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By · September 8th, 2010 · 2,490 views
Evaluating the Irish: Purdue Boilermakers

Turning a ship around is a long and arduous task. It takes time to get the vessel corrected. After Charlie Weis left the Notre Dame program, it had all the tools to head in the right direction, but the helm was turned the wrong way. Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame’s Athletic Director, was charged with the task of finding a new pilot for the program and …

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By · August 31st, 2010 · 5,503 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, Personnel, Recruiting, Statistics »

By · August 24th, 2010 · 6,956 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 · July 16th, 2010 · 2,115 views
Counting Down the Irish at NBC Sports

Just a quick note to fill everyone in that Anthony has been participating in a roundtable discussion over at Inside the Irish with representatives Frank Vitovitch of UHND, Matt Quirion of Her Loyal Sons, Chris Wilson and Matt Barcus of Rakes of Mallow, Pat Rigney, formerly of Blue-Gray Sky, and NBC Sports blogger Keith Arnold regarding the top 25 players on the Irish roster heading …

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By · April 7th, 2010 · 2,947 views
Requiescat in Pace, Matt James

As multiple media outlets have reported over the past several days, future Notre Dame offensive lineman Matt James suffered a tragic accident that resulted in his death. By all accounts, Matt was a fine student, person and friend, and his contributions to the Notre Dame family will be missed.

It is times like these that force Irish football to the background and bring forth the …

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By · March 21st, 2010 · 7,577 views
Spring Football Focus Part III: Technique and Fundamentals

Spring is definitely in the air. The trees have started to bud and most of the snow is melted away. People have pulled their grills out of the garage and the bravest of souls have taken the chance during the mildly warm weather to sport their flip-flop sandals. Fortunately, to beat the winter blues out of our systems, spring also brings spring football, much to …

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By · March 13th, 2010 · 18,284 views
Spring Football Focus Part II: Conditioning

Usually, when a coach gets let go and a new regime is brought in, it’s because the original system wasn’t producing results and, like a pendulum, the administration heads to the opposite side of the philosophical spectrum. The transition can be full of bumps and many things can happen in that short period of time. You have to break a few eggs to make an …

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By · March 9th, 2010 · 18,790 views
Spread and Pass, Brian Kelly’s (Somewhat) New Irish Offense

While the defense may be a bigger problem, one of the primary concerns for many Irish fans is the spread passing offense of new head coach Brian Kelly. Kelly makes no secret of his offensive goal, he wants to be aggressive and vertical, scoring on every possession. As such, he favors the pass over the run, operates heavily from the shotgun, and employs an up-tempo …

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By · March 6th, 2010 · 21,613 views
Spring Football Focus Part I: Personnel Changes

For most Notre Dame Football fans this off-season has been a whirlwind of news—a somewhat reserved excitement and hopeful optimism for what the 2010 season holds for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame let a coach go, hired a promising replacement, said goodbye to a handful of players who are currently demonstrating their abilities for the NFL draft, welcomed eight new position coaches (nine if you …

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By · March 2nd, 2010 · 14,282 views
Missed Opportunity and Failed Execution, Notre Dame’s Red Zone Woes

With few exceptions, the 2009 Irish offense had a very productive year. Quarterback Jimmy Clausen and wide receiver Golden Tate turned in brilliant performances and led an explosive unit that generated over 30 points per outing.

But if there was an Achilles’ heel—and there was—it was red zone point production.

The Irish struggled inside the 20-yard line in 2009, but this is hardly a new …