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Stormy at Sea: Irish Fall in Jacksonville

Stormy at Sea: Irish Fall in Jacksonville

Author: Rebekah Mehuys

After a thrilling finish at home against Miami, Notre Dame hit the road to take on perennial rival Navy at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday Nov. 8. The Irish looked to continue their five-game win streak against the Midshipmen and get their season back on track after a shaky start.

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Cardinal Comeback: Stanford Uses Second-Half Surge to Upend Irish
Rocked by the Hurricane: Irish Lose a Slop Fest

Rocked by the Hurricane: Irish Lose a Slop Fest

Author: Madison Nardone

When describing the formidable environment of the Notre Dame-NC State game on Saturday Oct. 8, “harsh conditions” is an understatement. The Irish (2-4) took on the Wolfpack (4-1) hoping to make a statement and revive their season. Unfortunately for them, Mother Nature had other plans.

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Neva' Again: Irish Win Big but in Sloppy Fashion
Sparty Crashers: Late Rally Falls Short

Sparty Crashers: Late Rally Falls Short

Author: Jacob Zinkula

It looked like a Michigan State blowout early, but the game turned into a thriller after a furious rally by the Irish on Saturday, Sept. 17. Notre Dame came into the game as 7.5-point favorites, but ultimately lost by eight points, with a final score of 36-28.

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Disappointment: Duke Top Irish For First Time Since 1958
Orange Juiced: Another Shootout Ends with ND's Second Win
Longhorn Loss: An Old-Fashioned Overtime Shootout
South Bend over South Beach: Irish Get Close Win Over Historic Rival

South Bend over South Beach: Irish Get Close Win Over Historic Rival

Author: Michael Sokolowski

Oct. 29 saw the addition of another thrilling chapter to one of the most storied rivalries in college football. The 25th meeting between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Miami Hurricanes was filled with many twists and turns, though it ultimately finished with one of the best — if only — Irish victories from the season with a 30-27 victory in South Bend.

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A Conversation with Malik Zaire

A Conversation with Malik Zaire

Author: Alison O'Neil and Juan Jose Rodriguez

Most Notre Dame students know Malik Zaire as the senior quarterback who wears the number eight, a dynamic athlete with strong running skills and a passion for his sport. Throughout his career with the Irish, he has played in 17 games and represented Notre Dame on a national level both on and off the field.

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Should We Fire Head Coach Brian Kelly? No, We Should Keep Him

Should We Fire Head Coach Brian Kelly? No, We Should Keep Him

Author: Casey Nash

The fire-Kelly firestorm is premature and illogical. Admittedly, the 2016 season was one of the worst in ND history. But it was also Kelly’s only losing season in seven years at the helm in South Bend. He’s an NFL-caliber coach, adept recruiter and proven winner —­ he has more career wins than any active Division-1 coach.

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Should We Fire Head Coach Brian Kelly? Yes, Send Him Packing
Armed and Dangerous: Youth Lead the Way in a Big Irish Win

Armed and Dangerous: Youth Lead the Way in a Big Irish Win

Author: Casey Baker

Streets are shut down, entire hotels are shut down, and local banners are replaced­­­­ with Notre Dame logos, all in the name of the Shamrock Series. Functioning as a home game away from home, the Shamrock Series has brought Fighting Irish football all across the country, ranging from Dublin to San Antonio.

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Season Analysis: What Went Wrong?

Season Analysis: What Went Wrong?

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez

Just as many on social media anxiously look toward a bright future in 2017 and attempt to put 2016 (what they refer to as “the worst year ever”) in the rearview mirror, Notre Dame football is in the midst of a very similar catharsis.

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A Bright Future: 2017 Recruiting Off to Strong Start
Fans React to Football Frustrations with Ads and Twitter
ESPN to Premiere
Irish Soccer: Men fall to Louisville in round of sixteen, Women stunned by Siue in first round shootout

Irish Soccer: Men fall to Louisville in round of sixteen, Women stunned by Siue in first round shootout

Author: Casey Nash

In a hard-fought, third-round NCAA tournament matchup on November 27, the Irish men’s soccer team lost 3-1 over the Thanksgiving weekend at Louisville. That match was Louisville’s second win over Notre Dame this year; in September, the Cardinals handed the then-top-ranked Irish their first loss of the season. Louisville joins four other ACC squads in the national quarterfinals.

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By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Author: Casey Nash

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Brian Kelly’s head coaching winning percentage, which places him 16th among active NCAA Division-I coaches. His overall record is 230-88-2 through stints with Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Just one year removed from a 2015 campaign, in which his team went 10-3 and was a contender for a playoff spot, Kelly finds himself on the hot seat. His 2016 team, ranked as high as 9th in the nation in preseason polls, finished 4-8 and failed to reach a bowl game. 

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Irish End Season in Memorable Fashion
Irish Fall 34-31 to Hokies on Senior Night
Jenkins and Progressive Faculty Disagree on NCAA Decision

Jenkins and Progressive Faculty Disagree on NCAA Decision

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez and Michael Sokolowski

Not often will the head of a university publish an article in a nationally syndicated newspaper questioning the actions of an association of which it is a member. But Notre Dame President Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. did just that, and it has sparked an ongoing national conversation.

Jenkins wrote an opinion piece this September in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The NCAA Isn’t a Moral Arbiter — Nor Should It Be.” He questioned the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s decision to move seven championship games from North Carolina in response to the state’s House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), which restricts the use of public restrooms to a person’s biological sex, rather than gender identity.…

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What to Expect from Irish Basketball This Year

What to Expect from Irish Basketball This Year

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez and Michael Sokolowski

Men’s

Before the 2014-15 season, Mike Brey had never reached the Elite Eight as a head coach, and Notre Dame had not been since the 1978-79 season under Digger Phelps, when the Irish were still independent. Brey has since guided the team that far in two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, losing to Kentucky in 2015 and North Carolina in 2016.…

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#ByTheNumbers

#ByTheNumbers

Author: Alexandra Muck

6 The Irish hockey team’s ranking in the latest poll, released by USA Today and USA Hockey Magazine. The Irish won three of their first four games in 2016, but have since lost to and tied with Penn State before earning a split with Connecticut, which dropped them two spots from fourth to their current position.…

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Hockey's Last Season in the Hockey East

Hockey's Last Season in the Hockey East

Author: Janet Stengle

Skating into its final season in the Hockey East Conference, the Fighting Irish hockey team looks to its juniors to lead a team of young talent.

In their regular season opening two-game series, Notre Dame defeated Arizona State at home 9-2 and 4-2. The ninegoal tally is the highest the Irish have scored since scoring 10 against Canisius on Dec. 29, 2010.…

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VanGorder Out at DC
Opinion: NBC Deal, Freedom Are Reasons Enough to Stay Independent

Opinion: NBC Deal, Freedom Are Reasons Enough to Stay Independent

Author: Casey Nash

Since 1991, Notre Dame has enjoyed one of the most lucrative television deals in college sports: NBC airs a national live broadcast of every home football game. On Sept. 13, a press release issued on UND.com stated that the NBC deal has generated $100 million in financial aid for students. This headline is refreshing when you consider other universities’ allocation of funds: In essentially a reverse move, the University of New Hampshire put a quarter of their longtime campus librarian’s $4 million posthumous donation towards a new football scoreboard. Programs at schools like UNH sap money, while ND football’s cup runneth over.…

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Remembering Ailish Sheehan
#ByTheNumbers

#ByTheNumbers

Author: O'Neil, Alison

1500 - The number of fans that will be able to fit into the Harris Family Track and Field Stadium, currently under construction on the southeast side of campus near the Compton Family Ice Arena and the Melissa Cook Softball Stadium. When completed, this state-of-the-art facility (located outside ND’s existing nine-lane track) will boast a nutrition station, locker rooms, meeting rooms, a training center and a scoreboard. The stadium, subsidized by College of Science alumnus Bob Harris and his wife, Mary Ellen, is expected to be finished by February 2017.…

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Fall Sports Start Strong

Fall Sports Start Strong

Author: Hunter Kuffel

With many strong performances already, the Irish are hoping to carry that momentum forward in the coming weeks. Here’s a quick glance at some key things to know about each team and how each has performed so far.

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