Notre Dame Football players discuss Twitter policies

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Twitter is one of the greatest inventions ever for a sportswriter. Is it also a blessing for Notre Dame football? Or a curse?

Twitter gives the reporter a chance to obtain legitimate quotes from players and coaches without actually having to be at the stadium. And sometimes the quotes are much more interesting than what you hear on gameday, because they haven’t been filtered. But to quote famous Notre Dame football fan Taylor Swift “trouble, trouble, trouble” can arise.

13 months ago, Notre Dame football DL Louis Nix (@IrishChocolate9) posted a tweet saying he may leave Notre Dame football and not return. That tweet caused a great deal of distraction for Coach Brian Kelly and his team, and it forced the coach to contemplate a new and stricter policy on what he deems “inappropriate” social media posts.

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Notre Dame QB Everett Golson kicked out of school for academic problems

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University of Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has left the school. News of the Everett Golson departure is all over Twitter. It’s been confirmed by Notre Dame spokespeople. This situation is summed up best by South Bend sports talk radio host Craig Williams of 95.7 The Fan.

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Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood entering NFL Draft

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Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood announced today he will forgo his final season of athletic eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Wood leaves Notre Dame as the seventh-leading rusher in school history, having gained 2,447 yards on 450 career carries. No running back in Notre Dame history with as many career rushes as Wood has a better yards-per-rush average as his 5.4 yards-per-carry average.

 His departure, along with the graduation of Theo Riddick, means the bulk of the carries will likely go to George Atkinson III or that stud freshman tailback, the #2 recruit at his position coming in. With no stud running back prospects in this class, and no sure fire first rounders at the position, it’s anyone’s guess where he ends up. Maybe rounds 2-4?

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Complete Guide to the Alabama vs. Notre Dame Championship Game

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It could easily be the most watched college football game of all time: the BCS National title game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide. The media hype has been ridiculous; ESPN and the rest of the press have been talking about this game forever. Imagine what the publicity for the Super Bowl will be like this year.

So here’s a guide, with links to everything to prepare for the big game.

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Alabama vs. Notre Dame: BCS Title game preview

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As you’ve known since early Saturday evening, the Alabama Crimson Tide will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game on Monday, January 7, 2013, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla.  The game will be televised by ESPN and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. (CST).

“We are very excited about coming to South Florida and I congratulate Notre Dame and Coach Kelly and his players on an undefeated season and their number one ranking,” said Alabama head football coach Nick Saban.

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Notre Dame gets 2,500 title game ticket requests in a single day

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The college football national title game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish figures to do HUGE tv numbers. Like off the charts figures. Given the interest in South Bend for tickets, getting to the game will command a lot of money, juice, or both.

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Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o: #3 pick in NFL Draft?

If you’re a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars, K.C. Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, it’s time to start thinking NFL Draft.

Expectations are always high for both Manti Te’o and Notre Dame.

Te’o, an inside linebacker who graduated from the same high school as President Barack Obama, is one of those all-worldly college football recruits that earn the highest ratings possible from every recruiting service imaginable. Both ESPNU and the Sporting News rated him the top defensive player, and 2nd best player, in the nation. His recruiting process was highly publicized, and his final two choices were the ND and USC.

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Notre Dame-USC highest rated game of season; outpaces Rose Bowl

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Whether they watch to root for them, or watch to root against them- they’re watching. Notre Dame draws huge numbers.

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Notre Dame #1 in both polls, BCS next: I feel your hate

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Like Emperor Palpatine said to Skywalker, “I feel your anger, give in to your hate.” Especially if you’re a Michigan, USC, Michigan State, Purdue, Boston College, Miami or just plain college football fan.

The most polarizing team in the land, Notre Dame, the college gridiron version of Rush Limbaugh (lots of fans, lots of haters) is the only remaining unbeaten, #1 in both polls.

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Kansas St vs. Oregon vs. Notre Dame: by the math

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We know you’ve been inundated with debate about the undefeateds in college football. Here’s a statistical tidbit by Joe Kaboski, an economics professor at Notre Dame. So you know it’s going to be very biased towards ND.

It’s still worth reading though; as it raises some valid numerical and statistical points.

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Notre Dame being good does NOT elevate overall college football

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Lately, there’s been a ton of columns, stories, blogs and tweets that have all been saying “Notre Dame being great/relevant is important/beneficial for college football at large. And most of these narratives come with the prefix “I’m not an ND fan but/even if you hate ND/you don’t have to like the Irish but.”

The fact that these storylines need that introduction negates their argument immediately. Notre Dame is good; really good and they may even play for the national title, but that does nothing for fans of other teams. It only means a lot for the golden domers and their fans.

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Notre Dame somehow survives Pitt, National Title hopes alive

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Thus accelerates the national title talk for Notre Dame. They lived dangerously (BYU, Stanford) for much of the year, but eventually the wear and tear of the nation’s strongest schedule got to them. Call this a let-down from the huge win over the Oklahoma Sooners. Call it a trap game before a big rivalry tilt with Boston College. And call it an almost loss to a team that fell to Youngstown St earlier, which would hurt tremendously in the computer rankings.

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