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  1. Spring Solutions: Tight End

    Jun 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    (For more Spring Solutions, check out the running backs, offensive line, linebackers, and wide receivers.)  As we inch into the opening days of summer, there’s no better time to discuss the tight end position on the Notre Dame roster. After a breakout Blue and Gold Game, it looked as if Mike Ragone was ready to…

  2. Watch Lists & Preseason Awards: Catch the fever!

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    I’m going to take a break from the verbal sparring between the Sun-Times and Phillip Daniels. If you’re interested, it shouldn’t be hard to track down, and I reserve the right to tackle it when the dust settles. As is customary in early summer, the Football Writers Association of America has started releasing their preseason…

  3. DaVaris Daniels: The plot thickens…

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Davaris Daniels, the highly touted wide receiver from the Chicago area, (that I just so happened to write about a few hours ago) has canceled the press conference where he was slated to announce his college choice. That choice, per multiple internet reports and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Taylor Bell, was set to be Miami. Per…

  4. Report: Irish miss on top WR target Daniels

    Jun 22, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    For the second time in a week, the Irish have finished in second place for an elite recruiting target. Or so it seems from early reports. Across the internet, it’s been widely reported that Chicago wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is making his college decision this afternoon, with his finalists being Notre Dame and Miami. Daniels…

  5. Ragone could be in the clear to play next season

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    In a relatively surprising turn of events, it looks like the senior season of tight end Mike Ragone has been salvaged. Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune reports that Ragone has been cleared to work out with teammates, attend summer school, and is expected to be on the active roster next fall, according to…

  6. Longo center stage for Irish this summer

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    One of the best parts of the Notre Dame Fantasy Football Camp was spending time with the new head of Notre Dame’s strength program, Paul Longo. We had around a half-hour with Longo and his two lieutenants, Jacob Flint and Lorenzo Guess, where our small group poked and prodded the three men in charge of…

  7. Starling commits to 'Huskers, ND QB plans change

    Jun 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Steve Wiltfong of IrishSportsDaily.com reports that Bubba Starling has committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a move that likely puts Notre Dame’s recruiting plans at quarterback in a rebuilding mode. As discussed earlier this week, the dismissal of Notre Dame baseball coach Dave Schrage could have been a factor in Starling’s decision to pick the Cornhuskers…

  8. Burton makes 10th commit for Irish

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    It’s being widely reported that Venice, Florida defensive end Clay Burton has committed to the Irish. Burton is the 10th verbal commitment for Brian Kelly, and the fourth guy that fits into the much needed mold of edge players for the Irish, joining Brad Carrico and Tony Springmann, who profile as 3-4 defensive ends and…

  9. Calls for conference affiliation don't quit

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    I’m working on some more original pieces that I’ll finish off this weekend and still plan on finishing off Spring Solutions before the official start of summer, but there were a few links thrown my way that I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention. First off is David Haugh’s column in the Chicago Tribune about…

  10. Schrage's dismissal could play role in Starling's decision

    Jun 15, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    It seems the apple of Notre Dame’s eye at quarterback is Kansas athlete Bubba Starling, who has already taken numerous visits to campus over the last few months. As mentioned before, Starling also has a future ahead of him as a baseball player, which adds a layer of complexity to the recruiting strategy. Starling is…

  11. Jack Swarbrick and the seismic shifts

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It might be hard for some Notre Dame fans to fathom, but athletic director Jack Swarbrick might be the knight in shining armor that saved college football. That could be overstating things a bit, but for those who clung to the idea that the status quo in college football wasn’t all that bad, they should…

  12. Fantasy Camp: Blue-Gold game photos

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    Thanks to Mike Bennett, a wonderful photographer who has been taking pictures at Notre Dame events for a long, long time, I’ve got a small selection of photos from the 2010 Fantasy Camp Blue-Gold Game. You’ll get your first look at the new Notre Dame game uniforms, as well as a better idea of just…

  13. Fantasy Camp: The golden rules

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    They say a football game isn’t won on Saturday, but in the work put in Monday through Friday. Well, it’s tough to make that translate when game day is Thursday afternoon, but I’ll do my best to try. The Blue-Gold game was most likely won Tuesday night. That’s when defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, the head…

  14. Friday notes: Plenty to talk about

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    The 2010 Notre Dame Fantasy Football Camp has concluded, and even though United Airlines, Chicago traffic, the O’Hare Airport Hilton and a slow-moving taxi driver conspired against me, I’m back home a mere ten hours late and finally back on my usual schedule. The camp was an amazing experience and something I’ll never forget, but…

  15. Fantasy Camp: Play like a champion today

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    It looks like we all made it. Most of us are nursing a tender muscle or two, but we’re all going to run out of that tunnel with the new Irish uniforms on and play in the Blue-Gold Game this afternoon. Special mention should go to teammate Dennis Rios, a 64-year-old warrior, who spent the…

  16. USC rumblings could mean trouble for the Trojans

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    As a few loyal commenters have mentioned to me, I picked a heck of a week to go to fantasy land. I traded emails last night with ESPN’s Bruce Feldman just as he was set to go to a round of TV interviews, and it’s apparent that the USC violations will be announced by the…

  17. Fantasy Camp: Full speed toward Game Day

    Jun 9, 2010, 7:20 AM EDT

    There’s something a little bizarre about walking out of the Notre Dame football locker room dressed in your varsity issue gear and heading to practice on the new LaBar Practice field turf. Surrounded by prospective students on campus tours and the perpetual buzz of workers either building or maintaining something on campus, we looked a…

  18. Fantasy Camp: The calm before the storm

    Jun 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Sometimes you just get lucky. As tables began to fill up in the Naimoli Family Club Room in the Purcell Pavillion I sat down at a table with defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin, outside linebackers coach Kerry Cooks, offensive intern Bill Brechin and fellow camper Terry Philbin, a college teammate of Martin’s…

  19. Monday night news catch-up

    Jun 7, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    It’s well past my bedtime and because of some intermittent internet at the lovely Varsity Club in Mishawaka I’m still plugging away at this, but there’s been some serious smoke coming out of the expansion chimneys the past day or two. Start with colleague John Taylor’s excellent reporting at CFT, where he actually went to…

  20. Fantasy Camp: This will be interesting…

    Jun 7, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    SOUTH BEND — There is certainly something about returning to Notre Dame. Without fail, every time I’m exiting the Toll Road and spot that glimmering Golden Dome, you just feel differently. And when I’m coming to put football pads on for the first time since 1998, there are a few butterflies. It’s hard to overstate what…