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Keith Arnold

  1. The future is now for Davaris Daniels

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    Michael Floyd is gone. After four record breaking seasons, the only No. 3 walking through the doors for the Irish is on the back of Amir Carlisle, who isn’t walking, but hobbling through on crutches, courtesy of a broken ankle that’ll rob the Irish’s newest offensive asset of a spring acclimation period. While the Irish…

  2. Spring Practice: Day One report

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:27 AM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Courtesy of our friends over at, Jack Nolan — fresh off taking Scott Martin’s best shot — brings us the first practice report from South Bend, when the Irish took to the field early Wednesday morning to kick off spring practice. Since these are the best practice videos we’ll get all spring, consider this…

  3. Niklas to tight end adds plenty of offensive options

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    The move of Troy Niklas to tight end is fascinating. After impressing on defense as a true freshman at outside linebacker (and even moving to the nose guard in certain pass rush situations), Niklas seemed poised to be a frontrunner for an outside linebacker position heading into spring practice. Even if the ‘dog’ linebacker position,…

  4. Spring practice begins for Irish

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Spring Practice

    With almost three months to ponder the changes that were certainly coming after last season’s disappointing 8-5 campaign, the 2012 Fighting Irish took the field for their first spring practice, giving the media its first (and one of its only) looks behind the curtain. While this humble writer wasn’t in South Bend to see in…

  5. Kelly announces QB derby a four-man race heading into spring

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees BC

    In his first official press conference marking the start of spring practice, it didn’t take long for Brian Kelly to field a question about his unsettled quarterback depth chart. In fact, it was the first one asked. With the Irish plagued by inconsistency at the position last season, and going through three different options last…

  6. Carlisle out for spring with broken ankle

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT


    Just days after getting the good news that transfer running back Amir Carlisle would be eligible for the 2012 season, head coach Brian Kelly announced the sophomore running back suffered a broken ankle in seven-on-seven workouts and will be out for the spring. With spring practice set to begin on Wednesday, the Irish will be…

  7. With spring’s arrival, time for Irish to turn the page

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    The news of Tee Shepard‘s departure a week before spring practice might have hit some Irish fans particularly hard. Yet most forget that last year, the Irish were hit with an uppercut that made the departure of an unproven true freshman feel like a love tap. At this time last spring, the Irish football program…

  8. Ragone granted sixth year, headed to Kansas

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Mike Ragone

    Lost in the shuffle of a pretty eventful offseason Thursday, tight end Mike Ragone won his sixth year appeal with the NCAA and will play one more season of college football. While it won’t be for the Fighting Irish, Ragone will be reunited with the head coach that brought him to South Bend, joining Charlie…

  9. Notre Dame vs. Michigan under the lights highlights 2012 home slate

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    The first night game in Michigan Stadium history ended up giving Notre Dame nightmares. This year, the Irish are hoping to return the favor, setting the kickoff against the Wolverines for a primetime start. Notre Dame will host its second night game in as many years next season, setting a 7:30 p.m. start time for…

  10. Tee Shepard leaves Notre Dame, future in question

    Mar 15, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Tee Shepard

    With spring practice set to begin in less than a week, Notre Dame announced promising early-signee freshman Tee Shepard is no longer enrolled in school. The move is a surprising turn of events for the Fresno, California native who signed with Notre Dame after a roller-coaster recruitment, one that saw his cousin Deontay Greenberrry, a…

  11. Amir Carlisle granted immediate eligibility

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT


    (Note: Developing story on Tee Shepard’s departure from Notre Dame coming…) Running back Amir Carlisle, who joined the Irish football program for the spring semester after transferring from USC, has had his waiver request approved by the NCAA, allowing him to play immediately. The rising sophomore from Santa Clara, California will not have to sit…

  12. Onwualu commitment continues Cretin-Derham Hall pipeline

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

    James Onwualu

    Cretin-Derham Hall has been kind to the Notre Dame football program. And with Michael Floyd turning in his blue and gold for the NFL, Brian Kelly and company turned to the St. Paul school for its next potential offensive weapon. Dual-threat offensive star James Onwualu just gave his commitment to the Irish football program, turning…

  13. Filling holes: Safety

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

    Slaughter Utah

    Just a year after Harrison Smith played the role of ball hawk, the senior safety was snake-bit. Seven interceptions in 2010 had Irish fans thinking Notre Dame’s defense had a gold-glove center-fielder. But in 2011, while the defense had a more mature and comfortable Smith roaming the secondary, the interceptions just didn’t come. Smith had…

  14. Filling holes: Outside linebacker

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    As spring practice approaches, the Irish coaching staff will be tasked with replacing some valuable senior contributors. All in, the Irish lost ten starters from their opening day lineup against South Florida. While youthful depth developed throughout last season will undoubtedly help ease that blow, there’s no doubt that this spring will be used to…

  15. Weekend links: Barely football edition

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:38 PM EDT


    I’m not sure my sanity could handle digging into other Irish sports like I do football. But with Notre Dame beginning spring break and football in a bit of a lull before spring practice gets underway, here are a few interesting articles I thought were worth your time on this more-than-pleasant March afternoon. Matt Fortuna…

  16. Playmakers Wanted: Zeke Motta

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Zeke Motta

    (Note: This is the third in a series of fictional memos from Notre Dame’s No. 1 fan to key players for the 2012 Fighting Irish. The first featured senior wide receiver John Goodman, the second WR Daniel Smith.) MEMO To: Zeke Motta From: Goldy Domer, #1 Irish Fan Subject: Your NFL audition season Zeke, I feel…

  17. Fixing the comments: A battle worth fighting

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:17 AM EDT

    Sisyphus Sign

    This post might not be for many of you. From the numbers that this website attracts daily, it’ll actually apply to less than five percent of you. But as this site has evolved and grown over the past few seasons, it’s finally time for me to address the comments section that lives and breathes below…

  18. Jacob Matuska commits to Notre Dame

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Jacob Matuska

    Less than a week after taking in the sights and sounds of Notre Dame’s campus, two-way jumbo-sized athlete Jacob Matuska has committed to playing for the Fighting Irish. The Columbus, Ohio native will likely start out as a defensive end for Bob Diaco’s defense, but was also heavily recruited as a tight end. Matuska’s recruiting…

  19. Badger’s return from Mission adds intrigue at safety

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

    Chris Badger

    After 21 months away from his family and friends in Ecuador, one of the first things Chris Badger‘s family did was size him up. He looked taller. The family hadn’t even left the airport before Badger was back-to-back with his father Rod, curious to see if the now 20-year-old had grown an inch or two while…

  20. Junior Day focuses on four top prospects

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Ty Isaac

    The Irish recruiting class of 2013 hasn’t exactly jumped out of the gates. With blue-chip offensive tackle Steve Elmer committed since September, the Irish haven’t added anybody yet to a recruiting class that’ll likely build to around 20 recruits when it’s all said and done. While the early success Michigan and Ohio State have had…

  21. Notre Dame makes the hiring of Ernest Jones official

    Mar 3, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Ernest Jones

    Though the news broke almost a month ago, Notre Dame made official the addition of former Buffalo associate head coach Ernest Jones to the football program. As expected, Jones won’t be working on the field with the Irish, but has taken the official title of director of player development and engagement. Here’s more from the…

  22. Niklas switching sides of the ball?

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    If there was a surprise on the defense last season, it was the emergence of outside linebacker Troy Niklas. Dubbed Hercules by his teammates, the hulking freshman — who measures up as impressively as any athlete on the team at a shade under 6-foot-7 and 250-pounds — saw time at the drop linebacker position and…

  23. With spotlight away, Neal needs to make strides

    Feb 29, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT


    For Notre Dame fans, landing elite recruit Davonte Neal was a welcome boost to recruiting. Considered one of the best athletes in the country, Neal could be the type of plug-and-play guy that could help ease the loss of another player that made an immediate impact at the wide receiver position: Michael Floyd. But the…

  24. Fifth year candidates begin to emerge

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    Dan McCarty

    News broke earlier in the week that walk-on special teams ace Chris Salvi was being rewarded with a scholarship. Now Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune has the list of fifth-year candidates that will go before the Faculty Board on Athletics for approval to return for next season. Hansen reports that six seniors are…

  25. After blue-chip recruitment, Fleming flying under NFL radar

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    It’ll be interesting to follow Darius Fleming‘s career after leaving South Bend. The graduating Irish linebacker, who came to Notre Dame with sky-high expectations, heads to Indianapolis with far less fanfare. After being one of the top recruits in the country, Fleming will need a solid evaluation season to even end up drafted. Many assumed…