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Drue Tranquill an early story for Notre Dame

Drue Tranquill an early story for Notre Dame

Anyone following Notre Dame football understands Drue Tranquill’s importance to the Irish bouncing back in 2017. He is one of the top safeties in the nation as well as a team captain.But in football’s never-ending pursuit of a year-round coverage, Notre Dame has an early start...

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

Notre Dame begins its fourth season under the Atlantic Coast Conference deal that allows the football team to maintain its treasured conference independence. In exchange, the Irish schedule ACC schools and grant ACC membership for other sports.From the results of the...

Eric Montross on Bonzie Colson returning and NBA

Eric Montross on Bonzie Colson returning and NBA

Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson developed into a double-double machine last season. As an undersized player he drew comparisons to Charles Barkley on his way to first-team All-ACC and third-team All-America honors.The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Colson was so consistently strong that he...

Nevermore national titles at Notre Dame

Nevermore national titles at Notre Dame

On the same day Notre Dame and the ACC extended their agreement through 2037, coincidentally I re-read “The Raven.” English teachers will be happy to know I mean Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting Raven — not the Baltimore Ravens.With apologies to the great poet from Baltimore, allow me...

Notre Dame counting on special changes

Notre Dame counting on special changes

Mike Elko and Chip Long command the focus as Notre Dame’s new defensive and offensive coordinators, respectively, but they won’t be alone in steering the Irish in a new direction.Aren’t coaches always emphasizing the importance of special teams? That’s where a team finds the...

Notre Dame leans left with Mike McGlinchey

Notre Dame leans left with Mike McGlinchey

One way a coach helps a rookie quarterback get his feet on the ground is careful play-calling. Establish a running game. Call low-risk passes and dump off the ball to an elusive running back.In other words, don’t ask him to do too much until he gains confidence. That’s one Notre...

Bonzie Colson lifts Notre Dame with return

Bonzie Colson lifts Notre Dame with return

If Bonzie Colson had succumbed to the seductive sirens urging him to declare for the NBA Draft, Notre Dame would have been projected to be a typical Mike Brey basketball team next season.The Irish annually win more games than expected with a veteran roster under their coach, who...

So many Notre Dame questions surround Wimbush

So many Notre Dame questions surround Wimbush

Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush didn’t look the part of a clear No. 1 in last weekend’s spring game, but make no mistake: Brian Kelly is committed to developing him to lead the Irish from the abyss of last year’s 4-8 record.The Notre Dame coach wrapped up his thoughts on...

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...