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College Football: Valparaiso RB Grayson Bastin receives coach’s praise for big-play potential

VALPARAISO — Over the course of his athletic career, Valparaiso running back Grayson Bastin has been exposed to his fair share of doctors and athletic trainers. Bastin has been hampered by various bumps and bruises, causing visits to his team’s medical staffs to happen with …


College Football: Brian Kelly likes ‘a lot of things’ about his Notre Dame team


Notre Dame began the season with many questions on and off the field. Off the field, five players had to sit out of practices and games because of an academic probe. On the field, the defense was young, and the quarterback hadn’t appeared in a …

College Football: Left tackle David Hedelin set for Purdue debut

Highly regarded JUCO transfer David Hedelin will make his Purdue debut Saturday against Southern Illinois. The left tackle served a three-game NCAA-imposed suspension for playing with a club team in his native Sweden. Cameron Cermin is slated to start again, with the 6-4, 295-pound Hedelin …

MUTKA: RIP: Remembering Tom Stokes’ single wing mastery


Hurry-up offense. No huddle. Not so fast. Aren’t we just talking about a disguised variation of the single wing? In the 1960s and ’70s, when they were thumbing their noses at that offense, Tom Stokes stuck to his guns. Result? The late, great coach rolled …

College Football: Notre Dame moves into top 10 in AP Poll

INDIANAPOLIS — Notre Dame has three wins, and a spot in the top 10 of the national polls, three games into the season.

The Irish head into their first bye of the year with a lot of momentum.

“The potential is as high as any …

Resurgent Danny Etling lets Purdue stick with Irish


INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Etling absorbed a blow to the head, a targeting penalty that resulted in a Notre Dame ejection, and managed to get back to his feet.

Literally and figuratively, he embodied Purdue’s recovery from last week’s debacle against Central Michigan.

The Boilermakers lost …

Everett Golson leads Notre Dame past Purdue


INDIANAPOLIS – Notre Dame found itself down for the first time all season.

On top of it, the team’s thinning secondary was stretched even further because of an ejection.

Adversity? The Irish have already had plenty of that off the field while awaiting word of …

Shamrock Series grows on Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly


INDIANAPOLIS — Saturday marked the sixth edition of the Shamrock Series, an event where Notre Dame plays a scheduled home game at a neutral site. The matchup has grown on Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. “My initial impression was why would you give up a …

Bowling Green shocks Indiana with late touchdown


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — During its bye week last Saturday, Indiana saw two Big Ten schools get upset by Mid-American Conference squads. The Hoosiers were unable to prevent it from happening again. Bowling Green’s James Knapke threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Roger Lewis with …

Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson focused on continuing fast start against Purdue


SOUTH BEND — The chatter, by all accounts, is too soon.

It’s also inescapable.

Everett Golson has made a variety of highlight-reel plays while leading Notre Dame to consecutive blowout wins to open the season.

And various media outlets have noticed. The quarterback has skyrocketed …

College Football: Indiana at Bowling Green

at Bowling Green

The facts: 11 a.m., ESPNU

Records: IU 1-0, Bowling Green 1-1

The storyline: Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld should have more of an impact than he did in the season opener two weeks ago, when he threw just four first-half passes against …

Men’s Basketball: Valparaiso point guard Lexus Williams likely out for season with torn ACL


Valparaiso’s sophomore point guard Lexus Williams suffered a torn ACL in a recent open gym, and will undergo surgery. The Crusaders were keeping the door open, but the injury likely will sideline Williams for the upcoming season. As a freshman, Williams started 23 of 34 …

College Football: Senior Ben Lehman has stepped into the quarterback starting role for VU


VALPARAISO — What started out as a trip to visit a family friend turned into a day that would alter the football career of Valparaiso quarterback Ben Lehman. Entering his freshman year of high school at St. Edward Central Catholic in Elgin, Illinois, Lehman never …

Men’s Basketball: Four-star guard picks Notre Dame

The Notre Dame men’s basketball team landed its first four-star recruit for the Class of 2015 on Thursday.

Rex Pflueger, a shooting guard from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., orally committed to play for the Irish.

“I’m blessed to announce that I …

College Football: Notre Dame’s Amir Carlisle making impact at new position


SOUTH BEND – Amir Carlisle has been in contact with the opposition.

It just so happens that his father, Duane, is the director of sports performance for Purdue.

“The father-son connection comes before any football activity,” the Notre Dame wide receiver said Wednesday.

The Irish …

College Football: Notre Dame’s focus not too far ahead


SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame easily dispatched of one Big Ten team in Michigan in Week 2. And the No. 11 Irish are expected to do the same against another Big Ten squad in Purdue in Week 3. The defense is coming off a shutout. …