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Keith Arnold

  1. Irish snag blue-chip DT amidst transition

    Dec 2, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    Anyone who worried that the lame duck Irish coaching staff was going to phone in their recruiting commitments with Charlie Weis no longer in charge got a pleasant surprise last night. Louis Nix, one of the top defensive tackles in the country, committed to assistant coach Tony Alford Tuesday, making his switch from Miami official.…

  2. As the rumor mill churns

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    (This will be a daily feature until Notre Dame actually decides who will replace Charlie Weis as the head coach of the Fighting Irish. I’ll report rumors, hearsay, speculation, anonymous tips, absolute falsehoods, and predictions. If you’ve got a hot lead, email me at KeithArnold@nbcsports.com) If the truth is indeed out there, and we are…

  3. Ianello and assistants true professionals

    Dec 1, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT

    Watching Rob Ianello at the podium yesterday was bizarre. Here was a different coach in charge of the Notre Dame football program. I feel sorry for the rest of this coaching staff, shouldering on without the man that brought them to town. From newcomers and true professionals like Frank Verducci, Tony Alfort and Randy Hart,…

  4. Stoops denial feels different

    Dec 1, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    “To end the speculation that is ongoing, I want to make it clear that I have no interest in the position that is currently available there. It is a privilege to be the head coach at Oklahoma and I am fully concentrating on having the best season we can have, and in building the strongest…

  5. Trot out the usual suspects

    Nov 30, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    Now that Charlie Weis is officially out as the head coach of the Notre Dame football team, it’s high time we run out the usual suspects to find Weis’ replacement. While media outlets have been reporting on potential replacements for the past week or so, the reality of the situation is that nobody has any…

  6. Stoops dispels Notre Dame rumors

    Nov 30, 2009, 3:40 PM EDT

    Tough to play a game of semantics with this one. Bob Stoops declared today that he’ll be at Oklahoma next year, according to the Daily Oklahoman’s David Ubben. “I’m going to be at Oklahoma next year,” he said. “If (athletic director) Joe (Castiglione) will have me and President (David) Boren, that’s what I intend to…

  7. Weis officially out as head coach

    Nov 30, 2009, 3:06 PM EDT

    Word has officially come from the Notre Dame athletic department that Charlie Weis will not be retained as head football coach. Rob Ianello “will assume responsibility for football operations until a new coach is hired.” Here’s the entire release from Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis will not be retained,…

  8. NY Daily News reports that Weis is fired

    Nov 30, 2009, 2:27 PM EDT

    Citing a “source close to the program,” the New York Daily News reports that Charlie Weis is officially out as Notre Dame football coach. I’m sure there will be more that soon follows, but this is the first legit media outlet to report Weis’ firing as official. More to come…

  9. Peter King weighs in on Weis' NFL options

    Nov 30, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    For the record, I don’t feel 100 percent comfortable talking about Charlie Weis in the past tense as Notre Dame’s head coach yet, but I thought this was too interesting not to write about. Peter King, Sports Illustrated’s best football writer and one of the chief information men on NBC’s Football Night in America coverage…

  10. Players will vote on bowl game

    Nov 30, 2009, 12:00 PM EDT

    Among other things that are happening on campus today, the players will vote on whether or not they want to play in a bowl game. The South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen has the best breakdown of bowl options for the 6-6 Irish team: The Irish appear to have just four options. All four are bowls…

  11. Rumors swirl amongst uncertainty

    Nov 29, 2009, 11:00 PM EDT

    As Eric Hansen reported today, the Irish returned from Stanford Sunday morning with an ESPN satellite truck waiting for them. Expect it to stay there until a new coach is introduced. As the regular season ends, we now enter something far more morbid and curious, the official death watch of the Charlie Weis era. Rumors…

  12. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Nov 28, 2009, 11:29 PM EDT

    The end is here. Even with the usual heroics from Golden Tate, Jimmy Clausen, and Michael Floyd, a punishing performance by Robert Hughes, and 448 yards of offense, the Irish lose to Stanford. Like many teams before them, the Irish failed to contain Toby Gerhart, who ran for 205 yards on 29 carries for three…

  13. Swarbrick denies contacting other coaches

    Nov 28, 2009, 7:55 PM EDT

    With rumors swirling around coaches like Bob Stoops and Brian Kelly, Jack Swarbrick once again shot down talk that the Irish have made contact with any coaches about a potential vacancy at Notre Dame. “Anything you hear about a contact with a coach is absolutely wrong,” Swarbrick said. Earlier this week, prominent college football writer…

  14. Weis has seen the best and worst of Notre Dame

    Nov 28, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    Tonight could be the last time we see Charlie Weis roam the sidelines of his alma mater’s football team. If that’s the case, the man deserves a very large thank you from fans and foes alike. Five years ago, Weis was the perfect man for Notre Dame. He had a Super Bowl winning pedigree. He…

  15. Kelly says decision coming in the next 7-10 days

    Nov 27, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    Our friends over at CFT pulled a good nugget from the Illinois-Cincinnati broadcast this morning, shedding light on the Brian Kelly to Notre Dame rumors. Mike Florio reports that ABC analyst Bob Griese shed some light on Kelly’s potential move to South Bend if the Irish look to replace Charlie Weis. “I talked to Brian…

  16. Onward to Stanford

    Nov 27, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    I’ve been as guilty as anyone these last two weeks looking past the actual football games to the juicy subplots that seem to have taken over the month of November. But today the Irish board a plane for Palo Alto where a Saturday night date with the Stanford Cardinal awaits. And if there was anything…

  17. Quinn wants Weis to stay

    Nov 26, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    Stuck in his own nightmare season, Brady Quinn still found time to support his college coach. “Personally I think it would be a horrible decision if they did make that change,” Quinn said. “I think there are a lot of circumstances that play into seasons like this. Hopefully he’ll have an opportunity to have another…

  18. Enjoy Thanksgiving…

    Nov 26, 2009, 11:59 AM EDT

    There will be plenty of time to discuss Stanford, the 2009 Hot Seat, Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate’s futures, and the regular season coming to a close, but for now, everybody enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. I’ll be back with a ton of stuff later today and going full bore through tomorrow, but I’ve got two…

  19. Chicago Tribune retracts Clausen home sale story

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:47 PM EDT

    This from the Chicago Tribune: Editor’s note: This story, originally published in Wednesday’s editions of the Chicago Tribune’s Sports section, included incorrect information that the South Bend, Ind., house owned by the parents of Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen had been sold. The error was a result of a miscommunication between the Century 21 representative…

  20. Schad speculates on coaching candidates

    Nov 25, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    Joe Schad went on ESPN to speculate on potential coaches if Charlie Weis is replaced, and he might as well have gotten his information from the water cooler or from combing the message boards at NDNation. Schad has quickly become a guy that has gotten plenty of scoops and was out in front of the…

  21. Swarbrick talks with the New York Times

    Nov 25, 2009, 1:00 PM EDT

    Athletic director Jack Swarbrick is ready for the bright lights. In anticipation of that, he spent some time talking with Pete Thamel of the New York Times, who posted an interesting Q&A with the man in charge of the fate of Charlie Weis. Here are some good snippets: Q: Your senior year as a student…

  22. The puzzle pieces are coming together

    Nov 25, 2009, 11:30 AM EDT

    For those of us that think the decision on Weis and his staff hasn’t been made yet, yesterday wasn’t a day to support that theory. Let’s lay out the pieces and see if we can see if the puzzle is starting to reveal itself. 1) Weis isn’t staying out west to recruit California. Last season,…

  23. Thoughts on the Presser: Stanford edition

    Nov 25, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Let’s just say yesterday could’ve been an eventful day, and from the sounds of it, the things that didn’t happen became the event. Let’s start with the much discussed: * Charlie Weis didn’t want to talk about the future anymore and just wanted to talk about Stanford. Firstly I have a news flash. We have…