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  1. Irish head down recruiting home stretch

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:55 PM EST

    Nelson Agholor

    Next Wednesday, thousands of college football fans around the country will wake up with it feeling like Christmas morning. That’s because after over a year of building relationships with high school prospects, fax machines across the country will get their annual workout as Letters-of-Intent roll into football offices, with Notre Dame expecting to receive fourteen…

  2. Notre Dame makes Elliott hiring official

    Jan 21, 2012, 7:06 PM EST

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    Notre Dame has announced the addition of Bobby Elliott as safeties coach, finalizing the defensive side of the ball and putting into place a veteran coach that’ll replace Chuck Martin’s coaching and leadership. Elliott will team with co-defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks to work with a secondary that’ll need to replace Robert Blanton,…

  3. Arik Armstead talks about his recruitment

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    Arik Armstead1

    There’s been far too much to keep up on with the Arik Armstead recruitment, which has likely been put on the backburner for a few days as Armstead has decided to forgo early enrollment and instead sign a letter-of-intent on February 1 and enroll at the school of his choice this summer. Depending on what…

  4. Elliott set to finalize Irish coaching staff

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Bobby Elliott

    Notre Dame is set to name Iowa State’s Bobby Elliott the final member of Brian Kelly’s coaching staff. Elliott coached Paul Rhoads’ secondary and was associate head coach in Ames. He’ll likely work with the Irish secondary as well, working with cornerbacks coach and co-defensive coordinator Kerry Cooks on the back end of the defense,…

  5. Ready for next challenge, Cwynar calling it a career

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:14 AM EST

    Sean Cwynar

    Rumors swirled yesterday that defensive tackle Sean Cwynar, a key contributor along the defensive line, had been telling classmates in Notre Dame’s MBA program that he wouldn’t be coming back next year to Notre Dame. On Tuesday, Cwynar broke the news to the Chicago Tribune, explaining why he’s walking away from his fifth year of…

  6. Notre Dame announces Carlisle, Day, Kiel and Shepard join Irish

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

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    Any questions about quarterback Gunner Kiel choosing Notre Dame have been officially answered, as the university publicly announced the addition of four student-athletes to the program this afternoon. Kiel is joined by fellow early-enrollees Sheldon Day, a defensive tackle from Indianapolis and cornerback Tee Shepard of Sacramento, along with USC transfer running back Amir Carlisle.…

  7. With classes set to begin, did the Irish flip two blue-chips?

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:32 PM EST

    Gunner Kiel

    You’ve got to hand it to Brian Kelly and his assistants. A year after reeling in the trio of Ishaq Williams, Stephon Tuitt, and Aaron Lynch in dramatic fashion, the Irish are close to landing two of the nation’s most heralded recruits, amidst even more extraordinary circumstances than last year. With the spring semester set…

  8. Decker follows Warinner and Hinton to Ohio State

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:11 PM EST

    Courtesy if Bucknuts.com

    Ohio State made it official four days ago, when Tim Hinton and Ed Warinner were announced as members of Urban Meyer’s first Buckeyes staff. Hinton, long rumored to be one of Meyer’s targets, will coach tight ends and fullbacks. Warinner will ascend to co-offensive coordinator, adding to his offensive line and run game duties for…

  9. Peer pressure only adds to recruiting drama

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Ronald Darby

    You can blame aggressive coaching staffs and negative recruiting spin. You can blame teams taking their eye off the ball and chasing uncommitted prospects while ignoring their verbal pledges. You can change instability on coaching staffs, with assistants bouncing from school to school, often at the most inopportune time. But in the era of made-for-TV…

  10. Kelly reportedly close to hiring new offensive line coach

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

    Harry Hiestand, Frank Omiyale, Roberto Garza

    Rumors are swirling out of Knoxville that Brian Kelly is close to hiring Tennessee offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. (In fact, here’s a report that says it’s a done deal.) If the reports are true, Hiestand will almost immediately hit the recruiting trail, with his first order of business being committed recruits Taylor Decker, Mark…

  11. Stability prevails as Kelly signs two-year extension

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

    NCAA Football: Notre Dame Spring Practice

    Brian Kelly and Notre Dame have struck a deal that extends the head coach’s contract through the 2016 season, the university announced today. The school officially exercised an option to extend his original contract two years. “While Coach Kelly and I are focused on the additional work that must be done to reach our goals,…

  12. Faced with adversity, Kelly turns offense over to Martin

    Jan 9, 2012, 3:44 PM EST

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    For the first two years of Brian Kelly’s tenure at Notre Dame, Charley Molnar was the offensive coordinator. That much, just about everybody knows. What we don’t know, is what kind of say Molnar had in actually, well — coordinating the offense. As it tends to happen, many are speculating about Molnar’s departure from Notre…

  13. Darby backs away from ND pledge

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:46 AM EST

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    Over the weekend, news broke that Ronald Darby backed away from his commitment to attend Notre Dame, opening up a recruiting war for one of the nation’s top cornerback prospects, and one of the country’s top sprinters. After gaining significant momentum with the pledge of Elijah Shumate at the Army All-American bowl, the Irish now seem…

  14. Irish getting unlikely transfer in USC’s Amir Carlisle

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:36 AM EST

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    Last year, the Irish came down to the wire for the services of blue-chip running back Amir Carlisle, only to see the California native stay in his home state and play for Southern Cal. After whispers of a surprise transfer flew across the Irish blogosphere over the past few days, Bob Wieneke of the South…

  15. Irish land Elijah Shumate at Army All-American Bowl

    Jan 7, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

    Elijah Shumate

    The Irish reeled in recruit number 18 during the US Army All-American Bowl, when New Jersey’s Elijah Shumate pledged his commitment to Notre Dame. Shumate adds to the Irish’s collection of defensive backs, giving Notre Dame one of the nation’s most physical safeties and another elite player at a position the coaching staff targeted early.…

  16. Eifert returning for senior season

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    Eifert

    When the Irish head to Ireland next year to kick off the 2012 season, they’ll have their two best senior leaders with them. With Manti Te’o already set to return for his senior season and lead the Irish defense, it now looks like All-American tight end Tyler Eifert will be there with him to take…

  17. Are the Irish courting two Armsteads?

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:12 PM EST

    Armond Amstead

    By now, most Irish fans that have been reading this blog are familiar with Arik Armstead, the highly touted two-sports athlete that’s been recruited by both Brian Kelly and Mike Brey. Armstead is practicing right now at the US Army All-American bowl, where the 6-foot-8, 280-pound defensive lineman and power forward is still mulling through…

  18. Shepard settles on ND, set to enroll

    Jan 4, 2012, 12:02 AM EST

    Tee Shepard, Jordan Westerkamp

    The final score for the first annual Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl was the West edging the East 17-14 in the latest national All-Star game to capture recruitniks attention. But the biggest headline leaving Phoenix wasn’t any play made on the field, but rather a recruiting victory all but finalized by Notre Dame. Cornerback Tee Shepard,…

  19. Warinner and Hinton leave as coaching staff shakes up

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EST

    Kelly Urban Meyer

    Make no mistake about it, this means war. Urban Meyer has always held a peculiar place in Irish fans’ hearts. He’s spurned them, leaving Monk Malloy and the school jet empty when he turned down his “dream job” at Notre Dame to head to Gainesville instead. He’s poached from them, with he and former henchman…

  20. New Year’s resolutions for 2012 Irish

    Jan 1, 2012, 7:51 PM EST

    Everett Golson

    It doesn’t take a CSI investigator to know that Irish fans are still smarting from the 18-14 loss to Florida State. Minutes away from a nine win season, the firm grasp the Irish defense had around the throat of the Seminoles loosened, and an offense that moved the ball prolifically earlier this season ground to…

  21. Set your DVR: Onward to Victory: Notre Dame Hockey

    Dec 31, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Brett_Post

    This blog admittedly doesn’t give other Notre Dame sports their fair shake. But there’s a soft spot in my heart for Notre Dame hockey. You’d think someone that rode the bench on the baseball team and covers Notre Dame football for a living would have his allegiances set, but through four years of college, there…

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

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:47 PM EST

    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…

  23. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Florida State

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    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…

  24. KeiVarae Russell pledges commitment to Irish

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:04 PM EST

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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,…

  25. Pregame Six Pack: One last time for 2011

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:38 AM EST

    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…