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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,...

Notre Dame leans left with Mike McGlinchey

Notre Dame leans left with Mike McGlinchey

One way a coach helps a rookie quarterback get his feet on the ground is careful play-calling. Establish a running game. Call low-risk passes and dump off the ball to an elusive running back.In other words, don’t ask him to do too much until he gains confidence. That’s one Notre...

So many Notre Dame questions surround Wimbush

So many Notre Dame questions surround Wimbush

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush didn’t look the part of a clear No. 1 in last weekend’s spring game, but make no mistake: Brian Kelly is committed to developing him to lead the Irish from the abyss of last year’s 4-8 record.The Notre Dame coach wrapped up his thoughts on...

Brandon Wimbush gains needed work in spring game

Brandon Wimbush gains needed work in spring game

Plenty of stats from Notre Dame’s Blue-and-Gold spring game stood out from the Gold defeating the Blue on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, 27-14.For a defense that ranked 117th in the nation in sacks with 14 in 12 games, there were 11 sacks overall. The Gold defense recorded seven...