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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. Notre Dame, Temple push back 2014 season opener one year

    Jul 26, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    As Notre Dame scrambles to clear a logjam in their ’14 football schedule, news from our friends at give us an update on another big change. With the Irish set to open the regular season against Temple in just over a month, Notre Dame planned on returning the favor with a visit to Philadelphia…

  5. Weekend notes: Assistants, Sharks, Rees talk (and more!)

    Jul 26, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT


    With breaking news and information at a minimum with the Irish a little more than a week out before training camp, it’s been a while since we took a stroll through the links and kept you guys updated on things I found interesting. (Take that for what it’s worth…) One great thing about the past…

  6. Irish training camp to open at Shiloh Park

    Jul 25, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

    When Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish open training camp in less than ten days, they won’t be doing it on the familiar LaBar Practice Fields on campus. Kelly announced they’ll spend the first days of fall camp in Marion, Indiana at the Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center, getting out of town for a few days…

  7. Freshman Focus: Isaac Rochell

    Jul 25, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT

    Isaac Rochell

    Incoming defensive lineman Isaac Rochell is a lot of things on the football field. But what might make him one of the more interesting recruits in this class is what he isn’t: Drama. Rochell’s recruitment was one of the quietest for a high profile player in recent memory. In an era where just about every…

  8. Freshman Focus: Corey Robinson

    Jul 24, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Corey Robinson

    More than a few eyebrows were raised when Notre Dame reached out to little known San Antonio wide receiver Corey Robinson. Playing in lower division Texas high school football and a relative newcomer to the game, Robinson pledged to the Irish with fans knowing nothing more than he was the string-bean shaped son of former…

  9. Freshman Focus: Max Redfield

    Jul 22, 2013, 7:45 AM EDT

    Max Redfield

    If you’re looking for one of the perks of an undefeated regular season, Max Redfield is it. The former USC commitment, one of the top safeties in the country, chose Notre Dame at the Under Armor All-American game, picking the Irish at a time where ND fans usually only bemoan the recruit that got away.…

  10. Freshman Focus: Doug Randolph

    Jul 21, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

    Doug Randolph

    Brian Kelly and his coaching staff seem to be collecting “Big Skill” athletes, a player profile that targets athletes that stand 6-foot-3 or taller, and head to college at a well put together 230-plus pounds. In Virginia’s Doug Randolph, Kelly has plucked another recruit in that mold, with the multi-sport athlete a perfect fit for…

  11. Counting down the Irish: The top five

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Notre Dame defensive players Tuitt, Nix III, and Te'O celebrate after breaking up a play in the fourth quarter during their win over USC in their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles

    For the past few years, the Irish haven’t been shy on leading men. Since we began this exercise before the 2010 season, there has always been a dynamic duo at the top of the Irish roster. Last season the choice was who to rank first among the returning All-American candidates, Manti Te’o on defense or…

  12. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 18, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    Looking at the first fifteen names we’ve revealed, one pretty clear trend seemed to be emerging. The strength of this team’s depth was on defense. Ten of the players we’ve already rolled out will be defensive contributors. That includes highly touted freshmen Max Redfield and Jaylon Smith, who will have to find a way onto…

  13. Freshman Focus: James Onwualu

    Jul 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    James Onwualu

    Hailing from the same high school as Michael Floyd, Ryan Harris and Rashon Powers-Neal, Cretin-Derham Hall looks to have been kind to the Irish football program again with the addition of wide receiver James Onwualu. The early enrollee freshman jump-started his college career by joining the team for spring drills and immediately made his mark…

  14. WR Corey Holmes commits to Notre Dame

    Jul 17, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

    Orlando Sentinel

    In a decision that was a long time coming, Fort Lauderdale wide receiver Corey Holmes committed to Notre Dame today, giving the Irish another top flight wide receiver in the recruiting class. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide receiver from powerhouse program St. Thomas Aquinas had offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma,…

  15. Counting down the Irish: 15-11

    Jul 17, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    If the first five members of this list represented talented newcomers and untapped potential, the next five members of this group is filled with veterans ready to step into the spotlight. To take a snapshot of the first ten names on our Top 25 list gives you a nice look at how this team’s roster…

  16. Freshman Focus: John Montelus

    Jul 17, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

    John Montelus

    Adding John Montelus to the ’13 recruiting class was a cherry on top for an offensive line group that was already set to restock the reservoir of big bodies being collected by Brian Kelly and Harry Hiestand. Montelus made it a five man front of freshman, assuring the Irish that they were bringing in a…

  17. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 16, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

    Matthias Farley

    After the first five slots of our Top 25 included three talented freshmen that could play supporting roles, our next five spots are dedicated to upperclassmen that will be major contributors this season, all expected to be members of the starting lineup. If the inclusion of Jaylon Smith, Max Redfield and Greg Bryant represented the…

  18. Freshman Focus: Colin McGovern

    Jul 15, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Colin McGovern

    For all the complaints recently about Notre Dame struggling to get the best players out of the Chicagoland area (one of the only gripes you could muster about this staff’s recruiting efforts), the Irish did great work landing offensive lineman Colin McGovern. A throwback player to the Lou Holtz /Joe Moore era, McGovern looks to…

  19. Counting down the Irish: 25-21

    Jul 15, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    As we look at the first installment of our annual Top 25 list, it’s a reminder that Brian Kelly knows how to recruit. While we’ve trudged through this topic more than once, one of the biggest concerns after Kelly’s hiring was his ability to recruit against the power programs in college football. Succeeding only at…

  20. Counting down the Irish: 2013′s roster rankings

    Jul 15, 2013, 6:19 AM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    It’s that time of year again. As our summer days gradually shorten and the calendar creeps past the middle of July, the long abyss is ending and we are inching closer and closer to real football. With the 2013 Fighting Irish set to kickoff preseason camp in early August, it’s time to take to projecting…

  21. Freshman Focus: Mike McGlinchey

    Jul 14, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Mike McGlinchey

    If you’re looking for a developmental prospect along the offensive line, there might be no better candidate than Philadelphia native Mike McGlinchey. With a frame that seems like a mold breaker and the size and athleticism to play the post for Mike Brey, McGlinchey is a true tackle prospect on an offensive line that often…

  22. Weekend notes: Recruiting, position battles, and more

    Jul 13, 2013, 3:58 AM EDT

    247 Sports

    It’s not all that surprising that a little snippet from Chuck Martin on the state of the quarterback depth chart would get the comments section churning. There’s no question that Tommy Rees is one of the more polarizing players we’ve ever discussed on this site. Love him, hate him, he’s the guy that’s going to…

  23. Freshman Focus: Jacob Matuska

    Jul 12, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

    Jacob Matuska

    One of the earliest members of the ’13 recruiting class, Jacob Matuska fits the profile that Brian Kelly and his staff target perfectly. Recruited by some schools as a tight end, Matuska instead will start on the defensive side of the ball, capable of growing into a 3-4 defensive end quickly as he begins to…

  24. Martin talks quarterbacks, offense

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:39 AM EDT

    Chuck Martin 2

    Entering his second season as offensive coordinator, Chuck Martin has been thrown another curveball. With the departure of Everett Golson, Martin has to lean on another quarterback and likely chuck a large portion of his playbook into storage for a year. But after reading portions of Martin’s interview with Blue & Gold Illustrated, excerpted from…

  25. Freshman Focus: Cole Luke

    Jul 10, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Cole Luke

    If Notre Dame was looking to solidify the cornerback position during the last recruiting cycle, they found their headliner in Arizona’s Cole Luke. With size, speed and technique that ranks among the best in the country, signing Luke was the type of recruiting surprise that Irish fans have started to get used to under Brian…