Independents I-A RUMORS & NEWS

  • Notre Dame-Cal officiating conspiracy debunked: Media named wrong ref in uproar

    The Athletic "As officiating conspiracy theories go, this particular one was a doozy. An official made a mystifyingly bad offside call that significantly aided Notre Dame in its Sept. 17 home win against Cal. A prominent sportscaster reported that the ACC had suspended the “side..." October 01

  • BYU thanks Oregon for its apology after anti-Mormon chants at football game

    ESPN "In the wake of "F--- the Mormons" chants coming from the Oregon student section last Saturday during the Ducks' 41-20 win over BYU at Autzen Stadium, BYU issued a statement Monday thanking Oregon for its "sincere apology" and adding that "this isolated behavior does..." September 20

  • BYU's Puka Nacua to attempt to play vs. Oregon football

    ESPN "The wide receiver position for No. 12 BYU could get an upgrade against No. 25 Oregon on Saturday, as one of the program's injured star receivers will attempt to return. Puka Nacua, the program's fastest and most explosive deep threat, has traveled with the..." September 17

  • How BYU quarterback Jaren Hall became the perfect leader for the Cougars’ hot start

    The Athletic "As Baylor lined up to snap the ball on fourth-and-goal in the second overtime Saturday night, BYU quarterback Jaren Hall tried to catch the eye of his kicker. Jake Oldroyd had just missed a pair of would-be game-winners, from 35 and 37 yards out, at the end of..." September 17

  • Marcus Freeman makes big religious conversion

    Larry Brown Sports "Marcus Freeman is the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, and now his religious faith matches the school’s faith. The St. Pius X Catholic Church in Granger, Indiana shared in an announcement on Sept. 11 that Freeman was the church’s newest..." September 15

  • 3 changes Notre Dame football must make to bounce back vs. California

    Clutch Points "In Week 2, then-No. 8 Notre Dame suffered one of the biggest upsets of the college football season thus far. The Fighting Irish lost to the unranked Marshall Thundering Herd at home by 26-21. With that result, Notre Dame remains winless in 2022, enough to make the team fall out of the..." September 14

  • Notre Dame's Tyler Buchner likely out for year due to shoulder injury

    OutKick "Notre Dame QB Tyler Buchner is likely done for the year. Head coach Marcus Freeman announced Monday that Buchner suffered a significant sprain to his left shoulder AC joint against Marshall, and will need surgery. Following surgery, he will be out at least..." September 12

  • BYU football wide receiver room takes massive hit ahead of clash with no. 9 Baylor

    Clutch Points "The BYU football program will be facing a tough test in Week 2 when they face the no. 9-ranked Baylor Bears on Saturday night. Well, the test just got a whole lot tougher. ESPN‘s Pete Thamel reports that Cougars wide receivers Puka Nacua and Gunner Romney will miss the..." September 09

  • The formation of Marcus Freeman: How Ohio State shaped his Notre Dame blueprint

    The Athletic "Marcus Freeman knew he needed guidance. As he weighed the defensive coordinator positions at Notre Dame and LSU, Freeman also knew what calling Jim Tressel would mean in terms of getting it. There would be no turn-by-turn navigation, only questions on top of questions, his former..." August 31

  • Brian Kelly called out by Lou Holtz, accused of lying by former Notre Dame football QB

    Clutch Points "Brian Kelly is no longer in South Bend but controversies during his time with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish seem to continue hounding him. Recently, former Notre Dame football head coach and legend of the sport Lou Holtz made a revelation about Brian Kelly not responding to any of the letters..." August 30

  • How Utah, BYU and Utah State’s paths aligned to create a statewide CFB moment

    The Athletic "The sun set over the snow-capped mountains that surround LaVell Edwards Stadium to signal the end of a long day filled with more than five hours of driving and stops in three different Utah college towns. The trip began in Salt Lake City, made its way to Logan around lunchtime and..." August 26

  • Jim Mora and UConn football are looking to write a comeback story together

    ESPN "Jim Mora lives in a stately old building set upon three acres on a hill above campus at the University of Connecticut. He loves the location, the connection to the campus community and the six-minute walk of a commute. But there's a spooky soundtrack of doors that open at night,..." August 26

  • Ranking every college football team for 2022, from No. 1 Alabama to No. 131 UMass

    The Athletic "The Athletic’s rankings of every FBS college football team are back, and there’s a new 131st member this year. The 2020 rankings began with just 76 teams due to the pandemic and momentarily canceled seasons. The 2021 season got back to full strength at 130, and now..." August 25

  • Defensive end Keon Keeley, No. 24 overall prospect in 2023 class, decommits from Notre Dame Fighting Irish

    SI "Notre Dame's vaunted 2023 recruiting class suffered a huge blow as elite defensive end Keon Keeley has announced he is de-committing from the Fighting Irish program and reopening his recruitment. Keeley was the first player to commit to Notre Dame in the 2023 class,..." August 18

  • UConn football defensive coordinator Lou Spanos takes leave of absence

    Hartford Courant "UConn defensive coordinator Lou Spanos has taken a leave of absence and will step away from his duties for personal reasons, the team announced Thursday. The length of his absence was not immediately clear. Spanos has missed recent team practices but was in attendance at the start of..." August 18

  • Notre Dame could remain independent, renew Michigan rivalry after Big Ten deal

    Larry Brown Sports "The Big Ten is in the process of finalizing a media rights deals with NBC, and it appears Notre Dame will be one of the big winners from the new agreement. There had been some talk that Notre Dame could join the Big Ten now that there has been major conference realignment, but that is..." August 17

  • Jac Collinsworth, Jason Garrett to call Notre Dame games

    Sportsnaut "NBC has filled its empty broadcast booth for Notre Dame telecasts with Jac Collinsworth and former NFL head coach Jason Garrett, the New York Post reported Sunday. Collinsworth will replace Mike Tirico on play-by-play, while Garrett will occupy the analyst chair filled last season by..." August 14

  • Notre Dame Names Tyler Buchner Starting QB; Fighting Irish Open Season vs. OSU

    Bleacher Report "Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman named Tyler Buchner as the team's starting quarterback ahead of the 2022 season. The sophomore will be under center when the Fighting Irish face off with Ohio State on the road in their season opener. Notre Dame lost its leading..." August 13

  • Notre Dame AD rips NIL system for being ‘mess’

    Larry Brown Sports "Name, Image and Likeness rules have become a touchy issue in college sports. Originally introduced to allow players to capitalize off the fame and value they create while in college, the intent of the program has often been violated. Some schools are using the rules as a way to entice..." August 10

  • Notre Dame football: 2 reasons why Fighting Irish must join SEC

    Clutch Points "Over the past several weeks, conference alignment has been a dominant topic in college football. For the longest time, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been resistant to the idea of joining the SEC. As they’ve worked tirelessly to avoid being affiliated with football “super..." August 07