Saturday, October 19, 2019

Harbaugh Talks About Michigan vs. Penn State

This is the game I'll be watching tonight...  And, I'm not sure who I want to win.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Romeo Okwara Featured in GQ Magazine

The former Notre Dame football player -- who now plays with the NFL's Detroit Lions -- was featured in GQ Magazine.  Thought you'd find this story interesting...

Special thanks to my Notre Dame colleague Tim Willis '84 for alerting me to this story.


Jarron Jones First Domer Taken in XFL Draft

The inaugural XFL 2020 Draft is taking place today -- and they're following a unique format called "phases."

Phase 1:  Offensive Skill Positions

Phase 2:  Offensive Lineman

Phase 3:  Defensive Lineman and Linebackers

Phase 4:  Cornerbacks and Safeties

Phase 5:  Open Draft -- any position

Well, the first former Notre Dame Football star taken today was Jarron Jones -- who played defensive line for the Fighting Irish, but is now an offensive tackle for the New York Guardians.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Helton & Players Talk Loss to Notre Dame

Notre Dame Moves Up to #8 in Both Polls

Well, this afternoon there is now seven teams between Notre Dame and a return trip to the College Football Playoff -- but, I believe it's really down now to; LSU, Oklahoma and the Fighting Irish for the fourth spot.

Here's the seven ranked ahead of Notre Dame today.
  • Alabama
  • LSU
  • Clemson
  • Ohio State
  • Oklahoma
  • Wisconsin
  • Penn State

Now, we just have to finish ahead of four of these teams -- here's how this happens.
  • Notre Dame wins out -- goes 11 - 1.
  • There will not be three (3) Big Ten teams ahead of Notre Dame come the first week of December.  That eliminates at least two of these teams -- Wisconsin and Penn State.
  • So, it comes down to two teams -- LSU and Oklahoma -- competing with Notre Dame for that final spot.  

LSU'S REMAINING SCHEDULE -- must lose two of these games...
  •  @ Mississippi State  (3 - 3)
  •  #11 Auburn  (5 - 1)
  •  @ #1 Alabama  (6 - 0)
  •  @ Mississippi  (3 - 4)
  •  Arkansas  (2 - 4)
  •  Texas A&M  (3 - 3)

OKLAHOMA'S REMAINING SCHEDULE -- loses big to Baylor or, is upset by Kansas State or Oklahoma State
  •  West Virginia  (3 - 3)
  •  @ Kansas State  (3 - 2)
  •  Iowa State  (4 - 2)
  •  @ #18 Baylor  (6 - 0)
  •  TCU  (3 - 2)
  •  @ Oklahoma State  (4 - 2)

And, we may need to see Auburn lose to Alabama -- because if Auburn beats LSU -- they will jump ahead of Notre Dame...


Braden Lenzy's Interview After USC Game

The Mornin' After Notre Dame Beats USC

Took a lap around the worldwide web this morning to see what the media is saying about Notre Dame's 30 - 27 win over USC...






Highlights: Notre Dame 30 - USC 27

300+ Yards Rushing -- Notre Dame Beats USC

Friday, October 11, 2019

NBC Hype Video: USC vs. #9 Notre Dame

NBC's Simms Talks Ian Book's Development

Friday Night Bash -- Tonight! @ Notre Dame!

Click on image above to enlarge.

If you're close to South Bend this evening -- come on over to Notre Dame Stadium and join us for the first ever FRIDAY NIGHT BASH inside the heated Concourse -- adjacent to the Frank Leahy Gate.

We are bringing in heaters to deal with the temperature change -- so, don't worry about Mother Nature!

The gates will open immediately at the end of the PEP RALLY -- which should be around 6:30 PM or so.

Kids 12 and under -- GO FREE!

Get your tickets right here:  FRIDAY NIGHT BASH TICKETS

USC Week: Brian Kelly Radio Show

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Brian Kelly Chats With Jaylon Smith...

USC's Defensive Coordinator Talks ND Game

Concert #2 at Notre Dame Stadium: Billy Joel

It was announced this morning that Billy Joel will bring his talents to the House That Rockne Built next June 20th...

Tickets go on sale next Friday -- October 18th.

Just 33 Hours Away from the Friday Night Bash!

If you're in the vicinity of Notre Dame Stadium tomorrow evening -- come on over to the Friday Night Bash!

The gates to the "heated" Notre Dame Stadium Concourse will open at 6:30 PM ET -- immediately at the end of the Pep Rally!

Tickets are $10 -- 100% of the proceeds go to fund financial aid for deserving students at Notre Dame.  Kids 12 and under -- GO FREE!

Read the promotional piece (above) about the Food Trucks -- BEER WILL BE SOLD -- and the two bands that will be performing until 10 PM!


Golic & Wingo Bringing Show to Notre Dame

In fact, it's right downstairs from our office -- in O'Rourke's Public House at Eddy Street Commons.

They are loading in the set and cameras as I write this.

The Golic & Wingo Show will air tomorrow morning (Friday) from the "edge" of Notre Dame's campus -- 6 AM ET to 10 AM ET on ESPN News.  The first two hours are on ESPN2 as well...

Monday, October 7, 2019

USC Week: Brian Kelly Meets With the Media

First Ever -- Friday Night Bash at Notre Dame!

This Friday night -- we'll be hosting a party inside Notre Dame Stadium's Concourse -- for the very first time!  And, we're bringing in some heaters, just in case it gets a little cold for our friends from USC.
  • Food Trucks (five of them)
  • Beer & Soda
  • Bands -- two of them will be performing

Click on image above to enlarge...

The fun begins at 7 PM and goes to 10 PM!

100% of the ticket price goes to fund FINANCIAL AID for deserving Notre Dame students.

Get your tickets right here:  TICKETS

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A Proposal For Compensating Student-Athletes

The bill that passed in California this week -- which would allow college athletes to hire agents and negotiate endorsement deals (beginning in 2023) -- has taken the paying of student-athletes to an all new level. 

The challenge here is we're probably only talking about a very few college athletes who would benefit from this legislation...

Six years ago -- I proposed this idea -- a way the NCAA could direct some form of compensation to all scholarship student athletes.  Here's what I posted on September 2, 2013:

It's simply this -- create a "pension program" for all NCAA Division I scholarship athletes.  It would look something like this:

  • The NCAA would create a pension program that they and each of the 340 Division I member institutions would agree to contribute to -- out of television and licensing revenues each year.
  • Eligibility:  Every NCAA Division I "student-athlete" -- who signed a National Letter of Intent out of high school with their original school, was on this team's roster a minimum of four academic school years and received a (four-year) college degree from that same institution. 
  • Pension Benefit Payments would be available to the qualified student-athlete once they reach the age of 65.

Here's what this proposed program does for college athletics:
  1. It requires student-athletes to remain in college all four-years and earn a degree.
  2. It puts some 'monetary value' in remaining at the school you signed your original National Letter of Intent with.
  3. And, it treats "every scholarship student-athlete" the same -- no matter what school you played for or sport you played.

For those who feel the requirements are too severe -- the NCAA could easily pay out a "lesser percentage" to those who transferred to another school or, failed to play all four years or graduate...

What do you think?

Inside Notre Dame Football -- Virginia Game

Golden Tate Returns From NFL Suspension



Sunday, September 29, 2019

Games Played by Top 10 Teams vs. Ranked...

Took a look at the AP Top 10 and the difficulty of their schedules to date -- and what is left for the balance of the season...

  • 52 - 14 (W) over Georgia Tech
  • 24 - 10 (W) over #23 Texas A&M
  • 41 - 6 (W) over Syracuse
  • 52 - 10 (W) over Charlotte
  • 21 - 20 (W) over North Carolina 
  • No more game against ranked opponents

  • 42 - 3 (W) over Duke
  • 62 - 10 (W) over New Mexico State
  • 47 - 23 (W) over South Carolina
  • 49 - 7 (W) over Southern Mississippi
  • 59 -31 (W) over Mississippi
  • 3 games left against ranked opponents

  • 30 - 6 (W) over Vanderbilt
  • 63 - 17 (W) over Murray State
  • 55 - 10 (W) over Arkansas State
  • 23 - 17 (W) over #10 Notre Dame
  • 3 games left against ranked opponents

#4  LSU
  • 55 - 3 (W) over Georgia Southern
  • 45 - 38 (W) over #11 Texas
  • 65 - 14 (W) over Northwestern State 
  • 66 - 38 (W) over Vanderbilt
  • 4 games left against ranked opponents

  • 45 - 21 (W) over Florida Atlantic
  • 42 - 0 (W) over Cincinnati
  • 51 - 10 (W) over Indiana
  • 76 - 5 (W) over Miami of Ohio
  • 48 - 7 (W) over Nebraska
  • 4 games left against ranked opponents

  • 49 - 31 (W) over Houston
  • 70 - 14 (W) over South Dakota
  • 48 - 14 (W) over UCLA
  • 55 - 16 (W) over Texas Tech
  • 2 games left against ranked opponents

  • 27 - 21 (W) over #13 Oregon
  • 24 - 6 (W) over Tulane
  • 55 - 16 (W) over Kent State
  • 28 - 20 (W) over #23 Texas A&M
  • 56 -23 (W) over Mississippi State
  • 4 games left against ranked opponents

  • 49 - 0 (W) over South Florida
  • 61 - 0 (W) over Central Michigan
  • 35 -14 (W) over #20 Michigan
  • 24 - 15 (W) over Northwestern
  • 3 games left against ranked opponents 

  • 35 - 17 (W) over Louisville
  • 66 - 14 (W) over New Mexico
  • 23 - 17 (L) to #3 Georgia
  • 35 - 20 (W) over #18 Virginia
  • 2 games left against ranked opponents

  • 24 - 20 (W) over Miami (FL)
  • 45 - 0 (W) over Tennessee Martin
  • 29 - 21 (W) over Kentucky
  • 34 - 3 (W) over Tennessee
  • 38 - 0 (W) over Towson State
  • 3 games left against ranked opponents

Chase Claypool On Field After Virginia Win

Ade Talks Fumble Recovery -- TD Run...

Friday, September 27, 2019

OT: My Brother Jay -- Doing the Right Thing!

My brother Jay Small -- President of Precision Building Systems in Denver, CO -- talks about his company's involvement with St. Judes.

SEC Network: "The Most Storied Program..."

Virginia Week: Brian Kelly Radio Show

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

If You Hear "Talking Heads" Saying This...

"Notre Dame has no path to the playoffs, they don't have a conference championship game..."

Just remind them of this little fact -- from just two seasons ago:

Alabama made the College Football Playoff as the #4 seed with this resume in 2017:
  • 11 - 1 regular season record
  • A road loss to the #6 ranked team in the country (Auburn) 26 - 14
  • 3 wins over ranked opponents 
  • Only 10 wins over FBS opponents
  • 1 win over a FCS opponent -- Mercer
  • No appearance in a conference championship game

Notre Dame can still make the playoffs -- step one, beat Virginia!

Virginia Week: Highlights From Saturday's Win

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Kirby Smart Talks Win Over Notre Dame...

Here's How Notre Dame Ends Up In CFP!

Okay, with the loss to Georgia -- we drop to #10 in the polls -- meaning we have the next eleven weeks to move up six more spots.  Here's how we do it.

Week #1 -- BEAT #18 Virginia
  • There's only two games this week -- with ranked teams taking on each other.  Beat Virginia and ND probably remains #10

Week #2 -- BEAT Bowling Green
  • Auburn and Florida play this week -- Florida loses, drops below Notre Dame.
  • Win big over Bowling Green and Notre Dame moves to #9

Week #3 -- BEAT #21 USC
  • Alabama travels to Texas A&M -- don't expect the Tide to lose this
  • Texas travels to Oklahoma -- Longhorns beat Oklahoma
  • Notre Dame beats USC handily -- and move up to #8

Week #4 -- SIT BACK and WATCH
  • No teams ahead of Notre Dame play a ranked opponent this week.
  • Notre Dame remains #8 in the polls

Week #5 -- BEAT #20 Michigan
  • Auburn travels to LSU -- Auburn loses to LSU, drops below Notre Dame in the polls
  • Notre Dame beats Michigan -- and moves up to #7 in the polls

Week #6 -- BEAT Virginia Tech
  • Georgia travels to Florida -- Georgia handles the Gators
  • Notre Dame beats VT -- and remains #7 in the polls

  • LSU travels to Alabama -- Bama wins handily, LSU drops below Notre Dame in the polls
  • Iowa travels to Wisconsin -- Badgers lose to Hawkeyes, Wisconsin drops below Notre Dame in the polls
  • Notre Dame beats Duke -- moves up to #5 in the polls

Week #8 -- BEAT Navy
  • Georgia travels to Auburn -- Georgia wins handily
  •  Notre Dame beats Navy -- remains #5 in the polls

Week #9 -- BEAT Boston College
  • Penn State travels to Ohio State -- Ohio State rolls the Nittany Lions
  • Notre Dame rolls over BC -- remains #5 in the polls

  • Alabama travels to Auburn -- Bama wins
  • Ohio State travels to Ann Arbor -- Harbaugh saves job, beats Buckeyes -- who drop behind Notre Dame in the polls
  • Notre Dame destroys Stanford -- moves up to #4 in the polls

Week #11 -- Conference Championships
  • Georgia beats Alabama to win SEC
  • Notre Dame moves up to #3 in the CFB Playoff
  • Gets another shot at Clemson -- who drops to #2 behind Georgia (strength of schedule comparison vs. Georgia) 

  1. Georgia
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Big Ten Champ or Big Twelve Champ

Georgia 23 -- Notre Dame 17: Highlights

Kelly & Book: Post Game Media Session

Just Got Back From Athens -- Some Thoughts

Never seen anything like I experienced last night in Notre Dame's 23 - 17 loss to Georgia at Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium.  Click on the photos above to enlarge.
  • It was a "black out" -- but, it looked more like a RED OUT!
  • There were red and black tents, tablecloths and chairs -- on every square inch of green grass on campus.  They don't have any parking lots around the Stadium -- so the tailgating is on campus grounds...
  • The noise was beyond anything I've ever heard before.  I thought Miami 2017 was loud -- this was at another level.
  • The Georgia student section -- world-class!  A little like Oakland's "Black Hole..."
  • Don't know how we ever got any snap off in sync.
  • First time I ever saw a football stadium turn into a night club -- the light show was impressive and effective -- pre-game and prior to 4th quarter!  The top photo, that's the start of the fourth quarter light show -- a first for Georgia...
  • The Georgia home field advantage -- is incredible.
  • The campus is very nice -- and very hilly.
  • The fans treated us very nicely -- now, if we had pulled the game out -- not so sure...   
  • The Georgia fan base did not sell their tickets to Notre Dame fans   
  • I was sitting with Tim Brown and Jerome Bettis at half-time on the Notre Dame bench when the Georgia "Red Coats" Marching Band -- marched directly at us on the sideline.  See the photo of Jerome and Tim's reaction seeing the band charging at us -- that's me on the left:  
Now, on to what I saw on the field;
  • We miss quickness and speed at the running back spot
  • Georgia's speed at every position (but OL and QB) -- is scary!
  • Not sure what percentage of Georgia's starting line-up is "home grown" in the Peach State -- but, when they announced their starting line-up, it seemed like every player grew up in Georgia.
  • I stood on the sideline for half of the game -- the hitting was intense
  • Our kicking game -- solid
  • We need to find a running game in big games like this...
  • Dropped passes hurt us in the 1st half
  • And, the penalties -- when I saw the officials come out onto the field with their SEC sweaters -- I knew we were in for a long day
  • The Georgia fan base thought they were going to destroy us -- we earned their respect...
  • Impressed we didn't cave -- in that environment, it would have been easy too!
  • Georgia's home field advantage is at least 14 points -- it's a really tough environment to play in...

Need to beat Virginia!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Georgia Royalty Hosts Notre Dame Tonight

Was fortunate to be able to tag along with Notre Dame alum Dick Corbett '60, to an event put on by former Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne (a former Georgia Bulldog football player) and his friends.  What a night -- here's some of the highlights...
  • We get off the bus and what are we greeted by -- four F-16 Fighter Jet's doing their test run over Sanford Stadium for tomorrow night's game
  • A beautiful view from the west end of Sanford Stadium -- the most beautiful natural grass field you'll ever see.  I learned that Georgia does not practice on the field -- only the kicker's have access to the field (one day each week)
  • We were treated to an event in Georgia Football's Recruit Lounge -- a very large facility that sits on the western edge of the Stadium -- it's slick
  • A gospel choir surprised us with a singing of Here Come The Irish and Georgia On My Mind 
  • Every table had Georgia guests and Notre Dame guests 
  • Broadcasting great, Vern Lundquist was the MC
  • The Governor of Georgia and their two (2) U.S. Senators were in attendance
  • Heisman Trophy Winner Herschel Walker
  • CBS's Sports' Chairman Sean MacManus
  • NBC Sports' President Pete Bevacqua (ND grad)
  • Jerome Bettis
  • Lou Holtz
  • Vince Dooley -- the legendary Georgia coach admitted he grew up rooting for the Fighting Irish, hoping to play for Notre Dame someday...
  • CBS's broadcast crew for tomorrow night; Nessler and Danielson 
  • University of Georgia's President and Athletics Director
  • Jack Swarbrick
  • Executive Director of the College Football Playoff
  • A number of Augusta National members
  • Shannon Cullinan (Notre Dame's EVP)
  • Tom Burish (Notre Dame's Provost)
  • Etc.

A truly wonderful event!

This is the first of three events (tonight and tomorrow) -- where Georgia is hosting Notre Dame...

There's a "Few of Us" Here in Athens, GA!

Just spent the last three hours in downtown Athens -- and saw some GREEN, BLUE and GOLD in the restaurants and sidewalks...

Even ran into a College Football Hall of Fame Coach walking the streets by himself -- then spent a good 30+ minutes talking with Lou outside our hotel -- with many Georgia fans interrupting for photos (I took many!)...

Coach Holtz took it all in stride.  That's Notre Dame alum Dick Corbett (of Corbett Hall fame) taking the photo for a fan with Coach Holtz.

I will tell you -- he's not happy that we're 15 point underdogs...

He jokingly said "Jim, I wouldn't wait until 8 PM -- I'd knock on their locker room door at noon tomorrow -- and tell Kirby; we're on the field right now, come and get it!"

Thursday Night With the ND Offensive Line

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Mick's Mix Tape -- Beat Georgia Bulldogs

Urban Meyer Talks About Brian Kelly & ND

The discussion on Brian Kelly and Notre Dame -- begins at the 6:07 mark.

More "Notre Dame Love" From the Pundits...


Brian Kelly Talks Georgia Game With SVP

Notre Dame Volleyball Off To Great Start!

The win over Michigan puts the Fighting Irish at 7-2 on the season...

Georgia Week: Injury Report on Bulldogs

This is from the folks at DawgNation...


Missed This: Brady Quinn with Rich Eisen

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Defensive Players Talk Georgia Game Prep

Ian Book Talks Georgia Prep With Media...

Inside Notre Dame Football -- New Mexico

Holtz & May Talk Notre Dame vs. Georgia

Missed This: Quinn On Kelly, Harbaugh, Etc.

The former Notre Dame All-American was a guest on Colin Cowherd's Radio Show last week...

Georgia Grocery Store Pulls "Irish Spring" Off...

Notre Dame's first ever visit to Athens, GA -- has the natives taking it quite personally...

Dill's Food City has taken Irish Spring off its shelves -- in preparation for Saturday's football game with our Fighting Irish.


The Pundits Say "Notre Dame Has No Chance"

A Magical MLB Night for the Notre Dame Family

First, Notre Dame alum Cavan Biggio -- made history for the Toronto Blue Jays -- hitting for the "cycle" and becoming only the third member of their team to do so.  

Cavan's dad, Hall of Famer Craig Biggio -- also hit for the cycle.  They become the second "father-son duo" to accomplish this in Major League Baseball history!


And then, the grandson of former Notre Dame student-athlete Carl Yastrzemski (an all-time great with the Boston Red Sox) -- playing in Fenway Park for the first time in his career (in front of Grandpa) -- does this...


Monday, September 16, 2019

Georgia's Kirby Smart Talks Notre Dame Game

Georgia Week: Brian Kelly Press Conference

Notre Dame Fans -- Get Prepared...

Well, we're 12.5 point underdogs to Georgia -- and you won't find a media member west of  Dublin, Ireland who will be picking the Fighting Irish over the Bulldogs...

And, as you watch ESPN this week and College GameDay on Saturday -- keep this in mind:
  • ESPN has a multi-billion dollar investment in the SEC Conference (SEC Network)
  • Maria Taylor and David Pollack are both Georgia Bulldog grads
  • And, then there's Desmond Howard...

What though the odds...

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Javon McKinley's Post Game Interview...

Ian Book's Post Game Media Session...

Johnny Lujack's NBC Interview Saturday...

The 94 year-old Heisman Trophy winner (turns 95 in November) was interviewed during yesterday's Notre Dame game vs. New Mexico...

Joe & Sonny's First Trip to a Notre Dame Game

 Sonny, Joe and Jonathan Jones #45
 Sonny, Joe and Liam Eichenberg #74
I had the honor this weekend to witness firsthand -- Joe Velarde's and Sonny Martinez's first trip ever to Notre Dame.  The two (they both live in AZ) were given "hall passes" from their respective wives to fulfill a life-long dream...

Hope this will be the first of many trips to Notre Dame for both of you!

New Mexico Fans -- First Time at Notre Dame...

2/2 ...and so many other pleasantries (the list goes on and on). PURE CLASS. I can honestly say that the experience there was better than any other sporting venue I've been to.#NotreDame @NDFootball @NotreDame Thank you!





If You Want to Know More About Georgia FB...

You'll just want to check in at DAWG NATION -- every day this week.  They provide wonderful coverage of Georgia Football...


NBC's Halftime Feature on Brock Wright...

Myron Tagovailola-Amosa After the Game...

Avery Davis' Post Game Interview...

Saturday, September 14, 2019

McKinley's Great Run After Catch Today!

NBC Sports Feature on Notre Dame Football

Avery Davis Gets The Game Ball...


Georgia's Already Talking About Notre Dame

No Surprise -- College GameDay in Athens...

This is not a common occurrence for the folks in Athens -- which is shocking when you consider how good their football team has been and ESPN's multi-billion dollar investment into the SEC Network.


Brian Kelly's Post Game After 66 - 14 Victory

NBC's Tune-In Promotion: ND vs. New Mexico

It's Finally GameDay at Notre Dame!!!

You can watch the game on NBC beginning at 2:30 PM ET.

Players Talk About New Mexico Game Prep

Friday, September 13, 2019

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Domer Romeo Okwara's Passion Project...

Thought you'd enjoy seeing this ESPN story about former Notre Dame football player Romeo Okwara -- who now plays for the Detroit Lions:


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Domer Jimmy Dunne's September 11, 2001

New Notre Dame Song To Be Released Friday

Two University of Notre Dame seniors will be releasing their song; The Fighting Irish (of Notre Dame y'all) this Friday on campus;
  • 2:30 PM ET -- Live performance at the stage between Eck Visitors Center and ND Bookstore
  • Followed by a CD autograph session until 3:45 at the ND Bookstore -- the Bookstore will be selling the CD for $1.99 -- beginning Friday
  • 6:00 PM ET -- Live performance at the Pep Rally on South Quad

The song honors the history of how the Notre Dame community embraced the “Fighting Irish” label, originally intended as a slur, and today wears it as a badge of honor.

Beginning, Friday you can download the song for 99 cents at; Amazon Music and Spotify and many other online music retailers over the coming days...