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  1. Opponent preview: Stanford Cardinal

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Round four of the opponent previews, leading us into Purdue week. Suggestions and comments welcome. Check out the previews for Purdue, Michigan, and Michigan State. The Overview: No coach has seen his stock rise as quickly as Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh learned the college game moonlighting as an unpaid assistant under his father Jack…

  2. Now or never for Darrin Walls

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    The future is now for Darrin Walls. There won’t be another season for Irish fans to wonder when the light switch will flip on for Walls, one of the more highly touted recruits on the Irish roster. It’s up to Walls to decide if he wants to be the cornerback that teased Irish fans with…

  3. Offseason Cheatsheet: Tight Ends

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    The series continues with your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for the upcoming season. For previous entries, check out quarterbacks and running backs here. POSITION OVERVIEW: Many worried what the role of the tight end would be in a Brian Kelly offense. But if the Blue-Gold Game and the beginning of fall camp are any indication,…

  4. Opponent preview: Michigan State Spartans

    Aug 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    This is the third of many opponent previews, leading us into the opening week of the season. Suggestions and comments are welcome. For more, check out previews for Purdue and Michigan. The Overview: It was a season of “what could’ve been” for the Spartans. Mark Dantonio, who Brian Kelly replaced at Cincinnati three seasons ago,…

  5. Scrimmage brings "key backups" up to speed

    Aug 21, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly has always felt that one of the strengths of this football team was the depth on the roster. Friday, the Irish coaching staff got a chance to see that depth in action, holding a scrimmage where most of the starters sat, and the key backups were put to the test. “Today we scrimmaged…

  6. Next level analysis of 2010 season predictions

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    I will admit that statistics (and apparently proof-reading) aren’t my strong suit. Back in college, I remember sitting in those large lecture halls in DeBartolo Hall, struggling to work through the thick accent my stats professor had, and between the slide show presentation, the accent, and the 10:40 a.m. start time, I spent more time…

  7. Bumps and bruises add up for Irish as camp rolls on

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    As is the case with most teams finishing up the grueling process of two-a-days, Brian Kelly gave injury updates on the fairly large cast of characters that sat out practice yesterday, among them Anthony McDonald, Andrew Nuss, Matt Romine, Kyle Rudolph, Dan Wenger and Ian Williams. The good news? None of the injuries seem to…

  8. Offseason Cheatsheet: Running backs

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    While most of you don’t need it, some of you might be cramming for the season, with Purdue only 16 days away. Consider this your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for the upcoming season. Click here for your previous cheatsheet on the quarterbacks. POSITION OVERVIEW: There’s no deeper position on the Irish roster than the running…

  9. ESPN's Feldman: Kelly perfect for Irish

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bruce Feldman had an excellent piece on Brian Kelly and Notre Dame this morning, the remnants of a magazine article he did on Kelly and the Irish for this month’s ESPN The Magazine. While the magazine piece had a lot of great tidbits about the timeline and hiring of Kelly by athletic director Jack Swarbrick,…

  10. Does BYU independence mean Irish in the future?

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:28 AM EDT

    Some of the seismic shifts in college football that were mentioned during the offseason finally came to fruition in the past 24 hours. While it wasn’t the Richter scale shaking major conference realignment that many suspected, the Mountain West conference created quite a stir when both Fresno State and Nevada accepted invitations to leave the…

  11. Kelly pinpoints freshman that are ready to contribute

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    There’s an abundance of information from yesterday’s media day that I’m still digging through, but one of the interesting tidbits that Brian Kelly revealed during his entertaining 40 minute press conference had to do with the freshman that were ready to contribute this season. When asked for a status update on his freshman after 13…

  12. Opponent preview: Michigan Wolverines

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    This is the second of many opponent previews, leading us into the opening week of the season. Suggestions and comments are welcome. For part one, please check out the Purdue preview. The Overview: While there’s obvious anticipation for the opening game against Purdue, there’s no game that the Irish should look forward to more than…

  13. Offseason Cheatsheet: Quarterbacks

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    As we count the days until Purdue week officially begins, let’s kick off another installment: The Offseason Cheatsheet. While most of you have been loyal readers and checking back multiple times each day, some of you are cramming for the Irish football season that’s 18 days away. Consider this your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for…

  14. Michael Floyd is a man on a mission

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    It’s hard to call anyone that’s a preseason first-team All-American anonymous. But two weeks into fall camp, Michael Floyd might as well have vanished, getting little mention from head coach Brian Kelly or members of his staff when talking about the team. Since Kelly’s arrival, Floyd’s work within the program has been done under far…

  15. 18 days and counting…

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Here’s a quick teaser the crew at NBC put together for the opening of Notre Dame football season. Tough not to get excited watching this…   We’ve got plenty of good news coming about our online coverage and live blogs in the days to come, but thought you’d all enjoy this. It’ll be September 4th…

  16. Opponent preview: Purdue Boilermakers

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    This will be the first of many opponent previews, leading us into the opening week of the season. Any suggestions or comments, please leave below or send me an email. The Overview: The Brian Kelly era kicks off against one of Notre Dame’s traditional opponents, in-state rival Purdue. Danny Hope enters his second season as…

  17. Irish make great impression on Ishaq Williams

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    There aren’t many recruits that have an offer list to match Brooklyn’s Ishaq Williams. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Williams has 30-plus offers from some of college football’s best, and Williams was on campus last week during practice to get a first look at Notre Dame with his family. According to Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell, the Irish are…

  18. Kelly takes stock after weekend scrimmage

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    With three weeks to go before Notre Dame’s date with Purdue, the coaching staff put the players through a full-contact scrimmage Saturday morning, before loading buses for an afternoon of sun and fun at nearby Diamond Lake. While the scrimmage took place behind closed doors from the media, Kelly spoke with reporters after and gave…

  19. Filer making his move at outside linebacker

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    There’s never been any question about Steve Filer’s athletic ability. One of the premiere recruits signed by Notre Dame in the 2008 recruiting class, Filer profiled as a freakish athlete that had offers nationally as well as his choice of elite Big Ten schools. Yet Filer’s yet to make a true impact on the field…

  20. Practice peek gives insight on offensive pace

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    With new media restrictions on reporting specifics, the logical protection of unknown assets by the coaching staff makes it’s tough to gather too much from the limited media windows given during preseason camp. Still, if you’re looking for the proverbial knothole through the fence into Notre Dame’s practice, look no further than the video posted…