Monday, August 31, 2015

Fox Sports: 40 Best College Football Players


Three Notre Dame stars on the list...

LINK:  40 BEST

Texas Week: WNDU-TV -- Jaylon and Malik


Notre Dame Alum Named Starting QB at FSU


You may remember his name...

LINK:  JIMBO'S GUY

Corey Robinson Writes About South Africa Trip


He's now a published author -- what you come to expect from this multi-talented Notre Dame student-athlete.

LINK:  COREY ROBINSON

Must See TV: Onward Notre Dame -- Tonight!



If you're looking to get fired up for the start of the 2015 Notre Dame Football season -- you can start tonight at 6:30 PM ET on the NBC Sports Network!

Lions Trade Domer Kyle Brindza to Tampa Bay


The Detroit Lions just traded the former Fighting Irish kicker to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brindza, an undrafted rookie, made all three of his field goal attempts (51 yards, 49 yards and 41 yards), both extra-point attempts, his four punts averaged 49.3 yards and Kyle recorded touch-backs on seven of his eight kickoffs.

I would call that KICKING PERFECTION!

LINK:  BRINDZA TRADED

WSBT-TV: ND Football Preseason Special

Texas Week: WNDU-TV Sports Report


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Uniform Changes in College Football This Year


Tommy Zbikowski's -- Additction to Redemption


You'll want to read this story about former Notre Dame All-American Tommy Zbikowski...

I am rooting for this guy.

That's Tommy in the fire helmet...

LINK:  THE FIGHT OF HIS LIFE

Showtime's "Tune-In Tease" Promoting Show



Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Most Expensive Ticket in College Football


Forbes just reported that the Notre Dame vs. Texas football game a week from today has the highest average ticket price in college football -- $702.53 -- and it's not even close...

LINK:  MOST EXPENSIVE TICKETS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Notre Dame Countdown Final Edition


Friday, August 28, 2015

Dan Patrick's Interview of Brian Kelly Today


Coach Kelly Talks With Media After Practice


OT: They're Drinking the Kool-Aid in Ann Arbor


Thought it would be fun for all of us to check in on what's going on with that school in Ann Arbor...

By the way -- it has been 719 days since Michigan last scored on Notre Dame...

LINK:  OUT OF THE SUBMARINE

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Domer Tyler Eifert a NFL Fantasy Favorite


If you play NFL Fantasy Football -- Sports Illustrated is telling you to consider former Notre Dame All-American Tyler Eifert in your draft plans...

LINK:  BENGALS TE

Notre Dame's Shamrock Series Jerseys Arrive


Got to love the "MONSTER GREEN" the Fighting Irish will wear at Fenway Park this November!!!

Notre Dame Football Names Team Captains


Here are your Fighting Irish football captains for the 2015 season:
  • Joe Schmidt
  • Jaylon Smith
  • Nick Martin
  • Sheldon Day
  • Mathias Farley

The Most "Mismanaged" Position in College FB



LINK:  STORY

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Dad and His Two Notre Dame Kids...


I always enjoy what Richard Becker writes -- here's his latest on dropping off his two kids (Ben '18 and Joan '19) at Notre Dame this past weekend...

LINK:  OF THREE DAYS, TWO MOVES AND ONE UNIVERSITY

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

WNDU-TV Interview With Coach Brian Kelly


A Makeover for the House That Rock Built!


It's going to be awesome!  Here's some of the proposed upgrades we can look forward to inside Notre Dame Stadium!
  • A big new video board
  • New vinyl bench seating
  • Seats to be expanded to a minimum of 18" wide

LINK:  MORE DETAILS

LA Times Plaschke' on Sarkisian's Presser



USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian met with the media today to talk about his conduct at a recent donor event...

In the spirit of full disclosure -- Bill Plaschke's oldest daughter is a Notre Dame alum.

Additional media coverage of Sarkisian:

LINK:  KABC-TV LOS ANGELES COVERAGE

Life as a Starting Linebacker at Notre Dame


You experience things like a crew from Showtime following you from class to class...

Here's former Fighting Irish walk-on Joe Schmidt being shadowed by the crew from Showtime that is embedded here on the Notre Dame campus for the next three months.

Texas to Start Two Frosh OL vs. Notre Dame


Connor Williams and Patrick Vahe were playing "Friday Night Lights" football this time last year in Texas.  In 11 days -- they will make up 40% of the starting Texas offensive line -- as they play their first-ever college football game against Notre Dame.

At least two other freshmen -- I refuse to use the term "true freshmen" -- are also expecting to line-up first for the Longhorns against our Fighting Irish.

Here's the story from Austin:

LINK:  PROJECTED STARTERS

LINK:  TEXAS DEPTH CHART

Monday, August 24, 2015

Chris Evert's Domer Dad -- Passes at 91


Former Notre Dame All-American tennis player Jimmy Evert '48 --- and dad to all-time tennis great Chris Evert -- passed away Friday at the age of 91.

Evert -- instructor of tennis champions -- was remembered in this New York Times story...

LINK:  NEW YORK TIMES STORY

LINK:  LONDON'S DAILY MAIL STORY

LINK:  SUN-SENTINEL STORY

LINK:  OBITUARY

OT: This Is How the NFL Rolls These Days...



The NFL rolls out two "Hall of Famers" from Ohio State and Miami (FL) -- to show them how to "get around trouble" at their Rookie Symposium...


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Less Than 13 Days to "Historic Game"


So says the folks down at Hook 'Em...

LINK:  HISTORIC GAME

Dallas Morning News: Five Bold Predictions


They're feeling pretty good about their football team in Austin...

LINK:  FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS

Associated Press Poll: Notre Dame Ranked #11


I'll take it -- high enough to beat a few ranked teams in the first half of the season to roll into our match-up with USC ranked in the top 5 in the country...

LINK:  ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

SI Calls It: "Best Hype Video You'll See..."




Here's what Sports Illustrated had to say about this hype video about Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire...


USC AD Has to Pull Steve Sarkisian Off Stage


That school in Los Angeles held their annual pre-season football event for their biggest donors yesterday and USC's head football coach Steve Sarkisian -- literally had to be "pulled" off stage by Athletic Director Pat Haden and John McKay, Jr.

Sarkisian was reportedly drunk...

LINK:  SARKISIAN

LINK:  ESPN VIDEO OF SARKISIAN

LINK:  SARKISIAN APOLOGY

Malik Zaire: "I'm Not a Quitter..."


Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire was asked if he ever considered transferring...

LINK:  MALIK ZAIRE

Brady Quinn Predicts the Irish Go Undefeated!



Now I have to admit I don't care for the photo of #5 when talking about the 2015 Fighting Irish!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Arrested for Cocaine Possession -- Miss 3


Can you believe this... 

Clemson's starting place kicker was arrested for a DUI and cocaine possession and he's only suspended for their first three games against Wofford, Appalachian State and Louisville.

He will "likely" return to play against Notre Dame.

LINK:  REALLY?

Counsell & Murphy Back Together Again



The two MLB managers talk about their time together at Notre Dame...

Football Practice Inside Notre Dame Stadium



The Fighting Irish wrapped up training camp yesterday with a practice inside Notre Dame Stadium -- here are the highlights...

It's important to note that the last practice of Training Camp it's become tradition to wear a different number -- so don't freak out when you can't find your favorite player.

Manti Te'o Involved in Skirmish at Practice


The former Fighting Irish All-American put a hit on a TE at the Charger's training camp and the fun began...

LINK:  THE FIGHTING IRISH

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Three Domers Meet on NFL Practice Field


From L to R:  Jonas Gray, Mike Golic Jr. and Darius Fleming

Yahoo!'s Pat Forde Talks Notre Dame Football


Veteran college football writer Pat Forde weighs in on Notre Dame Football and the job Coach Kelly is doing...

LINK:  YAHOO! SPORTS STORY

Domer Named Athletic Director at Akron U.


Notre Dame football fans will remember the name Larry Williams '85 -- the former Fighting Irish All-American was just named the Athletic Director at Akron University.

Here's the story:

LINK:  AKRON HIRES DOMER


OC Mike Sanford Sits Down With Jack Nolan


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Coach Brian Kelly Sits Down With Jack Nolan


Brian Kelly's ND Football Media Session Today


Keivarae Russell Cleared by NCAA Today!



The Notre Dame defensive back just got approved by the NCAA to be eligible to play this season for the Fighting Irish!

Highlights From Today's Media Day Practice


A Notre Dame Alum's Commentary in WSJ


Thought you'd want to read this opinion piece written by Dr. William J. Toffler, MD -- a 1971 graduate of the University of Notre Dame -- that appeared in the Wall Street Journal 

I want to thank ND GO IRISH BLOG regular Jay Radovich '70 for alerting me to this article!

LINK:  A DOCTOR-ASSISTED DISASTER

This is a CLASSIC -- From the Folks at ESPN


Notre Dame Fans getting ready for battle!

Phil Jackson Talks Draft Day and Jerian Grant


The Notre Dame All-American is discussed in this diary (if you will) by Charley Rosen who spent a day each week this past year with the New York Knick's Phil Jackson...

LINK:  DRAFT DAY

A Good Grantland Story on Notre Dame FB


I believe most Notre Dame fans will enjoy this story...

LINK:  YOU ARE A HATER...

Warning: Counterfeit Tickets for Texas vs. ND


The Notre Dame Athletics Ticket Department just released a statement this morning that they have evidence of scalpers selling counterfeit tickets to the Texas vs. Notre Dame football game September 5th.

The game has been announced as the most "in-demand" ticket in college football.

BEWARE!

LINK:  NOTRE DAME RELEASE

Notre Dame Football Media Day -- 2 PM ET


You can watch Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly -- LIVE today at 2 PM ET -- as he officially kicks off the 2015 season with his Media Day press conference.

Just click on this link below:

LINK:  WATCH LIVE AT 2 PM ET

Monday, August 17, 2015

Notre Dame Football: South Bend Country Club




The Fighting Irish played a little golf today at South Bend Country Club...

The "Rocket" Reincarnated? Check out #9 !!!



His name is CJ Sanders and he's a former Hollywood movie actor turned Notre Dame freshman football player...

He made a couple of spectacular plays in Saturday's practice -- one is featured in the last clip of the highlights video.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Malik Zaire Sits Down With Jac Collinsworth


NFL Training Camp Update: Notre Dame


Here's the latest news stories on the 40 former Notre Dame football stars currently on rosters in the National Football League -- including who is running with the first team units on their respective teams.

RUNNING WITH THEIR FIRST UNIT -- AS OF RIGHT NOW:

LINK:  GOLDEN TATE -- LIONS

LINK:  KYLE RUDOLPH -- VIKINGS

LINK:  HARRISON SMITH -- VIKINGS

LINK:  ANTHONY FASANO -- TITANS

LINK:  RYAN HARRIS -- BRONCOS

LINK:  SERGIO BROWN -- JAGUARS

LINK:  JUSTIN TUCK -- RAIDERS

LINK:  TYLER EIFERT -- BENGALS

LINK:  MICHAEL FLOYD -- CARDINALS*

LINK:  CHRIS WATT -- CHARGERS

LINK:  ZACK MARTIN -- COWBOYS

LINK:  J.J. JANSEN -- PANTHERS

LINK:  JOHN SULLIVAN -- VIKINGS

LINK:  STEPHON TUITT -- STEELERS

LINK:  BENNETT JACKSON -- GIANTS

LINK:  R.J. BLANTON -- VIKINGS 

LINK:  THEO RIDDICK -- LIONS

LINK:  MANTI TE'O -- CHARGERS

LINK:  IAN WILLIAMS -- 49ERS

*OUT WITH A BROKEN HAND -- WAS RUNNING WITH THE FIRST UNIT WHEN INJURED. 


NOT STARTING -- AS OF RIGHT NOW: 

LINK:  JONAS GRAY -- PATRIOTS

LINK:  MIKE GOLIC JR. -- SAINTS

LINK:  SAM YOUNG -- JAGUARS

LINK:  KAPRON LEWIS-MOORE -- RAVENS

LINK:  BEN KOYACK  -- JAGUARS

LINK:  CIERRE WOOD -- BILLS 

LINK:  CODY RIGGS -- TITANS

LINK:  JIMMY CLAUSEN  -- BEARS

LINK:  ERIC OLSEN  -- BROWNS

LINK:  KONA SCHWENKE -- SEAHAWKS

LINK:  ROBERT HUGHES -- CARDINALS

LINK:  T.J. JONES -- LIONS

LINK:  DARIUS FLEMING -- PATRIOTS

LINK:  DAVARIS DANIELS  -- VIKINGS

LINK:  TROY NIKLAS -- CARDINALS 

LINK:  LOUIS NIX III -- TEXANS 

LINK:  GEORGE ATKINSON III -- RAIDERS

LINK:  BRAXSTON CAVE -- LIONS

LINK:  DAVID BRUTON -- BRONCOS

LINK:  KYLE BRINDZA -- LIONS

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Coach Brian Kelly With Media After Practice



The Fighting Irish held an open practice today for Notre Dame faculty, staff and their families...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Domer Named President of Colgate University


Brian W. Casey '85 -- a former swim team captain and the 1985 Scholar Athlete of the Year at the University of Notre Dame was just named the 17th president of Colgate University!

Congratulations Brian!

LINK:  STORY

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Coach Brian Kelly Met With the Media Today


Replay: Jonas Gray's 55 Yard TD Run Tonight

2015 Shamrock Series Notre Dame Helmet


Here it is!

Photos: Notre Dame's Green Monster Gear


Here's what the Fighting Irish will be wearing when they play Boston College in the shadow of Fenway Park's Green Monster this November...

Video: Notre Dame's "Green Monster" Get-up



Notre Dame Walk-On Gets Scholarship Today


You've got to love the team's reaction...

Highlights: Practice #6 Back at Notre Dame


Coach Brian Kelly Talks Culver Days...


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Supreme Court Justice to Speak at Notre Dame


Justice Sonia Sotomayor will be speaking at Notre Dame on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7 PM at Washington Hall.

NBC News' Anne Thompson and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams -- both Notre Dame alums -- will join Justice Sotomayor on stage.

Here's the details:

LINK:  SOTOMAYOR AT NOTRE DAME

Interview: ND OC Mike Sanford


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ESPN Interview: ND WR Chris Brown




Know Thy Opponent: Texas' Open Practice


Highlights: Day Five For the Irish at Culver



It's moving day -- as the Fighting Irish break camp at Culver and make the trek back to Notre Dame...

ESPN Interviews Coach Brian Kelly



The Corbett Family Head Football Coach at Notre Dame met with ESPN's Rece Davis...

ESPN Interviews Jaylon Smith & Joe Schmidt



ESPN's College Football LIVE crew is with Notre Dame Football today -- visiting the Culver Academy training location.

Showtime Network: A Season With Notre Dame


This will be fun...

Showtime announced today that they will be airing
"A Season With Notre Dame Football" -- as they chronicle the 2015 football season for the Fighting Irish.

The weekly show will debut September 8th on Showtime.

LINK:  SHOWTIME & NOTRE DAME

Interview: Notre Dame's Todd Lyght



He's a great addition to the Notre Dame football staff.

Photo: ESPN College Football Live at Culver


They will be filing reports all morning from Notre Dame Football's practice today at Culver Academy.  That's ESPN's Rece Davis interviewing Jaylon Smith and Joe Schmidt.

Portland GM: "Baseball Is Not Happening"


Looks like it's an NBA life for Pat Connaughton -- at least for now...

LINK:  PAT CONNAUGHTON

Monday, August 10, 2015

Domer Mike Garofola on Bachelor in Paradise


The Class of 2002 Notre Dame alum is back on ABC's family of "Bachelor & Bachelorette" programming...

LINK:  GAROFOLA

ND's Mike Denbrock Talks Offensive Team


ND Walk-On QB Wins High School Heisman!



His name is Nolan Henry and he's quite a young man.  This past spring he was awarded with Wendy's High School Heisman -- the 21st recipient.

Nolan is currently at Culver Academy with the Fighting Irish Football team getting ready for the upcoming season and his first year at Notre Dame.

LINK:  WENDY'S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN

Domer Ryan Doherty Wins First AVP Title!


The 7'-1" former Notre Dame baseball pitching star -- who had 13 wins in the minors for the Arizona Diamondbacks -- won his first pro volleyball AVP tournament this weekend in Seattle!

That's Ryan in the red shorts in the photo above.

Doherty turned to professional beach volleyball a few years ago and has climbed up to #3 in the AVP Player Rankings.  Maybe we'll see him in the next Olympics?

LINK:  BIG WIN

LINK:  YAHOO SPORTS STORY

LINK:  AVP PLAYER RANKINGS 


Golson Wearing a New Number at FSU


Gone is the familiar #5 for Notre Dame alum Everett Golson '15.

LINK:  TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT STORY

LINK:  ORLANDO SENTINEL STORY

LINK:  SPORTS ILLUSTRATED STORY

Sports Illustrated's Top 25 College FB Poll


The Fighting Irish are ranked #4 in this preseason poll...

LINK:  RANKINGS

Monday's ND Football Practice Highlights


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Current Domers Congratulate Hall of Famers



Notre Dame Ranked #5 for Most NFL Talent


The NFL Scouts have taken notice of the talent Coach Kelly and staff have attracted to Notre Dame over the past five years...

LINK:  NFL TALENT