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  1. Northwestern and Notre Dame set for 2014, 2018

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

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    Add another Big Ten opponent to the future Irish slate. After a nearly 20 year lay-off, Northwestern will return to Notre Dame Stadium, set to play the Irish on November 15, 2014, their first trip to South Bend since head coach Pat Fitzgerald led the Wildcats in a 17-15 upset of the Irish, helping punch…

  2. Hendrix vs. Golson as Blue-Gold game details emerge

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    Matt Cashore

    For those looking for details about Notre Dame’s first televised Blue-Gold game (2:00 p.m. ET on Versus) look no further. Brian Kelly met with reporters today and dished about the intricacies of a game that’ll have plenty of intrigue. First, let’s talk about the quarterbacks: For those expecting to see heavy doses of Tommy Rees…

  3. 2011 in 100 words… Tyler Eifert

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

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    The eighth of twelve previews analyzing a dozen players essential to the Irish making a BCS run next season. For more, check the previews of Braxston Cave, Sean Cwynar, Jonas Gray, Trevor Robinson, Theo Riddick, Steve Filer, and Kapron Lewis-Moore. Player Overview: Entering last season, Tyler Eifert wasn’t on anybody’s radar. Eifert only suited up…

  4. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

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    With the Blue-Gold game set for this Saturday, Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish are down to their final four football sessions until preseason camp in August. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the battles that caught our interest: At ‘Dog’ linebacker, it’s a two-man race, with sophomores Prince Shembo and Danny…

  5. Floyd remains suspended, statements released

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

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    After a ResLife ruling allowed Michael Floyd to continue his education at Notre Dame and avoid university suspension from school or football, Floyd and head coach Brian Kelly released statements today after news broke late yesterday: From Kelly: “Michael has shared with me the outcome of his hearing with our office of Residence Life, and…

  6. With path cleared, Floyd takes on a new journey

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

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    Let’s be clear. Michael Floyd is a long way from appearing in the home opener against South Florida in September. But today, as I reported via Twitter, he cleared a remarkable hurdle. After being arrested on March 20th for drunk driving, Floyd put a career set to go down in the Irish record books in…

  7. Weekend notes: Floyd, QBs (present and future), and more

    Apr 8, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

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    Let’s tackle one of the more interesting tidbits first. It’s expected that Michael Floyd will be meeting with ResLife this afternoon to ultimately determine his university punishment for his drunk-driving arrest that happened in mid-March, just before spring football practice was set to start. Floyd’s been on indefinite suspension from all football activities, missing the…

  8. Pro Day highlights Rudolph, Williams and Walls

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

    Darrin Walls

    We talked more about the NFL Draft last offseason when the Irish had Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate in the running for first round contention. But today a crop of Irish seniors worked out for NFL scouts, headlined by tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is fighting to be a first round draft pick as he…

  9. Molnar talks QBs

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

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    Offensive coordinator Charley Molnar, now with a load slightly lighter thanks to Ed Warinner’s promotion to run game coordinator, talked about his quarterbacks yesterday, shedding light on the four-man race this spring. Much was made of the decision to roll four quarterbacks, with Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson joining part-time starters Dayne Crist and Tommy…

  10. Depth and skill building as spring continues

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EST

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    It was evident in Brian Kelly’s opening comments this spring. The depth chart would continue to deepen on the Irish roster and building his players’ skill-set was a priority in his second spring as Notre Dame’s football coach. “Year two, it’s really going to be about skill development for our players,” Kelly said as he…

  11. Urban Meyer and ESPN tackle Irish spring football

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    It turns out Urban Meyer wasn’t just in South Bend to be a featured speaker at the Notre Dame coaching clinic, but he was also wearing his ESPN analyst hat when he visited Brian Kelly and company for spring practice. Here’s the segment ESPN produced that aired today featuring Meyer, Kelly, HelmetCam, and the epic…

  12. Fleming set to lead Irish pass rush

    Apr 4, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

    Darius Fleming

    The expectations were high for Darius Fleming entering the 2010 season. The best pass-rusher on the Irish roster, he was set to enter a system that had a habit of turning good pass rushers into great pass rushers. (See Barwin, Connor for example.) While it’s hard to call a season where you lead your defense…

  13. Kelly ruins Michigan’s throwback uniform surprise

    Apr 3, 2011, 10:42 PM EST

    Dave Brandon

    Just a few days after poking Southern Cal’s athletic director, Brian Kelly seems to have Michigan’s athletic czar in a tizzy. First it was Pat Haden who wasn’t happy that Notre Dame decided to push their annual date with the Trojans to prime-time. (Even though we had to take a few shots at his rationale.)…

  14. Spond appears ready for spotlight

    Apr 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    Danny Spond

    From the day Danny Spond arrived on campus, it was clear that he had an admirer that held quite a bit of influence. Last August, when Spond was merely known as one of the five high school quarterbacks Brian Kelly brought in as recruits, he made his first serious blip on the radar, with the…

  15. News on Floyd’s future expected soon

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

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    Among the many interesting notes during Brian Kelly’s media session this morning, none will be dissected like his comments about the future of Michael Floyd. The star Irish receiver, who was named co-captain of the Irish for the 2011 season, has been suspended indefinitely by the football program after being arrested for drunk driving on…

  16. Haden doesn’t like night kickoff for USC/ND game

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    USC vs Notre Dame

    While this is hardly the type of bulletin board material that will get a football team fired up, USC athletic director Pat Haden took a minor shot at the team he covered from the broadcast booth. Haden was surprisingly unenthusiastic about the primetime kickoff for the Irish-Trojan showdown this October, a decision just announced by…

  17. Former Irish great Jim Seymour passes away

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Seymour Hanratty

    Former Notre Dame All-American and record setting wide receiver Jim Seymour passed away yesterday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 64. Seymour teamed with quarterback Terry Hanratty to form one of the best quarterback-wide receiver tandems in Irish history, as the two classmates were deemed “Mr. Fling and Mr. Cling,” and memorialized on…

  18. Injuries end Roberson and McDonald’s spring

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    Cam Roberson

    Brian Kelly’s suspicions were confirmed when an MRI of freshman running back Cameron Roberson’s knee showed a partially torn ACL and a torn lateral collateral ligament. There’s no official timetable on Roberson’s return, but you’ve got to think that getting anything out of Roberson next season would be a big surprise. Meanwhile, linebacker Anthony McDonald’s…

  19. Irish and Trojans set for prime-time

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

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    As if you needed another reason to get excited for the Trojans to return to South Bend, Notre Dame announced today that the game will be played in prime-time, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff planned for the October 22nd showdown. The match-up is the first home night game the Irish have played in 21 years,…

  20. Outside linebacker race has a little of everything

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:20 PM EST

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    With Darius Fleming’s job locked up, the Irish coaching staff will spend spring practice looking at their options for the position opposite him. With the depth chart filled by a cast of characters with a diverse skillset, the field-side linebacker job won’t lack worthy candidates. Let’s take a look at the four players in the…

  21. Open practice gives first look at 2011 Irish

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:01 PM EST

    Brian Kelly spring ball

    With Notre Dame’s star-studded coaching clinic providing an open door to over 1,000 high school coaches, it also gave the media the opportunity to get their first unfiltered look at the 2011 Irish football team. In a Loftus Center pushing capacity, Brian Kelly and his coaching staff put the team on display for Urban Meyer,…

  22. 2011 in 100 words… Kapron Lewis-Moore

    Mar 25, 2011, 7:30 AM EST

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    The seventh of twelve previews analyzing a dozen players essential to the Irish making a BCS run next season. For more, check the previews of Braxston Cave, Sean Cwynar, Jonas Gray, Trevor Robinson, Theo Riddick and Steve Filer. Player Overview: It was two seasons ago when a young sophomore who sat out the entire 2008…

  23. Ian Williams talks Draft, Michael Floyd

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

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    I’ve mentioned Ian Williams’ draft diary at the South Bend Tribune before, but you really should be checking out his updates as he preps for the upcoming NFL Draft. This week, Ian checks in as he works on getting his 40-yard dash time down, where I’m guessing he’s trying to find a way to clock…

  24. Kelly breaks down Day One

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:51 PM EST

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    After a long wait and quite a bit of recent drama, the Notre Dame football team finally got a chance to hit the field for the first time in 2011, going through their first practice of the spring yesterday in the Loftus Sports Complex. As the assembled media got their first brief look at guys…

  25. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    While the Irish were thrown a major curve ball with Michael Floyd’s arrest and indefinite suspension the weekend before spring practice was set to start, there’s plenty to be excited about as Brian Kelly kicked off the spring season for the Irish Tuesday with some opening comments. For those of you that’ve been away from…