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  1. Te’o begins life in the NFL

    May 13, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Rookie draft pick Te'o stretches in front of head coach McCoy during the first day of the San Diego Chargers NFL rookie camp at the team's facilities in San Diego

    With news light on the college football front (we’re still putting the pieces together for some long-form offseason features), let’s take a quick look at San Diego, where Manti Te’o‘s life as an NFL football player just got started. Te’o debuted at rookie minicamp, where reporters and coaches got their first look at the former…

  2. Samarzija’s football toughness showing on baseball diamond

    May 12, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT


    For Notre Dame football fans, there will always be a bit of a “what if” with Jeff Samardzija. The former All-American wide receiver, who exploded onto the scene when Charlie Weis arrived in South Bend, scored a ridiculous 27 touchdown passes in his final two years in South Bend, exactly 27 more than he did…

  3. Kiel opens up about transfer to Cincinnati

    May 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kiel Kelly

    The news of Gunner Kiel leaving Notre Dame was hardly a surprise. The talented young quarterback, who redshirted during the Irish’s 2012 run to the BCS Championship game, departed before spring practice, with an eye on finding an opportunity to play. It was another switch on an already wayward journey for Kiel, one of the…

  4. RIP Asaph Schwapp

    May 8, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT


    Sad news out of the Notre Dame football program. Former fullback Asaph Schwapp has lost his battle with cancer. He was just 26 years old. News of his grave condition broke earlier today when former Irish coach Charlie Weis tweeted, “One of the first young men I ever recruited to ND, Asaph Schwapp is gravely…

  5. Kelly expects leaders to emerge over summer

    May 8, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    As the school year draws to a close, the Irish are in the unofficial portion of the calendar. Yet that’s the time — through the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo, that leadership usually emerges. Watching Brian Kelly’s teams evolve, you get the idea that when Kelly says his team develops at its…

  6. Hood working his best to recruit during the Twitter era

    May 7, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    NCHSAA Playoffs

    Last year, Notre Dame assembled a recruiting class that did most of its own work. Spearheaded by early commitments like James Onwualu, Malik Zaire and Jaylon Smith, the “Irish Mob” built on the camaraderie and closed strong, adding five-star recruits Greg Bryant, Max Redfield and Eddie Vanderdoes. It looks like the current recruiting class is…

  7. Faith restored

    May 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kelly Swarbrick Jenkins

    Putting the 2012 season into context will be easier the farther away it gets. Notre Dame’s unlikely run to the BCS Championship game is incredible for so many different reasons. Even if the end result was a one-sided Alabama victory, the fact that the Irish found themselves at the apex of the mountain is one…

  8. Stadium expansion next on the docket for Notre Dame

    May 4, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT

    Updated Notre Dame Stadium

    The house that Rockne built is in need of another expansion. At least that’s the thinking among Notre Dame administrators. The university announced a feasibility study that’s going to explore all options for the iconic stadium over the next six to nine months, as part of the a larger campus plan. “Inspired by the University’s…

  9. Irish add commitment of OT Quenton Nelson

    May 2, 2013, 5:08 AM EDT

    Quenton Nelson

    Just a few days after adding one of the top running backs in the country, the Notre Dame coaching staff accepted the verbal commitment of New Jersey offensive lineman Quenton Nelson. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle had offers from Alabama, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and a slew of others. Nelson joins a growing offensive…

  10. NFL Draft shows Irish talent on the rise

    May 1, 2013, 7:08 AM EDT

    Tyler Eifert, Marvin Lewis

    While draft day might have been disappointing for some graduating Notre Dame players, it’s far from that when you’re looking at the overall health of the football program. The six Irish players drafted last week is another data-point that shows the talent on the roster, and the health of the program, is on the rise.…

  11. Irish receive commitment from blue-chip RB Elijah Hood

    Apr 29, 2013, 3:20 AM EDT

    NCHSAA Playoffs

    After a slow start to recruiting this spring,  the 2014 group received a huge jolt when blue-chip running back Elijah Hood pledged his commitment to the Irish on Sunday evening. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder is Rivals’ top-ranked athlete, No. 12 prospect overall, and has offers from North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State, USC and more.…

  12. Lewis-Moore’s draft selection cuts into lunch break

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Wake Forest v Notre Dame

    During Kapron Lewis-Moore‘s Notre Dame career, the six-foot-four, 300-pound defensive end had his share of bad timing. An injury during the 2011 season cut short his junior year just as the Irish needed him most. After an impressive final season, an ACL injury during the biggest game of his career threw his draft potential into…

  13. Slaughter, Riddick, Lewis-Moore and Motta drafted late

    Apr 28, 2013, 6:13 AM EDT

    Theo Riddick

    It took longer than they probably hoped, but four more Irish football players went off the board in the late rounds of the NFL Draft. Safety Jamoris Slaughter, whose season was cut short after an Achilles tendon tear, was selected in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns. Later in that round, Theo Riddick went…

  14. After long wait, Te’o lands in San Diego with 38th pick

    Apr 27, 2013, 4:04 AM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    The waiting is finally over for Notre Dame All-American Manti Te’o, who was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the sixth pick of the second round. For Te’o, it’s a silver lining landing spot after a disappointing slide dropped him out of the first round. The former Irish linebacker heads to San Diego, about…

  15. Eifert selected by Cincinnati Bengals with 21st pick

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:03 AM EDT

    Kapron Lewis-Moore, Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert, Zack Martin

    Notre Dame’s record-setting tight end Tyler Eifert was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 21st pick in the NFL Draft’s first round. He was the first tight end selected in the draft and is the 64th former Irish player to be taken in the first round. It’s the second time in two seasons that…

  16. USC under the lights, as home kickoffs are announced

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:25 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    The University of Notre Dame announced home kickoff times for the upcoming 2013 season yesterday, the highlight being another prime time affair against USC. NBC will broadcast all six home games nationally, and will also handle the broadcast for the Shamrock Series game in Cowboys Stadium, where they’ll take on Arizona State. The rest of…

  17. IBG: Spring cleaning

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT


    With the spring game in the rearview mirror, and the long abyss ahead of us before fall camp, we thought it was a good time to get the old band back together, with the Irish Blogger Gathering reuniting for a one-day special. With Josh Flynt off to greener pastures at the Monogram Club, we’re waiting…

  18. Irish add commitment from TE Nic Weishar

    Apr 24, 2013, 7:07 AM EDT

    Nic Weishar

    Notre Dame added another prospect to their  2014 recruiting class, with Illinois tight end Nic Weishar pledging his commitment yesterday. Weishar had a nice list of offers that included Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Wisconsin and others. Weishar, who hails from the south side of the Chicagoland area and Marist High, has visited Notre Dame…

  19. Recruiting efforts slowly take focus

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:43 AM EDT

    Sony Michel

    With the Irish coming off a second consecutive 8-5 season, and a late season recruiting fade that saw elite recruits like Ronald Darby and Deontay Greenberry leave at the eleventh hour, Notre Dame’s recruiting philosophy changed. The 2013 recruiting class that became one of the most decorated groups in the modern era wasn’t always that.…

  20. Must See TV: Strong and True

    Apr 22, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    TJ Jones

    For those worried that the Irish weren’t taking the Blue-Gold game all that seriously, tuning in one hour before the scrimmage would have alleviated any worry that Notre Dame didn’t take the spring seriously. The NBC Sports Network aired the most recent behind-the-scenes look at Notre Dame football, with a one-hour special called “Strong and…

  21. Atkinson shows himself up to the challenge

    Apr 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Josh Atkinson

    We’ll likely spend the next month or two trying to make heads or tails of the spring game. Part of that is the zero-sum variety of an intersquad scrimmage. Is a big play made by the offense a bad play by the defense? Does a good pass rush mean the offensive line is playing poorly?…

  22. Video round-up: Blue-Gold game

    Apr 21, 2013, 6:14 AM EDT

    Everett Golson

    We’ll dig a little bit deeper into the game later this afternoon, but first let’s roll through some video highlights from the 84th annual Blue-Gold game. Here’s a quick look at a highlight package, for those of you that missed the game yesterday. *** Here’s Brian Kelly after the game with NBC’s Alex Flanagan. It’s…

  23. Five things we learned: Defense 54, Offense 43

    Apr 20, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Louis Nix, Steve Elmer

    What a difference a year makes. Just think: Twelve months ago, the Irish were in the middle of a four-man open race for the starting quarterback job. The coaching staff was rebuilt and reshuffled, all with the hopes of fixing an offense that needed to replace its best player. Coming off two 8-5 seasons, the…

  24. Live blog: 84th annual Blue-Gold game

    Apr 20, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    Today’s a great day to be a Notre Dame football fan. Not just for the Blue-Gold game, but for the hour before it, as we watch Strong and True, the behind-the-scenes documentary on the Irish football team’s offseason. As mentioned earlier in the week, you’ve got plenty of options to watch the Blue-Gold game. You…

  25. Game Day: The 84th Blue-Gold game

    Apr 20, 2013, 7:40 AM EDT

    Atkinson 3

    The culmination of spring practice happens this afternoon as the offense takes on the defense in the 84th annual Blue-Gold game. (For those bristling about a lack of traditional scrimmage, what do you expect from a game that supposedly pits Blue vs. Gold and one team always wears white?) With a winter blast hitting South…