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Keith Arnold

  1. Looking for some National Championship talk? Join me at CFT

    Jan 7, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    There’s plenty of Notre Dame football to talk, but for tonight I’m manning the fort at CFT, where I’ll be reporting live from the press box in Pasadena. It’d be good to see some of you over there. Check it out here.

  2. Diaco and Molnar officially named coordinators

    Jan 7, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    It’s official: Brian Kelly has named his offensive and defensive coordinators. As expected, Bob Diaco and Charley Molnar have both joined the Notre Dame staff after finishing the season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Diaco coordinated the defense for Cincy while Molnar was the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. “I’m thrilled to officially announce…

  3. Grunhard reflects on Weis era

    Jan 7, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Tim Grunhard is spending the week coaching the offensive line for the West team at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Pete Sampson over at Irish Illustrated caught up with the former Irish lineman, and 10-year NFL veteran, who had a lot of interesting things to say. Grunhard almost…

  4. Report: Weis accepts coordinator job with Chiefs

    Jan 6, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Charlie Weis will become Todd Haley’s offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. The move makes a lot of sense, reuniting Weis with former Patriots personnel whiz Scott Pioli and Haley, who Weis coached with as assistants at the New York Jets. Mort reports that the signing will be…

  5. Partial announcement of coaching staff puzzling

    Jan 6, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s announcement that Mike Denbrock, Mike Elston and Chuck Martin were officially joining the Irish coaching staff was welcome relief to fans watching the ticking clock until National Signing Day. On, the three coaches gave a collection of quotes, and all three were asked about their immediate plans — recruiting. Our friends over…

  6. Clausen's surgery successful

    Jan 6, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    ESPN’s Tom Friend is reporting that Jimmy Clausen’s toe surgery was successful: Jimmy Clausen’s right big toe was successfully repaired Tuesday, according to foot surgeon Mark Myerson, and the former Notre Dame quarterback is expected to be healthy well ahead of the April 22 NFL draft. “Everything went extremely well,” Myerson said. “Jimmy should have…

  7. Michigan's new athletic director

    Jan 5, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Former Domino’s Pizza chairman and CEO David Brandon is the new Michigan athletic director. I’ve been mulling over a few Rich Rodriguez, 30-minutes-or-less, Domino’s Pizza jokes. Any suggestions?

  8. Kelly names three new assistants

    Jan 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Notre Dame and head coach Brian Kelly announced today three new assistant coaches joining the football staff. Mike Denbrock was named tight ends coach, Mike Elston was named defensive line coach, and Chuck Martin was named defensive backs coach. “I’m excited to welcome Mike Denbrock, Mike Elston and Chuck Martin to the Notre Dame coaching…

  9. Polian's move to Stanford could be problems for the Irish

    Jan 5, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    The reports that Brian Polian will join Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford can’t be looked at as good news for the Fighting Irish. While Polian was in charge of a special teams unit that drew the ire of some Irish fans for its inconsistent play, he was also Charlie Weis’ ace recruiter on the West…

  10. Clausen to have surgery on torn toe ligaments

    Jan 4, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Tom Friend reports that Jimmy Clausen’s turf toe injury was actually two torn ligaments in his right big toe. The injury, suffered during the Michigan State game back in September, happened when Clausen tried to avoid a hit on a sack by Spartan linebacker Eric Gordon. The injury was the source of rumors and…

  11. Early enrollees ready to begin Notre Dame career

    Jan 4, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    With school just days away from returning after Christmas break, Notre Dame’s early enrollees are preparing to make the transition from high school to college life. According to the university website, safety Chris Badger, cornerback Spencer Boyd, wide receiver Tai-ler Jones, quarterback Tommy Rees, and cornerback Lo Wood will join the Notre Dame student body…

  12. Clock strikes twelve on Bearcats' Cinderella run

    Jan 2, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s former team, the Cincinnati Bearcats, got drilled last night in the Sugar Bowl, losing to a Florida Gators team that could’ve named the score against its out-classed Big East opponent. Whether it was Kelly, interim head coach Jeff Quinn, or the ghosts of Knute Rockne and Vince Lombardi, the Bearcats would’ve had absolutely…

  13. Sources: Kelly tabs Warinner as O-Line coach

    Jan 1, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    After reports had Irish coach Brian Kelly deciding between former Minnesota offensive line coach (and current Tennessee graduate assistant) Mitch Browning and Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline, Irish Illustrated is reporting that Kelly has chosen Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner to join the staff, presumably as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach. Warinner came to…

  14. Senior Bowl important opportunity for Irish trio

    Dec 31, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    The news that safety Kyle McCarthy, center Eric Olsen, and right tackle Sam Young were invited to the Senior Bowl isn’t especially news worthy. McCarthy’s 101 tackles this season to go along with five interceptions put him near the top of the statistical heap for safeties in college football. Olsen’s inclusion as a Sporting News…

  15. Is Goodman getting a look at quarterback?

    Dec 30, 2009, 8:00 PM EDT

    Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel caught up with Notre Dame wide receiver and Fort Wayne native John Goodman about the potential of a position change to quarterback. For the most part, Goodman was a team player about the move and said all the right things: From the News-Sentinel: “If they move me there,…

  16. Irish recruits hit the All-Star circuit

    Dec 30, 2009, 12:07 PM EDT

    With National Signing Day still over a month away, there’s plenty that can happen as Brian Kelly prepares to make a slew of in-home visits. But before many recruits enroll early at their colleges of choice for the Spring semester, the annual All-Star game circuit takes place in the coming days. With a contingent not…

  17. The battle for the Midwest begins

    Dec 29, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Thinking back to December of 2004, when Charlie Weis was working two jobs — one as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, the other as the new head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish — Weis spent his days game-planning for a Super Bowl run and his evenings trying to build a…

  18. Longo Beach and Freakazoid Club coming to South Bend

    Dec 28, 2009, 11:14 AM EDT

    While nothing has been made official yet, Brian Kelly is likely bringing his strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo with him to South Bend. Longo has been with Kelly since his Central Michigan days, and before that Longo worked for over a decade with legendary Iowa coach Hayden Fry as his strength and conditioning coach.…

  19. Report: GVSU's Martin joining Kelly's staff

    Dec 28, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    In a move that’s been widely speculated, is reporting that Chuck Martin is leaving his job as head coach of Grand Valley State and joining Brian Kelly’s staff as defensive backs coach. The move likely means that Bob Diaco will be joining Kelly as the defensive coordinator, which has also been pretty much assumed…

  20. It's official: Te'o is staying

    Dec 26, 2009, 6:09 PM EDT

    Crisis averted for Brian Kelly. In what could be considered his largest recruiting victory as a head football coach, Brian Kelly managed to keep prized linebacker Manti Te’o at Notre Dame. According to reports by both the South Bend Tribune and the Chicago Tribune, Te’o will return to South Bend instead of taking his Mormon…

  21. The three star conundrum

    Dec 26, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    (I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and enjoyed some time away from the internet. I did. I’ll keep everybody posted with breaking news and some (hopefully) interesting articles, before getting things cranked back up to full-speed next week.) As usual, the Wall Street Journal came up with something interesting. Their blog, The Count, tackled…

  22. The art of information

    Dec 23, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    (Posting is going to be a little sporadic the next few days. I’ll do my best to keep everybody updated if anything big happens, but most likely things will be quiet here on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, as I’ll be in a semi-remote part of the great state of Minnesota that doesn’t tend to…

  23. Kelly speaks

    Dec 22, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly had his first close-up with the media, meeting with four media outlets (not us) for over 40 minutes and dishing on a variety of topics. I think the timing of this was perfect for Kelly — it’s a super slow news cycle right now with the recruiting dead and the holidays upon us…

  24. Reports: Young heading to Akron

    Dec 22, 2009, 2:53 AM EDT

    Both the Chicago Tribune and Irish Illustrated are reporting that Bryant Young is joining the Akron coaching staff as defensive line coach and turning down the offer to stay at Notre Dame as a defensive graduate assistant. Young would join Akron coach Rob Ianello’s coaching staff that is filled with former Irish coaches. Most will…

  25. Dead period means coaching staff a priority

    Dec 21, 2009, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s first week recruiting at Notre Dame netted him the signature of Austin Collinsworth. With recruiting now quiet with an NCAA mandated dead period, expect Kelly to put his focus on solidifying his coaching staff. There were whispers last week that Kelly was potentially bringing a coach with ties to Notre Dame back to…