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Keith Arnold

  1. Counting down the Irish: 15-11

    Jul 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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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…

  2. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 26, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 24, 2012, 2:18 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Rees pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges

    Jul 23, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. Counting down the Irish: 2012’s Top 25

    Jul 20, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Zaire ready to test himself at Elite 11 camp

    Jul 19, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Biletnikoff watch list includes TJ Jones

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jul 16, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 13, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    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…

  11. Taking a closer look at the Irish recruiting machine

    Jul 11, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jul 9, 2012, 9:13 PM EDT

    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…

  13. Irish pick up commitment from touted LB Alex Anzalone

    Jul 8, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

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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…

  14. Irish recruits hit The Opening

    Jul 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    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…

  15. Independence Day should have special meaning for Irish fans

    Jul 4, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    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,…

  16. LB Greer Martini first pledge of the 2014 class

    Jul 4, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    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,…

  17. Elston looks for big things out of defensive line

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Niklas is the ultimate wild card

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    There are plenty of variables at play for the 2012 Fighting Irish. The largest is at the quarterback position. Who will lead the Irish not just when they head to Dublin, but when they continue into the teeth of one of the country’s hardest schedules? Who will fill the sizable void Michael Floyd left after…

  19. Linebacker Michael Deeb commits to the Irish

    Jun 29, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Michael-Deeb

    It’s been a busy week for linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. After picking up a pledge from outside linebacker prospect Danny Mattingly earlier in the week, South Florida inside linebacker Michael Deeb committed to Notre Dame today, making the announcement via Twitter. “Thankful and blessed to make the decision to commit to THE…

  20. Russell and Neal will get looks at cornerback

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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    There’s no question that Notre Dame lacks quality depth at cornerback heading into the season. Needing to replace both Robert Blanton and Gary Gray, the Irish will look to first year starter Bennett Jackson on the short-side of the field as Lo Wood and Josh Atkinson will take their competition for the field cornerback position…

  21. Irish add OLB Danny Mattingly to ’13 recruiting class

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Danny Mattingly

    Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from outside linebacker Danny Mattingly yesterday, adding another critical piece to a ’13 recruiting class that now sits at 15 members. Mattingly, a Spokane native, has seen his profile grow over the past few months, securing offers from Alabama, Nebraska and Oklahoma, to go along with offers from just…

  22. Rees and Calabrese cleared for school and workouts

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    It hasn’t been a secret that Tommy Rees has been taking summer classes and working out with his teammates as the Irish undergo offseason workouts in preparation for the 2012 season. But head coach Brian Kelly hadn’t yet commented on the future of his embattled quarterback, who ran afoul with the law on the last…

  23. Anello still competing in life after football

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Mike Anello ND

    It’s been a few seasons since we’ve seen the blur with a No. 37 sprinting down the field in kick coverage. But since Mike Anello graduated from Notre Dame and ended a football career that started as a walk-on and ended garnering two Academic All-American honors for his special teams play, Anello hasn’t stopped competing.…

  24. Louis Nix gets first Brian Kelly post-surgery comments

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    You’ve got to love the internet… and defensive tackle Louis Nix. The rising junior, a key cog to the Irish defensive line, has taken to his YouTube channel to continue building his social media presence. Along with a popular Twitter handle — @IrishChocolate9 –Nix has now started “Chocolate News,” his YouTube updates of life in…

  25. Swarbrick pumps brakes on Big 12 talks

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:33 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    With news that the conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick plan to present a four-team playoff plan to universities presidents in the coming days, a new rumor surfaced earlier today from OrangeBloods.com’s Chip Brown that is once again is connecting Notre Dame with the Big 12. In Brown’s latest (and not the…