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  1. Kelly declares 2011 quarterback derby open

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly met with the media today as the Notre Dame student body finished up with their final exams and addressed one of the million dollar questions that’ll take over once the Irish play Miami in the Sun Bowl: Who will be the starting quarterback against USF to kickoff 2011? “I think we have a…

  2. Hurricanes and Irish battling for recruits, too

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

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    It’s not enough that Miami and Notre Dame will face off on December 31st in the Sun Bowl. New head coach Al Golden kick-started the rivalry when he dropped into the Brooklyn high school of Irish target Ishaq Williams, throwing the Hurricanes into the heated pursuit for the blue-chippers signature. CaneSports.com spoke with Lincoln High…

  3. Report: Former Irish assistant Haywood takes Pitt job

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Joe Schad is reporting that former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Haywood is taking over the Pitt football program. Haywood would replace Dave Wannstedt, who was asked to resign after six seasons. Haywood played at Notre Dame and joined the inaugural coaching staff of Charlie Weis, coaching both running backs and coordinating the offense…

  4. New hires put coaching vacancies into perspective

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Filling a coaching vacancy is tough business in major college football. Your pool of potential targets is always shifting, already happily employed, and also filled by men who have to act as if they’re absolutely uninterested in switching jobs right until the point they sign on the dotted line. Adding to the complications, there’s an…

  5. Te’o, Ruffer named second team All-Americans

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

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    Two Irish players were named to Sports Illustrated’s All-American teams, with linebacker Manti Te’o and kicker David Ruffer both named to the second team. (This is the part of the entry where I apologize for the funky formatting of this post and also wonder what the All-American team would’ve looked like with Kyle Rudolph and…

  6. Fleming’s improvement helps key defensive resurgence

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

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    When the Irish opened the season, most pundits predicted that Darius Fleming, an undersized defensive end moving to the ‘Cat’ linebacker position, would be one of the players who’d benefit most from the change to Bob Diaco’s 3-4 defensive system. A quick look at the final regular season statistics shows that prediction to be correct,…

  7. Riddick’s return should open up Irish offense

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

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    When Notre Dame hits the field at the Sun Bowl on New Years’ Eve, they’ll be doing it with Theo Riddick at nearly full strength, something he hasn’t been since he severely sprained his ankle against Western Michigan. “Right now, I feel anywhere from 95 to 100 percent,” Riddick said this weekend. “Making cuts at…

  8. What a difference a year makes

    Dec 12, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    One year ago yesterday, Jack Swarbrick introduced Brian Kelly as the new head coach of the Notre Dame football program. “We followed our criteria, we stuck to it, and at every step along the way, it kept taking me back to the same place,” Swarbrick said. “It kept taking me back to the conclusion that…

  9. Closing out recruiting clear focus for Irish

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

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    After a week of nothing but good news for the Irish, Notre Dame finally didn’t get the commitment they were chasing when Iowa’s Christian French committed to Oregon over Notre Dame and his home state Hawkeyes yesterday. French is a freakish athlete, but where he’ll play and how effective he’ll be in college are still…

  10. Kelly trying for historic bowl win

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    We’ll dig into the actual bowl against Miami next week, but Blue&Gold‘s Lou Somogyi had an excellent piece breaking down the historic opportunity head coach Brian Kelly has in front of him: Win a bowl game in his first season. More from Somogyi on the last Irish coaches’ debuts: Gerry Faust (1981) — Pegged as…

  11. Coaching carousel could pick up ND’s Martin

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

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    It’s that time of year when head coaching jobs open up and fans bristle when they hear their favorite assistant coaches’ names thrown around. After the first year of Brian Kelly and a 7-5 record, Notre Dame fans likely never thought they’d hear one of their assistants names being singled out… yet. But Rivals.com’s Tom…

  12. That light Irish schedule? Not so much

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

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    One of the dangers of judging a schedule in the preseason is painting a slate of games with a brush when the canvas is unknown. Entering the 2010 season, many projected a good season for the Irish if they could make it through their opening six games, with the schedule lightening drastically in the middle…

  13. E.J. Banks is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

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    It sounds like the final line of the E.J. Banks story has been written at Notre Dame. Banks, the sophomore cornerback from the Pittsburgh area, is no longer enrolled in the university and will likely transfer to another school to continue his football career. In the preseason, Banks’ future with the Irish originally fell into…

  14. Oregon WR Davis pays tribute to ND’s Sullivan

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

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    Looking for a kid to cheer for? Look no further than Oregon wide receiver D.J. Davis, who earned a lot of respect over the weekend from football fans across the country for a quiet tribute he paid to Notre Dame videographer Declan Sullivan. The Oregonian explains: Many people who receive the doorstep edition of The…

  15. Reports: CB Bennett Okotcha flips pledge to Irish

    Dec 6, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

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    The Brian Kelly recruiting machine is on a roll, and the Irish just picked up a much needed commitment from defensive back Bennett Okotcha. Okotcha, high school teammates with recent Irish pledge Cam McDaniel, has been committed to Wisconsin since August before flipping his commitment to Notre Dame, the South Bend Tribune and IrishSportsDaily.com report.…

  16. Kelly adds Floyd and Rudolph to his recruiting list

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:54 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly addressed the media as he discussed the Irish schedule heading into their December 31st date with the Miami Hurricanes in El Paso. We’ve got plenty of time to discuss some of the intricacies of the bowl preparation, but one comment should likely steal most of the attention from today. After avoiding the topic…

  17. Williams back to healthy as Irish prep for bowl

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly is discussing all things Irish and Sun Bowl this morning, but the biggest news (other than the Irish going to El Paso) to break this weekend is that Ian Williams has pronounced himself 100 percent healthy and will be fully available for the bowl game. “I think I’m 100 percent right now,” Williams…

  18. Notre Dame-Miami rivalry to get started early in Sun Bowl

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

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    While the announcement of the Irish and Hurricanes reuniting in 2012 had many fans excited, the Sun Bowl kick-started the process, reuniting Notre Dame and Miami in a dream scenario for bowl organizers. “After waiting 77 years, the stars have finally lined up for us,” John Folmer, Hyundai Sun Bowl chairman said today. “I have…

  19. Replacing quarterbacks not always easy

    Dec 4, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

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    When Jimmy Clausen announced that he was forgoing his senior season at Notre Dame, any chance that the Irish offense would keep pace with the 2009 edition left South Bend as well. With the ascension of Dayne Crist to the starting role, coming off major knee surgery and into a completely new offensive system, it…

  20. Golson talks commitment

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Recent Notre Dame commit quarterback Everett Golson sat down with his hometown paper the Sun News to discuss his career and his future. It’s a great read for those Irish fans just getting to know Golson and also a great reminder of just how prolific Golson has been at quarterback. A couple quick hits that…

  21. Irish take momentum onto recruiting trail

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    After an undefeated November, the Irish coaching staff hit the recruiting trail, and it isn’t hard to see the difference between spending the season’s final month building momentum versus the tailspin of the last two years. The commitments of Cam McDaniel and Everett Golson this week help illustrate how important stability at the top of…

  22. Robert Hughes’ career comes full circle

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    It’s appropriate that it was Robert Hughes that plowed through Trojan defenders on his way to the game-winning touchdown in the Coliseum for the Irish last Saturday. The touchdown brought a great deal of symmetry to the career of the Chicago native, who bowled his way into the collective thoughts of Notre Dame fans at…

  23. QB Golson gives Irish two-sport pledge

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

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    (You want recruiting news? We’ve got recruiting news!) South Carolina quarterback Everett Golson committed to Notre Dame today, officially switching from a pledge he made to North Carolina back in February. (Feels good to be on the other end of this, doesn’t it, Irish fans?) Golson plans on enrolling early in January, making this an…

  24. McDaniel to enter Notre Dame as a running back

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

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    I don’t usually get overly into recruiting here, but some of the news surrounding Cam McDaniel’s commitment to the Irish has been pretty interesting. In McDaniel, the Irish get one of the most prolific running backs and football players in the North Texas area, seemingly a huge coup for Notre Dame. But, whether it’s a…

  25. Best shots for bowling

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Quite a few different places have taken aim at guessing where the Irish end up this postseason. Both Frank Vitovitch at UHND.com and Eric Hansen at the South Bend Tribune have done some good digging on the Irish opportunities and came to pretty similar conclusions. Both Eric and Frank have the Irish deciding between the…