1. The Lost Trojan: Taylor Mays Struggles With Maturity and Misfortune

    There was a time when Taylor Mays was a one-man horror show. Wide receivers ducked hits, cut off routes, and pretended to get tied up at the line in bump-and-run coverage...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 1,389 reads 21 comments

  2. The New Nationalization of Notre Dame: An Alamodome Analysis

    Charlie Weis and Jack Swarbrick are brilliant men. For Coach Weis and AD Swarbrick to push a 7-4-1 schedule model, successfully execute an off-site home game in San Antonio, and solidify a New ...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 449 reads 8 comments

  3. Charlie Weis Goes To Texas: Why Notre Dame Rules CFB Recruiting

    Casual college football fans throughout the country are going to be asking the same question Saturday night: why is Notre Dame playing a home game in San Antonio, Texas? Because Charlie Weis is the most dynamic and innovative recruiter in the nation...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 2,960 reads 48 comments

  4. Frightnight At The Alamodome: Notre Dame Channels Their Inner Santa Anna

    Notre Dame needs a woodshed game. They need to go down to San Antonio, line up against an inferior Washington State team, and get a convincing win to rebuild confidence...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 552 reads 2 comments

  5. Say Goodnight Jimmy: ND's Clausen Is NFL Bound

    The debate began weeks ago, but after a near-loss to Boston College on Saturday the question of Jimmy Clausen going to the NFL draft looms much larger now...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 2,962 reads 36 comments

  6. Notre Dame Football Opponent Watch Week Seven: Three New Lessons

    Week Seven brought game six for Notre Dame—an admirable effort and moral victory against USC—and three new lessons from the six remaining teams on the Irish schedule...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 480 reads 2 comments

  7. Drunken Irish Optimism: Notre Dame Fans Falling Off the Wagon Again

    I traditionally hold my Holtzian values close to the vest. Cautious optimism and eternal modesty frequently guard my Notre Dame predictions...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 654 reads 27 comments

  8. Wins, Losses, and Repercussions: The Realities of USC Week

    As Judgement Day nears, a full six-pack of potential outcomes await. The USC game will be one of the defining moments of the 2009 season and could very well determine the future of Charlie Weis and the Notre Dame football program...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 405 reads 12 comments

  9. NCAA: Can Somebody Hand Me an Iron City?

    Being from the northeast, I humbly believe that I have a basic understanding of Big East football, Boston College, and ACC Atlantic Division...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 429 reads 13 comments

  10. Notre Dame Opponent Watch Week 6: Three New Lessons

    Before we go all USC-crazy over the next few days, let's pause for a look at life after The Game. BC, UConn, and Pitt are legitimate programs that could permanently derail the 2009 Irish season...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 468 reads 1 comments

  11. Notre Dame Opponent Watch Week 5: Three New Lessons

    College football's October came in like a lion as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish learned a lot more about what the next two months will bring.  Notre Dame Opponent Watch, Week 5, is here...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 475 reads 0 comments

  12. Notre Dame Gives First Glimpse of the Great Dayne Era

    Dayne Crist officially has his own Notre Dame football era, and it began at the 14:50 mark of the second quarter of last Saturday's game versus Purdue. Yes, Jimmy Clausen, with his 3,300 career passing yards, remains the unquestioned starter...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 562 reads 8 comments

  13. Notre Dame Opponent Watch Week 4: Three New Lessons

    Week 4 taught us even more about future Irish opponents. In our weekly edition of "Opponent Watch" we look at keys to upcoming match-ups with Washington, Washington State, and Stanford...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 384 reads 1 comments

  14. ND Football '09: Hard To Watch

    FULL DISCLOSURE: This article was written at 11:15 on Saturday night, with the Notre Dame-Purdue game on TiVo pause, just before the Irish began their final drive down the field to beat the Boilermakers, 24-21...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 797 reads 16 comments

  15. D-Day Hits Notre Dame: Weis, McCarthy, and Floyd Finished

    Chaos has been crowned king on the campus of Notre Dame.A dark cloud descended upon South Bend Monday morning as a gray haze and a cold early fall drizzle filled an atmosphere once ripe with Irish football optimism...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 5 years ago 880 reads 8 comments

  16. ND Opponent Watch Week 3: Three New Lessons

    Week three of the college football season brought three new lessons from future Irish opponents. Beware, Irish faithful, all of the following news is not necessarily good...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about almost 6 years ago 357 reads 9 comments

  17. An Open Letter To Charlie Weis

    Dear Coach Weis,There is a long list of great accomplishments on your resume, including Super Bowl rings, the whole Tom Brady thing, two BCS bowl games, 30 wins, and some great recruiting classes...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 617 reads 7 comments

  18. ND Opponent Watch Week 2: Three New Lessons

    First Things FirstFirst down efficiency will tell the story against Michigan State. In the first half against Central Michigan, a team with a talented passer, two good receiving targets, ...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 253 reads 0 comments

  19. Creature vs. Creature: Enemies Team Up To Break Down Michigan-Notre Dame Clash

    In anticipation of Saturday's match-up of the nation's two winningest programs, Notre Dame writer, Marc Halsted, and Michigan writer, Justin Potts, face off...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 331 reads 14 comments

  20. Quality And Quantity: The Irish Quest Continues

    On Sept. 30, 2006, Notre Dame beat the Purdue Boilermakers 35-21 at Notre Dame Stadium. Rhema McNight had two touchdown catches, Brady Quinn threw for 316 yards, and Darius Walker rushed for 146 yards and a score...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 465 reads 3 comments

  21. Dude, Where's My ACC?

    Make no mistake, I want the ACC to succeed. I have family in Raleigh and every spring I inevitably find myself on a golf course playing beside three crazy Wolfpack fans with big red ...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 284 reads 2 comments

  22. Reeling In Raleigh: The State of the Wolfpack

    Tom O’Brien is a good man. Nine years of service for the U.S. Marines puts him at the top of any list of great people in college football. He works hard, recruits hard, runs a clean program, and makes the good people of North Carolina proud...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 244 reads 2 comments

  23. The Notre Dame Opponent Watch: Three New Lessons

    Lesson 1: The New Navy Pilot Chris Spielman, the legendary Ohio State linebacker and current ESPN color analyst, was heard at the 2:23 mark of Saturdays fourth quarter saying, “A ...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 350 reads 4 comments

  24. Notre Dame-Nevada: Pregame Analysis

    The summer brought the Notre Dame Nation more drama, questions, and storylines than a presidential primary season. It’s finally time to analyze opening day at Notre Dame Stadium against ...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 809 reads 8 comments

  25. Notre Dame Fear Factor: Ranking the Irish Opponents Part Deux

    Two days ago I ranked and presented the six teams that offer the least amount of fear to Notre Dame fans at this point in the preseason. Now it’s time for the six most frightening opponents on the 2009 Irish docket...

    Marc Halsted Written by Marc Halsted about 5 years ago 1,222 reads 8 comments