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2016 Schedule
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15hAdam Rittenberg

Why did Matt Rhule take the Baylor job?

Matt Rhule faced the question every successful Group of 5 coach has to answer: If a Power 5 opportunity occurs, should you always jump at it? That debate, plus coaching carousel news and notes.

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Notre Dame-Texas remains memorable

Texas and Notre Dame are both nominated for most disappointing team by Mark Schlabach, but the Longhorns' 50-47 2 OT win over the Irish in Week 1 still goes down as one of the best finishes of the season. Vote now!

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2dMatt Fortuna

Source: Ex-ND QB Zaire visiting Wisconsin, UNC

Notre Dame graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire, looking for a new home to play his fifth season, is planning visits to Wisconsin and North Carolina this week, according to a source.

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Remember when we thought we had this CFB season figured out? (3:16)
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5dMatt Fortuna

Irish AD Swarbrick backs Kelly: Business as usual

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick voiced support for coach Brian Kelly on Friday, saying that it is business as usual as the Irish wrap up operations after a disappointing 4-8 season.

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The coaching carousel's impact on recruiting

Matt Schick, Tom Luginbill & Craig Haubert discuss the impact firing/hiring season has on recruits, the best true freshmen this year & ESPN300 #2 Isaiah Wilson joins the show.

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7dJared Shanker

Source: ND's Zaire can transfer to any school

Malik Zaire has been granted his unconditional release from Notre Dame, a source tells ESPN's Matt Fortuna. Zaire is on track to graduate in December and will be immediately eligible.

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8dAdam Rittenberg

Who will start 2017 on the hot seat?

While this year's coaching carousel is still spinning, some coaches are already feeling the heat for next year. Who must improve in 2017, plus all the latest coaching news and notes.

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Gators would be good fit for Zaire (0:43)
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30 for 30: Catholics vs. Convicts - The Name (1:40)
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30 for 30: Catholics vs. Convicts - The Win (0:47)
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30 for 30: Catholics vs. Convicts - Sold Out (2:06)
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30 for 30: Catholics vs. Convicts - The Guys Behind the Shirts (0:50)
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30 for 30: Catholics vs. Convicts - The Comeback (2:05)
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30 for 30: Catholics vs. Convicts - Game Over (1:09)
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9dMatt Fortuna

Irish DL Tillery apologizes for dirty play vs. USC

Notre Dame defensive lineman Jerry Tillery apologized Monday for plays in which he appeared to kick a Trojans player in the helmet and step on the foot of another during Saturday's game.

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ND coaching staff must look within to fix issues (0:48)
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Why are there mixed signals about Kelly's job status? (1:21)
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Sub-.500 teams will be needed for bowls again

The door is now open for sub-.500 teams to play in bowls again this season. There are 80 bowl slots to fill, and Saturday's games brought the number of bowl-eligible teams to 74.

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11dBrett McMurphy

Source: Kelly's reps explore ND coach's options

Representatives of Brian Kelly have had contact with other universities as they explore his options, a source told ESPN, though Kelly said Saturday he'll "absolutely" return as Irish head coach.

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Adoree Jackson's historic night (0:32)
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11dArash Markazi

Kelly 'absolutely' expects to return as Irish coach

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said "everything is on the table" with possible offseason changes to his coaching staff after the Irish finished 4-8, their worst season in nearly a decade.

Team Stats

Passing Yards254.348th
Rushing Yards163.380th
Points For30.857th
Points Against27.8Tied-62nd

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