For Notre Dame football, the 2020 season promised to be unlike any other in the team’s 133-year history — and not just because it was set to be played during a pandemic.
Given the circumstances: a new offensive coordinator, brand new offensive skill position starters across the board, and limited offseason practices, it was unrealistic to expect the Irish offense to come out firing on all cylinders in their first game. With that being said, as No. 7 Notre Dame prepared for another home contest against the University of South Florida, there were still plenty of questions to be answered.
Notre Dame’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the 2013 national championship game marked the nascence of murmurs that, maybe, the Irish weren’t cut out for the big games. Those murmurs began to crescendo over the years as Notre Dame lost top-10 matchups against Florida State (2014), Ohio State (2015), Miami (2017) and Clemson (2018). Add in two close losses to Georgia (2017, 2019), two last second losses to Stanford (2015) and Clemson (2015) along the way and by the time No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 1 Clemson met inside Notre Dame Stadium in 2020 the roars were loud and clear: “Notre Dame can’t win a big game,” “Notre Dame doesn’t belong with college football’s elite.”
After cruising through the first three games, No. 4 Notre Dame hit its first major roadblock of the season versus Louisville. Against the backdrop of future foe Clemson’s 73-7 rout of Georgia Tech, the Irish (4-0, 3-0) survived against the Cardinals (1-4, 0-4) 12-7. The team extended the FBS-longest active winning streak to 10 games, but with a matchup against No. 1 Clemson looming on the horizon, the win was anything but far-reaching.
By the time No. 5 Notre Dame received the opening kickoff against Florida State under the lights inside Notre Dame Stadium, it had been three full weeks since the Irish last played.
With everything that is different about this season for Notre Dame women’s basketball –– a new head coach, new teammates, new protocols, and a uniquely designed schedule –– the team’s steadfast commitment to causes bigger than themselves and to helping others remains unchanged.
As a young girl growing up in West Chester, Pa. during the 1960s, Ann “Muffett” O’Brien was constantly reminded of what she couldn’t do, especially when it came to athletics and playing basketball with the boys.
As the team jogged off the diamond after securing their first midweek win of the season and their seventh in a row, everything seemed to be going right for Notre Dame baseball and first-year Head Coach Link Jarrett at the start of the 2020 season. The 9-8 away victory over Radford moved the No. 24 ranked Irish to 11-2 on the season and marked the 10th time out of their 11 wins that the offense scored eight or more runs. After three straight disappointing, losing seasons, and five out of the last six under former skipper Mik Aoki, Jarrett and his team seemed to have turned the page on the team’s recent losing ways.…
When the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the mid-season top 25 student-athletes who were frontrunners for the NCAA’s most prestigious basketball honor — the John Wooden Award — there was one name noticeably omitted: John Mooney.
Notre Dame senior goaltender Cale Morris’ resume on the ice speaks for itself: two straight Frozen Four appearances, one trip to the NCAA DI men’s hockey championship and back-to-back B1G championships in the team’s first two years in the conference. Those are just the team awards.
Last season, Morris was a…
Opening night proved that the Irish had the pieces and potential to make it back to the CFP. While some questions remained, as they do for nearly every team, Notre Dame played an excellent second half and handily beat a clearly new and improved Cardinals team.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished their 2018 campaign with a disappointing loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Denver after a successful season in which they finished 9-6 and defeated Virginia to win the ACC Championship.
Before the 2018 college football season, it was clear that some of Notre Dame’s dominant upperclassmen would be lucky enough to hear their names called in April at the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville.