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Returning Notre Dame coaches and turnarounds

Returning Notre Dame coaches and turnarounds

We all know Notre Dame needs a bounce-back season, but where to start is another question. History lacks guideposts at a school with a .723 winning percentage covering 1,253 games and 128 seasons.The Irish won their first national title in 1924 under Knute Rockne. In the 93...

A look at Notre Dame defensive depth chart

A look at Notre Dame defensive depth chart

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko enjoys a reputation for getting the most out of his talent. His last three Wake Forest defenses were ranked in the top 40 nationally despite zero 4-star recruits.Now the Irish’s new DC inherits the luxury of 15 players that have been...

A look at Notre Dame offensive depth chart

A look at Notre Dame offensive depth chart

Notre Dame’s chances to bounce back from a 4-8 season start at quarterback, just as any struggling football team needs a quarterback to rebound from one season to the next. It’s the most important position in the most complicated team game.That means the Irish and head coach...

Notre Dame recruiting better than expected

Notre Dame recruiting better than expected

At the same time Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly tries to reassure his 2018 recruiting targets there are bright days ahead, he finds himself on the hot seat.The obstacles his sales pitch must overcome include last fall’s 4-8 record. The preseason No. 10-ranked Irish dropped out of...

Brandon Wimbush can return QB stability

Brandon Wimbush can return QB stability

The one-and-dones of college basketball have a partner in shortsightedness: college quarterbacks.We’ve seen this trend developing in recent years with quarterbacks transferring once they’ve lost a battle for a starting job. In football, coaches defer naming a starter until the...

Notre Dame makeover starts with Matt Balis

Notre Dame makeover starts with Matt Balis

Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly on Dec. 20 named Mike Elko his new defensive coordinator. A week later, Brian Polian was appointed special teams coordinator. Chip Long came aboard on Jan. 9 as the offensive coordinator.But a hire on Jan. 19 was another major move that...

The book on Notre Dame QB Ian Book

The book on Notre Dame QB Ian Book

One Notre Dame spring game optic that went largely overlooked was backup quarterback Ian Book’s media availability. He answered questions for nearly 10 minutes in a room reserved for coaches and stars perched upon thrones.Backup quarterbacks are to be seen, not heard. And that...

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

Notre Dame begins its fourth season under the Atlantic Coast Conference deal that allows the football team to maintain its treasured conference independence. In exchange, the Irish schedule ACC schools and grant ACC membership for other sports.From the results of the...

Nevermore national titles at Notre Dame

Nevermore national titles at Notre Dame

On the same day Notre Dame and the ACC extended their agreement through 2037, coincidentally I re-read “The Raven.” English teachers will be happy to know I mean Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting Raven — not the Baltimore Ravens.With apologies to the great poet from Baltimore, allow me...

Notre Dame dresses up social media

Notre Dame dresses up social media

Notre Dame Internet message boards bulge with unsolicited opinions. What’s-wrong-with-Irish-football posts feature the usual suspects: X’s and O’s, recruiting, stringent academics and falling behind in facilities.Another increasingly important area to address these days, though,...