The B sample: Clemson and Ostarine

Since the recent Clemson announcement regarding the positive tests for anabolic agents by three of its players, there has been abundant wailing and gnashing of teeth, along with the usual twitter array of conspiracy theories and complaints of NCAA overreach.  Hair creams and tainted float tanks have been blamed in feeble attempts to excuse the [...]

By |2018-12-26T21:36:50+00:00December 26th, 2018|18S Reads|23 Comments

2019 Recruiting: LB J.D. Bertrand Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame football fans received some excellent news tonight, as 2019 4-star linebacker JD Bertrand has verbally committed to the Fighting Irish. The 6-1/220 pounder out of Roswell, GA is the 21st commit in Notre Dame football's recruiting class of 2019 (22nd if you also want to count PWO kicker Harrison Leonard). I am very [...]

By |2018-11-19T20:58:31+00:00November 19th, 2018|Recruiting|19 Comments

2019 Recruiting: K Harrison Leonard Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's recruiting Class of 2019 got a little bit bigger this Thursday night -- and it didn't even require the use of a scholarship to do so -- as specialist Harrison Leonard has committed to the Irish as a preferred walk-on. The 5-11/180 pounder out of Avon, CT visited Notre Dame back in mid [...]

By |2018-10-18T22:16:55+00:00October 18th, 2018|Recruiting|37 Comments

2019 Recruiting: CB Isaiah Rutherford Commits to Notre Dame

Notre Dame's solid Class of 2019 received a nice boost this Saturday night, as blue chip cornerback Isaiah Rutherford has decided to verbally commit to the Fighting Irish. The 6-0/175 pounder out of Sacramento, California is the 19th commit in this Irish Class of 2019 -- a class which now includes nine players on the [...]

By |2018-10-13T23:23:34+00:00October 13th, 2018|Recruiting|14 Comments

2018 Recruiting: RB C’Borius Flemister Signs With Notre Dame

The depth chart at running back is looking a bit less scary now, as Georgia running back C'Borius Flemister (C'Bo for short) has decided to flip from Georgia Tech and commit to the Fighting Irish. The 5-11/200 pound athlete out of Zebulon's Pike County High School is the second running back to sign with Notre [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:25:34+00:00February 7th, 2018|Football, Recruiting|14 Comments

10 (non-BK) Coaches to Watch in 2017

Every season the coaching carousel seems to escalate the craziness, and 2016-2017 was no exception. Two gigantic openings were filled at LSU and Texas, and several hot commodities like PJ Fleck, Willie Taggart, and Matt Rhule made jumps to Power 5 conferences. Excluding Brian Kelly, who would certainly make this list if he weren't already [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:05+00:00July 19th, 2017|18S Reads|18 Comments

Five Factors Review: Miami

The Irish outplayed Miami in the traditional phases of the game, but special teams blunders let the Hurricanes almost steal a win anyway. Breaking down an overall encouraging performance for Notre Dame with the five factors that lead to winning football games. Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. Explosiveness Let’s talk about the good [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:50+00:00November 1st, 2016|Football|13 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: Miami

Previewing the advanced stats of Miami in Notre Dame in a game renewing an old rivalry. Brad Kaaya versus DeShone Kizer! 2-5 vs. 4-3! Feel the excitement! If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill Connelly’s Five Factors, and Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings. Miami Offense [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:51+00:00October 28th, 2016|Football|2 Comments

Advanced Stats Preview: Stanford

Previewing a rivalry game between Notre Dame and Stanford that now looks like a temporary lifesaver for the winner and another nail in the coffin for the loser. If looking for additional information on the statistics and terms used here, great starting points are Football Studyhall’s Advanced Stats Glossary, Bill Connelly’s Five Factors, and Brian Fremeau’s [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:53+00:00October 14th, 2016|Football|10 Comments

Five Factors Review: NC State

Storm clouds keep gathering over the Notre Dame football program after a 10-3 loss at NC State. Taking a look at run/pass splits and success rates, and how the Irish missed opportunities to capitalize on field position advantages. Confused? Check out the advanced-stats glossary here. Explosiveness Let’s get this out of the way first – [...]

By |2018-05-09T22:26:53+00:00October 11th, 2016|Football|1 Comment