Pac-12 Preview: Still Waiting on a Turnaround

It's been dark times for the Pac-12 as the conference continues to suffer from an ongoing identity crisis, poor league leadership, and the failure of standards missed as one of the country's most fertile athletic regions struggles to establish itself as a dominant football conference. Let's go ahead and blame USC for a lot of [...]

By |2019-07-19T08:10:08-04:00July 19th, 2019|Football|3 Comments

Lacrosse: Ryan Wellner announced as new Defensive Coordinator

Notre Dame Fighting Irish lacrosse announced Ryan Wellner as the team's new defensive coordinator and director of recruiting.  Wellner had been the defensive coordinator at Navy since 2011 and the assistant head coach since 2017.  Prior to his term in Annapolis, he served in similar roles at Stony Brook, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the [...]

By |2019-07-17T16:50:17-04:00July 18th, 2019|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 Comments

The Ramblers: Comparing the 2019 Road Slate to Notre Dame History

While Notre Dame lines up one of its more friendly home schedules in recent memory the program is also facing one of its more challenging road campaigns for 2019. National spotlight games against Georgia and Michigan await while the always tricky--and as of late never winnable--trip to Stanford concludes the regular season. How does the [...]

By |2019-07-15T09:19:25-04:00July 15th, 2019|Football|8 Comments

The 5 Most Important Notre Dame Players (To Raise the 2019 Floor)

Folks, fall camp isn't that far away and it's time to start thinking about the 2019 season. I was wondering about last year's Top 25 Players ranking from August 10, 2018 and how things would've been rearranged. Of course, that will be part of our new 2019 Top 25 list in the coming weeks. Instead, [...]

By |2019-07-12T08:24:56-04:00July 12th, 2019|Football|6 Comments

Big 12 Preview: Texas Thinks They Are Back & Could Be Right

Oklahoma loves the Big 12 Championship Game. In the 6 seasons when the conference dropped the league title game the Sooners only won the Big 12 outright once and shared a title another time. In the 13 previous seasons with a title game (including being reinstated for 2017) the Sooners have won the Big 12 [...]

By |2019-07-11T10:58:30-04:00July 11th, 2019|Football|2 Comments

Are the Irish Recruiting Appreciably Better Than the Past?

A recent podcast featured a question and answer segment where it was asked if Notre Dame gets too caught up trying to fix a glaring weakness from the previous season only to let another area in the program become a new weakness in response. On the surface, this seems silly as most well run programs [...]

By |2019-07-07T20:23:39-04:00July 7th, 2019|Recruiting|48 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: Big Board Update 7/6

Welcome back to this latest edition of the 2020 Football Recruiting Big Board! Since our last big board update, the Irish have received verbal commitments from four different prospects -- receivers Jay Brunelle and Xavier Watts on offense, as well as defensive backs Landen Bartleson and Caleb Offord on defense. With us reaching the dead [...]

By |2019-07-06T08:24:01-04:00July 6th, 2019|Recruiting|10 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: WR Xavier Watts Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame picked up a key part of its 2020 offensive class today when receiver Xavier Watts pledged to the Irish. Rumor held for some time that the 6’1”, 185-pound Nebraskan was an Irish lean; some late buzz for the hometown Huskers surfaced but quickly dissipated. He showed early interest in Michigan too, who pursued [...]

By |2019-07-05T19:49:48-04:00July 5th, 2019|Recruiting|2 Comments

2020 Football Recruiting: CB Caleb Offord Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2020 class added its third defensive back today when Caleb Offord announced his pledge to the Irish. The 6'1", 173-pound prospect will be the first Mississippian on the roster since receiver Jay Johnson, whose final season was 2000 (one year after Tupelo product Jarious Jackson exhausted his eligibility, if you're wondering). Notre Dame [...]

By |2019-07-04T22:45:19-04:00July 4th, 2019|Recruiting|6 Comments

UConn Football Sets Off the FINAL Conference Realignment

Recently, the University of Connecticut accepted an invitation to re-join the Big East Conference. This is good news for their basketball programs--especially the women who are 102-0 in league play and haven't lost a conference game since March 4, 2013 at Notre Dame in their previous league--who were beginning to wallow away in obscurity before [...]

By |2019-07-03T09:37:01-04:00July 3rd, 2019|Football|15 Comments

Lacrosse: Irish Alumni Shine in the Premiere Lacrosse League

We figure most Notre Dame fans are like us.  We intensely follow our Irish student-athletes while they are in college, only to see them scattered across the pro leagues when they graduate.  We support them as pros as best as we can, but it's hard to keep up when are on so many different teams.  [...]

By |2019-07-01T21:30:33-04:00July 1st, 2019|18S Reads, Lacrosse|0 Comments