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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...

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 counting on special changes

Notre Dame counting on special changes

Mike Elko and Chip Long command the focus as Notre Dame’s new defensive and offensive coordinators, respectively, but they won’t be alone in steering the Irish in a new direction.Aren’t coaches always emphasizing the importance of special teams? That’s where a team finds the...

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...