, Jaylon Smith, CJ Procise, Keivarae Russell, and Ronnie Stanley before their eligibility was exhausted.   All of them, however, were fairly straight forward ...

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Brian Kelly Denies Reports He is Looking to Leave Notre Dame

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It took about three or four hours from Notre Dame’s latest and greatest loss of the 2016 season for reports to surface that Brian Kelly is a least exploring options outside of Notre Dame already.  Both Yahoo and ESPN reported sources have told them Kelly is looking to bolt from Notre Dame following the disastrous 4-8 season that culminated in a 45-21 loss to USC Saturday night.  Kelly, however, has been quick to deny the reports. Around 3:30 AM, Notre Dame released the following statement from Kelly: “I felt that I was clear with the media following yesterday’s game at ...

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Unfortunately, We’ve Gotten Used to It With Brian Kelly

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“You better get used to it,” is a quote Brian Kelly may never live down just as Charlie Weis never lived down his “decided schematic advantage” or “9-3 isn’t good enough”.  Kelly uttered those words defiantly following Notre Dame’s shocking loss to Tulsa that ended with a needless interception from an ill-prepared freshman quarterback in the final minute when all the Irish needed was a field goal to top a 4-3 Tulsa squad. Six years later, we have gotten used to it.  Used to the losses to middling programs who Notre Dame should never lose to.  Used to embarrassments on ...

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Notre Dame v. Miami ’16 Highlights

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Notre Dame jumped out to an early 20-0 lead on Miami on Saturday only to watch the Hurricanes rip off 27 unanswered points to take the lead in the fourth quarter.  It was a script we have seen all too many times this season.  This time, however, the ending was different.  Notre Dame rebounded to score the final 10 points of the game and held on for just their third victory of the season. (Mobile Users: Direct link to highlights here) Notre Dame’s defense, despite the 27 points allowed, turned in one of its best performances of the seasons.   Jarron Jones ...

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