Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Punter & Kicker


La plus ca change... goes the old adage, and 2014 looks to be no different. With the whirl of changes going on with Notre Dame's coverage units, e.g. Greg Bryant likely pulling double-duty both covering and returning, punter-kicker is a position group where there is really only one pick in 2014. Whereas the Irish had multiple players competing in the kicking game in 2013 (Brindza, Tausch, Wulfeck), 2014 only has two roster spots: Brindza and sophomore John Chereson. THE IRISH: KICKER and … [Read more...]

Understanding O’Bannon

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On August 8, 2014, a United States District Court Judge, The Honorable Claudia Wilken, issued Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law that held the NCAA to have illegally restrained "trade in the market for certain educational and athletic opportunities." The purpose of this article is to provide you, our loyal reader, with a helpful analysis of Judge Wilken's 99-page Order and give you some understanding as to what the case, Edward O'Bannon, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, … [Read more...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Linebacker

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This is the only position group at which the Irish Player to Watch is a no-brainer. The Irish Player To Watch at linebacker is not just the best player at his position, he may be the best player on the team. But it's the team, and staff around him, that will ultimately decide Notre Dame's defensive fate. With Fall Camp underway yesterday at Culver Academies, first year Defensive Coordinator and inside linebacker's coach Brian VanGorder will have his hands full putting the right pieces in the … [Read more...]

Get Inside: NDInsider’s 2014 Notre Dame Football Annual Review


NDInsider's 2014 Notre Dame Football Annual is on the stands and in the App Store and if you're looking for a comprehensive one-stop shop for all things Irish football, this is it. Brought to you by the South Bend Tribune's "Big Four" writers, Eric Hansen, AlLesar, Tyler James, and BobWieneke, the magazine offers deep content paired with quality writing. At $9.95 plus tax for the paper product, it's a bargain as well. $12.95 gets you the magazine shipped. You can order the print version or the … [Read more...]

IT’S HERE: Brian Kelly Opens 2014 Campaign with Presser


Today marked the end of a long, but relatively uneventful off season and the start of the 2014 campaign for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. At noon EST, Head Football Coach Brian Kelly addressed the media and fielded questions to describe his thoughts on the summer season and where the program is heading into the Fall. Kelly, wearing a sport coat and Oxford shirt, looked relaxed and trim, with closely-cropped hair. Kelly came across as optimistic and eager. The new June OTA opportunities and … [Read more...]