1. Notre Dame Football 101: Devine Turbulence

    The Irish History lessons continue this week with the Dan Devine Era. Q: So Ara Parseghian calls it quits after the 1974 season and Notre Dame has to replace another legend...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 5,336 reads 13 comments

  2. Notre Dame Football 101: Ara Saves the Day

    For the third installment of Irish Football 101 we take a look at one of the darkest eras in school history and the man responsible for bringing the Irish back to the top...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 3,339 reads 16 comments

  3. Notre Dame Football 101: The Forgotten Glory Days

    We move on to the second installment of Irish Football 101. This week we'll concentrate on the Frank Leahy Era. It was one of the most successful eras in college football history but is often overlooked, even within Notre Dame circles...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 2,947 reads 23 comments

  4. Notre Dame Fan's 5 Hours with "The Enemy": A Round of Golf with Mark May

    Last summer, my Dad and I were lucky enough to receive invitations to play in the Irish Legends Golf Tournament, an event hosted by Lou Holtz and Ara Parseghian at Lost Dunes Golf Club supporting both of their charities...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 4,790 reads 12 comments

  5. Notre Dame Football: 10 Opponents That Should Be Added to Future Schedules

    The structuring and shaping of the Notre Dame schedule is a very complicated process. Not being tied to a yearly conference slate gives the Irish unparalleled flexibility while also presenting unique challenges to fill the schedule each season...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 7,382 reads 42 comments

  6. Irish Football 101: The Ancient History of Notre Dame

    We're almost a month removed from the Blue-Gold Game and a shade over 100 days from Notre Dames' kickoff against South Florida on Sept. 3. That's a lot of time to fill before we can actually dissect anything of real substance...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 3,442 reads 19 comments

  7. Notre Dame Football: 5 Young Players Who Could Become Legends

    The annals of Notre Dame football are filled with legends whose feats are so great that they're identifiable with a single word...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 12,842 reads 12 comments

  8. College Football 2011: 10 Bold Predictions for Notre Dame Football in 2011

    Let's be honest: It's easy to get in front of a keyboard, radio mic or television camera and spout out predictions like "Andrew Luck will be a Heisman contender" or "Oregon is going to have an explosive running game...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 5,690 reads 23 comments

  9. College Football 2011 Predictions: 25 Quarterbacks With Heisman Potential

    Last year around this time, no one had Cam Newton anywhere on the Heisman Trophy radar. After a year barreling over opponents in the SEC, though, he took home the prestigious award in a landslide...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 6,725 reads 33 comments

  10. Notre Dame Football: Grading Jack Swarbrick Through His First Three Years

    In May 2008, Notre Dame partook in a phenomenon known as addition by subtraction without even trying. It occurred when former athletic director Kevin White announced he would be leaving South Bend to take the same position at Duke University...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 5,434 reads 11 comments

  11. Notre Dame Football: 10 Reasons Why the Quarterback Competition Is a Good Thing

    My editor at Bleacher Report threw me a couple ideas for columns this week and one specifically caught my eye: "10 Reasons Why a QB Controversy is Good for Notre Dame." I really thought about it for a good long time, first dissecting the wording of it...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 5,416 reads 28 comments

  12. Notre Dame Football: 10 Reasons Why the Irish Will Never Join the Big Ten

    This time last spring there were rumors of an impending restructuring that would shake the college football world...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 8,223 reads 55 comments

  13. Notre Dame Football: Providing Answers to All the Tough Questions

    All around the internet, Notre Dame websites partake in Q&A's throughout the year. They're meant to make columnists think about different angles on topics and allow readers ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 6,318 reads 1 comments

  14. College Football 2011: A Snapshot of Notre Dame's 2011 Schedule

    Today's date is April 26. That means there are exactly 150 days until the Notre Dame Fighting Irish open their 2011 season against the South Florida Bulls...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about 3 years ago 6,148 reads 28 comments

  15. Notre Dame Football: The Two-Deep at Every Position

    Now that spring practice has come to its conclusion, college football fans have two big dates to look forward to before fall practice begins in August: the release of the Phil Steele ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 12,681 reads 90 comments

  16. Notre Dame Football: 10 Questions Still Unanswered from Irish Spring Game

    After exploring 10 things we learned from the spring game earlier this week, it's time to take a look at what we still don't know...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 6,916 reads 11 comments

  17. Notre Dame Football: 10 Things We Learned from the Spring Game

    Spring practice is gone and Notre Dame Stadium has fallen silent until September. The Irish slogged it out in the rain last Saturday in the annual Blue-Gold scrimmage and it provided ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 68 reads 84 comments

  18. Notre Dame Football: Spring Game Report Card

    Outlined against a gray and miserably rainy April sky, the Fighting Irish played again. The team's annual Blue & Gold Game took place on Saturday within the walls of Notre Dame ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 3,210 reads 12 comments

  19. Notre Dame Football Spring Game: 10 Things to Expect on Saturday

    Notre Dame's 15 spring practices will come to a close this Saturday with the annual Blue and Gold Game. For the first time ever, the game will be televised in its entirety on Versus ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 3,597 reads 17 comments

  20. NFL Draft 2011: Breaking Down Notre Dame's 9 Prospects

    NFL players may be locked out, but the NFL draft will plow ahead as scheduled. Notre Dame has nine former players that are candidates to be selected during the three-day extravaganza in a little over two weeks...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 1,848 reads 8 comments

  21. Notre Dame Football 2011: Digesting the Michael Floyd Saga

    On Monday March 21, Notre Dame football fans awoke to the news that Michael Floyd had been arrested for driving under the influence just off campus...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 8,266 reads 42 comments

  22. Notre Dame Football: 10 Reasons Why Dayne Crist Is the Right Choice at QB

    The spring session in South Bend is wrapping up and still the debate of Dayne Crist vs Tommy Rees for starting quarterback rages on amongst Irish fans. Frankly, it's nice to have so many viable options at quarterback that are worth arguing about...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 5,618 reads 21 comments

  23. Notre Dame Football: Predicting the Starting Offense for 2011

    Spring football in South Bend is winding down, and the annual Blue-Gold Game is just two weeks away. The team appears to be taking shape, and an offense brimming with potential seems ...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 6,623 reads 13 comments

  24. Notre Dame Football: 10 Things to Expect from the First Night Game in 21 Years

    This past week, the University of Notre Dame announced that for the first time in 21 years, they would be hosting a night game in Notre Dame Stadium. The opponent will be the hated Trojans of Southern Cal, and the kickoff time will be 7:30pm...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 8,042 reads 82 comments

  25. Notre Dame Football: Ranking the 25 Most Beloved Figures in Irish History

    Notre Dame football is steeped in tradition like no other program in college football. Names like Gipp, Rocket, Theismann, Montana and Rudy are forever etched into the lore that makes the school so unique and special...

    Matt Mattare Written by Matt Mattare about over 3 years ago 12,297 reads 20 comments