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  1. Martin and Nix Returning for 2013

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:55 PM EST

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    It was a press conference about Notre Dame’s upcoming BCS national championship game, but for me, the biggest news of the day was about next season. Shortly after arriving at the Isban Auditorium, head coach Brian Kelly announced that Zack Martin and Louis Nix plan to return for 2013. Though it might not come as…

  2. Kelly Named Coach of the Year (Again)

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:13 PM EST

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    Having already been recognized as the Home Depot, Walter Camp and Sporting News Coach of The Year, Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly picked up his fourth postseason honor on Thursday morning. Kelly was named the recipient of the 2012 FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The 1,200-member Football Writers Association of America chose…

  3. “Notre Dame 2012: The Undefeated Season” DVD Set Now Available

    Dec 13, 2012, 10:50 AM EST

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    Navy. Purdue. Michigan State. Michigan. Miami. Stanford. BYU. Oklahoma. Pittsburgh. Boston College. Wake Forest. USC. Yep, you can relive them all. Starting today, a 12-disc set celebrating the Fighting Irish’s undefeated regular season is available for purchase at NotreDameDVD.com. The collection is $79.99, and includes the full game broadcasts without commercial interruption, as presented on…

  4. The Observer’s “Finding Rockne”

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:57 PM EST

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    Though he is regarded as one of the best coaches in football history, the life and death of Knute Rockne remains a bit of a mystery to many Notre Dame fans. Rockne passed away in a tragic plane accident on March 31, 1931, on his way west to help in the production of The Spirit…

  5. Senior Season: Perspective

    Dec 10, 2012, 6:44 PM EST

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    I haven’t had many opportunities to deal with disappointment lately. In a perfect season, that tends to be the case. Since the USC game (and the realization that we would be going to the National Championship Game), campus has been flying high on success. Not only did the football team lead us to a 12-0…

  6. 2012 Notre Dame Football Awards Recap: The Echoes

    Dec 7, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

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    While several Notre Dame players and coaches have been receiving national recognition this week, the Fighting Irish held their own awards show on Friday night at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The evening included several highlight reels celebrating the team’s 12-0 regular season, as well as a tribute video honoring this remarkable senior class. But…

  7. @125NDFB Moves To @NDFootball

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    Don’t be alarmed, Football still has its Twitter account. Some of you may have noticed today that the official twitter account of Notre Dame Football had switched its handle to @NDFootball. Why the change? Glad you asked. We made the switch for several reasons… As the Twitter handle indicates, @125NDFB stands for 125 years of…

  8. The Greatest Fighting Irish Defensive Player of All-Time

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:03 PM EST

    Te'o leaves the field during the fourth quarter of Notre Dame's Senior Day game on Nov. 17, 2012. (Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

    It’s a bold statement, but you can mark it down. Manti Te’o is the greatest defensive player the Fighting Irish have ever had. From Alan Page and Luther Bradley, to Ross Browner, Bob Crable and Chris Zorich, generations of Domers have seen many stellar defensive players run out the famed tunnel at Notre Dame Stadium.…

  9. Postseason Awards Update (Dec. 6)

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:18 PM EST

    Manti Te'o doing interviews after winning the Rotary Lombardi Award on Wednesday evening (Photo by @NDHardin)

    I think it’s time to build a new wing at the Gug. The Fighting Irish are continuing to rack up major awards this week, and there’s potential to add a few more tonight at The Home Depot College Football Awards (7:30 pm ET on ESPN). Last night in Houston, Manti Te’o became the first Notre…

  10. Postseason Awards Update (Dec. 5)

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

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    The hardware kept rolling in for the Fighting Irish on Wednesday. Tyler Eifert was named the 2012 recipient of the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native had 44 receptions for 624 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. During Notre Dame’s game against Wake Forest,…

  11. Postseason Awards Update (Dec. 4)

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Manti Te'o became the first Notre Dame player to win the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation's most outstanding college defensive player.

    With Notre Dame headed to the national championship in a little over a month, it should come as no surprise that several Fighting Irish players and coaches are up for major post-season awards. In fact, there have been so many, that it’s starting to get difficult to keep track of them all. There will be…

  12. 2010 Grad Records Te’o Song

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

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    Though it came as a surprise to no one, Manti Te’o was officially announced as a Heisman Trophy finalist last night during Sportscenter. The Irish senior linebacker will join quarterbacks Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and Collin Klein (Kansas State) at the trophy presentation on Saturday night. Long before the announcement that Te’o would be heading…

  13. Quinn Shines In Chiefs’ Time of Tragedy

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

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    Harrison Smith intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass near the Green Bay end zone. Golden Tate caught five passes for 96 yards, including a go-ahead touchdown with less than 30 seconds to play. Kyle Rudolph had six catches for 51 yards, and even Lambeau Leaped after his seven-yard touchdown in the second quarter. But it was…

  14. Manti Te’o: The Notre Dame Linebacker Unplugged – Part Eight

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

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    The following is from a recent feature written by John Walters (’88). We’ve been posting it in segments on the Strong & True blog over the past few days, but you can also check out the full article here. Here’s the final part. From the North Shore of the island of Oahu to South Bend,…

  15. It’s Official. Miami Bound.

    Dec 2, 2012, 10:05 PM EST

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    Mark your calendar. Jan. 7, 2013: #1 Notre Dame vs. #2 Alabama. A BCS title game matchup for the ages. Last Saturday night in Los Angeles, the Fighting Irish protected their #1 ranking, completed an undefeated regular season, and probably could have booked travel plans to the Sunshine State (heck, most of their fans did).…

  16. Manti Te’o: The Notre Dame Linebacker Unplugged – Part Seven

    Dec 2, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

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    The following is from a recent feature written by John Walters (’88). We’ll be posting it in segments on the Strong & True blog over the next few days, but you can also check out the full article here. From the North Shore of the island of Oahu to South Bend, Ind., Manti Te’o cuts…

  17. Manti Te’o: The Notre Dame Linebacker Unplugged – Part Six

    Dec 1, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

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    The following is from a recent feature written by John Walters (’88). We’ll be posting it in segments on the Strong & True blog over the next few days, but you can also check out the full article here. Note: This document was originally produced and distributed in November 2012. In January 2013, Manti Te’o…

  18. Drive Charting: Winning Where It Matters Most

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:51 AM EST

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    The Irish wrapped up an undefeated regular season with a 22-13 victory over USC in Los Angeles. Notre Dame jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter, consistently drove into Trojans territory throughout the game, and kicked five field goals including a career-long 52-yard boot from Kyle Brindza to end the first half.…

  19. Manti Te’o: The Notre Dame Linebacker Unplugged – Part Five

    Nov 29, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

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    The following is from a recent feature written by John Walters (’88). We’ll be posting it in segments on the Strong & True blog over the next few days, but you can also check out the full article here. Note: This document was originally produced and distributed in November 2012. In January 2013, Manti Te’o…

  20. Manti Te’o: The Notre Dame Linebacker Unplugged – Part Four

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

    Te'o celebrates his second interception of the game against Michigan. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

    The following is from a recent feature written by John Walters (’88). We’ll be posting it in segments on the Strong & True blog over the next few days, but you can also check out the full article here. From the North Shore of the island of Oahu to South Bend, Ind., Manti Te’o cuts…

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