7:56 PM EDT, Tue September 02, 2014

Kelly, Irish sing right tunes after opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- All of that drama surrounding the Notre Dame Fighting Irish the entire month was seemingly reduced to a pair of plays Saturday that yielded different results. There was the first Everett Golson bomb to C.J. Prosise, which Prosise dropped. And there was the second Golson bomb to Prosise, which Prosise caught. The 55-yarder was Golson making something out of nothing before launching a rocket that went right through the unguarded receiver's hands.

ND 48, Rice 17: 3 Things We Learned

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson looked much better than the last time he took the field for Notre Dame, tallying five total touchdowns and protecting the football as he led the No. 17 Fighting Irish to a 48-17 season-opening win over Rice. Here are our three biggest takeaways from this game, starting, of course, with the man under center: 1) Golson is back and he's better than ever. Brian Kelly finally has an elite quarterback running his offense, and that is not a Week 1 exaggeration.

Notre Dame 48, Rice 17

Everett Golson accounted for five touchdowns in his return with Notre Dame, leading the Irish to a 48-17 win over Rice.

Fighting Irish morning links

Well that was fun last night ... Brian VanGorder's personal touch helps players buy in, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com. Jarron Jones matures in the classroom and on the field, Chris Hine writes for Chicago Tribune.com. Being a captain is an unbelievable honor for Austin Collinsworth, Pete Sampson writes on IrishIllustrated.com. A Michigan NBC affiliate looks at the Brian Kelly coaching tree. (And has some good old footage.) Will Mahone has landed at Youngstown State.

Notre Dame suspends safety Eilar Hardy as part of academic fraud probe

Notre Dame has suspended reserve safety Eilar Hardy as part of the school's ongoing probe into academic fraud involving several students, which now includes a fifth football player.

Four Notre Dame players under investigation won't play in opener

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly did not provide any update Tuesday on the academic fraud investigation involving four Irish players, other than to say they would not play in Notre Dame's first game against Rice on Saturday.  

Irish morning links

Happy Birthday Mom! Jimmy Clausen is your new No. 2 quarterback for the Bears. The Lions have moved TJ Jones to the PUP list, our Michael Rothstein writes. Former walk-ons Connor Cavalaris, Charlie Fiessinger and Tyler Plantz have all been granted scholarships for this season. Notre Dame is not worried about its running back dynamic, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com. Everett Golson is now taking charge at Notre Dame, Chris Hine writes in the Chicago Tribune.

Fighting Irish morning links

Bravo, Kyle McCarthy. Yours truly joined ESPN Upstate earlier this week to talk some Notre Dame. Is the BYU series in jeopardy? Funny stuff from Tommy Rees and Mike Golic Jr., who took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge together. The read-option has become second nature to Everett Golson, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com. The Wall Street Journal looks at how Brian Kelly and others fare against ranked teams.

Newcomers stepping up on Irish D

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- OK, so there was some pretty big news Wednesday out of Notre Dame. You can read and hear all about that here and here. But Brian Kelly did name some other starters for Week 1 against Rice. The biggest surprise? Early enrollee Andrew Trumbetti will be the starter at weak-side defensive end, where Romeo Okwara had appeared to have the initial leg-up. Ishaq Williams is the other starting end. "We think that he’s got a huge upside for us in so many areas that sometimes I don’t talk about him enough," Kelly said of Trumbetti.

Fighting Irish morning links

Who will be next in the ALS #IceBucketChallenge ... Everett Golson is taking command of Notre Dame's offense, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks looks at three areas of Golson pro scouts will study this fall. Greg Bryant is finally ready to roll, Chris Hine writes in the Chicago Tribune. Great story here from the Cincinnati Enquirer's Tom Groeschen on Jake Golic, who's fighting back for his football career.

Fighting Irish morning links

BVG speaking to us today. What do you guys want to hear? Colleague Travis Haney says Notre Dame can spoil Florida State's season. Brady Quinn is back in business, finally getting a chance with the Miami Dolphins, our James Walker writes. Our friend Aaron Horvath recaps Monday's ESPN #BusBlitz at Notre Dame. SI.com's Brian Hamilton spends some time with Jaylon Smith, who seeks every answer in his pursuit of greatness. Did BlueandGold.com's Andrew Owens find the Fighting Irish's first Under Armour jersey?

Irish lunch links

I'll take Rory again this weekend. You? Tough news out of Houston concerning Week 1 Irish opponent Rice, as offensive lineman Drew Carroll has been forced to retire because of a kidney disease. KeiVarae Russell wants opponents to dread facing him, Rachel Terlep writes in the Elkhart Truth. Per LaMond Pope, Jeff Samardzija had some to say about the end of the Michigan rivalry. The Chicago Sun-Times' Steve Greenberg says Notre Dame is looking to rediscover its mojo.

Irish's lunch links

Made it to Culver and back, all for the sake of providing you links ... The Chicago Tribune's Chris Hine looks at how Ben Koyack is dealing with increased expectations. Everett Golson is ready to compete, JJ Stankevitz writes on CSNChicago.com. Tempo stood out to Brian Kelly during the Irish's first practice, Andrew Owens writes on BlueandGold.com. IrishIllustrated's Tim Prister and Pete Sampson break down practice No. 1. The best college football coach for the money?

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