Dear Brady Hoke, Notre Dame and Michigan Is Not a “National” Rivalry

The Michigan Wolverines defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Saturday night, 41-30 — and then celebrated by playing some polka. Here, the Irish's Chris Brown is tackled by Michigan's Delonte Hollowell after making a catch. (Photo:vGregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The last time Brady Hoke spoke about Notre Dame, he was pandering to Michigan alumni by calling the Irish "chicken" for cancelling the series with Michigan. At today's B1G media days, Hoke has transitioned from attempts at humor to just being flat-out factually wrong: https://twitter.com/Matt_Fortuna/status/493784493149278208 My reaction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1bbxzoG5Ek First off, let's place the whole "is Michigan really a rival?" debate to the side for a minute. Simply … [Read more...]

Notre Dame 2014 Opponent Preview: Navy

Credit: The Helmet Project

After facing what will by far be the toughest part of their schedule, Notre Dame will get a well deserved bye week before they face off against the triple option attack of Navy. Navy is one of those games on paper that the Irish should always win. A well-run triple option attack, however, can negate a clear size, strength, and speed advantage if a defense isn't ready to handle it. If a defense fails to stop drives, all of a sudden the offense finds themselves not just trailing, but pressing … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Changes” Edition

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This past week, Notre Dame football and its fans witnessed one of the most visible changes that the program has seen. But the new artificial surface is only the tip of the iceberg of the changes that Notre Dame has seen recently. Earlier this month, Notre Dame officially became an Under Armour school. The Bookstore channeled Black Friday with a midnight event as soon as the calendar flipped to July and demand hit a level that forced the cancellation of many online orders as inventory flew off … [Read more...]

First Look at the Notre Dame Midfield Logo

Via @NDFootball

The Notre Dame football twitter account has been on full #TurfWatch alert. I can't help but being reminded of a certain other popular "watch": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp6R1YSw_V0 Anyways, the vigil of the wonderful folks over at Fighting Irish Digital Media has paid off as we have our first look at the interlocking Notre Dame monogram at midfield: https://twitter.com/FightingIrish/status/492296784782184448 I must say, the monogram looks great in the morning light in ND … [Read more...]

Will Mahone Sentenced to 10 Days in Jail, Felonies Dropped

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The Will Mahone saga is nearing its conclusion. After his arrest, Mahone was initially charged with three felonies. Two of those three felonies were dropped but with one felony still looming, Notre Dame dismissed the sophomore WR. Mahone's lawyer stated at the time that he'd like to return to Notre Dame, but the school informed him that he would not be able to as long as the felonies were still pending. According to Vindy.com, Mahone reached what appears to be a plea agreement: Mahone, 20 … [Read more...]