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Swofford says ACC is ready when Irish ready

Swofford says ACC is ready when Irish ready

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Think of Notre Dame’s relationship with the Atlantic Coast Conference as a lengthy engagement rather than a marriage.The Irish are entering their fourth year of a unique arrangement that allows them to stubbornly remain a conference independent. Notre Dame plays...

Notre Dame Stadium opens new look

Notre Dame Stadium opens new look

A trip to Notre Dame Stadium never gets old. Not for fans, coaches or players.Take Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, for example. He was a grizzled veteran of 35 college seasons when the Blue Devils traveled last year to Notre Dame, but he turned into a wide-eyed kid as the team...

Jurkovec chases western Pennsylvania QB roots

Jurkovec chases western Pennsylvania QB roots

Notre Dame celebrates a 4-star quarterback commitment as frequently as a new football season kicks off. In that respect, Phil Jurkovec is simply the latest on an annual list.But there is more to identify Jurkovec, who is committed to the Irish’s Class of 2018. This...

Notre Dame QB commit long on the rise

Notre Dame QB commit long on the rise

A pattern developed early among coaches who evaluated Phil Jurkovec’s quarterback skills. They quickly concluded he possesses talent and presence for the next level.The first to notice was his high school football coach at Pine-Richland in Gibsonia, Pa., 17 miles from...

A look at Notre Dame defensive depth chart

A look at Notre Dame defensive depth chart

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko enjoys a reputation for getting the most out of his talent. His last three Wake Forest defenses were ranked in the top 40 nationally despite zero 4-star recruits.Now the Irish’s new DC inherits the luxury of 15 players that have been...

A look at Notre Dame offensive depth chart

A look at Notre Dame offensive depth chart

Notre Dame’s chances to bounce back from a 4-8 season start at quarterback, just as any struggling football team needs a quarterback to rebound from one season to the next. It’s the most important position in the most complicated team game.That means the Irish and head coach...

Game of the Century combined reunion

Game of the Century combined reunion

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that 50 rings out as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gatherings for the quasi-national...

This is how diversity is supposed to work

This is how diversity is supposed to work

When Butler chose its new basketball coach, the candidate pool included a former Bulldogs assistant. Two days later, newly named Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley added his former boss at East Carolina to his Sooners’ staff.There’s nothing unusual about last week’s separate...

NCAA must continue focus on football safety

NCAA must continue focus on football safety

Jim Proebstle, a Michigan State tight end on the Spartans' 1965 UPI national championship team, is the author of "Unintended Impact." He is uniquely qualified to comment on football concussions and CTE  dimentia. He not only played the game, his brother, Dick Proebstle, a...

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...