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By · February 9th, 2011 · 11,415 views
A Clashmore Mike Roundtable: Signing Day 2011

When Brian Kelly was hired to coach at Notre Dame, one of the biggest and most legitimate questions Irish supporters had was his ability to recruit on a national level. If Brian Kelly and his staff showed nothing else on National Signing Day, they responded to fans’ worries with an emphatic “yes,” and did their best to put those questions to rest…for now.

On Tuesday, …

Game Coverage, Off-Season, Personnel, Staff, Statistics »

By · January 4th, 2011 · 10,325 views
Evaluating the Irish: Act II

The wise Rocky Balboa said, “It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” After Notre Dame’s stunning loss to Tulsa, it would have been easy for the Irish, who stood at a record of four wins and five losses heading into their bye week, to throw in the towel on the season.

The …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Staff, Statistics »

By · September 4th, 2010 · 2,232 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 3 – Game Day Performance

Part 3 of this series of articles will cover the effects that performance in close games and game day management, preparation, and execution have on a program, and how these areas have affected Notre Dame. Part 2 focused on scheduling and the benefit that playing home games while Part 1 focused on recruiting and player development. This article covers the tactical element of the program: …

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By · August 31st, 2010 · 4,979 views
A Clashmore Mike Roundtable: What Are You Looking for in 2010?

September 4th marks the debut of the Brian Kelly era in South Bend. For the fourth time since 1997 Notre Dame has a new coach, and, once again, Irish fans are wondering if he can lead them back to prominence and succeed where his three predecessors failed.

To be certain, Kelly brings with him many attributes absent from the three previous coaches. He has college …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics, University »

By · August 28th, 2010 · 6,130 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 2 – Institutional Factors

Part 2 of this series of articles will cover the effects of scheduling and the benefit that playing home games have on a program, and how these areas have affected Notre Dame. While Part 1 focused on the player impact on a program, recruiting and development—something the coach and his staff have greater control over—this article specifically looks at factors that tend to be tied …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Personnel, Recruiting, Statistics »

By · August 24th, 2010 · 6,231 views
A Theory on College Football Performance: Part 1 – The Players

I originally came up with the idea of creating “five-year profiles” because I wanted to evaluate the entire Charlie Weis period at Notre Dame on a scale relative to the rest of college football. The thought was that if we could create a snapshot of what the last five seasons (2005-2009) looked like at ND  in comparison to what that same period looked like for …

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By · August 24th, 2010 · 1,756 views
The 2010 Irish Blogger Gathering

Clashmore Mike is proud to announce that we’ve accepted an invitation to take part in this year’s iteration of the Irish Blogger Gathering. Started by Subway Domer, the Irish Blogger Gathering is an ongoing roundtable featuring a who’s who of Notre Dame communities on the web. Each week one site will pose a group of questions and link to the corresponding answers provided by the …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics »

By · August 19th, 2010 · 6,190 views
2010 Season Predictions Survey Results

Thanks to all who participated in the 2010 Season Predictions Survey. When the data to support this analysis was gathered, over 1,500 votes had been cast.

The primary goal of this exercise is to move beyond simply estimating a win-loss record. Selecting the percent confidence in a win on a game-by-game basis is not only much more accurate, it also allows for some interesting follow-on …

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By · August 16th, 2010 · 3,922 views
Blueprint for BCS National Championship Success V: Measuring the Irish

Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a five-part series detailing the blueprint for winning the BCS national championship and measuring the Irish performance against this standard.

As Irish fans know all too well, Notre Dame hasn’t been part of the national title picture for over a decade. The last year the lads in blue and gold laid a legitimate claim to a championship …

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By · August 11th, 2010 · 2,372 views
The Power of a Coach That “Gets It”

It’s been no secret that Notre Dame has had a string of sub-par football coaches. For 14 years, the school has bounced back and forth like a pinball from one coach to the next. The last truly successful coach for the Irish was Lou Holtz. His career at Notre Dame spanned 11 seasons: a pretty respectable tenure. But, the most impressive thing about Holtz and …