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  1. And so it begins: BK talks 2012 season

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:44 PM EST

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly doesn’t officially kick off the 2012 football season until tomorrow, when his opening press conference takes place before the start of training camp. But that didn’t stop talk of the quarterbacking race from starting early. Joining WSBT’s Sportsbeat with Darin Pritchett and Eric Hansen, Kelly answered questions from fans all across the country…

  2. Irish 24th in preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll

    Aug 2, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

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    Notre Dame finds itself ranked 24th in the preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Irish slot in between SEC teams Florida (No. 23) and Auburn (No.25) and gathered 166 points in voting. LSU, Alabama, and USC are the top-three teams, with the Tigers garnering 18 first place votes, two less than the defending champs (20)…

  3. Counting down the Irish: The top five

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:43 PM EST

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    You could do a lot worse than the two players that topped every judges ballot. Both Manti Te’o and Tyler Eifert are consensus preseason All-Americans, and both will be the anchor of their respective units this season for the Irish. In Eifert, new offensive coordinator Chuck Martin has a weapon as versatile as any in…

  4. Rees, Calabrese suspended for season opener

    Jul 31, 2012, 5:39 PM EST

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    The first significant news of the 2012 football season broke this afternoon, with the news that quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese will be suspended for the season opener against Navy in Dublin and will not travel with the team. Brian Hardin, Notre Dame’s sports information director for football, released the following statement via…

  5. Lynch applying for hardship waiver at USF

    Jul 31, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

    Lynch USF

    As you’d expect, Notre Dame transfer Aaron Lynch is hoping to receive immediate eligibility at South Florida. The former freshman All-American provided the biggest news of the offseason when he walked away from the Irish in the middle of spring practice, quitting the team. He finished out the semester before enrolling at South Florida over…

  6. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 30, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

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    We’re heading down the stretch in our annual countdown of the Irish roster. If numbers 15 to 11 were all about bottled promise, 10-6 has a tried and true feel to it. After a youth movement was largely responsible for the upper echelon of this list, this group has a veteran feel to it. How…

  7. Hanging out with Jack Swarbrick

    Jul 30, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

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    It’s been a busy summer for Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. In between extending basketball coaches Muffet McGraw and Mike Brey’s contracts and reworking college football’s postseason, it didn’t seem like much of a vacation for the man in charge of Irish athletics. With football season right around the corner and training camp about…

  8. Jamel James joins the 2013 recruiting class

    Jul 29, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    Jamel James

    Notre Dame fans received a pleasant surprise yesterday with the news running back Jamel James committed to the Irish. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back from Katy, Texas picked the Irish over offers from LSU, USC, Florida State, West Virginia, and Arkansas, where he was once a verbal commit. James, who has yet to see the…

  9. Counting down the Irish: 15-11

    Jul 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    Now that we’ve got our math mistakes cleaned up, let’s get back to some analysis of the Top 25 so far. The inclusion of Zeke Motta at No. 25 makes plenty of sense, and if there’s a breakout senior waiting to make his name, Motta is a pretty good candidate. Playing in the shadow of…

  10. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 26, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

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    RECOUNT UPDATE: If there was any question whether I’ve been out of the finance game too long, your fearless leader messed up his Excel spreadsheet and jacked up the rankings. This changes a few of the players we’ve tallied and puts Zeke Motta in at No. 25. My sincere apologies. *** Not surprisingly, the inclusion…

  11. Counting down the Irish: 25-21– RECOUNT UPDATE!

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Robby Toma

    RECOUNT UPDATE: If there was any question whether I’ve been out of the finance game too long, your fearless leader messed up his Excel spreadsheet and jacked up the rankings. This changes a few of the players we’ve tallied and puts Zeke Motta in at No. 25. My sincere apologies. *** It’s time to unveil…

  12. Penn State penalties should force a look in the mirror

    Jul 24, 2012, 2:18 AM EST

    Joe Paterno statue

    There will be no shortage of opinions on what NCAA president Mark Emmert did Monday morning. After years of watching collegiate athletics’ governing body be more bureaucratic boondoggle than effective leadership, Emmert and the NCAA acted quickly and decisively when they announced significant penalties against Penn State and its football program for its role in…

  13. Rees pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Tommy Rees has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from his May arrest. The Irish quarterback, who was originally charged with battery charges against a police officer, had the two most serious charges against him dropped, while pleading guilty to underage drinking and resisting arrest. “I apologize to my family, friends, the Notre Dame…

  14. Counting down the Irish: 2012′s Top 25

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:25 PM EST

    Manti Te'o junior

    With the end of informal workouts coming to an end, it’s time to knock out our annual Top 25 on the Irish roster. As we’ve done the past few years, it’s a fairly simple exercise that produces some unusual results. This year, I’m excited about the group of panelists that begrudgingly played along with my…

  15. Zaire ready to test himself at Elite 11 camp

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:13 PM EST

    Malik Zaire

    As the summer circuit comes to a close and college recruits get ready to going back to the business of actually playing high school football, Irish commitment Malik Zaire is in Redondo Beach, California to test himself against some of the best prep quarterbacks in the country. One part quarterback competition, one part reality television…

  16. Biletnikoff watch list includes TJ Jones

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:25 PM EST

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    It’s tough to get too worked up about a “watch list.” The closest thing to the Little League participation trophy in college football, it’s an annual roll call of college football’s best names, a small pat on the back during the doldrums of summer that serve as talking points until preseason all-conference teams are announced…

  17. Blue-chip CB recruit Hargreaves gets look at Notre Dame

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 PM EST

    Vernon Hargreaves

    It’s no secret that the depth chart at cornerback is inviting for recruits. With little starting experience to speak of on the roster and numbers ripe for addition, the Irish are still chasing a number of elite cornerback in their ’13 recruiting class, even with Rashard Kinlaw and Devin Butler already on board. There’s probably…

  18. Weekend notes: Swarbrick, Watch Lists, Life after Floyd, and more

    Jul 13, 2012, 3:43 PM EST

    Eifert

    You can’t blame Jack Swarbrick for taking a vacation. With his work helping to put together a college football playoff done, Swarbrick and his family took a much needed vacation. But that didn’t stop word getting out that Notre Dame was in discussions with the ACC about in-roads to the Orange Bowl. Earlier in the…

  19. Taking a closer look at the Irish recruiting machine

    Jul 11, 2012, 12:54 PM EST

    Brian Kelly podium

    It’s fun to look back at the early worries about Brian Kelly. After being hired by Jack Swarbrick to take over the Irish football program, Kelly was immediately tagged with the “small time” label, with his work on the field at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, and Cincinnati not actually the biggest question for some…

  20. Irish add another commitment from ’14 WR Justin Brent

    Jul 9, 2012, 9:13 PM EST

    Justin Brent

    July is usually a slow month for college football coaches, a time to recharge the batteries before gearing up for the season ahead. But for Brian Kelly and his staff, it’s been especially frenetic, as Notre Dame continues to build its future depth charts. The Irish coaching staff accepted the commitment of 2014 Indianapolis wide…

  21. Irish pick up commitment from touted LB Alex Anzalone

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:20 PM EST

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    With the spotlight on him during halftime of the 7-on-7 championship game at The Opening in Oregon, Alex Anzalone gave Notre Dame another blue-chip linebacker in the 2013 recruiting class. Joining Jaylon Smith, Michael Deeb, and Danny Mattingly at the linebacker position, the Irish have filled a gigantic position of need with one of the…

  22. Irish recruits hit The Opening

    Jul 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Apologies for an abbreviated post. Thanks to a massive thunderstorm in northern Minnesota, we’re coming to you live via 3G with no power to be had in the greater Leech Lake area. But that won’t stop us from giving you a bit of an Irish football update, where six Notre Dame ’13 recruits will take…

  23. Independence Day should have special meaning for Irish fans

    Jul 4, 2012, 9:47 AM EST

    Swarbrick Playoff

    Nebraska. Colorado. Texas A&M. Missouri. Pitt. Syracuse. West Virginia. Proud athletic programs that uprooted themselves, chasing money, power, and potential preferential treatment on their quest for a better existence as the seas of collegiate athletics got rockier and rockier over the past two years. As a heatwave covers our country as we celebrate America’s independence,…

  24. LB Greer Martini first pledge of the 2014 class

    Jul 4, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Greer Martini

    The Notre Dame coaching staff has been targeting talented linebackers in this recruiting cycle, chasing players like Jaylon Smith, Danny Mattingly, Michael Deeb, and the soon-to-decide Alex Anzalone as they look to replenish their roster. While trying to fill their 2013 slate, the Irish accepted the commitment of another linebacker, 2014 Virginia linebacker Greer Martini,…

  25. Elston looks for big things out of defensive line

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

    Mike Elston

    It’s been a challenging two years for Mike Elston at Notre Dame. A serious illness derailed his first season in South Bend, forcing the Irish’s special teams coordinator and defensive line coach to step away from football during the season to focus on his health. In 2011, Elston’s unit was the one that suffered health…