Coach Speak: Post-Practice Pressers from Kelly and Miles

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Monday marked the end of Notre Dame's third, and LSU's first, post-season practice in anticipation of their upcoming clash in the Music City Bowl on December 30th. Louisiana State University's Head Coach Les Miles and Notre Dame's Head Coach Brian Kelly each addressed the media to give the lay of the land. Coincidentally, both coaches gave over the first half of their pressers to off-topic issues. In this post, I'll give you both the highlights and the links to each. BRIAN KELLY: The biggest … [Read more...]

Austin Collinsworth’s Career at Notre Dame Officially Over

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Late Sunday night, the South Bend Tribune, posted news that most Notre Dame football fans all but expected by now: Austin Collinsworth's ND career is over. After being listed as "doubtful" by Brian Kelly during his post-bowl selection presser, the SBT confirmed that Collinsworth had surgery on his shoulder this past Friday before the football banquet. Collinsworth suffered all kinds of injuries throughout the 2014 season and reading how banged up he was while trying to play against Southern … [Read more...]

RECORDING: Friday Roundup – Episode 05

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I had a bit of a delay in getting audio from my last show, but it is finally up on our Podbean site and should be hitting the iTunes feed soon. A big thanks to everyone that has tuned in, especially those out of the area that have been streaming the show. The streaming especially has been a nice surprise to the folks at KVCE as they are getting visitors from outside the DFW area, which they are simply thrilled about. So, seriously, huge thanks as I don't get to keep doing this without that … [Read more...]

Jack Swarbrick Speaks Out on Paying Student Athletes

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Yesterday, Jack Swarbrick had an interview with CBSSports.com's Jon Solomon after an IMG Sports Network panel and it is most definitely worth your time to read. In it, he supports of paying student-athletes for use of their image and likeness. Now, before this causes a freak-out moment in thinking that Swarbrick is about to lead college athletics into a downward spiral, it is important to note that he isn't suggesting student athletes should become similar to minor league players, but rather … [Read more...]

HLS TV (Episode 14): Nashville Special

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Molly and I decided to do a quick episode after Notre Dame's bowl matchup became official. We talked a bit about Brian Kelly's reaction, a too-soon preview of LSU, and what the playoff committee's decisions on the first playoff in college football mean for ND. The video and audio are below. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaUWMj6mAok Download this episode (right click and save) … [Read more...]

Tempo for Tigers: Comparing the Pace of the Irish Offense

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When Brian Kelly assumed the mantle of coaching the Fighting Irish, there was an expectation that he would bring the crazy insane, up-tempo offense that put his Bearcats in that year's Sugar Bowl against Florida. "Up-tempo" can mean a couple of things. Think "number of plays per game," or "time between plays," or "caravan of fat people charging into an all-you-can-eat casino buffet." For the purposes of this piece, I'm going to look at the number of plays per game the Irish have managed under … [Read more...]

Notre Dame to Play LSU in Music City Bowl

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Notre Dame will have a chance to ease the pain of the 2014 season and perhaps remove some of the sting from the 2007 Sugar Bowl as the lottery odds were in the Music City Bowl's favor. The Irish and LSU Tigers will face off in Nashville on Tuesday, December 30 at 3:00pm ET on ESPN. Before I get too far into my thoughts on the game, as well as some comments from Brian Kelly, I am happy to announce that we are able to be an affiliate with Prime Sports, from whom you can purchase primary market … [Read more...]

TCB Poll: College Football Playoff

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Beginning in 2014, a playoff selection committee will determine which four college football teams play for the national title. Some are skeptical of the committee, so we -- the Elvii of college football -- have joined together to present our weekly playoff nominations. We call it the T.C.B. Poll. … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: A Tale of Two Teams

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It was the best of seasons, it was the worst of seasons; it was a game of touchdowns, it was a game of turnovers; it was the inspiration for belief, it was the cause of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the autumn of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had a playoff berth before us, we had a second-tier bowl before us; we were in Heaven on earth, we were in a cold, wet Stadium of defeat. Since 1887, we’ve had worse seasons, but few as … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “To Bowl or Not to Bowl” Edition

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To bowl or not to bowl, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The injuries and defeats of a season lost, Or to take the field against a sea of troubles And by playing end them. To quit—to rest, No more; and by a rest to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That losses are heir to: 'tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To quit, to rest; To rest, perchance to dream—ay, there's the rub: For in that offseason what dreams may come, When … [Read more...]