Inside the Irish
Notre Dame’s defensive depth chart, a touch lighter with D.J. Morgan’s intended transfer
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:00:29 +0000
With the Wednesday announcement of current junior linebacker D.J. Morgan’s intention to transfer this summer as a graduate with two years of eligibility remaining, Notre Dame’s roster drops to 87 scholarship players expected this coming fall. Included among them, at least 12, possibly 14 linebackers. Before explaining that … Morgan finishes his Irish career with
Leftovers & Links: Brandon Wimbush heads to Central Florida for his final season
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:00:40 +0000
Former Notre Dame quarterback Brandon Wimbush will continue his career at Central Florida. Wimbush announced his graduate transfer destination Tuesday morning. “The journey continues on …,” Wimbush wrote on Instagram. “A sincere thank you to Notre Dame for giving me endless opportunities on and off the field. Words truly can not (sic) describe what this
Notre Dame’s Opponents: Early NFL departures hit Georgia, Michigan and Stanford hardest
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:00:37 +0000
A sign of a strong program is one that loses players to the NFL before they exhaust eligibility. In that vein, Notre Dame lost a consensus first-team All-American cornerback, its leading receiver and a long-time tease of a tight end. The last of those (Alizé Mack) was never expected back for a fifth season; replacing
Autry Denson leaves Notre Dame to take over at Charleston Southern
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 20:19:26 +0000
Notre Dame’s all-time leading rusher will no longer coach its current running backs. After four seasons at his alma mater, Autry Denson has been named the head coach at Charleston Southern, an FCS-level program, per a release Monday afternoon. The second-longest tenured coach on Brian Kelly’s staff (behind only defensive line coach Mike Elston; tied
Program-record 10 early enrollees mark the beginning of Notre Dame’s 2019
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:00:35 +0000
With the early enrollment of 10 freshmen, Notre Dame’s 2019 has begun. Usually this sparks a debate among outsiders pitting the advantages of early enrollment against the high school experiences lost. Not only is that an argument held by those far from both the program and high school, but it is also one missing the
Claypool’s return welcome news for Notre Dame
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:00:04 +0000
Notre Dame will need to replace only one receiver next season. Chase Claypool announced he will return for his senior season Thursday evening. This may have been long presumed, but less qualified players have entered the NFL draft with eligibility remaining in years past. With the departure of Miles Boykin, Claypool will become the leading
Notre Dame’s offensive depth chart entering the 2019 offseason
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:00:59 +0000
Exactly half of Notre Dame’s 2019 roster makes up its offense, including specialists. Currently, the total number comes in at 88, with two more recruits possibly signing in February. That needs to be no more than 85 scholarship players before the season begins, meaning noting the positions with glut warrants more time than discussing a
Leftovers & Links: Even the ‘way-too-early’ 2019 polls already respect Notre Dame
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 12:00:45 +0000
Idle time leads to endless arguments. Sports typically makes for a harmless venue to have them, even as they pertain to college football and Notre Dame. Thus, a deluge of “way-too-early” top-25 rankings for next season are published only hours after this season ended. For once, those rankings support a stance held in these parts.
Notre Dame a step behind the finalists, but only a step behind and behind only them
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:00:12 +0000
An old gambling adage insists, “No team is as good as its most-recent game, and no team is as bad, either.” The logic applies far beyond wagering. It is, simply put, a guard against recency bias. A week ago, such poor judgement insisted Notre Dame never belonged in the College Football Playoff, its 30-3 Cotton
Miles Boykin, Notre Dame’s leading receiver, declares for NFL
Sun, 06 Jan 2019 21:25:55 +0000
Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin is heading to the NFL after earning his degree in South Bend.
All-American Bowl, featuring four Notre Dame signees: Who, what, when, where
Sat, 05 Jan 2019 11:00:31 +0000
WHO? Many of the nation’s best high school seniors, including four Notre Dame signees and two more targets. The signed commits: Consensus four-star safety Kyle Hamilton (pictured above). Consensus four-star offensive lineman Andrew Kristofic. Consensus four-star defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah. Punter Jay Bramblett. The targets: Consensus four-star defensive end Isaiah Foskey and consensus four-star linebacker
Notre Dame loses All-American CB Julian Love to NFL draft
Fri, 04 Jan 2019 22:07:11 +0000
Julian Love will not return to Notre Dame for his senior season. The consensus first-team All-American announced Friday afternoon he will enter the NFL draft this spring. “First off I want to say that this season was such a fun ride,” Love wrote on Twitter. “The relationships gained have made me so happy and I’m
Friday at 4: The long-term Notre Dame narrative from this blowout will be much more optimistic
Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:00:27 +0000
While Notre Dame losing by 27 points in the Cotton Bowl was never expected, a victory was predicted by only the most optimistic, the utterly hopeful. Maybe that derived from the double-digit underdog status, from a healthy respect of Clemson or from knowing two steps remained, not just the one of the BCS era. Whatever
Notre Dame personnel matters: Kareem returns, Love likely
Thu, 03 Jan 2019 16:30:33 +0000
Last offseason’s greatest Irish returnee questions waited and waited to make their decisions. Both Te’von Coney and Jerry Tillery pushed up to the NFL’s deadline to enter the draft before officially announcing their returns to Notre Dame for one more season. This time through the calendar does not look to hold that drama, thanks to
Leftovers & Links: Offensive woes more stark than Notre Dame’s defensive lapses
Thu, 03 Jan 2019 11:30:00 +0000
Step one: Survive a wedding. Step two: Survive New Year’s Eve festivities that include about 60 of the wedding guests from two days prior. Step three: See what unrealistic possibilities your exhausted mind will concoct during a seven-hour drive on New Year’s Day. This exact recipe yielded wonderings many have undoubtedly pondered since halftime of
Things We Learned: Nearly no amount of luck of the Irish could put Notre Dame alongside Clemson
Mon, 31 Dec 2018 10:00:33 +0000
Notre Dame never seemed to stand a chance in the Cotton Bowl, but maybe that says more about Clemson than it does the Irish.
With another storied season ending unfulfilled, what’s next for Notre Dame and Brian Kelly?
Sun, 30 Dec 2018 04:01:56 +0000
So, what now for Notre Dame? That’s the easy question to ask a day after Notre Dame saw their perfect season and title hopes go up in smoke as they were grilled southwestern style by a more physical, athletic, skilled and healthy Clemson in the Cotton Bowl. Comparing the aftermath of another undefeated regular season
No. 3 Notre Dame title hopes snapped by dominant performance by No. 2 Clemson in Cotton Bowl
Sun, 30 Dec 2018 00:48:13 +0000
Notre Dame's championship dreams were tossed away by Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal in the Cotton Bowl. Trevor Lawrence was unflappable against the Irish.
No. 2 Clemson in full control of No. 3 Notre Dame at halftime of Cotton Bowl, leading 23-3
Sat, 29 Dec 2018 22:53:22 +0000
A pair of long touchdown passes by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence to Justyn Ross in the second quarter have been the big difference through one half of play in the College Football Playoff semifinal game being played in the Cotton Bowl. No. 2 Clemson leads No. 3 Notre Dame 23-3 at the half in Arlington
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Clemson: Who, what, when, where, why and by how much
Sat, 29 Dec 2018 10:30:36 +0000
The wait is over. Notre Dame meets Clemson in the College Football Playoff this afternoon.