Notre Dame vs. UMass 62-27: The Game I Hated and Have Always Wanted

Notre Dame’s Sheldon Day (91) and Joe Schmidt (38) celebrate a big stop 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

View image | For the first time in a long time, I found myself downright pissed at Notre Dame at halftime. The 35-20 lead that the Irish took into the locker room might as well have been flipped. The effort was uninspiring. The offense sputtered far too often, including a terrible interception due to, of all people, Will Fuller trying to catch the ball with his body and not his hands. The defense looked lost, giving up three consecutive UMass drives for touchdowns, … [Read more...]

The Irish and the 2016 NFL Draft (Because, Why Not?)

Dan Fox & Jaylon Smith bring down a Stanford ball carrier. (Daniel Hartwig via Flickr)

A couple weeks back, Tex provided some evidence as to why Notre Dame having but one player picked in the 2015 NFL Draft shouldn’t be too troubling. Of course, telling ND fans not to panic is a lot like telling USC students to go to class – it’s just not going to happen. While there are certainly stronger indicators of program performance than NFL selections, it’s undeniable that analysts, fans, and even (theoretically) recruits consider a team’s track record of NFL graduations when assessing … [Read more...]

Morning Roundup: Feb. 25, 2015

Enjoy this picture because it's probably the closest we will get to Zaire running the offense.

Good morning! Here are your headlines: PODCASTS Irish Sports Talk: DaVaris at NFL Combine & Notre Dame scholarship at 82 - Feb 23 IST153 (46:45) Irish Illustrated: Insider Podcast #166 - Turnover margins (44:55) VIDEO StudentSports: GoPro: Manti Te'o - Hawaii linebacker coach (2:06) WatchND: Tire Wars (0:42) CURRENT TEAM Irish Illustrated: Spring questions: Defensive line (Jarron Jones, Isaac Rochell, Romeo Okwara, Andrew Trumbetti, Grant Blankenship, Jhonny … [Read more...]

Morning Roundup: Feb. 20, 2015

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Good morning! Here are your headlines: VIDEO Irish Illustrated: NFL Combine interview: DaVaris Daniels (5:23) Scout: Scout spotlight: Bo Wallace (00:54) Irish Illustrated: NFL Combine interview: Ben Koyack (5:10) RECRUITING Scout: The No. 1 center in Florida will visit Auburn (Brett Heggie, brother of Bruce Heggie) Scout: Noah Davis finding recruiting surreal (Notre Dame has not offered) Irish Sports Daily: Recruiting week in review (Chauncey Gardner & Tre Nixon) Fox … [Read more...]

Purdue Review: Using the “Slash” Concept in the Red Zone

Corey Robinson

With Notre Dame clinging to a three-point lead late in the third quarter against the Boilermakers, Everett Golson connected with Corey Robinson for a 15-yard touchdown. The touchdown was Robinson's first of the season and is a good example of how Notre Dame uses the "Slash" concept in the red zone. What is the Slash concept? Slash is a two-man route combination. The outside receiver runs a seven-yard hitch approximately one yard from the sideline while the inside receiver runs a "Bow" … [Read more...]