Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin in Football Soon?

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In college basketball, they met last year in the title game of the Old Spice Classic. That was how the tournament played out, and not a pre-determined match-up between the Wisconsin Badgers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. When will see it again in football?

One of the strongest links between the two schools is current University of Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, who was enshrined into the college football hall of fame earlier this month. Alvarez made the hall on the strength of his coaching career in Madison. However, he got the job because of the prowess he showed as a Defensive Coordinator in the 1980s at Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish 59, Air Force Falcons 33: Rapid Reaction

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Offense was the story in South Bend on Saturday, as Tommy Rees the “Game Manager” became Tommy Rees “the Touchdown slinger.”

Notre Dame reeled off 42 first half points thanks in large part to four passing touchdowns from their quarterback in route to a 59-33 shellacking of the Air Force Academy in a game that was not even as close as the already lopsided outcome would suggest.

Rees had trouble missing his targets as he connected on 23 of 32 passes for just under 300 yards and four touchdowns.

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Notre Dame’s Cierre Wood, Michael Floyd Put Up Big Numbers in Losses

This college football preseason some publications had Notre Dame as a top ten team, contending for a BCS bowl. This week, they enter a tough match-up with the #16 Michigan State Spartans sporting a surprising 0-2 record, meaning it’s going to take an extremely unlikely running of the table (with a top ten team in Stanford still left on the schedule) to fulfill those expectations.

But don’t blame the Irish weapons on offense for the awful start. Tailback Cierre Wood ran for over a C-note in both games (versus USF, he became the first Irish runner to top 100 yards since Armando Allen in 2009) and he finished with 134 yards and a TD in the loss to Michigan.

Back up Jonas Gray also had a big day in Ann Arbor. As Coach Brian Kelly said post game, it was Gray’s best game of his career thus far.

“It’s only getting started, we’re still working things out right now, but that’s something we wanted to build on and we finally have that now,” Wood said in the loss.

“So we’re going to work on improving our run game even more.”

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ESPN Gameday Headed to Notre Dame-Michigan “All of the Lights!”

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ESPN College Football Game Day will make a return trip to Ann Arbor for the first time since the 2007 season as Michigan hosts Notre Dame in the “Under the Lights” matchup Saturday, Sept. 10, the cable network announced today (Aug. 5). The U-M-Notre Dame game kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT and will be televised on ESPN. Former U-M Heisman Trophy winner (1991) and current ESPN College Football Game Day analyst, Desmond Howard, will be honored in conjunction with the game.

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Former Notre Dame Coordinator, Wolverines Star Corwin Brown Hospitalized after Shooting Himself

Corwin Brown played in the NFL for 8 years (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets) since then he’s had coaching stints at the University of Virginia, as defensive backs coach for the Patriots, and as Charlie Weiss D-Coordinator at Notre Dame before the Brian Kelly regime took over the Fighting Irish.

Brown did his college football for the Wolverines at the University of Michigan. In short, he’s made quite an impact on the game of football with the most prestigious of programs. But tonight he’s making news within in sports media outlets for very different reasons.

Brown’s Granger, Indiana home, about 10 miles from the ND campus in South Bend was the site of a stand-off with police, firemen and emergency response personnel.

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Three Notre Dame Players up for College Football Hall of Fame

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Three former Notre Dame stars — Dave Casper, Terry Hanratty and Jim Seymour were placed on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot today. The entire ballot contains 79 players and nine coaches.

The Hall of Fame class will be announced May 11 and the players will be inducted at the College Hall of Fame’s Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been chosen first-team All-America by a major/national selector, played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior, and played within the last 50 years and be retired from the NFL.

Coaches must be out of the college coaching profession for at least three years, coached a minimum of 10 years/100 games, not be coaching on the professional level and have won at least 60 percent of the time.  Each year, 15 candidates not selected for the Hall of Fame are named automatic holdovers and bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year.

Here are details on the three former Irish players on the ballot:

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Notre Dame Football Season Wrap: Facts, Figures, Notes and Tidbits

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Notre Dame ended the season with four consecutive wins, the first Irish team to do so since 1992 (that team finished its season with seven straight wins). They utterly routed a struggling Miami Hurricanes team with serious quarterback issues in a very chilly Sun Bowl game.

There are a ton of questions to be answered in the offseason, starting mostly with the health of the skill position guys and whether or not Kyle Rudolph and Michael Floyd return to school for their senior seasons.

We’ll delve into that later; for now let’s look at some of the more notable season-ending nuggets and tidbits.

By Paul M. Banks

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Notre Dame should return its focus to the Football Field

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In times of tragedy, the simplest things can offer the most help. In order to find this support, Notre Dame football and its fans should shift their attention from tragedy to tradition.

“Football-Saturday” tradition to be exact.

Notre Dame welcomes the 14th-ranked Utah Utes to South Bend this weekend.

One week ago, the Utes had National Title aspirations. Today, the team is looking to rebound after getting utterly embarrassed by Texas Christian at home 47-7.

In other words, Notre Dame might be the beneficiary of a despondent and emotionally decimated team. However, and unfortunately for Notre Dame, emotional decimation is a feeling with which the team is all too familiar.

By: Brian McCabe

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Inside the Notre Dame Golden Dome (Basilica Videos)

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If there’s one fight song that non-college football songs know, it would be Notre Dame‘s “Victory March,” likewise for their Alma Mater song “Notre Dame, Our Mother.” You don’t have to be “Rudy” or someone sharing his prodigious passion for ND football to appreciate this video shot by my friend Stephanie Kuzydym inside the Golden Dome on gameday.

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Brian Kelly: Notre Dame’s Most Accomplished Leader since Lou Holtz?

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In the storied history of Notre Dame football, with its 11 national championships, 102 winning seasons, and 466 NFL Draft picks, there are two classes of coaches. The first, and elite class includes national championship coaches (Knute Rockne, Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz) that have gates named after them at Notre Dame Stadium. There are also statues erected of these men in Notre Dame, IN.

The second class is simply, everyone else who’s coached in South Bend. And since Holtz left in 1996, the Fighting Irish have had exactly that in Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham and Charlie Weiss.  Enter Brian Kelly, who brings the most impressive resume since Lou Holtz to ND.

His era begins now.

When college football season begins Sept. 4th, he’ll take the first step towards joining whichever class he’ll eventually fit be categorized.

By Paul M. Banks

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