Notre Dame Escape Va Tech, Achieve Potentially Season Defining Win

At his weekly press conference, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said today’s meeting with Virginia Tech was about a lot more than bowl games and playoff appearances. Kelly said this was about purpose and motivation, “what is your why” he said specifically.

The blowout at Michigan last week ended what was left of ND’s playoff chances, and it also put the Fighting Irish in a spot where a New Year’s Six bowl berth was highly unlikely. A third loss on the season, a potential scenario that was just seconds away from unfolding, (at home no less, which would have ended a 15 game Notre Dame Stadium win streak), would have put an end to the NY6 hopes. However, quarterback Ian Book and the rest of the Notre Dame football team found their “why,” and pulled it out 21-20.

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Notre Dame Football: Photos of Today’s Shamrock Series Uniforms

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The University of Notre Dame football program unveiled the uniforms for this year’s Shamrock Series game. This contest is Notre Dame’s sixth annual Shamrock Series event, an off-campus home game which will be have played versus November 12th in San Antonio.

The previous Shamrock Series events were played in New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Indianapolis and Dallas.

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#12 Michigan State Football vs #18 Notre Dame: Game Preview, Prediction

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It’s the golden anniversary of the game of the century; and also a former Cincinnati Bearcats Head Coaches Bowl. Notre Dame football renews their rivalry with Michigan State football on Saturday night and it’s a series (lately at least) that has been as exciting and as interesting as college football can be.

If the game plays out the way it looks on paper, it’ll be another tight one. To quote Spandau Ballet, “I know this. Much is. True;” as the last ten MSU-ND match-ups have been decided by an average of 1.3 ppg.

The Irish are ranked #18, while Michigan State is #12 in the latest AP poll, yet it’s the Spartans who are the underdogs, with most spreads around 7.5 points.

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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 and the ACC: I called this two years ago

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Editor’s note: I originally published this on December 29th, 2011. Looks like I saw the future a few months ahead:

As Notre Dame prepares to kick off versus Florida State today in the Champs Sports Bowl, the answer to where ND fits in the long term conference expansion is becoming painfully obvious. The Irish will face their fourth ACC opponent, and look to go 4-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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Brian Kelly, Notre Dame release statement on his staying with the Irish

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By now you’ve heard that Brian Kelly will stay the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. He will not be taking the Philadelphia Eagles gig. Numerous reports say he was offered a job with more money but he turned it down to remain in college football. So why did he interview with them in the first place? Kelly already got an extension and a raise. Was it for further leverage?

Whatever the true intentions, here’s the official statement from the school and Kelly. Here’s the party line:

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Notre Dame loses #1 recruiting class ranking to Florida, as star LB switches schools

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Just days after being embarrassed on national television by the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish suffered another loss. No, not coach Brian Kelly who had a very well publicized interview just hours after losing in the national title game, and just days after saying ND is his dream job, with the Philadelphia Eagles. Although that loss may or may not be coming soon, the defection of four star linebacker Alex Anzalone is already here.

 

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Alabama’s blowout of Notre Dame does bad ratings (chart)

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Alabama became the first back to back champion in the BCS era last night with a  42-14 rout over Notre Dame. The game drew a 15.7 overnight rating Monday on ESPN, the network said Tuesday. That’s actually up 14 percent from last year’s game, another blowout Crimson Tide victory, 21-0 over LSU. But it’s down from the 16.1 for ESPN’s first BCS championship two years ago, Auburn’s 22-19 win over Oregon that was “for all the Tostitos” at the very end.

It got off to a decent start, but once the second half started, people checked out.

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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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Auburn fans join forces with Notre Dame (photo)

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It happens every BCS title game and Final Four- the decision to root for the team from your conference or against them. When it’s your bitter rival that’s in the finals of college basketball or college football than the decision is probably much easier. It certainly seems that way for Auburn Tigers fans. They’ve joined with Notre Dame against their in-state rival Alabama Crimson Tide.

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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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