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Sam Bush more authentic story than Rudy

Sam Bush more authentic story than Rudy

Notre Dame remains perfect in the red zone, scoring on all 22 opportunities. The Irish have converted 11 turnovers into 70 points. That’s teamwork on both sides of the ball worth 14 points a game to boost a 4-1 start and return to the Top 25.Among a growing list of stars,...

Kelly evaluated Crawford with Grand Valley eye

Kelly evaluated Crawford with Grand Valley eye

Notre Dame cornerback Shaun Crawford earned 4-star rankings coming out of national high school power St. Edward High in Lakewood, Ohio, but that’s not necessarily how he ended up at a school that collects 4-star recruits like a squirrel harvests nuts.Notre Dame...

Brian Kelly still has his voice

Brian Kelly still has his voice

Brian Kelly is well-known for rubbing people the wrong way, but whatever you think of the embattled Notre Dame coach, he still has his players’ ears.The 2017 team message he planted in offseason workouts has grown throughout spring drills and fall camp, blossoming...

Notre Dame story lines to watch at BC

Notre Dame story lines to watch at BC

Here are three keys to watch as Notre Dame (1-1) tries to recover from last week’s disheartening 20-19 loss at home to Georgia (2-0). The loss knocked the No. 24 Irish out of the rankings. The Irish are lucky kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Boston...

Notre Dame fans raise a red flag

Notre Dame fans raise a red flag

Many concerns arose from Notre Dame losing 20-19 to Georgia despite the Bulldogs’ 12 penalties for 127 yards last week in South Bend. I’ll list several red flags before I get to the one that should worry the Irish the most.One apprehension is that Notre Dame redshirt...

Notre Dame defensive line hears message

Notre Dame defensive line hears message

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly turned to more than Xs and Os to overhaul his football program. The former Gary Hart 1984 presidential primary campaign aide recognized a fresh message was needed.The Kelly voice that worked in 2012 for a national runner-up finish no longer resonated....

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Now that unranked Notre Dame is off to an impressive 1-0 start, let’s give head coach Brian Kelly some straight-talk credit.The coach on the hot seat following a 4-8 season didn’t fall back on the usual coach-speak of wishing for more practice days to be ready...

Notre Dame story lines against Temple

Notre Dame story lines against Temple

Notre Dame hopes its reshaped roster and revamped coaching staff wake up some echoes that might already have been stirred with Notre Dame Stadium’s renovation work. The Irish also need to get head coach Brian Kelly off the hot seat.Notre Dame suffered its first losing season...

Notre Dame game by game predictions

Notre Dame game by game predictions

Here are my game-by-game predictions for Notre Dame’s bounceback season from a dismal 4-8 finish in 2016. The Irish will start quickly, but the schedule is bottom heavy. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRag Sports story ...

Defensive strides from Irish scrimmage

Defensive strides from Irish scrimmage

New Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterback Brandon Wimbush and his teammates arrived dressed in blue T-shirts and gray shorts for a scrimmage open to the public Sunday at Notre Dame Stadium. The dress was casual, but the enthusiasm from fans greeting...