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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame's football program is on NCAA probation until next January. The school admitted to recruiting violations in 2019 in which a now-former assistant had an impermissible in-person meeting with one prospect and sent impermissible text messages to another. The NCAA  announced the negotiated resolution after it was reviewed by the Division I Committee on Infractions. Official recruiting visits will be reduced from 56 to 55 to this year and there will be cuts in number of days prospects can make unofficial campus visits.


Former ND Men's Basketball Asst. Coach Faces Charges

Jan 7, 2021
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Alabama Beats Notre Dame In Rose Bowl To Advance To Nat'l Championship And Face Ohio State

Jan 1, 2021
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Notre Dame has lost another playoff semifinal in Texas, falling 31-14 to No. 1 Alabama in the relocated Rose Bowl. It was a better showing for the Irish than their blowout loss to Clemson in the semifinals two years ago. But the fourth-ranked Irish still lost in a playoff or New Year's Six bowl for the seventh straight time since 2000. Notre Dame was a three-touchdown underdog and fell behind quickly 14-0. But the defense improved, and Ian Book had the Irish moving with a chance to get within a touchdown in the second half before throwing an interception.

Photo Of The Week - Fresh Snow

Dec 31, 2020
Samuel Lima

WVPE's latest Photo of the Week is entitled "Fresh Snow." The image was taken on December 29th outside Dillon Hall on the campus of Notre Dame by Sam Lima of South Bend. Sam has contributed several great photos here at WVPE since we started our Photo of the Week feature. 

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Make sure to include your name, where you live, names of people in the photo, date the photo was taken and the location where the photo was taken.

Rose Bowl Preview: Notre Dame Versus Alabama

Dec 31, 2020

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The College Football Playoff semifinal in Texas will be allowed to call itself the Rose Bowl Game, but Pasadena officials don’t want the New Year’s game relocated in the future. Pasadena officials agreed to allow the Tournament of Roses to move the game to Arlington, Texas, on New Year’s Day. No. 1 Alabama will play fourth-ranked Notre Dame in the first CFP semifinal at AT&T Stadium outside Dallas. The Tournament of Rose will pay the city $2 million to help Pasadena with its expenses and lost revenue as a result of the game being relocated.

Book Leads No. 2 Irish Past Syracuse 45-21; Clemson Next Up

Dec 6, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book threw three touchdown passes and ran for two scores in his final home game at Notre Dame, leading the second-ranked Fighting Irish to a 45-21 victory against Syracuse. The fifth-year senior led the Irish to a victory as a starter for the 30th time, the most ever for a Notre Dame quarterback. The Irish ran their winning streak to 16 games, best in the country, and their home winning streak to 24. Next up is the Dec. 19 ACC championship game against Clemson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Photo Of The Week - The Scene On Thanksgiving Day

Dec 3, 2020
Katie Gotfried

With Thanksgiving behind us and the December holidays in the offing during the pandemic, it's a time for reflection. WVPE's Photo of the Week offers a scene of tranquil reflection captured on Thanksgiving Day by Katie Gotfried on the Notre Dame campus. If Katie's name sounds familiar, you may recognize it from some of the previous Michiana Chronicles she has contributed here at WVPE. 

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President Donald Trump calls Lou Holtz “one of the greatest coaches in American history” and has honored the college football Hall of Famer and political ally with the nation’s highest civilian honor. Holtz had a 34-year coaching career that included the 1988 national title at the University of Notre Dame. Holtz received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an Oval Office ceremony. Holtz led six different programs to bowl games and is an outspoken Trump backer. The 83-year-old Holtz says being honored by Trump makes the award particularly meaningful.


Today Notre Dame announced it is implementing a reservation system for people interested in attending Christmas Mass at the Basilica.

No. 2 Irish Earn Spot In ACC Title Game After Cancellation

Dec 2, 2020

No. 2 Notre Dame wrapped up a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game by virtue of the league shuffling its schedule Tuesday to create an open date for the Fighting Irish and No. 4 Clemson before their likely rematch on Dec. 19. The ACC announced Notre Dame's game against Wake Forest, which was rescheduled for Dec. 12 after being postponed in late September, will not be played. The first-place Irish host Syracuse on Saturday to complete their regular season. Clemson's postponed game at Florida State will also not be made up.

Notre Dame Women Give Ivey Her First Head Coaching Win

Nov 30, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Destinee Walker scored 24 points, Maddy Westbeld added 19 plus nine rebounds and Notre Dame gave new head coach Niele Ivey her first victory, 88-68 over Miami of Ohio. Ivey took over for Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw, who retired with 939 career wins. Ivey's Fighting Irish gave her the lead for good just over three minutes into the game, extended it to 15 points at halftime and kept it in double figures the rest of the way. Peyton Scott scored 18 points and Katie Davidson had 16 along with 10 rebounds for the Redhawks in their opener.


COLUMBIA. S.C. (AP) — Lou Holtz has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 83-year-old former college football coach confirmed the test Thursday to Columbia TV station WOLO. Holtz led Notre Dame to the 1988 national title in a Hall of Fame career. He has worked for ESPN and campaigned for President Donald Trump. Holtz is set to receiver the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump.

Kelly Earns 100th Win, No. 2 Notre Dame Rolls Past BC 45-31

Nov 14, 2020
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BOSTON (AP) — Ian Book passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Notre Dame overcame an early deficit to roll to a 45-31 victory over Boston College. The Fighting Irish's eighth straight win in the series between the FBS's only Catholic institutions gave coach Brian Kelly his 100th career victory at the school, tying him with Lou Holtz for second all-time. He is now just five behind coach Knute Rockne. A week after upsetting Clemson, Notre Dame racked up a season high 561 total yards led by Book, who finished 20 of 27 for 283 yards.


NFL Hall Of Fame Running Back Paul Hornung Dies At 84

Nov 13, 2020
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paul Hornung, the dazzling "Golden Boy" of the Green Bay Packers whose singular ability as a runner, receiver, quarterback and kicker helped turn the team into an NFL dynasty, has died. He was 84. Hornung won the Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame, then headed to the Packers. He was the NFL MVP in 1961 and played on four championship teams. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

No. 2 Notre Dame Brings Unbeaten Season To Boston College

Nov 12, 2020
(Matt Cashore/Pool Photo via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — Second-ranked Notre Dame is looking to avoid another historic loss to Boston College as it tries to continue its journey to the College Football Playoff. The two schools will square off Saturday in the 26th edition of college football's Holy War. Boston College has some history of spoiling good seasons for the Irish, who come into the game with a 7-0 mark. The Irish beat Clemson at home in double overtime in their last game. The Eagles are 5-3 and nearly knocked off Clemson two weeks ago.


UPDATE: Notre Dame Mandates Virus Testing After Football Celebration

Nov 9, 2020
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UPDATE (Nov. 9): 

The University of Notre Dame began COVID-19 exit testing for its students Monday ahead of the holiday break. After this weekend’s football game -- where students gathered for pre-game parties and rushed the field in violation of social distancing -- penalties have increased for students who don’t get tested.

In an email to students, University President Fr. John Jenkins called the conduct “disappointing” and laid out the new guidelines: if students don’t report for COVID-19 testing, they won’t be able to register for spring classes. They’re also not allowed to leave South Bend until they receive their results and know they're virus-free. 

Alex Brandon/Associated Press


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Jennifer Weingart

The University of Notre Dame is reporting a record 220 active COVID-19 cases on its Dashboard. Its seven-day moving average, at 26, is also the highest it’s been since the campus was locked down in August.

With the university’s football game against Clemson on Saturday, St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Mark Fox expressed concern about off-campus gatherings.

(Ken Ruinard/Pool Photo via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) — Kyren Williams ran for two touchdowns, Ian Book passed for another score and No. 4 Notre Dame stifled Georgia Tech 31-13. Book completed 18-of-26 for 199 yards in another efficient performance for the 6-0 Fighting Irish. Williams shook off a fumble that Georgia Tech returned 93 yards for a touchdown to score on two short runs. Georgia has lost three in a row to drop to 2-5. Next up for Notre Dame: a showdown against No. 1 Clemson.

An outdoor mass was held Tuesday evening at Notre Dame Stadium to remember the two 19-year-old students who were hit by a van and killed over the weekend. 

Valeria Espinel of Ecuador and Olivia Lara Rojas of Bolivia died early Saturday morning. They were members of Notre Dame's Class of 2024. 

Mass For ND Students Killed Planned For ND Stadium Tonight

Oct 26, 2020

A memorial mass is planned for Tuesday at 8pm at Notre Dame Stadium to honor the two students killed Saturday when they were hit by a minivan. 

The mass comes on the same day that autopsies are scheduled for Valeria Espinel and Olivia Laura Rojas. Both were 19 years old and were first year students at ND. 

A third student was also hit and was hospitalized in critical condition at last report on Saturday. 

As students headed back to class this week following the tragedy, Notre Dame student Sophia Mazzone says students are having a hard time coping with what has happened. 

“It’s just something we can’t fathom. We just can’t put into word the suffering or make it better for us,” Mazzone said.

Charlie Marder, an RA on campus, says the tragedy forced a previously disconnected campus to come together as a community again.

“It’s kind of a slap in the face reminder that we are all Notre Dame. As isolated as you might be feeling right now, that will never take away the fact that we are inherently connected,” Marder said.

Notre Dame student Annie Morejon says it’s something that impacts all students. 

“You don’t have to know them to feel that a part of our community is still missing,” said Morejon.

Annie also says the tragedy comes at a time when most students are already at a breaking point. 


“Some people are probably having a really horrible time with their mental health right now. We need a reprieve from academic stuff. I feel like we should just call it quits on a bunch of stuff this year,” Morejon added.

The mass commemorating Valeria Espinel and Olivia Lara Rojas will take place at 8:00 p.m. in Notre Dame Stadium and will be livestreamed as well. 


Today is the last day the Department of Homeland Security is open to feedback on its new proposed rule that would impose new time limits on student visas.


Notre Dame filed a formal comment this weekend urging the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw the proposal.


The proposed policy would restrict international students to a stay of two to four years with the opportunity to apply for an extension. Students from countries with high overstay rates would be restricted even further. 

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing  when one of the last Republican holdouts against filling the seat so close to Election Day announced support ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski declared her support Saturday as the Senate worked through a rare weekend session that's set to continue Sunday. President Donald Trump’s nominee already appeared to have enough Republican support to push past Democratic opposition. But the nod from Murkowski gives Barrett a boost.

The Notre Dame campus is in mourning after three students were hit by a minivan as they walked along Ironwood Road near Bulla in St. Joseph County shortly after 4am Saturday. Two of the students were killed and one is in critical condition.

The students who died have been identified as first year students. 19-year-old Olivia Lara Rojas of Bolivia and 19-year-old Valeria Espinel of Ecuador.  The lone student who survived is 19-year-old  sophomore Eduardo Jose Elias Calderon of the Dominican Republic.

Autopsies Set For Tuesday For ND Students Killed By Minivan

Oct 24, 2020

NEW (Oct. 25 at 6:50pm): 

Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday for the two Notre Dame students who died this weekend after being hit by a minivan. A spokesperson for the St. Joseph County Fatal Accident Crash Team was unable to provide any update on the condition of the third student who was hit but who survived. As of Saturday evening, that student was in critical condition.  

Buttigieg Speaks On "Bridging The Divide"

Oct 22, 2020

As part of its Bridging the Divide series, the University of Notre Dame hosted a Q&A session Wednesday night between Notre Dame alum and senior NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg was a Democratic presidential candidate until he withdrew from the race on March 1, 2020, following some of the early caucuses and primaries.

A spokesman for the University of Notre Dame issued a statement regarding a plan to limit student gatherings in response to increasing cases of coronavirus. 

Alex Brandon/AP

UPDATE (Oct. 12):

Notre Dame has announced that the university's president is now out of isolation and quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. 

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Trader Joe's Coming To South Bend

Oct 5, 2020
Image provided by the University of Notre Dame


On Oct. 6, construction teams began demolishing the former Robinson Community Learning Center and adjacent buildings on Eddy Street in South Bend. A Trader Joe’s store will take the buildings' place.


The University of Notre Dame and Kite Realty Trust announced the store’s opening on Monday, Oct. 5. Currently, the closest Trader Joe’s is almost 70 miles away in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

The store will be located at the corner of Howard and Eddy Streets, where the old Robinson Community Learning Center building is currently being demolished. This summer, the community center relocated to a new and expanded building across the street, where it continues to provide South Bend families with an educational center and gathering place.

Jeff Rea, president of the South Bend Regional Chamber, said the new Trader Joe’s is an encouraging sign for the future of South Bend and will act as an anchor for community engagement.


“This was a tremendous shot in the arm at a time when people needed some good news," Rea said. "Hopefully, it’s a nice signal that the economy is recovering, the construction is still happening.”

Rea predicted that construction will finish toward the end of 2021.