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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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Time for Notre Dame’s Backfield to Shine

CJ Prosise Training at RB

One of the major storylines that emerged during Notre Dame’s spring practice sessions was the stellar performance of slot receiver C.J. Prosise when given the opportunity to cross-train at the running back position. “C.J.’s as good a player as we’ve got on the offensive football team right now, in my opinion,” said associate head coach Mike Denbrock.  “You saw what he can do if you hand him the ball, and we saw [it] in the LSU game.” Prosise showcased his potential to be a star in Notre Dame’s Music City Bowl victory over LSU when he rushed for 75-yards on ...

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What’s the Plan with Malik Zaire as Notre Dame’s Starting Quarterback?  ‘Kick Some A**’

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Quarterback Everett Golson has done the expected and will transfer from the University of Notre Dame.  Now that Irish fans have had several days to digest this latest development, the true impact of Golson’s departure can be examined.a The most immediate impact is the ascension of junior Malik Zaire to the starting quarterback position, but another critical advancement involves sophomore quarterback DeShone Kizer or incoming freshman quarterback Brandon Wimbush becoming Zaire’s backup.  Notre Dame has suddenly transitioned from great depth at the quarterback position to none at all, with Kizer redshirting his freshman season and receiving almost no spring practice ...

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Notre Dame Stocked with Future NFL Talent

Jaylon Smith - Notre Dame LB vs ASU

Head coach Brian Kelly has transformed Notre Dame into a legitimate pathway to the NFL since taking the reins in South Bend in 2010.  The Fighting Irish had 8 players selected in last year’s NFL Draft, which tied with Alabama for second overall (LSU was No. 1 with 9 selections).  Notre Dame, as expected, had a quiet presence in the most recent NFL Draft with tight end Ben Koyack being the only player selected late in the seventh-round.  But Notre Dame’s silence this year serves as the calm before the 2016 NFL Draft’s storm, with the Irish having a potentially ...

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Notre Dame Once Again A Pathway to the NFL

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Watching the NFL Draft became a painful endeavor for Irish fans after the departure of Notre Dame coaching legend, Lou Holtz. Notre Dame devolved into something of a run-on joke for NFL pundits who criticized everything ranging from the lack of production from Notre Dame alumni in the NFL to their increasingly dwindling number. And what made the criticisms really sting was their truthfulness. The thirteen NFL Drafts from 1998 to 2010 saw Notre Dame place only three players into the NFL as first round selections. To put this number in proper perspective, Lou Holtz had twelve first round draft ...

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Inside Notre Dame’s Football Program

Notre Dame Football Recruiting 2016

As any hardcore football fan will attest, the offseason is one of the most difficult times of the year. Saturdays somehow feel empty after months of waking up early to a cup of coffee in order to hear what foolish thing Desmond Howard will say, or what gimmicky hat Lee Corso will don at the end of College GameDay. So when the opportunity to attend Notre Dame’s Coaches’ Clinic this past weekend appeared my father and I decided to take full advantage of it. It was a chance to learn more about the game of football as well as a ...

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Early NFL Retirements Place Renewed Emphasis on Academics

Notre Dame Campus

The issue of player safety has grown as a national discussion point in recent years amidst the tragedies of NFL great Junior Seau and former Notre Dame star Dave Duerson, and is reaching uncharted territory with the recently announced retirement of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland. Player safety has made the transition in public discourse from an issue only impacting long since retired players to influencing up-and-coming NFL talent to walk away from the game as they enter their prime. Borland was a standout defensive player at the University of Wisconsin before being selected in the third round of ...

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