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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....

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 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...

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...

Ahmad Bradshaw breaks through with drama

Ahmad Bradshaw breaks through with drama

The reluctant Army quarterback propelled the Black Knights to their first bowl game in six years. And then for the dramatic finish to the story he scored the game-winning touchdown to end a 14-year losing streak to Navy.Ah, now that’s a compelling Hollywood script on Ahmad...

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

AAC trailing major conferences in NCAA bids

The American Athletic Conference each week pointed to examples of football success to argue for the AAC’s involvement in a Power 6 along with the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12 and Pac-12.The reasons are debatable, but the conference can make a stronger case of...

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Temple’s Matt Ruhle is young enough that he may leave when the time is right, but give the 41-year-old head coach credit for returning to the Owls and guiding the Philadelphia school to a second straight AAC East football title.Navy’s  is still young enough at 51 to move on...

Army offense on the run with unlikely candidate

Army offense on the run with unlikely candidate

College football fans who tuned out Army – it’s a big club, due to five straight losing seasons topped by a 2-10 disaster in 2015 – must look at this year’s 3-0 start and guess the Black Knights landed a top fullback recruit.Through three games, sophomore Andy Davidson leads the...

Army returns home after signicant win

Army returns home after signicant win

A Youtube video making the Internet rounds features Rice offensive tackle Calvin Anderson solving a Rubik’s Cube — behind his back. It’s impressive, but it’ll be nothing if Jeff Monken solves the Rubik’s Cube that is Army football.The Black Knights’ third-year head coach is on...

Army follows plan to upset Temple

Army follows plan to upset Temple

West Point requires plebes to answer every question with a “Yes, sir, yes, ma’am” or “No, sir, no, ma’am.” About the only words the cadets known in the civilian world as freshmen can add are “Beat Navy!”Well, those latter two words might roll off the tongue with a more...