Friday, December 3, 2021

Head Coach Marcus Freeman's First Interview!

Was Your First Day -- EVER LIKE THIS!!!

The Man Who Takes Notre Dame to the Top!

Marcus Freeman, the 30th Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame.
 
Tune in tonight to the NBC Sports Network's coverage of the Ohio State vs. Notre Dame hockey game beginning at 7:30 PM ET.  Coach Freeman will do his first LIVE interview during the broadcast.


 

ND GO IRISH Blog Vault: Zorich & Freeman...

 

This interview between former Fighting Irish All-American Chris Zorich and now Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame, Marcus Freeman -- took place this past July..

Enjoy!

Collinsworth & Robinson Talk ND Football...

 

 
Two Domers; Jac Collinsworth and Corey Robinson -- sat down and talked about a most amazing week in the history of Notre Dame Football...
 


Please Give Consderation This Christmas...


About two months ago, I made the decision to make a gift to South Bend's Center for the Homeless of $1,842 -- and in return, they sent me this wonderful present -- see image above.

The ND Monogram is made of bricks from the old Corby Hall that was just re-built here on the University of Notre Dame campus -- a building that goes back to 1895.

South Bend's Center for the Homeless is led by a Domer named Steve Camilleri -- he and his team are doing wonderful things for those who are struggling in our community.

Think about doing this as well...

LINK:  CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS


Marcus' First Message to Notre Dame Football

Kyle Hamilton & Players Talk ND Changes...


You should find time to listen to this podcast...

LINK:  INSIDE THE GARAGE

ESPN's Steven A. Smith Talks Marcus Freeman


You should watch this...

LINK:  STEVEN A. SMITH

It's Official! Marcus Freeman is our Coach!

Have to admit -- the room I was in must have been a little "dusty" when I watched this...

Special moments lie ahead!!!

Go Irish! 



Thursday, December 2, 2021

What Must Happen for Notre Dame Saturday...

Here's my "two cents" as it relates to the most favorable outcomes in Saturday's Conference Championship games involving top ranked teams:

 

NOON ET Kick-off:  Oklahoma State (+5.5 pts) vs. Baylor (on ABC)

  • Notre Dame will hope that Baylor finds a way to beat the Cowboys
    • If they do -- Notre Dame moves up to #5 in rankings

 

4:00 PM ET Kick-off:  Georgia (+6.5 pts) vs. Alabama (on CBS)

  • Notre Dame will hope that Georgia beats Bama by 14+ points
    • If the game is closer than that, I fear Bama stays in top 4 -- though they have no business doing so with their very difficult wins over some average teams these last few weeks
      • Georgia's average margin of victory this season:  32.4 points
    • If Bama gets walloped -- Notre Dame moves up in the rankings 

 

4:00 PM ET Kick-off:  Cincinnati (+10.5 pts) vs. Houston (on ABC)

  • Notre Dame needs Houston to beat Cincinnati -- but not by much
    • If Cincinnati loses -- Notre Dame moves up in the rankings

 

8:00 PM ET Kick-off:  Michigan (+10.5 pts) vs. Iowa (on FOX)

  • Notre Dame needs Iowa to beat Michigan
    • This would more than likely be the biggest upset of the day

 

So, here is our best route to the College Football Playoffs:

  1. Decisive win for Georgia over Alabama -- this is a must
    • Get Bama out of top 4 in final poll
  2. And, then we just need one upset in the next three games
    • Bettors believe the closest game will be Baylor vs. Oklahoma State
  3. If this happens -- we have a GREAT shot of making the CFB Playoffs

Dan Patrick Talks Freeman and Notre Dame

The Mornin' After the News Broke -- Reaction


Took a lap around the worldwide web this morning to see what the media has to say about the news that Marcus Freeman would be named the Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame.  Here's what I found:

LINK:  PETE THAMEL -- YAHOO! SPORTS

LINK:  NEW YORK POST 

LINK:  SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 

LINK:  FORBES 

LINK:  SPORTING NEWS

LINK:  CBS SPORTS

LINK:  NBC SPORTS

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

YES -- Marcus Freeman Will Lead the IRISH!


I have never been more excited about the future of Notre Dame Football.  Love this graphic by Irish Sports Daily!

Marcus Freeman will soon be announced as the 30th Dick Corbett Head Football Coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Tommy Rees "Commits Again" to Notre Dame

Brian Kelly's LSU Financial Package


Here are some of the highlights of Brian Kelly's deal that apparently makes him the "highest paid coach" in college football:

  • 10 year base salary worth $95 million
  • A "stay at LSU" bonus of $500,000 -- paid out every July 1st he is employed at LSU
  • A "bowl bonus" of $500,000 for every bowl game LSU plays in
  • A "SEC Championship game appearance" and he gets a bonus of $75,000
  • A "SEC Championship" win and he gets a $150,000 bonus
  • A "National Championship" win and he gets at $500,000 bonus
  • Win the first "SEC Championship" and his compensation increases $250,000 -- every year for the life of his contract
  • Win a "National Championship" and his compensation increases $500,000 -- every year for the life of his contract
  • Two car allowance of $1,000 a month
  • An interest free loan of $1.2 million to purchase a home
  • 50 hours of travel per year on private jets
  • If Kelly is fired "without cause" -- LSU still owes him 90% of the balance of the ten-year salary
  • If Kelly leaves while the current Athletic Director is employed:
    • He would pay a $4 million "buyout" if he left in the next year
    • He would pay a $3 million "buyout" if he left in year two of his contract
    • He would pay a $2 million "buyout" if he left in any year after two years into his contract
  • If the LSU Athletic Director leaves while Kelly is the Head Coach -- Kelly does not owe LSU a contract buyout fee if he leaves before his contract ends.

Peter King Opined On Kelly's Leaving...

Neuheisel & Dan Patrick Talk Notre Dame...

Dan Patrick Interviews the New LSU Coach...

Zorich Podcast: Kelly's Departure

Monday, November 29, 2021

If Brian Kelly Leaves for LSU -- We'll Be Okay!


If the stories are true that Brian Kelly is leaving Notre Dame to coach Louisiana State University -- good for him.  He did us right and if he's all about chasing a great contract to end his career -- he's earned that.

Here's why I'm excited tonight -- I believe college football is all about the "Jimmy's and Joe's" not the "X's and O's"  

Have you ever heard this phrase:  "Dabo Swinney is a great offensive mind."  I never have -- Dabo is a great recruiter and a great promoter.  Kids want to play for him, they see him running around that sideline hugging his players, laughing and having fun...

I believe we need a head coach that makes recruiting a PRIORITY -- to win that next National Championship.  It's been the team with the best TALENT that has been winning the titles.

So, be happy for Coach Kelly and his family.  And, pray we find a great coach -- who will recruit, recruit, recruit!!!

I am happy for Notre Dame tonight -- we'll be returning one of the top teams in all of college football next season -- and we'll do so with some new energy at the top.

All is good -- it really is.

Finebaum Talks LSU Pursuing Brian Kelly

Know Thy Opponent: Lincoln Riley's Welcome

 

USC is excited about their new football coach...

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Let's Look at the "ONE LOSS" Teams in Top 6...


There is plenty of talk right now about what "one loss" teams should be selected for the College Football Playoffs -- so, I thought I'd give the Committee some background on each of these teams:


TEAM A (Michigan):

  • Their one loss was to the currently ranked #11 team (9-2) by 4 points
  • Strength of schedule is:  #13 
  • Wins over FBS opponents:  11

 

TEAM B (Alabama):

  • Their one loss was to the currently ranked #24 team (8-4) by 3 points
  • Strength of schedule is:  #50
  • Wins over FBS opponents:  9
 

TEAM C (Oklahoma State):

  • Their one loss was to a currently un-ranked opponent (7-5) by 3 points
  • Strength of schedule is:  #5
  • Wins over FBS opponents:  9

 

TEAM D (Notre Dame):

  • Their one loss was to the currently ranked #4 team (12-0) by 11 points
  • Strength of schedule is #9
  • Wins over FBS opponents:  11

 

So, right now -- two (2) ONE LOSS teams are set to make the College Football Playoffs -- how do you pick among these four teams?

  • The two teams with the "best losses?"
    • Notre Dame lost to #4
    • Michigan lost to #11 
    • Alabama lost to #24
    • Oklahoma State lost to an un-ranked opponent
  • The two teams with the most wins over FBS opponents?
    • If Michigan beats Iowa they will have 12 FBS wins
    • Notre Dame has 11 FBS wins 
    • If Alabama beats Georgia they will have 10 FBS wins
    • If Oklahoma State beats Baylor they will have 10 FBS wins
  • The two teams with the highest strength of schedules? 
    • Oklahoma State has the #5 toughest schedule
    • Notre Dame has the #9 toughest schedule
    • Michigan has the #13 toughest schedule
    • Alabama has the #50 toughest schedule

 

OT: #1 Ferris State 54 vs. #3 Grand Valley 20

 

The top ranked Ferris State Bulldogs showed why they deserve the ranking -- as they rolled over #3 Grand Valley State today in the SNOW!!!

LINK:  STORY

Biggest Win of Niele Ivey Era -- Irish Over OSU

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Well We're 11-1 --- Now We Wait...

The Fighting Irish just put Stanford away by the score of 45 - 14 and finished the season with just the one blemish vs. Cincinnati.

Now, we wait until next Saturday and ultimately next Sunday for our College Football Playoff or New Year's Six Bowl assignment...

Here's what we need to happen next Saturday:

  1. Georgia to beat Alabama
  2. Houston to upset Cincinnati
  3. Or, Baylor to upset Oklahoma State
  4. Or, Iowa to upset Michigan   

Georgia must win -- and then we just need ONE UPSET!

BELIEVE!



OT: #1 Ferris State vs. #3 Grand Valley Today!

 

The NCAA National Championship in Division II for football -- might just be played today in Big Rapids, MI -- as #1 Ferris State takes on #3 Grand Valley in today's NCAA Playoff game...

The game kicks off at 1 PM ET -- you can watch it LIVE right here: FERRIS TV

Ferris State is the only undefeated team in Division II --- and they're led by last year's top lacrosse player in Division I at QB!

Hamilton at #7 in This NFL Mock Draft

Finebaum Talks Notre Dame or Alabama...

 

Fast forward the video to the 5:10 mark to the talk about Notre Dame and the playoffs...

Notre Dame's Hype Video for Standord Game

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving From Notre Dame!


This is my wife Susan's creation this morning -- she's got a talent!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A Domer Dad & Great Notre Dame Friend...

 

Our guy Dick Vitale (father of two Notre Dame graduates) made his return to the broadcast booth last night after being treated for cancer these past few months...

Dick -- we're glad you are back doing what you love -- and what we all love!

Stanford Week: David Shaw, Players Talk IRISH

Brady Quinn Today on Dan Patrick Show

Notre Dame's Annual Thanksgiving Video...

 

We made the decision this year to recognize the thousands of "unsung heroes" here at the University of Notre Dame.  Their efforts kept the university up and running during the pandemic, while many other schools decided it was not worth the risk...

ln May of 2020, I watched singer/songwriter Jeffrey James (Brownsburg, IN) perform his song "We Can Be Heroes" on NBC's Songland.  I immediately fell in love with the song and contacted Jeffrey's agent the very next day and suggested that we shoot a music video of this song on the Notre Dame campus.

I quickly learned that because Jeffrey had just performed the song on NBC and the show's staff had helped him re-write some lyrics and change up the melody -- that the song was off limits for a year...

Well, a year passed and Jeffrey's agent -- Chris Ferren reached out to me and as they say -- the rest is history.

The same week we shot the music video on campus, Jeffrey performed at our Friday Night Bash at Notre Dame Stadium -- the night before our game against Purdue.

Hope you like the music video and the story it tells.  Please note, you're going to want to hang around and watch all of the credits...

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Okay, We're Now #6 -- Here's How We Move Up


Notre Dame Football is now #6 in the College Football Rankings -- so, here's what it's going to take for us to get into the TOP 4 and earn a playoff spot...

1.  Notre Dame clobbers Stanford -- wouldn't it be nice if we kept Stanford without a TD!

2.  Georgia beats Alabama by two TD's or more in the SEC Conference Championship game.

3.  Cincinnati loses to Houston in Conference USA Championship game.

4.  Then we have the Big 12 -- we need an Oklahoma State loss either this week or Big 12 Championship game...


So, here's what happens:

  • Georgia handles Alabama and Oklahoma State loses a game -- WE ARE IN
  • Georgia handles Alabama and Cincinnati loses to Houston -- WE ARE IN
  • Cincinnati loses to Houston and Oklahoma State loses a game -- WE ARE IN

TONIGHT at 8 PM ET from Notre Dame...

The University's 17th president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will be taking part in a THANKSGIVING CHAT from Notre Dame's campus...

It begins at 8 PM ET -- should end at approximately 8:15 PM ET -- followed by the release of Notre Dame's annual Thanksgiving video.

LINK:  WATCH IT ALL RIGHT HERE -- BEGINNING AT 8 PM ET

ICON: Notre Dame 55 vs. Georgia Tech 0

Monday, November 22, 2021

Dunne / St. Ed's ND Interhall Football Champs!


Here's a photo of the Rector of St. Edward's Hall -- Fr. Ralph Haag, C.S.C. (in his cowboy hat) with his "Gentlemen" of St. Ed's after their combined team win of the Notre Dame Interhall Football Championship with Dunne Hall "under the lights" last night in Notre Dame Stadium!

Read the story below

LINK:  GAME STORY along with VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Skylar Interviewed on "Suns TV" Saturday...

Trey Mancini -- Comeback Player of the Year!


The former Fighting Irish baseball star missed the 2020 baseball season due to colon cancer -- and he came back this year, hitting 21 homers and knocking in 71 RBI's in 147 games this season.

LINK:  STORY

Stanford Week: Brian Kelly Press Conference

 

Fast forward video to the 21:30 minute mark for the start of today's press conference...

Brady Quinn on the Dan Patrick Radio Show

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Georgia Tech Safety Talks Loss to Irish

GT QB and OL Talk Loss to Notre Dame

Let's Revisit the CFB Playoff Discussion...


If you follow this blog -- you would have seen this post a couple weeks ago.  It laid out Notre Dame's journey to the College Football Playoffs -- BELOW IN RED.  Let's see how it's going so far:

Now, I will preface this exercise with I truly don't feel we have any chance of making the College Football Playoffs this year -- because of the lack of perceived quality wins...

Yet, the "fat lady's not singing" -- so, let's walk through the next five weeks of college football and show how our Fighting Irish could end up in the TOP 4...

WEEK ONE:

  • #10 Notre Dame beats Navy convincingly CHECK!
  • #9 Wake Forest loses to North Carolina  CHECK!                                                 

Notre Dame moves up to #9  CHECK!

 

WEEK TWO:

  • #9 Notre Dame beats Virginia convincingly  CHECK!
  • #8 Oklahoma loses to #14 Baylor  CHECK!
  • #7 Michigan loses to Penn State  MISSED

Notre Dame moves up to #7 MISSED -- NOTRE DAME #8

 

WEEK THREE:

  • #7 Notre Dame beats Georgia Tech convincingly  CHECK!
  • #6 Cincinnati loses to SMU MISSED
  • #5 Michigan State loses to #6 Ohio State  CHECK!
  • #3 Oregon loses to Utah

Notre Dame moves up to #5 -- GOING TO PROJECT US AT #6

 

WEEK FOUR:

  • #5 Notre Dame beats Stanford convincingly
  • #4 Ohio State loses to Michigan

Notre Dame moves up to #4 -- GOING TO PROJECT US AT #5

 

WEEK FIVE:

  • #4 Notre Dame is idle 
  • No upsets in the Championship games // unless it's Oregon losing! PAC 12 IS OUT!
  • NEED GEORGIA TO MANHANDLE ALABAMA  

 

2021 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PREDICTION:

  • #1 GEORGIA
  • #2 OHIO STATE
  • #3 CINCINNATI
  • #4 NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame Sweeps #1 Michigan in Overtime!

Friday, November 19, 2021

A Uniform Reveal for Georgia Tech...

 

I thought I had seen it all...

Georgia Tech Week: Kelly's Thursday Session

Notre Dame Hockey Beats #1 Michigan in OT


 

Monday, November 15, 2021

Notre Dame Men's Soccer a #4 Seed in NCAA

click on image to enlarge

The team that prognosticators picked to finish LAST in the Atlantic Coast Conference -- just won the ACC Championship this weekend -- and they followed that up with the #4 overall seed in the NCAA Men's Soccer Championship.

Here's the bracket:  NCAA TOURNAMENT

Go Irish!

Georgia Tech Week: Brian Kelly Media Session

Is the College Football World Ready For This?

The folks at ESPN released this yesterday -- I'm sure it has not been well received in; Columbus, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, Norman, Stillwater, Eugene and East Lansing...

But, if our Fighting Irish win its next two games -- this is what could happen on December 5th.

 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Photo Of The Day: Lake Effect Snow at ND!


Was just sent this photo of the "lake effect" snow we're receiving this evening at the University of Notre Dame du Lac!

Photo was taken by my great friend and Holy Cross Priest -- Fr. Ralph Haag, C.S.C. -- who also serves as the Rector at St. Ed's Hall.

BEAUTIFUL!

 

Injuries and Illness / Yet the Irish Are 9-1!!!


The number of players lost this season due to injuries and illness -- has been unlike anything I've seen in all the years watching Notre Dame Football.  Here's the players who have missed full games, so far this season -- it's amazing that we're 9-1!

 

DEFENSE -- 11 players missing 66 games

  • Marist Liufau (10 games) -- injured in preseason, lost for the season
  • Will Schweitzer (10 games) -- injured in preseason, lost for the season
  • Osita Ekonwu (10 games) -- injured in preseason, lost for the season
  • Shayne Simon (9 games) -- hurt in first game, lost for the season
  • Paul Moala (9 games) -- hurt in first game, lost for the season
  • JoJo Johnson (8 games) -- hurt after second game, lost for the season
  • Kurt Hinish (2 games) -- hurt after third game, missed the next two games
  • Jacob Lacey (3 games) -- hurt in fourth game, missed the next three games
  • Kyle Hamilton (3 games) -- hurt in 7th game, lost for the season
  • Drew White (1 game) -- illness, should return next week
  • Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa (1 game) -- illness, should return next week

 

 OFFENSE -- 12 players missing 41 games

  • Brendon Clark (10 games) -- injured last season, lost for the season -- transfer 
  • Logan Diggs (1 game) -- missed first game due to illness
  • Blake Fisher (9 games) -- injured in first game, may not return this season
  • Kevin Bauman (7 games) -- injured in first game, just returned last week
  • Michael Carmody (2 games) -- injured in second game, returned two weeks later
  • Tyler Buchner (1 game) -- injured in third game, returned two weeks later
  • Tosh Baker (1 game) -- injured in fourth game, returned two weeks later
  • Joe Wilkins (5 games) -- injured in fifth game, lost for the season
  • Michael Mayer (1 game) -- injured in fifth game, returned two weeks later
  • Chris Tyree (2 games) -- injured in fifth game, returned a few weeks later
  • Avery Davis (1 game) -- injured in ninth game, lost for the season
  • C'Bo Flemister (1 game) -- injured this past week, not sure of return

 

Syracuse WBB Coach Talks Loss to Notre Dame


 

Notre Dame Wins ACC Soccer Championship!

 

Notre Dame Men's Soccer just won its first ever ACC Championship -- and they did it in SHUTOUT FASHION!

And, the Fighting Irish beat some top teams along the way!

  • Notre Dame 2 - #11 Duke 0
  • Notre Dame 2 - #5 Pittsburgh 0
  • Notre Dame 0 - Louisville 0 (Irish win 3-0 on penalty kicks!)
  • Notre Dame 1 - NC State 0

Replay of "Logan's Leap" Last Night...

Virginia's Head Coach Talks Notre Dame Loss

Brian Kelly Talks Win Over Virginia!

Saturday, November 13, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS: Notre Dame 28 - Virginia 3

Freshman Blake Wesley -- Leads the Irish!

 

Well, maybe we have a new basketball star at Notre Dame!!! Freshman Blake Wesley led the Fighting Irish in his first game ever in gold and blue -- with a dominant performance...

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Niele Ivey Talks About Signing KK Bransford

 

KK Bransford was Ohio's Miss Basketball -- a nice get for the Fighting Irish!

LINK:  STORY

A Big Day for Notre Dame Men's Basketball!

 

It's being heralded as a TOP 15 signing class for Notre Dame -- when was the last time we heard this about our Men's basketball program?

CONGRATS!

Pat Connaughton Knocks Down (7) Threes!

 

The former Fighting Irish star made a NBA career high SEVEN THREE POINTERS in the Milwaukee Bucks win last night over the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden...

LINK:  STORY

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Domer Seidel Finishes 4th in NYC Marathon

 

Molly Seidel's time today in the New York City Marathon is a new American record for this race...

To add to the lore of Molly Seidel -- it was revealed after the race that she had raced with two broken ribs...

LINK:  USA TODAY STORY 

LINK:  NEW YORK TIMES STORY

Rudy Filmed 29 Years Ago Today During Game

 

The actual game scene of Rudy's QB sack was filmed during the halftime of Notre Dame vs. Boston College on this day in 1992... 

A game the 8th ranked Fighting Irish won 54 - 7 -- over the #9 ranked Eagles.  WOW!

LINK:  GAME STORY

Notre Dame's Defensive Performance vs. Navy


Decided to take a peek and see how well Notre Dame's defensive performance vs the Naval Academy stacked up this year.  Here's how it ranked vs. their other opponents:

 

LOWEST YARDS RUSHING:

Air Force:  36 yards -- on 34 carries

Notre Dame:  166 yards -- on 55 carries

SMU:  177 yards -- on 53 carries

Cincinnati:  192 yards -- on 67 carries

Memphis:  198 yards -- on 65 carries

Houston:  202 yards -- on 55 carries 

Tulsa:  302 yards -- on 60 carries

Marshall:  337 yards -- on 75 carries 

UCF:  348 yards -- on 76 carries


LOWEST TOTAL OFFENSE:

Air Force:  68 yards

Notre Dame:  184 yards

SMU:  241 yards

Memphis:  241 yards

Cincinnati:  271 yards

Houston:  300 yards 

Tulsa:  302 yards

Marshall:  398 yards

UCF:  406 yards

 



Friday, November 5, 2021

OT: Former MI Player vs. MSU Grad -- Classic...

 

Folks, I lived in the metro Detroit area for a number of years before moving to South Bend to work for the University of Notre Dame.  Mike Valenti -- the guy sitting on the right in this radio studio -- is a MSU grad who has a sports talk radio show in the Motor City.

His rants are "Hall of Fame" worthy -- here he takes on former Michgian star Braylon Edwards -- days after Sparty's win over the Wolverines.  Enjoy!

Notre Dame's Going Back to Ireland in 2023!

Naval Academy Players Talk Notre Dame Game

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Dublin, Ireland -- HERE COME THE IRISH!

Five Weeks to Move Up Six Spots for Playoffs


Now, I will preface this exercise with I truly don't feel we have any chance of making the College Football Playoffs this year -- because of the lack of perceived quality wins...

Yet, the "fat lady's not singing" -- so, let's walk through the next five weeks of college football and show how our Fighting Irish could end up in the TOP 4... 

 

WEEK ONE:

  • #10 Notre Dame beats Navy convincingly
  • #9 Wake Forest loses to North Carolina

Notre Dame moves up to #9

 

WEEK TWO:

  • #9 Notre Dame beats Virginia convincingly
  • #8 Oklahoma loses to #14 Baylor
  • #7 Michigan loses to Penn State

Notre Dame moves up to #7

 

WEEK THREE:

  • #7 Notre Dame beats Georgia Tech convincingly
  • #6 Cincinnati loses to SMU
  • #5 Michigan State loses to #6 Ohio State

Notre Dame moves up to #5

 

WEEK FOUR:

  • #5 Notre Dame beats Stanford convincingly
  • #4 Ohio State loses to Michigan

Notre Dame moves up to #4

 

WEEK FIVE:

  • #4 Notre Dame is idle 
  • No upsets in the Championship games // unless it's Oregon losing!

NAVY WEEK: Highlights from Navy vs. Tulsa

Navy's Defensive Coordinator Talks Notre Dame

NAVY WEEK: Brian Kelly's Thursday Presser

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Domer Stams Leads Cleveland to "NFL Victory"

That is Frank Stams in middle in the photo above.

Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida
-- Frank Stams knows all about the joy and pride of winning a title, having played a pivotal role as an All-American defensive end on the 1988 Notre Dame team that went undefeated and claimed the school's 11th national championship in football. On Saturday (October 23), more than three decades removed from that glorious celebration on the gridiron, it was Stams (former Cleveland Browns LB) who hit the key shot at the clutch moment to propel his team of five to triumph at the 41st NFL Alumni Super Bowl of Golf, at Mission Inn Resort.

 

Faced with a 50-yard pitch shot on the second hole of a Shoot-Out, Stams entertained the assembled onlookers with a series of humorous lines and lauded the event itself before calmly lofting his shot at the hole. The ball rolled toward the cup, lipped out and settled two feet away. Moments later, one of his teammates, Justin Sopko, tapped in the putt to secure the victory and set off a raucous celebration around the 18th hole of the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn.

 

"I had so much fun playing with this great group of guys, and everyone contributed today to make it such a special experience," said Stams, who had captained his team to victory at the Cleveland Chapter championship to earn a spot in the Super Bowl of Golf. "I was fortunate to be part of a national championship team at Notre Dame and this is every bit as exciting to me to share this title with this group.  I know I speak for all of our in saying it's such a thrill to win this national championship!"

 

 

 



Replay of Radio Broadcast: ND 31 - USC 16

Thursday, October 21, 2021

HERE COME THE IRISH Football Show -- USC

USC Week: Brian Kelly's Last Media Session

A Great Event on Campus This Friday!!!


And, you're all invited!

It's being hosted at Notre Dame's Law School and it's a subject we're all talking about now -- THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF NCAA STUDENT-ATHLETE COMPENSATION...

The University has four distinguished panelists who will be joining my neighbor and friend, Roger Alford who will be moderating this panel.  Here's the group assembled:

  • Makan Delrahim -- former Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Jeff Kessler -- Chairman, Winston & Strawn who is involved with a case involving a student-athlete suing the NCAA
  • Sonny Vaccaro -- a legendary sports agent who represents Ed O'Bannon who is a plaintiff in a major case against the NCAA
  • Lori Odierno -- Head of Legal Affairs at William Morris Endeavor Sports

 

It starts at 3 PM ET and goes to 4:30 PM ET -- tomorrow (Friday October 22nd) -- at the Eck Hall of Law, Room 1130

This will be a great discussion and it's FREE!

USC Week: Trojans' O-Coordinator Talks Irish...

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

USC Week: Trojans' Head Coach Talks Irish...

#17 Notre Dame Takes Down #2 Arkansas!

Pat Connaughton Receives His Champ Ring!!!

 



Must See TV Today! Golf Channel 3 PM ET!

 --click on above images to enlarge--

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame just finished the final round of STROKE PLAY with a team score of eight under par (-8) -- which was 20 strokes better than Arkansas!  Team scores above...

Now, the #17 ranked Fighting Irish must regroup and take on #2 ranked Razorbacks in a MATCH PLAY final tomorrow that will determine the winning team.  

The folks at the Golf Channel -- give us no chance against the talented Arkansas team, even after winning the stroke play portion of the event by TWENTY STROKES!!!

What does Ted Lasso say:  "BELIEVE"

Live TV coverage begins at 3 PM ET on the Golf Channel!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Domer Pat Connaughton's NBA Media Session

 

Pat met with the media Monday to talk about their NBA opening game tonight vs. the Brooklyn Nets.  It will be a fun game to watch on TNT at 7:30 PM ET.

He receives his NBA Championship Ring tonight in a ceremony that begins at 6:45 PM ET.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Best Day in Notre Dame Men's Golf History?

Hey Notre Dame nation -- don't look now, but we're building a golf power here at the University of Notre Dame!

The #17 ranked Fighting Irish lead after the first 36 holes of The Stephens Cup against some of the perennial top ranked golf programs in the country!

  • #2 ranked Arkansas -- 15 strokes behind Notre Dame!

 

Tune in to the Golf Channel tomorrow at 3 PM ET to see our Notre Dame team play the final 18 holes of stroke play in this tournament.  The top 4 teams then advance to a Match Play format on Wednesday to determine the champion.

Go Irish!


LINK:  CURRENT GOLFWEEK RANKINGS

USC Week: Brian Kelly's Monday Media Session

Notre Dame Music Fest: Here Come The Irish

Saturday, October 16, 2021

A Notre Dame Fan in Texas' Semi-Truck Cab!


His name is Steve Cott (Spring, TX) -- he's a grandson of Notre Dame alum Ray Tritz, '52 -- and he just converted his semi-truck cab to this!

Steve let me know he is a former graphic designer, who decided to leave that career behind for the happiness and freedom of driving a truck, all over America.  Got to love this!

We're going to try to get Steve and his TRUCK (and maybe Grandpa Ray) to campus this next April during Notre Dame Day!

Notre Dame Music Fest: A Million Dreams

 

Notre Dame's Gold & Blue Company performing during the Notre Dame Music Festival!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Watch Tonight at 7 PM ET -- ND Music Festival


It's going to be GREAT -- the Notre Dame Music Festival comes to you LIVE tonight from Notre Dame Stadium.  The show begins at 7 PM ET and will run to approximately 10 PM ET.  Here are the groups performing this evening:

  • Notre Dame Glee Club
  • Notre Dame Folk Choir
  • Notre Dame Orchestra
  • Gold & Blue Company
  • Harmonia
  • The Undertones
  • Echoes
  • Halftime
  • Notre Dame Pom Squad
  • Notre Dame Drumline
  • Notre Dame Chorale

LINK:  WATCH IT ALL RIGHT HERE!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Schedule This for Tomorrow at 7 PM ET!!!

 

We'll be broadcasting LIVE tomorrow -- Thursday, October 14th -- from 7 PM ET to approximately 10 PM ET, under the lights inside Notre Dame Stadium!

Watch the entire Notre Dame Music Festival at the link below!

LINK:  WATCH IT LIVE -- RIGHT HERE!

USC's Donte Williams Meets the L.A. Media

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

A Look Back at the First Half of Football Season


Thought I'd look at three stories that stand out after the first six football games of the 2021 Notre Dame Football season -- team #133 in the long storied history of this program...

THREE STORIES...

  1. Four (4) of the six opponents faced had at least two weeks to prepare for Notre Dame:  Florida State, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech.  This trend will continue in the 2nd half of the season, with these three (3) opponents having at last two weeks to prepare for their game with our Fighting Irish: University of Southern California, North Carolina and Virginia...
  2. Seven (7) "true freshmen" -- (I hate that term) have seen meaningful snaps on offense so far this season; Tyler Buchner, Blake Fisher, Joe Alt, Lorenzo Styles, Logan Diggs, Deion Colzie and Mitchell Evans.  An "eighth" Cane Berrong (TE)  has been involved in five plays on offense so far.
  3. Sixteen (16) players on the Notre Dame Football roster have been lost for at least one game so far this season due to injury -- and,  a number of the following have been lost for the season:  Marist Liufau, Blake Fisher, Michael Mayer, Kevin Bauman,  Tyler Buchner, Osito Ekonwu, Joe Wilkins, Shayne Simon, Brendon Clark, Paul Moala, JoJo Johnson, Kurt Hinish, Will Schweitzer, Jacob Lacey, Michael Carmody, Tosh Baker.