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Two schools honored but only one winner

Two schools honored but only one winner

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish included mention of Ara Parseghian’s Miami of Ohio roots in an uplifting pregame tribute Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Sculptures of the College Football Hall of Fame coach stand on both campuses.Parseghian, who died in...

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...

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...

Brandon Wimbush gains needed work in spring game

Brandon Wimbush gains needed work in spring game

Plenty of stats from Notre Dame’s Blue-and-Gold spring game stood out from the Gold defeating the Blue on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, 27-14.For a defense that ranked 117th in the nation in sacks with 14 in 12 games, there were 11 sacks overall. The Gold defense recorded seven...

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...

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...

Wake Forest thinks Hinton can raise roof

Wake Forest thinks Hinton can raise roof

Kendall Hinton’s ascent to starting quarterback was interrupted by an injury last year, but Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson indicated throughout spring drills he remains committed to him.Clawson named Hinton his No. 1 quarterback at the start of spring drills last month. He did so...

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...

Clawson finds another good fit as his DC

Clawson finds another good fit as his DC

Winning at Wake Forest takes more than talent. It requires assistant coaches that can patiently work with three-star and two-star recruits and develop them to a level to compete with the ACC’s four-star athletes.Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson had such a defensive coordinator...