Notre Dame Football Back On Track in 2014

via South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame Football: 2013 Edition will go down as a no-man's land of seasons. The year that was in between Manti Te'o's departure and Everett Golson's re-arrival. It was a disappointing season. At 9-4 with after a mediocre bowl win against a laughable opponent, Irish fans were left with a sour, bittersweet taste in their mouths. No one really celebrated. No one really bemoaned the year. It just...was. And no we're sort of re-convincing ourselves that this year is going to be the year that … [Read more...]

Defending the Option: Who Takes Over for Te’o?

4-3 Option Assignments

Before the Irish started their 2012 season against Navy, I had a detailed post describing how Bob Diaco runs Notre Dame's defense against an option attack. In short, Diaco throws the 3-4 away for such games and switches to a more traditional 4-3 look. The catch though, was that Diaco had another wrinkle in the assignment football that you usually see in the option: Manti Te'o. To refresh, here's how ND started to assign players to defend the option after the 2010 disaster in the … [Read more...]

Friday Roundup: The “Get Excited About Purdue” Edition

Seriously, this time you should be excited for an otherwise boring matchup.

Look, I know we here at HLS always give Purdue a solid, swift kick to nuts every time they play them. We're all familiar with the bit by now. Purdue sucks, they are boring zzzzzzzzzzz and all that. This week though, you should be excited. I'm serious here, stay with me on this. Look, I know Purdue is a horrible football team. And yes, they have a safety that played with two broken hands only to break his leg. Their leading receiver is out too, so that doesn't help matters for … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Scandal Us

HLS EFS CSC Swarbrick Sneer

At this time in July, as families travel across the country, grade-school children catalog their new experiences so they can write those all-important “what I did on my summer vacation” essays.  At this very same time, across America, sports journalists are sloughing off the blackened husks that used to be their integrity and are skimming the sewers of half-truths and scurrilous gossip, as they prepare to smear Notre Dame in the style of angry chimpanzees with handfuls of their own filth.  This … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Last Hurrah

HLS EFS CSC Commencement exercises

Send three volleys of cheers on high for our Seniors! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hooray! As final exams end today, so begins your last week at Notre Dame. Be proud. Be gracious. Be generous. Be humble. But above all, be happy! For you have achieved something great. And you have achieved it together. When you arrived here as a herd of freshmen in 2009, did you think that in your Senior year you would see your classmates lead your football team to an undefeated season and a #1 ranking? Probably not. … [Read more...]