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Previewing Notre Dame Recruiting’s YUGE 1/20 Weekend

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With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, Notre Dame is charging towards the finish line with a lot of open spots available and a lot of holes to fill.  Decommitments and a loss of momentum during the 4-8 campaign has Notre Dame sitting at just 15 commitments with room to accommodate almost a full class.  The Irish will have as many as six uncommitted (to Notre Dame) prospects on campus along with three current commits and five early enrollees this weekend. How the Irish staff performs this weekend will set the tone for the rest of this recruiting ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Jump to 15th in Rankings

Another promising week of consistency for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team resulted in their elevation to the 15th spot in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. The Irish managed to win a pair of games, each in exciting fashion. Both were conference victories, both came on the road and both ended up as five-point wins. Notre Dame enters the week with a 16-2 overall record and currently holds the ACC lead with a spotless 5-0 mark. Notre Dame Basketball Week in Review Last Thursday, some late heroics were required as Mike Brey’s squad trailed Miami, 61-57, with 2:46 left. ...

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Notre Dame Recruiting: ’17 Big Board Remaining Wide Receivers

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National Signing Day 2017 is just around the corner and the newly overhauled Notre Dame coaching staff has been hitting the road and turning over every leaf to fill out this year’s class.  Over the last few weeks there’s been a fury of new offers going out as Notre Dame looks to replace recent decommits while adding to a strong core of committed recruits.  With just over two weeks to go, we’re taking a look at all the new names and remaining prospects on the board. Note: We will pin these posts to the top of the Football Board and update ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Takes Out Virginia Tech: The Highlights

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Notre Dame stayed perfect in conference play Saturday afternoon with a 76-71 victory over Virginia Tech that pushed the Irish into first place as the league’s lone unbeaten team.  Florida State had unbeaten in league play as well but the Seminoles fell to North Carolina earlier today. Notre Dame raced out to a big early lead against the Hokies leading by as many as 19 points in the first half, but much like the Irish football team against the Hokies last fall, Notre Dame allowed Virginia Tech back in the game in the second half.  Luckily for the Irish, the ...

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Notre Dame Still Perfect in ACC with Win over Miami: The Highlights

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Notre Dame kept their record in ACC play unblemished on Thursday night in Miami with a 67-62 win over the Hurricanes.  The Irish overcame a sluggish start to the first half to pick up their fourth win in as many tries in ACC play.  Steve Vasturia built on his reputation of being clutch yet again by driving through the lane and sinking a layup with 8 seconds left to put the Irish up by three. Notre Dame used a 10-0 run to start the 2nd half to fuel their latest victory.  The run would be a sign of things to ...

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DelVaughn Alexander Unofficially Rounds out Notre Dame Staff

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Notre Dame had one more opening on it’s 2017 coaching staff that has now been reportedly filled.  Notre Dame is set to hire DelVaughn Alexander sometime between now and National Signing Day after that swift background check process allows Notre Dame to officially announce the hiring.  Notre Dame officially unofficially hired Clark Lea as linebackers coach earlier this week. And with that, we may just have the 2017 Notre Dame football coaching staff.  That is, of course, once official word on the defensive line coach is announced although all reports indicate that position will be filled by Mike Elston with ...

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Brian Kelly Giving Up Notre Dame Play Calling Duties a Big Deal

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When Mike Denbrock left Notre Dame to become the offensive coordinator on Luke Fickell’s first staff at Cincinnati, we heard a lot about how Denbrock was going to lose his play calling duties at Notre Dame.  At the time, it was assumed Brian Kelly was taking them back under his control.  Then when news broke that Notre Dame’s new offensive coordinator was 33 year old Chip Long, we heard again how this was in an effort for Kelly to call the shots.  Well, not so fast my friend. Notre Dame finally officially announced the hiring of Chip Long yesterday – gotta ...

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Commits “Trust the Process”

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Notre Dame’s class of 2017 sprung another leak on Monday with the decommitment of Paulson Adebo.  Next to Donovan Jeter, it was the biggest of the now four decommitments that have occurred since the fall.  The rest of the class of 2017 – and those on board for 2018 – are rallying around each other with a social media surge. One by one, the active tweeters among Notre Dame’s commitments for both 2017 and 2018 began tweeting out a simple message with the same picture.  Here’s one such tweet from the first commitment for the class of 2017 – Dillan ...

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Notre Dame Must Unleash Dexter Williams in 2017

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The struggles of the Notre Dame offense were at times exaggerated in 2016.  The Irish offense, for all of the criticism it received, still averaged 30.9 points a game in 2016 – good enough for the third most of the Kelly Era.  That said, this was an offense that could have scored more points than any of the Kelly Era.  For it to reach that level in 2017, one thing Notre Dame’s new offensive brain trust must do is unleash Dexter Williams. When Dexter Williams touches the football, good things tend to happen.  Williams started the 2016 season on a ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Upsets #9 Louisville: The Highlights

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Steve Vasturia didn’t use up all of his late game heroics on New Year’s Eve.  For the second straight game, Vasturia nailed a huge bucket to propel the Irish victory.  This time is was an awkward runner in the lane and this time it was over #9 Louisville at Purcell Pavilion.  Notre Dame knocked off the Cardinals 77-70 for the sixth straight time at home against Pitino’s Cards. Vasturia’s last minute runner was just a cherry on top of his standout performance Wednesday night.  He set a career high with 24 points to go along with six boards.  Vasturia paced ...

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Notre Dame Can Restore Tight End U Moniker in ’17

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Notre Dame had one hell of a run of tight ends from 2005-2014 with six consecutive starting tight ends getting drafted. Five of of the six were even second round picks or better.  Since then, however, production at the position has been virtually non-existent.  That should change in 2017 with the talent Notre Dame has at the position. The return of “Tight End U” could have very well happened this year for Notre Dame if not for the suspension of Alize Jones.  The sophomore was suspended for the entire season in August.  With Jones sidelined, no one stepped up and seized ...

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8 Notre Dame Defenders to Watch in Mike Elko’s Defense

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Mike Elko is still settling in as the new defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about players who will benefit the most from Elko’s defense.  Former defensive coordinator Brian Vangorder’s complex defense stopped working after about five games in 2014 leaving Notre Dame fans longing for a simple defense that produced results.  Elko’s defenses at Wake Forest did just that. Like Vangorder, Elko’s defense features a four man front, but where the two differ is in what Elko ran in 2016 at Wake Forest at the next level.  Elko’s utilized a 4-2-5 in ...

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Notre Dame Basketball Report: Irish Start ACC Play with a Bang!

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The arrival of 2017 coincides with another rise in the polls for the Notre Dame men’s basketball. That’s courtesy of a overtime road victory at ACC rival Pittsburgh on New Year’s Eve that gave them a 12-2 season mark. That win followed the other less-memorable victory over Saint Peter’s that was likely due to the team looking ahead to their conference opener against the Panthers. Right now, it appears the coaches have a little more confidence than the contingent making up the AP poll. Last week, they both placed the Irish in the 24th spot for the Top 25; this ...

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Tommy Rees Dispels Rumors He is Returning to Notre Dame

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Sunday afternoon Keith Arnold of NBC Sports reported that the return of former Notre Dame quarterback Tommy as  quarterbacks coach was “imminent”.  A few hours later, however, Rees told the South Bend Tribune that that was news to him and that he hasn’t nterviewed for the position.   Again, you thought anything this off-season would be simple? First off, here’s the initial Tweet from Arnold. Not official, but imminent: Multiple sources tell me that Tommy Rees is returning to Notre Dame to coach quarterbacks. — Keith Arnold (@KeithArnold) January 2, 2017 Mike Vorel of the South Bend Tribune, however, reached ...

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Notre Dame Makes Top 5 for 4-Star ATH Connor Wedington

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Notre Dame offered 4-star athlete Connor Wedington last month after the versatile playmaker decided to decommit from Washington.  The Irish are now in Wedington’s top 5 and will get an official visit later this month.  Wedington will decide on National Signing Day between Notre Dame, Baylor, Stanford, UCLA, and Washington. Top 5!!! (No Order) I have decided to announce my commitment on National Signing Day 📝 pic.twitter.com/bDULn1VzwT — Connor Wedington (@ConnorWedington) January 1, 2017 Notre Dame is recruiting Wedington as a pure athlete but his future will either be at running back or defensive back.  The Washington native excelled at ...

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