About Brendan R

People who know me best say that I'm sociable, have a dry sense of humor, a predilection for useless trivia, and can obsess about meaningless details. I'm happily married to a woman who thankfully still hasn't figured out that I married up, and we have three great kids, all boys who are trying to destroy our house in stages. They're quite efficient at it, too. In what time I have left over after the various cleanup efforts, I'm a sports nut, a science geek, an unabashed Shakespeare lover, and an aspiring 50-state marathoner.

2020 Football Recruiting: WDE Jordan Botelho Commits to Notre Dame

The Islands gave another gift to Notre Dame today when blue-chip WDE Jordan Botelho announced his commitment to the Irish. The 6-3, 230-pound Hawaiian profiles perfectly to the drop end position that Julian Okwara rather magnificently occupies today; we'll get into this more below, but position isn't close to the only thing Okwara and Botelho [...]

By |2019-04-18T20:00:24-04:00April 18th, 2019|Football, Recruiting|12 Comments

2021 Recruiting: QB Tyler Buchner Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's 2021 recruiting class started off with a bang today when elite quarterback Tyler Buchner pledged to the Irish. The 6'2", 200-pound Californian was reportedly one of the staff's top targets regardless of position in this class, which makes this an especially excellent way to kick it off. He didn't playt much in his [...]

By |2019-03-08T21:36:26-04:00March 8th, 2019|Recruiting|14 Comments

2019 Recruiting: DL Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2019 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Then we went into more detail on the offensive skill position guys, because you know they'd be primadonnas if we didn't do them first. Yesterday we looked at the guys who clear [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:31:00-04:00February 11th, 2019|Recruiting|5 Comments

2019 Recruiting: OL Grades

On National Signing Day, we posted an overview of the 2019 Notre Dame recruiting class with recruit grades and some thoughts on the class. Yesterday we went into more detail on the offensive skill position guys, because you know they'd be primadonnas if we didn't do them first. Today we're looking at the guys who clear [...]

By |2019-02-11T13:30:04-04:00February 10th, 2019|Recruiting|2 Comments

A Tree Falls In The Forest: The Final Notre Dame 2019 Recruiting Class

An Irish Zen Koan With tight numbers and the same staff aggressiveness with the early signing period as last year, the final stretch for the Notre Dame 2019 recruiting class almost completely lacked drama. On the upside, the staff closed early on a bunch of guys they really liked. On the downside, there was no [...]

By |2019-02-08T12:01:02-04:00February 7th, 2019|Recruiting|14 Comments

2019 Recruiting: Isaiah Foskey Signs With Notre Dame!

The final piece of Notre Dame's 2019 recruiting class fell into place today when blue-chip defensive end prospect Isaiah Foskey announced his signing. The 6'4", 233-pound Cal legacy participated in a signing ceremony at his high school, De La Salle, which is one the of the country's foremost prep programs. The more attentive (and, ahem, [...]

By |2019-02-08T12:01:10-04:00February 6th, 2019|Recruiting|7 Comments

Notre Dame Finds the Fairway with New RB Coach Lance Taylor

Lance Taylor will replace outgoing Irish legend Autry Denson as the new Notre Dame running backs coach, per multiple news reports. There's no official confirmation from the university yet (thanks O'Leary!), but if Taylor's Twitter header photo is any indication there's nothing to worry about on that front. No doubt one of the major attractions [...]

By |2019-01-28T12:30:47-04:00January 28th, 2019|Football, Recruiting|12 Comments

The Notre Dame 2019 Football Schedule: It’s Never Too Early

The Notre Dame 2019 football schedule looks more formidable than 2018's ended up being. Even so, and even acknowledging that spring ball and fall camp can change the picture substantially for everyone, it also looks manageable. Road dates at Georgia, Michigan, and Stanford loom large now. Virginia Tech could be in for a big rebound. [...]

By |2019-01-11T06:31:43-04:00January 10th, 2019|Football|23 Comments

Julian Love Just Misses Unanimous All-America Status

Julian Love almost became the 35th unanimous All-American in Notre Dame football history today. The Walter Camp Foundation, the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America, and the Sporting News had all previously named him to their first teams; the American Football Coaches Association was the final piece of the puzzle. As fate would [...]

By |2018-12-12T12:50:10-04:00December 12th, 2018|Football|5 Comments

Playoff Big Board: Week 14

Welcome back to the playoff big board! We had to sweat more than we wanted, but this became a phenomenal weekend for the Irish faithful: We're in, and Michigan sucks. Q.E.D. Our board will consist of all ranked undefeated teams and all ranked one-loss Power 5 teams from the the playoff committee rankings. I define [...]

By |2018-11-28T11:50:55-04:00November 27th, 2018|Football|10 Comments

Put It In The Books: Closing Out The Preseason Predictions

As we nestle into the halfway point of the season, we notice that it's time to revisit our predictions from our staff and commentariat polls right before the season started. No doubt you remember our hilarious, Caddyshack-themed 2018 preseason prediction post. Well, good news folks;  now that 12-0 is in the books... I almost included this [...]

By |2018-11-27T13:26:28-04:00November 27th, 2018|Football|6 Comments