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Keith Arnold

  1. New York Times pegs Notre Dame at #32

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Some rag called the New York Times has been counting down all 120 D-I football teams heading into the season’s opener. Yesterday, they profiled their 32nd best team, the University of Notre Dame. Their bullet-point rationale: Likes 1. Even without Tate, deep receiving corps.2. Dayne Crist. 3. 10 returning starters on defense. 4. The running…

  2. Fall's first official depth chart

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    While head coach Brian Kelly made a point of not looking too closely at the initial depth chart, here’s where the two-deep starts as camp begins. OFFENSE: QB: Dayne Crist, Nate MontanaRB: Armando Allen, Robert Hughes LT: Zack Martin, Matt RomineLG: Chris Stewart, Mike GolicC: Dan Wenger, Braxston CaveRG: Trevor Robinson, Chris WattRT: Taylor Dever,…

  3. The 2010 season: It starts today

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly has just stepped away from the podium, officially kicking off the 2010 season and fall camp for the Irish. It feels like just yesterday I was live-blogging the demise of the 2009 Irish, but at the same time these past seven-plus months have felt like an eternity as we waited to see what…

  4. Four-game series set for Irish and Longhorns

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    As discussed yesterday, the four-game series between Texas and Notre Dame is now official. From the official release: Administrators at Texas and Notre Dame have been discussing reuniting on the football field for a long period of time, and now, two of the winningest programs in NCAA history have been able to work out a…

  5. Rumors fly about Texas-Notre Dame series

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    While these certainly aren’t the first rumors about a proposed series between two of college football’s premiere football programs, word broke yesterday from Orangebloods.com writer Chip Brown that Texas and Notre Dame are close to finalizing a contract on a home-and-home series starting in 2015. Brown, who was out in front of the Texas/Big 12…

  6. ESPN profiles Brian Kelly, ND football

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Here’s Jenn Brown’s profile of Notre Dame football, airing currently on ESPN: It’s mostly stock footage, but Brown’s interview with Kelly is punctuated with the million-dollar question: “Is Notre Dame going to win a national championship,” Brown asks. “Oh yeah,” Kelly responded in a flash. “That’s just a matter of time.” UPDATE: Check out UND.com’s…

  7. NBC taps Mayock to replace Haden in broadcast booth

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    With Pat Haden turning in his headset for a corner office at Heritage Hall, NBC has turned to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock to provide color commentary during Notre Dame broadcasts. Mayock will be in the booth along side Tom Hammond on September 4 when the Irish host Purdue to kick off the Brian Kelly…

  8. Weekend leftovers: Recruiting, Dayne, Sully & Stew

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    You can tell football season is approaching because the amount of information flowing on the internet is picking up as we head into August. This weekend’s recruiting flurry, with four verbal commitments in a span of 24 hours, has to be one of the better weekends for recruitniks that I can remember. As I mentioned…

  9. Recruiting flurry continues with Aaron Lynch, Jalen Brown

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    In one of the busier 24 hour periods in memory, the Irish picked up two more recruits, their 15th and 16th commitments for the 2011 signing class. There may not have been a more important recruit on the board than defensive end Aaron Lynch, who committed to the Irish this morning live on WNDU-TV in…

  10. Irish on the verge of recruiting trifecta

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

    What started out as a day of celebration for the Irish with the commitment of four-star running back Justice Hayes, is turning into a bonanza with outside linebacker Anthony Rabasa committing to the Irish as well. Multiple Irish sites along with the Miami Herald report that Rabasa, who just left South Bend after his first…

  11. Running back Justice Hayes commits to Irish

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    The Irish added the thirteenth member of their 2011 recruiting class when Michigan running back Justice Hayes committed to the Irish this morning at a press conference at Grand Blanc High School. ISD has the quote of record: “The first thing that was on my mind going into the recruiting process, is I wanted to…

  12. Clausen and Tate sign rookie contracts

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    News broke today that both Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate have agreed to terms on their rookie contracts and will be in their respective training camps on time. Clausen’s contract was a four-year deal with $2.53 million in guarantees that could top out at $6.3 million, a somewhat startling number for the 48th pick in…

  13. Henderson's recruitment filled with violations

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    The recruitment of prized left tackle Seantrel Henderson spells out the messy truth of elite college recruiting: If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying. In today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer, Doug Lesmerises points out that the Ohio State Buckeyes committed four secondary rules violations while pursuing Henderson, one of many schools to have violated NCAA rules…

  14. Kelly's day at Wrigley (He didn't bounce it.)

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly spent Sunday evening at Wrigley Field, throwing out the first pitch and singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame in front of the North Side faithful. UND.com has some great footage of the event, where Kelly went to the top of the mound, toed the rubber and threw a strike to the catcher.…

  15. Minter sees big things for ND with Kelly, Diaco

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Late last week, former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Rich Minter spoke with the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen and Darin Pritchett on WSBT 960 AM. They covered a variety of topics, and eventually got around to discussing Minter’s time at Notre Dame under both Lou Holtz and Charlie Weis, and his time working with new…

  16. Friday notes: Top 25, recruiting, Spielman, etc.

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    I had a really good time putting together my Top 25 list, and really liked the diverse opinions we pulled together. If I had to do it over again, I can’t say that I forgot anybody, but I’m taking a leap of faith on guys like Trevor Robinson, Brian Smith, and Cierre Wood — all…

  17. Jody Valdivia 1, Michael Floyd 0, Mike Ragone .5

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    A fun YouTube video is circling the web right now with Notre Dame softball pitcher Jody Valdivia throwing a little BP to wide receiver Michael Floyd and tight end Mike Ragone. Apparently the guys thought they had a chance at taking Valdivia deep in the friendly confines of Melissa Cook Stadium on the Notre Dame…

  18. Notre Dame and Miami set for 2012 at Soldier Field

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    After the initial news broke about a three game series back in May, Notre Dame and Miami have agreed to renew one of college football’s fiercest rivalries, with the opening salvo coming in 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Irish and Hurricanes will play at Soldier Field on October 6, 2012, the first time…

  19. Another college choice for one-time Irish recruit Chris Martin

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    News began breaking yesterday afternoon that blue-chip defensive end, one-time Notre Dame commitment, and Cal incoming freshman Chris Martin was looking to transfer. It was first mentioned by ESPN’s Bruce Feldman on Twitter, who heard that Martin was transferring because of distractions at home in the Bay Area. (This was the same hometown that he…

  20. Haden leaves NBC booth to become USC athletic director

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    At a press conference later today, the University of Southern California will announce that athletic director Mike Garrett is retiring and NBC television analyst Pat Haden will step out of the booth at Notre Dame stadium and take over the job of athletic director at Southern Cal. This from the official release from new USC…

  21. Sharpley opens up about Weis, Clausen, etc.

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Tim Prister over at IrishIllustrated.com has a pretty in-depth Q&A with former quarterback and current minor-league baseball player Evan Sharpley about his five years in the Notre Dame football program. Evan opened up about the former coaching staff, his fellow quarterback Jimmy Clausen, and what may have gone wrong during those five years. This is…

  22. Willingham retires from coaching

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    (Editor’s note: I understand that there’s still plenty of animosity toward the former head coach of the Irish and Huskies. This isn’t an outlet for commenters to take one last swing at the man, so if things get too out of control, I’ll be quick to remove anything I find too insulting.) Lost in the…

  23. Counting down the Irish: The Top Five

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    For the rest of the picks, check here for 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, and 10-6. As we wrap up the Top 25 lists, I’ll post the top five players for everyone and then follow-up tonight with some next-level analysis. It’s pretty clear that Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph, and Manti Te’o are three of the best players…

  24. Police arrest 44 students for underage drinking

    Jul 18, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    The Indiana State Excise Police arrested 44 students on Saturday night after breaking up a party at almost 2:00 a.m., and the police report read like a who’s who of Notre Dame varsity athletes. Eight Notre Dame football players were among the group ticketed, including Nate Montana, Lo Wood, Chris Watt, Roby Toma, Nick Tausch,…

  25. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Get caught up on the rankings and read the lists for 25-21, 20-16, and 15-11. As the list gets closer to the top, the usual suspects seem to pop up. I’ll leave the analysis for Monday when we unveil the top-five, but here are the rankings for 10-6 on the Irish roster. Gotta hand it…