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Another Top 15 Class for the Irish

February 05, 2015

The University of Notre Dame football roster will increase by 24 student-athletes for the 2015 season.

Twenty of those individuals signed national letters of intent yesterday—while four others enrolled at the University last month, began taking classes and will take part in Irish spring football drills.

The 24 new additions represent 13 states —four from Indiana, three from Illinois, Ohio, two from California, Florida, Nevada and Louisiana, plus one each from Texas, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Maryland, New Jersey and Tennessee.

As listed by group, Notre Dame adds 10 skill players, seven power players, six big skill players and one specialist. As listed by position, Notre Dame adds five defensive backs, five defensive linemen, four wide receivers, three linebackers, two running backs, two offensive linemen, one quarterback, one tight end and one kicker.

Let’s take a look at the Shamrock Soldiers individually:

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On the Eve of Signing Day

February 02, 2015


Tomorrow marks what is arguably the most important day of the year for college football programs, as each high school senior being recruited will sign his National Letter of Intent. The Irish will look to fill their 2015 signing class by securing commitments from 25 high school seniors.

As the fax machine rings and letters roll in, @NDFootball will announce the latest commitments by prospective student-athletes — our newest Fighting Irish. The primary hashtag to follow to keep up with the conversation on Twitter is #ShamrockSoldiers15 . and WatchND will bring you exclusive National Signing Day content throughout the afternoon hosted by Jack Nolan, Jac Collinsworth, and Mike Monaco. Coverage begins at noon EST and will include Coach Kelly’s press conference, a breakdown of all of the signees by position with Coach Kelly, and exclusive interviews with Assistant Coaches. Click here for more information about tomorrow’s broadcast. … Read More

The Campus Crossroads Project is Underway

January 22, 2015

From the beginning, Notre Dame has never let convention limit our dreams. Especially when there’s an opportunity for bold action.

The Campus Crossroads Project is a chance to maximize the potential of one of the most recognizable and centrally located buildings on campus: Notre Dame Stadium. Our commitment to providing an unsurpassed undergraduate experience drives this plan to bring academics, athletics, and student life together.

More than 750,000 square feet of teaching, research, and performance space. Student life and recreation facilities. Cutting-edge digital media resources. An enhanced gameday experience. The largest building project in our history. This is how Notre Dame plans to awaken a sleeping giant and infuse it with life and learning every day of the year. This is our unconventional dream.

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Music City Champs

December 31, 2014

Late Field Goal Lifts Notre Dame Over No. 22 LSU, 31-28


The Fighting Irish ended the 2014 season with some good vibes and grabbed some much-needed momentum heading into 2015 with a 31-28 victory over LSU in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

Notre Dame marched down the field with relative ease, and Kyle Brindza kicked a 32-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to lift the Irish to a 31-28 win before a crowd of 60,419 at LP Field. Beating a Southeastern Conference team in southern territory only made it that much sweeter.

“This was a matchup that we had wanted at Notre Dame, and I know LSU felt the same way,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “We wanted to be challenged. We were disappointed in the way we played obviously at the end of the year, and our guys wanted the opportunity to finish the season the right way.” … Read More

Here Come the Irish, Music City

December 18, 2014


For the first time in history, the Fighting Irish are heading to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Notre Dame (7-5) is slated to take on Southeastern Conference representative, LSU (8-4), at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at LP Field, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tennessee. Ticket sales are approaching 55,000, and we know many of our Irish fans will be making the trip to Nashville. We are here to make sure you have all of the information you need before arriving in Music City.

Know It All

If you are heading to Nashville to see the Irish play live, follow the Music City Bowl on Twitter and Facebook for all bowl event details, updates, parking information, and so more!

You can also have all bowl information at your fingertips by downloading the new Music City Bowl App. It will have the most up-to-date information on the game and surrounding events. The app can be found by searching “Music City Bowl” on the App store or Google Play.


If you have questions, feel free to contact the Music City Bowl directly at or by phone at 615-743-3130.

And be sure to head over to Notre Dame Bowl Central for exclusive bowl features, stats, records, and more! … Read More

Recap: Echoes 2014

December 15, 2014

Notre Dame Football Honors 16 Student-Athletes


University of Notre Dame senior linebacker Joe Schmidt received the 2014 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player honor Friday night at the 94th Notre Dame Football Awards Show (ECHOES | 14).

Schmidt, voted MVP by his teammates, and 15 other Irish players were honored at the show, which was sponsored by The Notre Dame Club of Saint Joseph Valley, South Bend International Airport, CBTS, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and

Highlights from the ECHOES, presented by Coke Zero, will be broadcast four times on NBC Sports Network. The recap show will debut on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1:30 p.m. EST and re-air on Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Dec. 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST and Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. EST.

Award Winners

Scout Team Player of the Year: Offense – Tyler Plantz
Scout Team Player of the Year: Defense – Austin Larkin
Newcomer of the Year: Offense – Torii Hunter Jr.
Newcomer of the Year: Defense – Drue Tranquill
Special Teams Player of the Year – C.J. Prosise
Offensive Lineman of the Year – Ronnie Stanley
Irish Around the Bend – Kyle Brindza
Moose Krause Lineman of the Year – Sheldon Day
Father Lange Iron Cross – Christian Lombard
Pietrosante Award – Cam McDaniel
Rockne Student-Athlete – Corey Robinson
Tire Rack Play of the Year – Ben Koyack
Offensive Player of the Year – Will Fuller
Defensive Player of the Year – Jaylon Smith
Next Man In – Justin Utupo
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The 2014 Notre Dame Football Awards Show

December 11, 2014

The Echoes will be hosted by Mike Mayock and Skylar Diggins


A Celebration of the 2014 Fighting Irish Team: The Echoes, will be held Friday, Dec. 12, at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the Notre Dame campus. The red-carpet event begins at 6:30 p.m. EST with a reception that will feature hors d’oeuvres from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The awards show program, co-hosted by Skylar Diggins and Mike Mayock, will start at 8 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall. The program will include a video tribute to the 2014 Fighting Irish plus a series of awards honoring the Notre Dame Football team and comments from head coach Brian Kelly.

Tickets for The Echoes are still available and can be purchased at the Notre Dame Ticket Office. Tickets may also be purchased online at or by calling the Notre Dame Ticket Office at 574-631-7356. The Notre Dame Football Awards Show is a reserved seating event. Any special seating needs should be requested when purchasing tickets for the program.

Come out and show your support as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Fighting Irish from the 2014 season. … Read More

The Fighting Irish are Heading to Music City

December 09, 2014

Notre Dame to play LSU on Dec. 30th at LP Field in Nashville


For the first time in history, the University of Notre Dame football team is headed to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Notre Dame (7-5) will meet Southeastern Conference representative, LSU (8-4), at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at LP Field, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Irish qualify as a representative of the Atlantic Coast Conference in their first year of an agreement, which also allows Notre Dame to play four to six games per season against ACC opponents.

The Music City Bowl marks the fifth bowl appearance in as many seasons under Irish Head Coach, Brian Kelly. Kelly becomes the first Head Coach in Notre Dame history to take teams to bowl games in each of his first five seasons. With a win at the Music City Bowl, Brian Kelly would become the first Head Coach in Irish history to win at least eight games in each of his first five seasons with the Fighting Irish.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to face LSU — one of the preeminent programs in all of college football,” said Kelly. “When we worked with the ACC to fashion our agreement, part of the attraction for Notre Dame was the ability to provide our program with this type of matchup. In that vein we’re excited to come to Nashville, to play in a bowl in which the University never before has participated and to play in a top-notch NFL venue.”

Fans can tune in to ESPN, ESPN Radio, and Notre Dame’s IMG Football Radio to catch all of the action on December 30th. Click here for all of the bowl information you will need — from tickets, to bowl history, to events. … Read More

Lights Out

December 02, 2014

The Campus Crossroads Project Begins

When the lights went out on Saturday, November 22nd, after Notre Dame concluded its final home game of the 2014 season against Louisville, the Campus Crossroads Project officially began.

The Campus Crossroads Project is the largest building initiative in the 172-year history of the University of Notre Dame. The $400 million project includes construction of more than 750,000 square feet of classroom, research, student facility, digital media, performance, meeting, event, and hospitality space.

The facilities will be housed in three buildings attached to the west, east, and south sides of the University’s iconic football stadium. Construction will take approximately 33 months to complete.

Throughout construction, the Game Day Operations team will update fans on and on Twitter regarding the progress of the Campus Crossroads Project. Additionally, fans can always visit the Campus Crossroads Project page for information. … Read More

Irish Eyes: Louisville Weekend

November 24, 2014

Thanks to all of our fans who braved the weather and came out to support our seniors! Also, big thanks to our Irish fans who shared their Game Day experiences with us throughout the season using #NDgameday! Check out our favorite #NDgameday photos from our final home game. #NDgameday will be back in 2015!

A photo posted by Lori Bendy (@ndirish87) on