Notre Dame Fighting Irish news: The Portal Kings, more

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been so successful this December that they might be the new Portal Kings.

Nov 4, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Notre Dame Head Coach Marcus Freeman during the third
Nov 4, 2023; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Notre Dame Head Coach Marcus Freeman during the third / Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports
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There is no doubt that Notre Dame football has had a heck of a run through the portal this December. They've not only nabbed their starting quarterback in Riley Leonard, but they've grabbed two starting receivers as well. They've also got a new kicker, a new defensive monster on the line and don't appear to be done just yet.

That's why The Athletic is among those that believes it's not a stretch to say that Notre Dame football are the "Portal Kings" for the 2023 season. Certainly the Irish have had success in the portal before. After all, they went out and got their starting quarterback this past season from the portal, but Marcus Freeman squad looks to be adding big time playmakers all over the roster.

Max Olson wrote about how much he's been impressed by what the Notre Dame Fighting Irish has done this year. He ranks them among the best of the best. That doesn't mean Freeman's squad is running away with the Portal King title.

"Oklahoma, Texas Tech, South Carolina and Kentucky are four more programs whose early transfer hauls have stood out, and Colorado deserves credit for how rapidly it has addressed its glaring need on the offensive line with five newcomers," Olson wrote.

More Notre Dame Fighting Irish news

  • It was a bit of a quiet weekend for Notre Dame sports, in part because the volleyball season is over for the irish and the hockey team is taking a few weeks off. There was of course yet another painful loss for the Notre Dame basketball team. After the game, head coach Micah Shrewsberry made lots of comments about the loss but at the top of the list was that they didn't lose to Georgetown, but rather, beat themselves.
  • The women's basketball team didn't beat itself however. Instead, it beat up on another opponent for the 9th time in 10 games. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball team improved to 8-1 on the season thanks to a 76-39 blowout victory over in-state rival Purdue. Among the players that stood out the most, Nat Marshall was at the top of the hill thanks to 6 blocks. Next up is a Thursday title against Western Michigan.
  • Speaking of Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's basketball, the statue honoring legendary coach Muffet McGraw was officially unveiled this weekend. Her resume is unmatched in South Bend and very nearly unmatched in women's sports. Congratulations to a legend.