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Notre Dame leprechaun casts rankings spell

Notre Dame leprechaun casts rankings spell

Oh, that Notre Dame Fighting Irish leprechaun. He’s all of the above: A lucky charm to the Irish faithful, devilish to opposing fans and spell-binding to all of college football.How else to explain the Irish gaining significant vote totals in both the Associated...

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...

Ara Parseghian outlived his history

Ara Parseghian outlived his history

Ara Parseghian, 94, outlived his history.The College Football Hall of Fame coach who resurrected Notre Dame’s program passed away early Wednesday morning at his home near campus in Granger, Ind., the school announced. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRag Sports...

WRAL The Fan interview with Jim Proebstle on CTE

WRAL The Fan interview with Jim Proebstle on CTE

Michigan State's Jim Proebstle, a tight end on the Spartans' 1965 national championship team, appeared on July 27 with Adam Gold on WRAL The Fan. They discussed the latest CTE news. Jim wrote a book, Unintended Impact, on how his older brother, Dick Proebstle, suffered from CTE...

Notre Dame national title and Heisman droughts

Notre Dame national title and Heisman droughts

It’s been 29 years since Notre Dame last won a national title in 1988. The drought in the Heisman Trophy annals is worse: It’s been 30 since Tim Brown was the Irish’s seventh winner – a total that led the nation at the time.Notre Dame’s faithful are naturally hopeful...

Dexter Lawrence on top at Clemson

Dexter Lawrence on top at Clemson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney brought two players large in stature to the recent ACC Kickoff media days. Their combined weight – literally and figuratively – strained the platform.Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is a 6-foot-4, 310-pound junior...

Why young QBs are defying Heisman odds

Why young QBs are defying Heisman odds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anyone who’s grown up on football believes quarterback is the most difficult position to play in the most complicated team game. Hall of Fame coaches have maintained over the years that it takes time for QBs to mature.So explain how three of the last...

Returning Notre Dame coaches and turnarounds

Returning Notre Dame coaches and turnarounds

We all know Notre Dame needs a bounce-back season, but where to start is another question. History lacks guideposts at a school with a .723 winning percentage covering 1,253 games and 128 seasons.The Irish won their first national title in 1924 under Knute Rockne. In the 93...

Lamar Jackson changes look but not style

Lamar Jackson changes look but not style

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He dressed in a conservative black business suit rather than the stylish light grey outfit he wore to the 2016 ACC Kickoff. His hair was cut close to the scalp compared to his former high-hair fluffy flair.And Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson’s new...

My opponent team for Notre Dame

My opponent team for Notre Dame

Notre Dame is playing a part-time Atlantic Coast Conference football schedule, but the five ACC opponents confronting young quarterback Brandon Wimbush represent a full slate of defensive linemen from a league heavy on D-line talent.I came up with a preseason...