1. Notre Dame Football: How Irish Coaches Fared in Their Second Year

    All Notre Dame fans know the trend of how Irish head coaches' third season historically are a clear indicator of how successful the coach will ultimately be during his tenure under the Golden Dome...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 2,671 reads 13 comments

  2. Notre Dame Football: The Key To Protecting Rockne's House

    When Notre Dame Stadium received a facelift in the mid-90’s, the capacity jumped by over 20,000 people. One would think that adding that many more fans wearing blue and gold would have a positive effect on the home field advantage...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 2,999 reads 33 comments

  3. Notre Dame Football: Was Brian Kelly's First Season a Success or Failure?

    The majority of Irish eyes are smiling right now thanks to a strong finish on the field in 2010 and a strong finish on the recruiting trail five weeks later...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 2,208 reads 43 comments

  4. College Football 2011: Breaking Down the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Schedule

    We're less than two weeks away from the start of spring practice and six months away from the start of Notre Dame Football, 2011...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 5,703 reads 19 comments

  5. Notre Dame Football 2011: Why Dayne Crist Should Start over Tommy Rees

    Notre Dame ended the 2010 season on a four-game streak that has fans and pundits alike boosting program expectations for this upcoming fall...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 4,769 reads 56 comments

  6. Notre Dame Spring Football: 20 Big Questions for 20 Key Players

    In less than two weeks the pads will be cracking again in South Bend and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame will be beginning spring practice...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 16,893 reads 40 comments

  7. Notre Dame Football: 10 Things Brian Kelly Learned in His First Season

    It was a roller coaster first season for new Irish head coach Brian Kelly. After a rough 4-5 start, including a pair of embarrassing losses to Navy and Tulsa, his squad regrouped and ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 11,043 reads 61 comments

  8. College Football 2011: Five Potential BCS Spoilers

    Spring practice is right around the corner and pundits are already busy publishing Top 25 lists for the fall. Players, coaches, and fans alike have dreams of BCS runs, and being mentioned near the top of those lists only helps heighten expectations...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 4,557 reads 22 comments

  9. College Football 2011: The Time Has Come for the NCAA To Act on Oversigning

    In what’s becoming a yearly ritual, a major newspaper or magazine has printed an article on the practice of oversigning in college football. The latest one that has created a commotion amongst fans was published in the Wall Street Journal...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 1,145 reads 73 comments

  10. College Football 2011: The 25 Toughest Stadiums in the Country

    It's one of the largest, most-heated debates amongst college football circles: Whose house is the toughest to play in every fall? There are plenty of fanbases that like to lay claim to the title of providing the best home-field advantage...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 11,612 reads 83 comments

  11. Notre Dame Football 2011: 10 Reasons Why Notre Dame Will Win 10 Games This Fall

    The season is six months away, but that doesn't mean it's too early to dive right in to breaking down what's to come this fall! The Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended last season with ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 20,658 reads 151 comments

  12. Notre Dame Recruiting: Putting Brian Kelly's 2011 Class in Historical Context

    National Signing Day is without a doubt one of the most backwards days in American sports. It's an all-day event when teenagers hold press conferences, college coaches that make millions ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 3,448 reads 47 comments

  13. Notre Dame Football: Top 10 Recruiting Classes of All Time

    Brian Kelly has come out this recruiting season with guns blazing, landing a consensus top 10 class loaded with elite prospects along both sides of the ball...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 7,181 reads 7 comments

  14. Notre Dame Football: Top 10 Things Irish Fans Want From Santa

    It's been a roller-coaster ride for Irish fans in 2010. Have they been well behaved enough to warrant inclusion on the "Good List?" That's up to Santa to decide, but chances are if they post on a message board the answer is "no...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 5,536 reads 58 comments

  15. Notre Dame Football: The Five Biggest Stars From ND's Win Over USC

    After eight torturous losses in a row at the hands of an archrival, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish finally found a way to defeat the Southern Cal Trojans last Saturday night in the LA Coliseum...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 5,717 reads 3 comments

  16. Notre Dame Football: The 5 Most Intriguing Potential Bowl Matchups

    Since the Irish upset Utah last weekend they’ve been unexpectedly thrust back into the bowl picture...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 5,010 reads 30 comments

  17. Notre Dame Football: Where Is the Fight in the Fighting Irish?

    It’s tough to digest what happened on the field of the New Meadowlands last Saturday. Looking at the final score and stat sheet provides only a vague understanding of the carnage...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 1,481 reads 17 comments

  18. Notre Dame Football: Power Ranking The Irish's Remaining Opponents

    We’ve breezed past the halfway point of the season leaving just five games left in the 2010 campaign for the Fighting Irish...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 4,122 reads 29 comments

  19. Shocking Agent Revelations In SI: Why College Players Should Not Be Paid

    Our culture has a tendency to blur the line between rights and privileges. Playing college football—or any collegiate sport for that matter—very clearly falls under the latter category...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 1,111 reads 11 comments

  20. The Dark Days Of Notre Dame Football: Why The Light Is Still Far Away

    I've literally sat and stared at my computer screen for two hours and all there is to show for it is this sentence...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 3,244 reads 30 comments

  21. Notre Dame Football: Reliving the Most Painful Losses of the Post-Lou Holtz Era

    Late Saturday night the Irish faithful were dealt another devastating loss with a 34-31 loss to Michigan State in overtime...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 4,841 reads 26 comments

  22. Notre Dame-Michigan: Five Key Battles to Watch for Irish Against Wolverines

    The Irish and Wolverines are set for a showdown in Notre Dame Stadium this Saturday.For the third time in four years, each team enters the contest unranked, though that won't mean ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 1,058 reads 2 comments

  23. Notre Dame Football: Riding The Ups and Downs of Game Week

    It's Monday, work is dragging, and you're convinced that time is going 35mph in a 65mph zone. At the same time it's finally game week and you know the Irish are going to throttle the Boilers...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 345 reads 2 comments

  24. Notre Dame Football: Breaking Down The Matchup With Purdue

    Week one has finally arrived! With the Irish set to face off against the Boilermakers this Saturday it's time to break down both squads...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 1,644 reads 2 comments

  25. Notre Dame Football Unranked In Preseason Polls: Right or Wrong?

    The Preseason AP Poll is out and for the third time in four years the Irish find themselves on the outside looking in. The writers have Notre Dame pegged at No...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about almost 4 years ago 2,823 reads 25 comments