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Ivey's Irish rebound with rivalry win over No. 3 UConn

Ivey's Irish rebound with rivalry win over No. 3 UConn

Author: Greg McKenna

Olivia Miles admitted she was too timid, too much in her own head during Notre Dame’s 74-72 loss at the buzzer against Maryland Thursday. 

Back on the floor at Purcell Pavilion and playing in one of college basketball’s premier rivalries Sunday afternoon, she played more like a woman possessed. Miles led the Irish with 21 points, 15 of which came on 7 of 8 shooting in the first half, and added four assists as No. 7 Notre Dame (6-1) led by as many as 18 and downed No. 3 Connecticut (6-1) 74-60 in the Jimmy V Classic. 

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McKenna: Cormac Ryan Effect in Full Force as Irish Crush No. 20 Spartans

McKenna: Cormac Ryan Effect in Full Force as Irish Crush No. 20 Spartans

Author: Greg McKenna

The mass of Michigan State fans smelled blood in the water as they took over the south side of Purcell Pavilion Wednesday night. The chants of “Go Green! Go White!” before a late evening tip were filled more with expectation than encouragement. 

A Notre Dame team coming off a double-digit loss to St. Bonaventure on Friday in Elmont, New York? That had let the Bonnies begin on a 22-9 run? That had shot 2 of 17 from three? That was near the bottom of the ACC in… assists? (You couldn’t find a more out of character stat for a Mike Brey team if you tried.)

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Baraka Bouts Champions Embody Spirit of Club, Notre Dame
Friendship Goals
Basketball Preview
Cleats for a Cause
Heading Towards Success
The Freeman Era
Rushing Through Adversity
Transfer vs Recruiting

Transfer vs Recruiting

Author: Daniel Paglia and Matt Cotner

The new NCAA transfer portal allows players to transfer without sitting out for a year. This change has revolutionized college basketball. Countless players have already entered the portal after the conclusion of this season. It has never been easier to fill a hole in a roster. What does this mean for Notre Dame?

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Alcohol at Sporting Events

Alcohol at Sporting Events

Author: Daniel Paglia

On a game day in South Bend, Notre Dame fans can likely be found drinking alcohol for hours before the game in the stadium parking lots. After the game concludes, regardless of the outcome, there is frequently a migration from Notre Dame Stadium to one of the surrounding bars — Brother’s, O’Rourke’s, The Linebacker Lounge and others.

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Softball Recap

Softball Recap

Author: Grant DelVecchio

Since the program’s inaugural season in 1989, Notre Dame softball has been a paragon of consistency, having won 30 or more games every year except for the canceled 2020 season.

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Bertrand Story

Bertrand Story

Author: Greg McKenna

John Michael Bertrand and his brother JD head to the indoor facility for Notre Dame’s football and soccer programs about twice a week. Unlike JD, though, John Michael is not a middle linebacker.

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Pete Sampson Q&A
Crunch Time

Crunch Time

Author: Caroline Pineda

The 11th-seeded men’s basketball team came close to earning a Sweet 16 berth, ultimately falling 59-53 to No. 3 seed Texas Tech in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. 

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Football Coaches
Notre Dame Hockey Overview

Notre Dame Hockey Overview

Author: Matt Cotner

The 2020-2021 Notre Dame hockey season ended in the heartbreaking fashion that only a pandemic could induce: a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the team to pull out of the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Womens Basketball

Womens Basketball

Author: Grant DelVecchio

Between 1996 and 2019, Notre Dame women’s basketball advanced to 24 straight NCAA tournaments, nine Final Fours and won two national championships.

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Basketball Overview
New faces on the coaching staff

New faces on the coaching staff

Author: Daniel Paglia and Matt Cotner

As Marcus Freeman assumes his head coaching duties at the University of Notre Dame, his first staff is beginning to take shape. With the departure of any head coach comes several changes among the position coaches, and the same holds true for the Fighting Irish after former head coach Brian Kelly took the job at LSU. Several former coaches have since departed for other opportunities or have not been retained — running backs coach Lance Taylor took the offensive coordinator position at Louisville, defensive line coach Mike Elston left for his same job at Michigan, Brian Polian followed Kelly to LSU as the special teams coordinator and Del Alexander and Jeff Quinn were relieved of their duties leading the wide receivers and offensive line, respectively. Even with these losses, Fighting Irish fans have something to look forward to as Freeman and company announce the hirings of new position coaches who will bring a renewed energy to recruiting and the development of players already on campus. 

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Game Recap: UVA

Game Recap: UVA

Author: Caroline Pineda

On the road in Charlottesville, Notre Dame continued to show marked improvement and moved to 9-1 with a 28-3 drubbing of the Cavaliers. 

The Irish rushed for 249 yards behind strong performances from Kyren Williams and Logan Diggs, while Jack Coan added 132 yards and three passing touchdowns. Defensively, Notre Dame didn’t allow a score until the fourth quarter, when a field goal gave Virginia its only points of the game. 

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Game Recap: UNC

Game Recap: UNC

Author: Matt Cotner

Atop ten matchup under the lights in South Bend — that is what the preseason rankings suggested this game would hold. However, North Carolina limped into South Bend after a disappointing 4-3 start to their season, finding themselves unranked and struggling to keep the season afloat. While North Carolina kept the game competitive, the Irish picked up their second win against the Tar Heels in as many seasons, 44-34. 

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Game Recap: Navy

Game Recap: Navy

Author: Corinne Quane

On the chilly but sunny afternoon of Nov. 6, the 10th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish faced the unranked Navy Midshipman in the 94th matchup of their long-standing rivalry. The Notre Dame-Navy rivalry commenced in 1927, and Notre Dame leads the series 79-13-1. Though rivals for quite some time, both teams have a deep respect for one another, something that is sure to continue well into the future. 

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Game Recap: Cincinnati

Game Recap: Cincinnati

Author: Meghan Cappitelli

On a rainy October afternoon, No. 9 Notre Dame (4-0) and No. 7 Cincinnati (3-0) faced off aiming to maintain their undefeated seasons. Notre Dame lost not only their perfect record, but also their streak of 26 consecutive wins at home. To add to the burden, former head coach Brian Kelly spent the four years prior to his time at Notre Dame coaching the Bearcats. Newly appointed head coach Marcus Freeman also coached as defensive coordinator at Cincinnati for four years before being hired by Notre Dame. 

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Game Recap: Virginia Tech

Game Recap: Virginia Tech

Author: Greg McKenna

Lane Stadium could feel it. When Virginia Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister hit paydirt on a 19-yard touchdown run to put his team up 29-21 with just under four minutes to play, Hokies’ fans sensed they had the Irish on the ropes. 

The Irish offense had struggled all night against the Hokies, who were looking to improve to 4-1 and grab a signature upset in primetime. After a dismal first quarter, graduate transfer starter Jack Coan was pulled in favor of true freshman Tyler Buchner, whose dual-threat capabilities kept the Irish in the game. 

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The Freeman Era

The Freeman Era

Author: Emma Duffy

Notre Dame football is entering a new era. Marcus Freeman was named the Fighting Irish head coach after the sudden and controversial departure of longtime head coach Brian Kelly, who heads to LSU next year. Freeman inherits a program that is back in the national spotlight after just missing the College Football Playoff at No. 5 in the final College Football Playoff rankings. The football program is destined to see major changes, as Freeman is expected to bring a new energy to the surging Irish program. 

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Game Recap: Stanford

Game Recap: Stanford

Author: Daniel Paglia

What was once a competitive rivalry that allowed Notre Dame to add a resume-building win in late November has turned into a tune-up game against a below .500 team annually. Stanford and Notre Dame have competed for the Legends Trophy since 1989 with few exceptions (Notre Dame did not play Stanford in 2020 due to the Pac 12’s rules regarding non-conference opponents), but the last three matchups have been Irish blowouts. 

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Game Recap: Toledo

Game Recap: Toledo

Author: Chris Frick

After escaping by the skin of their teeth in Tallahassee, Notre Dame had their home opener against the Toledo Rockets on deck. For most fans, this seemed like an easy week, and who could blame any of them for believing as much? Sure, Notre Dame had struggled to establish a run game the week prior. Sure, they allowed too many big plays on defense. Sure, they had trouble protecting Jack Coan. But there was no way that a team from the Mid-American Conference could exploit those weaknesses. Notre Dame was poised for a huge bounce back week... until they weren’t. 

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Game Recap: Purdue

Game Recap: Purdue

Author: Matt Cotner

Question marks surrounded Notre Dame heading into their third game of the season. A scare against a non-Power Five opponent in Toledo the previous week, combined with quarterback controversy and poor offensive line play, led many to question the ceiling of this Irish team. While some of these questions remained unanswered, the Irish took care of business against the Boilermakers and clinched their 57th Shillelagh Trophy with a 27-13 win over their in-state rivals. 

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