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2015 Notre Dame Football Schedule Breakdown – Part II

Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Tarean Folston (25) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Northwestern Wildcats at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

UHND begins the second installment of its three-part series predicting Notre Dame’s season. Last week Notre Dame’s first four games were previewed, with the Fighting Irish exiting the month of September with a 3-1 record after victories over Texas, Virginia and Massachusetts, as well as a difficult defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech. How will Notre Dame fare with the meat of its schedule in October? Notre Dame at Clemson Notre Dame’s trip to Death Valley has been one of the most hyped matchups since the announcement of the affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Fighting Irish and ...

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Now or Never ’15 – Chris Brown

Chris Brown - Notre Dame WR

UHND continues its annual “Now or Never” series with senior wide receiver Chris Brown after similar installments for safety Elijah Shumate and slot wide receiver Amir Carlisle. Pedigree Chris Brown was a 3-star, under the radar wide receiver prospect hailing from Hanahan, S.C., with offers from the likes of Arkansas, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.  Though unranked as a national recruit, Brown was listed as the No. 11 prospect in South Carolina, and Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier battled Notre Dame hard for his signature.  The in-state ball coach saw what many other major programs didn’t – the extreme athleticism ...

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Do or Die for Notre Dame Football?

Brian Kelly - Notre Dame Coaching Changes

Every college football season is important. Unlike the NFL, which compensates poor performing teams with first dibs on elite talent through the NFL Draft, a string of underwhelming seasons can set a program back for years. After back-to-back middling seasons, many media outlets are projecting Notre Dame to make a serious run this fall, and if the Irish don’t, they will face a very difficult road to becoming a top-tier program on a consistent basis. Head coach Brian Kelly’s most recent Irish Invasion recruiting event netted Notre Dame some class of 2016 talent, landing three verbal commitments in a span ...

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Notre Dame’s Academic ‘Risks’ are Self-Inflicted

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Brian Kelly has endured several academic scandals since agreeing to take the head coaching position at Notre Dame in December of 2010, and perhaps the cumulative impact of those scandals has led to increased candor, as Kelly did not hold back when the subject of academics was raised when speaking recently to the South Bend Tribune. “I think we recognized that all of my football players are at risk – all of them – really.  Honestly, I don’t know that any of our players would get into the school by themselves right now with the academic standards the way they ...

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The Battle for Notre Dame’s No. 2 Quarterback

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Everyone knew there would be a quarterback competition at Notre Dame heading into the fall. How many knew it would be between redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer and incoming true freshman Brandon Wimbush is the true question. The departure of Everett Golson to Florida State via the graduate transfer rule upended the balance of Notre Dame’s depth chart at quarterback. Suddenly, Malik Zaire sits alone at the top while his future backup remains unclear. But Wimbush, who will arrive to campus in June, is preparing himself for the increased timetable. “I was really shocked,” Wimbush said to the media upon hearing ...

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