Donald Trump Made Awkward Gene Keady Reference in Stump Speech

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(Editor’s note: as we head into the final hours preceding the U.S. Presidential Election, we revisit and republish some of the sports and pop culture stories we ran in 2016 relating to the electoral process) 

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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Nyles Morgan: Bright Spot in Down Notre Dame Football Season

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Cornerback KeiVarae Russell graduated, and moved on to the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL, but middle linebacker Nyles Morgan stepped right in to fill the best sound bite of any Notre Dame football player void. Morgan is a joy to talk to, as he usually has something interesting to say on a multitude of topics.

For instance, on the disparity between his number of freshman year and sophomore year snaps:

“It’s kind of like you feed a pit bull steak one day, and the next day he’s expecting the same, but you come back with ham. He’s hungry. So being hungry is what’s going to help me push the team this year.”

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Notre Dame Football: Finishing Foes Off Once Again an Issue

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There were 14 representatives from 11 NFL teams, including Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace, attending Saturday’s Notre Dame football game against the University of Miami. Additionally five reps from three bowl games came to South Bend. You even had two individuals on behalf of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Rough Riders attendance Fighting Irish versus the Hurricanes.

While many or most of those individuals were there to scout individual players, what they all observed was a Notre Dame football that played a familiar song which we’ve heard over and over and over again this season.

This time however the Irish ended it on a positive note, instead of a negative.

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Notre Dame Football vs Miami Hurricanes: Game Preview, Prediction

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With Notre Dame football moving to an ACC heavy schedule each year, some traditional rivalries have dissipated and been extinguished. However, other rivalries now what the potential to flourish. Take the Miami Hurricanes for instance. The Canes started 4-0 and rose to #10 in the AP Poll.

Now they visit South Bend having lost their last three, and in free fall. Even though both sides are essentially wounded animals right now, this is still a game that Notre Dame football fans had circled on their calendar for quite awhile.

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Is Brian Kelly Really on the Hot Seat?

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Brian Kelly receives the dreaded vote of confidence from Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick.

“Anytime that your athletic director has to come out and say that, as a head coach you’re disappointed that any kind of comments like that have to be made,” Kelly said Tuesday during his weekly press conference.

“I didn’t ask him, that was his decision (to say it),” Kelly said. “I clearly understand what he was doing. He was probably sick and tired of being sick and tired, too.”

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Brian Kelly Under Fire; Notre Dame Fans Breaking Out Pitchforks

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If Notre Dame Football Coach Brian Kelly were to actually search his name and check his mentions on Twitter right now…..

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Notre Dame Football: “Hurricane Bowl” Becomes Instant GIF Classic

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It’s pretty much impossible to think of a college football game being played in worse conditions than this. “Ill-advised” doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of describing what a poor decision this was. Your Notre Dame football team is now 2-4 with the pitchforks coming out for Head Coach Brian Kelly. The Fighting Irish bowl chances are are in serious peril.

The Fighting Irish lost 10-3 at N.C. State; in a contest played about a mile and half west from the edge of Hurricane Matthew, designated a Category 1 storm at the time of the game.

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Notre Dame Football: “Catholics vs Convicts” ESPN 30 for 30 Coming

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With Notre Dame football moving to an ACC heavy schedule each year, some traditional rivalries have dissipated and been extinguished. However, other rivalries now what the potential to flourish. Take the Miami Hurricanes for instance. The Canes, currently #10 in country, visit South Bend on October 29th in a game that Notre Dame football fans might be looking at as a litmus test for saving their season.

We’ve mapped out what the Irish need to do in the back half of the season to qualify for a bowl and beating Miami would help their cause a lot.

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Notre Dame Football: Path to Bowl Game Still Plausible

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Seasons that don’t end in a bowl game are rare for the Notre Dame football program. It’s only happened twice (2007, 2009) since 2013.

However, a loss yesterday to Syracuse in New York would have likely put the kibosh on ND’s chances going bowling in 2016. Of course, they didn’t, and Notre Dame football fans started to breathe easier in the second half, as the Irish started to pull away from the Orange, and went on to win comfortably in the end 50-33. 

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Notre Dame Football: What’s the Way Forward Now?

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There will have to be some changes within the Notre Dame football team this week. There will likely be bigger changes ahead for the Notre Dame football program down in the not too distant future. The Duke Blue Devils came in to South Bend as 22 point underdogs yesterday. They left victorious; meaning it was the biggest upset, using just point spreads as your criteria, in 20 years for the the Fighting Irish.

You have to immediately wonder how much longer Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator Brian VanGorder will remain employed.

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Notre Dame Football Game Preview vs Duke Blue Devils

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In 2016, it’s College Football Playoff or bust, every season, for the sport’s blue bloods. So now that this Notre Dame football team has two losses already, what are they playing for this season? Is there still hope for a New Year’s Six Bowl? Possibly, but they’d have to go 9-0 down the stretch and hope some things fall their way in order to be in that conversation. In other words, not bloody likely.

Being an independent, Saturday’s tussle with Duke is not an ACC conference game, and therefore does not have any meaning towards determining a conference championship.

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Revising Notre Dame Football Season and Bowl Expectations

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In the Notre Dame football program, success is measured by national relevance, not local. In 2016, it’s college football playoff or bust. This is true not only because ND is independent, and thus has no conference championship to play for, but also a consequence of the very high bar set by the program’s unparalleled history of success.

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