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  1. State of the Irish – Wake Forest

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:18 AM EDT


    We are back … back to #1 in the nation!! The Irish now control their own destiny and will square off against the Trojans of Southern California for the right to go to the BCS National Championship. It doesn’t get any better than this! For my last game as a student I was back in…

  2. We’re #1

    Nov 18, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    As is tradition when a Notre Dame team is ranked #1 nationally, the sign atop Grace Hall was lit on Sunday evening.

    Who would’ve thought Nov. 17, 2012 could have gotten any better? The Irish had already trounced Wake Forest, honored 29 seniors in a spectacular sendoff, and proven they could dominate an opponent at Notre Dame Stadium. But that was only the beginning. For one night, Notre Dame fans rallied around Baylor and Stanford, cheering on…

  3. Post-Game Reaction: Senior Day

    Nov 17, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT


    How’s that for style points? The Fighting Irish must have been watching TV this week too. After football analysts and journalists across the country went on about how Notre Dame couldn’t win with the same flash and excitement of its undefeated counterparts, the senior class that opened its Notre Dame Stadium career with a 35-0…

  4. Senior Day: The Player Walk

    Nov 17, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT


    We’re just under 90 minutes away from kickoff here at Notre Dame Stadium. It’s sure to be an emotional afternoon as the Irish honor 29 seniors on the field. …That being said, there’s still a game to play, and a victory is necessary for Notre Dame to keep its national championship aspirations alive. While both…

  5. Senior Day: Love Thee Notre Dame

    Nov 16, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Photo by Barbara Johnston

    Yesterday, I wrote a rather lengthy post on the career and legacy of Manti Te’o. Manti is the Irish’s best player and the face of this team – but I would be remiss if I did not discuss the rest of this year’s departing class and the tremendous impact they have had on the resurgence…

  6. The Observer’s Senior Day Coverage

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

    Kapron Lewis-Moore and Manti Te'o celebrate after Te'o's interception in the fourth quarter at Oklahoma (Photo by Alonzo Adams)

    As always, the hard-working gang over at The Observer, Notre Dame’s student newspaper, has put together a very impressive “Irish Insider” to celebrate Senior Day. Today’s issue features profiles on each of the 29 student-athletes who will be honored before tomorrow’s 2012 home finale against Wake Forest (3:30 pm ET on NBC). If you can’t…

  7. Manti Te’o: The Notre Dame Man

    Nov 15, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    Photo by Matt Cashore

    Note: This document was originally produced and distributed on Nov. 15, 2012.  In January 2013, Manti Te’o told ESPN he had been the victim of a hoax regarding the existence of Lennay Kekua. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, one of the nation’s promising football recruits, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound Mormon linebacker from Laie, Hawaii had to…

  8. Irish Blogger Gathering: Senior Day Edition

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Mike Golic Jr. (57) will be one of 30 Irish student-athletes honored on Senior Day.

    So this is it. The final home game of the 2012 season. The Irish take on Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm ET on NBC, looking to close out an undefeated home campaign for the first time since 1998. For this week’s Irish Blogger Gathering, I asked NBC Sports’ Keith Arnold about Notre…

  9. Drive Charting: The Best Defense In The Nation

    Nov 14, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    11-14-2012 FIDM Blog Crop - Defending the Field

    The Irish are 10-0 after defeating Boston College last Saturday, and both the offense and defense made solid contributions in the game. Notre Dame’s offense scored a touchdown on three of its first four possessions, but methodical drives by both teams kept the overall drive count in the game low. The defense kept the Eagles…

  10. The Manti Te’o Interview

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT


    Senior linebacker Manti Te’o recently sat down with Kate Sullivan (’98), in Fighting Irish Digital Media’s new studio at the Joyce Center. Sullivan, co-anchor of CBS 2 Chicago News, spoke to Manti about his decision to attend Notre Dame, his experience at the university, and his favorite classes, among a variety of other topics. Like…

  11. Artist Returns to Campus to Celebrate 125

    Nov 14, 2012, 8:34 AM EDT

    The helmet image "Strong and True" and panoramic “Honor and Tradition."

    As much as Notre Dame fans love watching games and talking football, collecting Fighting Irish memorabilia might be a close third for many Domers. And as we mentioned last week, artist Tim Cortes recently completed two pieces that some may want to add to their collection. In celebration of 125 years of Notre Dame football,…

  12. Tradition Tuesday: Wake Forest

    Nov 13, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    The Irish celebrate Tyler Eifert's 38-yard touchdown at Wake Forest in 2011.

    Well, there’s not much to discuss in the way of “Tradition Tuesday” this week. There is no rivalry trophy, no string of last-second finishes, and no comparison between the universities’ football accomplishments. Wake Forest’s athletic program is probably most known for producing NBA stars Tim Duncan and Chris Paul, rather than Heisman Trophy winners. The…

  13. State of the Irish – Boston College

    Nov 12, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT


    We are back … back to a double-digit win season – boy does that feel great. This week the Irish did what they had to do; they traveled to Chestnut Hill and took care of business.  It wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t pretty at times but Notre Dame controlled the game and exited with the…

  14. Senior Season: The Countdown

    Nov 12, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT


    Lately there have been two parts to watching Notre Dame football. The first comes on Saturday and takes place either in Notre Dame Stadium or in front of the TV. The second falls on Sunday night and serves as a reminder of what we’re pushing for week after week—The BCS Countdown. I have been eagerly…

  15. Boston College Post-Game Media

    Nov 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT


    Following Notre Dame’s 21-6 victory over Boston College, head coach Brian Kelly addressed the media, while Fighting Irish Digital Media caught up with Theo Riddick on the field, and Everett Golson, Manti Te’o, and Bennett Jackson outside the locker room.

  16. Post-Game Reaction: Only One Number Matters

    Nov 11, 2012, 2:29 AM EDT

    (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

    10. The number of games the Notre Dame football team has won this season. In case you’re not keeping track, ten is also the number of games Notre Dame has played thus far. Yep, the Fighting Irish are 10-0. Barring a crazy turn of circumstances, they will be BCS bound. Perhaps to the party in…

  17. Irish Blogger Gathering: Beat Eagles Edition

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    November 19, 2011: Tight end Tyler Eifert makes a reception against Boston College.. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame

    This weekend, Notre Dame will play its fifth primetime game of the 2012 season, when it travels to the Bay State for a meeting with Boston College (Saturday, 8 pm ET on ABC). The Eagles are just 2-7, but will seek to spoil an unbeaten Irish season for the third time in 20 years. Before…

  18. Tradition Tuesday: Boston College

    Nov 6, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o (5) tackles running back Andre Williams during the first quarter of the 2011 Notre Dame vs. Boston College game. Photo by Barbara Johnston

    It’s a series regarded by many as the “Holy War,” a meeting between the only two Catholic universities in the FBS and a pair of institutions often compared to one another. Many students apply to both schools, but truthfully, there might not be as much in common between Notre Dame and Boston College as often…

  19. Drive Charting: ND vs. Pittsburgh

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    11-06-2012 FIDM Pittsburgh Crop - Late Game Defense

    The Irish won another thriller on Saturday, a 29-26 triple-overtime victory over Pittsburgh that featured late game heroics on both sides of the ball. After falling behind 20-6, the Irish outgained the Panthers 223 to 21 in yardage over the course of the fourth quarter and overtime. Everett Golson led two late touchdown drives highlighted…

  20. State of the Irish – Pittsburgh

    Nov 6, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT


    We are back … and for the first time this season, Mark May is back in the win column when picking Notre Dame games! Being a senior, there are so many moments throughout this year where I stand back, try to absorb the experience and lock it away so that I will always have the…

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