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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.

UPDATE: ND v. Wake Forest Rescheduled For Dec. 12 Due To COVID-19

Sep 22, 2020
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The postponed football game between No. 7 Notre Dame and Wake Forest will be moved to Dec. 12, while the Demon Deacons also are moving their nonconference game against Campbell a week earlier to Oct. 2.The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the revisions Wednesday. That came one day after Saturday's game between the Demon Deacons and Fighting Irish had to be postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Notre Dame program, which put 13 players in isolation and 10 more in quarantine.Wake Forest announced the home game with Campbell in late August, originally setting that matchup with the Big South Conference program for Oct. 9.

ND Shuts Out South Florida

Sep 20, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book ran for three first-half touchdowns and No. 7 Notre Dame won its 20th straight home game 52-0 against South Florida. The Fighting Irish (2-0) led 35-0 at halftime and for the second year in a row posted a 52-point shutout. Book capped the opening drive with 4-yard touchdown run and freshman Chris Tyree scored from a yard out about five minutes later. It never got better for the first-year coach Jeff Scott’s Bulls (1-1), who were a late add to Notre Dame’s schedule after the Irish joined the Atlantic Coast Conference for this off season in a pandemic.

Kelly's No. 7 Irish Welcome Scott's Rebuilding South Florida

Sep 17, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — When he became football coach at South Florida in December, Jeff Scott had one regret. He would not have a chance to visit Notre Dame Stadium on Nov. 7 with Clemson, where he was offensive coordinator. Because of the pandemic, he will get a chance after all.  Scott and South Florida will visit No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Fighting Irish lost to USF in 2011, but they are currently riding a 19-game winning streak at home.


No. 10 Notre Dame Beats Duke 27-13 In ACC Debut

Sep 12, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Kyren Williams ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his first start, grad quarterback Ian Book threw for 263 yards and No. 10 Notre Dame beat Duke 27-13 on Saturday at rainy Notre Dame Stadium in the season and Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. The speedy Williams, who saw limited action last season as a freshman, had 19 carries and also was Notre Dame's leading receiver with two receptions for 93 yards, one a 75-yarder in the first half.

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Notre Dame used the occasion of the first home game of the 2020 season to announce a contract extension for head football coach Brian Kelly. The contract is extended through 2024. ND's Athletic Director, Jack Swarbrick, said in a statement that the announcement had been planned for the Blue-Gold Game in April, but when the game was canceled the announcement was delayed until this weekend. The terms of the contract extension were actually negotiated in late 2019. 

No. 10 Irish Hope Running Game Will Be Championship Caliber

Sep 8, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 10 Notre Dame is counting on a better running game this season. Last season, injuries to running backs Tony Jones Jr., Jafar Armstrong and others cropped up. Notre Dame averaged just 179.2 rushing yards. This season, speedy sophomore Kyren Williams and freshman Chris Tyree are atop the depth chart ahead of Armstrong and Jahmir Smith and C'Bo Flemister. Coach Brian Kelly says he's never had that kind of depth at the position. The Fighting Irish open the season Saturday at home against Duke.


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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Bar and restaurant owners in South Bend are exploring ways to attract more customers after the University of Notre Dame limited attendance at Irish football games to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. The school’s decision to limit attendance to 20% of stadium capacity and ban campus tailgating sent bars, restaurants and venues scrambling to come up with ways to make up some of the potential revenue shortfall.

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Notre Dame announced five football players have tested positive in two rounds of coronavirus testing this week.

Notre Dame Opens ACC Play Against Duke, Won't Play Navy

Aug 6, 2020

Notre Dame opens its season as an Atlantic Coast Conference football member against visiting Duke on Sept. 12. But the Fighting Irish won't face Navy for the first time in more than nine decades as part of the ACC's reconfigured schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league has set up a 10-game conference schedule that includes a nonconference game, though that game must be played in the member school's home state. The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to play for the 94th straight year. It was also set to be Notre Dame's first visit to Navy's home field.


Notre Dame Releases 2020 Football Schedule

Aug 6, 2020
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Today via Twitter, Notre Dame released its football schedule for the 2020 season. 

Notre Dame will play in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, alterations brought on by the pandemic. The ACC's university presidents approved the plan for an 11-game schedule, including a nonconference game, and for pushing back the league championship game from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or 19. Notre Dame will play in a football conference for the first time in the 133-year history of the program if the season is played. 

AP Sources: ACC, Notre Dame Eye 2020 Football Membership

Jul 24, 2020

UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence for the 2020 season play as a member of the league.

Two people involved in the ACC’s discussions say the league is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games. It would start Sept. 12. Notre Dame would play a full 10-game ACC schedule.

Notre Dame Football Player Tests Positive For COVID-19

Jun 23, 2020
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A Notre Dame football player tested positive for COVID-19 Monday as 91 other athletes at the university were tested. The Fighting Irish said they are taking precautions moving forward.

Book Throws 4 TDs, No. 15 Notre Dame Routs Duke 38-7

Nov 10, 2019
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Ian Book trusted his legs to pick up chunks of yardage for No. 15 Notre Dame. The touchdowns came from his arm.

Book's Late TD Run Helps No. 16 Notre Dame Beat Virginia Tech

Nov 2, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Ian Book ran 7 yards for a touchdown with 29 seconds left to cap an 18-play, 87-yard drive and No. 16 Notre Dame pulled out a 21-20 victory against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

No. 19 Michigan Routs No. 8 Notre Dame 45-14 In Rain

Oct 27, 2019
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh desperately needed a significant victory to change the conversation, at least temporarily, about the job he's doing at Michigan.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 8 Notre Dame will visit No. 19 Michigan this weekend. It will be the first road trip for the Fighting Irish in more than a month. The Irish haven't played a game outside Notre Dame Stadium since their 23-17 loss at Georgia on Sept. 21.

No. 9 Irish Ride Jones' 176 Yards To 30-27 Victory Over USC

Oct 13, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Tony Jones Jr. rushed for a career-high 176 yards and Jonathan Doerer kicked three long field goals as No. 9 Notre Dame held off longtime rival Southern California 30-27 Saturday night.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly knows how his Southern California counterpart, Clay Helton, might feel as their teams prepare for their game Saturday night.

Kelly has heard job security issues before despite two 12-0 regular seasons and playoff berths. He is 6-3 against the Trojans, who come in unranked for this year's edition of the rivalry game.

Book Throws 5 TDs As No. 9 Notre Dame Routs Bowling Green

Oct 6, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — With Southern California on the horizon for No. 9 Notre Dame, Brian Kelly wanted his team to show explosiveness against Bowling Green on Saturday.

Sack-Happy No. 10 Notre Dame Beats No. 18 Virginia 35-20

Sep 28, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Julian Okwara had three of Notre Dame's eight sacks and caused a fumble that was returned for a touchdown as the 10th-ranked Fighting Irish overcame a halftime deficit to beat No. 18 Virginia 35-20 on Saturday.

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The first home football game for the Fighting Irish is happening today at Notre Dame. A delegation from Ireland will be in attendance and they plan a home opener for the Irish in 2020 that will be thousands of miles away from Notre Dame Stadium. 

No. 9 Notre Dame Pulls Away From Louisville 35-17

Sep 3, 2019
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Briefly caught off guard by Louisville's intensity, Notre Dame turned up its energy as well to take control with big plays.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former NFL football running back arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of child abuse now faces murder charges after the 5-year-old girl died.

KLAS-TV reports Las Vegas police arrested 28-year-old Cierre Wood on Wednesday and added the murder charge Thursday. He originally was charged with first-degree child abuse and neglect.

The Clark County Coroner's Office says 5-year-old La-Rayah Davis died as a result of child abuse.

Police also have charged Amy Taylor with child abuse and neglect.