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  1. Kelly's presumed OC named head coach at Buffalo

    Dec 20, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT

    (Writer’s note: Now free of typos in the headline… Thanks, Tim.) Jeff Quinn, Brian Kelly’s offensive coordinator at Cincinnati who was named interim head coach for the Sugar Bowl, was named the next head coach of the Buffalo Bulls. This most likely throws a small wrench in Kelly’s plans, as it was long assumed that…

  2. Kelly hard at work on campus this weekend

    Dec 19, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    For those worried that Brian Kelly is taking the Christmas holiday to get his family situated and assemble a coaching staff, Notre Dame’s new head coach was hard at work this weekend wooing a select group of recruits that visited campus. According to Irish Sports Daily, Kelly entertained recruits Andrew Hendrix (QB), Bruce Gaston (DT),…

  3. Trojans' McKnight investigated for NCAA violations

    Dec 18, 2009, 8:18 PM EDT

    (Writer’s Note: I know this story doesn’t have anything to do with Notre Dame, but it DOES have something to do with Notre Dame’s main rival, the Trojans of Southern Cal.) In a story that feels like deja vu, USC is investigating a star running back for improper benefits, including the use of a luxury…

  4. Irish land Collinsworth's commitment

    Dec 18, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s first verbal recruit at Notre Dame is Austin Collinsworth, a lanky wide receiver/safety prospect that comes with quite a pedigree. Collinsworth, son of former NFL star and current NBC Sports broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, will hit the campus as a wide receiver, but also can contribute as a defensive back. Here’s a scouting profile…

  5. Bryant Young has an offer to return as GA

    Dec 18, 2009, 5:40 PM EDT

    Reports surfaced in the last few days that Tony Alford was the only coach returning for the Fighting Irish, leading many to believe that graduate assistant Bryant Young was also gone from the program. Now word comes from senior associate athletics director John Heisler that this might not be the case. From the athletic department’s…

  6. Toney Hurd back on the market

    Dec 18, 2009, 5:29 PM EDT

    It looks like another Charlie Weis recruit is up for grabs. Toney Hurd, a cornerback from Missouri City, Texas, that committed to Weis and the Irish when Notre Dame visited Texas for its home game against Washington State, has reopened his recruiting. According to ESPN, Hurd is still considering Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and LSU.…

  7. Ianello looks back at Notre Dame

    Dec 18, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    Pete Sampson over at Irish Illustrated had a chance to talk with new Akron head coach Rob Ianello. Ianello opened up about the disappointing swoon at the end of the season and what he learned coaching under Charlie Weis these last five years. Here are a few interesting tidbits: Ianello on recruiting: Recruiting all over…

  8. Will Kelly's offense be his liability?

    Dec 18, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    When Jack Swarbrick set out to search for Charlie Weis’ replacement, he hinted that the coach he was looking for would have — among other things — a strong defensive background. I think we can all say that Brian Kelly’s defensive background wasn’t what got him the job at Notre Dame. You can even make…

  9. Reports: Alford the only coach staying

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT

    The South Bend Tribune and Irish Sports Daily are reporting that Tony Alford is the only coach being retained by new head coach Brian Kelly. With Rob Ianello leaving for the Akron head coaching job and Corwin Brown already announcing he was leaving, that means Kelly decided against keeping defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, defensive line…

  10. Football independence isn't a financial decision

    Dec 17, 2009, 3:22 PM EDT

    As it seems to every few years, the idea of Notre Dame joining a conference becomes a topic of conversation. What people seem to forget is that Notre Dame is already a part of a conference (the Big East) and enjoys that relationship in many of their major sports. Yet football independence is what seems…

  11. Kelly protecting Irish's assets

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    If you’re a Notre Dame fan, you had to worry about the transition from Charlie Weis to Brian Kelly. Weis was a renowned recruiter, had built very good allegiances to the recruits he had already secured, and was a big reason why most of the Irish’s commits had decided to attend school in South Bend.…

  12. It comes with the territory

    Dec 16, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    Obviously there’s been a lot of talk about Brian Kelly and his decision to come to Notre Dame. In the last two days, he’s been on a media tour that would have an A-list movie star complaining of over-exposure. But after listening to Kelly on multiple radio stations — whether it be national outlets like…

  13. Tate a unanimous All-American

    Dec 16, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    It’s official. Golden Tate is a unanimous All-American, the first Irish football player since Shane Walton was a unanimous selection after his sterling 2002 season. Tate was named to the first team of the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Walter Camp, and Sporting News, the five teams that the…

  14. Reports: Alford staying on staff under Kelly

    Dec 15, 2009, 8:09 PM EDT

    As Corwin Brown alluded to this morning, at least one assistant coach is likely to be retained by new head coach Brian Kelly. This from Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune: A source close to the football program said running backs coach Tony Alford has been retained off former head coach Charlie Weis’ staff.…

  15. Kelly's likely offensive coordinator interviews for Buffalo job

    Dec 15, 2009, 1:28 PM EDT

    Jeff Quinn, the interim head coach at Cincinnati for next month’s Sugar Bowl date against Florida, interviewed for the Buffalo head coaching position vacated by Turner Gil, the Buffalo News reports. Here’s the full report from Rodney McKissic: Jeff Quinn, who will led Cincinnati in next month’s Sugar Bowl, interviewed with UB on Monday, according…

  16. Corwin Brown officially out at Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    While it isn’t exactly a surprise, Corwin Brown confirmed that his time on the Notre Dame coaching staff is over. “I’m just cleaning out my office,” Brown told Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister. “I had a good time here. I’ve got a lot of good memories. It was a true learning experience.” Brown’s tenure at Notre…

  17. Building a coaching staff next on the agenda

    Dec 15, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Yesterday, Brian Kelly met with the remaining members of Charlie Weis’ coaching staff. Today, he’ll meet with the coaches from his Cincinnati Bearcats’ staff, hoping to finalize his coaching staff at Notre Dame. Kelly will make plenty of important decisions as the man in charge of Notre Dame football, but not many will be as…

  18. Martin decommits for the final time

    Dec 14, 2009, 4:21 PM EDT

    It looks like Charlie Weis’ ouster was the final straw for Chris Martin. The five-star defensive end recruit that had committed to Weis, wavered a bit, then held strong to the former coach, before officially walking away this weekend from the Fighting Irish and committing to play football for Jeff Tedford at Cal. Martin’s mother…

  19. Training table needs to become a reality

    Dec 14, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    As we look back at the 2009 season, there will be plenty of time to discuss what went wrong for the Irish. But any type of analysis begins and ends with the Irish defense. The Irish finished 87th in total defense, and during the four game losing streak that ended the season, the Irish only…

  20. Kelly feels the ugly side of change

    Dec 13, 2009, 2:07 PM EDT

    While it’s not exactly a surprise, Brian Kelly’s decision to leave the Cincinnati Bearcats hasn’t gone over too well with the locals. On Friday, I went on the radio with Bill Cunningham, the most listened to radio personality in the tri-state area. (So says his website.) He didn’t exactly have nice things to say about…