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Irish Insights

  • Notre Dame releases 2014-15 basketball schedule
    Notre Dame released its 2014-15 basketball schedule Wednesday, with home games against Michigan State and ACC foes Duke and Syracuse highlighting the 31-game slate.
  • Irish name four captains for 2014 season
    Safety Austin Collinsworth, defensive lineman Sheldon Day, center Nick Martin and halfback Cam McDaniel will serve as team captains this season, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday night.
  • Four Irish in fraud probe out for Week 1
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly confirmed what many assumed: The four players under academic investigation by the school will not play in the season opener against Rice on Saturday.

Notre Dame-South Florida pregame notes

Notre Dame will be kicking off the season against South Florida here at Notre Dame Stadium in the next 30 minutes.

Here's a few pregame notes from warm-ups:

  • Backup tight end Mike Ragone is in full pads and looks ready to go. The senior was slowed recently by a quad injury but was expected to be available today.
  • The temperature is a balmy 89 degrees.
  • Notre Dame gameday captains are offensive guard Trevor Robinson and cornerback Robert Blanton along with permanent captain Harrison Smith
  • Pregame flyover by two USAF E/A-18 Growlers is scheduled
  • South Florida wearing green helmets for first time in program history
  • Irish receiver Michael Floyd comes into the game eight receptions shy of the school's all-time record
  • Odd sight of warm-ups, freshman linebacker Troy Niklas was shagging punts. Doubtful we will see in a game, but how cool would that be watching a 6-6, 250-pounder returning a punt?
  • Freshman kicker Kyle Brindza wearing retina burning bright-green shoes