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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...

Tommy Rees has longer title with shorter name

Tommy Rees has longer title with shorter name

t’s easier to yell at a college quarterback named Tommy than a 24-year-old quarterback coach who goes by Tom. That distinction should allow the new Notre Dame quarterback coach to help his pupils grow.Tommy Rees was the Notre Dame QB from 2010 to 2013. He endured tongue-lashings...

Notre Dame mixing pro style with read option

Notre Dame mixing pro style with read option

Notre Dame wants to reunite with success this season, and a marriage of identities could achieve that goal.The read-option offense is responsible for college quarterbacks producing prodigious numbers. It’s also blamed for the lack of NFL-ready quarterbacks who can read defenses...

Notre Dame relying defensive basics

Notre Dame relying defensive basics

Vince Lombardi liked to say he was a teacher before he was a coach. He got his start in the classroom at St. Cecilia’s in Englewood, N.J., and won state football and basketball titles.Lombardi coached by the creed that if his players repeated the same mistakes, it was the coaches...

Notre Dame adjusting to revamped staff

Notre Dame adjusting to revamped staff

Brian Kelly opened spring football drills last month at Notre Dame, stating that change was needed. He revamped his staff and altered his role, but most of all he’s thankful the changes forced by a 4-8 record didn’t include him.Kelly suffered his first losing season in seven...