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Notre Dame rebuild includes trenches

Notre Dame rebuild includes trenches

When a football season goes south and coaches perform a year-end autopsy, they invariably spend added time with the defensive line on the table. They’ll find other wounds of consequence, but the D-line often suffered the fatal blows.The defensive line is certainly an area Notre...

Tommy Rees has longer title with shorter name

Tommy Rees has longer title with shorter name

t’s easier to yell at a college quarterback named Tommy than a 24-year-old quarterback coach who goes by Tom. That distinction should allow the new Notre Dame quarterback coach to help his pupils grow.Tommy Rees was the Notre Dame QB from 2010 to 2013. He endured tongue-lashings...

Notre Dame mixing pro style with read option

Notre Dame mixing pro style with read option

Notre Dame wants to reunite with success this season, and a marriage of identities could achieve that goal.The read-option offense is responsible for college quarterbacks producing prodigious numbers. It’s also blamed for the lack of NFL-ready quarterbacks who can read defenses...

Notre Dame relying defensive basics

Notre Dame relying defensive basics

Vince Lombardi liked to say he was a teacher before he was a coach. He got his start in the classroom at St. Cecilia’s in Englewood, N.J., and won state football and basketball titles.Lombardi coached by the creed that if his players repeated the same mistakes, it was the coaches...

Notre Dame adjusting to revamped staff

Notre Dame adjusting to revamped staff

Brian Kelly opened spring football drills last month at Notre Dame, stating that change was needed. He revamped his staff and altered his role, but most of all he’s thankful the changes forced by a 4-8 record didn’t include him.Kelly suffered his first losing season in seven...

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

One football pearl of wisdom I still accept from Joe Paterno despite the late Penn State coach’s fall from grace stemmed from a postgame media session in 2005 at Michigan.Penn State lost 27-25 as time expired. Quarterback Chad Henne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass that Mario...

Brian Kelly explains his Twitter post

Brian Kelly explains his Twitter post

Anyone following Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly’s official Twitter account – @CoachBrian Kelly numbers 162,000 – must have done a double take over a “like” response to a suggestion he fire defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.The follower, @Kevin_Coughlin, wrote that it was time...