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Bonzie Colson playing like Antonio Gates

Bonzie Colson playing like Antonio Gates

One hole to fill on Notre Dame’s roster this season was left by Zach Auguste, who averaged a double-double. He was talent earned a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers and a future playing professionally in Turkey.Who would think the Irish could sufficiently fill that...

Remembering dark days at Notre Dame

Remembering dark days at Notre Dame

Before I offer an opinion on where to rank Notre Dame’s 2016 season among low points in Irish football annals, let me take you back to the 1977 season that ended with a national championship.If you REALLY know your Notre Dame history, you remember the dark cloud that hung over...

Notre Dame history lesson on Army and Navy

Notre Dame history lesson on Army and Navy

Notre Dame returned to South Bend licking wounds from Saturday’s 28-27 loss to Navy in Jacksonville. Now the Irish regroup to play Army on Saturday in San Antonio. The games are a step back in time for more reasons than one.If Notre Dame (3-6) playing Navy (6-2) and Army (5-4)...

Bonner makes most of Navy opportunity

Bonner makes most of Navy opportunity

Darryl Bonner’s underdog tale is the latest “Rudy”-like story that often has played out at Navy. Similar stories over the years take place at Army and Air Force, too.That’s what makes academy football a special opportunity for undersized athletes with the hearts of overachievers....

NC State adds to ACC reputation despite loss

NC State adds to ACC reputation despite loss

North Carolina State’s win over Notre Dame last week was a program victory. This week the Wolfpack nearly upset Clemson.This time was bigger, even though N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren’s team lost 24-17 in overtime to the No. 3 Tigers. That sounds sacrilegious to the football...

Apisa tells story of game ball returning home

Apisa tells story of game ball returning home

Michigan State All-American fullback Bob Apisa missed the 1966 Game of the Century with a knee injury, but decades later he tucked the game ball under his arm for one last carry. It was a house fire he escaped rather than Notre Dame’s tacklers. “The first thing I did was grab...

Regis Cavender found end zone and place in history

Regis Cavender found end zone and place in history

Fifty-years ago fate tapped Regis Cavender on the shoulder more than once. It’s the reason he is one of those rare athletes rightly forever famous for one play. He scored Michigan State’s only touchdown for a 7-0 second-quarter lead when the Michigan State and Notre Dame played...

Notre Dame opportunity for NC State

Notre Dame opportunity for NC State

Back in July at the ACC media days, North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren made note of his team’s tough schedule.“There are six preseason teams in the top 25 in the ACC,” he said, including partial member Notre Dame in that count. “We’re the only team that plays all six. We have...

Reasons mount for Notre Dame to join ACC

Reasons mount for Notre Dame to join ACC

DURHAM, N.C. – Let’s hold up on talk about Notre Dame fully joining the ACC. Based on what unfolded at Wallace Wade Stadium on the first Saturday of October, the Irish may not be ready for full football membership in the conference.Duke was fresh off beating Notre Dame (38-35) on...

Daniel Jones upsets recruiting system

Daniel Jones upsets recruiting system

Daniel Jones managed much more than to riddle Notre Dame’s defense last week. The Duke quarterback’s play in a 38-35 victory flipped upside down the modern-day recruiting system that supposedly leaves no stone unturned.Everyone but Blue Devils Coach David Cutcliffe whiffed on the...