ACC Basketball Preview: #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish


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The Sports Bank’s college basketball season previews undergo a face lift this season. Rather than counting down the top 111 teams in 111 days, we will go conference-by-conference.  I’ve already counted down the Pac-12, Big 12, SEC, and AAC, and now turn my attention to the already new-look ACC.

After suffering through their first losing season in the Mike Brey era, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are looking for a bounce back year. Getting their best player back should help in that effort. [Read more...]

Is Notre Dame football underrated at #10? ESPN pundits discuss


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Notre Dame football fans are right up there with Ohio State and Michigan as some of the most thin-skinned college football fans in the nation. Every media member that justifiably criticizes Notre Dame football is branded “biased,” and receives hate mail.  Every questionable call that goes against the Fighting Irish verifies the officiating anti-Golden Dome “agenda.”

Every poll that ranks ND  is……wait, the Domers are actually right on this one.

Stop the presses!

For the entire college football world usually regards the Fighting Irish as always overrated in the polls. The initial college football playoff poll greatly underrates them. Tis true.

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David Robinson’s son Corey becoming star Notre Dame WR


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Corey Robinson is one of many celebrity offspring playing football for Notre Dame right now. His father is “The Admiral” himself, NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson. The Fighting Irish roster also boasts the sons of Jon Bon Jovi, Torii Hunter and Cris Collinsworth. 

Austin Collinsworth, a senior safety, was named one of the team’s captains this season.

Of all the proud fathers of Irish players, David Robinson is the one who is the most consistent fixture at ND.

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Critical ND game-changing penalty now attributed to Will Fuller


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The controversial closing seconds offensive pass interference penalty, which negated a game-winning touchdown pass from Everett Golson to Corey Robinson has been charged to a different player. In ND’s 31-27 loss at Florida State last night, the second to last play featured an Irish touchdown waived off due to an infraction originally called on Notre Dame junior wide receiver C.J. Prosise.

Brian Kelly talking to the media today about the play:

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Everett Golson is a Heisman candidate; in 2015


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Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had a Heisman Trophy moment tonight…called back due to a C.J. Prosise offensive pass interference penalty. It would have complemented the true Heisman moment he had closing out the win over Stanford. However, tonight, and the Stanford game are negated by the Syracuse and North Carolina contests. Both of those were the best of times. They were the worst of times. At least from a box score standpoint.

Next year could be different though. Golson is just in his second season as a starter. His third year is when he could make the leap to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. ESPN Analyst and Florida State icon Danny Kanell summated it perfectly on conference call with the media this week.

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#2 Florida State Football vs #5 Notre Dame Preview and prediction


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ESPN is extremely obnoxious in their over-coverage of #2 Florida State football and Jameis Winston. Bristol will ratchet that up even more this week as their partner, ABC, is televising this contest and their preview show, College Gameday is coming to Tallahassee. If FSU wins, the World Wide Leader will go full on CNN-with-the-missing-airplane on Jameis Winston and Florida St. the rest of the season.

They won’t be quite as obnoxious with over-covering #5 Notre Dame if the Irish win because they’re not the broadcast rights holder for Fighting Irish home games; NBC is. And all sports networks, not just ESPN included, are over-bearing in their coverage of teams/leagues where they hold the rights.

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Notre Dame vs. Florida St: then ’93 and now ’14


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I don’t see any sense in doing a “play by play” on the historic November 13, 1993 ballgame between Notre Dame and Florida State. I mean, let’s be realistic, isn’t that why God put Google and Wikipedia at our disposal?

So, let’s have our own “two man” game.

Here’s the drill. Each time I toss out a reflection, I’ll give you a hook on Saturday’s battle between the two clubs at Doak Campbell Stadium.

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Irish Eyes will be on Everett Golson and ball security


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Notre Dame Head Football Coach Brian Kelly can deny or make excuses for the sudden error prone football his quarterback Everett Golson is making. But deep down, you know Kelly and the rest of his offensive coaching staff are worried as they head into this season’s biggest game Saturday.

Golson has turned the ball over eight times the past three games. Of those turnovers, three were interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and the other five turnovers are Everett Golson fumbles. All five of those blunders were converted into touchdowns. Notre Dame turned it over just once in their first three games; 10 in their last three.

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Notre Dame football vs #2 FSU, preview with Chicago Tribune’s Chris Hine


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“Texas Forever, 6.” — Tim Riggins

“This is what college football is all about,” said Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher on his weekly media call Monday. Yes, indeed Saturday night will have many a “Seminole moment” (sorry for the bad pun) for the Notre Dame football team, FSU, the two #5 quarterbacks and many others.

Here to break it all down with me and preview the epic clash is Chicago Tribune Notre Dame football beat reporter Chris Hine. He also gets up to speed on the statuses of the five suspended Notre Dame football players.

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DaVaris Daniels is done at Notre Dame; maybe. possibly


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(Update: Daniels has re-opened the idea of returning to South Bend)

We now have closure on three of the “Notre Dame 5.” It took months, but decisions regarding the future of the five Notre Dame football players who were suspended indefinitely from the team this summer over academic malfeasance have now been made public.

DB KeiVarae Russell won’t play this year, but plans to return to the program next year.  WR DaVaris Daniels is done at Notre Dame, and does not plan to transfer at this point.

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VIDEOS: Notre Dame fight song on field, in golden dome


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If people only know one college fight song, it’s the Notre Dame fight song. If they only know two, then Michigan would be the second. The Notre Dame fight song will be played a lot this week in the MEGAHYPE and SUPERHYPE leading up to the huge showdown versus #2 Florida State. So we’re going heavy on ND this week leading up our ALL CAPS GAME PREVIEW on Wednesday morning.

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ROUGHING THE SNAPPER: #5 Notre Dame escapes UNC shootout


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Roughing the Snapper was trending nationally on Twitter today. So was Everett Golson and #UNCvsND. Yep the nation was watching as a crucial roughing the snapper penalty against the North Carolina Tar Heels gave the #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish new life on an offensive drive which had stalled out. UNC was up 36-36 at the time and the fourth quarter was about to begin.

That’s when #8 Norkeithus Otis, who plays the Bandit position (yes, I know everything about this screams “future Key and Peele sketch”) committed the roughing the snapper, yes roughing the snapper, penalty that changed momentum, as well as the course of the game.

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