Tex is stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of Her Loyal Sons. It took me ten minutes to form that sentence, such is the suddenness and relative importance of the fact. In the five years I have been writing for this site, Tex has been a constant in my experience. He hired me over a series of emails. He guided me through posting, through administering, and through writing. None of you see the attention he gives his staff. The texts. The emails. The telephone … [Read more...]

Misfiring in the Rain: Notre Dame Falls to Clemson, 24-22


Notre Dame's improbable run of success collapsed in a rain-sodden pile of turnovers and false starts at Clemson on Saturday night. The sixth-ranked Fighting Irish arrived in South Carolina as Hurricane Joaquin started to turn out to sea, sending lashing bands of rain into Death Valley. Though their ranking is unknown at the moment, Notre Dame will bring plenty of questions back to South Bend. Among those questions, the ones directed at the offensive line are … [Read more...]

Irish D Gives Bees Hives, Win 30-22

Notre Dame’s KeiVarae Russell (6) brings down Georgia Tech’s Clinton Lynch (49) during the Notre Dame-Georgia Tech NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

In defeating Georgia Tech 30-22, Notre Dame became the only team in the country to beat three Power 5 teams this season and the first to contain Tech's offense. After last week's breathless finish at Virginia, fair questions were asked of the Irish about their understanding of Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder's scheme and whether it was the right fit for Notre Dame. Fairer questions were directed at Notre Dame's depth and DeShone Kizer's ability to fill in for Malik Zaire, who joined the … [Read more...]

FWIW: Irish at Eight in the AP

Notre Dame Helmet

In the second AP poll of the season, the Fighting Irish (2-0) are up one spot to number eight. Surprised? Don't be. This is just reward for beating a FBS, Power-5 opponent on a weekend in which two top twenty-five, SEC teams were tested (Auburn) and bested (Arkansas) by Jacksonville State and Toledo. This week's opponent, Georgia Tech, is also up one, to fifteen. Clemson is up one to eleven. USC is up two spots to six.  The log jam at the top creaked a little, as MSU stole two of tOSU's … [Read more...]

Kizer You Say? Notre Dame Tops Virginia 34-27


Thomas Jefferson desired the University of Virginia to be an "academical village" to educate the common man. Whether DeShone Kizer, the latest addition to the Fighting Irish pantheon, learned enough against the Cavaliers to navigate Notre Dame (2-0) to a BCS playoff berth will be revealed over the next few weeks, and most immediately when the Ramblin' Wreck comes to town. There is no denying, though, that Kizer's saving stroke was the brightest of few bright spots in an otherwise befuddling … [Read more...]