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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...

Another chapter to story of Gideon Smith

Another chapter to story of Gideon Smith

The remarkable story of Gideon Smith has taken him to the footsteps of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.Smith broke barriers throughout his life. He was the first black college football player at two Michigan schools, Ferris State and Michigan...

Notre Dame receivers can boost Wimbush

Notre Dame receivers can boost Wimbush

One fundamental way Notre Dame can help Brandon Wimbush develop into a productive first-year starting quarterback is by providing him talented receivers.Well, that box appears to have been checked. The Irish return their Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 7 wide receiversClick here for the rest 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...

College World Series has unpredictable nature

College World Series has unpredictable nature

Coastal Carolina turned NCAA baseball on its head last year by winning the College World Series, but don’t assume two-time national champion Oregon State marks a return to normalcy as the No. 1 overall seed.Until recently, Oregon State’s baseball program, despite its Pac-12...

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

Drue Tranquill an early story for Notre Dame

Drue Tranquill an early story for Notre Dame

Anyone following Notre Dame football understands Drue Tranquill’s importance to the Irish bouncing back in 2017. He is one of the top safeties in the nation as well as a team captain.But in football’s never-ending pursuit of a year-round coverage, Notre Dame has an early start...

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...