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Keith Arnold

  1. Spencer Boyd leaves ND on good terms

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:33 AM EDT

    We’ve known for over a month that Spencer Boyd was transferring out of Notre Dame before ever officially suiting up for the Irish, but for the first time, Boyd shed some light on the situation. Speaking to the Fort Myers News-Press, Boyd confirmed that he was leaving and that some family issues are the reason…

  2. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Working off of yesterday’s kick-off to the Top 25 players on the Irish roster, we’re ready to roll out the next five members of the Irish Top-25. But first, a few observations: * 2/3s of us put Nick Tausch in the top-fifth of the roster, which makes sense when you consider that a football team…

  3. Counting down the Irish: the Top 25 players

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    As I mentioned last week, ESPN’s top five Notre Dame players got me thinking of a fun summer project that could help us get to preseason training camp. So, without further ado, here’s the official kick-off of said summer project: The Top-25 players on the Irish roster. A little background: Lists like this are by…

  4. Badger to depart on two-year mission, DB depth uncertain

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    For the second time this summer, an early-enrollee won’t be suiting up for the Irish this fall. Both IrishSportsDaily.com and IrishIllustrated.com report that safety Chris Badger will embark on a two-year religious mission beginning in August, putting off both school and football for two years. Badger joins cornerback Spencer Boyd as freshman who left the…

  5. Friday notes: Visits, the hall, losses, and more

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    There’s been a lot of interest in yesterday’s topic of ranking Irish players, and I’m thinking about digging into that evaluation this weekend. While Mel Kiper and Todd McShay call talent evaluators and watch “game film,” I’ll rely on a couple cold ones, a scratch notebook, my DVR from last year’s games, and a lot…

  6. ESPN names ND's top five players

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Brian Bennett of ESPN.com had a nice rundown of the Notre Dame’s top five players, in addition to the Blue Ribbon Preview of the Irish that’s running between pop-up advertisements for “The Decision,” starring LeBron James. Their analysis of the Irish for next season: Notre Dame’s golden dome has lost some of its shine over…

  7. Crist shines light on offseason

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    With interviews shut down for the offseason, ESPN’s Bruce Feldman scored a great one with quarterback Dayne Crist a few weeks ago when he was on campus visiting the Irish. Feldman covered all sorts of ground with Crist, and while you might need a subscription to read everything, here’s a little taste of what Dayne…

  8. Kelly talks the past, the offense, and Jumbotron

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    (Hope everybody had a nice holiday weekend. It’s depressing that summer is practically half-over, but the flip side of that is that football is coming. At least I remind myself every morning that football is coming…) Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com had his turn with Brian Kelly and the result was a pretty interesting Q&A session…

  9. Friday notes: Knee-high by the fourth of July

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    The links are a little thin today, mostly because I’m on my way to northern Minnesota, where the air is fresh, the lakes are clean, and the internet is scarce. I’ll do my best to keep everybody posted, but there’s likely to be little Irish football news this weekend, so enjoy a few days with…

  10. Kelly hits airwaves in SEC country

    Jul 1, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    There’s no bigger mouthpiece in the South for college football than Paul Finebaum, who has been a presence in Birmingham and across much of the Southeast for thirty years. Besides his platform as a columnist, he’s also a popular sports-talk personality, and yesterday he had Brian Kelly on his airwaves for an interview. Here are…

  11. Lemming talks Irish recruiting

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    Recruiting guru Tom Lemming hit the airwaves in South Bend with Eric Hansen and Bob Wieneke on WSBT 960 to talk Irish recruiting. If you don’t have 15 minutes to listen, I’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best nuggets: On Bubba Starling’s decision to pick Nebraska over Notre Dame: I was really…

  12. Recruiting comes into focus

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:34 PM EDT

    As high-profile recruits descend on South Bend for Notre Dame’s football camps, we’re starting to get a better idea of how recruiting will shake out for the 2011 signing class. After reading plenty of reports on targets, prospects, and scholarship limits, let’s take a look at what to expect from this recruiting class, and a…

  13. Councell makes a dozen for Irish recruiting

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    Notre Dame landed another defensive player that fits the mold, adding North Carolina linebacker Ben Councell to the 2011 recruiting class. Councell visited the Irish last week before committing to the Irish last night. “I made a visit to most of the schools I was thinking about, and after I visited Notre Dame I wanted…

  14. Spring Solutions: Defensive Line

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    If there is one position group with a razor-thin margin for error, it’s the defensive lineman. The good news for Irish coach Mike Elston is that he’ll only need to find three guys that can play on the field at once as the Irish are shifting from four to three down linemen, and all three…

  15. Hardy joins Irish recruiting class as 11th commitment

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish have picked up their 11th recruiting commitment for the 2011 class, with Ohio safety Eilar Hardy committing to Notre Dame today, multiple websites reported. Hardy was the second commitment of the week for the Irish, joining Florida outside linebacker Clay Burton as a player coming to Notre Dame at…

  16. Friday Notes: Worley, Women, and Weis

    Jun 25, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    As the month of June cruises to an end and the 4th of July holiday weekend rapidly approaches, we are getting seriously closer to some actual football. One of the better quotes that I just remembered last night came to me from offensive coordinator Charley Molnar, when we shot the breeze after the Fantasy Camp…

  17. Swarbrick named biggest winner of conference realignment

    Jun 24, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Over at The Sporting News, columnists Matt Hayes and Dave Curtis named their 10 biggest winners in the whole conference realignment shake-up. Nobody ranked higher on Hayes’ list than Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick: From Hayes: The Irish kept their independent status, the Big East stayed intact for ND’s non-football sports and the program…

  18. Spring Solutions: Tight End

    Jun 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    (For more Spring Solutions, check out the running backs, offensive line, linebackers, and wide receivers.)  As we inch into the opening days of summer, there’s no better time to discuss the tight end position on the Notre Dame roster. After a breakout Blue and Gold Game, it looked as if Mike Ragone was ready to…

  19. Watch Lists & Preseason Awards: Catch the fever!

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    I’m going to take a break from the verbal sparring between the Sun-Times and Phillip Daniels. If you’re interested, it shouldn’t be hard to track down, and I reserve the right to tackle it when the dust settles. As is customary in early summer, the Football Writers Association of America has started releasing their preseason…

  20. DaVaris Daniels: The plot thickens…

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Davaris Daniels, the highly touted wide receiver from the Chicago area, (that I just so happened to write about a few hours ago) has canceled the press conference where he was slated to announce his college choice. That choice, per multiple internet reports and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Taylor Bell, was set to be Miami. Per…

  21. Report: Irish miss on top WR target Daniels

    Jun 22, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    For the second time in a week, the Irish have finished in second place for an elite recruiting target. Or so it seems from early reports. Across the internet, it’s been widely reported that Chicago wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is making his college decision this afternoon, with his finalists being Notre Dame and Miami. Daniels…

  22. Ragone could be in the clear to play next season

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    In a relatively surprising turn of events, it looks like the senior season of tight end Mike Ragone has been salvaged. Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune reports that Ragone has been cleared to work out with teammates, attend summer school, and is expected to be on the active roster next fall, according to…

  23. Longo center stage for Irish this summer

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    One of the best parts of the Notre Dame Fantasy Football Camp was spending time with the new head of Notre Dame’s strength program, Paul Longo. We had around a half-hour with Longo and his two lieutenants, Jacob Flint and Lorenzo Guess, where our small group poked and prodded the three men in charge of…

  24. Starling commits to 'Huskers, ND QB plans change

    Jun 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Steve Wiltfong of IrishSportsDaily.com reports that Bubba Starling has committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a move that likely puts Notre Dame’s recruiting plans at quarterback in a rebuilding mode. As discussed earlier this week, the dismissal of Notre Dame baseball coach Dave Schrage could have been a factor in Starling’s decision to pick the Cornhuskers…

  25. Burton makes 10th commit for Irish

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    It’s being widely reported that Venice, Florida defensive end Clay Burton has committed to the Irish. Burton is the 10th verbal commitment for Brian Kelly, and the fourth guy that fits into the much needed mold of edge players for the Irish, joining Brad Carrico and Tony Springmann, who profile as 3-4 defensive ends and…