Tag:Notre Dame
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:41 am
Edited on: October 27, 2011 11:43 am
 

Brian Kelly wants a Jumbotron and field turf

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's something that longtime Notre Dame fans who appreciate the storied tradition of the school's football program and Notre Dame Stadium aren't going to like very much. After practice on Wednesday head coach Brian Kelly got to talking about the atmosphere in South Bend on Saturday night with the stadium blasting Ozzy Osbourne seemingly every play, and fans waving towels in the air that made the place seem more like a modern football stadium than the library it's felt like at times in the past.

He also talked about some more changes he'd like to see in the stadium. Like adding a Jumbotron and some field turf.

"Eventually we want a big Jumbotron in there," Kelly told the Chicago Tribune. "We think that's something that's going to add to the atmosphere, too." 

As for the field turf, it's something Kelly has brought up before, and he hasn't changed his mind.

"I think I have sprinkled that into the conversations, I don't think it's a mystery that we would like that. But it's not going to be my call. They know how I feel. I don't want to beat a dead horse, either, but it’s pretty clear we want to continue to create a great atmosphere there."

I'm not sure how the field turf would improve the atmosphere at Notre Dame Stadium, but maybe Kelly means it'll help his offense work quicker, and more points would make for a better atmosphere.

As for the Jumbotron, that notion has probably caused more than a few fans to do a spit take. At the moment, I'd think the field turf is a lot more likely to happen than that, though if Kelly's teams start winning a lot more then maybe he'll get his wish there.

Just as long as they add something besides "Crazy Train" to the stadium's play list, I'll be okay with it. Oh, and it better not be "Sandstorm."
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:33 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 11:37 am
 

Irish lose Lewis-Moore for the season

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame suddenly has more problems than just back-breaking turnovers.

Starting defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore suffered an MCL injury during Notre Dame's loss to USC on Saturday night, and he is going to miss the rest of the season. Making matters worse for the Irish defense, the defensive line was already missing its other defensive end Ethan Johnson, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Purdue and hasn't played in three weeks.

Johnson isn't expected to be back for Notre Dame's game against Navy this weekend, either.

Which means that the Irish will have to play two freshman at defensive end in Stephon Tuitt and Aaron Lynch. Both are highly-touted recruits who have received plenty of playing time this season, but it's been as part of a rotation. Both Chase Hounshell and Kona Schwenke should see plenty of time against Navy as well. How an inexperience line will fare this weekend against the option attack of Navy, remains to be seen. USC rushed for 217 yards against the Irish last weekend, and the option attack of Air Force rushed for 363 yards on them two weeks ago.

Kapron Lewis-Moore currently leads all Irish defensive lineman with 32 tackles, including 4 for a loss.
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:40 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 10:41 am
 

PODCAST: The Free Bruce Podcast with Jarrett Lee

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Bruce Feldman and Bryan Fischer breakdown all of the week's thrilling action, including USC's win over Notre Dame, Stanford rolling over Washington, Michigan State's exciting hail mary and discuss whether LSU-Alabama could play a rematch in the BCS title game. Then, the guys are joined by LSU starting quarterback Jarrett Lee to talk about next week's big game, what's it like playing for Les Miles and just how good that Tigers defense is.

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Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:46 pm
 

Keys to the Game: Notre Dame vs. Navy

Posted by Tom Fornelli

NOTRE DAME WILL WIN IF: Take care of the ball. It's that simple with the Fighting Irish. After committing ten turnovers in their first two games and starting the season 0-2, the Irish were finally able to limit the turnovers over the next four weeks and, not surprisingly, went 4-0 in that span. Then the turnover bug returned against USC on Saturday night and lo and behold Notre Dame's winning streak came to an end. There's no question that the Irish have more talent on both sides of the ball than Navy, so as long as it doesn't turn the ball over repeatedly, then there's no reason Notre Dame shouldn't win this game.

NAVY WILL WIN IF: Navy doesn't have a complicated formula for success against anybody, and it's a formula that involves controlling the time of possession and wearing down opponents with its option attack. Air Force proved earlier this season that an option attack can find success against Notre Dame, as it rushed for 363 yards and scored 2 of the 3 rushing touchdowns that the Irish defense has allowed this season. So Navy will have to have similar success in order to keep the Irish offense on the sideline, because the problem for Navy this season has been a defense that's allowing 30.3 points per game. I'm not sure Navy can stop the Irish offense, so its best bet will be to keep it off the field.

X-FACTOR: Cierre Wood. During Notre Dame's loss to USC last weekend, I felt one of the biggest reasons the Irish lost was because it abandoned its ground game too early. There's no way that Cierre Wood should only carry the ball 5 times in a game, and Brian Kelly needs to establish a rushing attack early against Navy and keep going to it for 60 minutes. Yes, Notre Dame will have success throwing the ball on Saturday, but when this team becomes one-dimensional on offense, that's when it runs into trouble. 
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:45 am
Edited on: October 25, 2011 11:46 am
 

USC's booted Baxter to 'focus on academics'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The Trojan career of USC sophomore running back Dillon Baxter is hanging by a thread--if it's not finished already.

Lane Kiffin finally addressed Baxter's absence from the traveling roster for the team's win over Notre Dame Tuesday morning, confirming in a statement on the Trojan website that Baxter "will not be part of our football program" for at least the remainder of the season.

"The decision has been made for Dillon Baxter to focus on his academics," Kiffin said. "[W]e will continue to support him with our academic services department. There will be no further comment regarding this from me or any member of our program."

Though the statement would seem to leave the door open for Baxter's potential return, few seem to expect it after the former blue-chip recruit struggled mightily to find playing time in the Trojans' first seven games. For the season, Baxter has only nine carries for 29 yards and is well behind Marc Tyler and Curtis McNeal on the depth chart.

Baxter has also been something of an off-field distraction during the 2011 season, with his parents requesting (and receiving) a meeting with Kiffin to discuss his lack of playing time in the season opener and his absence from the Notre Dame game reportedly due to his decision to remain with his girlfriend as she gave birth.

Whatever the issues between Kiffin and Baxter -- or Baxter and his grades -- it seems highly likely that if the San Diego product is to ever fulfill his ample recruiting hype, he'll have to do it somewhere other than USC. The consensus five-star seemed poised for stardom after Kiffin offered him rave reviews in spring camp 2010, a camp in which he did this just days after graduating high school:



But barring an impressive career rehabilitation, that play will be as close as Baxter ever gets to stardom for the Trojans.
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Pac-12 poll reactions, Week 8

Posted by Chip Patterson

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Pac-12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.

(AP/Coaches)

4/3. Stanford

With the national audience and a ranked opponent, Stanford put on an explosive show at the right time for the voters. The 65-21 track meet victory against Washington highlighted everything dominant about Stanford not-named Andrew Luck. The 446-172 advantage in rushing yards showed the Cardinal have much more to going for them than just their junior star quarterback. The nation took notice, and now the Stanford has moved into position to possibly contend for a national title.

7/7. Oregon

Oregon showed no need to test their injured offensive backfield against Colorado during the 45-2 beatdown in Boulder. The Ducks move up in the polls to fill open spots, but unlike their Pac-12 rivals at Stanford they carry that one loss from the season opener. Oregon's best chances to continue to climb will require more top teams losing, but if LSU defeats Alabama and retains the top spot that one loss will continue to look "acceptable" in the minds of many voters.

20/N/A. USC

NCAA sanctions will keep USC out of the Coaches Poll, but their third 30+ point performance in as many weeks was enough to get them back into the AP rankings. USC's defense held Notre Dame to just 267 total yards and only one offensive touchdown in the impressive 31-17 victory under the lights in South Bend. The Irish got back to their turnover-prone ways, and the Trojans made sure to take advantage. Now Lane Kiffin gets the opportunity to play spoiler to title-contending Stanford when the Cardinal come to town this Saturday for the primetime showdown on national television.

23/20. Arizona State

Very little movement in the polls for the Sun Devils, as Dennis Erickson's squad got the enjoyed their off week. They will return to action on Saturday against Colorado at home (basically part of the bye week) before focusing on the home stretch and a potential Pac-12 South division crown. The schedule sets up well for the Sun Devils, who should be favored to represent the division in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. All they need to do is make sure they don't slip up along the way.


Others receiving votes: Washington was dropped from the rankings after their loss at the hands of Stanford, but still received 32 points in the AP and 20 from the Coaches.

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Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:35 am
 

Pac-12 Winners and Losers: Week 8



Posted by Tom Fornelli


A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: The Stanford Machine

There are two ways that you can take Stanford's 65-21 win over Washington on Saturday night. You can tell yourself that Washington was just a bit overrated coming into the matchup, or you can tell yourself that Stanford is just insanely good at this sport called football. Odds are, for mental health reasons, the rest of the Pac-12 is going to convince itself that Washington was overrated. I'm not in that camp, as I think the Huskies are a good team and that Stanford is just really, really good.

We're nearly two months into the season and I haven't seen any sign that would indicate there's a Pac-12 team that will be able to slow down this Cardinal offense. Just another mind-numbingly efficient, throat-stomping 65-point performance from an offense that is now averaging 48.6 points per game. Stanford ran for 446 yards on Saturday night. 446! Another 7 yards from Anthony Wilkerson and the Cardinal would have had three 100-yard rushers in the game. Good luck trying to stop that, everybody else in the Pac-12. The Stanford Machine will gladly keep coming out with that unbalanced offensive line and pulling the guard just for the fun of seeing you trampled beneath it.

LOSER: Washington State's bowl dreams

This one hurts me a bit because I wanted to believe in Washington State after its 3-1 start just for the story, but the Cougars have now lost three in a row following a 44-21 loss to an Oregon State team that's been anything but good this year. Now Washington State needs to find three more wins on its schedule to go bowling and with road dates against Oregon, Cal and Washington, along with home games against Arizona State and Utah, I just don't see it happening.

WINNER: Lane Kiffin

Kiffykins finally got that signature win he's been looking for since taking over the USC program. The Trojans marched into South Bend on Saturday night and took care of their hated rival with relative ease. In fact, I'm not sure Kiffin has ever called a better set of plays in his life than he did on USC's first two drives of the game, as his offense had the Notre Dame defense completely off-balance and looking lost. The Irish were able to make things close late, but the Trojans defense came through with some huge turnovers to salt this one away. Making things even better for Kiffin and the Trojans, the Irish had a lot of recruits in the house on Saturday night and they were all witness to the USC victory.

LOSER: Colorado football in general

Man, what a beating the Buffaloes took from Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks came into the game without their starting quarterback in Darron Thomas and leading rusher LaMichael James, but it didn't matter all that much. The Ducks still put up 45 points with ease and had 527 yards of offense despite the fact that Chip Kelly called off the dogs with more than six minutes remaining in the third quarter. The highlight of the night for Colorado was a safety late in the third quarter to account for its only points. Still, there's something about losing 45-2 that seems even worse than just getting shutout.

WINNER: Streakers dressed up as referees

Arizona's 48-12 victory over UCLA on Thursday night wouldn't be all that memorable if not for one fan who decided it would be the perfect time for him to debut his new field-storming techniques. For too long streakers have entered the field of play in street clothes, making them easy to spot for security and others. This innovator, however, entered the field in a referee's uniform so that by the time anybody was really aware of what was going on he was taking off down the field shedding clothing with every step. Now, we here at CBSSports.com don't necessarily condone this type of behavior, but we're not going to discourage it either. Especially when it's so creative.

LOSER: Rick Neuheisel

Was there anybody watching UCLA's loss to Arizona on Thursday night who didn't feel as though they were watching the final nails being driven into the coffin of Rick Neuheisel's tenure at the school? Sure, he may survive the rest of the regular season, but I don't think anybody who read between the lines of athletic director Dan Guerrero's words earlier this week can actually believe that he'll be returning in 2012.
Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:53 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 11:50 pm
 

QUICK HITS: USC 31, Notre Dame 17

Posted by Bryan Fischer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame's first home night game since 1990 was supposed to be all about the Irish. New gold helmets, multiple five-star recruits on the sideline, even talk coming into the game about winning out and going to a BCS game.

USCheard all of the talk about the game and shrugged it off. Rivalry game? It was just another game to them. They were disrespected - first time in school history they were 5-1 and unranked in the polls on top of being a nine-point underdog - and were taking a business trip to the Midwest.

Behind a surprising rushing attack and the reliable duo of Matt Barkley and Robert Woods, the Trojans pulled off the upset 31-17 and stunned a capacity crowd of 80,795 at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Irish offense struggled most of the night. Despite allowing Tommy Rees to pick up a few big games on checkdowns and some open receivers in the middle of the field, the Trojans much-maligned secondary held Michael Floyd to just four catches and 28 yards. Outside of George Atkinson III's kickoff return for a touchdown right late in the second quarter, the offense was limited to just 10 points and well under 100 yards rushing.

USC had won eight in a row in the series before dropping (literally) one in the Coliseum last year. After establishing the tone early with their longest scoring drive of the season on USC's opening drive, oft-criticized Lane Kiffin picked up his first signature victory as head coach of the Trojans. Both Kiffin and athletic director Pat Haden, a former analyst for Notre Dame broadcasts, have discussed how wins and losses against the Irish are different from others the school might have.

Coming in the talk was all about the blue and gold. Coming out, thanks to Barkley, Woods and Kiffin, it was all about the cardinal and gold.

 
 
 
 
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