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By · February 4th, 2011 · 9,436 views
Tradition Is a Guide, and Not a Jailer

National Signing Day has come and gone and Notre Dame football fans around the country continue to recover from the hangover of the one last hurrah before the inevitable off-season lull. Broken only briefly by a short-lived Spring “dog and pony show” in which only die-hard fans trek to Notre Dame Stadium to brave the unpredictable northern Indiana weather and catch a glimpse of what …

Miscellany, Off-Season, Statistics, University »

By · August 28th, 2010 · 6,851 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, Staff, University »

By · August 11th, 2010 · 2,738 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 …

News, Off-Season, Personnel, Staff, University »

By · December 11th, 2009 · 2,560 views
Under Pressure (Already)

When trying to get a high school football recruit to come to Notre Dame, one of the biggest draws is the added exposure that player will receive, not only from the fans across the nation, but professional scouts as well. Storied history? Check. Historical significance? Check. Facilities that are second to none? Check. A schedule that covers the entire nation (as well as other countries)? …

Off-Season, Personnel, Staff, University »

By · December 7th, 2009 · 2,081 views
Where’s Our Golden Ticket?

Since the press conference held by Notre Dame’s Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick last Monday announcing the departure of Charlie Weis, the entire Notre Dame fan base has been on the edge of their seat, constantly checking the internet and ESPN, to see if any head way has been made in the search for the next head coach of the football program. Meanwhile, Swarbrick is working …

Personnel, Recruiting, Staff, University »

By · November 28th, 2009 · 2,842 views
That’s Where We Went Wrong

Before Charlie Weis was officially announced as the new head coach at Notre Dame, he was preceded with praise from his colleagues and the press touting him as an offensive genius—a guru of X’s and O’s that, if anything else, could get the Irish offense firing on all cylinders. Six years later, Charlie Weis has more or less lived up to those expectations, save one …

News, Off-Season, Other Sports, Staff, University »

By · August 15th, 2009 · 2,557 views
Why 2008+1=2005

“‘Right now, you’re a six and five football team. And guess what, that’s just not good enough. It’s not good enough for you and it’s certainly not going to be good enough for me.” —Charlie Weis

Those words echoed a feeling of hope that the future for the Notre Dame football team was bright and it brought temporary ease to the gruesome year that the …

Game Coverage, University »

By · April 18th, 2009 · 2,304 views
Live Coverage of the 2009 Blue-Gold Game

We’ve been fortunate enough to secure a press credential to the 2009 Blue-Gold Game live at Notre Dame stadium. Our thanks go out to Senior Associate Athletic Director, John Heisler, for allowing us this last-minute opportunity.

Our intention is to provide live, interactive coverage during the game via the Live section of our site which can be accessed in the navigation bar above, or by …

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By · December 2nd, 2008 · 2,875 views
Facing an Angry Mob: The Future of Charlie Weis at Notre Dame

For most Irish fans, including myself, this year was quite a let down for the Notre Dame Football team. At the beginning of the season, many analysts touted the Irish as a team with more cohesiveness and more experience. Gone were the days of poor technique and poor execution. However, most people still felt that this year’s squad would be one or two years away …