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  1. Matthias Farley is the fourth to join the 2011 recruiting class

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    North Carolina safety Matthias Farley is the fourth player to verbally commit to Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish. He did so just 24 hours after visiting campus, adding a much needed defensive back to the recruiting mix. Recruiting guru Tom Lemming ranks Farley as the best safety in North Carolina, and Farley had offers…

  2. Roles for Crist and Rudolph unknown for Blue-Gold game

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    With Saturday’s Blue-Gold game fast approaching, look for something official out of Brian Kelly on the role of quarterback Dayne Crist and tight end Kyle Rudolph during the scrimmage. The two focal points for the Irish offense are both on their way back from surgeries, and their availability in the annual spring game is still…

  3. Quarterback carousel gets started

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    The Florida Gators locked in one of the elite quarterbacks of the 2011 class this week when Florida prep star Jeff Driskel committed to Floria over a pack of top SEC programs. While that recruitment seemingly has nothing to do with notre Dame, Driskel’s decision could’ve set forth the recruiting carousel that’ll likely result in…

  4. Changes in program come down to the smallest detail

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Saw a snippet this weekend that I thought was a great encapsulation of the wholesale changes that Brian Kelly is making to this football program. While many have spoken about the new philosophies and systems that Kelly is incorporating, one of the largest changes is quite literal: The Irish will be playing a different brand…

  5. Irish reel in kicking recruit

    Apr 18, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from kicker Kyle Brindza of Canton, Michigan earlier this weekend. Recruited by defensive backs coach Chuck Martin, Brindza is a unique recruit because he’s not sure if he’ll enroll at Notre Dame next fall or in 2011. Bridnza is set to graduate after his junior year at Plymouth High…

  6. Scrimmage provides some answers

    Apr 17, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Exactly one week before the Blue-Gold game, Brian Kelly gave the members of the media and the nearly 800 coaches that attended the annual coaching clinic an advanced look, offering a completely open two-hour window for viewing. A few notes after reading various reports: * Looking for an early enrollee that’ll see the field first?…

  7. Friday notes: Lines taking shape

    Apr 16, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    We’re entering the home stretch of spring drills, and as we get there, things along the offensive and defensive fronts are starting to take shape. * On the defensive line, coach Mike Elston seems to like what he’s been seeing. “When Coach Kelly asked me to coach the defensive line, I was asked the question,…

  8. Predicting Crist in year one

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    The ascension of Dayne Crist to the role of starting quarterback didn’t happen as many suspected. As Charlie Weis’ second five-star quarterback plucked out of Southern California, many thought a golden age of blue-chip signal-callers running Weis’ NFL offense would usher in an unprecedented revival. The Weis era put up historical offensive numbers, but the…

  9. Red Zone work shows Irish are battling in the trenches

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:57 PM EDT

    With new media guidelines limiting what people can actually write about, I thought I’d do you one better. Here’s VIDEO from today’s workout, where the Irish went through full-speed, full contact, ones-versus-ones and twos-versus-twos in the red zone. While it isn’t exactly a great view, there’s little not to like about seeing Manti Te’o fly…

  10. Chris Stewart proves student-athletes still exist

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:21 AM EDT

    We hear too many examples of college athletes falling by the wayside because they didn’t put in the time in the classroom. We might as well take a few seconds to point out a great student-athlete as well. The South Bend Tribune‘s Al Lesar has a great article about senior guard Chris Stewart and his…

  11. Catching up with… Mike Anello

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It isn’t hard to remember why Mike Anello was a fan favorite. Standing a shade under 5-foot-9, and weighing 175-pounds soaking wet, you’d probably struggle to pick him out of a lineup of his fellow dorm mates. Yet to classify Anello as just another Notre Dame student, or to even make the dreaded Rudy comparison…

  12. Weekend recap: Moving day as Irish scrimmage

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    While Saturday saw Phil Mickelson make a heroic jump on “Moving Day,” the Irish had a big moving day of their own this Saturday, with head coach Brian Kelly putting the Irish through an extended 50-60 play scrimmage. “That’s a long scrimmage, but we needed to evaluate a lot of players,” Kelly said afterward. “Today…

  13. Kelly narrative taking shape

    Apr 10, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    As spring practice continues, the national media takes its swing through South Bend for an update on the state of the Irish football program. With Brian Kelly now at the helm, its only natural that people compare his way of doing things to that of his predecessor, Charlie Weis. Two of the most prominent, ESPN’s…

  14. Clausen predictably dazzles at his Pro Day

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Who would’ve thought it: A quarterback that completed 70 percent of his passes and threw 33 touchdowns against four interceptions — two of them not his fault — would be deadly accurate passing against air. In his audition in front of 16 NFL teams, Clausen dazzled when throwing to a collection of former teammates, making…

  15. Swarbrick downplays conference uproar

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Three weeks ago, an impromptu media session with Jack Swarbrick in New York got plenty of people talking about Notre Dame and its football independence. Playing devil’s advocate, I countered some of Mike Coffey’s well-reasoned points about saying no to joining a conference. Needless to say, it garnered quite a reaction, even eliciting a stand…

  16. Kelly addresses James' passing

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    After the Easter holiday, the Irish got back to practice today, amidst a rain storm that forced them inside midway through practice. After the session was over, coach Brian Kelly formally addressed the media. One of the obvious topics of discussion was the passing of Matt James. Kelly described learning about the tragedy. “I got…

  17. Are the Irish close to a series with the Badgers?

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    With all the uproar surrounding Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and his comments regarding conference affiliation, it was a Big Ten coach that raised an eyebrow or two with an interesting tweet. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, via his Twitter page earlier today, mentioned that the Badgers are “trying to lock up a home and…

  18. Jimmy Clausen plays Avatar for ESPN mag

    Apr 7, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Our good buddies at PFT pointed out the new cover of ESPN the Magazine, and Jimmy Clausen — and his avatar — grace the front and back cover. ESPN’s NFL Draft preview edition features the former Notre Dame quarterback on both the front and back cover of its upcoming issue. Clausen, the real quarterback, is…

  19. Prestwood signing huge victory for Irish

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I’m not usually one to gush over a recruit, and I’ll never claim to be a recruiting guru, but I’m incredibly impressed by the Irish locking down Jordan Prestwood. While most of us are probably still stinging from the news of Matt James passing, Prestwood’s commitment to the Irish is big news. Really big news.…