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Keith Arnold

  1. Five things we learned: Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:47 PM EDT

    Floyd Florida State Champs

    If you could boil down one game to encapsulate a season, you might have something that looks like the Champs Sports Bowl. During Notre Dame’s 18-14 loss, the Irish turned just about every conceivable emotion for a football fan on its head– ecstasy to agony, confidence to frustration, bravado to helplessness. At times, the Irish…

  2. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Florida State

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    We’ve had a month to get over the fact that the Irish won’t be playing in a BCS bowl game this season. But when the Champs Sports Bowl selected Notre Dame over a Big East team, they set up one of the most intriguing pairings of bowl season, with the Irish battling Florida State in…

  3. KeiVarae Russell pledges commitment to Irish

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Just a few hours before Notre Dame battles Florida State, the Irish won a big recruiting victory over another formidable foe. The Irish received the verbal commitment of Seattle’s KeiVarae Russell, beating out the hometown Washington Huskies for a running back that’s an absolute perfect fit for the Notre Dame offense. Thin at the position,…

  4. Pregame Six Pack: One last time for 2011

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:38 AM EDT

    Michael Floyd 3

    You’ve got to love college football. It’s the only sport where you can logically explain taking a month-long break in your schedule before playing a bowl game, an essentially meaningless exhibition game when it comes to postseason implications. But that’s our sport and we all love it. And for Notre Dame and Florida State, two…

  5. With Kiel to LSU, Irish should mull their QB options

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:23 AM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    Don’t blame Gunner Kiel for turning his recruitment into a soap opera. He was merely a bystander as dozens of college football programs battled for one of the country’s most heralded quarterbacking prospects. With fans from Notre Dame and Vanderbilt holding their breath, Kiel decided to pick the hat that belonged to, well — The…

  6. Offensive line play key to victory

    Dec 27, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    mike-golic

    There are more than a few Irish fans with sweat beads collecting as they think about reserve center Mike Golic, battling a physically impressive set of Seminole defensive tackles, led by true freshman Timmy Jernigan. Subbing in for injured senior Braxston Cave, Golic has held his own at the point of attack, but the offensive…

  7. Hendrix is ready to run the entire offense

    Dec 26, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    The evolution of Andrew Hendrix hasn’t been a gradual process. It started that way, with the sophomore quarterback getting his first snaps in situational packages, running the option and throwing the occasional high-percentage pass as he worked into the game plan as a complementary part to quarterback Tommy Rees. Then the Stanford game happened. It…

  8. Holiday Weekend notes: Christmas edition

    Dec 23, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    With Irish players at home enjoying some family time before reporting to Orlando tomorrow to begin bowl preparations, let’s clean out the note pad before Christmas weekend, with a lot of recruiting news coming soon. *** It sounds like the race for five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel isn’t just between Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. Various reports…

  9. Crist moving on to Kansas, but forever a Notre Dame man

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    There was no hat picking or press conference. The process was condensed into three short weeks, a far cry from the recruitment of one of the nation’s top prospects back when he was a highly-touted prep quarterback in Sherman Oaks, California with offers to play football from just about every major program in the country.…

  10. Seminoles short three after felony arrests, academics

    Dec 21, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Devonta Freeman

    It was a tough week for Jimbo Fisher and his Florida State Seminoles, as two of his players got arrested for doing extraordinarily stupid things and one was declared academically ineligible for the bowl game. While neither Avis Commack nor Arrington Jenkins were likely to play a huge role on the field in the Champs…

  11. Shepard and Greenberry seem solid to Irish

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Shepard Greenberry

    It seems the rollercoaster recruiting ride of the last week for Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry has ended, with Irish fans sighing relief after the talented Fresno duo reaffirmed their commitment to the Irish after taking a weekend visit to Southern Cal. Barton Simmons of 247Sports.com got the money quote from Shepard, who was a…

  12. 2014 schedule comes into focus with Rice game announced

    Dec 20, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Rice Owls

    (I was traveling for Christmas today so we’ll get to some good Tee Shepard news, a FSU Felony update, and some interesting BK comments later tonight/tomorrow.) It might have slid under the radar, but Rice announced an addition to their football schedule for 2014, adding Notre Dame to their slate of games. The Owls will…

  13. It’s panic season in recruiting

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Deontay Greenberry Head

    For a small, but fanatical subset of college football fans, this is the most stressful time of year. Forget autumn Saturdays — where sixty minutes determine who wins and who loses. This is way more serious. Two years of work — evaluating, wooing, relationship-building — all coming down the stretch, as coaches try and convince…

  14. Recruiting stays focused on skill upgrades

    Dec 17, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Jordan Westerkamp

    With the Irish a dozen days away from taking on Florida State, recruiting is still the primary focus of the Irish coaching staff, with this another critical weekend. Focused on improving the skill positions — both wide receiver and defensive back — is the main priority, and the Irish have people on campus that can…

  15. Ronnie Stanley commits to Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    Ronnie StanleyND

    Blue-chip offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, adding a much needed sixteenth man to the 2012 recruiting class. The pledge, the first to the Irish since the last day of September, was important for a number of reasons, the first and foremost being the quality of player Stanley projects to be.…

  16. Staff changes will wait until after Signing Day

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Kelly and Blanton

    Brian Kelly will be making his first coaching hire since assembling the staff he brought with him to Notre Dame. We’ll just have to wait until after Signing Day to find out who it’ll be. With Charley Molnar taking over the UMass football program as it moves up a wrung into the FBS, the Irish…

  17. Weis looks back at Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Clausen Weis

    Charlie Weis is a man on the move, especially considering his hip — still bothering him from a sideline collision in 2008 — will be replaced before the new year. Between hitting the recruiting trail hard, which included recruiting visits from Irish quarterback Dayne Crist and South Bend native Gehrig Dieter, Weis sat down with…

  18. Help Wanted: Without Floyd, wide receivers in demand

    Dec 13, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Floyd Riddick

    With Michael Floyd set to play his final game in an Irish uniform, Brian Kelly is in a position not many people saw coming: He’s out of play-making wide receivers. In what has been the golden age of aerial offense in South Bend, the Irish’s head coach has a problem — he’s got an offense…

  19. With Te’o’s return, 2012 front seven looks solid

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o junior

    Manti Te’o‘s return means a lot of things to the Irish. Off the field, Notre Dame will have one of the nation’s premiere student-athletes representing their university. An All-American on and off the field, Te’o will be the unquestioned face of the program heading into a season that’ll have the Irish on center stage. The…

  20. Te’o set to return for senior season

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

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    Manti Te’o didn’t win the Lott Impact Award Sunday night in Newport Beach, with Boston College’s Luke Kuechly receiving the prize. But Te’o did steal just about all the headlines, when he announced that he’d be returning for his senior season at Notre Dame. The Irish’s All-American linebacker, who many thought would be destined for…

  21. Irish recap season with awards show

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Awards Show

    When Brian Kelly decided to replace the annual football banquet with an end-of-the-season awards show, a few eyebrows were raised. And even if some of the awards given last night did the same thing, the celebration of the Irish football season was a good one, filled with some great moments shared by those in the…

  22. Weis to Kansas, Crist to follow?

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Charlie-Weis

    It’s not like you couldn’t see it coming. Yesterday’s bombshell news that Charlie Weis was leaving his post as the offensive coordinator at Florida to take over the Kansas football program led to me openly hypothesizing about quarterback Dayne Crist joining him in Lawrence. (I even tweeted it 18 hours ago.) Well, just minutes ago…

  23. Second time around, Denbrock has made mark

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Denbrock Kelly GVSU

    With Charley Molnar set to officially take over the UMass football program, the Irish coaching staff will make its first change since Brian Kelly took over the football program. After two years of staff continuity, Kelly will need to look into the marketplace and hire a coach — be it an offensive coordinator to work…

  24. Quarterback plans signal next year can wait

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Beating Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl is a big deal for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish. His decision to keep Tommy Rees the starting quarterback proves that. In a bowl game that most fans see as equal parts rivalry and exhibition game, the Kelly regime needs a victory to keep the football…

  25. David Ruffer: Rudy 2.0

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    David Ruffer

    Last year, David Ruffer went from anonymous walk-on to Lou Groza Award finalist, one of the more amazing stories in the college football world. After working his way into Notre Dame after getting rejected out of high school, Ruffer was discovered kicking in a interhall football game by the coaching staff. The rest is… well,…