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  1. Irish arrive in El Paso, festivities begin

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kelly Sombrero

    While nasty weather across the country did its best to keep players traveling to Texas on their toes, the Irish arrived in El Paso and were welcomed by great crowds as Sun Bowl festivities begin. UND.com has a great mix of photos and videos, including a mariachi band welcome at the El Paso airport, a…

  2. Merry Christmas

    Dec 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Santa

    It’ll be a light day unless something big breaks in the news, but I just wanted to take the time to say Merry Christmas to all the Inside the Irish fans.It’s been a great season on the blog, we’ve had record numbers for each of the last four months, and had readers for our game…

  3. Kelly recaps year one

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    While he hasn’t been in a reflective mood yet for the assembled media, head coach Brian Kelly did take a look back at the season with UND.com’s Jack Nolan, speaking candidly about his first season in charge of the Irish. The whole video gives you some good insight into the season from Kelly’s perspective, but…

  4. Eifert and Goodman look back on the year

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Fort Wayne products Tyler Eifert and John Goodman both had sit-downs with their hometown paper and the News-Sentinel‘s Tom Davis did a nice job capturing what important seasons both athletes had for the Irish. The entire articles on Eifert and Goodman are well worth the reads, but Davis got a few great quotes out of…

  5. Bowl game depth chart released

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Daniel Smith

    With preparations complete for the Sun Bowl, Notre Dame released its bowl game depth chart, which had a few interesting surprises, namely Daniel Smith’s first inclusion on the two-deep. Here’s the rest of the offensive depth chart: WR Duval Kamara John Goodman TJ Jones WR Theo Riddick Robby Toma TJ Jones LT Zack Martin Andrew…

  6. Davie, not Molnar finalist for Temple job

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Bob Davie

    Over the last few days, Charley Molnar’s name has been connected with the Temple head coaching job vacated by new Miami head coach Al Golden. Tom Dienart of Rivals.com tweeted earlier in the week that Molnar interviewed for the job, but now David Jones of the Patriot-News is reporting that while Molnar is out of…

  7. Report: Wenger applying for sixth year

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dan Wenger

    Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune reports that Dan Wenger is going to formally appeal to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility. From Hamilton: Entering the season, Wenger had played in 29 games for the Irish and only two offensive players entering 2010 had more career starts than his 19. But the concussions…

  8. Tuitt’s sticking with ND… for now

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    While I didn’t mention it, I certainly heard plenty of rumblings from nervous Notre Dame fans when prized defensive end recruit Stephon Tuitt decided to take an official visit to Auburn this past weekend. Whether it be the hard luck the Irish have had holding onto big-time defensive end targets, or the draw of a…

  9. Back in the spotlight, Diaco does his best to avoid it

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    Courtesy of South Bend Tribune

    The last time Bob Diaco spoke to the assembled media, it was days after the Irish were demoralized by Navy’s option attack. Calling it one of the worst days in his coaching career, Diaco candidly (perhaps, too candidly) discussed the unsuccessful strategy the Irish employed to stop Ricky Dobbs and the Navy option. “We went…

  10. Integrity a two-way street

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    There is nothing straightforward about the circumstances surrounding the death of St. Mary’s freshman Lizzy Seeberg, who committed suicide nine days after accusing an Irish football player of sexual assault. That accusation was first reported by the Chicago Tribune, who has been the paper of record on this story since initially reporting it for its…

  11. Councell, Golson thrive in Shrine Bowl

    Dec 19, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    The game didn’t seem to be much of a contest, but two Irish prospects stood out during the annual Shrine Bowl, where South Carolina beat-up on North Carolina 42-10 in Spartanburg, South Carolina yesterday. Both quarterback Everett Golson and outside linebacker Ben Councell played good football during the game, but more importantly, impressed during a…

  12. Kelly declares 2011 quarterback derby open

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  13. 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…

  14. Report: Former Irish assistant Haywood takes Pitt job

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    Haywood

    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…

  15. New hires put coaching vacancies into perspective

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    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…

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

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  17. Fleming’s improvement helps key defensive resurgence

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Fleming

    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,…

  18. Riddick’s return should open up Irish offense

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. Closing out recruiting clear focus for Irish

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly - vs. Michigan

    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…

  21. Kelly trying for historic bowl win

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  22. Coaching carousel could pick up ND’s Martin

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

    ChuckMartin

    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…

  23. That light Irish schedule? Not so much

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  24. 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…

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

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    Courtesy of The Oregonian

    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…