Independents I-A RUMORS & NEWS

  • Jack Coan goes viral for amazing impressions of NFL QBs

    Yardbarker "Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan went viral this week for a great video in which he does impressions of famous NFL quarterbacks.  Coan posted the video on social media and it received attention online. NBC even aired it during Saturday night’s Fighting Irish game..." October 24

  • Army fake field goal backfires in worst way

    Larry Brown Sports "Fake field goals are always a huge risk. There are so many ways they could go wrong, and they often do. Still, Army’s attempt at one on Saturday against Wake Forest was particularly notable for how badly it backfired.  " October 23

  • How Notre Dame could benefit from a QB change

    CBS Sports "Notre Dame entered the 2021 season with a starting quarterback: Wisconsin transfer Jack Coan. Now entering Week 6 in a gut-check game at Virginia Tech, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly has to settle what has become a quarterback carousel and choose a starter from one of three players: Coan,..." October 07

  • Cincinnati trolled Brian Kelly so hard after upset win at Notre Dame

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cincinnati Bearcats got a massive resume win over Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday. The fact that Kelly used to coach the Bearcats was not lost on anyone, either. Cincinnati came armed and ready on social media after their 24-13 win. Most notable was a..." October 02

  • Iowa State students critical of Big 12 addition of BYU over previous homophobic policies

    USA Today "Five years ago, Iowa State University student backlash followed when the Big 12 Conference contemplated the addition of Brigham Young University, which until recently banned "homosexual behavior." Now, Iowa State's Student Government is..." October 01

  • Notre Dame, BYU announce 2022 Shamrock Series game in Las Vegas

    The Athletic "A pair of religious institutions will get together in Sin City next year, as Notre Dame will play BYU in Las Vegas on Oct. 8, 2022. The game — at Allegiant Stadium, home to the NFL’s Raiders — will be the Fighting Irish’s Shamrock Series game, the 11th edition..." September 28

  • Brian Kelly's record at Notre Dame compared to Knute Rockne and other Irish coaches

    Sporting News "Brian Kelly can pass Knute Rockne become the winningest coach in Notre Dame history with a victory on Saturday. That's quite the honor for Kelly, who will get that chance when No. 12 Notre Dame takes on No. 18 Wisconsin at 12 p.m. on Saturday in the Big Noon Kickoff game at..." September 25

  • Brian Kelly becomes winningest head coach in Notre Dame history

    The Score "Notre Dame's 41-13 victory over Wisconsin on Saturday marked Brian Kelly's 106th win with the program, giving him the most by a head coach in school history. Kelly breaks a record previously held by Knute Rockne, the longest tenured head coach in Notre Dame history..." September 25

  • Set to break Knute Rockne's record, Brian Kelly knows Notre Dame legacy rests on winning national title

    CBS Sports "Statues of Notre Dame's national championship coaches almost stand guard around the Fighting Irish's 91-year-old stadium. Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian, Devine, Holtz. You don't need the first names. Bronze gods erected to salute the chase that matters most in South Bend,..." September 24

  • BYU fortifying its College Football Playoff argument

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF "When it comes to the topic of possible College Football Playoff crashers (i.e. a team from outside a Power 5 conference) all the discussion this year have centered on the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats, after all, returned quarterback Desmond Ridder and the bulk of their..." September 23

  • Tennessee Vols Seemingly Scared, Pays Army To Not Play Against Them & Schedules Game Against Akron Instead

    Total Pro Sports "The SEC released the 2022 football schedule earlier this week and there was one team that was missing from Tennessee’s non-conference schedule. The university has been working on a deal to get rid of the game with Army, and they finally did it when it was announced on Tuesday..." September 23

  • Notre Dame secures commitment from 4-star RB Sedrick Irvin Jr.

    The Score "Another four-star running back has committed to Notre Dame for the class of 2023, with Sedrick Irvin Jr. out of Gulliver Prep High School in Miami, Florida announcing his decision Wednesday. Irvin Jr., the 253rd-ranked recruit on ESPN's Jr. 300, was given offers from Alabama,..." September 22

  • BYU fortifying its College Football Playoff argument after September sweep of Pac-12

    Yahoo! Sports "When it comes to the topic of possible College Football Playoff crashers (i.e. a team from outside a Power 5 conference) all the discussion this year have centered on the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats, after all, returned quarterback Desmond Ridder and the bulk of their starters from a..." September 20

  • Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly downplays tying Knute Rockne record

    Sportsnaut "No. 12 Notre Dame and No. 18 Wisconsin will square off in a top 20 matchup Saturday in Chicago, and while it’s a crucial game for both teams, it also could be a record-setting one for Irish coach Brian Kelly. With Notre Dame’s 27-13 win this weekend over Purdue, Kelly won..." September 19

  • Purdue's band to be without World's Largest Drum vs. Notre Dame, first time since 1979

    ESPN "The World's Largest Drum is officially too big for Notre Dame Stadium, Purdue said Friday. As a result, Purdue's All-American Band will play its first halftime performance without its giant bass drum for the first time since 1979. "According to a communication..." September 16

  • Notre Dame put on blast for Peacock streaming deal, poor showing vs. Toledo

    Sportsnaut "Earlier this week, Notre Dame was named the most overrated team in college football by a Twitter poll, and they certainly lived up to that label in Saturday’s stunningly close call against Toledo. Thanks to a late Jack Coan touchdown pass to star tight..." September 11

  • BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Houston set to join Big 12

    Clutch Points "The college football landscape will look drastically different in a couple of years with some schools moving around. One conference that is set to undergo some change is the Big 12, which will lose Oklahoma and Texas. But, the conference has already put its contingency plan in..." September 10

  • Notre Dame leads Twitter poll of college football’s most overrated teams

    Sportsnaut "Notre Dame is generally recognized for being an iconic college football program that struggles to thrive on the biggest of stages in recent years, and a recent Twitter survey reflects a national consensus that the Fighting Irish are overrated. A Twitter poll using data from..." September 10

  • Will USF football be another UCF or UConn?

    Yahoo! Sports "Assuming the Big 12 makes its expected move of adding UCF, Houston, Cincinnati and BYU, Friday will be one of the most distressing days in USF football history. It will mean USF has been lapped by the UCF program it reportedly blocked from joining the Big East a decade ago...." September 10

  • Big 12 expansion: Presidents to 'rubber stamp' invites to BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, UCF on Friday

    CBS Sports "Big 12 presidents at a meeting Friday will "rubber stamp" invitations to join the conference to BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF, sources told CBS Sports on Wednesday. While the the meeting has been planned for some time, the exact actions to be taken at it had not previously been..." September 09

  • UConn says football coach Randy Edsall to step down immediately, instead of at season's end

    ESPN "UConn football coach Randy Edsall isn't waiting until the end of the season to retire. He'll step down immediately. On Monday, the school announced the change of plans, saying that Edsall and director of athletics David Benedict had come to a "mutual decision that is..." September 07

  • Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly makes awful joke to ‘execute’ his players, backfires spectacularly

    Clutch Points "Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is in hot water after his John McKay-inspired joke fell flat and failed to generate some good, old chuckle. Instead, what his “joke” got were criticisms about the awkward and inappropriate nature of his statements. After the Fighting Irish..." September 06

  • Brian Kelly Tries Desperately To Explain Comments On Wanting His Notre Dame Team ‘Executed’ After Win

    Total Pro Sports "When asked about those comments, Kelly said he was just channeling former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach John McKay, who made those remarks in the team’s inaugural 1976 season. When asked about the team’s execution, McKay replied, “I’m in favor of..." September 06

  • Misery Index, Week 1: UConn keeps getting embarrassed; Miami blasted; Clemson's best days in past?

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF "LSU leads this week's Misery Index after a 38-27 loss to UCLA. Here are the others that made the index, a weekly measurement of knee-jerk reactions based on what each fan base just watched. UConn: It’s time to have the conversation about why UConn..." September 05

  • UConn coach Randy Edsall announces retirement following 2021 college football season

    CBS Sports "UConn coach Randy Edsall will retire following the 2021 season. The school announced his decision Sunday. "After 17 years of service at the University of Connecticut as its head football coach, I've decided to retire at the end of the season," Edsall said in..." September 05

  • UConn is searching for a new coach. Who are the likely candidates?

    The Athletic "After Connecticut’s second ugly loss in two weeks — this weekend’s to FCS Holy Cross — Randy Edsall announced that he will be retiring at the end of this season. The Huskies football program, which definitely had some strong moments under Edsall in..." September 05

  • Mike Brey drives recruit to Notre Dame in style — in a Ferrari

    USA Today "When your run-of-the-mill, ho-hum, standard sport utility vehicle just won't do, it's time to improvise and find something better. Something stylish. Something sleek. Something that attracts a whole lot of attention and leaves an impression. Notre Dame coach Mike..." September 04

  • Big 12 expansion: League wants four teams with focus on BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF

    CBS Sports "It appears as though the Big 12's expansion plans are coming into focus following the sudden departures of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC this summer. The Big 12's preference is to expand by four teams with a specific focus..." September 02

  • 2023 Tight End Cooper Flanagan Commits To Notre Dame

    SI "Notre Dame picked up a commitment from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle tight end Cooper Flanagan, which means the Irish offensive staff is now on the board in the 2023 class. Flanagan ranks as the nation's No. 93 overall player in the country according to 247Sports. He continues..." September 02

  • Notre Dame LB Marist Liufau likely lost for season after ankle surgery

    Yardbarker "The Notre Dame Fighting Irish open the 2021 college football season at the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday but already experienced a costly loss.  Per Tom VanHaaren of ESPN, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told reporters Monday that linebacker Marist Liufau..." August 31

  • Big 12 'seriously discussing' adding BYU

    The Score "The Big 12 is "seriously discussing" inviting BYU to join the conference, sources told The Athletic's Mac Olson and Andy Staples. The conference is reportedly still early in the process to determine its future membership in the wake of Oklahoma's and..." August 27

  • Notre Dame's Brian Kelly may have slipped up and revealed who will follow him as the next Fighting Irish coach

    CBS Sports "Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, 59, might have just made a slip of the tongue that could have revealed who will follow him as the head coach of the Irish. Kelly appeared on Episode 2 of NBC Sports' "Race in America: A Candid Conversation," and referenced Notre Dame..." August 27