SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Nine sessions into spring practice, coach Brian Kelly has an idea how his depth chart is settling in at running back, wide receiver and cornerback.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Notre Dame missed out on a big early game-turning play by the very nose of the football. The Fighting Irish defense missed having All-America cornerback Julian Love on the field when Clemson took over the Cotton Bowl.
When the third-ranked Irish needed just about everything to go perfect, their national championship drought instead stretched to three decades after another big postseason loss.
Vanderbilt (2-0) at No. 8 Notre Dame (2-0), 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC)
Line: Notre Dame by 14½.
Series record: Notre Dame leads, 2-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Which Notre Dame team shows up: The one that struggled offensively in its 24-16 home victory over 34½-point underdog Ball State last Saturday or the one that had an emotional 24-17 opening victory against Michigan? The Commodores have been impressive in victories against Middle Tennessee (35-7) and Nevada (41-10).
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Michigan-Notre Dame series returned after a three-year hiatus and the 12th-ranked Fighting Irish became the latest rival to get the best of Jim Harbaugh's Wolverines.
Brandon Wimbush connected on a long touchdown pass to help Notre Dame jump out to a big first-half lead, Te'von Coney and the defense made it stand with a late takeaway, and the Fighting Irish beat No. 14 Michigan 24-17 on Saturday night.
ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame senior middle linebacker Te'von Coney pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana Tuesday and was given a year of probation for an incident that happened nearly two years ago.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele accepted a plea deal and put Coney on probation from 363 days, suspending a 180-day jail sentence with time served (one day) while vacating an Aug. 1 trial date.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame junior linebacker Te'von Coney ran maybe five yards to make what would end up being a game-changing play that lasted all of 10 seconds.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 13 Notre Dame will be without senior inside linebacker Greer Martini on Saturday night when it faces No. 11 Southern California.
Martini has a torn meniscus, and had arthroscopic surgery last week. He has started five games for the Irish (5-1) and has 39 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Shedding blocks is tough enough. Along the way, Greer Martini also had to shed being typecast.
Long trumpeted as a lockdown linebacker when it comes to stopping option-oriented offenses, the Notre Dame senior has appreciated that compliment all the while longing for more playing time.
After all, the Irish only play option-based opponents two or three times per year.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he intends to make four of the five players arrested by state police on marijuana possession charges available to play when the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish open the season at Texas on Sunday.
Wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and linebacker Te'von Coney were listed on the depth chart released Tuesday and Kelly has said he expects running back Dexter Williams and cornerback Ashton White to contribute this season.