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  1. Hendrix in, Prater likely out

    Jan 13, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    A little good news and a little bad news breaking today for Irish fans. As first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, quarterback Andrew Hendrix has come back into the fold for the Irish, turning down a very attractive Florida offer to stick to his original Irish commitment. IrishSportsDaily.com, where Hendrix wrote a blog during the…

  2. Kelly's staff is complete

    Jan 13, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    A few hours after Brian Kelly named Paul Longo as head of his strength and conditioning, he named the final three members of his coaching staff: Kerry Cooks, Tim Hinton, and Ed Warinner. Cooks joins the Irish from Wisconsin where he coached defensive backs for the Badgers. He was an All-Big Ten safety at Iowa…

  3. Kiffin to Southern Cal has Irish implications

    Jan 13, 2010, 1:31 AM EDT

    It’s was a long day covering the roller-coaster ride that USC went on yesterday over at CFT. But the shocking hire of Lane Kiffin away from Tennessee certainly has some Irish implications. As the day goes on, I’ll have more to say, but here are a few links to some early opinions I wrote at…

  4. Report: Floyd tagged for underage drinking

    Jan 12, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton reports that wide receiver Michael Floyd was cited for underage drinking over Christmas break back in his home state Minnesota. This from Hamilton’s report: Floyd is among five “arrestees” listed on a report from University of Minnesota police, who had responded to a call claiming “6-to-10″ people” were involved in…

  5. Official: Longo joins program as head of Strength Dept.

    Jan 12, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    The Notre Dame athletic department made Paul Longo’s hiring official today, naming him the director of football strength and conditioning while naming Jacob Flint and Lorenzo Guess assistant directors of strength and conditioning. This from Kelly’s official statement: “Paul Longo has been an integral part of the success we’ve experienced over the last six seasons.…

  6. Kelly talks Irish and entitlement

    Jan 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Friend of the blog ESPN senior writer Bruce Feldman is down in Orlando for the AFCA Convention this week. He was able to spend some time with Irish head coach Brian Kelly and had an incredibly interesting conversation with the new head coach. Here are a few highlights: On how last year’s team somehow went…

  7. Jimmy Clausen and… (wait for it) Pete Carroll?

    Jan 12, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    It’s long on conjecture and short on fact, but you’ve got to think that the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks could be making a run at a quarterback he got to know very well over the past few years. After going 5-11 last season, Seattle will draft sixth in the 2010 draft. They’ll…

  8. Monday morning catch-up

    Jan 11, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Things weren’t exactly quiet in the world of college football over the weekend. While the comments here make it seem highly unlikely many of you missed the important details, if you did step away from your computer to breath, here are a few things you missed. * The Irish welcomed Nate Montana back to campus…

  9. Kelly tweets coaching staff is complete

    Jan 10, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    For those waiting for Brian Kelly to name the final three coaches on his coaching staff, expect an announcement out of Kelly and the Sports Information Department soon. That’s because early Sunday afternoon, Kelly tweeted, “Finished putting together staff and couldn’t be more pleased.” It’s been widely assumed that former Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner…

  10. Meyer takes aim at Hendrix

    Jan 9, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    While many Irish fans had their eyes on the Army All-American game, the school’s prized quarterback commitment was in Florida being wooed by Notre Dame recruiting archrival Urban Meyer. Quarterback Andrew Hendrix is taking an official visit to Gainesville this weekend, where he’ll be visiting the Gators at the same time as prized recruit Dietrich…

  11. Carroll considering Seahawks job

    Jan 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Our friends over at PFT and CFT have written about the news that Pete Carroll is considering an offer from the Seahawks to take over as head coach as well as have full control of football operations. With just under a month to go before National Signing Day, news that Carroll is looking around has…

  12. Where'd Notre Dame's national championships go?

    Jan 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Leave it to ESPN to get under the skin of Notre Dame fans even when they weren’t playing or firing a head coach. Last night, ESPN took the time to talk about most the most national championships for college football programs. I’ll let Domer.mq at Her Loyal Sons take it from there. I happened to…

  13. Friday notes: Kelly, Corwin, Recruiting and more

    Jan 8, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    (As we get into the routine of the offseason, I’ll try and turn Fridays into a link-dump/notes type of day. (If I remember.) If you’ve got an article you think is worth sharing, send it along to me at KeithArnold@NBCSports.com)* While I wondered what was taking so long, Brian Kelly announced his two coordinators yesterday:…

  14. Looking for some National Championship talk? Join me at CFT

    Jan 7, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    There’s plenty of Notre Dame football to talk, but for tonight I’m manning the fort at CFT, where I’ll be reporting live from the press box in Pasadena. It’d be good to see some of you over there. Check it out here.

  15. Diaco and Molnar officially named coordinators

    Jan 7, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    It’s official: Brian Kelly has named his offensive and defensive coordinators. As expected, Bob Diaco and Charley Molnar have both joined the Notre Dame staff after finishing the season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Diaco coordinated the defense for Cincy while Molnar was the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. “I’m thrilled to officially announce…

  16. Grunhard reflects on Weis era

    Jan 7, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Tim Grunhard is spending the week coaching the offensive line for the West team at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Pete Sampson over at Irish Illustrated caught up with the former Irish lineman, and 10-year NFL veteran, who had a lot of interesting things to say. Grunhard almost…

  17. Report: Weis accepts coordinator job with Chiefs

    Jan 6, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Charlie Weis will become Todd Haley’s offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. The move makes a lot of sense, reuniting Weis with former Patriots personnel whiz Scott Pioli and Haley, who Weis coached with as assistants at the New York Jets. Mort reports that the signing will be…

  18. Partial announcement of coaching staff puzzling

    Jan 6, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s announcement that Mike Denbrock, Mike Elston and Chuck Martin were officially joining the Irish coaching staff was welcome relief to fans watching the ticking clock until National Signing Day. On UND.com, the three coaches gave a collection of quotes, and all three were asked about their immediate plans — recruiting. Our friends over…

  19. Clausen's surgery successful

    Jan 6, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    ESPN’s Tom Friend is reporting that Jimmy Clausen’s toe surgery was successful: Jimmy Clausen’s right big toe was successfully repaired Tuesday, according to foot surgeon Mark Myerson, and the former Notre Dame quarterback is expected to be healthy well ahead of the April 22 NFL draft. “Everything went extremely well,” Myerson said. “Jimmy should have…

  20. Michigan's new athletic director

    Jan 5, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Former Domino’s Pizza chairman and CEO David Brandon is the new Michigan athletic director. I’ve been mulling over a few Rich Rodriguez, 30-minutes-or-less, Domino’s Pizza jokes. Any suggestions?

  21. Kelly names three new assistants

    Jan 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Notre Dame and head coach Brian Kelly announced today three new assistant coaches joining the football staff. Mike Denbrock was named tight ends coach, Mike Elston was named defensive line coach, and Chuck Martin was named defensive backs coach. “I’m excited to welcome Mike Denbrock, Mike Elston and Chuck Martin to the Notre Dame coaching…

  22. Polian's move to Stanford could be problems for the Irish

    Jan 5, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    The reports that Brian Polian will join Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford can’t be looked at as good news for the Fighting Irish. While Polian was in charge of a special teams unit that drew the ire of some Irish fans for its inconsistent play, he was also Charlie Weis’ ace recruiter on the West…

  23. Clausen to have surgery on torn toe ligaments

    Jan 4, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Tom Friend reports that Jimmy Clausen’s turf toe injury was actually two torn ligaments in his right big toe. The injury, suffered during the Michigan State game back in September, happened when Clausen tried to avoid a hit on a sack by Spartan linebacker Eric Gordon. The injury was the source of rumors and…

  24. Early enrollees ready to begin Notre Dame career

    Jan 4, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    With school just days away from returning after Christmas break, Notre Dame’s early enrollees are preparing to make the transition from high school to college life. According to the university website, safety Chris Badger, cornerback Spencer Boyd, wide receiver Tai-ler Jones, quarterback Tommy Rees, and cornerback Lo Wood will join the Notre Dame student body…

  25. Clock strikes twelve on Bearcats' Cinderella run

    Jan 2, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s former team, the Cincinnati Bearcats, got drilled last night in the Sugar Bowl, losing to a Florida Gators team that could’ve named the score against its out-classed Big East opponent. Whether it was Kelly, interim head coach Jeff Quinn, or the ghosts of Knute Rockne and Vince Lombardi, the Bearcats would’ve had absolutely…