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LaMond Pope

LaMond Pope is the Post-Tribune’s beat writer for Notre Dame athletics. He’s been a voter in the AP men’s basketball poll since 2008. He previously …Read More

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POPE: Brian VanGorder’s experience will benefit Irish

SOUTH BEND — It was 2005 and Brian VanGorder had just started the transition from Georgia to the NFL as the linebackers coach at Jacksonville. He stood near a group of players, clapped his hands and said “let’s go.” Mike Peterson, a middle linebacker for …

  • POPE: Irish prepared for changes on defense

    Oct. 18 just got a little more interesting. That’s when Notre Dame travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on Florida State. The game was already going to be one of the highlights of the Irish’s 2014 schedule. Now, it’s a contest against the final BCS …Read More

  • POPE: Notre Dame season filled with naughty, nice moments

    It certainly has been an up and down 2013 season for Notre Dame. That’s been reflected off the field, first with Everett Golson’s suspension to the recent news of his return. And on the field, with victories against Michigan State and Arizona Sate and a …

    POPE: ND’s Everett Golson has opportunity to lead in return

    Notre Dame has one football game left in 2103. And while the Pinstripe Bowl will serve in part as a swan song for the seniors, the lead up to the game gives the Irish a jump on 2014. Coach Brian Kelly and his staff get …

    POPE: ND’s Brian Kelly wants ‘tough gentlemen’ on his team

    SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly noticed something hours before Notre Dame’s game against BYU. “Never was the weather a factor or a consideration,” the Notre Dame coach said during his Tuesday news conference. “When we walked out of the hotel — the cozy, warm confines …

    POPE: ND’s ‘unique’ senior class set for home finale

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    Football: With no BCS shot, Irish remain motivated

    SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame had to adjust its goals after September losses to Michigan and Oklahoma ended any chances of returning to the BCS national title game. Saturday’s 28-21 upset loss at Pittsburgh knocked the Irish out of the picture for a BCS bowl …

    POPE: Notre Dame hopeful defensive line will be intact Saturday

    SOUTH BEND — Sheldon Day, Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt haven’t started the same game on Notre Dame’s defensive line since Oct. 5 against Arizona State. The three last played in the same contest Oct. 19 against USC. Day and Nix have missed two …

    POPE: ND seeks another November to remember

    SOUTH BEND — November is right around the corner. And for Brian Kelly that usually means more winning. Notre Dame has a 10-1 record in November since Kelly arrived in 2010. Stanford is the only team to beat the Irish, knocking off Notre Dame 28-14 …

    POPE: Notre Dame midseason report card

    Notre Dame isn’t in contention for the national title. Heck, the team isn’t even ranked in the top 25 in the first BCS standings. Turnovers, and the inability to stop big plays, were costly in the Irish’s two losses this season. But if the game …

    POPE: For Brian Kelly, Irish, USC game ‘is our rivalry’

    SOUTH BEND — Neither team is ranked. Both have two losses. And one has an interim coach. But there is still plenty to look forward to Saturday when Notre Dame meets Southern California. “I think we go through the season in so many weeks, I …

    POPE: ‘Little things’ are the difference between 3-2, 5-0 for ND

    SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly recently put together a 10-minute clip from last season. The highlights included Pittsburgh hitting the upright on a field-goal attempt in overtime, the fourth-quarter rally against BYU and quarterback Tommy Rees converting a key pass to John …

    POPE: Finishing strong in fourth quarter a forte for Irish

    SOUTH BEND — It wasn’t pretty. Not that it had to be or that mattered much to the Notre Dame football team. All the Irish were concerned about was the result. And once again, the team found a way to win a close game. “We …

    POPE: Getting run going will be tough for ND vs. stingy Spartans

    SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame is still trying to establish its ground game. Through three games, Michigan State has shown it might be easier to push a semi-truck up a hill than to gain rushing yards on its defense. No. 22 Notre Dame (2-1) knows …

    POPE: Brian Kelly, Irish focused on improving executuion

    SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly noticed something different in the aftermath of Saturday’s loss at Michigan. “Dinner doesn’t taste good,” Kelly said during his Tuesday news conference. Kelly knows there’s only one way to fix that, and that’s by getting back to …

    POPE: Brian Kelly tries to shift focus to field for ‘historic rivalry’

    SOUTH BEND — Brian Kelly wanted to clear something up at the start of his Tuesday news conference. “This is a great and historic rivalry that we’ll be playing this Saturday, so let’s get that out of the way right away so we don’t have …

    POPE: TJ Jones key to ND’s effort to improve return game

    SOUTH BEND— Notre Dame’s punt return numbers weren’t very good in 2012. The Irish had 46 yards on 21 returns. That’s 2.2 yards per return. The figure ranked 116th in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Wide receiver TJ Jones is determined to do something about it. …