When Tommy Reese leaves Notre Dame, Marcus Freeman will face a crucial decision

SOUTH BEND, IN: Marcus Freeman has spent the 2022 season working his way out of his comfort zone, learning to become a head coach. Meanwhile, the former defensive coordinator has shifted his attention in practice toward the side of the ball he knows best, and has taken a less hands-on approach with offense. It’s not that Notre Dame’s first-year coach didn’t understand what the Irish were trying to do under offensive coordinator Tommy Reese, nor that he didn’t have the final say on offensive philosophy—he green-lighted the passing play that…

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Adult Round Table: Duane Jones et al excelled on day one

MOBILE, Ala. Despite the increased pressure from the Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl is still the top all-star game for NFL Draft prospects. With this year’s edition of the event kicking off on Tuesday, the athlete Draft experts Dane Brugler and Nick Baumgardner vetted their first impressions. Which recruiting hopefuls made the biggest early impressions, and which ones need to bounce back for the rest of the week? 1. Down Jones’ measurements were predictably ridiculous. The two of you were in the second round of your most recent model, but…

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2023 Notre Dame schedule standings: ACC assists, Ohio State bid and more ideas

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA — Notre Dame revealed its 2023 football schedule two weeks ago with a bizarre video that looked like a rip-off from “The Legend of Zelda.” The montage opened with Marcus Freeman’s catchphrase “Choose hard,” then switched to a digital football player from Notre Dame running unhindered in a straight line as I filled in the names, dates, and locations of opponents in the backfield. But as any veteran observer of Notre Dame football schedules knows, the full scope of the Irish roster is unknown until the ACC…

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Notre Dame rally to defeat South Carolina in the Gator Bowl

Notre Dame defeated South Carolina 45-38 to win the 2022 Gator Bowl on Friday. Here’s what you need to know: The Fighting Irish scored the kickoff with 1:38 remaining when quarterback Tyler Buchner connected with Mitchell Evans for a 16-yard pass. The Gamecocks scored two pick-sixes, courtesy of DQ Smith for 47 yards and O’Donnell Fortune for 100 yards. Notre Dame finished the 2022 season with a 9-4 record while South Carolina finished 8-5. the athleteInstant Analysis: Notre Dame performance appraisal For a game that didn’t get much national notice,…

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Kenny Menchy, Tommy Reese and the epic end of the 2023 QB recruiting cycle for Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN: Kenny Menshee sat in the visitors’ locker room at Father Ryan in September, waiting for the lightning delay that halted the first big game of his senior season. After starring in the Elite 11 Finals over the summer while sharing the stage with fellow 2023 prospects Dante Moore, Jackson Arnold and Christopher Vezina, this was the kind of night he was meant to show he belongs with these high-ranking players. But Nashville weather patterns wouldn’t cooperate, sending both teams indoors during the third quarter and sending Menchy…

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College football recruiting ideas: 10 stories to keep track of as signing day approaches

There is no need to explain the importance of this week, as the accumulation of talent is the most important in this sport. After all, the stars are important. Here are 10 interesting stories to keep track of as we approach the most exciting few days in the college football calendar – the start of the early signing period. 1. How will Colorado finish this season? For the average coach hired in December – just weeks before the early signing period – it’s unrealistic to see a massive amount of…

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Notre Dame DL Isaiah Foskey announces NFL Draft: How will the Irish replace the sack leader?

Entering the 2023 NFL Draft, Notre Dame defensive lineman Isiah Fusky has announced that he will not play in the Irish Gator Bowl against South Carolina. Here’s what you need to know: Foskey had 45 total tackles (23 solo) this season and is fourth-best for the Fighting Irish. During the regular season, he collected 11.0 sacks, the fourth-highest total in the FBS and the same number of sacks he had in 2021. There is no place like Notre Dame!! ☘️ #IFFactor #FTB•All glory to God pic.twitter.com/O0340Rwqph – Isaiah Foss (@IFoskey)…

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USC’s Caleb Williams raises Heisman’s nomination to win over Notre Dame

The No. 5 USC Trojans defeated the No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 38-27 on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know: Trojan quarterback Caleb Williams elevated Heisman’s nomination, going 18-for-22 and throwing for 232 passing yards and one touchdown. On the ground, Williams scored three touchdowns, gaining 35 rushing yards on nine carries. USC will play in the Pac-12 Championship game next weekend. the athleteInstant Analysis: How USC used Williams vs. Notre Dame The USC staff also looked to take advantage of the stage early, running a wide reception…

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