College football


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It wasn't a coincidence Notre Dame’s defense allowed 43 points per game without linebacker Joe Schmidt last November.


Nic Weishar came to Notre Dame as a four-star recruit, but someone who needed to add weight before he could be considered a legitimate option in the Irish offense.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Somewhere in South Africa over the summer, a van carrying a handful of Notre Dame football players broke down.


Notre Dame coaches and players praised freshman defensive back Shaun Crawford on Tuesday for his work during preseason camp, which had him in position to play in a nickel role during his first yea