Category Archives: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Many Big Athletics Programs Fail to Protect Themselves From Fickle Recruits

Eddie Vanderdoes made headlines on Tuesday when he backed out of the National Letter of Intent he had signed to play football at Notre Dame. The 18-year-old defensive tackle from Auburn, Calif., broke the agreement so he could attend UCLA, where he will be closer to his family.

Notre Dame refused to release Vanderdoes from the agreement, so he must forfeit a year of eligibility before suiting up for the Bruins.

The National Letter of Intent—which one Sports Illustrated writer referred to this we…

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Report Describes Disturbing Racial Inequities in 6 Powerful Sports Conferences

If you’ve watched any major-college football or basketball games this year, you’ve probably seen the NCAA commercial touting the success of Division I black male athletes, who graduate at higher rates than African-American students over all.

In fact, more than 70 percent of big-time football and basketball players completed their degrees within six years of enrolling, according to the NCAA’s latest Graduation Success Rates.

But barely 50 percent of black male athletes in the six most powerful co…

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Notre Dame Scores a First: No. 1 in Football and in Graduating Its Players

Notre Dame’s football program this week became the first to earn a No. 1 ranking in the Bowl Championship Series standings while having the nation’s top graduation rate.

The Fighting Irish had a 97-percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate in the most recent period. That’s more than 20 points higher than the results of any of the other top-five BCS programs.

The team’s Academic Progress Rate, a more accurate NCAA measure of players’ real-time academic performance, is 970, putting it in the top 70 to…

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Notre Dame Will Join Atlantic Coast Conference


Notre Dame announced on Wednesday that it planned to move to the Atlantic Coast Conference in all sports but football, shoring up the ACC and raising new questions about the Big East’s future.

The Irish—who will join the ACC as soon as they can exit the Big East, reports ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy–follows five former Big East institutions that have left for the ACC in recent years: Boston College, Miami, Pitt, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech.

The deal calls for Notre Dame to play five football games…

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Big East Commissioner Departs, Shaking Conference Landscape

Lot of good coverage today about the departure of Big East commissioner John Marinatto, which the league announced Monday.

The conference’s crucial mistake with Marinatto came in looking to the past for a vision of the future, writes ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil. “What exactly is this league? And more, what does it want to be?” she asks. “Right now it is nothing but an amoebic blob. Big? Yes. East? No. Relevant? Not really.”

Marinatto was pushed out because he was powerless to stop the growing gap bet…