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  1. Friday notes: Top 25, recruiting, Spielman, etc.

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    I had a really good time putting together my Top 25 list, and really liked the diverse opinions we pulled together. If I had to do it over again, I can’t say that I forgot anybody, but I’m taking a leap of faith on guys like Trevor Robinson, Brian Smith, and Cierre Wood — all…

  2. Jody Valdivia 1, Michael Floyd 0, Mike Ragone .5

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    A fun YouTube video is circling the web right now with Notre Dame softball pitcher Jody Valdivia throwing a little BP to wide receiver Michael Floyd and tight end Mike Ragone. Apparently the guys thought they had a chance at taking Valdivia deep in the friendly confines of Melissa Cook Stadium on the Notre Dame…

  3. Notre Dame and Miami set for 2012 at Soldier Field

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    After the initial news broke about a three game series back in May, Notre Dame and Miami have agreed to renew one of college football’s fiercest rivalries, with the opening salvo coming in 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Irish and Hurricanes will play at Soldier Field on October 6, 2012, the first time…

  4. Another college choice for one-time Irish recruit Chris Martin

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    News began breaking yesterday afternoon that blue-chip defensive end, one-time Notre Dame commitment, and Cal incoming freshman Chris Martin was looking to transfer. It was first mentioned by ESPN’s Bruce Feldman on Twitter, who heard that Martin was transferring because of distractions at home in the Bay Area. (This was the same hometown that he…

  5. Haden leaves NBC booth to become USC athletic director

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    At a press conference later today, the University of Southern California will announce that athletic director Mike Garrett is retiring and NBC television analyst Pat Haden will step out of the booth at Notre Dame stadium and take over the job of athletic director at Southern Cal. This from the official release from new USC…

  6. Sharpley opens up about Weis, Clausen, etc.

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Tim Prister over at IrishIllustrated.com has a pretty in-depth Q&A with former quarterback and current minor-league baseball player Evan Sharpley about his five years in the Notre Dame football program. Evan opened up about the former coaching staff, his fellow quarterback Jimmy Clausen, and what may have gone wrong during those five years. This is…

  7. Willingham retires from coaching

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    (Editor’s note: I understand that there’s still plenty of animosity toward the former head coach of the Irish and Huskies. This isn’t an outlet for commenters to take one last swing at the man, so if things get too out of control, I’ll be quick to remove anything I find too insulting.) Lost in the…

  8. Counting down the Irish: The Top Five

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    For the rest of the picks, check here for 25-21, 20-16, 15-11, and 10-6. As we wrap up the Top 25 lists, I’ll post the top five players for everyone and then follow-up tonight with some next-level analysis. It’s pretty clear that Michael Floyd, Kyle Rudolph, and Manti Te’o are three of the best players…

  9. Police arrest 44 students for underage drinking

    Jul 18, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

    The Indiana State Excise Police arrested 44 students on Saturday night after breaking up a party at almost 2:00 a.m., and the police report read like a who’s who of Notre Dame varsity athletes. Eight Notre Dame football players were among the group ticketed, including Nate Montana, Lo Wood, Chris Watt, Roby Toma, Nick Tausch,…

  10. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    Get caught up on the rankings and read the lists for 25-21, 20-16, and 15-11. As the list gets closer to the top, the usual suspects seem to pop up. I’ll leave the analysis for Monday when we unveil the top-five, but here are the rankings for 10-6 on the Irish roster. Gotta hand it…

  11. Counting down the Irish: 15-11

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    If you’re interested in getting caught up, here are the lists for 25-21 and 20-16. Day three of our countdown gets us into the top-flight of Irish players. While we’re only talking about Notre Dame, it’ll be interesting to see how the recruiting rankings of the best players on the Irish roster turn out as…

  12. Spencer Boyd leaves ND on good terms

    Jul 15, 2010, 8:33 AM EDT

    We’ve known for over a month that Spencer Boyd was transferring out of Notre Dame before ever officially suiting up for the Irish, but for the first time, Boyd shed some light on the situation. Speaking to the Fort Myers News-Press, Boyd confirmed that he was leaving and that some family issues are the reason…

  13. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 14, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    Working off of yesterday’s kick-off to the Top 25 players on the Irish roster, we’re ready to roll out the next five members of the Irish Top-25. But first, a few observations: * 2/3s of us put Nick Tausch in the top-fifth of the roster, which makes sense when you consider that a football team…

  14. Counting down the Irish: the Top 25 players

    Jul 13, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    As I mentioned last week, ESPN’s top five Notre Dame players got me thinking of a fun summer project that could help us get to preseason training camp. So, without further ado, here’s the official kick-off of said summer project: The Top-25 players on the Irish roster. A little background: Lists like this are by…

  15. Badger to depart on two-year mission, DB depth uncertain

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:59 PM EDT

    For the second time this summer, an early-enrollee won’t be suiting up for the Irish this fall. Both IrishSportsDaily.com and IrishIllustrated.com report that safety Chris Badger will embark on a two-year religious mission beginning in August, putting off both school and football for two years. Badger joins cornerback Spencer Boyd as freshman who left the…

  16. Friday notes: Visits, the hall, losses, and more

    Jul 9, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    There’s been a lot of interest in yesterday’s topic of ranking Irish players, and I’m thinking about digging into that evaluation this weekend. While Mel Kiper and Todd McShay call talent evaluators and watch “game film,” I’ll rely on a couple cold ones, a scratch notebook, my DVR from last year’s games, and a lot…

  17. ESPN names ND's top five players

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

    Brian Bennett of ESPN.com had a nice rundown of the Notre Dame’s top five players, in addition to the Blue Ribbon Preview of the Irish that’s running between pop-up advertisements for “The Decision,” starring LeBron James. Their analysis of the Irish for next season: Notre Dame’s golden dome has lost some of its shine over…

  18. Crist shines light on offseason

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    With interviews shut down for the offseason, ESPN’s Bruce Feldman scored a great one with quarterback Dayne Crist a few weeks ago when he was on campus visiting the Irish. Feldman covered all sorts of ground with Crist, and while you might need a subscription to read everything, here’s a little taste of what Dayne…

  19. Kelly talks the past, the offense, and Jumbotron

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    (Hope everybody had a nice holiday weekend. It’s depressing that summer is practically half-over, but the flip side of that is that football is coming. At least I remind myself every morning that football is coming…) Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com had his turn with Brian Kelly and the result was a pretty interesting Q&A session…

  20. Friday notes: Knee-high by the fourth of July

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    The links are a little thin today, mostly because I’m on my way to northern Minnesota, where the air is fresh, the lakes are clean, and the internet is scarce. I’ll do my best to keep everybody posted, but there’s likely to be little Irish football news this weekend, so enjoy a few days with…