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Keith Arnold

  1. Unstable Midwest should mean good things for the Irish

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

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    Strange days lie ahead for the Big Ten, or whatever they’re officially calling the conference right now. (B1G?) As news broke that North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson could be taking his talents to Madison, it solidified the fact that there’s near historic instability around the Midwest in college football, a recipe that should help…

  2. Local product David Perkins commits to Irish

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:23 PM EST

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    (Ed. Note: Photo is property of Ryan Call.) It’s not every day that the Irish pick up a recruit from their own backyard, but Notre Dame reeled in commitment number ten from South Bend’s Washington High School, with linebacker-running back-athlete David Perkins announcing his intent this afternoon. Perkins chose the Irish over Tennessee and Syracuse…

  3. Floyd’s clearance for summer drills another step in return

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

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    In the doldrums of summer, any news on wide receiver Michael Floyd is big news, and yesterday Notre Dame football’s director of football media relations Brian Hardin supplied some headlines when he tweeted head coach Brian Kelly’s most recent comments on his suspended star receiver: “Michael has made steady progress towards modifying his behavior and…

  4. Weekend leftovers: Romine, Top 20 lists, and the Biscuit

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

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    I’ve been doing some thinking about some fun offseason topics that will help this summer go by as fast as possible (the waiting for football part, not the good weather/golf season part). Hopefully, we’ll roll a few out in the next couple weeks, but if you’ve got any ideas feel free to email them to…

  5. Prestwood set to transfer to Notre Dame

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:07 AM EST

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    If the Irish coaching staff’s never-say-die attitude helped them with Aaron Lynch, Ishaq Williams and Stephon Tuitt, then it really paid dividends with offensive tackle Jordan Prestwood. One of the top tackle targets in the class of 2011, Prestwood was committed to the Irish until he changed his mind in November, flipping to the home-state…

  6. Plays behind the line of scrimmage critical for Irish D

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:49 AM EST

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    There are plenty of good things you can say about Bob Diaco’s Fighting Irish defense from 2010. Playing in a new system with virtually the same guys that were part of a historically bad outfit, the unit grew to be one of the strengths of the team, playing sufficating football down the stretch as the…

  7. Buckeyes’ demise has plenty of Irish subplots

    May 31, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

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    It’s been a riveting 24-hours watching the implosion of Ohio State’s football program (and likely its athletic department), as Jim Tressell’s resignation has cratered one of the most storied programs in all of college football. There are plenty of wonderful articles to read on the subject, namely the Sports Illustrated article that’s been credited for…

  8. Greenberry and Prosise join the Irish recruiting fold

    May 29, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

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    It’s been a busy weekend for the Irish coaching staff, as they’ve reeled in two more recruits, with safety CJ Prosise and wide receiver Deontay Greenberg pledging their commitment to Notre Dame. The news that Greenberry committed was far less of a surprise than Prosise, as Greenberry’s been on Irish fans’ radar for months. The…

  9. Farley making the switch to wide receiver

    May 25, 2011, 9:43 PM EST

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    On a roster relatively shy of defensive backs, Brian Kelly and staff decided to remove one more from the depth chart. Only this time, it was before he ever officially got started. News broke today that incoming freshman Matthias Farley is moving to wide receiver just weeks before the newcomer was set to report to…

  10. Kelly: Floyd is either ‘all in or all out’

    May 24, 2011, 6:06 PM EST

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    Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune finally got the quote of the offseason, on the record, from the man himself. Brian Kelly has finally committed to ink what many of us have been hearing for weeks. If (and that’s still an if) Michael Floyd continues on his current path and “changes the way he’s…

  11. Bruton takes substitute teaching job as NFL lockout continues

    May 23, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

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    With a 2009 bachelor’s degree in political science likely collecting dust, former Notre Dame safety David Bruton found a good way to give back to his hometown and keep busy, officially becoming the coolest substitute teacher in the history of Miamisburg, Ohio. Instead of sticking around Denver and working out with his teammates while the…

  12. Weekend notes: Buyouts, schedules, and more

    May 20, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

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    It was only a matter of time before somebody did a public search of Notre Dame’s tax records and found out just how much Charlie Weis actually got paid to walk away from Notre Dame with six years left on his ten-year contract extension. Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune was the first to do…

  13. Mark Harrell is seventh commitment to 2012 recruiting class

    May 20, 2011, 2:40 AM EST

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    Just as Irish fans were starting to feel a little antsy, North Carolina offensive lineman Mark Harrell brought his recruitment to an end by calling up his recruiting coach Mike Elston and becoming the Irish’s seventh commitment of the 2012 recruiting class. Harrell joins Ohio-native Taylor Decker as the second offensive linemen in the class.…

  14. Notre Dame – Stanford extend series through 2019

    May 19, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

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    In a rivalry that’s intensified over the past few years, Notre Dame and Stanford have agreed to continue their football series through the 2019 season. Following the 2011 season, the Irish and Cardinal will trade off home games for eight more years. “We are very excited to be extending our football series with the University…

  15. Kelly makes headlines in Alabama visit

    May 19, 2011, 1:16 AM EST

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    With his assistants combing the country evaluating recruits, Brian Kelly is on another barnstorming tour of alumni clubs, spreading the good word and at the same time, doing some good work as he visits tornado-strewn Alabama to talk to the Notre Dame Club of Northern Alabama. Kelly made headlines not just with his $5,000 donation…

  16. A look at Kelly’s offense from the other side

    May 17, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

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    The 2010 season was the first time many Notre Dame fans had seen Brian Kelly’s offense in action. Sure, the highlights of Cincinnati burning through the Big East were out there, but for most Irish fans, the BK experience began during spring practice last year, where players, reporters and fans all got to see up-tempo…

  17. Irish sports lead way in NCAA academic honors

    May 17, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

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    It’s not the kind of news that gets as much attention as hoisting a championship trophy, but it’s arguably just as important. Notre Dame student-athletes were honored by the NCAA today as the 2011 Academic Progress Rate (APR) was released, with the Irish athletic department leading the way among D-I sports teams. Seventeen Notre Dame…

  18. 2011 in 100 words… Michael Floyd

    May 16, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

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    The twelfth and final preview analyzing a dozen players essential to the Irish making a BCS run next season. For the complete series, check the previews of Braxston Cave, Sean Cwynar, Jonas Gray, Trevor Robinson, Robert Blanton, Theo Riddick, Steve Filer, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Tyler Eifert, Ben Turk and Zack Martin. Player Overview: When Michael Floyd…

  19. Ronald Darby is fast (with video proof)

    May 13, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    Before everybody gets too down in the dumps about Noor Davis, here’s a quick reminder that Irish recruit Ronald Darby is fast. Not just “SEC Fast,” but national champion fast. Darby competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals this week, winning the National Championship easily in the 200 meter dash, blazing to a time of…

  20. Bluechipper Noor Davis might be Irish’s next pledge

    May 13, 2011, 12:40 AM EST

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    UPDATE — (1:56 EST) Just minutes ago Davis chose Stanford, proving most of the pundits wrong… and in some cases twice. That said, my final thought probably holds true. Expect this to go down to the wire, with the Irish’s visit to Palo Alto at the end of the season possibly playing a determining factor……

  21. Add another night game: Purdue slated for after dark

    May 12, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

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    Jeez – You take the time to write a column about all the night games on the schedule and then ESPN goes and announces that the one game we barely covered moves to an evening affair. Purdue has joined the moonlight theme of the 2011 season by taking on the Irish after dark, with the…

  22. Irish’s 2011 schedule shaping into primetime affair

    May 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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    News broke yesterday that Notre Dame’s final game of the season, a highly-anticipated date with Stanford in Palo Alto after Thanksgiving, will be played in primetime, televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. That pushes the Irish slate to four primetime games, with the kickoff against Pittsburgh still to be determined and likely another evening…

  23. ESPN’s Rece Davis and… Mark May to host Irish Legends golf tourney

    May 11, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

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    You’ve got to hand it to this Brian Kelly guy. It’s almost as if he’s been reading Irish message-boards these past few years, identifying the collective thorns in the side of ND Nation and pulling them out one by one. Public Enemy No. 1? Urban Meyer — the head coach had his “dream job” on…

  24. Quick look at Rivals100 dispels some recruiting myths

    May 10, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

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    It’s been spoken as gospel that Notre Dame won’t have access to the best players in the country because they can’t get them through admissions. It seems to be a rallying cry for Irish fans looking for reasons why Notre Dame has suffered to compete these past two decades. It’s also been a common knock…

  25. Weekend round-up: Offers, Tuitt, Bullard and Stonum

    May 9, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

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    The Irish are making a play at another Georgia native that likely won’t head north quietly. While Brian Kelly, Chuck Martin and company were successful getting Stephon Tuitt out of the land of peaches (we’ll get to Tuitt more in a bit), they’ll have quite a bit of company as they pursue Tucker High School’s…