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Michael Collins' articles have appeared on Clashmore Mike, Blue-Gold Illustrated, linked in NDNation, Bleacher Report, CBS Sports and other publications. He is an alumnus of Notre Dame and comes from a family who has sent thirty members to the University. He enjoys writing, college football and having a positive impact on the lives of others.

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February 26th, 2010 · 18,007 views
Notre Dame’s NCAA Infractions: Ten Years Later

The possibility of sanctions to our respected rivals USC and Michigan makes me flashback to Notre Dame’s only major NCAA sanction in its history a decade ago. Call it PTSD, but the similarities and obvious dissimilarities combined with the agony of the process haunt me.

Notre Dame’s NCAA Infractions, 1999

The majority of Notre Dame’s NCAA violations involved a South Bend bookkeeper, Kimberly Dunbar, who …

Miscellany, Staff, University »

February 19th, 2010 · 8,758 views
College Football Coaching Changes 2010: True Believers or Carpetbaggers?

We want to believe the coaches our universities hire are committed to us. We use words like loyalty to position ourselves on the high ground to throw stones at those leaving town for another job. We’re hurt and cry that our lifelong values are offended.

But, come on, really. We’re as likely to throw that coach under the bus unless he delivers to us, too.…

Miscellany, Statistics »

December 13th, 2009 · 1,971 views
Which Is the Top Conference in College Football?

Scheduling for Success

Once again we’ve reached the part of the season that is consumed by boasting. Who has the best conference—mine or yours? We’re all biased even though we try to be objective about non-conference scheduling. Complicating the process is that fewer top teams are playing each other, more teams are taking advantage of the 12th game to increase the number of home games …

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December 8th, 2009 · 2,188 views
D3 Football: Perspectives From a Student-Athlete

As the FBS season winds down amidst high-profile coaching searches at Notre Dame and others, I have noted the pain with which Irish players are parting with their coaches. Yet TV and equipment contracts, lucrative benefits from conference membership, large fan bases with seven or even eight home games keep big-time college football immune from dissolving their football programs.

The End of a College Football

News, Recruiting »

December 2nd, 2009 · 2,426 views
Notre Dame Lands Top Defensive Tackle

The Notre Dame football team secured a commitment last night from Louis Nix, defensive tackle from Raines High School in Jacksonville, Florida. Nix had previously committed to Miami and was also considering the Florida Gators. Nix is rated among the top seven defensive tackles—a position of need for the Irish—by various recruiting services.

Louis camped at Notre Dame this summer, made an official visit to …

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November 24th, 2009 · 2,186 views
Notre Dame Under Charlie Weis—and Beyond

In the cacophony of opinions and numbers shouted in the media by long-time Weis-haters and Notre Dame detractors, Notre Dame Nation is best served by reviewing where we were in 2005. Students and alumni were detached from the football program. High school coaches had been shunned and were reluctant to recommend their players choose Notre Dame. Potential recruits were choosing other summer football camps. Irish …

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September 16th, 2009 · 2,977 views
SEC Acquires NCAA: Hostile Takeover of Notre Dame Fails

I sat down with Mike Slive, Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. After some initial pleasantries, we discussed the SEC’s recent acquisition of the NCAA.

Collins: To many this seems like a surprising move, Mike. How did it come about?

Slive: Well, Michael, we’re very honored to make the NCAA part of the Southeastern Conference Corporation of Holdings. We think it fits into what …

Miscellany, University »

September 9th, 2009 · 4,686 views
To Hell With Notre Dame

One hundred years ago an experienced Notre Dame team traveled to Ann Arbor under a national spotlight due to both teams’ strong performances thus far that season. Chicago Tribune news writers attended as well as Walter Camp, Yale’s legendary coach, and other Eastern football experts.

The 1909 Notre Dame-Michigan Game

Though Michigan had won two national championships and five conference championships in the decade, Wolverine …

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August 21st, 2009 · 2,624 views
College Football’s 12th Game

August is the cruelest month for football fans. Heat, humidity and sweat sweep over the dead land in two-a-days, catching us between memory and desire, mingling historical ghosts and anticipatory future greatness with the specters of past failed expectations lingering over our shoulders.

We can begin to see the sprouts that summer rain, perspiration and summer workouts and conditioning programs bring to our favorite teams.We …

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July 25th, 2009 · 5,490 views
Fifteen Answers on Notre Dame’s Rivalries

Some great regional rivalries form some of the history and intensity that vibrates through college football, often determining conference champions: Texas – Texas A&M (115 years), Auburn – Georgia (112)—“The Oldest Rivalry in the Deep South”, Ohio State – Michigan (105), Texas – Oklahoma (103), Nebraska – Oklahoma (82), USC – UCLA (78), Auburn – Alabama (73), LSU – Arkansas (54).

Navy – Army (109) …