Notre Dame Gets Year Probation by NCAA for Recruiting Violations

The NCAA placed Notre Dame football on one year probation today, due to recruiting violations. Two violations (impermissible text messages to a recruit, impermissible meeting with another) were commited by an unidentified and now former assistant coach.

These violations were considered Level II, on the four tiered system, with IV being considered the most severe. Additionally, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was found to have committed a Level III infraction, for his impermissible off-campus contact with a prospect.

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#1 Alabama vs #4 Notre Dame: College Football Playoff Semifinal Preview

Notre Dame, and this applies to the Oklahoma Sooners as well, have become the Washington Generals of the top tier. While that can be taken as a pejorative, hey, at least they’re getting into the top tier, which is more than you can for 125 or so other college football programs.

The ACC title game, which ND lost 34-10 (a late, meaningless touchdown window dressed the final score) means it’s now three times in the BCS/College Football Playoff era that the Fighting Irish have played a postseason game where there was so much more at stake than in your typical bowl game.

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Notre Dame to ACC? Jim Phillips Could be the Guy to Make it Happen

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We’re not saying Notre Dame football will join the ACC on a permanent basis, but if it’s going to happen, then 2021 is the year that the ball could get rolling. Will we ever see Fighting Irish football in a conference? Well, this is the time that the stars are aligning to potentially make that possible.

Jim Phillips completes his stint as Northwestern Athletic Director next year, and he’ll replace the retiring John Swofford as the new Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner. If anybody can get it done, it’s a wheeler-dealer like Phillips. If you saw first hand some of what he’s accomplished at NU, then you can see why he could be the key figure/difference maker in getting the deal done.

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#2 Notre Dame vs #3 Clemson: ACC Title Game Odds, TV Info, Preview

When the #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish meet the #3 Clemson Tigers next week, it will be a rematch of both a regular season game and a 2018 College Football Playoff semifinal.

The 2020 ACC title game will kickoff at 4pm EST in Charlotte, and the team that won the previous meeting is actually the underdog here. That is certainly understandable given the circumstances involved.

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In Die Hard, What Christmas Eve Bowl Game has Notre Dame vs USC?

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(Editor’s note: re-publishing this holiday season article from a previous year because it’s Christmas time)

This weekend begins the bowl season, and with it the crappy bowl games that very few of us care about. Saturday brings us a cadre of bowl games that are just as awful as whatever bowl game hosted Notre Dame and USC in the classic Christmas film “Die Hard.”

The total number of bowl games has multiplied at an absurd rate these past few decades, but one truth still remains- real bowl games don’t start until after Christmas, and for the most part well after Christmas. Genuinely desirable bowl games still adhere to tradition, and take place on New Year’s. (For a preview of #14 Notre Dame vs #17 LSU go to this link)

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#2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Syracuse Orange Game Preview

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Syracuse has hit the skids. After going 10-3 in 2018 and finishing the season with a No. 15 ranking, the Orange have gone 6-16. It’s been an injury-plagued season for the Orange. Syracuse is down to its fourth-string running back and third-string quarterback. 

On offense, their top two running backs, Abdul Adams and Jarveon Howard opted out due to Covid-19. On defense, veteran linebacker Tyrell Richards and defensive lineman Cooper Dawson opted out. 

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Malik Zaire Candid on College Football Coaching World (Exclusive)

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Playing football for Notre Dame comes with a tremendous amount of pressure. It’s a storied program, with weekly nationally televised games and an international fan base. I caught up with former quarterback Malik Zaire to discuss what it’s like to play for the Fighting Irish and the challenges he faced during his time in the program. 

In regards to Notre Dame’s 12-7 win against unranked Lousiville in October, Zaire said, “It’s definitely a lot of pressure that you put on yourself as an offense to perform. There are hidden gems in the offense, and it can be pretty frustrating only to score 7 points.”

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Fighting Irish Playoff Odds Favorable, National Title Odds Long

For the fourth time since their most recent national title, in 1988, Notre Dame football is playing late season games with national title implications. In 1993, 2012 and 2018, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were in the mix for the biggest prize of all, but ultimately fell short.

Is this the season that the Irish finally get over the hump and hit the jackpot? As it stands, they’re undefeated, ranked #2 in the nation and facing odds which aren’t bad at all.

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Extreme Overreaction to Ian Book is Consistently Puzzling

For the most part, Ian Book is who he is and if you’ve been paying close attention, he’s conveyed that to you consistently since 2017. Yes, he’s certainly taken a step or two forward in mid-season this year, but the polarization that surrounds him has always been quite puzzling to me.

After the big historic win over Clemson, he’s now been deemed by many Notre Dame fans as greater than Joe Montana, Joe Theismann, Rick Mirer and Tony Rice combined. When he was previously struggling, other Domers slandered him as worse than Ron Powlus on his worse day.

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Holy War: #2 Notre Dame at Boston College Game Preview

As the Irish travel this Saturday to Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, for a road game against Boston College, they’re entering into what the modern lexicon refers to as a trap game. A trap game is when a stronger opponent overlooks a weaker one for those unfamiliar with the term, resulting in the better team losing. 

What better setting for a trap game than against the Boston College Eagles in the Holy War? 

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Notre Dame Field Storming: Conflicted is the Only Way to Feel

What an amazing Saturday! Joe Biden officially ends the Donald Trump Reign of Terror and Notre Dame achieves their biggest win since 1993. So let’s celebrate both! Okay, sure but wear a mask, and keep your distance!

Uhmm, well some people did, but others definitely did not. But what a great moment for these Notre Dame kids! The biggest win of the Brian Kelly era, and it comes during the most watched ND home game in a decade in a half!

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D.J. Uiagalelei: the Next Clemson Star QB in the Making

This Saturday, the #4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish are hosting the #1 Clemson Tigers in what is undoubtedly the game of the year. The Tigers will be without their star quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, who contracted COVID-19.

Before becoming the consensus number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Lawrence was a freshman phenomenon who unseated a 19-2 senior quarterback from the starting role. He went on to lead the Tigers to their second national championship, under Dabo Swinney.

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