Mike Brey on his ESPN announcing experience (exclusive)

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When Mike Brey is done coaching at Notre Dame (he has seven years left on the contract extension he got in 2012) he may go into broadcasting. A media career could be in the works post coaching retirement and he got his first taste of doing analyst work tonight for ESPNU.

Brey called “The Basketball Tournament” live from DePaul’s on campus gym in Chicago.

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2016 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

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The 2016 college basketball tournament tips off this week.  Here is a pre-season NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi five of the past six years. [Read more…]

Notre Dame football a big winner in CFB Playoff rankings

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Remember the time (if I may quote Michael Jackson) that we weren’t sure if an 11-1 Notre Dame football team would make the college football playoff or not? Polls taken among ND media and fan sites showed that conventional wisdom viewed the situation as a toss-up or 50/50.

With the first college football playoff rankings of 2015 released tonight, it’s pretty clear now. If you’re Notre Dame football, you go 11-1, you’re in.

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#9 Notre Dame football Preview: vs #21 Temple

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Notre Dame football is featured in the ESPN College Gameday host contest for the second time this season. Again, it’s on the road, as the Fighting Irish head to Philadelphia. Gameday will originate from the Independence Mall. This marks the 27th time that GameDay has originated from a Notre Dame game site, including the once studio-based show’s road debut at the Joyce Center before the 1993 Florida State game.

Since this event game is in Philly, maybe the Fresh Prince will be in attendance? Or Boyz II Men?

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Brian Kelly to New York Giants rumors commence

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Brian Kelly is the longest tenured Notre Dame football coach since Lou Holtz. Despite his previous flirtations with the NFL (not to mention all the off-the-field issues that have occurred under his regime) Kelly has brought a fair amount of stability to the program. He’s done a much better job than Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weis (or George O’Leary for that matter).

Kelly has weathered quite a few storms during his time at ND, and through it all demonstrated some consistency. Sure, there’s been an insane amount of drama during his regime, but he always gets past it relatively unscathed. In the NFL, every team is loaded with players that have “character issues,” and fallout often ensues.

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#14 Notre Dame football game preview: week 7 USC Trojans

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No shortage of story lines in your week seven Notre Dame football game preview. The biggest intersectional rivalry of all is renewed, as the USC Trojans come to town in the midst of their very own, very large….

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Notre Dame QB1 DeShone Kizer says ND in “March madness mode”

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Part of what makes college football’s structure beautiful and brilliant is the de facto “one-and-done” nature of the season. There’s only 12 regular season games and that scarcity makes each one meaningful. To get to the playoff, you can’t afford to lose, at all. If you lose one, then you’re in full on single elimination mode.

Notre Dame Starting Quarterback DeShone Kizer articulated this mantra; a state that the Fighting Irish are currently in.

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Notre Dame football easily handles Navy 41-24

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Notre Dame football kept their oh so slim college football playoff hopes alive by winning decisively at home versus ancient arch-rival Navy. Of course, USC did them zero favors by embarrassing themselves at home versus Washington Thursday night.

The Fighting Irish will need Clemson and Stanford to win out, in addition to finishing 11-1 themselves, in order to have any remote chance of reaching the playoff.

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#15 Notre Dame football vs Navy: preview, prediction

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Notre Dame’s scout team that specializes in running the triple option offense named themselves the S.W.A.G. Team (Students With Athleticism and Game). We learned this after the Georgia Tech game, a week in which the S.W.A.G. Team was quite busy. They got work this week too as Notre Dame football prepares to take on Navy’s option attack.

It’s clear that the SWAG Team must have been at least partially inspired by the name of ’90s R&B group SWV (Sisters With Voices) and 2014 Notre Dame Football’s “The Money Team” (Will Fuller, Taurean Folston, and a few others)

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Mike and Mike talk NFL, college football tailgating (exclusive audio)

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Mike and Mike on The Sports Bank podcast! Yes, indeed. This is truly a pretty big “get” for us.

As Mike Greenberg perfectly put it, “Mike Golic is like Elvis in South Bend. It’s the only place where they remember that he played.” Yes, Golic rated Notre Dame as the top place to tailgate in all of NFL and college football. Enjoy the tailgating discussion that Mike and Mike had with our own “Maximus and the Bartender.”

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#6 Notre Dame football game preview (at #12 Clemson)

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Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney joked that he couldn’t get even Jesus tickets to this game if he needed to. ESPN College Gameday is coming to South Carolina. SportsCenter is setting up shop down at Clemson. This is the biggest date remaining on the 2015 Notre Dame football schedule. (Hey, as of now Clemson is a better team than USC).

No more hype needed, this is a college football playoff elimination game. Let’s go!

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Notre Dame CB doesn’t see Clemson’s DeShaun Watson as top 5 QB

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How high would you rank Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in your national college football rankings? Is he top five? Or not even close? Is he just a game-manager, or something much more meaningful and electric?

Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell wouldn’t put Watson in the top five nationally. Would you agree Russell’s assessment, or do you think the Fighting Irish corner is underrating him?

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