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  1. Kelly submits NFL evaluations for Tuitt, Niklas and Atkinson

    Dec 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    When catching up with the local media over the weekend, Brian Kelly revealed that he asked the NFL’s advisory committee for evaluations of three juniors: defensive end Stephon Tuitt, tight end Troy Niklas and running back George Atkinson. The deadline to enter the NFL Draft is January 15.  That Tuitt would receive an evaluation is a…

  2. Bryant impressing during bowl prep

    Dec 23, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    After what many thought was a lost season, freshman running back Greg Bryant is making up for lost time. During Notre Dame’s preparations for the Pinstripe Bowl, the five-star recruit is practicing up to his reputation, earning the praise of his head coach over the weekend after recovering from minor knee surgery. “He’s moving along…

  3. Holiday Mailbag: Answers and Presents

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT


    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Here’s hoping you’re all spending these next few days finishing up work and getting closer to friends and family. And as teased, we’re doing our first ever Holiday giveaway, thanks to LCP and Skybox Press. It’s the Official Illustrated History of Fighting Irish Football.  The book features 20 essays from…

  4. Fenway Park appearance highlights 2014-16 slate

    Dec 20, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    Athletic director Jack Swarbrick announced Notre Dame’s football schedule for the next three seasons, finally unveiling the changes that came with the Irish’s scheduling arrangement with the Atlantic Coast Conference. As Swarbrick promised, the Irish will play 15 ACC games in the next three seasons, though the 2014 schedule has just four games to accommodate…

  5. Pot of Gold pushes Notre Dame recruiting to the forefront

    Dec 19, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT


    Take the U.S. Postal Service, add to it Notre Dame football and the holiday season, and you expect a punchline. But this week, the Irish football program has received a lot of attention on the internet for its “Pot of Gold,” a recruiting tactic that has seen the Notre Dame football office presumably blow through…

  6. Shamrock Series in 2014 will be Purdue-ND in Indianapolis

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT


    Purdue confirmed this afternoon that their date with Notre Dame next year will in fact take place in Lucas Oil Stadium. Notre Dame will “host” the Boilermakers in their 2014 Shamrock Series game, an all Indiana affair. “We are excited to bring this great instate rivalry game to Indianapolis next season,” Purdue athletics director Morgan…

  7. Postseason Mailbag: Now Open (Christmas giveaway bonus!)

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT


    Ask your questions here. Or @KeithArnold on Twitter. Christmas giveaway details revealed tomorrow. But I promise, it’s a really good gift.

  8. Pinstripe Bowl practice report breakdown

    Dec 18, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT


    I’ve heard from a few people that they actually missed my practice video breakdowns. So let’s fire up the YouTube machine and over-analyze what’s going on being closed doors at Notre Dame’s practice! As usual, here is a time-coded, cheatsheet that’ll get you through an interesting practice report. 0:10 — It just feels like…

  9. Diaco talks UConn, philosophy and leaving Notre Dame

    Dec 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Bob Diaco

    In case you missed it, former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco was a guest on Jim Rome’s radio show this afternoon. It was a terrific opportunity for the new head coach of the UConn football team to get a national platform, and Diaco dazzled Rome with some of the things that made him such…

  10. Bryant’s redshirt freshman season appears official

    Dec 17, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    While Notre Dame doesn’t comment on redshirts or eligibility, it appears that running back Greg Bryant‘s freshman season, where he participated in three early games, will not start his eligibility clock. The running back from Delray Beach, Florida confirmed as much on his Twitter account yesterday afternoon. While the news feels a bit like minutiae for…

  11. Recruiting bonanza continues with TE Tyler Luatua commitment

    Dec 16, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

    Blue chip tight end Tyler Luatua committed to Notre Dame Monday morning, continuing a whirlwind of action on the recruiting front for the Irish. Luatua, from La Mirada, California, picked Notre Dame over Alabama, where his brother plays football. Other schools that offered the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder include Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State,…

  12. Elston pledges return as Irish program moves forward

    Dec 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mike Elston

    If there was any question how Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame program would address the departures of coordinators Bob Diaco and Chuck Martin, the opening statements from master of ceremonies Jack Nolan at the team banquet answered that question. Within the first two minutes of the show, Nolan delivered a statement to players, families…

  13. Linebacker Kolin Hill (also) joins the 2014 recruiting class

    Dec 15, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT


    The weekend continues to be kind to Notre Dame. In a matter of 24 hours, a linebacking corps that looked thin continues to be bolstered. A big part of that is the commitment of Texas linebacker Kolin Hill, who returned home from his official visit Sunday and called the Irish coaching staff to commit, joining…

  14. Irish add commitment from ILB Nile Sykes

    Dec 15, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT


    Notre Dame’s annual award show netted more than a few trophies. The Irish football team walked away with a commitment from inside linebacker prospect Nile Sykes. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Chicagoland recruit, who was on his official visit this weekend, gave the Irish a key player at a position of need. Sykes was…

  15. It’s official: Golson returns to Notre Dame

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly, Everett Golson

    After a semester in purgatory, Everett Golson has been readmitted to Notre Dame, clearing his return to the football program. Golson received the rubber stamp today, made official by Paul Brown, Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications. “Everett Golson was readmitted this afternoon to the University of Notre Dame,” the one-line statement…

  16. Balancing act begins for Kelly

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    An early Brian Kelly quote that’s followed the head coach from the moment he uttered it keeps bubbling back to the surface. “Get used to it.” That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you watch Irish assistants head out the door for head coaching jobs. First, offensive coordinator Chuck Martin left South Bend…

  17. Bob Diaco accepts the UConn head coaching job

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Bob Diaco hat

    Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has accepted the head coaching position at UConn. NBC Sports has confirmed the news that was first reported by CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman. The 2012 Broyles Award winner leaves another huge hole in Brian Kelly’s staff, with both Diaco and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin taking head coaching jobs in…

  18. Stay or go? Stephon Tuitt has a big decision to make

    Dec 11, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Moshood Adeniji, Stephon Tuitt

    As Notre Dame prepares for the Pinstripe Bowl, defensive end Stephon Tuitt is likely preparing to make his own big decision. The junior defensive end is eligible to enter the NFL Draft, and depending on what you hear from various experts in the media, Tuitt will likely be a first round pick whenever he decides…

  19. Priorities clear for Irish in bowl game

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:39 AM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick will be in wintery New York today, for a press conference with Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood and his athletic director Julie Hermann. It’ll be another opportunity for us to hear from the Irish head coach, who has a busy week with recruiting, visiting Everett Golson, and preparing his football…

  20. Pinstripe bowl ends up as best fit for Irish

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    ND Yankee Stadium

    The Irish practiced yesterday, with Brian Kelly meeting with the local media to discuss preparation for the Pinstripe Bowl. Notre Dame will practice ten times between now and the 28th, with the Irish spending Christmas in New York, leaving South Bend on the 23rd. While other bowls were discussed, and for a time the Poinsettia…

  21. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood fires three assistants

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    Kyle Flood

    A day after accepting a bid to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood fired three assistants. The second-year head coach fired defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski. Those changes go into effect immediately, meaning Flood will likely be short-handed in the Pinstripe Bowl.…

  22. OL Tristen Hoge pledges to ’15 class

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Tristen Hoge

    After visiting Notre Dame multiple times, 2015 offensive lineman Tristen Hoge gave his commitment to the Irish coaching staff over the weekend, adding another key building block for the future. The six-foot-4, 285-pound Idaho native chose Notre Dame over an elite set of early offers, giving Harry Hiestand another top lineman prospect. Hoge already had…

  23. Notre Dame accepts bid to play in Pinstripe Bowl

    Dec 7, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Tyler Eifert Army

    Notre Dame has made it official. They’ll be heading to New York City for bowl season. The Irish accepted an invitation to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl today, both the New York Yankees and Notre Dame announced. The game will take place on Saturday, December 28 at 12:15 p.m. ET. The Irish will take on…

  24. Friday notes: Additions, Bowls, Coaches and Departures

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Louis Nix

    Welcome to our first non-game / pre-bowl weekend. While conference championship games play on and bowl assignments will be coming soon, let’s throw some headlines out to get you to the weekend. * Members of the Irish coaching staff stayed on the West Coast to recruit after the Stanford game. We’ll see if it has…

  25. IBG: Taking stock

    Dec 5, 2013, 2:14 AM EDT


    With bowl scenarios still shaking out, and a coaching search potentially under way, it’s a good time to take a look at some relatively big picture questions in this week’s IBG. As usual, the crew has supplied some topical questions. Participate down below, where there’s been some “lively” discussion the past few days. And head…