Chicago Colleges: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Video: Bright future ahead for Notre Dame

December, 29, 2013
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Lou Holtz and Mark May talk about Notre Dame's future as new coordinators come in on both sides of the ball.

Irish TE commit Luatua wants to see USC 

December, 28, 2013
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ORLANDO -- Let the season of indecision begin.

Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada), the No. 1-rated tight end nationally who committed to Notre Dame on Dec. 16, said he’s interested in looking more closely at hometown USC.

Vanderdoes jilts Notre Dame for UCLA

June, 4, 2013
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Eddie Vanderdoes, the nation's top-rated defensive tackle recruit in 2012-13, has changed his mind and will attend UCLA instead of Notre Dame, despite signing a letter of intent with the Fighting Irish in February.

Vanderdoes, the No. 10 overall recruit on the ESPN 150, will have to sit out this season and lose a year of eligibility because Notre Dame has refused to release him from his letter of intent.

From the article:
Several coaches across the country have reached out to Notre Dame and also Florida State coaching staffs to ask they not release high-profile incoming freshmen from their NLIs.

These coaches feared that a precedent could be set forcing staffs to continue to recruit incoming freshmen after they already signed. Florida State incoming freshman linebacker Matthew Thomas similarly has sought a release from his scholarship.

That actually makes sense. A national letter of intent functions as a binding, one-year contract.

But this is also why elite prospects, such as Vanderdoes, should consider the option of merely signing scholarship papers on national signing day. That allows for a last-minute change of heart with no penalty.

Of course, most prospects can't be so bold. Scholarship spots fill up, and coaches might not want to play ball with a prospect who might back out on them.

But, from what I hear about Vanderdoes, he could right now go anywhere he wants. And now he's going UCLA.

The Bruins have some questions -- mostly based on injuries -- on their defensive line this fall, but starting NT Seali'i Epenesa is a senior, so Vanderdoes could step in and start in 2014. All three projected Bruins' D-line starters, in fact, are seniors.

Everett Golson leaves Notre Dame

May, 25, 2013
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Starting quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, the university confirmed to ESPN.com on Saturday night.

"Everett is not enrolled at the university. Federal law and our own polices preclude us from discussing specifics," spokesman Dennis Brown said in an email.

Read the entire story.

Video: ND spring game preview

April, 19, 2013
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Joe Tessitore and Jesse Palmer discuss their expectations for Notre Dame in the spring game and development of QB Everett Golson.

Video: Notre Dame season outlook

April, 19, 2013
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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly discusses the expectations facing QB Everett Golson, replacing LB Manti Te'o, and the new playmakers on offense.

Video: Golson ready to lead Irish

April, 19, 2013
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Notre Dame QB Everett Golson discusses how the team has responded following the title game loss to Alabama, how he has improved from last season and the expectations for the Fighting Irish in 2013.

Irish's Eifert could fit Bears needs at TE

February, 22, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert is exactly the type of player the Chicago Bears are missing on offense.

Checking in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Eifert’s greatest strength is his ability to use his size and speed from the tight end position to create mismatches downfield in the passing game. With 140 catches for 1,840 yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons for the Fighting Irish, Eifert might be the closest thing to Jimmy Graham or Aaron Hernandez in the 2013 NFL draft.

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Manti Te'o focused on work

February, 18, 2013
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- Those who have watched Manti Te'o prepare for the scouting combine say the former Notre Dame linebacker has shown no signs of being distracted by national media attention that came from his online relationship with a girlfriend that turned out to be a hoax.

"He missed precisely one day," said former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke, the director of football operations at IMG Academy where Te'o has been preparing for the combine.

Read the entire story.

Rapid Reaction: Notre Dame 104, L'ville 101

February, 10, 2013
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A quick reaction to Notre Dame's five-overtime, 104-101 victory over Louisville on Saturday night, the longest regular-season game in Big East history:

Overview: Five overtimes? Of course.

In a season filled with constant upsets and countless endings as strange as they are thrilling, the Irish victory over Louisville was undoubtedly the strangest -- and the most exciting.

For the first 39 minutes, it was utterly predictable. For the final minute of regulation, and the five overtimes that followed, it was as crazy as anything we've seen since Connecticut and Syracuse played six OTs in the 2009 Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. (In fact, it was the first college basketball game to go over five overtimes since that night in New York.)

This being college basketball in 2013, even the ugliest and least-appealing games can end with utter mind-blowing surprise, and that's also what we got Saturday night. Notre Dame looked cooked with as few as 50 seconds left, but Irish guard Jerian Grant hit a trio of deep 3-pointers, Louisville missed a few free throws, and when Grant drove to the basket to make a game-tying three-point play, all of a sudden the game was tied at 60. And for the fifth time in the last six meetings ... overtime.

Just how crazy was this? Notre Dame took 39 minutes and 10 seconds to score 48 points. It took 29 seconds to score 12. All 12 were scored by Grant, who was 0-for-6 from the field up to that point.

Nor did the Irish fade in overtime -- all five overtimes, that is -- even as foul problems took stars Jack Cooley and Grant and eventually pretty much everyone else off the floor. The Irish clamped down on the defensive end and got to the line frequently to keep the Cardinals from opening another lead wider than a possession.

Louisville's Russ Smith had a chance to win the game at the end of the first OT, but the kid Cardinals coach Rick Pitino nicknamed "Russdiculous" took one of the most nickname-worthy shots of his career, waiting until just a few seconds remained before launching a baffling 26-footer that clanged off the glass and left his teammates no time to rebound it. He could have ended the second overtime, too, and he did his part, hitting two key free throws in the final seconds. He could have ended the fourth -- he shot the ball with a dead shot clock and a one-on-three fast break for no other reason than the fact that he's Russ Smith.

Somehow, the star of overtime was Garrick Sherman, who didn't even play in four of Notre Dame's previous six games. His rebounding and post buckets were the most important of the game, seemingly over and over again. His tip-in sent us to the fifth overtime. After not playing a second in regulation, Sherman finished with 17 points on 7-of-10 from the field.

Mercifully, that's where it ended. Down three, Smith took another long 3, and it ended. It actually ended.

Turning point: Pretty much everything that happened from the final minute onward. There's not a whole lot more I can tell you than that.

Star of the game: For as ugly as Louisville's offense was -- and as wild as things got throughout the various bonus times -- the one consistent factor was the interior scoring of Cardinals forward Chane Behanan's interior scoring. His 30 points came on 13-of-20 from the field with added 14 rebounds, and he was really the calmest go-to option Louisville had throughout. The Cardinals didn't win, but Behanan's performance was by far Saturday's best.

Key stat: Notre Dame entered the final minute of regulation with 48 points. It ended regulation with 60. It ended the game with 104. Your guess is as good as mine.

Up next: Louisville gets a return home and bit of a rest before a tricky and talented St. John's team comes to town Thursday, while Notre Dame will have a nice opportunity to get that offense clicking again when lowly DePaul arrives Wednesday.
 

Manti Te'o deletes Twitter account

February, 5, 2013
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Manti Te'o's Twitter account no longer exists.

The account using the handle, @MTeo_5, disappeared from the social media platform during the Super Bowl broadcast Sunday.

A source told ESPN.com the former Notre Dame linebacker will be off Twitter for an indefinite period of time to prepare for the NFL draft. Twitter accounts that are deleted can be reactivated by that person.

Read the entire story.

Video: Parting Shot -- Strange Te'o story

January, 27, 2013
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Jemele Hill wonders just how much stranger the Manti Te'o story can get.

Recruit never visited Notre Dame

January, 22, 2013
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Georgia running back recruit Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./Georgia Walton Academy) said a recent report in which he said he had visited Notre Dame last weekend was "a big misunderstanding" and that he did not visit the South Bend, Ind., campus.

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Video: Parting Shot on Manti Te'o

January, 20, 2013
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Israel Gutierrez is wondering who you can trust in sports these days.

Samardzija won't rush to judge Te'o

January, 18, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija was in the Miami area during the BCS national championship, but thankfully he didn’t watch Notre Dame get pounded by Alabama in person.

After disclosing that information, the Chicago Cubs pitcher, and former Notre Dame football star, was asked jokingly if he saw former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's “girlfriend” there.

“She wasn’t there actually,” he said, with a smile.

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