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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...

Notre Dame receivers can boost Wimbush

Notre Dame receivers can boost Wimbush

One fundamental way Notre Dame can help Brandon Wimbush develop into a productive first-year starting quarterback is by providing him talented receivers.Well, that box appears to have been checked. The Irish return their Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 7 wide receiversClick here for the rest of...

Names and games from Michigan State and Notre Dame

Names and games from Michigan State and Notre Dame

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is a made-for-TV event, but the 19th annual basketball conference rivalry is a nod to history that deserves a fist bump. Notre Dame and Michigan State revive neglected tradition when the schools meet in a date to be announced.For decades, the Irish and...

Brandon Wimbush can return QB stability

Brandon Wimbush can return QB stability

The one-and-dones of college basketball have a partner in shortsightedness: college quarterbacks.We’ve seen this trend developing in recent years with quarterbacks transferring once they’ve lost a battle for a starting job. In football, coaches defer naming a starter until the...

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...

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...