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  1. Stephon Tuitt will declare for the NFL Draft

    Jan 5, 2014, 11:51 PM EST

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt has played his final game for Notre Dame. The Irish’s star defensive end told Sports Illustrated that he will declare for the NFL Draft, leaving after three seasons in South Bend. Tuitt led the Irish in sacks in 2013 with 7.5, a season after totaling 12, the second best single-season output…

  2. Irish add linebacker Nyles Morgan to recruiting class

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:43 PM EST

    Nyles MorganAAA

    Notre Dame received a key recruiting pledge when inside linebacker Nyles Morgan committed to the Irish during the US Army All-American Bowl Saturday afternoon. The Chicagoland product is an elite, four-star player anchoring a position group that the Irish coaching staff targeted this cycle. Morgan chose the Irish over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, a hard…

  3. Kizer ready for challenge at Notre Dame

    Jan 3, 2014, 5:56 PM EST

    Toledo Blade

    Brian Kelly has made a point of signing a quarterback in every class. After inheriting Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees, Kelly added Luke Massa to his debut class in South Bend. He signed Everett Golson the next year, a two-sport athlete that was set to play basketball and football at North Carolina. He snagged five-star…

  4. Rose Bowl illustrates the ups and downs of coaching

    Jan 2, 2014, 1:04 PM EST

    Dantonio Kelly

    Football is a funny game. It can turn a guy many consider to be a coaching genius into a stubborn blockhead. It can take a coach from the hot seat to the BCS Championship in a calendar year. The game of inches often swings a coaches IQ score 50 points in either direction, all dependent…

  5. Irish recruiting: Taking a look at the high school All-Star games

    Jan 1, 2014, 2:51 PM EST

    Orlando Sentinel

    Happy New Year, everybody. While college football’s grandest day is upon us, two prep showcases are just around the corner. As you’d expect, Notre Dame commitments and recruiting targets will be on display. The rosters of the Under Armour All-America Game and the US Army All-American Bowl are filled with names that should be familiar…

  6. Martin, Diaco build their staffs (and rosters)

    Dec 31, 2013, 5:55 PM EST

    Matt Cashore - USA Today Sports

    As Brian Kelly gets closer to finalizing his coaching staff moves, his former coordinators Chuck Martin and Bob Diaco have started to fill up their respective staffs as well. As you’d expect, both ex-Irish coaches have taken some pieces from Notre Dame with them.   Before we get to coaching staffs, it looks like some…

  7. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

    Dec 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Dan Fox

    A day after watching Cincinnati, Miami and Michigan all end their season in ugly, embarrassing fashion, Notre Dame’s lethargic 29-16 victory over Rutgers doesn’t look so bad. It wasn’t always the prettiest football, and the Irish left a lot of points on the board, but in the end Notre Dame went home happy and ended…

  8. Reports: Brian VanGorder the next Notre Dame defensive coordinator

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:39 PM EST


    Brian Kelly hinted in his postgame comments that he had made a decision on his next defensive coordinator. Multiple reports this evening point to New York Jets assistant coach Brian VanGorder as that man. VanGorder is a veteran assistant at both the college and pro levels that worked with Kelly back at Grand Valley from…

  9. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16

    Dec 28, 2013, 6:12 PM EST

    Brian Kelly

    So many parts of Notre Dame’s 29-16 victory over Rutgers were forgettable. The sloppy turf inside Yankee Stadium, the special teams mistakes and the missed opportunities. But in the end, Brian Kelly’s Irish pulled away from Rutgers, winning a ninth game of the season, putting an appropriately frustrating bow on a difficult season. At times,…

  10. Pinstripe Bowl Live Blog: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

    Dec 28, 2013, 11:30 AM EST

    Amir Carlisle, Tommy Rees

    Welcome to the final live blog of the season, as we collectively watch Notre Dame take on Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl. As usual, we’ll have our friends from Irish Illustrated stopping by, so feel free to spend some of your Saturday with us as we watch the Irish play one final game this season.…

  11. Notre Dame vs. Rutgers: Final thoughts before kickoff

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:32 AM EST

    Prince Shembo

    It’s a beautiful day in New York, with the temperatures feeling more like autumn than late December. So any fears that Notre Dame’s final game of 2013 would end up an ice bowl can be forgotten. Still, it’s hard not to think about the difference a year makes when watching the Irish play a 6-6…

  12. Pregame Six Pack: Bowling in the Big Apple

    Dec 27, 2013, 4:56 PM EST

    Zack Martin

    Notre Dame finishes its 126th season on Saturday, going for a ninth win as they take on Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. It’s the end of a season that many will remember for opportunities missed, though there was plenty of good to go along with the frustrating four losses. With the Irish set…

  13. Jaylon Smith’s star quickly on the rise

    Dec 26, 2013, 2:56 PM EST

    Navy v Notre Dame

    There’s a very nice article on freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith running today as the lead story on Sports Illustrated’s college football page. Smith, who came into Notre Dame as the school’s highest rated recruit since Jimmy Clausen, did everything you’d want from a freshman, becoming one of the team’s best defenders as the season went…

  14. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas, Irish fans

    Dec 25, 2013, 6:18 PM EST

    Moshood Adeniji, Stephon Tuitt

    Just a quick note to everyone that’s spending time with family and friends. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you that stop by. I truly appreciate all the time spent here.  It’s been a great year here, even if the Irish took a step back on the football field. While most should be…

  15. Andrew Hendrix plans to transfer

    Dec 24, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    Andrew Hendrix‘s time in South Bend is over. The senior quarterback has asked for his release and after the Pinstripe Bowl will likely play out his eligibility with another program next season. Hendrix redshirted during the 2010 season, and has completed 25 of 58 passes in his career for 360 yards with one touchdown and…

  16. And in that corner… The Rutgers Scarlet Knights

    Dec 24, 2013, 11:55 AM EST

    Kyle Flood

    The Fighting Irish boarded a Delta 747 for New York on Monday afternoon, set to spend Christmas in the Big Apple before playing Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday. The mood was jovial (if Twitter and Instagram are an indication) as the team took to the skies, a rare game where the Irish are…

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

    Dec 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

    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…

  18. Bryant impressing during bowl prep

    Dec 23, 2013, 1:42 AM EST

    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…

  19. Holiday Mailbag: Answers and Presents

    Dec 20, 2013, 9:09 PM EST


    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…

  20. Fenway Park appearance highlights 2014-16 slate

    Dec 20, 2013, 2:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2013, 3:46 PM EST


    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:06 PM EST


    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…

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

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:56 PM EST


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

  24. Pinstripe Bowl practice report breakdown

    Dec 18, 2013, 6:00 PM EST


    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…

  25. Diaco talks UConn, philosophy and leaving Notre Dame

    Dec 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EST

    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…