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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...