1. Notre Dame Football Recruiting: A Blueprint for the Future

    In the spirit of national signing day (which should be considered a national holiday this year due to the weather-related issues affecting one third of the country), I decided to jot down a few of my own thoughts...

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  2. Notre Dame Football Recruiting Class of 2007—Four Years Later

    The much-maligned Notre Dame football recruiting class of 2007 will be remembered for many things, few of them good. This class set a record for futility, losing a school record 26 games over their four-year career...

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  3. College Football: Five Things I Would Change, 2010 Edition

    Full Disclosure: this article is recycled from one I wrote last year. Since there were only about 50 people to read the first version, why not retool and republish? I must admit, college football is a beautiful thing...

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  4. The 5 for Fighting Irish X-factors in 2010

    With the start of the college football season just around the corner, I will save you from a continued discussion of Dayne Crist running the option or Manti Te'o running the resurrected 3-4 on defense...

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  5. One More Thing For Notre Dame Fans To Look Forward To This Fall

    Times they are a changing. Multiple outlets are reporting that USC is replacing AD Mike Garrett with former QB and current NBC color analyst Pat Haden ...

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  6. Jim Harbaugh: The Other Next Head Coach at Notre Dame

    While I am sure that everyone out there is aware of the impending meeting between administrators from the University of Notre Dame and current Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly (thanks to Twitter), ...

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  7. Charlie Weis and Notre Dame: The “What If” Era

    When a coaching change comes, it’s hard not to look back (in this case, over five years) and wonder what might have been. In the case of Charlie Weis, I think it is especially apropos...

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  8. Notre Dame-Connecticut: A Microcosm of the 2009 Irish Season

    Suffice it to say that Saturday’s loss stung. However, given the performance of the two games prior, I can’t say it was shocking...

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  9. So, What Does a BCS National Championship Get a Coach These Days?

    What does a BCS National Championship bring a coach these days? Fame and Fortune? A big contract extension? Well, to put it simply—about 10 years of job security...

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  10. A Quick Note to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany...

    To: Jim Delany From one Jim to another: Granted, I am first a Notre Dame fan. But, as someone who has lived their entire life in Big Ten country and still watches plenty of its games, here ...

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  11. Five Things This Notre Dame Fan Learned from the Pitt Game

    1. Execution While I may not have agreed with the conservative game plan, on paper, I agree that it could have and should have worked vs. Pitt on Saturday...

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  12. Some Notre Dame Football Related Thoughts Moving Forward…

    I was having a great vacation until I heard the score from the Navy game over the radio. Needless to say, it ruined my day.   I maintain what I have said before—I will support the current regime, just as I have the previous ones...

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  13. As a Notre Dame Fan, I Still Support Charlie Weis

    I know it’s hard to believe, isn’t it? I must admit, after reading an article penned by a Trojan fan about the status of Charlie Weis, it got me thinking. And a bit riled up...

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  14. Five Things I Would Change about College Football

    I must admit, college football is a beautiful thing. I love watching the game for its imperfections, variety, and emotion...

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  15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football: Mid-Season Recruiting Review

    Disclaimer: I don’t proclaim myself to be a recruiting expert, but do try to follow it as much as possible...

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  16. 10 Impact Guys For Notre Dame In 2009: Interim Progress Reports

    Prior to the beginning of the 2009 Notre Dame football season, I picked out 10 impact players/coaches for the season (follow the link to the original here)...

    Jim Miesle Written by Jim Miesle about 5 years ago 462 reads 2 comments

  17. Notre Dame-Washington: Critiquing Clausen, Weis and the Fighting Irish Victory

    After making my first trek to South Bend for a Notre Dame home game since the Irish played Stanford in 2002, I can say that it is official (and totally biased)—the best college football experience anyone can hope for is at Notre Dame...

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  18. 10 Ways to Spot a Notre Dame Hater

    Let’s face it, Notre Dame is the most polarizing team in college football. So just for fun, I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of fool-proof ways to spot the haters out there on message boards...

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  19. Solving The Michael Floyd Problem: Step One

    It’s been said that the first step towards recovery is acceptance. So Notre Dame fans everywhere have been trying to tell themselves that the team will be fine without Michael Floyd...

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  20. My Thoughts on the Notre Dame-Michigan Matchup

    Growing up as a Catholic in Indiana, there was no more obvious choice than to follow and cheer for good ol' Notre Dame. My first real memory of the Notre Dame-Michigan matchup was the ’89 game and Rocket Ismail...

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  21. Notre Dame: 10 Predictions of the 2009 Season

    With the season right around the corner, I figured I would compile a list of 10 things I think will happen this year. Sure, they may be a bit optimistic, but that is what the preseason is for...

    Jim Miesle Written by Jim Miesle about 5 years ago 1,655 reads 12 comments

  22. Mark May: Closet Notre Dame Supporter?

    I must admit that I laughed as I wrote that one. I have been opposed to the commentary of Mr. May for some years, listening to his ND bashing insight while waiting to see what Lou Holtz was going to say next...

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  23. Notre Dame and the 7-4-1 Schedule Model

    Since the announcement of Notre Dame taking on Army at Yankee Stadium in 2010, I have thought quite a bit about the new scheduling paradigm in South Bend...

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  24. Notre Dame: 10 Guys Who Need To Make An Impact In 2009

    I know, I know—not another one of these lists. I have read several of them, and often their vanilla content adds little to what everyone already knows...

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  25. An Open Letter To NBC: Let's Talk About College Football Announcers

    Dear Powers That Be at NBC: First, thank you for allowing your network to serve as the Notre Dame network during autumn Saturday afternoons for the home games...

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