SG Robby Carmody Commits to Notre Dame

Mike Brey has done it again. The Irish hoops program gained another commitment on Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh-area combo guard Robby Carmody. The 6'4", 200 pound Carmody joins Prentiss Hubb in Notre Dame's 2018 recruiting class and transfer Juwan Durham as big additions to the Irish roster this offseason. God, Country, Notre Dame. — [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Basketball|3 Comments

Regular Season Romance & the CFB Playoffs

I’ve always given Dan Wetzel a lot of credit. Ever since I left childhood behind there was this thought inside me that sneered at bowl games and welcomed a new college football post-season format. When I read Wetzel’s “Death to the BCS” years later in 2010 I was completely sold. Even then, the push back [...]

By | June 22nd, 2017|Football|13 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: Miami Hurricanes

Using the S&P+ rankings the Miami Hurricanes were the second best team Notre Dame played last year. Even though the Irish went 4-8 they were able to beat the 'Canes in South Bend. Now, the Irish will play at Miami's home stadium for the first time since the infamous 1989 game. It'll also be the [...]

By | June 21st, 2017|Football|3 Comments

Uniform Concept: Chicago Soldier

We could lay it on thick with a bunch of corporate speak with this uniform. Something about the shade of blue corresponding to a piece of history found on campus. Something about the fabric being revolutionary. Remember with the 2014 Shamrock Series jersey they put the tiled mosaic on the Main Building floor up on [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Football|5 Comments

Uniform Concept: In the Year 2029

Today's concept started with a pair of ideas. The first was taking some inspiration from South Carolina basketball's Under Armour shorts following their run to the Final Four this spring. From there I wanted to try something futuristic on a Notre Dame uniform. Full disclosure, we've kicked around several ideas on futuristic uniforms and it's [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Football|5 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Notre Dame is becoming very familiar with Wake Forest in the Brian Kelly era. This fall we will see the Irish take on the Demon Deacons for the 4th time since 2011. Notre Dame is undefeated so far in the series so we've got that going for us, which is nice. Wake Forest 2016 Record: [...]

By | June 19th, 2017|Football|6 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: NC State Wolfpack

Notre Dame fans are well aware of the ill-timed contract extension for head football coaches. Dave Doeren went from 3-9 to 8-5 in his second season and was awarded with a $400,000 raise and 2-year extension. Since then, the Wolfpack have gone 14-13 and more importantly really struggled to make an impact in the ACC. [...]

By | June 16th, 2017|Football|2 Comments

2018 Recruiting: TE George Takacs Commits to Notre Dame

George Takacs became the 12th Notre Dame commit of the 2018 cycle when he announced for the Irish today. The 6'7", 236-pound Florida standout opened a lot of eyes at the Nike Opening Regional in Miami recently; he impressed both attached and in the passing game, and in the process earned an invite to the finals in Oregon [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|18S Reads|10 Comments

Uniform Concept: Shamrock Football

Today brings us to our 10th Notre Dame football uniform concept and it began with a simple question: Why aren't there more logos featuring a football? I had something in mind for the Irish but first let's take a look at how odd this lack of footballs used by football teams is in the United [...]

By | June 14th, 2017|Football|17 Comments

2017 Opponent Update: USC Trojans

USC started 1-2 last year in embarrassing fashion with just 16 combined points against Alabama and Stanford. The Trojans switched to quarterback Sam Darnold (former 5-star Max Browne was benched and is now with Pitt following a grad transfer) in week 4 and still lost to Utah, although the offense scored 27 points and showed [...]

By | June 13th, 2017|Football|10 Comments

On Stoops

Late last week I was leaving work when one of the more surprising stories broke in recent college football memory. Seemingly out of nowhere Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops was retiring. Like many, I was stunned. Stoops was a pretty interesting cat on the scene, neither ultra hateable or likeable. He was perfectly vanilla. For [...]

By | June 12th, 2017|Football|15 Comments

PF Juwan Durham To Transfer to Notre Dame

The big offseason for Irish head coach Mike Brey continues. Just a couple of weeks after Brey picked up his first commit for the 2018 class, on Saturday he received the commitment of transfer big man Juwan Durham. Durham will transfer to South Bend from UConn, where he spent his freshman year this last season. Durham [...]

By | June 10th, 2017|Basketball|3 Comments

Trading Places: Notre Dame Transfer Recap

In most football offseasons, we might see a single player head to South Bend as a Notre Dame transfer. Someone like Cody Riggs, or Avery Sebastian - a grad transfer with a single year left and something to prove. This offseason the Irish have proven much more active in the transfer market than at any [...]

By | June 10th, 2017|18S Reads|14 Comments

Irish Invasion 2017 Recruiting Primer

Good morning, Irish fans! Despite the lack of consistent recruiting coverage by us over here at 18 Stripes this summer (and I do apologize for that), the Fighting Irish staff has continued to put in work all summer to land some of the best football recruits in the country. As some of you are aware, [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Recruiting|3 Comments

Uniform Concept: Academic Black

Today we publish our 9th Notre Dame football uniform concept and the second of a handful of Black for Black's Sake designs from our collection. Our first effort explained some of the challenges surrounding using black with the Fighting Irish colors in addition to some of the modern bells and whistles usually seen on black [...]

By | June 8th, 2017|Football|18 Comments