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NCSU throwing it back to diamond logo for Notre Dame game

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Oct. 8 will be a special day for the North Carolina State football program, and the Wolfpack has decided to go with a unique look to commemorate the occasion.

On the date mentioned above, NCSU will host Notre Dame at Carter-Finley Stadium. As 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the first football game played in the stadium, the school has announced it will use the Irish’s appearance as the setting for the unveiling of throwback uniforms that will feature the rather snazzy-looking red diamond logo on the helmet.

From the school’s release:

Former head coach Dick Sheridan introduced the diamond logo in 1986, his first year as head coach. The Wolfpack wore that helmet for the next 14 seasons, until going back to the traditional Block S in 2000.

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“It’s a special year as we honor Carter-Finley’s 50th anniversary,” said head coach Dave Doeren in a statement. “To recognize our proud tradition, we have brought back the diamond logo and uniform.”

Concussions end Robinson’s Notre Dame football career

SOUTH BEND, IN - AUGUST 30:  Corey Robinson #88 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs after a first down catch as Ryan Pollard #22 of the Rice Owls moves in foir the tackle at Notre Dame Stadium on August 30, 2014 in South Bend, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Notre Dame football announced Wednesday the career of Corey Robinson is over.

In a statement tweeted by the athletics department, the senior wide receiver cited multiple concussions as the reason he will give up his final year of eligibility for the Fighting Irish.

Robinson, the son of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame center David Robinson, caught 16 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown last season for Notre Dame.

He finishes his career with 65 catches for 896 yards and seven touchdowns.

The San Antonio native will remain part of the team as a student assistant this fall, but that won’t be the only thing occupying his time: In February, he was elected Notre Dame student body president.

Although Robinson did not have a major impact on the Fighting Irish last season, his exit further thins a receiving corps that already lots its top three players from 2015 in Will Fuller, Chris Brown and Amir Carlisle.

The team’s leading returning receiver is Torii Hunter Jr., who caught 28 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns in 2015.

Notre Dame loses corner Devin Butler for up to four months

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 05:  Devin Butler #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates their win over the Texas Longhorns at Notre Dame Stadium on September 5, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish won 38-3.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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A broken bone in his foot kept Devin Butler (pictured, No. 12) from playing in Notre Dame’s Fiesta Bowl matchup with Ohio State to end the 2015 season.  A reoccurrence of the same injury now cast doubts on not only the start of the 2016 season, but on the season as a whole.

Head coach Brian Kelly confirmed Monday that suffered a re-fracture of the same left foot not long ago.  As a result, the cornerback will be sidelined for a period of 14-16 weeks.  At the long end of that projection, Butler would return in early October, which would mean he’d miss the first five games of the season (Texas, Nevada, Michigan State, Duke, Syracuse).

Already, there’s talk that Butler, a senior who still has a redshirt at his disposal, could opt to sit out the 2016 season as he heals and return for the 2017 season.

Regardless, it’s a significant blow for both the player and the program.

“It’s tough,” Kelly said at a golf outing by way ndinsider.com. “(He’s) a guy that’s struggled both in his life and in football.

“He had a great semester academically. We really see him trending in the right way. And then to have an injury like that was very disappointing for him. And we’re disappointed for him.”

Butler had played in 37 games his first three seasons with the Irish.  He started two games in 2014 and the regular-season finale in 2015.  He was projected as a starting corner exiting the spring.

Chatter returns on resuming A&M-Texas, Michigan-Notre Dame rivalries

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One of the greatest aspects of the sport of college football has always been the rivalries, but some luster was lost on that front thanks to expansion. If the developments of late this past week continue, at least a couple of rivalries that have been lost of late could be making their way back.

Maybe.

Both Texas’ Charlie Strong and his counterpart at Texas A&M, Kevin Sumlin, have previously stumped for a resumption of that bitter in-state rivalry. In pointed comments Friday, Strong gave the strongest indication yet that a resumption of a rivalry in hibernation thanks to A&M’s move to the SEC could be closer to awakening than most had previously thought.

“They’re trying to work out something right now where we go play the Aggies,” the UT coach said in response to a Houston Touchdown Club question.

Sounds promising, right?  Before you go getting too excited, however, take in this cold dose of reality:

Back in April, A&M’s new athletic director, Scott Woodward, was quoted as saying he has “no objection” to a resumption of the football rivalry, although even he acknowledged that such a decision is “well above my pay grade.”  After both Strong and Sumlin came out strongly in favor of a renewal in April of 2015, and prior to Strong’s comments this week, there had been very little movement on that front, save for one A&M regent publicly wanting to renew it to give the Aggies a “cupcake” game.

The Longhorns and Aggies last met in football during the 2011 season, a 27-25 UT win in College Station. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 76-37-5, although the teams split the last six meetings.

In the Midwest, significant chatter also surfaced in resuming the Michigan-Notre Dame rivalry, although this talk seems to carry more hope and stronger legs than Strong’s.

I’ve been on board since the inception,” UM head coach Jim Harbaugh said of playing the Irish again, a notion that really began to take hold in February of this year. “It’s something that’s been working on for many months, going on seven, eight, nine months now. There are still some T’s to cross and I’s to dot, but I’ve been on board fully since the inception.”

“We’re still working on it,” Harbaugh’s counterpart in South Bend, Brian Kelly, said. “Obviously from our scheduling standpoint we’ve scheduled so far in advance and I think I’ve made it fairly public that I’d like to see this game happen and I know Jim wants to make it happen.

“We’ve got some hurdles that we’ve got to work through, but you’ve got two coaches that are committed to making it happen. I’m sure we’ll figure it out and get it done, but we’ve still got a little work to get it done.”

Notre Dame and Michigan have faced each other in football 40 times.  While the two programs first met in 1887, the series has been sporadic and seen a couple of significant breaks between games (1910-41; 1944-77).  Since 1978, a span of 35 years, they have met 18 times.

It was announced in September of 2012 that the Irish had opted out of playing previously scheduled games from 2015-17, meaning the last game between the programs came in 2014.  It’s thought that the earliest a resumption, even as one of the coaches doesn’t consider it much of a rivalry, would come to fruition would be 2018, with a more likely target of 2019.

Former Michigan WR, Notre Dame DB move on to JUCOs

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Two former members of Power Five football programs have decided to slide far down the college football ladder in restarting their respective careers.

According to 247Sports.com, Cole is on the campus of East Mississippi Community College and will play for the JUCO team in 2016.  The report comes nearly four months after it was reported that Cole had decided to transfer from Michigan to Kentucky.

The recruiting website writes that UK “is a school Cole continues to consider.”

Cole was a highly sought after four-star 2015 recruit who was an early enrollee in Jim Harbaugh‘s first UM class.  The No. 74 player nationally on 247Sports.com‘s composite board, Cole was also the No. 1-rated player at any position in the state of Michigan.  He played in two games at receiver with the Wolverines; he’ll move to safety with his new program.

Speaking of defensive backs, former Notre Dame safety Mykelti Williams has also decided to go the JUCO route.  It was confirmed in March of this year that Williams had decided to leave the Irish and transfer elsewhere.

As it turns out, that elsewhere is Iowa Western.

Williams was a three-star member of the Irish’s 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 29 safety in the country; the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Indiana; and the No. 464 player overall according to 247Sports.com. The 5-11, 200-pound defensive back chose Notre Dame over offers from, among others, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin.

He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.