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Notre Dame’s Jonathan Bonner predicted his future with letter in 8th grade

Jonathan-Bonner-Notre-DameFreshman defensive end Jonathan Bonner committed to Notre Dame the day he received his scholarship offer last June. The decision was a no-brainer, as the Missouri native has dreamed about playing for the Irish since he was a kid. And he has the letter to prove it.

Bonner wrote himself an incredibly mature letter as he was wrapping up 8th grade and heading off to high school. The letter, which starts off “Dear self,” was written from the point of view of an 18-year-old Bonner speaking to himself with a parental tone. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end tweeted the proof back in May.

The full text of the letter is below, courtesy of the South Bend Tribune:

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Jeopardy! jabs Notre Dame over BCS title game loss to Alabama

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Prior to the 2013 BCS Championship Game that saw Manti Te’o and Notre Dame face off against A.J. McCarron, Eddie Lacy, and Alabama, many felt the game wouldn’t be much of a contest.

And they were right.

The Crimson Tide rolled over the Fighting Irish, putting up over 500 yards of offense on the way to a decisive 42-14 victory to capture their second consecutive national championship and third in four years. Even Kate Upton got in on the act of piling on Notre Dame.

We can also add the popular game show Jeopardy! to the list. Notre Dame made its way into one of the answers, which also managed to deliver a jab towards the Fighting Irish.

It’s nothing that hasn’t been said countless times since that game ended, but there’s something about seeing it written out on television that makes you say, “That’s cold.”

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Notre Dame switching from adidas to Under Armour

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Notre Dame is switching equipment brands from adidas to Under Armour for all its sports teams, according to a report.

The Fighting Irish decided to shop around after its 10-year deal with adidas expired, and the change will happen at the end of the school year, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

Notre Dame first struck a deal with adidas in 1997. The sides reached a 10-year extension in 2005 that expires this school year. Notre Dame apparently used to be adidas’ top program, but that changed when they signed Michigan in 2008.

Adding Notre Dame is a huge move for Under Armour, which already outfits Auburn, Hawaii, Maryland, Texas Tech, Boston College, Utah, Northwestern, St. John’s, South Florida and South Carolina, among other colleges.

Though they are a relative newcomer in the sports apparel industry, Under Armour has already gained a huge market share and become a major player. Founded in 1996, the company is publicly traded and reported revenues of $1.83 billion in 2012.

Michigan plays ‘Chicken Dance’ after beating Notre Dame

Michigan beat Notre Dame 41-30 on Saturday night at the Big House in Ann Arbor, and the school celebrated the win over their “regional” rival with a little needling.

Brady HokeAfter playing “The Victors,” which is the University of Michigan’s fight song, the people controlling the music inside the stadium blasted the “Chicken Dance” over the speakers.

The fantastic music choice was a nod to head coach Brady Hoke saying in May that Notre Dame was chickening out by pulling out of the rivalry between the schools. The Fighting Irish informed the Wolverines that they were not interested in playing them beyond this season. Then last weekend Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly downplayed the significance of the rivalry, saying the teams were only regional rivals.

So let’s recap:

    - Brady Hoke calls Notre Dame chickens for pulling out of the rivalry
    - Brian Kelly says Michigan is not a traditional rival for Notre Dame
    - Michigan beats Notre Dame 41-30
    - Wolverines play Chicken Dance over Big House speakers after win

Masterfully done, Michigan.

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Brian Kelly: Michigan not a historic rival for Notre Dame

Brian KellyNotre Dame and Michigan play on Saturday night at the Big House for what will be one of the more anticipated games of the weekend. Unfortunately, the series between the two historic programs ends after next season. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly doesn’t see the lack of games between the two schools as much of a loss.

“I really haven’t seen it as one of those historic, traditional Notre Dame rivalries,” Kelly said on a conference call Sunday, via the AP. “I’ve seen it as just one of those great football games that Notre Dame has played.

“For me, I’ve been in Michigan a long time, I’ve always felt the Notre Dame-Michigan game was a big regional game. But in the Notre Dame history books, this game has (been) played, but obviously there have been some years where it hasn’t been played for a number of years.”

Kelly is correct on that point. The schools have played 40 times since their first meeting in 1887. There was a long stretch earlier in the 20th century when the schools did not play, but they’ve met 29 times since 1978.

Obviously it’s become a big rivalry, and it’s a game many fans look forward to early in the season. The problem is that Notre Dame joined the ACC for most sports, and the deal calls for the Fighting Irish to play games against five ACC opponents, which gives them less room for other teams. They decided to ax Michigan, perhaps because the Wolverines are usually a tough opponent. The teams have gone 14-14-1 since ’78.

[Related: Brady Hoke says Notre Dame is chickening out]

Other schools that Notre Dame considers their traditional rivals are USC, Navy, Michigan State and Purdue. They have also played Stanford on a regular basis and want to keep that game on their schedule going forward.

It’s disappointing that Notre Dame will be dropping Michigan, but I guess someone had to be cut. Should we be surprised they decided to get rid of one of their toughest opponents? There’s also some irony in Kelly previously calling out Ohio State for playing an easy schedule, when his Irish are avoiding one of the tougher teams in the country.

Notre Dame lists BCS National Championship Game on its schedule

Brian-Kelly-Complains-About-Notre-Dame-ScheduleNotre Dame has a difficult schedule this year following its BCS National Championship Game berth last season. The Irish have road games against Michigan and Stanford and will be tested at home against Michigan State, Oklahoma and USC. However, Brian Kelly is expecting that his team’s most challenging task will come on Jan. 7.

There are only 12 guaranteed games on Notre Dame’s schedule this upcoming season, but Kelly has decided to pencil in a 13th on the team’s official schedule that is hanging at its facility.

Obviously, Kelly is trying to motivate his players to get back to the place the position they were in last season. That will be no easy task. The Irish lost 42-14 to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game last season. Kelly is hoping their fortune will be different this season, and it looks like he’s at least expecting to get another shot.

H/T College Spun

Notre Dame refuses to release Eddie Vanderdoes from letter of intent

Eddie VanderdoesTop defensive lineman recruit Eddie Vanderdoes may lose a year of eligibility during his college football career because Notre Dame is refusing to release him from his National Letter of Intent.

Vanderdoes, a five-star recruit from Auburn, Calif., signed his letter of intent with Notre Dame in February. However, the 6-foot-4 defensive tackle says his circumstances changed and that he wants to stay closer to his family and not attend Notre Dame. Notre Dame agreed to waive its recruiting ban on him, which allowed UCLA to recruit the incoming freshman. But the Irish are refusing to release him from his letter of intent, which will prevent Vanderdoes from playing this fall and cost him a year of eligibility.

“We did not release him from his national letter of intent in order to protect the integrity of that very important program,” Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said in a statement, via WNDU. “But we have worked with the Vanderdoes family so that Eddie can continue his education this fall at a school closer to his home. We understand Eddie’s interest in remaining closer to his family and wish him well.”

Notre Dame reportedly was hesitant to lift the recruiting ban because they were worried he would go to rival USC, where he committed last year before changing his decision.

It seems that Vanderdoes is unlikely to get the fourth year of eligibility. He was denied an appeal to the National Letter of Intent board, but he can still appeal Notre Dame’s decision.

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