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  1. Te’o (and teammates) audition at Pro Day

    Mar 26, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

    Manti Teo

    With hundreds of media members and NFL scouts in attendance, Manti Te’o and the rest of his graduating teammates worked out at Notre Dame’s official Pro Day Tuesday afternoon. As the passing weeks continue to separate Te’o the All-American linebacker from the tabloid sensation, the former Irish star needed to do his job and separate…

  2. Spring practice video breakdown: Part two

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Notre Dame Football Practice

    Obviously, today’s news about running back Amir Carlisle and defensive end Chase Hounshell suffering significant injuries was a tough reminder that spring practice also carries with it some risk. But the Irish are hardly alone. Michigan lost its best defensive playmaker, linebacker Jake Ryan to a torn ACL last week, putting his 2013 season in…

  3. Chase Hounshell and Amir Carlisle suffer injuries

    Mar 25, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    Amir Carlisle

    Tough injury news to report out of spring practice. The Irish look to have suffered two injuries after Saturday’s first practice in pads. Multiple sources tell me that defensive end Chase Hounshell has suffered another shoulder injury. One source indicates that it’s another torn labrum for Hounshell, a really tough break for the rising junior…

  4. New Jersey DE Andrew Trumbetti commits to Irish

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Andrew Trumbetti

    The first Junior Day of the 2014 recruiting cycle netted its first new pledge, as New Jersey defensive end Andrew Trumbetti gave his commitment to head coach Brian Kelly and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco today. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had offers from Florida, Clemson, Miami, Penn State, Stanford and several others. As Brian Kelly noted on…

  5. Irish offense getting up to speed

    Mar 23, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Discover BCS National Championship - Notre Dame v Alabama

    You could forgive some Irish fans if they’ve forgotten that Brian Kelly came to South Bend with the reputation of being a quick strike, spread attack, offensive guru. (Okay. Most of you haven’t forgotten.) But if there’s been one thing the Irish haven’t been on offense in Kelly’s three seasons at Notre Dame, it’s up…

  6. Spring practice video breakdown

    Mar 22, 2013, 7:30 AM EDT

    Amir Carlisle

    We got our first behind-the-scenes look at spring practice, courtesy of’s FIDM team. And while it’s just a snippet of the usual spring goings on, fundamentals with a sprinkle of scrimmage footage here and there, that’s all you can ask for in March. As we’ve done in the past, here’s a rather excessive look…

  7. Irish Pro Day set for March 26

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:24 AM EDT

    2013 NFL Combine

    Departing Notre Dame seniors will have their Pro Day workouts on March 26. While that means media will travel en mass to see if Manti Te’o can improve his 40 time by one or two tenths of a second, it also gives twelve other former Irish football players a chance to workout in front of…

  8. Competition: Crowded depth chart part of evolution

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Matthias Farley

    Just a few minutes after talking about Gunner Kiel’s decision to leave the football program, head coach Brian Kelly deflected a question about the battle to back-up Everett Golson. It was an interesting look into the psyche of a head coach that’s spent four years building a roster that’s going to feel mighty crowded for…

  9. Kelly puts the focus on special teams this spring

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:22 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Michigan State

    If Notre Dame’s under-performing special teams units make a vast improvement in 2013, Irish fans have an odd person to thank: Alabama coach Nick Saban. After all, it was Saban who laid the blue print for Kelly’s spring overhaul of his special teams, which has underwhelmed the past few seasons, especially in the return games.…

  10. Physical development key to Irish offseason

    Mar 20, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly BCS

    It may be the ultimate coaching rhetoric, but you can’t help but think Brian Kelly was genuine in his praise for the offseason work done by his roster. As Kelly kicked off his press conference Tuesday, he spent more time ticking off weight training work than just about anything else — the product of two…

  11. Six fifth year seniors official

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese

    We’ll have much more on Brian Kelly’s introductory press conference. But the first order of business is finalizing the fifth year seniors on the Irish roster for 2013. Let’s take a quick look at the veterans that were approved for a fifth year of study and an additional year of eligibility: Carlo Calabrese, ILB Dan…

  12. Five things we’ll learn: Spring football kicks off

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

    When Brian Kelly steps in front of the podium at the Guglielmino Athletic Complex Tuesday afternoon, he’ll be a man facing a drastically different set of expectations. Gone are the question marks about the coach from a sheer survival perspective. Last season’s 12-1 record, and the still-in-progress long term contract extension mean Jack Swarbrick has…

  13. Spring Solutions: Secondary

    Mar 18, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC

    After years where numbers dwindled, spring in the secondary will be a different picture. With a depth chart that rolls almost three deep, Kerry Cooks and Bob Elliott have their hands full as they continue to develop a position group that was the most surprising on the roster last season. But even with their solid…

  14. Spring Solutions: Offensive line

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

    Chris Watt,  Zack Martin

    For an offensive line, nothing is tougher than breaking in a rookie quarterback. For the 2012 Irish, that meant finding an entirely new right side to work with Everett Golson, with Mike Golic playing guard and Christian Lombard taking over at right tackle. The fact that the Irish o-line played well is a credit to…

  15. Spring Solutions: Tight Ends

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:05 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre Dame

    No pressure, guys. For Troy Niklas, Alex Welch, Ben Koyack and Mike Heuerman, there’s got to be a little bit extra on their shoulders this spring, as they watch another Notre Dame All-American tight end prepare to go early in the NFL Draft. It’s beginning to become one of the sports’ most consistent position groups,…

  16. Spring Solutions: Running backs

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Miami v Notre Dame

    With the departure of Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood from the Irish backfield, Notre Dame’s running game will look drastically different in 2013. Gone is the impressive steadiness that Riddick brought to the Irish offense, the ability to run tough between the tackles while also being a weapon in the passing game. Also departing (early,…

  17. Spring Solutions: Wide Receivers

    Mar 14, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT


    It’s been a good run for Notre Dame at wide receiver. For a school that many think struggles to bring in elite playmakers, there sure have been quite a few to make their way through South Bend lately. Starting with Chicago Cubs opening day starter Jeff Samardzija, continuing on to Biletnikoff Winner Golden Tate and…

  18. Spring Solutions: Quarterback

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Rees Golson Kiel

    It’s been a long time since Notre Dame’s quarterback position has had the type of stability that it now enjoys. So while Brian Kelly likely touted the idea that every quarterback would be competing for the starting job, you can’t blame redshirt freshman Gunner Kiel for reading the writing on the wall. With Everett Golson…

  19. Notre Dame to join ACC for 2013-14 seasons

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    The University of Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference ahead of schedule, joining the conference for the upcoming 2013-14 season. They’ll leave the Big East Conference after this school year, where they’ve been members since 1995. The Irish will leave the conference at the same time as the seven non-football playing schools, DePaul,…

  20. Spring Solutions: 2013 edition

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Joey Brooks

    With the start of spring practice a week away, it’s time to toss aside the 2012 media guide and begin anew with 2013. It’s amazing to think about just how far this program has come in the last calendar year. With a new offensive coordinator, a jumbled quarterback battle, and more questions than answers following…

  21. Tate Nichols goes on medical hardship, career over

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    Tate Nichols

    The football career of offensive tackle Tate Nichols is over. Brian Kelly confirmed the news in an interview with the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen. The 6-foot-8, 320-pound right tackle will go on a medical hardship scholarship and finish his degree at Notre Dame. His scholarship no longer counts against the 85 man limit. Nichols’…

  22. Kiel’s departure part of QB position’s evolution

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    While Notre Dame will inevitably put out a press release announcing Gunner Kiel‘s departure from the football program, head coach Brian Kelly‘s words — spoken to the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen before  Kiel decided to transfer —  said all we needed to hear about Kiel’s reported decision to leave campus and look to play…

  23. Reports: Gunner Kiel to transfer

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    A relatively quiet month for Notre Dame’s football program was given quite a shake up today with Irish Sports Daily’s report that quarterback Gunner Kiel was set to transfer. The freshman who sat out the 2012 season and played on the scout team has yet to take a snap for the Irish. The former blue-chip…

  24. Move to ACC might be next year for Notre Dame

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    As the Big East conference continues to twist and turn, it appears that Notre Dame’s exit to the ACC might come sooner than expected. Two reports this week fill in some of the rather interesting blanks for Notre Dame fans wondering how athletic director Jack Swarbrick will maneuver his way through another set of murky…

  25. Restocking: Defensive Line

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Notre Dame defensive players Tuitt, Nix III, and Te'O celebrate after breaking up a play in the fourth quarter during their win over USC in their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles

    Brian Kelly has instilled plenty of changes in the Notre Dame football program. But perhaps none is more surprising than the success this Irish coaching staff has had recruiting defensive linemen. For the longest time, Irish coaches swung and missed trying to land key front-line defensive players, getting to the point where recruitniks started to…