Source: Notre Dame Stadium to add artificial turf, two videoboards


Note: this Notre Dame Stadium piece originally ran on December 19th, 2013, AHEAD of the outlets claiming they had it first yesterday. Here we bring it back to the forefront.

Armed Forces Radio Network has informed The Sports Bank that Notre Dame Stadium will undergo major renovations in the next several years. School officials hope to have many of the changes completed by 2015, sources say. It’s an evolving stadium plan, so nothing is official or finalized as yet, but this information comes to you through AFRN, via a Notre Dame media relations director and member of the Sports Information Department.

Here are the major changes we could see to Notre Dame Stadium, and rather soon.

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Source: Notre Dame football will replace Adidas with Under Armour


(Editor’s note: this story originally ran on The Sports Bank at 7 am CST on December 19th.)

Armed Forces Radio Network has informed The Sports Bank that Notre Dame football will have Under Armour as their official uniform partner once their current contract expires at the end of 2014. A source within the ND Athletic Department also told AFRN that Nike is making a very strong push, but it’s all but confirmed that Notre Dame football will drop Adidas at the end of next season. Notre Dame football will then add UA as their new long term athletic performance partner.

There has been speculation and rumors surrounding this deal for some time.

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Notre Dame football #22, Ohio State #8 in early ’14 rankings


2013 provided a better than mediocre, but not great season for Notre Dame football. What does 2014 hold? Yes, we’re talking about 2014 Notre Dame football already. Before the 2013 season is even over. Let’s look at some early, perhaps way too early preseason prognosticators. For the 13th consecutive season has released its Annual Early Bird Preview, which takes a very early – but extremely accurate – peek into the next college football season.

Are they too early? Not quite.

The Early Bird Preview has predicted virtually the same Top 10 the official AP Poll puts out eight months later in August.

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Eight most popular Notre Dame stories of 2013


Merry Christmas Eve Notre Dame fans! The Fighting Irish are the primary college football team of The Sports Bank. Especially after the two big stories I broke last week. So now, even more so. I’m an Illini (the primary college basketball team of The Sports Bank) first and foremost. And I’m a Spartan whenever they play anyone else other than Illinois. However, for business purposes, and business before pleasure, I have ND on my mind.

Purposefully put this listicle up at the top of the site at the exact time I do my weekly radio spot for WAOR 95.7 The Fan Michiana. It’s December 24th South Bend!

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Cameron Biedscheid leaving Notre Dame; a Jerian Grant domino falls


Sophomore swingman Cameron Biedscheid is the second player to leave the Notre Dame college basketball in as many days. Another domino falls in the Jerian Grant drama. Cam, a former McDonald’s All-American, is one of the highest rated recruits in not just the Mike Brey era, but the history of ND basketball in general.

Multiple outlets are reporting that Cameron Biedscheid, who was red-shirting this season to preserve a year of eligibility. He has requested a transfer. Things are all coming apart at the seams for Notre Dame basketball.

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Update on Notre Dame drama with Jerian Grant


Notre Dame has dismissed Jerian Grant, the team’s leading scorer and best overall player from the college basketball program due to an academic issue. He is no longer enrolled at school. It’s been a very rough year for “Chicago’s ACC Team,” with losses to Indiana State, North Dakota State and Saturday choking away a potential signature win versus #3 Ohio State in New York City. The Irish had the Buckeyes down 8 with 50 seconds to go. The Irish enter ACC play 8-4 with no resume non-conference victories.

Extremely disappointing, especially when you consider their preseason top 20 ranking.

And now they will be sans Jerian Grant, due to academic problems. This situation is slightly similar to Everett Golson and the college football version of Chicago’s ACC Team.

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2014 Notre Dame vs Purdue moved to Indy Lucas Oil Field


The 2014 football game between Notre Dame and Purdue will be moved to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (home of the Colts) instead of Notre Dame Stadium; the scheduled site for the 2014 rivalry. The game still counts as a home game for Notre Dame and will be televised on NBC at 7:30 EST. The meeting on Sept. 13 will be the last contest between the Irish and Boilermakers until Sept. 19, 2020.

The 2020 game will be held in West Lafayette at Purdue’s Ross-Ade Stadium.

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Everett Golson returns from his suspension to Notre Dame


Everett Golson returned to Notre Dame it was just announced. They kicked him out of school, you might remember for academic issues.It was reported by an outlet specializing in ND that Everett Golson failed to record a grade in accounting class. The former starting QB on the national runner up team has not spoken publicly since he gave an interview to a very small South Carolina radio station over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

We don’t know when Everett Golson will next be made available to the media.

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Notre Dame football: Pinstripe Bowl bound, Louis Nix to NFL draft


Notre Dame football has accepted a bid to the Pinstripe Bowl. And it turns out that the 14-10 win over a middling mediocre USC Trojans team came with a serious price, as both the best offensive player on the Notre Dame football team, and one of their better defenders left with injuries.

Both QB Tommy Rees and DT Louis Nix left the night contest. One returned, the other did not.

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Notre Dame vs BYU: Jesus loves us more Bowl


Jesus loves us more, say the Catholics of Notre Dame. No way, Jesus loves us more, say the Mormons of BYU.

I don’t know much about Mormons, except from what I learned from watching the Mormon episode of  “South Park” and “The book of Mormon. And I don’t know much about Catholics, other than they’re not very high on birth control or abortion. I do know that BYU’s football team is playing at Notre Dame Saturday in what could be called the Jesus Bowl or the Religion Bowl or simply Catholics vs. A Religion People Don’t Really Understand. Or the Jesus loves us most bowl.

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PHOTO: Notre Dame football sends 262 letters to a single recruit


Notre Dame football is going Mikey from “Swingers” on 5-star defensive tackle Matt Elam. They’re not the only ones. This is the same Matt Elam that received 182 letter earlier this year from the Kentucky Wildcats.

Again, this is why you need to read my essay from Saturday morning, which I republished on Monday morning about how recruiting is insanely out of control. Notre Dame football is doing something stalkerish to this kid like what Heather Graham’s character received.

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Notre Dame has 1st rd prospect in Stephon Tuitt


Stephon Tuitt entered the 2013 college football season as one of the most impressive defensive linemen in the nation. He led Notre Dame in tackles for loss with 13 and sacks with 12 in 2012, when ND rode their dominant defense all the way to the BCS title game. Where they got obliterated by the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national title game.

He got off to a rough start this year, because he wasn’t healthy. A preseason All-American, he wasn’t living up to the hype. Then he dominated the USC game. Stephon Tuitt pretty much won the USC game for Notre Dame.

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