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  1. Jack Swarbrick and the seismic shifts

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It might be hard for some Notre Dame fans to fathom, but athletic director Jack Swarbrick might be the knight in shining armor that saved college football. That could be overstating things a bit, but for those who clung to the idea that the status quo in college football wasn’t all that bad, they should…

  2. Fantasy Camp: Blue-Gold game photos

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    Thanks to Mike Bennett, a wonderful photographer who has been taking pictures at Notre Dame events for a long, long time, I’ve got a small selection of photos from the 2010 Fantasy Camp Blue-Gold Game. You’ll get your first look at the new Notre Dame game uniforms, as well as a better idea of just…

  3. Fantasy Camp: The golden rules

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    They say a football game isn’t won on Saturday, but in the work put in Monday through Friday. Well, it’s tough to make that translate when game day is Thursday afternoon, but I’ll do my best to try. The Blue-Gold game was most likely won Tuesday night. That’s when defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, the head…

  4. Friday notes: Plenty to talk about

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    The 2010 Notre Dame Fantasy Football Camp has concluded, and even though United Airlines, Chicago traffic, the O’Hare Airport Hilton and a slow-moving taxi driver conspired against me, I’m back home a mere ten hours late and finally back on my usual schedule. The camp was an amazing experience and something I’ll never forget, but…

  5. Fantasy Camp: Play like a champion today

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    It looks like we all made it. Most of us are nursing a tender muscle or two, but we’re all going to run out of that tunnel with the new Irish uniforms on and play in the Blue-Gold Game this afternoon. Special mention should go to teammate Dennis Rios, a 64-year-old warrior, who spent the…

  6. USC rumblings could mean trouble for the Trojans

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    As a few loyal commenters have mentioned to me, I picked a heck of a week to go to fantasy land. I traded emails last night with ESPN’s Bruce Feldman just as he was set to go to a round of TV interviews, and it’s apparent that the USC violations will be announced by the…

  7. Fantasy Camp: Full speed toward Game Day

    Jun 9, 2010, 7:20 AM EDT

    There’s something a little bizarre about walking out of the Notre Dame football locker room dressed in your varsity issue gear and heading to practice on the new LaBar Practice field turf. Surrounded by prospective students on campus tours and the perpetual buzz of workers either building or maintaining something on campus, we looked a…

  8. Fantasy Camp: The calm before the storm

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Sometimes you just get lucky. As tables began to fill up in the Naimoli Family Club Room in the Purcell Pavillion I sat down at a table with defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin, outside linebackers coach Kerry Cooks, offensive intern Bill Brechin and fellow camper Terry Philbin, a college teammate of Martin’s…

  9. Monday night news catch-up

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    It’s well past my bedtime and because of some intermittent internet at the lovely Varsity Club in Mishawaka I’m still plugging away at this, but there’s been some serious smoke coming out of the expansion chimneys the past day or two. Start with colleague John Taylor’s excellent reporting at CFT, where he actually went to…

  10. Fantasy Camp: This will be interesting…

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    SOUTH BEND — There is certainly something about returning to Notre Dame. Without fail, every time I’m exiting the Toll Road and spot that glimmering Golden Dome, you just feel differently. And when I’m coming to put football pads on for the first time since 1998, there are a few butterflies. It’s hard to overstate what…

  11. Fantasy Camp: Ready for my close-up

    Jun 5, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    While my friends and brother are probably sick of hearing about it, blog readers are unaware of my football throwing abilities. I’ve been known to make a preposterous statement or two, but one that I’m especially fond of making is my claim that I throw a better ball than seven percent of D-I quarterbacks. Rationale:…

  12. Friday notes: Saracino, Bubba, Expansion, etc.

    Jun 4, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    With just days remaining until Irish athletes report for summer school and begin unofficial preparations for the upcoming season, football news should begin to pick up. Until then, you’ll have to consider Steve Filer jumping out of a pool newsworthy. (Might have to get Notre Dame Film & TV department to help with the video…

  13. Spencer Boyd set to transfer

    Jun 3, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Giving George O’Leary a run for shortest tenure in Irish football history, cornerback Spencer Boyd is transferring away from Notre Dame, before ever spending an autumn with the Irish. The move isn’t completely unexpected as rumblings started a few weeks ago, but the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen broke the story officially this afternoon. According…

  14. Spring Solutions: Offensive Line

    Jun 3, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    (For more Spring Solutions, check out the wide receivers, linebackers, and running backs.) If Charlie Weis and his offensive staff stressed cross-training offensive linemen, Brian Kelly has taken cross-training to a new level. During the 15 spring practices, Kelly seemed to play musical chairs with his offensive lineman, shifting people inside and out, moving guards…

  15. Guru Phil Steele has Irish ranked 16th

    Jun 2, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    If you’re a true college football dork like I am, Phil Steele’s College Football Preview marks a turn in the calendar. While there are still a few more months before we truly get back into football season, Steele’s magazine is like that half-way point of a long jog, and we’re at least working our way…

  16. Spring Solutions: Wide receivers

    Jun 1, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    (After a bit of a layoff, we’re back with some more Spring Solutions. If you want to get caught up, check out our write-ups on the linebackers and running backs.)There are plenty of variables to consider when predicting what the Irish wide receiving corp will bring to Brian Kelly’s table next year. Gone is Biletnikoff…

  17. Happy Memorial Day

    May 31, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    Hope everybody is enjoying a day with family and friends. If you’re watching TV, flip over to ESPN and root for the Irish lacrosse team as they battle Duke for the national championship. Otherwise, enjoy being serenaded by Golden Tate, as he sings a little Taylor Swift.  

  18. Saracino's retirement could have major implications

    May 29, 2010, 4:22 AM EDT

    News came from the University of Notre Dame that Director of Undergraduate Admissions Dan Saracino will retire after spending 13 years in the position. “It truly has been an honor to have served my alma mater these past 13 years,” Saracino released in a statement. “With a passionate and dedicated staff, we have all labored…

  19. That's what he said: Jack Swarbrick

    May 27, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick joined Darin Pritchett and Eric Hansen for an interview on WSBT AM 960, and for those of you that don’t have twenty-plus minutes, I did some listening for you. Here’s what Jack said: On his initial impressions of Brian Kelly has head coach: He has an intuitive understanding of what our university is…

  20. BK visits Regis and Kelly

    May 26, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

    On his worldwide quest for global saturation (I might be stretching it a bit), Brian Kelly hit the airwaves yesterday with Notre Dame’s most ubiquitous fan: Regis Philbin. Kelly seemed at ease with Regis and Kelly Ripa, who did her best to seem interested, and showed another example of BK as a true statesman for…