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  1. Utupo cleared by NCAA

    Aug 26, 2010, 10:07 PM EST

    Good news for the Irish today as freshman Justin Utupo received clearance from the NCAA and had his eligibility restored. Utupo had been shelved temporarily since Tuesday when the NCAA’s clearinghouse took a look at some of the course work he completed at Lakewood High School. “Justin Utupo was cleared today,” Kelly said after practice.…

  2. Minor injuries could factor into Purdue depth chart

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:42 PM EST

    While Notre Dame has avoided the major injury this fall camp, that doesn’t mean the Irish aren’t battling an assorted allotment of bumps and bruises. Yesterday, a handful of starters were held out of practice, with Kyle Rudolph, Chris Stewart, Jamoris Slaughter, and Anthony McDonald all missing significant chunks of time, though mostly for precautionary…

  3. Opponent preview: Western Michigan

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    We’re halfway home profiling Notre Dame’s 2010 opponents. Check out the rest of them with Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, Boston College and Pitt. The Overview: With a hole still open on the 2010 schedule, last October athletic director Jack Swarbrick added Western Michigan to the home schedule, the final egg to the face of…

  4. Offseason Cheatsheet: Defensive backs

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:02 PM EST

    Offseason Cheatsheets continue with your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for the upcoming season. For more, check out the quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers. POSITION OVERVIEW: Heading into last season, the Irish felt good about their secondary. The Irish only needed to replace David Bruton, and a natural replacement was there with Harrison…

  5. Opponent preview: Pitt Panthers

    Aug 25, 2010, 1:31 PM EST

    We continue on profiling Notre Dame’s 2010 opponents. If you have a spare hour or two, check out Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, and Boston College. The Overview: After three mediocre seasons, Dave Wannstedt has led Pittsburgh back to respectability, winning nine and ten games in back-to-back seasons, turning around a football program that was…

  6. Star power is hardly the Irish's problem

    Aug 25, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    An interesting tidbit from the Wall Street Journal and their popular blog “The Count” today shows that Notre Dame’s problem has hardly been recruiting rankings. For those that followed the Charlie Weis era closely that’s hardly a surprise, but what is surprising is the esteem Notre Dame’s projected starters are held in, ranking third-highest in…

  7. Report: Utupo awaiting clearance from NCAA

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:23 AM EST

    Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune reports that Notre Dame freshman linebacker Justin Utupo is temporarily in eligibility limbo while the NCAA clearinghouse reviews his high school transcript: Justin Utupo might not contribute more than scout-team performances to Notre Dame in 2010, but the school is working to ensure he can do even just that.…

  8. Offseason Cheatsheet: Offensive line

    Aug 24, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    The series continues with your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for the upcoming season. For more, check out the quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends, and wide receivers. POSITION OVERVIEW: After two nightmarish seasons, Notre Dame’s veteran offensive line played respectable football last season, forming a cohesive veteran group that protected Jimmy Clausen and helped establish a…

  9. UND.com's 2010 Season Primer

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:18 PM EST

    Our good friends over at UND.com cut together some great moments from memory lane and put together this season primer. If you find yourself yearning for Labor Day weekend, maybe just hit refresh on this one every couple hours or so. T minus 12 days and counting…

  10. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:31 PM EST

    As classes kick off for students at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly addressed the media, eleven days before the Irish are set to clash with Purdue at Notre Dame Stadium. (Did I mention that it’ll be broadcast on NBC?) Here’s what he said: Upon approaching the podium: “Let me start off by saying that we still…

  11. Opponent preview: Boston College Eagles

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    The beat goes on as we preview Notre Dame’s 2010 opponents. Suggestions and comments welcome. Check out previews for Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, and Stanford. The Overview: Boston College made headlines for all the wrong reasons last offseason. Head coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired in January after interviewing for the head coaching position of the…

  12. Offseason Cheatsheet: Wide Receivers

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:39 PM EST

    The series continues with your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for the upcoming season. For more, check out the quarterbacks, running backs, and tight ends. POSITION OVERVIEW: If we’ve learned anything from studying Brian Kelly’s offense, it’s that a ton of wide receivers are going to get playing time. Between four and five wide formations, and…

  13. Opponent preview: Stanford Cardinal

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:11 PM EST

    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…

  14. Now or never for Darrin Walls

    Aug 23, 2010, 2:56 PM EST

    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…

  15. Offseason Cheatsheet: Tight Ends

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    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,…

  16. Opponent preview: Michigan State Spartans

    Aug 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    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,…

  17. Scrimmage brings "key backups" up to speed

    Aug 21, 2010, 1:25 PM EST

    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…

  18. Next level analysis of 2010 season predictions

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:57 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    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…

  20. Offseason Cheatsheet: Running backs

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    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…