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Keith Arnold

  1. With season over, let the recruiting games begin

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:39 PM EDT

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    It’s that time of year again. When college football fans read into the clothing choices of four-star recruits or the hats that parents of recruits are wearing around the US Army All-American Bowl. For those of you that swill the recruiting Kool-Aid, it’s the most wonderful time of year. For the first time in… well…

  2. Weis, Verducci join Florida coaching staff

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Weis Chiefs

    If Irish fans were hoping Urban Meyer’s departure meant the Florida Gators would get rid of any insider information on the Notre Dame football program, they’re out of luck, as former Irish head coach Charlie Weis is leaving the same coordinator job he had in the NFL and joining Will Muschamp’s Florida coaching staff. He’ll…

  3. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Miami

    Dec 31, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd

    Irish fans have heard this story before. Two storied programs come into a bowl game with millions of eyes watching. One walks out a shell of its former self. The other, with sky-high expectations for next season after an impressive performance. Only this time, it’s Irish fans buzzing with excitement after their team took another…

  4. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Miami

    Dec 31, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Floyd WMU

    It feels good just writing Notre Dame vs. Miami. One of the best match-ups of the bowl season, the Irish and Hurricanes might not be the teams they were 20 years ago, but give the Sun Bowl their most attractive pairing in the 77 years of the bowl’s history. For the last time in 2010,…

  5. Pregame Twelve Pack: Sun Bowl edition

    Dec 30, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

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    We get teary-eyed just thinking that this could be the last of these monsters for nine months. But before we crack a cold one to celebrate (ice pack for my hands, that is), here are twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play Miami at the Sun Bowl in…

  6. Hegarty named Sports Illustrated Player of the Week

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Hegarty

    Looking for an incoming recruit to get excited about? Try New Mexico’s Matt Hegarty, who Sports Illustrated recently named their High School Player of the Week. Hailed as the nation’s top offensive lineman, the 6-5, 270-pound tackle has 27 offers spanning from Texas to Harvard, a testament to both his athleticism and intellect. He committed…

  7. Floyd’s NFL decision not so cut and dry

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    Michael-Floyd

    It’s not like we didn’t see this coming. From the first Saturday Michael Floyd stepped on the field at Notre Dame, he looked the part of an NFL wide receiver. Whether it was the freshman records he set in touchdowns, receptions and yards, the pure ball skills that make him a red zone match-up nightmare,…

  8. Tuesdays with BK: Sun Bowl edition

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Welcome back to the season’s final Tuesdays with BK, this time coming from El Paso, Texas. In front of a different crowd than usual, Brian Kelly discussed hot topics like Duval Kamara, the future of Michael Floyd, keys to defeating the Hurricanes, and carrying Sun Bowl momentum into 2011. Our friends over at UND.com have…

  9. Kamara out for Sun Bowl

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Just days after he was listed atop the depth chart at wide receiver, Duval Kamara won’t be on the field for the Irish in the Sun Bowl. Both Ben Ford of the Elkhart Truth and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune report via Twitter that Kamara is out for “personal reasons,” an explanation that could…

  10. Diaco uses the obscure to teach defense

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    Diaco

    There’s been a lot of talk on the internet about defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who has seen his approval rating cover the entire spectrum throughout his first year as the head of the Notre Dame defense. The South Bend Tribune has a great article on the relationship between Diaco and his players, with linebacker Darius…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Kelly recaps year one

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  14. Eifert and Goodman look back on the year

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  20. Integrity a two-way street

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    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…

  21. 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…

  22. Kelly declares 2011 quarterback derby open

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

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    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…