Josh Shaw Lies about Heroics, USC Hate May Resume

Originally via the Ripist Blog. Now nuked to oblivion after Shaw admitted lying to USC.

First off, loyal readers, allow me to apologize for sullying Her Loyal Sons with Josh Shaw's false story. Not only did I decide to run with the story, but I tried to give you warm and fuzzy feelings about a Southern Cal player. I figured there was no harm in running a story from USC's official freakin' website, but, on Wednesday, that same site posted an official statement that Shaw made up the whole thing. And, in the most Southern Cal thing ever, Shaw retained an attorney, but not just any … [Read more...]

All Aboard the Jaylon Smith Murder Train

Photo: Credit: Robin Alam/Icon SMI

Irish fans, the 2014 season is upon us and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is set to take on the Rice Owls is mere days! We've suffered through the traditional offseason scandal and are finally ready to watch some damn football. A common theme that has been floating around as we approach opening day kick off has been whether or not our defense will be up to snuff. Do they have enough speed? Can they manage with so little experience against this daunting schedule? Even with … [Read more...]

Notre Dame 2014 Opponent Preview: Southern Cal

Credit: The Helmet Project

We have finally come to the end of our Notre Dame opponent previews with a familiar foe and our biggest rival: USC Southern Cal. The sanctions are over as is the Lane Kiffin era. The Trojans are climbing their way back to full strength with former Washington head coach, Steve Sarkisian at the helm. Let's find out what's in store for the end of the 2014 Irish campaign. Previous Opponent Previews: Rice Michigan Purdue Syracuse Stanford North Carolina Florida … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Coach

via @LTorbin

Fittingly, I hope, we end this year's installment of Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy with the position that defines an era: Coach. Years, if not decades, are defined by the men at the helm of the program. Rockne connotes herky-jerky newsreels and chamiponships. Leahy, Parseghian, Holtz, Devine, Willingham, and Weis each conjure images or feelings. Entering his fifth year at the head of Fighting Irish, the big fig himself, Brian Kelly's name is beginning to define the times. One ignores the … [Read more...]

Kelly Speaks: Rice, the Two Deep, and “Limited Democracy”

Kelly Presser

Brian Kelly addressed the media today in a press conference that covered the waterfront that is Notre Dame football. Of course, all eyes, and ears, were on the four players currently suspended as the investigation into academic misdeeds continues, but the kickoff against Rice, the vacant captaincies, and the newly-released Two Deep got as much, if not more, attention. And, if his comments today were any indication, Coach Kelly wants to focus on the players available to him and not on those who … [Read more...]