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  1. Bookstore Basketball on the shelf for football players

    Apr 1, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Lost in the roar of yesterday’s comments by Brian Kelly, Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune notes that Bookstore Basketball isn’t an option for Irish football players this offseason. From Hansen, who notes Hallelujah Holla Back members Dayne Crist and Jonas Gray won’t return to defend their title: It was a given that 2009…

  2. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Apr 1, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    Here’s the clip of Brian Kelly after practice yesterday, putting video to the words I alluded to in yesterday’s practice report. There’s something refreshingly wonderful about a coach saying his team “stinks right now,” and making is sound like he actually means it. (Another great part is the $20 fine for a writer’s cell phone…

  3. Spring Practice report: Step back for the Irish

    Mar 31, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    And on the fourth day, he cursed. His words might have served a purpose greater than simply lighting a fire under his players, but Brian Kelly made it very clear to those within ear shot of the LaBar practice complex that he wasn’t happy with the effort today. “You’re an 18, 19, 20-year-old and you’re…

  4. Florio examines the McShay/Clausen relationship

    Mar 31, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    I feel like every word I type talking about draft prognosticators is a wasted one, but friend of the blog Mike Florio over at PFT, had a great column on ESPN’s scouting analyst Todd McShay. From Florio: Once upon a time, Mel Kiper was the primary target of NFL scouts; Kiper has been supplanted by…

  5. Fleming and Smith give Diaco intriguing OLB options

    Mar 30, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Not too long ago, Brian Smith and Darius Fleming were wowing Irish fans with their potential. Smith, one of the final recruits added to the 2007 recruiting class, burst on the scene as a freshman, starting the final three games of the 2007 season at outside linebacker during an otherwise forgettable year, providing Irish fans…

  6. Lane Clelland embraces position change

    Mar 29, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    With scholarship offers from schools like Florida State, Michigan, and Nebraska, it wasn’t a stretch to say that Lane Clelland was an elite national recruit coming out of McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland. Clelland had the size and athleticism that profiled perfectly for a left tackle, and his background as a prep wrestler had…

  7. Opening practice ushers in change

    Mar 27, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    After reading various reports on the first day of practice, one thing is very clear: there is a new sheriff in town. Across the board, reporters are working hard to come up with a new word for face-paced. Even players were shocked. “It was overwhelming, well, different,” Michael Floyd said after practice, catching himself with…

  8. Spring Practice: Your A to Z guide

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:01 AM EDT

    The Brian Kelly era of Notre Dame football hits the practice field today for the very first time. After months of offseason evaluations, recruiting, community commitments and press obligations, it’s time for the former Cincinnati coach to being doing the thing that got him the Notre Dame job in the first place. The Irish kick…

  9. Notes on Spring Practice Eve

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:28 PM EDT

    I’m planning on rolling out a big Spring Football column tomorrow morning and I’m busy at work on that, but in the mean time, here are a few notes from around the interwebs… * Eric Hansen had a chat today at the South Bend Tribune’s website and he’s always worth a read. There wasn’t anything…

  10. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    At an impromptu press conference, head coach Brian Kelly gave the CliffsNotes to the state of the Irish union yesterday. Here’s what he said: On the quarterback situation: “We’d be really close to playing with (Dayne Crist). We’re going to be smart. He’ll play all our 7-on-7 routines, he’ll be in all of our one-on-ones.…

  11. Pro Day recap: McCarthy, Sergio, and Aldridge boost stock

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    With plenty of NFL teams in attendance, 14 former Irish football players strutted their stuff for potential employers. See below for all the raw numbers from the athletes that worked out, courtesy of ND’s Sports Information Department, but here are a few thoughts… * Looking at James Aldridge’s numbers, you can’t help but think of…

  12. Changes confirmed: Clelland to DE, Paskorz to LB

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly spoke this morning at the Hall of Fame Luncheon and revealed a few tidbits as Spring Practice gets ready to begin. * As rumored, Lane Clelland has been moved to defensive end. I’m incredibly high on this switch and really think Clelland has the chance to be more than just a role player…

  13. Five things we learned: Notre Dame's Junior Day

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    It’s been four months since I’ve had a chance to categorize my thoughts by number, so I thought I’d bust out a “Five Things,” for Brian Kelly’s first Junior Day. As mentioned previously, Saturday’s efforts netted the Irish defensive end prospect Brad Carrico as the first commitment to Kelly’s 2011 crew, but it also laid…

  14. Carrico first to pledge Kelly's 2011 class

    Mar 21, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    As we hypothesized earlier in the week, Brad Carrico became the first recruit to commit to Brian Kelly’s 2011 recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end plays his prep football at  Dublin Coffman High, the same high school that produced former Irish standouts Brady Quinn and Chinedum Ndukwe. Carrico profiles perfectly for defensive end in…

  15. Friday notes: Big weekend ahead

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Before we get to football, the Irish basketball team got bounced from their first round game against Old Dominion and fell about three wins shy of my bracket projections. As usual, I pick the Irish to pull through in a big game and then wish I didn’t do it. While many will call this loss…

  16. ND and Michigan going under the lights at the Big House in '11

    Mar 18, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    Expect an even more electric atmosphere in 2011, when the Irish return to Michigan to play the Wolverines. This from the AP: ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will play its first night game at the Big House in 2011 against Notre Dame. New athletic director Dave Brandon made the announcement Thursday. Brandon expects it…

  17. Best of St. Patty's Day: Brady vs. Jimmy, Irish March Madness

    Mar 17, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    As we creep closer to spring football, writers have gotten a little bit more creative when coming up with content with news and information hard to come by. Here are a couple ideas I wish I would’ve come up with first: * Over at SubwayDomer.com, the boys take on a wonderful debate topic: Brady vs.…

  18. Irish finalize spring schedule

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    Notre Dame’s Sports Information department just released the football team’s spring schedule. The fifteen practices will kick off on Friday, March 26th and culminate with the annual Blue-Gold Spring Football game on Saturday, April 24th. Here’s the complete list of scheduled practices, with two sessions falling furing the annual Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic: 2010…

  19. Upcoming Junior Day could net Kelly first 2011 commitment

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    This Saturday, Brian Kelly and the Notre Dame coaching staff will have their first Junior Day on campus as a complete staff. While this will hardly go down in media guides as an important day in the Brian Kelly era, this is probably the most important day of recruiting that Kelly has had since taking…

  20. Quinn gets fresh start, Henderson (almost) makes if official

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    With less than two weeks before spring practice, it’s almost time to get our first look at Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish. But before we get to that, here are a few notes from the weekend. * Brady Quinn has been given a fresh start in Denver, and he’ll have a chance to play in a…