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  1. Focus on Red Zone offense key for Irish

    Aug 12, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees

    For a team that ran the gauntlet to an undefeated regular season, Notre Dame’s offense had a major flaw: The Red Zone. In a season that was extraordinary, the Irish would’ve settled for being simply ordinary inside the opponent’s twenty yard line. Yet the Irish were one of the worst teams in the country in…

  2. Safety Baratti to have season-ending shoulder surgery

    Aug 12, 2013, 1:16 AM EDT


    A crowded race for playing time at the safety position might be light one of leading contenders for the job. Sophomore safety Nicky Baratti could be done for the season, reportedly reinjuring a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery. A year after playing in all 13 games last season, multiple reports, first uncovered by, have Baratti’s…

  3. Practice Report Breakdown: Day Five

    Aug 9, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    There’s a ton of great information on the internet right now with Friday afternoon’s practice open to the media. You’d do yourself a favor to check out all the great stuff out there, but as always, here’s another way too close look at the Practice Report. While it felt like they were editing a…

  4. Right side of offensive line still in flux

    Aug 9, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Christian Lombard

    The local media had their first look at the ’13 Irish today, with Brian Kelly spending a solid chunk of time answering question from a group of reporters that were hungry after sitting out Camp Shiloh. With practice open to peering eyes, one place to keep a focus on is the right side of the…

  5. Practice report breakdown: Day Four

    Aug 8, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    After taking a serious look at Brian Kelly‘s post practice comments, here’s another closer than healthy look at the practice report. At this point, thousands of Irish fans are jumping to conclusions based on about thirty plays, handpicked by the FIDM staff and likely approved by the coaches. Sure, it’s worth looking at, but…

  6. Kelly keeps focus on evaluation in camp’s opening days

    Aug 8, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly BCS

    The Irish football team returned to South Bend on Thursday evening, after kicking off training camp with four days in the relative calm of at Shiloh Park. With team building exercises and players bunking up in cabins to build camaraderie and a new team identity, the focus was as much off the field as on…

  7. Examining the official roster (Juniors)

    Aug 8, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Let’s keep trudging through the Irish roster, digging deeper than its healthy (is it wrong that I picture a q-tip when I write that) as we examine the juniors on the Irish roster. Again, just a few observations as I go through the official 2013 roster. * Certainly not a new statement, but George Atkinson…

  8. Practice report breakdown: Day Three

    Aug 7, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Football Practice

    With shoulder pads and helmets on, the intensity seems to have been ratcheted up at Shiloh Park, the site of Notre Dame’s first week of training camp. And while we’ll get to the practice video breakdown, head coach Brian Kelly encapsulated the mission for today at the very end of the video, where he all…

  9. Practice report breakdown: Day Two

    Aug 6, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

    Spring Practice

    There’s not much to gather from today’s practice report, but that certainly won’t stop us from trying. With Notre Dame opening training camp at an offsite location for the first time in recent memory, here’s a quick rundown of the day’s schedule, per a release from the sports information department. 7am — Wake Up Call…

  10. Kelly talks consistency, depth on Day Two

    Aug 6, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Kiel Kelly

    Notre Dame completed their second day of training camp on Tuesday at Camp Shiloh, and while there was no media present, and Jack Nolan had exclusive access to the team. As you’d expect for a team in just helmets, practice mostly consisted of the basics, though it was a full day of positional and…

  11. Practice report breakdown: Day One

    Aug 6, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Practice Team

    Just because contact drills don’t start for a few days doesn’t mean we shouldn’t over analyze every frame of practice footage provided us. As usual, here’s an overly critical look at the 90+ seconds of practice video released late Monday night by the FIDM staff. Feel free to jump to conclusions at your own…

  12. Kelly recaps first day of practice

    Aug 5, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Fighting Irish quarterback Golson brings the first team offense together during a practice session in Davie, Florida

    While the media wasn’t allowed to head to Camp Shiloh, Jack Nolan and the FIDM crew were there to catch up with Brian Kelly after practice. We’ll likely get a video of warm-up drills and the team in helmets and shorts later, but Kelly had this to say about the kickoff to the ’13 season.…

  13. Examining the official roster (Sophomores)

    Aug 5, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Romeo Okwara Diaco

    As we did with the freshman class, let’s stroll through the sophomores and let’s dig a little too deep as with investigate the official roster. * One thing that’s definitely changed from this roster to last is a lack of rounding. (Unlike years’ past, the official roster is listing heights down to the 1/4 inch.)…

  14. Notre Dame reveals Shamrock Series uniforms (Not bad!)

    Aug 5, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Shamrock Series

    Notre Dame revealed their Shamrock Series uniforms today, fulfilling their annual duty of setting the internet ablaze with umbrage and strife as grown men complain about the loss of tradition and degradation of one of college football’s iconic uniforms. And while there are certainly familiar haunts where the front porch is filled with rocking chairs…

  15. Examining the official roster (Freshmen)

    Aug 5, 2013, 1:59 AM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    Notre Dame begins the season on Monday with four days at Camp Shiloh. Before we get into training camp battles, player interviews, and all the serious stuff, let’s take a cruise through the official roster. Here are a few tidbits I found interesting about the freshmen: * At a shade below 5-foot-10, Greg Bryant certainly…

  16. Irish add another recruit with DL Matt Dickerson

    Aug 3, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

    Just a day after solidifying their linebacking corps with the commitment of linebacker Richard Yeargin III, the Notre Dame coaching staff reeled in another big time front seven target with the addition of defensive lineman Matt Dickerson. Dickerson, a six-foot-five, 270-pounder from the Bay Area, took a visit at Notre Dame this weekend and pulled…

  17. Blue-chip LB Richard Yeargin III commits to Irish

    Aug 2, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

    Richard Yeargin III

    On a day where the Irish kicked off their current season, they received a commitment that will be a key piece to their future. Blue-chip linebacker Richard Yeargin III of Fort Lauderdale committed to Notre Dame today, adding a much needed linebacker to the depth chart. “I am officially committed to the University of Notre…

  18. Kelly begins fourth season on steady ground

    Aug 2, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

    After three seasons as the head coach of Notre Dame, Brian Kelly feels confident. And that’s not just the confidence that comes from your average, everybody-is-still-undefeated media day banter, but rather the belief of a head coach that’s followed a blue print and seen the corresponding results. Comfortably in the rearview mirror is an undefeated…

  19. Kelly puts his faith in Rees as his quarterback

    Aug 2, 2013, 2:07 AM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    Notre Dame is ready to kick off the 2013 with preseason expectations higher than they’ve been in South Bend since Brady Quinn was returning for his senior season. And while some fans can’t help but think about what could have been with returning starter Everett Golson back at quarterback for a second season in the…

  20. Notre Dame ranked 11th in preseason Coaches Poll

    Aug 1, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    After a surprising twelve win season, Notre Dame will open up 2013 ranked 11th in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. Defending national champion Alabama is ranked first, capturing all be three of the first place votes, and Ohio State is ranked second. The Irish will face four preseason ranked opponents this season, with Stanford…

  21. Vanderdoes saga ends, but not without some unanswered questions

    Jul 31, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT


    One-time Notre Dame signee Eddie Vanderdoes has won his final appeal with the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee, gaining immediate eligibility to play for UCLA this fall. The victory for Vanderdoes comes after a rather lengthy (and sometimes public) spat with Notre Dame and head coach Brian Kelly, who allowed Vanderdoes to enroll at…

  22. Freshman Focus: Malik Zaire

    Jul 30, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    Arriving on campus, it was tough to call Malik Zaire the quarterback of tomorrow. It was more like the day after tomorrow. But with a depth chart that saw the departure of Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel, and will say goodbye to Tommy Rees and potentially Andrew Hendrix after this season, Zaire’s arrival feels almost…

  23. Kelly breaks down training camp

    Jul 30, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly BCS

    With Brian Kelly meeting the media in just a few days, our friends at Fighting Irish Digital Media got a head start, posting a great interview with Jack Nolan talking with the Irish head coach on the state of the program. I’ll post the video below, but here are a few bullet points that I…

  24. Freshman Focus: Durham Smythe

    Jul 29, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Durham Smythe

    It’s not often Notre Dame gets in late on a recruit committed to Texas and ends up getting him to sign with the Irish. But that’s exactly what happened with tight end Durham Smythe, with the Texas native walking away from his commitment to Mack Brown and the Longhorns in favor of Brian Kelly’s tight…

  25. Freshman Focus: Jaylon Smith

    Jul 28, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Indianapolis Star

    The crown jewel of the Irish recruiting class, Jaylon Smith begins his Notre Dame career as the school’s highest ranked defensive prospect in the modern recruiting era. The top high school linebacker in the country, Smith is an all-everything recruit, a headliner on every All-American team, and a prospect coveted by schools coast to coast.…