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Keith Arnold

  1. Freshman Focus: Chris Brown

    May 21, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Chris Brown

    The senior class of 2012 graduated this weekend from Notre Dame, all but closing the book on a recruiting class that came in like a lion and left like a lamb. Yes, Braxston Cave, Mike Golic, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Jamoris Slaughter and Dan McCarthy will all return for a fifth season. Yes, Michael Floyd broke a…

  2. Crist all class as he returns to Notre Dame for graduation

    May 17, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    He’s no longer a part of the Irish football program, but Dayne Crist can proudly say he’s a Notre Dame graduate. After participating in spring practice with Charlie Weis’ Kansas football team, Crist is returning to South Bend for this weekend’s graduation, reuniting with friends and former teammates for Senior Week and the graduation festivities.…

  3. Rees, Calabrese, Daniels legal updates

    May 17, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees USF

    Both Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese had their days in court yesterday, stemming from arrests after South Bend police officers broke up an off-campus party on May 3rd, the final day of classes. Rees pleaded not guilty to the four misdemeanor charges he’s facing. His next hearing is set for July 17. Calabrese faces one…

  4. Fleming tears ACL in 49ers minicamp

    May 16, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT


    Darius Fleming inked a four-year contract worth $2.2 million with the San Francisco 49ers, after being chosen in the 5th round of the NFL Draft. The next day, at his first official workout with the team, Fleming tore his ACL, a knee injury that’ll likely keep him on the sidelines for the season. Fleming’s agent,…

  5. Former Irish TE Dave Casper named to College Football Hall of Fame

    May 15, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Casper, D (head)

    Long before Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, and Tyler Eifert were making Notre Dame a tight end factory, former Irish great Dave Casper earned All-American status on his way to a 1973 National Championship. From there, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound former Irish star joined the Oakland Raiders on his way to a professional career that…

  6. With Ty Isaac to USC, RB focus stays on Ryan Green

    May 15, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT


    One of the first big running back dominoes came off the recruiting board today, with Illinois running back Ty Isaac committing to USC this morning. Isaac had a final three schools of Notre Dame, Michigan and the Trojans before announcing his commitment via Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior from Joliet Catholic is a top 20…

  7. Kelly may have his perfect QB recruit in Malik Zaire

    May 14, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    If having two quarterbacks really means you have none, Irish fans must be wondering what having four quarterbacks does to a team. With the offseason headlines dominated by a four-headed quarterback race featuring Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel, the search for the Irish’s offensive leader overshadowed the commitment of Ohio quarterback…

  8. Weekend notes: Floyd, Smith, Rankings, and more

    May 11, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    With finals ending this week at Notre Dame, and graduating approaching next weekend, it’s a slow time for college football news. As we march through the offseason desert with no oasis in sight, let’s dig into some of the more interesting stories I stumbled across this week. *** Michael Floyd is one of those seniors…

  9. With Lynch leaving Notre Dame, USF pursuing eligibility waiver

    May 10, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    As expected, South Florida is pursuing a waiver to let former Irish defensive end Aaron Lynch played in 2012. Bulls head coach Skip Holtz, while hosting an interactive Google+ Hangout, mentioned the process of getting Lynch integrated into the South Florida football program. (Fast-forward to around minute 17 for the Lynch talk.) “Right now, the…

  10. Irish make their move on Anzalone

    May 9, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Alex Anzalone

    Just days after he stepped away from his commitment to Ohio State, Alex Anzalone welcomed Notre Dame into Wyomissing Area High School as he reopened his recruitment. The top prep player in the state of Pennsylvania, Anzalone has seen his fair share of suitors come through the hallways since he’s distanced himself for the Buckeyes…

  11. Speed in context: How fast are the Atkinsons?

    May 8, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Atkinson Jackson track

    With their performances in the 100m over the weekend proof that George and Josh Atkinson are fast, I wanted to dig a little deeper into the question, “How fast are they?” The answer, as it turns out, is really, really fast. From a Notre Dame perspective, the brothers Atkinson are historically fast. Since Irish Track…

  12. Atkinson brothers blaze in Big East 100m finals

    May 7, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Atkinson 3

    For much of the past decade, the Notre Dame football program has been stuck having to answer questions about being too slow. Over the weekend, George and Josh Atkinson offered two data-points to help make that statement obsolete. The twin brothers, George a 6-foot-1, 215 pound running back, and Josh, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback, put…

  13. Weekend notes: Rees, Anzalone, Zaire, and more

    May 5, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    As much as I enjoy reading the 200 odd comments (I’m trying to get figured out the technical bugs) about the arrests of Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese, let’s do our best to get some football discussed on here. First — Let’s put a pin in the Rees discussion (for now), as nothing more —…

  14. Rees, Calabrese face uncertainty after off-campus arrest

    May 3, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Rees Calabrese Mug Shot

    Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese were arrested by South Bend police after an off-campus party was broken up just after midnight. Calabrese, who is 21, faces disorderly conduct charges, and has been bonded out of jail for $150. Rees, who is only 20, faces more serious charges, including public intoxication, resisting law enforcement, minor consumption,…

  15. Analyzing the Irish’s offensive woes

    May 2, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Pie Chart Negative Plays

    Nelly may be a sucker for cornrows and manicured toes. Me? I’m a fan of pie chart and fancy graphs. And thankfully, as we head into a rather slow time for news and football action, Dan Murphy at Blue & Gold has us covered with some interesting insight into the Irish’s offensive woes last season.…

  16. Spring evaluation period puts the focus on recruiting

    May 1, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Steve Elmer

    With the annual Blue-Gold game in the rear-view mirror, Notre Dame’s assistant coaches are spread across the country making in-school visits to some of the best 2013 prospects in the country. With new assistant Scott Booker making his way to Georgia, Bob Elliott working California with Mike Denbrock, and Tony Alford on some of Florida’s…

  17. A look inside Father Hesburgh’s Domer Den

    Apr 30, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Theodore Hesburgh

    A quick call to an ambassador in Russia. Early entry into communist China. Bartering with the President of the United States for the only civilian ride on an SR-71 Blackbird. More medals and honors then the most decorated Olympian. (He’s even got a torch from the Salt Lake games laying around…) To call Father Theodore…

  18. Robert Blanton and Darius Fleming selected in fifth round of NFL Draft

    Apr 28, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Robert Blanton

    Two more former Irish players had their names called in the NFL Draft today, with Robert Blanton and Darius Fleming getting selected in the fifth round of the draft. That makes four players selected from the 2011 squad, joining first-round picks Michael Floyd (#13) and Harrison Smith (#29). Blanton went with the 139th overall pick…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. USF announces Aaron Lynch transfer

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT


    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…