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  1. Tuesdays with BK: Navy edition

    Aug 28, 2012, 8:17 PM EST

    KLMfans

    With the time difference in Ireland forcing this post at an absurdly late hour, we’ll present Brian Kelly’s Tuesday press conference mostly without comment. But a few bullet points that really caught my ear: * Congratulations to the four seniors named captains of the 2012 football team: Tyler Eifert, Zack Martin, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and Manti…

  2. And in that corner… The Navy Midshipmen

    Aug 28, 2012, 7:35 PM EST

    Ken Niumatalolo, Emmett Merchant

    We’ve had almost nine months to think about it. After finishing the 2011 season on a dour note, Notre Dame — both its team and its fans — have been in an ornery mood hoping to get the bad taste of a disappointing season out of their collective mouths ever since the Irish let Florida…

  3. A closer look at the depth chart: Defense

    Aug 28, 2012, 2:47 AM EST

    Big Louis Nix

    Just as we did with the offense, here’s a closer look at the depth chart on the defensive side of the ball, where co-defensive coordinators Bob Diaco and Kerry Cook have their work cut out for them as they try and protect a secondary that’s replacing three starters and welcomed KeiVarae Russell to the starting…

  4. A closer look at the depth chart: Offense

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:17 PM EST

    John Goodman

    With injuries, suspensions, and uncertainty in a few position battles, Brian Kelly released the season’s first official depth chart with a few minor surprises. We already knew quarterback Everett Golson locked up the starting quarterback job, but let’s run through the position groupings and see who broke camp in the starting lineup. Here’s our first…

  5. Wood, Utupo suspended two games

    Aug 27, 2012, 4:05 AM EST

    Cierre Wood Pitt

    Notre Dame confirmed the suspension of running back Cierre Wood and announced a two-game suspension of defensive end Justin Utupo as well on Sunday for violating team rules. “Our players are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure to meet my expectations will result in consequences,” Notre Dame head coach…

  6. Cierre Wood suspended for season opener (maybe more)

    Aug 26, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

    Cierre Wood Wake Forest

    The Irish’s travel squad will lose another returning starter, as Cierre Wood has been suspended for the season’s opening game, joining quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese at home in South Bend when the Irish travel to Dublin on Wednesday. Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Wood will sit out the season’s opening…

  7. Opponent preview: Michigan State

    Aug 26, 2012, 7:53 AM EST

    Robert Blanton

    This is the third of twelve opponent updates as we sprint towards next Saturday‚Äôs opening game in Dublin. For more, check out the preview of Navy and Purdue. The Overview: It might not give Irish fans much solace, but Notre Dame finally got to be the spoiler in its annual matchup with Michigan State. The…

  8. Freshmen step to the forefront

    Aug 24, 2012, 10:59 AM EST

    Davaris Daniels

    Brian Kelly made his biggest headlines with the announcement of Everett Golson as his starting quarterback. Yet he dropped a few other bombs in his post-practice comments yesterday that help put into focus the team he’ll be trotting out in eight days in Dublin. Most notably, Kelly seems to have doubled-down on the youngsters on…

  9. It’s official: Everett Golson is the Irish’s starting QB

    Aug 23, 2012, 6:54 PM EST

    Everett Golson Spring Game

    Brian Kelly met with the assembled media and confirmed what I tweeted this morning: Sophomore Everett Golson will be the Irish’s starting quarterback. “It was a tough decision, but Everett won the starting job,” Kelly said after practice tonight. “If everything is going the way we planned it, he will play the whole game.” Golson’s…

  10. Opponent preview: Purdue

    Aug 23, 2012, 1:02 PM EST

    Cierre Wood

    This is the second of twelve opponent updates as we sprint towards next Saturday’s opening game in Dublin. For more, check out the preview of Navy. The Overview: Forgive Danny Hope if he’s been feeling snake bit. After taking over the Boilermakers program from Joe Tiller, Hope has had to battle a rash of bad…

  11. How we got here: A look at the Irish secondary

    Aug 22, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Bennett Jackson 2

    What we know is that presumed starting field cornerback Lo Wood is out for the season after rupturing his achilles tendon in a non-contact drill. What we don’t know is who’ll replace him in the starting lineup. But maybe Brian Kelly does. “I’m absolutely sure who’s going to replace him,” Kelly said yesterday when he…

  12. Announced or not: Golson is the man for the job

    Aug 21, 2012, 11:16 AM EST

    Everett Golson

    With classes at Notre Dame started and preparation for Navy underway, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly will meet with the assembled meeting for his weekly Tuesday press conference at noon. And while there’s no indication that he’s ready to name a signal-caller for the season opener against the Midshipmen, it’s time to give up…

  13. Lo Wood suffers season-ending Achilles injury

    Aug 20, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

    lo-wood-full

    Notre Dame’s untested secondary just suffered a major blow this afternoon when Lo Wood, the presumed starter across from Bennett Jackson, suffered a major Achilles tendon injury and will likely be lost for the season. Wood was lauded by Brian Kelly last week for the great work he’s done during this preseason camp and was…

  14. Diaco gives insight into recruiting defensive players

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Bob Diaco hat

    When Bob Diaco talks, I always try to listen. Whether he’s quoting Gandhi or talking werewolves, the Irish’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach is one of the more thoughtful and eclectic guys you’d ever ask to be around, and you’re always going to get an interesting interview session. Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated had…

  15. Opponent preview: Navy

    Aug 19, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

    Floyd Navy

    The first of twelve opponent previews profiling Notre Dame’s 2012 opponents. The Overview: After living the good life as the scrappy band of underdogs that won games by doing the little things right, Ken Niumatalolo‘s Navy team fell back down to earth in 2011, losing seven games because of bad red zone play, a horrific…

  16. Back to football: Practice report video

    Aug 17, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    Cierre Wood Pitt

    Can we purge yesterday’s Shamrock Series uniforms and get back to football? Let’s hope so. Until early October, let’s just not speak of that helmet, which can go hide in the corner of the internet with the FreakBass video for all I care. But on to football! Yesterday, we got our first (and only) look…

  17. Irish release Shamrock Series uniforms (Bedlam ensues)

    Aug 16, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    Shamrock unis

    Today Brian Kelly, the assistant coaches and key veterans met with the press for Notre Dame’s official media day. But the real story wasn’t the quarterbacking debate, the coaching changes, or the ways the Irish are going to navigate the daunting 2012 schedule. It was the Notre Dame uniform for the Shamrock Series. For almost…

  18. Projecting the freshmen

    Aug 15, 2012, 9:34 PM EST

    Gunner Kiel

    A funny thing happens each winter. As the focus of hard core fans turns from football to recruiting, the attention of that group tends to shift from the players already on board to the inevitable recruits that tend to get away. Rare is the recruiting class that doesn’t suffer defections. And after a disappointing 8-5…

  19. Practice Report: A closer look at eleven-on-eleven

    Aug 14, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

    Practice Team

    Another day, another UND.com practice report. But if you wondered whether or not 2012 was going to be different than last season, look no further than the practice videos. With media access at practice scant, video access is some of the only looks at practice we’ll get until the Irish open up in Dublin. While…

  20. Navy update: Injuries and kicking woes trouble Midshipmen

    Aug 13, 2012, 1:59 PM EST

    Trey Miller Navy Ishaq Williams

    We’ll spend some time later this afternoon taking a look at Irish training camp updates, but until then, a few notes about Notre Dame’s first opponent caught my eye. Here’s a quick rundown on where Navy stands, with less than three weeks until they kick off the season against the Irish in Dublin. If Ken…

  21. What we’ve learned: Defense

    Aug 12, 2012, 1:17 PM EST

    Stephon Tuitt 1

    The Irish have Sunday off, wrapping up an eight-day stretch of practices for the Irish. After a quick look at the offensive players, let’s flip to the other side of the ball and run through everything that’s happening on the defense. DEFENSIVE LINE For appearances, it seems the Irish are locked in to their starting…

  22. What we’ve learned: Offense

    Aug 11, 2012, 12:18 PM EST

    Everett Golson

    We’re roughly one week into fall camp, with the Irish finished with their first two-a-day practice on Friday. There’s been a little bit of everything so far: Injuries, departures, surprises, and position battles as camp gets under way. Let’s take a quick swing through the offensive position groupings and get everyone up to speed. QUARTERBACK:…

  23. Practice video: Over-analyzing everything edition

    Aug 9, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

    Romeo Okwara Diaco

    Our friends at UND.com have put out two new videos filled with practice footage from an eventful Wednesday session that gave an open look to the media and fans. There’s been thousands of words across the net dedicated to practice reports, but I figured I’d chime in with my own 1,300 or so and breakdown…

  24. Big personnel shakeup after first day in pads

    Aug 9, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Alex Welch

    Jordan Prestwood leaving the football team yesterday was hardly the only big piece of personnel news. As the Irish donned pads for the first time in front of local media, Brian Kelly’s troops had a few big roster shakeups, two that could change the positional plans for the Irish. Most notable was a serious knee…

  25. Prestwood leaves team

    Aug 8, 2012, 4:37 PM EST

    Jordan Prestwood

    The first big news out of fall camp came today when Brian Kelly announced sophomore offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood has left the team. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound tackle from Plant City, Florida was slated to back up senior left tackle Zack Martin. “Jordan is no longer with us and I’m not able to get into the…