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  • Nix undecided on whether he’ll be back for Irish Nov 21, 2013 4:44 PM
    Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III knows loves to have fun with people, so it’s hard to tell how serious he is when he says he’s considering returning for one more year.

     
  • Golson seeks readmission to Notre Dame Nov 19, 2013 9:32 PM
    Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has submitted a request to be readmitted to Notre Dame. Coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday he expects to learn in mid-December if Golson will be allowed to return. If he is admitted, Golson would be eligible to practice with the Irish for a bowl game but wouldn’t be eligible to play.

     
  • Not much at stake for Notre Dame now Nov 12, 2013 5:53 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly isn’t worried about his team having a lack of motivation for the final two regular-season games. There’s not much at stake for the Fighting Irish (7-3), who were eliminated from a possible BCS bowl berth with a 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh last week. The Irish must now wait to see which conferences are unable to fill all their bowl affiliations.

     
  • No. 24 Notre Dame facing another test at Pitt Nov 8, 2013 3:07 PM
    No. 24 Notre Dame (7-2) is out of the national title mix, if the Irish can win out, they’re in the hunt for a BCS bowl bid. The Panthers (4-4) meanwhile, continue to search for an identity in coach Paul Chryst’s second season.

     
  • Notre Dame’s Niklas is intimidating tight end Nov 7, 2013 8:45 PM
    Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas is an intimidating figure at 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds and a physique so impressive former teammate Manti Te’o nicknamed him “Hercules.” Off the field, though, the mere mention of Niklas’ name brings a smile to teammates’ faces because of his offbeat character.

     
  • Notre Dame hangs on for 38-34 win over Navy Nov 2, 2013 6:53 PM
    Tarean Folston scored on a 1-yard plunge with 3:47 left and Notre Dame survived a back-and-forth game with Navy, holding on to beat the Midshipmen 38-34 Saturday. Navy had a chance to score late in the fourth quarter, but a bad pitch by Keenan Reynolds led to a 10-yard loss. Then on fourth-and-4 from the Notre Dame 31, Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith stopped an end-around by Shawn Lynch for no gain as the Irish avoided losing to Navy for the third time in the past five seasons. Tommy Rees threw touchdown passes to TJ Jones and Ben Koyack, George Atkinson III scored on a 41-yard run and Cam McDaniel added a TD. Reynolds rushed for three touchdowns for Navy (4-4) and passed for another. Notre Dame (7-2) improved to 11-1 in November in four seasons under Brian Kelly and clinched its fourth consecutive winning season, the first time that’s happened since 1995-98. The Irish also keep alive their hopes for a BCS bowl berth. Navy lost for the third time in the past four games. The final stop was one of the few times the Irish were able to do much to even slow Navy, which punted only twice and played a near flawless game as they had no turnovers and no penalties. Folston rushed for 144 yards on 18 carries, with 116 yards in the second half. He had rushed for only 116 yards before Saturday. Rees was 12-of-20 passing for 242 yards with two interceptions. It was the third time this season Rees has thrown at least two interceptions. The Irish lost the other two against Michigan and against Oklahoma, when Rees threw three. Reynolds completed six of nine passes for 88 yards, including two key passes that gave Navy its final lead. First he threw an 18-yard pass to Marcus Thomas to the Notre Dame 49. After three running plays, Reynolds then found a wide open Matt Aiken for a 34-yard score. Folston came up big for the Irish on the final drive, rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries before plunging in for the go-ahead score. Chris Swain led Navy with 85 yards Quinton Singleton had 77 yards. Navy gashed Notre Dame for 207 yards in the first half, which was more than it had in full games against the Irish the previous two seasons. In fact the Middies were on pace to top their best rushing game ever against the Irish, but couldn’t keep it up in the second half. Mistakes and penalties against Notre Dame allowed Navy to not only stay in the game, but lead 20-17 at halftime. A personal foul against defensive linemen Stephon Tuitt helped set up Navy’s first score to tie the game at 7-7 on a 2-yard run up the middle by Reynolds. Notre Dame appeared to take a 17-7 lead on a 16-yard TD run by Cam McDaniel, but the Irish were called for two holding penalties. Two plays later, receiver Jones fell and the pass by Rees was intercepted by safety Parrish Gaines at the 11. Reynolds had a 15-yard run on a third-and-3 play to keep the drive alive as Navy drove 77 yards on 10 plays to go ahead 14-10. The Irish responded quickly with a four-play scoring drive, with Rees throwing a 36-yard TD pass to Jones, who caught the ball at the 6 and ran in for the touchdown. Notre Dame appeared to stop Navy a yard shy of a first down when safety Matthias Farley knocked Reynolds out of bounds at the Navy 34-yard line. But defensive lineman Justin Utupo was called for unnecessary roughness to keep the drive alive. Before the game, the Blue Angles flew over Notre Dame Stadium twice. The Navy’s daredevil fighter jet pilots are scheduled to return to performing at air shows in 2014 after this year’s performances were canceled this spring because of budget cuts.

     
  • Rees playing well as Notre Dame prepares for Navy Nov 1, 2013 4:06 PM
    Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has been making teams pay lately for challenging his arm. Rees was 17 for 22 passing last week against Air Force for 284 yards and five touchdowns, including eight completions of 15 yards or more as he took advantage of the Falcons’ defense crowding the line of scrimmage.

     
  • McDaniel has become the closer for Notre Dame Oct 31, 2013 4:13 PM
    Some know Notre Dame's Cam McDaniel as the hunky football player whose good looks sent a photo viral and had female hosts of NBC’s “Today” show swooning over him. Before that moment of celebrity, McDaniel was primarily known as the back coaches turn to when they are trying to ice a victory for the Fighting Irish.

     
  • Golson says suspension due to ‘poor judgment’ on test Oct 29, 2013 5:28 PM
    Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said he used “poor judgment on a test,” which is what got him suspended for the fall semester. “It wasn’t due to poor grades or anything like that,” he told Sports Illustrated in a video posted by the magazine. Asked directly if he cheated on a test, Golson said: “Yeeeeeeeaaaahhh, something like that.”

     
  • Notre Dame 11-1 in November in last 3 seasons Oct 29, 2013 5:30 PM
    The list of teams that have beaten Notre Dame in the month of November under coach Brian Kelly is short: Stanford in 2011. The Fighting Irish have won their other 10 games in November during that span, a 90.9 winning percentage. It’s a better winning percentage for the month than Lou Holtz, Ara Parseghian, Frank Leahy and even Knute Rockne.

     
  • Army game a century ago put Notre Dame on map Oct 26, 2013 8:00 AM
    The birth of Notre Dame as a football powerhouse and the possibility of the pass as an offensive weapon came together on a cold, raw day in West Point a century ago before a crowd of 5,000 mostly Army fans. The start of World War I was months away and commercial radio broadcasts were still several years away when the team from South Bend boarded a train for what would become a momentous game.

     
  • Rees leads Notre Dame to 45-10 win over Air Force Oct 26, 2013 8:11 PM
    Tommy Rees showed no signs of a strained neck that knocked him out a week ago, throwing a career-high five touchdown passes to help Notre Dame rout Air Force 45-10 on Saturday. The senior was on target all day, completing 17 of 22 passes for 284 yards as the Fighting Irish (6-2) won their third straight. Rees now has 54 career TD passes and moves past Ron Powlus for third place in team history.

     
  • Whole new ballgame awaits Notre Dame, DePaul Oct 25, 2013 6:47 PM
    Looking ahead to some of the changes in women's basketball that could benefit two local teams: Notre Dame and DePaul.

     
  • Tuitt will be in the middle for Irish vs. Air Force Oct 24, 2013 4:18 PM
    Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt is ready to do his best impersonation of nose guard Louis Nix III. With Nix nursing a sore shoulder, Tuitt is moving inside against the option to clog things up in the middle against Air Force on Saturday.

     
  • Notre Dame QB Rees to start against Air Force Oct 22, 2013 12:48 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said quarterback Tommy Rees has been cleared to play against Air Force after missing much of the second half against USC with a strained neck. Rees left the game with 9 minutes left in the third quarter after being sacked and the offense struggled without him as the Irish held on for a 14-10 victory against the Trojans. Kelly says he will monitor Rees in practice this week. Backup Andrew Hendrix was 0-for-4 passing as the offense floundered without Rees, who is completing 53 percent of his passes. Kelly says he is confident Hendrix will play better when he gets in a game again. He says Hendrix and freshman quarterback Malik Zaire will get more time at practice this week.

     
  • Rees throws for 2 TDs, Notre Dame beats USC 14-10 Oct 19, 2013 11:45 PM
    Tommy Rees threw two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury and Notre Dame snapped a five-game home losing streak to USC with a 14-10 victory on Saturday night. Rees was 14 of 21 passing for 166 yards with TD throws to Troy Niklas and TJ Jones in the first half. Rees left the game when he was sacked by USC linebacker Lamar Dawson in the third quarter and didn’t return. USC managed just 121 total yards of offense in the second half. After converting both third-down conversions on their opening scoring drive, the Trojans went 0-of-11 the rest of the game. The Irish (5-2) beat the Trojans (4-3) for the third time in the past four games, after losing the previous eight straight, but won at home for the first time since Pete Carroll’s first year as USC coach in 2001. USC won last week in Ed Orgeron’s first game as interim coach following Lane Kiffin’s dismissal, but this is the earliest the Trojans have three losses since starting that 2001 season 2-5. In only the third night game at Notre Dame Stadium in the past two decades, there were mistakes and attrition by both teams. Marqise Lee, who sat out against Arizona with a sprained knee, had two catches for 18 yards in the first half but didn’t play in the second half. Silas Redd, the Penn State transfer who missed the first five games with a knee injury, got the bulk of the carries in the first half with leading rusher Tre Madden out with an injured hamstring, but had just two carries five yards in the third quarter. He finished with 19 carries for 112 yards. With Rees out, the Irish attempted just four more passes and none of them was close as the Irish could only muster 47 yards of offense in the second half. Cam McDaniel led the Irish rushing game with 92 yards on 18 carries. USC’s Cody Kessler was 20-of-34 passing with an interception, with Nelson Agholor catching six passes for 39 yards. USC also was hampered by 11 penalties for 95 yards and Andre Heidari missed field goals of 40 and 46 yards, leaving him 2-of-7 on field goals of 30 yards or more this season. Both teams squandered scoring opportunities in the first half. The USC defense was the first to come up big as safety Su’a Cravens was unblocked and tackled McDaniel for a 3-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. The Trojans responded with a 96-yard touchdown drive, with Redd rushing for 40 yards on six carries. The Irish tied the game on a 7-yard scoring pass from Rees to Niklas, his fifth touchdown catch of the season, tying him for second with Tyler Eifert in 2011 and Ken MacAfee in 1975 for scoring catches in a season by a tight end. The Trojans blew a chance to take a lead when Heidari missed a 40-yard attempt wide right early in the second quarter. Agholor returned a 47-yard punt by Notre Dame 48 yards to the Notre Dame 25, with another five yards added on because Notre Dame lined up in an illegal formation on the punt. But after Kessler threw an 11-yard pass to Lee, the Trojans had to settle for a 22-yard field goal. The Irish took the lead with a 91-yard drive on five plays, highlighted by two runs by McDaniel. On the first, he started right and cutback left for a 24-yard spinning run to the Notre Dame 41. After an incomplete pass, McDaniel cut left again for a career-long 36-yard run to the 11. Jones, who was shaken up two plays earlier, then caught an 11-yard TD pass to give the Irish their first halftime lead at home against USC since the “Bush Push” game in 2005. Notre Dame running back Amir Carlisle, who played as a kick returner for the Trojans against Notre Dame two years ago, is believed to be just the second person to play on both sides of the rivalry. The other was Speedy Hart, who played for Notre Dame in the “Green Jersey Game” in 1977 and for USC in 1980. Carlile finished with three carries for 12 yards.

     
  • Notre Dame looking for consecutive wins vs. USC Oct 15, 2013 8:40 PM
    If Notre Dame beats Southern California on Saturday, the Fighting Irish will accomplish two feats for the first time since Bob Davie was coach. Yup, it’s been that long since the Irish posted consecutive victories over the Trojans, and beat them at home. Notre Dame (4-2) has won two of the last three in the series, including last year’s 22-13 win at the Coliseum that clinched a spot in the BCS championship game.

     
  • Coach says Notre Dame must replace Cooley’s rebounding, energy Oct 9, 2013 8:48 PM
    Although he is entering his 14th season as the head coach at Notre Dame, Mike Brey said he almost feels like he’s starting a new job. Brey must not only adjust to a new conference for the Fighting Irish in transitioning from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, he has to find a way to replace the rebounding and energy of graduated forward Jack Cooley.

     
  • Irish enter unfamiliar ACC with familiar goals Oct 8, 2013 8:02 PM
    Despite losing the heart of the team with the graduation of hometown star Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame isn’t changing its goals for the season with its move to the Atlantic Coast Conference. “They’re the same: a national championship, ACC championship. They’re all the same as they have been in previous years,” guard Kayla McBride said during media day Tuesday.

     
  • Rees leads Irish to 30-27 Shamrock win over ASU Oct 5, 2013 10:48 PM
    Tommy Rees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, and Notre Dame made it 5 for 5 in the traveling Shamrock Series with a 37-34 victory against No. 22 Arizona State on Saturday night. Kyle Brindza kicked three second-half field goals, the go-ahead kick from 25 yards with 3:03 remaining. He tied a Notre Dame record with a 53-yarder that matched the longest in a college game at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys.

     
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