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Football fans never need additional incentive to monitor the progress of the quarterback position, particularly when it involves a tale as interesting as the one currently unfolding at Notre Dame. Former starting quarterback Everett Golson has returned after serving an academic suspension and missing the 2013 season only to battle for his former position with [...]
Notre Dame’s 85th annual Blue-Gold spring game will kick off this Saturday at 12:30 PM EST and will provide Fighting Irish fans one final fix of pigskin action before the summer doldrums commence. Though the game serves as a glorified practice in front of thousands of fans, the yearly spring battle does allow a glimpse [...]
When Brian Kelly was announced as the next head coach of the University of Notre Dame, one of the key areas stressed was the importance of player development, a point of emphasis that had been sorely lacking for the Fighting Irish.
If there is anything that causes college football fans, and in certain cases, coaches, to lose any semblance of rationality, it’s recruiting. College prospects can begin their recruitment process the moment they set foot in high school and are free to provide verbal, non-binding commitments to any program until an official National Letter of Intent [...]
There are many adjectives that could be used to describe the University of Notre Dame. Leadership. Excellence. Community. All are worthy descriptors. Despite the high achievements of the university, however, there is one area where Notre Dame still occasionally struggles.
Notre Dame possessing an elite linebacker corps? The notion may seem laughable when examining last year’s depth chart and the lack of carryover into 2014.
It can’t be ignored. For all the talk and praise of the Southeastern Conference’s dominance in football after capturing seven consecutive BCS national championships and barely falling short of an eighth, the point has been completely missed. Forget conference affiliation – it’s merely a symptom of a trend that has been bubbling beneath the surface [...]
Mid-February has historically been a dead period for Notre Dame football. With the previous season and national signing day in the rearview mirror, and spring practice still several weeks away, all is usually silent on the South Bend front. However, this off-season has been far from ordinary thanks to athletic director Jack Swarbrick announcing a [...]
One of the more frustrating aspects of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s tenure in South Bend is the lack of offensive production. Notre Dame fans were awed by the offensive muscle flexed by Kelly as the head man of the Cincinnati Bearcats and couldn’t wait for the scoreboard to start spinning inside Notre Dame [...]
National signing day is the collegiate version of the NFL draft, where a full year of hard work comes to a final, dramatic close. And the wild recruiting finishes appear to get crazier by the season. Two years ago Auburn landed a commitment from linebacker Cassanova McKinzy over Clemson due in part to Auburn having [...]
National Signing Day is less than a week away, and with recruits making last minute pledges or undergoing changes of heart, fans are left with the annual question: do recruiting rankings matter? Talent evaluation is a subjective game, and with recruiting becoming big business, numerous outlets exist with different opinions and star rankings for the [...]
This is the time of year where chaos reigns in college football. Now that all bowl games have come to a close and all awards have been given, programs focus on the lifeblood of the sport: recruiting. With national signing day only two weeks away, the scramble to fill in roster positions reaches a near [...]
When Auburn halfback Tre Mason was wrestled down at the Tigers’ 37-yard line, the clock came to a close and the Florida State Seminoles rushed to the field in exhilaration. The look of disbelief on the faces of Auburn’s players, shocked by the Southeastern Conference’s run of seven consecutive national championships finally coming to an [...]
When starting Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson was dismissed from the team for the entire 2013 football season due to poor academic judgment, his future became as ungraspable as the unorthodox way Golson handles the laces of a football. Would Everett transfer? Would he wait out his suspension at a local community college in his [...]
The culmination of Notre Dame’s 2013 football season offers a veritable smorgasbord of storylines: Notre Dame once again overtook Michigan as the all-time winning percentage leader – a distinction lost in 2004 – after its 29-16 Pinstripe Bowl victory over Rutgers and Michigan’s 31-14 thumping at the hands of Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild [...]