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  1. Kelly puts finishing touches on football staff

    Mar 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Notre Dame announced today that Brian Kelly’s first coaching staff and support staff have been finalized. As expected defensive line coach Mike Elston has been named special teams coordinator. “As I mentioned when Mike was hired, he was instrumental in our special teams success the past few years,” Kelly said in a statement. “We want…

  2. The thing about Jimmy…

    Mar 4, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Over the next 50 days, both Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford will somehow see opinions on their quarterbacking play seesaw back and forth without ever taking a snap. That’s what happens in the days before the NFL Draft, a season in and of itself that’s powered by television viewers. The consensus top two quarterbacks in…

  3. McCarthy proves athleticism at Combine

    Mar 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    While most of the focus from the NFL Scouting Combine has been on Golden Tate and Jimmy Clausen, safety Kyle McCarthy acquitted himself quite well in Indianapolis this week. Among safeties at the Combine, McCarthy had the second highest bench press total, with 24 reps on 225-lbs, and while his forty-time didn’t blow anyone away,…

  4. Kelly continues to embrace the role of ambassador

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Before even getting hired as the head coach at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly compared the high-profile position to that of a city mayor. It’s not a surprise that with Kelly’s background in politics, he’s taken to his new job quite well. Kelly hit the court at halftime of the Irish women’s basketball game against UConn,…

  5. Stepping up… The defensive line

    Mar 2, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    As the Irish prepare to shift philosophies back to a 3-4 defense, no position seems better equipped for the change than the defensive line. With Kapron Lewis-Moore, Ian Williams, and Ethan Johnson, the Irish have three returning starters that played significant minutes, and also fit the physical dimensions needed to play in defensive coordinator Bob…

  6. Weekend recap: Tate blazes, Clausen set for Pro Day

    Feb 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    As the Olympics close, and American hockey fans everywhere but Pittsburgh curse Sidney Crosby, let’s catch up on an eventful weekend for a few former members of the Irish. * Any questions about Golden Tate’s speed were answered today, as the Biletnikoff winner blazed times that were measured as fast as a 4.36 (but officially…

  7. Friday notes: Combine, achievers, competition and more

    Feb 26, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    For those of you reading this at work, you probably have a pretty relaxed IT filter on your computer. Join me and a few thousand other people and stream the USA hockey game online at NBCOlympics.com. Honestly, nobody even forced me to tell you this, I’m just giving people a friendly reminder to tune in…

  8. Stepping up… The linebackers

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    If it feels like beating a dead horse to say that the Irish defense played below expectations last year, I apologize. But trying to put the linebacker play into context is difficult, because each position grouping in a defense depends on the other. Without a great pass rush, the secondary looks bad. Without tight coverage,…

  9. What to make of the combine

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    The big news of the day is that Notre Dame football players Jimmy Clausen, Kyle McCarthy, Eric Olsen, Golden Tate, and Sam Young are in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, which starts today. Draftniks and people like Todd McShay and Mel Kiper will talk about the importance of the Combine and give stock…

  10. Stepping up… The Secondary

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    If you missed our first two installments of “Stepping Up,” where we talked about the offensive line and the wide receivers, be sure to check them out. It wasn’t hard to identify the secondary as a massive problem area last season. A perceived area of strength going into the season, the Irish defensive backs were…

  11. Why the combine isn't that important for Golden Tate

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve said the NFL Scouting Combine is one of the most important days in Golden Tate’s (albeit short) professional career. Yet I’ve also said that what he does in 40 yards on a track in Indianapolis won’t be more important than the magical season that he put up…

  12. Weekend leftovers: All quiet on the football front

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Other than last night’s terrific USA victory over Canada, it was a pretty slow weekend for news, especially news coming out of South Bend. Here are a few tidbits that caught my eye: * Late last week, Brian Kelly picked up another award for his fine work last season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kelly was…

  13. Friday notes: Nix, Ticks, and NCAA kicks

    Feb 19, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Apologies for the late edition of the Friday notes, but I was chasing a few stories for next week and hopefully they’ll come through. It was a fairly slow week news wise for the Irish, so I’ve expanded this a little bit to take a look at a few key Irish opponents as well. *…

  14. Stepping up… The wide receivers

    Feb 19, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    If there was a undisputed area of strength for the Irish last season, it was the wide receivers. Yet if you looked at this position going into the season, you might not have been so sure. While many (me at the front of the line) were high on the potential of Michael Floyd, he was…

  15. Kelly gets psychological on winning

    Feb 18, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s keynote speech at the Opening Night Dinner for Notre Dame Baseball was a smashing success, and another reason why many are incredibly excited for Kelly to take the reins of the Irish football program. Kelly’s attention to detail and methodology behind building a championship team was incredibly detailed. And while some have compared…

  16. Golden Tate preps for Combine

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:32 PM EDT

    While we caught up with Golden Tate, ESPN sent a crew to check-in on the progress Golden’s made during his postseason training. (Show offs.) Here’s a quick look at the video they put together: I really expect Golden to impress at the Combine, especially when people watch the tape and see just how many positions…

  17. Your first look at the new Strength and Conditioning program

    Feb 17, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    The fine folks at UND.com put together an excellent video with your first look at the new Strength & Conditioning program that Paul Longo brought with him to Notre Dame. It’s pretty clear the guys are getting after it. Here’s the video that was put together, if you’re in the mood to see some 300-pound…

  18. Clausen won't work out at combine

    Feb 17, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    In a move not entirely unexpected, both Jimmy Clausen and his agent, Gary Wichard, announced that the quarterback won’t be working out at the NFL Combine next week. “I’m planning on doing all the interviews and, obviously, being seen by the doctors so they can see my toe, but my toe isn’t ready to go…

  19. Updates from the Twitter-verse

    Feb 16, 2010, 8:55 PM EDT

    While I wasn’t able to attend, the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen caught up with football coach Brian Kelly at Notre Dame Baseball’s Opening Night dinner. Kelly was the keynote speaker, and thanks to Hansen’s Twitter feed, we got some very good dirt: * Chris Stewart has been a winter workout warrior. This is incredibly…

  20. Carpenter joins Irish as defensive GA

    Feb 16, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    While his name won’t move the needle like the previous defensive graduate assistant, Brian Kelly has decided to bring former Cincinnati Bearcat linebacker and graduate assistant Jon Carpenter to Notre Dame to fill a similar role. Carpenter spoke with his hometown newspaper, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette after the move was determined, and he was in high…