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- Matt James headlines the class of 2010 at Notre Dame
- Irish suffer a pair of recruiting losses
Notre Dame and Yankee Stadium. Immediately, we are reminded of Knute Rockne's famous "Win One for the Gipper" speech in 1928. Though Rockne no longer paces the Notre Dame sideline, the Fighting Irish would like the opportunity to add another chapter to its grand history. And they would like to do it against a rival from their past – Army.
Irish Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick, a far better man for the job than his predecessor Kevin White, has expressed an interest in Notre Dame competing against Army in the inaugural college football game played at the new Yankee Stadium. This would make a lot of sense due to the large number of Notre Dame alumni and "subway alumni" in the New York City area. In fact, the term "subway alumni" was first coined to describe the huge Notre Dame fan base in New York City who did not attend Notre Dame.
Posted by BrianBoru at 5/15/2009 2:58 PM EDT
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Posted by BrianBoru at 5/14/2009 2:10 AM EDT
The Notre Dame Football program is being featured all week on ESPN’s College Football Live. After hosting the first two days of coverage, John Saunders, thankfully, found something else to do on Wednesday. Saunders, whose agenda against Notre Dame has much to do with his friendship and support of former Irish Head Coach Tyrone Willingham, appeared noticeably uncomfortable as he listened to fellow analyst Ed Cunningham (correctly) cite Willingham’s poor recruiting while at Notre Dame, in particular along the offensive line, as the chief reason Notre Dame had performed so deplorably inept the past two seasons.
Cunningham did say, however, the Irish needed to improve upon their fundamentals in blocking up front. In other words, though Tyrone Willingham was a train wreck on the recruiting trail, leaving Charlie Weis with a barren stretch of classes, Weis has run out of excuses. The 2009 outfit, for better or worse, is all his. Finally stocked with talent across the board, coaching will dictate this season's outcome.
Posted by BrianBoru at 5/10/2009 9:29 PM EDT
The Fighting Irish just got a little deeper in the defensive backfield. After sitting out the spring semester, cornerback Gary Gray will be returning to Notre Dame. Though Gray's return was not unexpected, this bodes well for the football program since he has three years of eligibility remaining, essentially providing the Irish with another recruit to its impressive 2009 haul.
Reports indicate that Gray is in good football shape and ready to contribute immediately this season.