45 episodes

The Independent is the essential listen for fans of Fighting Irish football. Pete Sampson of the Athletic and Matt Fortuna of The Inside Zone are back to take you inside the Notre Dame program. With a combined 35 years + of experience on the ND beat, this twice weekly podcast has you covered for everything blue and gold.

The Independent: A Notre Dame Football Podcast The Independent: A Notre Dame Football Podcast

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The Independent is the essential listen for fans of Fighting Irish football. Pete Sampson of the Athletic and Matt Fortuna of The Inside Zone are back to take you inside the Notre Dame program. With a combined 35 years + of experience on the ND beat, this twice weekly podcast has you covered for everything blue and gold.

    Pete’s Notre Dame Fan Survey

    Pete’s Notre Dame Fan Survey

    Each week we get closer to Notre Dame Football and as we begin July, Matt & Pete dive into Pete’s annual Irish Fan survey to answer all your questions about Marcus Freeman’s team. How does the schedule look for the foreseeable future, does this team have a College Football Playoff run in them and who is going to breakthrough this Fall?

    Plus, how optimistic is the fan base about this Fall and do Matt & Pete agree that this is a year that warrants optimism.

    • 48 min
    Offseason Storylines & Marcus Freeman Recap

    Offseason Storylines & Marcus Freeman Recap

    Join Matt & Pete as they share the latest from Notre Dame and Marcus Freeman as the offseason continues on. Hear their thoughts on if this is a Playoff or Bust season for Freeman, how important week one at A&M is as well as what the kick times coming out this early means to fans.

    • 44 min
    Notre Dame Kick Times Reaction & Coaching Salary News

    Notre Dame Kick Times Reaction & Coaching Salary News

    The kickoff times are rolling in and Matt & Pete are back to discuss what to expect from Notre Dame's schedule as well as how the kick times could impact the team. Plus, thoughts on the salary details shared about Marcus Freeman and staff as well as details on Pete's story on Matt Jansen, Irish head of scouting, that you can find in The Athletic.

    • 48 min
    Blue-Gold Spring Game Recap

    Blue-Gold Spring Game Recap

    Matt and Pete recap Notre Dame’s Blue-Gold spring game and look ahead to the Irish’s summer priorities. Why has QB depth been so important with Riley Leonard, Steve Angeli, Kenny Minchey and CJ Carr? Plus, why Marcus Freeman thinks this is his most talented team in South Bend.

    • 44 min
    Blue Gold Spring Game Preview

    Blue Gold Spring Game Preview

    Matt & Pete return to discuss the Blue Gold game and what they expect to see from Marcus Freeman’s team on Saturday. How will the Transfer Portal impact the Irish and what can we learn from the offense without the expected starting quarterback in Riley Leonard playing on Saturday. Plus, learn more about upcoming new football facilities for Notre Dame and how it will benefit the team.

    • 37 min
    Tourney Preview with Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Coach Niele Ivey

    Tourney Preview with Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Coach Niele Ivey

    As we head deeper into March the hoops talk continues on the Independent as Matt & Pete are joined by Irish head Women’s Basketball Coach Niele Ivey. Coach Ivey talks about the ACC tournament win as well as what to expect from Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament as the team hosts the first two rounds. Plus, Spring Practice rolls onward as Marcus Freeman and company continue to put in work with the squad and Pete shares details from his trip around the South to visit those connected Notre Dame’s past, present and future Quarterbacks.

    • 45 min

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