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...]

Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy: Defensive Backs

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If the defensive line and wide receiver position groups raised questions, Notre Dame's secondary is a group full of answers. From Max Redfield at safety to fifth-year arriviste Cody Riggs, the Irish will enjoy a very solid, if inexperienced, two-deep. What new Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder does with the pieces will be an added wrinkle that has opposing offensive coordinators head-scratching at this point. If past is prologue or history repeats itself, Irish fans should expect a very … [Read more...]