Thirteen for Thirteen: Giving Jack a Hand

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It's not often that one is challenged by an athletic director, much less one as erudite as Notre Dame's own Jack "Jack" Swarbrick, but challenge us he did, loyal readers, in remarks made at the College Football Playoff spring meetings. As reported by Heather Dinich at ESPN, among othrs, Swarbrick said "You wouldn't believe the number of letters I get from fans with proposals on how to get a 13th game." "It's just crazy. All of them have one common feature about them: There's not a chance in hell … [Read more...]

Morning Roundup: April 3, 2015

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Good morning! I'm here to catch you up on all that has transpired with the Notre Dame football program in the last 24 hours. Here are your headlines: PODCAST Irish Illustrated (F): Irish hit spring stride (50:55) ND Insider: Podcast: ND Insider recruiting update 4-2 (10:42) RECRUITING - OFFERED Bruin Report Online ($): Video: Lucas at The Opening (⭐⭐⭐⭐ AZ RB Chase Lucas) Dawg Post (F): Big get for Dawgs - Price commits (⭐⭐⭐⭐ GA OT E.J. Price) Irish247 (F): Robinson, family … [Read more...]

Jack Swarbrick Speaks Out on Paying Student Athletes

Notre Dame athletic director, Jack Swarbrick

Yesterday, Jack Swarbrick had an interview with'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...]

Notre Dame and Michigan: The End


I'm not used to storybook endings for Notre Dame football. That might sound a bit strange for a program full of feel-good lore, legends, and even a movie about a walk-on that managed to record a sack on his only defensive snap. That was all "back then" as many people that love to hate the Fighting Irish will consistently remind me. Recently, the script for Notre Dame football ends in nightmares. The 2012 season, and the events that followed after it, serves as a perfect example. After an … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Sticking It to Michigan” Edition

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Jack Swarbrick wore the biggest grin on his face since perhaps the conclusion of the 2012 regular season. His masterful plan now public, he opened his bottom desk drawer, revealing a bottle of scotch and glassware. Certainly some might think scotch before ten in the morning on a Thursday a little concerning, but not this day. This is a day for celebration. After pouring his morning beverage, his phone predictably rang. He had been waiting for this. "Hello, this is Jack." "YOU SORRY SON … [Read more...]