Inside Notre Dame's Fighting Irishby Jason O'Mahony
- Fighting Irish crush Navy in Emerald Isle Classic :- VIDEO
- Emerald Isle Classic preview - Notre Dame vs Navy get down to business in Dublin - VIDEO
- Brian Kelly names his starting Quarterback for season opener
- Golson leads the way for Irish :- VIDEO
- IAFA Press Release Emerald Isle Classic – Legal Situation
The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish get their 125th season under way on Saturday September 1st in Dublin, Ireland. The Irish will be designated, strangely, as the away team to their longest rival, the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy.
Brian Kelly gets his third season under way as the head of Fighting Irish football with a new QB at the helm in Sophomore Everett Golson. Golson beat out Andrew Hendrix in fall camp after last years starter, Tommy Rees, was suspended for the season opener.
The game also marks the debut of Chuck Martin at offensive coordinator. Kelly has handed over the reigns of the offense to Martin, last seasons defensive coordinator, in camp.
Both sides meet last year with the Fighting Irish rumbling to a 56-14 win. Here is a review of that game:
Irish American Football Association Press Release – 10th August 2012
Emerald Isle Classic – Legal Situation
Initially reported by Steven O'Rourke in thejournal.ie , the Irish American Football Association (IAFA), regarded as the national governing body of American Football in Ireland, are at loggerheads with officials from the Naval Academy in dispute of legal conditions signed between IAFA and Navy (designated home team) in March of 2011 during the sanctioning of the event.
While the finer details of the dispute are not understood at this time, O'Rourke reports that the agreement was designed to facilitate the grassroots development of American Football in Ireland, the most prominent of which was to be a ‘flag-football’ programme for 1,500 Irish schoolchildren.