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I took my daughter to see Inside Out yesterday, and when we walked outside, it was drizzling, and as we drove home, the drizzle turned to rain, and as we drove further, to a downpour. Rain always makes me nostalgic and I thought it fitting, for Inside Out is very much a movie about memory. Which got me thinking about Notre Dame, inarguably the most memory-focused of the FBS schools. The Victory March doesn't get out of the first verse before we're promising to "ne'er forget her." A couple of … [Read more...]

Football 101: Tales from a Fifth-Year Senior

Waiting for this year's event to start, but first...let me take a selfie

Tuesday, June 9th, marked the Kelly Cares Foundation's sixth annual "Football 101" event. Paqui Kelly, two time breast cancer survivor and wife of head football coach Brian Kelly, started the event as a way to raise money and awareness for early breast cancer detection and treatment. "Football 101" draws 600 women to the Notre Dame campus each year not only to support the cause of breast cancer awareness, but also to participate in football related activities that make you feel as though you're … [Read more...]

Ishaq’s Back (in School)

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Last Friday, Notre Dame received the expected news that KeiVarae Russell was back with the Irish. Yesterday, another one of the Frozen Five had their fate become a little clearer: The important thing to note here is that Ishaq is back only academically at this point. His status on the football team is up in the air. The reason? It's one that we've mentioned several times this offseason. Scholarship numbers are tight and a fifth … [Read more...]

How Do We Judge Brian Kelly in 2015?

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The public and constant evaluation of the head coach of Notre Dame football might as well stand with death and taxes in the certainties of life. It comes with the territory and, in this day and age, provides easy fodder for spilling internet ink on blogs, forums, and social media. However, just because this fruit hangs low doesn't mean it isn't worth taking a look at. Looking at a coach's progress and/or expectations is a solid health check for the program in both its current state and the … [Read more...]

Chop to the Heart, Golson Transfers to Florida State

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It seems like only yesterday that Everett Golson held the most popular position on the Notre Dame football team: backup quarterback. 2011 marked a season in which fans clamored for the rise of Golson. A struggling and turnover-prone Tommy Rees did what he could after taking over for Dayne Crist; however, the good will created by his 4-0 run to end the 2010 season, including the first victory over Southern Cal in ages, gave way to the desire to see the freshman standing on the sideline full of … [Read more...]