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  1. Ragone and McDonald set to join Weis in Kansas

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:27 AM EST

    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,…

  3. Practice Report: Day Twelve update

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

    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.…

  4. Practice Report: Day Eleven update

    Apr 15, 2012, 2:02 PM EST

    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…

  5. Wide receiving corps takes injury hits

    Apr 14, 2012, 6:58 PM EST

    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…

  6. After return to campus, Lynch quits football program

    Apr 13, 2012, 12:29 PM EST


    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…

  7. Practice Report: Day Ten update

    Apr 12, 2012, 12:10 PM EST

    John Goodman

    As our friends at 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,…

  8. Other spring headlines (and Lynch Practices!)

    Apr 11, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

    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…

  9. Lynch returns to campus, other notes

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

    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 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…

  10. Former Irish QB Blair Kiel passes away at 50

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:52 AM EST

    Blair Kiel

    Former Irish quarterback Blair Kiel died Sunday at the age of 50. He reportedly suffered what is believed to be a heart attack while at a relative’s home for Easter and was rushed to the hospital, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Leaving Notre Dame as the school record holder for passes attempted, not…

  11. Les Miles continues talking about Gunner Kiel

    Apr 7, 2012, 6:51 PM EST


    When Signing Day came and went and LSU head coach Les Miles didn’t come away with the signature of quarterback Gunner Kiel, he fired up his Tiger fanbase with a jab at the character of Kiel. The move didn’t make Miles look all that good, and after Kiel declined a chance to fire back at…

  12. Michael Floyd: Sport Science Freak

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

    Floyd Pro Day

    After Skylar Diggins got a tour of the ESPN Sport Science lab, there were plenty of people convinced she was more than just a pretty face… and an All-American, Player of the Year candidate. Now former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd got his chance to impress in the laboratory. Here’s a quick segment on Floyd…

  13. Practice Report: Day Nine update

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:44 AM EST

    Slaughter Utah

    More than a few eyebrows were raised when Jamoris Slaughter was seen taking reps at cornerback yesterday, cross-training at a cover position while Austin Collinsworth took first-team reps with the safeties. The move makes sense on the surface, with Slaughter’s versatility and cover skills always one of his assets, and Lo Wood not yet proven…

  14. Lynch’s absence from practice sparks rumor mill

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:37 PM EST

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    There’s plenty of practice report video to get to, but the biggest news of the day was Aaron Lynch‘s absence from practice today. While rumors were burning like wildfire across the internet this morning after the rising sophomore defensive end was missing, Brian Kelly was quite clear after practice that nothing major was going on.…

  15. Irish pick up cornerback pledge in Devin Butler

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:37 PM EST

    Devin Butler

    With cornerback a pressing need in this year’s recruiting class, the Irish received good news this morning with the commitment of Washington D.C. cornerback Devin Butler. Butler, a six-foot-one, 180-pound national target had offers from Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Wisconsin and over a dozen others before being committing to Notre Dame. “There was…

  16. Irish athletes audition at Pro Day

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:35 PM EST

    Seniors ND Pro Day

    With NFL scouts descending on South Bend, nine Irish seniors had what might be their final chance to make a good impression on potential employers. While their fellow classmates might be feeling the same jitters as they head to Career Fairs and don suits and ties, Robert Blanton, Taylor Dever, Darius Fleming, Michael Floyd, Gary…

  17. Practice Report: Day Eight update

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    John Goodman

    The Irish were back outside today, with the wind whipping through South Bend. But it allowed the Irish to get some work done outside the cramped confines of Loftus and allowed the video crew to pump out another enjoyable practice report. Just over half-way done with the spring work, we’re starting to get a…

  18. Clausen and Floyd reunite for Pro Day

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    Floyd running

    As dozens of NFL scouts descend on South Bend to get a look at former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd, a familiar wingman will be uniting for a one-day performance that’ll hopefully lift both players’ stock. Jimmy Clausen, three-year Irish starter, now relegated to playing the role of Cam Newton’s backup, will head back to…

  19. Practice Report: Day Seven update

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:10 PM EST


    If there’s reason to believe the Irish offense will take a step forward next season even after losing Michael Floyd, it’s Tyler Eifert. The rising senior tight end, who before Brian Kelly arrived was expected by some to disappear into obscurity after a back injury, instead has turned into the best of a recent string…

  20. Weekend notes: Shembo, Hiestand, Heuerman, and more

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:21 PM EST


    Brian Kelly met with the media after practice today, with the biggest piece of news being an injury to linebacker Prince Shembo. Spotted wearing a boot on his left foot, Kelly didn’t seem overly concerned about a slight case of turf toe, which will keep him off the field for a handful of days. An…

  21. Practice Report: Day Six update

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:24 PM EST

    Bob Elliott ND

    For Notre Dame fans looking to get to know new safeties coach Bob Elliott, today is your day. After having coached and mentored co-defensive coordinators Bob Diaco and Kerry Cooks, Diaco was brought on to replace Chuck Martin, who transitioned to the offensive side of the ball. Elliott certainly is bona fide, having coordinated some…

  22. Diaco talks defense (and werewolves)

    Mar 29, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Bob Diaco hat

    My affinity for Bob Diaco continues to grow. While some Irish fans still haven’t forgiven him for his defense’s first game against Navy and the option, Diaco has transformed a unit that was among the worst in Notre Dame history into the strength of the football team. More importantly, he embodies what’s needed as a…

  23. Practice Report: Day Five update

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    With one third of spring practice finished, the team at gave us a much anticipated update on the quarterback battle, the main storyline of spring practice. With some nice footage of all four quarterbacks competing, it’s clear that head coach Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin are truly going back to the basics…

  24. Irish add WR Corey Robinson to the recruiting class

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    Corey Robinson

    A recruiting class that was slow to get started now can’t be stopped. After this past weekend’s junior day netted Notre Dame five commitments, the Irish picked up a sixth in wide receiver Corey Robinson. The San Antonio, Texas native, a six-foot-four and likely growing wide receiver that’s the son of the original five-star athlete,…

  25. Spring Practice: Day Four report

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:42 AM EST


    As they have for the previous three practice sessions, has been on the field with the Fighting Irish, the only cameras allowed inside the LaBar Practice Fields. Thankfully, they’ve been churning out some great footage and this episode is no different, with the focus on running backs/slot receivers coach Tony Alford. As we work…