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Notre Dame will have clear picture of QBs in spring game


Notre Dame will have clear picture of QBs in spring game

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame’s Blue-Gold game on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) will look a little closer to an actual football game than a glorified scrimmage thanks to coach Brian Kelly’s decision to allow Everett Golson and Malik Zaire to be tackled.

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While the officiating crew will have quick whistles and defensive players know not go headhunting, Golson and Zaire will be live while they’re playing in Saturday’s game. It’s a risk for them to be hit — a significant spring game injury to either would effectively end the competition coaches expect to run through August — but it’s a necessary one to take given how the two quarterbacks play.

“Both of those guys need to be who they are, and that’s who they are (taking contact),” Kelly said. “They’re guys that need to move in the pocket, they make plays with their feet and they both can run the football and we want to be able to run them both as well.”

Golson and Zaire have been live during a handful of days this spring, including the scrimmage portion of last Saturday’s practice. Zaire is the more natural running quarterback, so he’ll be able to showcase his physicality and vision in the ground game on Saturday. For Golson, it’s another opportunity to show he’s worked on his debilitating turnover issues from last year (he fumbled 12 times, losing eight).

Zaire’s played well in his two spring game appearances, throwing the only touchdown of 2013’s contest (which set up Louis Nix’s heroic dive into the end zone on a two-point conversion) and throwing for 292 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. Golson hasn’t had a strong spring game since 2012, but there isn’t much to read into there given it’s just one of 15 practices allocated during March and April.

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Kelly, though, praised Golson — who has declined to speak to the media over the last few weeks and put any transfer speculation to rest — for how he’s practiced and expects him to play well on Saturday.

“He’s had a really good spring,” Kelly said. “As we go into the game, if you look at his numbers last spring, he didn’t have a very good spring game. He’s had a really good spring and I expect him to have a really good spring game as well.”

Notre Dame - Navy football game scheduled in Dublin moved back to U.S.

Notre Dame - Navy football game scheduled in Dublin moved back to U.S.

The Navy-Notre Dame football game that was set to be played in Ireland has been relocated to the United States, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Notre Dame announced on Tuesday that the game which was originally going to take place in Dublin on Aug. 29 will “likely” be played over Labor Day weekend, either on Saturday or Sunday.

The teams plan on playing at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which will be a first in the 94-year rivalry history. Every previous matchup hosted by Navy has been played at a neutral site.

“We are obviously disappointed not to be traveling to Ireland this August,” said Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk. “But, as expected, our priority must be ensuring the health and safety of all involved.

“I am expecting that we will still be able to play Notre Dame as our season opener, but there is still much to be determined by health officials and those that govern college football at large.”

Jack Swarbrick, Vice President of Notre Dame, and James E. Rorh, Director of Athletics at Notre made a joint statement as well.

“Our student-athletes have had great experiences competing in Ireland and are very disappointed not to be returning to Dublin in 2020,” they said. “The change of venue has been a very difficult decision for our colleagues at the Naval Academy, but we are in full support of their choice. We are also grateful for everything our partners in Ireland have done to make this a smooth transition. We look forward to going back to Ireland for a game in the not too distant future.”

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Notre Dame will allow students back on campus for 2020 fall semester

Notre Dame will allow students back on campus for 2020 fall semester

Notre Dame University announced on Monday that it will welcome students back on campus on August 10. That’s two weeks earlier than the fall semester was initially scheduled to begin. In addition, Notre Dame will forgo a fall break in October, and will instead end the semester before Thanksgiving.

In the announcement Notre Dame said they consulted with experts for months to develop their plan to welcome students back onto campus.

The plan to return includes comprehensive COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff. It also includes contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, social distancing and mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning of all campus spaces.

“By far the most complex challenge before us is the return of our students to campus for the resumption of classes in the fall semester,” Notre Dame’s president Rev. John I. Jenkins wrote in a letter to students. “Bringing our students back is in effect assembling a small city of people from many parts of the nation and the world, who may bring with them pathogens to which they have been exposed. We recognize the challenge, but we believe it is one we can meet.”

Father Jenkins also wrote that the university is currently developing a plan to reopen research labs, studios and libraries in coming weeks.

In case of an outbreak, or if the university is unable to provide adequate testing, Notre Dame faculty have been asked to prepare both in-person and remote curricula for their classes. The remote curricula would also help any student keep up with classwork if they need to be quarantined.

The university is also developing criteria to determine whether or not to offer study abroad programs in the fall. That decision will be announced in June.

Notre Dame sent home all students in mid-March to complete their spring semesters remotely. They also canceled all summer classes, except for a small number of students who needed to complete summer work to prepare for the fall semester.