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POPE: Goals remain the same for Irish as academic investigation continues

SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame unveiled its new threads during Tuesday’s media day. Officials displayed mannequins wearing the team’s home and road jerseys, as well as this year’s Shamrock Series uniform. It was a case of the show going on. The players have had a …

 

College Football: Notre Dame’s defense in the developmental stage

SOUTH BEND — Brian VanGorder didn’t want to gauge where Notre Dame’s defense stood right at this moment. “The one thing I do know is that there is a lot better football in front of us,” the team’s defensive coordinator said Tuesday. “We can be …

HUTTON: Notre Dame football players thrown under the bus

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Freshman year in high school, Mrs. Hall’s Honor’s algebra class. Sam Allen was sitting one row over, one seat in front of me. He was left-handed. I was overwhelmed by the time the first test arrived. There was no placement exam for entrance into the …

College Football: Purdue names Danny Etling starting quarterback

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From the outset, coach Darrell Hazell had planned to name Purdue’s starting quarterback after the first week of training camp. But the competition between sophomore incumbent Danny Etling and redshirt sophomore Austin Appleby was so close, with both responding to the challenge, he said, that …

MUTKA: QB-by-committee no longer an option for Indiana

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Quarterback-by-committee no longer an option for IU And then there was one. His name is Nate Sudfeld. And his game is to quarterback Indiana to a winning season, something that happens in Bloomington about as often as an endangered species makes a comeback. Three years …

College Football: Notre Dame ranked No. 17 in AP preseason poll

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There’s no asterisk next to Notre Dame’s name in the Associated Press’ preseason football poll. Perhaps there should be. The Irish landed at No. 17 at the poll, which was released Sunday. But votes were due before the announcement Friday that four Irish players, including …

College Football: Brian Kelly pledges that academic cheaters will be dealt with

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SOUTH BEND — The future of four of coach Brian Kelly’s players is up in the air. And the possibility exists that previous Notre Dame victories will be vacated. The word “distraction” would be quite an understatement. Notre Dame opens the regular season in less …

Notre Dame looking at four football players in academic probe

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SOUTH BEND — For the second straight season, academic woes have rocked Notre Dame football.

This time though, the impact might be a much larger hit on the image of the program and the university as a whole.

Notre Dame is investigating suspected academic dishonesty …

College Football: Four in the hunt for starting VU quarterback spot

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VALPARAISO — Ask any coach in the Pioneer Football League and he likely will say that quarterback is the most important position on the field for every PFL team. This makes the decision that first-year Valparaiso coach Dave Cecchini has on his hands all the …

College Football: Notre Dame names Everett Golson starting QB

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SOUTH BEND — The news wasn’t exactly shocking. In fact, Everett Golson didn’t have much of a reaction Wednesday after he found out he had earned the starting quarterback spot for Notre Dame’s opener against Rice. Golson’s approach, according to coach Brian Kelly, was along …

POPE: Irish have options in backfield

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SOUTH BEND — What do you get when you combine someone with a knack for picking up the tough yards with an emerging threat and another player looking to bounce back from an injury? Notre Dame hopes the answer is a whole lot of rushing …

College Football: Chris Brown leading Notre Dame receivers in camp

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SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame’s receivers needed a leader during spring camp. Top target TJ Jones had graduated and DaVaris Daniels wasn’t around because of a suspension tied to academics. So Chris Brown took charge. “My expectations were to become a better receiver, rally the …

MUTKA: Football assistant Mark Deal has stayed true to his Indiana roots

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Mark Deal bleeds Cream and Crimson. He’s been doing so for Indiana University football ever since he put on a uniform for Lee Corso in the mid-’70s. Deal’s playing career spanned from 1975-78. Being a graduate assistant for IU in 1979 jump-started him in coaching. …

College Football: Purdue’s depth chart should take further shape this week

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WEST LAFAYETTE — By the second week of 7-on-7s, Dolapo Macarthy wasn’t even thinking about his shoulder, participating in sessions without incident — or ice. About a week-and-a-half ago, he eliminated the strength imbalance in weight training. And he didn’t experience any issues during the …

College Baseball: Andrean’s Nick Podkul picks Notre Dame

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Andrean shortstop Nick Podkul had several big hits while helping the 59ers to a state championship. His offseason has been just as productive. Podkul orally committed to play baseball at Notre Dame on Friday. “Coming from Andrean, there is so much tradition at Andrean and …

College Football: Florida transfer Cody Riggs gives Irish experience in the secondary

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SOUTH BEND — Cody Riggs considered attending Notre Dame while going through the recruiting process in high school. He ultimately picked Florida. But when the opportunity came to make a move for his final year of eligibility, the cornerback didn’t want to pass up another …