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  1. Recruiting update: Quarterback carousel needs to come up Irish

    May 17, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    (Good work by those loyal readers who caught the lack of recruiting update in my AM column this morning… You’ll be rewarded with eternal consciousness, or something equally awesome.) If there’s a lack of recruiting news, it’s because the Irish coaching staff is blanketing the country during the May evaluation period, getting to the high…

  2. Weekend Leftovers: Ragone, Kelly, Recruiting

    May 17, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    This afternoon, Mike Ragone will make his initial court appearance for his misdemeanor marijuana charge in LaGrange County court. The proceedings might take less than 10 minutes, but they’ll likely carry a weightier consequence for the tight end, especially if he plans to play football this fall for the Irish. This will be Brian Kelly’s…

  3. Reports: Irish and Miami set for 2012, 2014, 2016

    May 14, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    After nearly 20 years, one of college football’s best rivalries is returning. There are reports out today that Notre Dame and Miami will renew their rivalry in 2012, starting a three game series with a date at Solider Field in Chicago, followed by home-and-home games, played in 2014 and 2016. The Chicago Tribune was the…

  4. Thursday notes: Independence, pipelines, and buy-outs

    May 13, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    As they often do, SportsCenter jumped on the Notre Dame / Independence story a few days late and contributed little to the discussion, with only Brian Kelly’s most recent quote — something he’s said consistently for weeks — being the main bit. “From my standpoint, being the head football coach of Notre Dame, there’s nothing…

  5. Floyd, Rudolph named first-team preseason All-Americans

    May 12, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    The first of many mostly trivial preseason awards was released with two Notre Dame stars front and center on the All-American first team. (I state trivial because remember the Tim Tebow, not unanimous preseason All-SEC?) Worthless or not, both Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph were named to Lindy’s All-American team. Here is the entire squad:…

  6. Report: Pot in purse was Ragone's

    May 11, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    All those wonderful hypothesis I was drawing on behalf of Mike Ragone? Nevermind. From Tony Krausz at the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone admitted that the marijuana found in a female companion’s purse by an Indiana state trooper belonged to him, according to court documents. Ragone, 21, and the 21-year-old…

  7. Ragone arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charge

    May 11, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Just when it seemed that Mike Ragone had worked through his star-crossed path at Notre Dame, he’s found himself on the wrong side of the law. Ragone, who stood out during the Blue-Gold Game, and has rehabbed through multiple knee injuries that have hampered a promising career, was arrested along with a female passenger on…

  8. Monday/Tuesday catch-up

    May 11, 2010, 12:19 AM EDT

    Apologies for the delay on posting today, I had some computer problems that kept me away from all things technology. Let’s get down to business. * There is finally a “report” out detailing Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany’s intentions for conference expansion. According to Sports Radio 810 AM in Missouri, the Big Ten has reportedly…

  9. Friday notes: Assistants hit the road

    May 7, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

    It’s officially the spring evaluation period for college recruiting. Thanks to a recent rule change, head coach Brian Kelly won’t be able to hit the hallways of high schools, but his assistant coaches will. The Irish coaching staff will fan across the country, with each assistant working their region or position grouping for key recruits.…

  10. Brindza reaffirms commitment to ND (and other notes)

    May 6, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Kicker Kyle Brindza reaffirmed his commitment to the Irish for the 2011 recruiting class, both Irish Illustrated and Irish Sports Daily report. Brindza’s commitment to the Irish was unique, even for a position that’s fully of, well… “unique” players. Brindza is just completing his junior year at Plymouth High in Canton, Michigan and he not…

  11. Spring Solutions: Linebackers

    May 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    If there’s a reason to be optimistic about a defense that imploded last season, it’s the change to a 3-4 system. The switch allowed a defense that had personnel under-sized and out-of-position in an attacking, downhill, 4-3 scheme, to shift the balance of power back to the linebacking corps, the best collection of skilled defensive…

  12. Grimes signs FA contract with the Chiefs

    May 5, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    (As requested by every Notre Dame fan on the planet, I’m turning the page on Freekbass. Woah-ah-woah-ah-woah…) Former Notre Dame wide receiver David Grimes, who was out of football last year after completing his senior season with the Irish in 2008, signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday. This from the Chiefs website:…

  13. One last Freekbass encore

    May 4, 2010, 12:18 AM EDT

    While I don’t want to do it, I’m going back to the Freekbass situation. There’s been plenty of thoughtful work on the video, and a few columns that are definitely worth reading. Over at AOL FanHouse, John Walters — also a Notre Dame grad — penned a pretty spot-on column about the entire debacle. Here’s…

  14. Weekend notes: Still reeling from Freekbass

    May 1, 2010, 11:13 AM EDT

    I took yesterday off from the blog, because I was so befuddled by the new “We Are ND” video that I couldn’t form words. Just when you think you’re out of the woods from that ridiculous video of dancing Irish tailgaters, Notre Dame has to deal with the self-inflicted gun shot wound that is Freekbass…

  15. Elite left tackle Hegarty commits to Irish

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly is on an absolute roll right now, and his latest recruiting conquest is uber blue-chipper Matthew Hegarty out of New Mexico, widely considered one of the best true left tackles in the country. “I think when you take it all in, the overall opportunity there, taking it to the next level and the…

  16. Spring Solutions: Running Backs

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    (The first in a series of updates on the positional battles that took place during spring practice.) It doesn’t seem like too long ago that rumors were swirling about a possible position switch for Cierre Wood. With Wood buried on the depth chart behind Armando Allen, Robert Hughes, Jonas Gray, and Theo Riddick, there were…

  17. Top TE prospect Koyack chooses Notre Dame

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    As the days pass, it’s becoming more and more evident that the worries Irish fans had about Brian Kelly being able to recruit blue-chip prospects is obsolete. National recruit Ben Koyack, out of Oil City, Pennsylvania, has given his verbal commitment to the Fighting Irish, just three days after visiting campus for the Blue-Gold Game.…

  18. Weekend leftovers: Blue-Gold, Draft, Recruiting, etc.

    Apr 26, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    If you’re looking for a good place to catch some extended video from the Blue-Gold Game, head over to UND.com where there’s plenty of good stuff. But, if you’re looking for say… five minutes and 36 seconds of highlights, well — you’ve come to the right place. After watching this, you’ve got to feel good…

  19. Hanratty, Springmann, and Grace join recruiting class

    Apr 25, 2010, 4:13 PM EDT

    Lost amidst the news of the Blue-Gold game, head coach Brian Kelly received the pledge of three more recruits yesterday: Conor Hanratty, Tony Springmann, and Jarrett Grace. Hanratty, an offensive lineman from Connecticut, is the son of former Irish quarterback Terry Hanratty. He had offers from Boston College, Iowa, Maryland, and Wisconsin, but the draw…

  20. Five things we learned: The Blue-Gold Game

    Apr 24, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    In front of 27,241 fans eager for a fresh start, the Brian Kelly Era took its first snaps at Notre Dame Stadium. After five months of transition, questions, and worries, quarterbacks Dayne Crist and Nate Montana led their Blue and Gold squads respectively, and assured all of us that regardless of who coaches the football…