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Keith Arnold

  1. The battle for the Midwest begins

    Dec 29, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    Thinking back to December of 2004, when Charlie Weis was working two jobs — one as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, the other as the new head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish — Weis spent his days game-planning for a Super Bowl run and his evenings trying to build a…

  2. Longo Beach and Freakazoid Club coming to South Bend

    Dec 28, 2009, 11:14 AM EST

    While nothing has been made official yet, Brian Kelly is likely bringing his strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo with him to South Bend. Longo has been with Kelly since his Central Michigan days, and before that Longo worked for over a decade with legendary Iowa coach Hayden Fry as his strength and conditioning coach.…

  3. Report: GVSU's Martin joining Kelly's staff

    Dec 28, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    In a move that’s been widely speculated, MLive.com is reporting that Chuck Martin is leaving his job as head coach of Grand Valley State and joining Brian Kelly’s staff as defensive backs coach. The move likely means that Bob Diaco will be joining Kelly as the defensive coordinator, which has also been pretty much assumed…

  4. It's official: Te'o is staying

    Dec 26, 2009, 6:09 PM EST

    Crisis averted for Brian Kelly. In what could be considered his largest recruiting victory as a head football coach, Brian Kelly managed to keep prized linebacker Manti Te’o at Notre Dame. According to reports by both the South Bend Tribune and the Chicago Tribune, Te’o will return to South Bend instead of taking his Mormon…

  5. The three star conundrum

    Dec 26, 2009, 3:00 PM EST

    (I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and enjoyed some time away from the internet. I did. I’ll keep everybody posted with breaking news and some (hopefully) interesting articles, before getting things cranked back up to full-speed next week.) As usual, the Wall Street Journal came up with something interesting. Their blog, The Count, tackled…

  6. The art of information

    Dec 23, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    (Posting is going to be a little sporadic the next few days. I’ll do my best to keep everybody updated if anything big happens, but most likely things will be quiet here on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, as I’ll be in a semi-remote part of the great state of Minnesota that doesn’t tend to…

  7. Kelly speaks

    Dec 22, 2009, 5:49 PM EST

    Brian Kelly had his first close-up with the media, meeting with four media outlets (not us) for over 40 minutes and dishing on a variety of topics. I think the timing of this was perfect for Kelly — it’s a super slow news cycle right now with the recruiting dead and the holidays upon us…

  8. Reports: Young heading to Akron

    Dec 22, 2009, 2:53 AM EST

    Both the Chicago Tribune and Irish Illustrated are reporting that Bryant Young is joining the Akron coaching staff as defensive line coach and turning down the offer to stay at Notre Dame as a defensive graduate assistant. Young would join Akron coach Rob Ianello’s coaching staff that is filled with former Irish coaches. Most will…

  9. Dead period means coaching staff a priority

    Dec 21, 2009, 1:15 PM EST

    Brian Kelly’s first week recruiting at Notre Dame netted him the signature of Austin Collinsworth. With recruiting now quiet with an NCAA mandated dead period, expect Kelly to put his focus on solidifying his coaching staff. There were whispers last week that Kelly was potentially bringing a coach with ties to Notre Dame back to…

  10. Kelly's presumed OC named head coach at Buffalo

    Dec 20, 2009, 6:34 PM EST

    (Writer’s note: Now free of typos in the headline… Thanks, Tim.) Jeff Quinn, Brian Kelly’s offensive coordinator at Cincinnati who was named interim head coach for the Sugar Bowl, was named the next head coach of the Buffalo Bulls. This most likely throws a small wrench in Kelly’s plans, as it was long assumed that…

  11. Kelly hard at work on campus this weekend

    Dec 19, 2009, 6:00 PM EST

    For those worried that Brian Kelly is taking the Christmas holiday to get his family situated and assemble a coaching staff, Notre Dame’s new head coach was hard at work this weekend wooing a select group of recruits that visited campus. According to Irish Sports Daily, Kelly entertained recruits Andrew Hendrix (QB), Bruce Gaston (DT),…

  12. Trojans' McKnight investigated for NCAA violations

    Dec 18, 2009, 8:18 PM EST

    (Writer’s Note: I know this story doesn’t have anything to do with Notre Dame, but it DOES have something to do with Notre Dame’s main rival, the Trojans of Southern Cal.) In a story that feels like deja vu, USC is investigating a star running back for improper benefits, including the use of a luxury…

  13. Irish land Collinsworth's commitment

    Dec 18, 2009, 6:00 PM EST

    Brian Kelly’s first verbal recruit at Notre Dame is Austin Collinsworth, a lanky wide receiver/safety prospect that comes with quite a pedigree. Collinsworth, son of former NFL star and current NBC Sports broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, will hit the campus as a wide receiver, but also can contribute as a defensive back. Here’s a scouting profile…

  14. Bryant Young has an offer to return as GA

    Dec 18, 2009, 5:40 PM EST

    Reports surfaced in the last few days that Tony Alford was the only coach returning for the Fighting Irish, leading many to believe that graduate assistant Bryant Young was also gone from the program. Now word comes from senior associate athletics director John Heisler that this might not be the case. From the athletic department’s…

  15. Toney Hurd back on the market

    Dec 18, 2009, 5:29 PM EST

    It looks like another Charlie Weis recruit is up for grabs. Toney Hurd, a cornerback from Missouri City, Texas, that committed to Weis and the Irish when Notre Dame visited Texas for its home game against Washington State, has reopened his recruiting. According to ESPN, Hurd is still considering Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and LSU.…

  16. Ianello looks back at Notre Dame

    Dec 18, 2009, 4:00 PM EST

    Pete Sampson over at Irish Illustrated had a chance to talk with new Akron head coach Rob Ianello. Ianello opened up about the disappointing swoon at the end of the season and what he learned coaching under Charlie Weis these last five years. Here are a few interesting tidbits: Ianello on recruiting: Recruiting all over…

  17. Will Kelly's offense be his liability?

    Dec 18, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    When Jack Swarbrick set out to search for Charlie Weis’ replacement, he hinted that the coach he was looking for would have — among other things — a strong defensive background. I think we can all say that Brian Kelly’s defensive background wasn’t what got him the job at Notre Dame. You can even make…

  18. Reports: Alford the only coach staying

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:00 PM EST

    The South Bend Tribune and Irish Sports Daily are reporting that Tony Alford is the only coach being retained by new head coach Brian Kelly. With Rob Ianello leaving for the Akron head coaching job and Corwin Brown already announcing he was leaving, that means Kelly decided against keeping defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, defensive line…

  19. Football independence isn't a financial decision

    Dec 17, 2009, 3:22 PM EST

    As it seems to every few years, the idea of Notre Dame joining a conference becomes a topic of conversation. What people seem to forget is that Notre Dame is already a part of a conference (the Big East) and enjoys that relationship in many of their major sports. Yet football independence is what seems…

  20. Kelly protecting Irish's assets

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    If you’re a Notre Dame fan, you had to worry about the transition from Charlie Weis to Brian Kelly. Weis was a renowned recruiter, had built very good allegiances to the recruits he had already secured, and was a big reason why most of the Irish’s commits had decided to attend school in South Bend.…

  21. It comes with the territory

    Dec 16, 2009, 2:00 PM EST

    Obviously there’s been a lot of talk about Brian Kelly and his decision to come to Notre Dame. In the last two days, he’s been on a media tour that would have an A-list movie star complaining of over-exposure. But after listening to Kelly on multiple radio stations — whether it be national outlets like…

  22. Tate a unanimous All-American

    Dec 16, 2009, 7:30 AM EST

    It’s official. Golden Tate is a unanimous All-American, the first Irish football player since Shane Walton was a unanimous selection after his sterling 2002 season. Tate was named to the first team of the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Walter Camp, and Sporting News, the five teams that the…

  23. Reports: Alford staying on staff under Kelly

    Dec 15, 2009, 8:09 PM EST

    As Corwin Brown alluded to this morning, at least one assistant coach is likely to be retained by new head coach Brian Kelly. This from Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune: A source close to the football program said running backs coach Tony Alford has been retained off former head coach Charlie Weis’ staff.…

  24. Kelly's likely offensive coordinator interviews for Buffalo job

    Dec 15, 2009, 1:28 PM EST

    Jeff Quinn, the interim head coach at Cincinnati for next month’s Sugar Bowl date against Florida, interviewed for the Buffalo head coaching position vacated by Turner Gil, the Buffalo News reports. Here’s the full report from Rodney McKissic: Jeff Quinn, who will led Cincinnati in next month’s Sugar Bowl, interviewed with UB on Monday, according…

  25. Corwin Brown officially out at Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2009, 12:30 PM EST

    While it isn’t exactly a surprise, Corwin Brown confirmed that his time on the Notre Dame coaching staff is over. “I’m just cleaning out my office,” Brown told Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister. “I had a good time here. I’ve got a lot of good memories. It was a true learning experience.” Brown’s tenure at Notre…