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Notre Dame Recruiting: Meet Notre Dame’s Five ’17 Early Enrollees

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Last weekend five recruits from the 2017 recruiting class moved into their Notre Dame dorm rooms and began life as college students–offensive linemen Aaron Banks and Robert Hainsey, tight end Brock Wright, running back CJ Holmes, and athlete Isaiah Robertson. Since they took the time and effort to graduate from high school early and attend the university we all love and cheer for, and in doing so will likely get lost in the signing day excitement, they deserve to be highlighted, celebrated, and broken down by me, a guy with zero credentials as a talent evaluator except that I screamed ...

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Analyzing Notre Dame Football’s Extreme Makeover

Brian Kelly is banking on a staff overhaul leading to a rebound in 2017. (Photo: © Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

Gosh, we expected changes, but this? We all knew a shakeup was going to be coming; Brian Kelly and his football team couldn’t endure a 4-8 season and simply run it back with the old gang while making a tweak here and there. I’m not sure anyone saw the makeover that took place within the coaching staff, and probably most surprising, Kelly giving full control of the play calling to a new comer in the program, offensive coordinator Chip Long from Memphis. In all, Notre Dame is likely to welcome five new coaches, including both coordinators, and make an overhaul of the ...

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Can Brian Kelly Turn Around Notre Dame Football?

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Whether you are the type to take out an ad in the local newspaper calling for everyone to be fired or you think it makes sense for Notre Dame to retain Kelly for one more season, there is  pretty much a consensus amongst hardcore Notre Dame followers: it may not be this year, but Brian Kelly is toast. I wrote about this in October in my weekly Stock Report column, when I had Kelly as a sell after the loss on the road to NC State. It’s not so much that I thought he deserved to be, it’s just that ...

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2016 Notre Dame Football Awards Extravaganza

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It’s understandable that many feel there should be no awards given out to a 4-8 team, but as someone who took part in a 2-8 season as a high school football player I remember we put on ties, ate some pretty darn good prime rib, and trophies were distributed. So in that spirit, if I can eat some prime rib for my awful football team then I can hand out some fake awards for Notre Dame Football 2016. And really, there were some performances worth celebrating and once we’ve all gotten over the shock and dismay of the season, we’ll ...

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Revisiting The Notre Dame Preseason Over/Under Predictions: Defense

Nyles Morgan and the Notre Dame defense showed some signs of life after the dismissal of Brian VanGorder in 2016. (Photo © Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s generally best to predict any defense that is being led by Brian VanGorder to underwhelm and that sentiment certainly proved correct this season for a unit that finished (incredibly) at 45th in total defense. In hindsight it was a crime not to give an over/under on how many games VanGorder would last as the Notre Dame defensive coordinator, but in fairness to myself I was still soaking in the “third year in the defense” narrative and trying to conjure up ways that Notre Dame could somehow overcome losing Sheldon Day on the defensive line and the best linebacker in ...

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Revisiting The Notre Dame Preseason Over/Under Predictions: Offense

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Back in August I made some over/under predictions for the Notre Dame offense and now that the season is over it seems appropriate that we take a look back and see how I did. It’s important to remember that when these guesses were made I was operating under the crazy notion that Notre Dame would be a playoff team (don’t laugh, you thought they’d be good too). That being said, the results were a mixed bag with some correct predictions and some that were way off. Quarterback Starts By The Quarterback Who Doesn’t Take The Field First Against Texas: 2.5 ...

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Notre Dame Football Stock Report: Week 12

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When it rains it pours, the hits just keep on coming, if it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all, kick a man while he’s down, and just when you thought things couldn’t get worse you go and do this. All things Notre Dame fans could have uttered at any number of happenings during the 2016 football season. Plainly put, it has been a nightmare, and the NCAA announcement on Tuesday that Notre Dame would have to vacate all the wins from their best season since 1993 just put the icing on that disgusting, molded cake. It’s ...

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Notre Dame Football Senior Week Stock Report

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Notre Dame enters senior week on a rare high after their 44-6 drubbing of Army in the Lone Star state last Saturday. It goes without saying that this has been a very difficult and unfortunate season for the 2016 class, yet some of the strongest performances have come from those playing in their final home games for the Irish next weekend. We’ll get to those guys in a minute. As a whole, last weekend represented one of the few times we were treated to a complete performance on all sides of the ball for this Notre Dame team: the offense ...

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Notre Dame Football Stock Report: Week 10

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It would be hard for things to get much lower for the Notre Dame program right about now, following last Saturday’s one point loss to Navy, although losing to Army this week would definitely represent the bottoming out of the Irish market. And the question that has befuddled fans for a little over a month now has been what in the world is going on with the offense? It’s been the tale of two seasons, pre and post VanGorder. Prior to VanGorder’s firing, the Notre Dame offense was a formidable force, scoring 40 points a game and tallying 500 yards ...

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Notre Dame Football Stock Report: Week 9

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If you want to play a fun game at home amongst your friends and family, maybe during the Thanksgiving holiday, envision all of the talent on the 2015 Notre Dame defense playing under Greg Hudson and Mike Elston and not the philosophy experiment we saw every week with Brian VanGorder. Something tells me Nyles Morgan would have had a role in that scenario. Something also tells me Jaylon Smith would have been better than one sack. If there is one trend that is pointing way up in the last month of play, it is the performance of the much maligned ...

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Notre Dame Football Stock Report: Week 8

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Regression to the mean is a common phrase used in our lives to describe the natural metaphysical pull towards homeostasis. When things are way up, they tend to over time come back down. When things are down, things tend to trend back up. It’s just the way the world works, things are never as bad, or as good, as they seem. This theory is being heavily tested during the current Notre Dame football season as the Irish continue to plunge lower and lower to the depths of football sadness. There is an expression in golf that states there is nothing ...

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Notre Dame Football Stock Report: Week 7

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After a holding line on Notre Dame stock following a win against Syracuse, another precipitous dip occurred against the Wolfpack of NC State in hurricane-like conditions in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is probably the lowest Notre Dame has been as a program since, well, two weeks ago after losing at home to Duke. It was said in this column following the loss to the Blue Devils that Brian Kelly likely already had his death knell moment as the Notre Dame coach and once that bell is tolled it can’t be un-rung. Not in South Bend as the head coach of ...

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Notre Dame Football Stock Report: Week 6

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After two consecutive weeks of plummeting, the Notre Dame football stock leveled out, at least for now, with a 50-33 victory against the Syracuse Orangemen. It’s too soon to say whether this is a signal of an upward trend for Brian Kelly’s troops; Syracuse is no powerhouse and 33 points given up isn’t anything to throw a pizza party over, but given the way Syracuse plays on offense, it was to be expected that points would be scored. The offense was an embarrassment of riches from a big play standpoint, in no small part aided by playing a defense that ...

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Notre Dame Football Stock Report: Week 5

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Things are bad right now folks, there are no two ways about it. Notre Dame is going to be in a downward trend no matter what happens the rest of the way, unless of course the Irish play like a completely different program for the remaining eight games, which I don’t think anyone sees as plausible. In last weeks stock report, Brian VanGorder was given the moniker of a “sell” and Notre Dame sold, as he was fired on Sunday as the defensive coordinator following the disaster that unfolded against the Blue Devils of Duke. For many Notre Dame fans, ...

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Notre Dame Football Stock Report: Week 4

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My wife is a market analyst for a financial firm in Southern California. She has described to me what it is like on the trading floor when the market takes a significant dip, or even something as bad as a crash, on more than a few occasions. Reports come in, numbers start tumbling, and for a brief time everyone just stares at their computer screens trying to take in all the implications of what those numbers mean, what can be done, and how bad the situation actually is. And, obviously, some people lose their heads. There is cursing. There is ...

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