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  1. 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:…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.  

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. More data to crush the Kelly RKGs recruiting myth

    May 25, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    If it was still alive, the myth that Brian Kelly would shy away from highly-touted recruits to bring in the “right kind of guys” was given another beating yesterday when Tom Lemming unveiled his top 100 football players for the class of 2011. Lemming, the godfather of modern recruitniks, released the first edition of the…

  12. Cole Barker: True Fighting Irish

    May 24, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    With things a little slow over the weekend as the Irish wait to enroll for summer school, Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune had an excellent story on former Notre Dame student Cole Barker, who at 26 just lost a long battle with brain cancer. From Hansen: Literally minutes after saying good-bye to their…

  13. Friday notes: Recruiting, recruiting, recruiting

    May 21, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    It seems like many of you are searching for recruiting news. There are plenty of places out there on the net to get your fix, but it might cost you ten bucks a month. It’s money well worth it at a few different sites if you want to know who’s visiting who, and when it’s…

  14. Assorted notes: Big Ten Champs, game in Denver, and June visits

    May 20, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    A few interesting notes from the last day or two as we push toward the summer. While school is out, football players will report back to campus on June 7th for summer school, less than three weeks until incoming freshman and the 2010 football team get started with their summer workouts. According to some message…

  15. Brandon: Michigan, Notre Dame extension not finalized

    May 19, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    Back in 2007, Michigan athletic director Bill Martin joined Notre Dame AD Kevin White in jointly announcing the 20-year extension of the football series between the Wolverines and Irish. While the original plan of uninterrupted games for the next 25 seasons changed to accommodate a two-year hiatus in 2018 and 2019, new Michigan athletic director…

  16. That's what he said: Jim Delany

    May 18, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany addressed a throng of media, discussing the preliminary exploration of Big Ten expansion during the conference’s annual spring meeting. Here’s what he said: (My comments to follow)   This certainly doesn’t sound like a guy who is playing from a position of strength, as we were all lead to believe…

  17. Ragone pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charge

    May 18, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    As expected, Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor marijuana charges in LaGrange County court Monday. Ragone and his girlfriend, who was also charged, have a trial date pending in June. Ragone was not present in court, but was represented by South Bend attorney Jeffrey Stesiak, a partner at Pfeifer, Morgan…

  18. Recruiting update: Quarterback carousel needs to come up Irish

    May 17, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    (Good work by those loyal readers who caught the lack of recruiting update in my AM column this morning… You’ll be rewarded with eternal consciousness, or something equally awesome.) If there’s a lack of recruiting news, it’s because the Irish coaching staff is blanketing the country during the May evaluation period, getting to the high…

  19. Weekend Leftovers: Ragone, Kelly, Recruiting

    May 17, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    This afternoon, Mike Ragone will make his initial court appearance for his misdemeanor marijuana charge in LaGrange County court. The proceedings might take less than 10 minutes, but they’ll likely carry a weightier consequence for the tight end, especially if he plans to play football this fall for the Irish. This will be Brian Kelly’s…

  20. Reports: Irish and Miami set for 2012, 2014, 2016

    May 14, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    After nearly 20 years, one of college football’s best rivalries is returning. There are reports out today that Notre Dame and Miami will renew their rivalry in 2012, starting a three game series with a date at Solider Field in Chicago, followed by home-and-home games, played in 2014 and 2016. The Chicago Tribune was the…