L-S-WHO? Irish Defeat Tigers 31-28

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If the 2012 championship game against Alabama was a yardstick applied with gusto to the backside of Coach Brian Kelly's Irish, the 2014 Music City Bowl victory over 23rd-ranked LSU was yet another sort of measure in Notre Dame's journey from relevance to validation. Trading gaudy, gash-y runs and kick returns for shattering, clock-consuming drives, the unranked and injury-riddled Irish bested a ranked-SEC squad for the first time since 1992, unless you count back-to-back wins over A&M in … [Read more...]

Malik Zaire Will Start for Notre Dame in Music City Bowl

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Molly and I mentioned in our most recent episode of HLS TV that we could certainly be in for some news on Monday for Notre Dame. We thought injury updates might be the biggest thing--we certainly didn't anticipate Brain Kelly announcing that Malik Zaire would be the Irish's starting QB tomorrow afternoon. https://twitter.com/JJStankevitz/status/549648437290221569 https://twitter.com/JJStankevitz/status/549649539360382976 Kelly, though, still made sure to state that Everett Golson would … [Read more...]

How Will Brian Kelly Pull off a Two QB Offense?

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As we mentioned yesterday, Brian Kelly announced that the Notre Dame offense would play both Everett Golson and Malik Zaire in the Music City Bowl against LSU. Yes, the dreaded two QB system is here and Kelly didn't completely rule out using it next year either. I'm not overly keen on the idea. The whole "if you have two QBs, you don't have one" has rung true more often than not. Despite that mantra, there are still examples of teams that have pulled it off with varying degrees of … [Read more...]

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...]

Finding the Bottom

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I'm not even sure where exactly to start with the mess that was Notre Dame's loss to Northwestern. Typing "Notre Dame's loss to Northwestern" doesn't even make sense to me. The Irish lost and gave up 43 points to a team that hasn't even cracked 30 all season. Iowa blew these guys out. But here we are in what I consider the worst loss since I walked on to campus in 2003. Oh sure, we've lost to worse teams, but those┬áND teams were objectively terrible. While this team isn't … [Read more...]