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  1. Faxes In: Jimmy Byrne

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:40 AM EST


    JIMMY BYRNE St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH) Measurables: 6-4, 285 Accolades: Team USA U-19 team, two-time D-I AP All-Ohio team, Consensus 4-Star recruit Impressive Offers: Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, West Virginia Projected Position: Offensive Guard Quick Take: A three-year starter at St. Ignatius, Byrne is a perfect profile player for the Irish. Expected to play guard or center, Bryne’s a…

  2. Faxes In: Daniel Cage

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:25 AM EST


    The first surprise of the morning goes Notre Dame’s way, with Cincinnati native Daniel Cage sending his fax to Notre Dame instead of Michigan State. The decision wraps up a whirlwind recruitment that lands the Irish another much needed defensive tackle in the recruiting class. DANIEL CAGE Winton Woods (Cincinnati, OH) Measurables: 6-2, 305 Accolades: 3-Star Rivals,…

  3. Faxes In: Tyler Newsome

    Feb 5, 2014, 8:07 AM EST


    One of the first faxes to roll in this morning was from kicker/punter Tyler Newsome. TYLER NEWSOME Carrollton (Carrollton, GA) Measureables: 6-2, 175 Accolades: Semper Fidelis All-American, All-State, Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Perfect 5/5 on FGs and 78/78 PATs in Senior Season. State Champion 4A. Impressive Offers: Air Force Projected Position: Kicker/Punter Quick Take: Newsome came to campus…

  4. Early Enrollee: Andrew Trumbetti

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:57 AM EST


    After putting together an impressive performance at the Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, Andrew Trumbetti headed to South Bend to start his career with the Irish. Let’s take a closer look. Andrew Trumbetti Demarest (Demarest, NJ) Measureables: 6-5, 250 Accolades: Under Armour All-American, Rivals 3-Star, 247Sports Composite No. 143 Overall, first-team All-Bergen County from…

  5. Early Enrollee: Justin Brent

    Feb 5, 2014, 7:35 AM EST

    As Signing Day kicks off, let’s take a look at the first of two recruits already on campus. JUSTIN BRENT Speedway (Indianapolis) Measurables: 6-1, 197 Accolades: Top Player in Indiana per Detroit Free-Press, first-team All-State Indiana 3A, Consensus 4-Star prospect, Rivals100, 247Sports Composite No. 94 Impressive Offers: Louisville Projected Position: Outside WR Quick Take: If Brent’s offer list looks…

  6. Signing Day, Here We Come

    Feb 5, 2014, 12:55 AM EST


    Just a note for all of you night owls that Wednesday will be quite the day. We’ll be up bright and early, covering the faxes as they come into The Gug, recapping in (almost) real time Signing Day. Refresh Inside the Irish early and often tomorrow, and get ready to see me as part of…

  7. Martin’s pay cut illustrates Notre Dame’s improved assistant salaries

    Feb 4, 2014, 1:20 PM EST

    David Sayler, Chuck Martin

    After spending four seasons with Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, Chuck Martin got his opportunity to run his own football program, taking the Miami (Ohio) job in early December. But apparently he had to take a pay cut to make the move. While the news is illustrative of the growing gap between the haves and…

  8. Irish Recruiting: Closing stretch could be big for Notre Dame

    Feb 3, 2014, 12:34 PM EST

    Michiah Quick

    In 48 hours, Brian Kelly will be assembling his thoughts on the 2014 recruiting class, ready to approach the media to talk about the fruits of his staff’s labor over the past 18 months. Recapping the class should be an enjoyable exercise, with this group a truly diverse class that puts back-to-back elite groups onto…

  9. Irish getting healthy in time for spring

    Jan 31, 2014, 7:27 PM EST


    While Signing Day is the focus right now, the start of spring practice is just over a month away, with the Irish beginning drills on March 3rd, their earliest start in the Brian Kelly era. And while the Irish head coach was meeting the local media to introduce his new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach,…

  10. Kelly details offensive plan as Denbrock and LaFleur introduced

    Jan 31, 2014, 3:50 PM EST

    The evolution of Brian Kelly‘s offense is coming into focus after the long-awaited introduction of offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock and new quarterback coach Matt LaFleur. The Irish head coach, fresh from coast-to-coast recruiting travels, spent some time detailing how things will run in 2014, with Chuck Martin’s departure allowing Kelly to reboot the system. That’s…

  11. Kelly makes Denbrock’s hiring as offensive coordinator official

    Jan 31, 2014, 12:35 AM EST


    In what might be the least surprising official news of the offseason, Notre Dame formally announced Mike Denbrock‘s ascension to offensive coordinator. After having the interim tag for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Denbrock will now coordinate the offense for Kelly, with the Irish head coach calling the plays. This is Denbrock’s second tour at…

  12. McKenzie’s rollercoaster recruitment appears over

    Jan 30, 2014, 4:30 PM EST

    Photo property of the Sun Sentinel

    Notre Dame has long chased wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie. The pint-sized Florida native, who dazzled with his highlight reel kick returns and big play ability at American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, viewed himself as an Irish verbal commitment, even if he still needed to do some work in the classroom to make that…

  13. Notre Dame announces Campus Crossroads Project

    Jan 29, 2014, 12:19 PM EST


    Today the University of Notre Dame announced the Campus Crossroads Project, a $400 million building initiative. With the plans of turning Notre Dame Stadium into a centralized, year-round hub on campus, the Campus Crossroads Project will include the construction of over 750,000 square feet of classroom, research, student facility, digital media, performance, meeting, event and…

  14. Last look back: Wide receivers and tight ends

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:14 PM EST

    TJ Jones, Julian Wilson

    For the first time in forever, the Irish entered the season without an All-American candidate to catch the football. Gone were Tyler Eifert, Michael Floyd, Golden Tate and Jeff Samardzija, one of the best runs of receivers in school history. But even lacking a leading man, this season proved to be a formidable ensemble. Even…

  15. Notre Dame experience continuing to grow

    Jan 27, 2014, 1:10 PM EST

    Updated Notre Dame Stadium

    After announcing a market-setting deal with Under Armour last week, expect to hear from Jack Swarbrick again soon. That’s because Swarbrick and university president Rev. John Jenkins are expected to reveal the results of a long-awaited study on the expansion of Notre Dame Stadium. While the details will likely be made public soon, our friends…

  16. Irish add key DT recruit Mokwuah, lose OLB Yeargin

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:29 PM EST

    Photo property of Rich Clark

    Notre Dame’s recruiting class continues to take shape, with the Irish adding a key commitment on Friday in defensive tackle Peter Mokwuah. The Staten Island native flipped his commitment from Rutgers to Notre Dame on Friday after a visit from Brian Kelly to St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School. At 6-foot-4, 315-pounds, Mokwuah gives the Irish…

  17. Notre Dame makes LaFleur hiring official

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:16 PM EST

    Robert Griffin III, Matt LaFleur

    While the news broke yesterday, Notre Dame made the hiring of quarterback Matt LaFleur official Friday evening, with a release from the football office. With Brian Kelly and his staff currently on the road recruiting (more big news on that to come), the quarterback coach will likely hit the road and join the staff in…

  18. Matt LaFleur to be named QB coach

    Jan 23, 2014, 2:40 PM EST

    Robert Griffin III, Matt LaFleur

    After having smoke around his name for quite some time, former Redskins quarterback coach Matt LaFleur will be named the new quarterback coach at Notre Dame. The news was first reported by the Washington Post. LaFleur spent the past four seasons as the quarterback coach for the Redskins. He spent two years before that as…

  19. Last look back: Quarterback

    Jan 22, 2014, 10:13 PM EST

    Rees USC

    Nobody expects Irish fans to write a final love letter to Tommy Rees. But the senior quarterback, who played significant minutes in all four of Brian Kelly’s seasons in South Bend, is the quarterback of record for the Kelly era. None of that is Rees’s fault. And in some ways, it’s not really Kelly’s fault…

  20. Zack Martin dominating at Senior Bowl

    Jan 21, 2014, 7:27 PM EST

    Zack Martin

    Former Notre Dame left tackle Zack Martin is earning himself some money this week at the Senior Bowl. The four-time offensive lineman of the year for the Irish, the only player in school history to win that award more than twice, has been dominant during practices, quieting any skeptics who worried that Martin was too…

  21. Under Armour and Notre Dame sign 10-year partnership

    Jan 21, 2014, 12:08 PM EST

    Jack Swarbrick,Kevin Plank

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank formally announced a 10-year partnership. Under Armour will become the exclusive performance footwear and apparel supplier for the Fighting Irish, in a record-setting deal, as the school’s Adidas contract expires. While the financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Swarbrick confidently stated that…

  22. Last look back: Running Backs

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:44 PM EST

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    With Signing Day a little over two weeks away and spring practice just around the corner, the 2013 season is getting smaller and smaller in our rearview mirror. But before we officially turn the page, it’s appropriate to take one final look back at the Irish’s 9-4 season. For the next few days, we’ll be…

  23. Collinsworth, Lombard, Moore and Utupo on track for fifth year

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:50 AM EST

    Christian Lombard

    It looks like the 2014 roster is coming into focus. While Brian Kelly and his coaching staff are on the road trying to add some final pieces to the recruiting class, four seniors are likely to return for a fifth season. Multiple outlets are reporting that Austin Collinsworth, Christian Lombard, Kendall Moore and Justin Utupo…

  24. Early exits to NFL present new challenges for Irish

    Jan 16, 2014, 3:48 PM EST

    Troy Niklas

    When Stephon Tuitt and Troy Niklas decided to leave Notre Dame after three seasons and head to the NFL, it presented another minor crisis for Brian Kelly. Yet the biggest dilemma won’t be how Kelly and the Irish replace two frontline players, both likely to be off the board in the draft’s first two rounds.…

  25. With VanGorder official, focus turns to offense

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:22 PM EST


    Brian VanGorder starts his Notre Dame coaching career with a bang, jet-setting the country as the new defensive coordinator will spend the next few weeks getting introduced to recruits everywhere. That VanGorder has the ability to pitch his NFL experience, not to mention his two tenures in the SEC, should help cushion any blow that…