Donald Trump Makes Awkward Gene Keady Reference in Stump Speech


Speaking in Cleveland today, Donald Trump covered a litany of topics, first and foremost his much discussed and hyper analyzed Republican National Convention Acceptance speech from last night. Trump then shifted gears to his notorious feud with Texas Senator Ted Cruz before discussing his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

The Republican nominee then described why he loves the state of Indiana and this included mentioning a cadre of coaches with elite won-loss records.

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Notre Dame Football Unveils New Shamrock Series Uniforms


The University of Notre Dame football program unveiled the uniforms for this year’s Shamrock Series game. This contest is Notre Dame’s sixth annual Shamrock Series event, an off-campus home game which will be have played versus November 12th in San Antonio.

The previous Shamrock Series events were played in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis and Dallas.

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Notre Dame Must Distance Themselves From the Lou Holtz Brand


On day one of the 2016 Republican National Convention former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz was spotted walking around with a bottle of Crown Royal. Many, or at least some, of us found that cute and quirky.

On day two of the RNC, Holtz gave an anti-immigrant rant that made it seem like he drank way too much of that Crown Royal whiskey before giving his speech.

There is absolutely nothing cute and quirky about what Lou Holtz did today, and now Notre Dame must do the right thing.

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College Football Award Watch Lists: Just Please Stop Already!

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Yesterday kicked off, as the great Elvis Costello sang, “the other side of summer.” That’s because Tuesday July 5th initiated the evil scourge that is College Football Award Watch List Season. These pointless press releases are sent out as breaking “news.”

Not only does the journalist receive the email blasts from the award and college football organization themselves, every single school sends out their own individual email blast themselves. Now you cannot blame the SIDs for this. It’s not their fault and don’t shoot the messenger.

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Tre Demps Makes Chicago Bulls Summer League Roster


The Chicago Bulls announced their team which will participate in the 2016 Las Vegas Summer League.  This year’s #1 draft pick, #14 overall, Denzel Valentine out of Michigan State (the last pick in the lottery) headlines the roster, which includes fellow Spartan alumni Raymar Morgan.

Yes, the same Raymar Morgan who is balling with the Spartan Heroes (Michigan State Alumni) in “The Basketball Tournament.”

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2017 NFL mock draft 7-6-16


A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Notre Dame Football a Top 10 Team, Say Preseason Publications


There are 67 days till Notre Dame Football season begins on Sunday Sept 4th. The Fighting Irish will travel to Texas for an under the light contest nationally featured on ABC. If that seems like a long ways away, then consider this, ACC Media Days begin in just 21 days! That said, we already did our “Way Too Early Notre Dame Football Season Preview” which you can check out at this link.

In the meantime, let’s look at what those preseason college football publications (the magazines make such great beach/poolside reading don’t they?) are saying about the Irish.

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Corey Robinson, David Robinson’s Son, Retires From Notre Dame


Corey Robinson is one of the many celebrity offspring who have played football for Notre Dame during the Brian Kelly era. The son of “The Admiral” himself, NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson, announced that he has decided to end his career with the Fighting Irish, due to concussions.

He will remain with the team as a student assistant coach.

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A.J. Hammons a Mid-First Rounder Says Fran Frischilla


The much discussed, and very often scrutinized, Purdue Boilermakers Center A.J. Hammons will finally be drafted into the NBA in a little over a month. A four year guy, this seems like it’s been a very long time coming as there was chatter the last two seasons about whether or not Hammons would or should make an early entry into the professional ranks.

ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and he was asked about a handful of prospects from the state of Indiana.

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Jaylon Smith: Dallas Cowboys Make Great Long Term Investment


Former Notre Dame Linebacker Jaylon Smith will be taking a professional version of “a medical redshirt year.”

Smith will be out of football for 2016, as his recovers from nerve damage in his knee. Heading into the Fiesta Bowl, Smith was projected to be a sure fire top five pick in this year’s NFL Draft. Many draftniks had him the best overall defensive player on their big boards.

Some mock drafts had him going as high as #3, but the conversation drastically changed on New Year’s Day in Arizona. In the first half of the Fiesta Bowl he tore his medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments.

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Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley to Ravens at #6 Makes Sense


Editor’s note: this article ran originally on April 7th. Now in light of the Ravens selecting Ronnie Stanley.

Ronnie Stanley, when he speaks at media opportunities, reminds me of The Simpsons episode when Homer joins the U.S. Naval Reserve. Entitled “Simpson Tide,” it’s a quasi-parody of Crimson Tide, as Homer, through fate and circumstance, ends up as a de facto Captain of a nuclear vessel.

Before boarding, Captain Tenile addressed the men:

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2016 NFL Mock Draft 4-28-16 FINAL


Happy Draft Day!!!! This will be our penultimate 2016 NFL mock draft update, with the final version coming late this afternoon.  To get you ready for the draft, here’s a list of 40 NFL Draft buzzwords, catch-phrases and cliches that you’ll hear tonight, and all weekend, from the TV network draftniks.

“He can make all throws when you put him in space a hand in the round guy road grader space eater people mover who plays faster than his tape.”

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