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Notre Dame scheduling Georgia backfires

Notre Dame scheduling Georgia backfires

One reason Notre Dame had scheduled Georgia was to gain a win over a Southeastern Conference school in a tough matchup. The Irish hoped to see it factor into their College Football Playoff selection hopes.Notre Dame’s strategy was to play a tough 12-game...

Young quarterbacks showdown got younger

Young quarterbacks showdown got younger

The coaching bromide that young quarterbacks sit and learn behind veterans suffers another hit this weekend. It already has been in tatters with QBs like Louisville’s Lamar Jackson winning last year’s Heisman Trophy as a true sophomore.This week’s hit plays out in a Top 25...

Notre Dame defensive line hears message

Notre Dame defensive line hears message

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly turned to more than Xs and Os to overhaul his football program. The former Gary Hart 1984 presidential primary campaign aide recognized a fresh message was needed.The Kelly voice that worked in 2012 for a national runner-up finish no longer resonated....

Prospective doctor on path to Notre Dame

Prospective doctor on path to Notre Dame

On the day Jahmir Smith committed to Notre Dame, the 2,000-yard rusher casually announced it with a Twitter post. He pinned the July 23 message of 74 characters, leaving 66 to spare, to his Twitter page along with four shamrock emojis:“I gave my blood … sweat …...

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Now that unranked Notre Dame is off to an impressive 1-0 start, let’s give head coach Brian Kelly some straight-talk credit.The coach on the hot seat following a 4-8 season didn’t fall back on the usual coach-speak of wishing for more practice days to be ready...

Notre Dame story lines against Temple

Notre Dame story lines against Temple

Notre Dame hopes its reshaped roster and revamped coaching staff wake up some echoes that might already have been stirred with Notre Dame Stadium’s renovation work. The Irish also need to get head coach Brian Kelly off the hot seat.Notre Dame suffered its first losing season...

Notre Dame game by game predictions

Notre Dame game by game predictions

Here are my game-by-game predictions for Notre Dame’s bounceback season from a dismal 4-8 finish in 2016. The Irish will start quickly, but the schedule is bottom heavy. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRag Sports story ...

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...