Independents I-A RUMORS & NEWS

  • Notre Dame fires defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder after 1-3 start

    Fox Sports "Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder after the Irish's Saturday loss to Duke. Notre Dame has allowed an average of 505 yards per game to Power-5 opponents this season, losing all three contests to start the season 1-3." September 25

  • West Virginia holds off late BYU rally

    The Sports Xchange "LANDOVER, Md. -- Skyler Howard threw for 332 yards, Rushel Shell ran for two scores and West Virginia finished non-conference play unbeaten by holding off Brigham Young 35-32 on Saturday. The Mountaineers (3-0) assembled first-half touchdown drives of 86 and 88 yards, and Howard capped a..." September 24

  • Duke sends Notre Dame to second straight home loss

    The Sports Xchange "Quarterback Daniel Jones passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns and kicker AJ Reed drilled a 19-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining to lead Duke to a 38-35 upset win over Notre Dame on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. Wide receiver Anthony Nash hauled in two touchdown passes as the Blue..." September 24

  • Fitzgerald guides Mississippi State past Massachusetts

    The Sports Xchange "Nick Fitzgerald threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 110 yards to lead Mississippi State to a 47-35 non-conference victory over Massachusetts on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Fitzgerald threw two touchdown passes to Fred Ross, his third and fourth TD..." September 24

  • Donovan Jeter to Notre Dame: Fighting Irish Land 4-Star DT Prospect

    Bleacher Report "Donovan Jeter, a 4-star defensive tackle from Beaver Falls High School in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, committed to Notre Dame on Monday. Jeter, who stands 6'5" and weighs 250 pounds, is considered the No. 8 player from the state of Pennsylvania, the No. 15 defensive tackle in the country and..." September 19

  • UCLA comes away from BYU with 17-14 win

    The Sports Xchange "Sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns to help UCLA overcome a sluggish offensive start and beat BYU 17-14 on Saturday night in Provo, Utah. Rosen got a big assist from the UCLA defense, which stymied BYU for the bulk of four quarters. The Bruins (2-1) held..." September 18

  • No. 12 Michigan State hangs on to defeat No. 18 Notre Dame

    The Sports Xchange "SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Michigan State running back Gerald Holmes could not hide his emotions when he learned about the death of his grandmother earlier this week. "I was in the middle of meetings, and I broke out in tears and ran out," Holmes said. "But I knew I had a game today. I steered the..." September 18

  • Notre Dame WR Torii Hunter Jr. Will Play On Saturday

    College Spun "Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly provided a Torii Hunter Jr. status update on whether the injured wide receiver will play this week. Hunter Jr., Notre Dame’s top wide receiver, sat out last week’s game with a concussion. He passed all his concussion protocol this week, and Kelly confirmed..." September 16

  • Notre Dame WR Torii Hunter Jr. "fairly confident" he'll play against Michigan State

    Notre Dame Insider "Torii Hunter Jr. stood just outside the Notre Dame tunnel inside Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, and watched. The senior wide receiver's pads were gone, as was his helmet. He was flanked by his parents, his girlfriend, a team trainer and more than 102,000 fans. He was surrounded by..." September 14

  • Army football player and West Point cadet Brandon Jackson dies in car accident

    SEC Country "Army football player and West Point cadet Brandon Jackson died on Sunday, according to a report from Jackson, who was a sophomore defensive back on the Black Knights football team, reportedly passed away after being involved in a car accident. Charles Grevious, who is the..." September 12

  • Utah stops two-point conversion, upends BYU 20-19

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Senior quarterback Taysom Hill scored on a 7-yard run with 18 seconds left but was stopped on a two-point conversion run, allowing Utah to escape with a 20-19 win over BYU on Saturday night. Troy Williams threw for 194 yards and a touchdown but also had three interceptions..." September 11

  • QB Kizer leads No. 18 Notre Dame past Nevada

    The Sports Xchange "SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- DeShone Kizer earned Notre Dame's No. 1 quarterback label this week. Not No. 1A or No. 1B. Simply No. 1, the clear-cut starter ahead of teammate Malik Zaire. "He handed over the reins," Kizer said of his coach, Brian Kelly. "We're definitely going to keep the..." September 10

  • Towles passes Boston College past UMass

    The Sports Xchange "Graduate senior Patrick Towles hit converted quarterback Jeff Smith with two long touchdown passes in the second quarter and Boston College broke a nine-game losing streak with a 26-7 victory over Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday. Towles, a transfer from..." September 10

  • DeShone Kizer Named Notre Dame Starting QB

    Bleacher Report "The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finally settled on a starting quarterback, although the decision came Wednesday after they had already lost their season-opening game to Texas. According to Matt Fortuna of, Notre Dame named DeShone Kizer the starter over Malik Zaire in anticipation of..." September 08

  • Greg Bryant's Untimely Death Is Fueling Notre Dame's 2016 Season

    Bleacher Report "In 2012, Greg Bryant was a Rivals 5-star Notre Dame recruit out of South Florida. On May 7, 2016, Bryant was home visiting his mother for Mother's Day weekend. Early that morning, he was shot and killed in West Palm Beach, Florida. Bryant's father and his former Irish teammates look back on..." September 08

  • How DeShone Kizer ended Notre Dame's QB battle by shredding Texas

    Fox Sports "Watching Notre Dame play Texas Sunday night and seeing DeShone Kizer make one big play after another, throwing five TDs and running for another, I kept thinking back to the summer of 2013. I was working on my book "The QB" and spent much of that year embedded with the Elite 11 staff. Kizer was..." September 06

  • Swoopes, Longhorns power past Irish in 2nd OT

    The Sports Xchange "AUSTIN, Texas -- With Texas in dire need of a signature victory to propel the proud program back into the college football echelon, the Longhorns turned to a tried-and-true strategy, man-on-man, stop-us-if-you-can, smash-mouth football with the game in the balance. Backup quarterback Tyrone..." September 05

  • Notre Dame's Hunter Jr. suffered concussion

    CSN Chicago "Coach Brian Kelly and quarterback DeShone Kizer weren’t sure why a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Torii Hunter Jr. didn’t result in a targeting penalty and ejection in the third quarter of Notre Dame’s 50-47 double overtime loss to Texas Sunday night. Hunter appeared to reel in a..." September 05

  • BYU slips past Arizona on last-minute field goal

    The Sports Xchange "BYU's Jake Oldroyd made a 33-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to give the Cougars an 18-16 victory over the Arizona Wildcats in the first Cactus Kickoff Classic on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz. Quarterback Tayson Hill drove the Cougars 53 yards for the winning field goal after..." September 04

  • Del Rio shines in debut, leads Florida past UMass

    The Sports Xchange "Florida won its 27th straight season opener, but it wasn't the performance coach Jim McElwain was hoping to see out of his Gators. Luke Del Rio threw two touchdowns in his Florida debut, and the Gators relied on their defense to survive a scare from Massachusetts in a 24-7 victory Saturday..." September 04

  • Starting DL Travis Tuiloma ‘probably a month away’ from playing for BYU

    College Football Talk "Like “high-ankle,” there’s a reason the adjective “dreaded” is normally attached to any discussion of a Lisfranc injury. In BYU’s bowl game in late December last season, Travis Tuiloma sustained a foot injury. Eight months later and with the season opener against Arizona fast approaching on..." August 31

  • Notre Dame's Devin Butler a victim of police brutality, witnesses claim

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Devin Butler's run-in with police may have been more complicated than originally thought. The Notre Dame defensive back's girlfriend and his teammate's fiancée say Butler was a victim of police brutality, according to the South Bend Tribune. Police reported that Butler assaulted an officer,..." August 25

  • BYU football: Cougars announce senior Taysom Hill will be the starting quarterback

    Daily Herald "It's Taysom Hill. The biggest question regarding the 2016 BYU football team was officially answered Tuesday after the Cougars concluded practice as head coach Kalani Sitake officially announced Hill would be the starting quarterback. Hill, a fifth-year senior who has had three of his seasons..." August 23

  • Why Notre Dame can already be eliminated from the playoff race

    Fox Sports "Notre Dame had what most would consider a successful season in 2015. The Irish won 10 games, and their only regular-season losses came in the last seconds to a pair of teams that finished No. 2 (Clemson) and No. 3 (Stanford) in the final polls. No. 4 Ohio State did hammer Notre Dame in the Fiesta..." August 23

  • Notre Dame CB Devin Butler charged with resisting law enforcement, battery

    Notre Dame Insider "St. Joseph County prosecutors have formally charged suspended Notre Dame football player Devin Butler, accusing him of felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery of a police officer after an altercation early Saturday morning at a bar near campus. Prosecutors filed the two Level 6..." August 23

  • Notre Dame boots Max Redfield, suspends Devin Butler

    USA Today "One day after the arrests of six Notre Dame football players, coach Brian Kelly kicked off senior safety Max Redfield and indefinitely suspended senior cornerback Devin Butler. Redfield was one of five Notre Dame players were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession after a traffic stop..." August 21

  • Notre Dame's Devin Butler arrested for battery, resisting officer

    ABC News "Notre Dame senior cornerback Devin Butler was arrested early Saturday morning on preliminary charges of battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement, the St. Joseph County booking desk confirmed. South Bend police said Butler was arrested at 1631 South Bend Ave., which is the..." August 20

  • Notre Dame's Redfield arrested on pot, gun charges; 4 others involved

    Bleacher Report "Notre Dame football players Ashton White, Max Redfield, Kevin Stepherson Jr., Dexter Williams and Te'Von Coney were arrested Friday night. Per Brandon Pope of ABC 57, all five players face a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, with Redfield, Stepherson and Williams also facing a charge..." August 20

  • Army QB Bradshaw leaving the Academy

    Times-Herald Sports "Junior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw led Army’s first-team offense in a preseason scrimmage on Saturday. Bradshaw's play had positioned him to be Army’s opening-day starter for the second straight season. Afterward, he talked about the unit's progress. Just a few days later, Bradshaw, who made..." August 17

  • Brian Kelly Says Both Malik Zaire And DeShone Kizer Will Play Against Texas

    College Spun "This afternoon, Brian Kelly told the media that both quarterbacks will see time against the Longhorns on Sept. 3. Kelly went on to state that using both in the Texas game doesn’t bother him, though he did say he’d revisit things before the Irish play Nevada on Sept. 10. Zaire was Notre..." August 17

  • Report: Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer 'looks to be the guy' at QB

    The Score "After DeShone Kizer performed so well in relief of Malik Zaire, who suffered a season-ending injury, the debate was on. Who will be the starting quarterback in 2016? Just days into camp, it appears Kizer is the guy, according to ESPN's Kevin Carter, who played with Notre Dame defensive backs..." August 11

  • Notre Dame's Alize Jones academically ineligible, giving Irish one fewer weapon

    CBS Sports "There had been speculation this offseason that Notre Dame tight end Alize Jones could prove to be an X-factor and a big playmaker for the Irish offense this year. While playing in a limited role as a freshman, Jones was poised to take on a larger role in 2016, especially after wide receiver Corey..." August 04

  • Notre Dame lands 4-star LB Matthew Bauer in 2018 class

    The Score "With the 2016 season just weeks away, Notre Dame is keeping focused on its 2018 recruiting class, securing a commitment Wednesday from four-star linebacker Matthew Bauer. Bauer confirmed his commitment via Twitter, thanking all his past coaches for helping him develop as an athlete, as well as..." August 04

  • Osiris St. Brown Names Finalists, Decision Date: What Is Best Fit for 4-Star WR?

    Bleacher Report "California receiver Osiris St. Brown is focused on a pair of powerhouse college football programs as the clock ticks toward his commitment. Considered a top-20 overall prospect at the position in composite rankings, he heads toward a Friday announcement with only Notre Dame and Stanford still..." August 03