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  1. Harrison Smith goes 29th overall to Minnesota Vikings

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    After a first round drought in the NFL Draft, the Irish had two players selected in the first round, with Harrison Smith joining Michael Floyd as first round draft picks. The Irish safety was selected 29th overall by the Minnesota Vikings, who traded up to take Smith. He was the second safety selected in the…

  2. Michael Floyd selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:09 AM EDT

    Michael Floyd 3

    There won’t be a familiar Notre Dame slide down any draft boards this year. Former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd was selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals, the second wide receiver taken in the NFL Draft. After deciding to come back to school for his senior season, Floyd was rewarded by the Cardinals and…

  3. Irish land their man in tight end Mike Heuerman

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Naples News

    In a head-to-head battle with Urban Meyer, Brian Kelly won a key recruiting victory for Naples, Florida’s Mike Heuerman, both team’s top tight end target. The blue-chip tight end, with offers from some of the best schools in the nation, chose the Irish over the Buckeyes, choosing to play in South Bend, though his brother…

  4. The way too early 2012 starting lineup: Defense

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o junior

    Two guys expected to push their way into the starting defensive lineup instead pushed their way out of town. With Aaron Lynch and Tee Shepard both leaving the Irish football team before spring practice concluded, Notre Dame will have to win with the players they have on the roster, and see if any incoming freshmen…

  5. Johnson not ready to give up on football dreams yet

    Apr 25, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    The very best college football has to offer will gather tomorrow night in Radio City Music Hall, waiting to hear their names announced during the opening round of the NFL Draft. Meanwhile, former Irish defensive end Ethan Johnson will be a thousand miles away, hopefully making up for lost time. For a player that spent…

  6. The way too early 2012 starting lineup: Offense

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Blue Gold Game

    We’ve had our fifteen-window look heading at the 2012 Fighting Irish, culminating in Saturday’s spring football game. While the roster will see the infusion of 14 freshman this summer, let’s take a look at the way too early 2012 offensive depth chart, updating it with what we learned this spring. OFFENSIVE LINE With Braxston Cave…

  7. USF announces Aaron Lynch transfer

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    aaron-lynch-notre-dame

    It appears that the Aaron Lynch saga is officially over. Lynch, who walked away from the Irish football team in the middle of spring practice, visited USF this weekend while his former teammates were playing in the 83rd Blue-Gold game. The soon-to-be-sophomore, who led the Irish in sacks last season with 5.5, is still enrolled…

  8. Offensive lineman John Montelus commits to Irish

    Apr 23, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

    John Montelus

    It appeared that Notre Dame was done recruiting offensive line prospects, with Hunter Bivin, Steve Elmer, Mike McGlinchey, and Colin McGovern restocking the future depth chart. But the Irish had room for one more along the line, with Everett, Massachusetts’ John Montelus giving his commitment to the Irish coaching staff after seeing campus for the…

  9. Video recap: Blue-Gold game

    Apr 22, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Notre Dame Blue Gold Game

    With the Blue-Gold game in the books and spring practice complete, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of yesterday’s game. There was plenty to like, plenty to worry about, and plenty of things to discuss for the next four months before the Irish prepare for fall camp. Sticking with the bullet-point…

  10. Five things we learned: 83rd annual Blue-Gold game

    Apr 21, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Everett Golson Spring Game

    Tolstoy once said that spring is the time of plans and projects. On display for all to see today were Brian Kelly‘s plans and projects, with quarterback Everett Golson and running back George Atkinson stealing the show. The soon-to-be sophomores showcased their respective talents this afternoon during the 83rd annual Blue-Gold game, while also reminding…

  11. Live Blog: Blue-Gold Game

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After a dreary Friday filled with intermitten rain, it’s a beautiful Saturday in South Bend, where spring practice concludes with the 83rd annual Blue-Gold spring game. As usual, we’ll be live-blogging the proceedings, and the game will also be shown live on the NBC Sports channel. With our first truly good…

  12. Irish eyes will be on the quarterbacks

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    NDFB practice

    Anyone that expected a tidy conclusion to the open four-man quarterbacking battle taking place under the close watch of Brian Kelly and new offensive coordinator Chuck Martin should’ve thought twice before making that assumption. With Kelly entering his third year in South Bend, a season that’s largely been a sink-or-swim proposition for Irish head coaches,…

  13. Pregame Six Pack: Blue & Gold (and a certain Irish victory)

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

    Blue-Gold-27

    It may count the same as the other fourteen practices allotted by NCAA rules during the spring, but there will be plenty of eyeballs on the last official workout of the school year for the Irish. With a national broadcast on NBC Sports Network kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET, a spring spent mostly working…

  14. There’s always more to the story with Louis Nix

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Louis Nix, Kona Schwenke Ethan Johnson

    @IrishChocolate9: Hopping on the Delta and might never come back. #FLBoy For those lucky enough not to be versed in the language of social media, this could mean anything. (Perhaps a shipment of candy is heading down river on a barge?) But for the more than 5,000 followers of Irish defensive tackle Louis Nix on…

  15. Offense vs. Defense in the 83rd annual Blue-Gold game

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cierre Wood Pitt

    Brian Kelly met with the media after the penultimate practice of spring, and one of his first orders of business was breaking down the rules for the 83rd annual Blue-Gold Game. With the depth chart a bit thin at positions like cornerback and wide receiver, after two seasons of a traditionally formatted game, scoring will…

  16. Practice Report: Day Thirteen update

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt 1

    Apologies on falling behind a day with the practice reports. (If you didn’t notice, simply carry on…) As the Irish defense deals with the voluntary departure of one of the team’s most talented players, in seasons past, this could have been a death sentence. Yet the loss Aaron Lynch has overshadowed a lot of the…

  17. Ragone and McDonald set to join Weis in Kansas

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Mike Ragone

    The westbound caravan heading from South Bend to Lawrence, Kansas has added two more passengers, with linebacker Anthony McDonald and tight end Mike Ragone ready to play out their eligibility for former head coach Charlie Weis. McDonald’s addition to the Jayhawk roster was finalized late last week, while Ragone’s — long anticipated after he was…

  18. Notre Dame vs. Navy to kick off early from Dublin

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:27 AM EDT

    Irish Dublin

    With the run-up to Dublin and the 2012 season on the (not too close) horizon, the kickoff time for the season opener against Navy has been set. And for those back in the US ready to watch the Irish start a new season, they better set an alarm clock. Per a release from CBS Sports,…

  19. Practice Report: Day Twelve update

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    KLM hit

    The departure of defensive end Aaron Lynch cast a fairly large shadow over the Irish football program, just as the Notre Dame coaching staff was opening its doors to over 600 high school coaches. Saturday’s practice was an open look for observers (media included) to see first hand the state of the Irish football team.…

  20. Practice Report: Day Eleven update

    Apr 15, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Chuck Martin 2

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but Notre Dame has a new offensive coordinator. Not just any offensive coordinator, but a guy who just got done spending two years coaching safeties. And his pedigree? Before being a defensive position coach he was ran a D-2 football program in Michigan. National championships or not, that’s…

  21. Wide receiving corps takes injury hits

    Apr 14, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    [We're going to make this update completely free of a defensive end that's not to be named.] With over 600 coaches on campus taking in the Notre Dame coaching clinic, the Irish had an open practice for observation. After, Brian Kelly — who was in Chicago the night before for a fundraiser — addressed the…

  22. After return to campus, Lynch quits football program

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    aaron-lynch-notre-dame

    After a swirl of rumors, an excused absence, a long weekend with family, and a return to football, defensive end Aaron Lynch has decided to leave the Irish football program, with plans to transfer from after the spring semester. The loss is a blow to the Irish defense, with Lynch counted on to be the…

  23. Practice Report: Day Ten update

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    John Goodman

    As our friends at UND.com take us around the positional groupings, no unit (at least offensively) has more question marks than the outside wide receivers. Now coached by Mike Denbrock, who spent his first two seasons under Brian Kelly coaching tight ends, and his last run at Notre Dame coaching tight ends and offensive tackles,…

  24. Other spring headlines (and Lynch Practices!)

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Atkinson Jackson track

    Rest easy, Irish fans. Aaron Lynch practiced with the Irish today. If everything we could possibly talk about wasn’t discussed here or here, well — feel free to fill the comments here or take to the message-boards with your thoughts. We’re moving on to other interesting topics. *** George Atkinson spent Easter weekend in Palo…

  25. Lynch returns to campus, other notes

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    aaron lynch Sack

    It appears the drama surrounding Aaron Lynch‘s absence from practice before Easter Break has come to an end. Both Irish Illustrated and IrishSportsDaily.com are reporting that Lynch is back on campus. One source has confirmed the same for me as well. As noted by Brian Kelly when he spoke with the media last week, this…