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  1. Swarbrick downplays conference uproar

    Apr 8, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Three weeks ago, an impromptu media session with Jack Swarbrick in New York got plenty of people talking about Notre Dame and its football independence. Playing devil’s advocate, I countered some of Mike Coffey’s well-reasoned points about saying no to joining a conference. Needless to say, it garnered quite a reaction, even eliciting a stand…

  2. Kelly addresses James' passing

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    After the Easter holiday, the Irish got back to practice today, amidst a rain storm that forced them inside midway through practice. After the session was over, coach Brian Kelly formally addressed the media. One of the obvious topics of discussion was the passing of Matt James. Kelly described learning about the tragedy. “I got…

  3. Are the Irish close to a series with the Badgers?

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    With all the uproar surrounding Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and his comments regarding conference affiliation, it was a Big Ten coach that raised an eyebrow or two with an interesting tweet. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, via his Twitter page earlier today, mentioned that the Badgers are “trying to lock up a home and…

  4. Jimmy Clausen plays Avatar for ESPN mag

    Apr 7, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Our good buddies at PFT pointed out the new cover of ESPN the Magazine, and Jimmy Clausen — and his avatar — grace the front and back cover. ESPN’s NFL Draft preview edition features the former Notre Dame quarterback on both the front and back cover of its upcoming issue. Clausen, the real quarterback, is…

  5. Prestwood signing huge victory for Irish

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I’m not usually one to gush over a recruit, and I’ll never claim to be a recruiting guru, but I’m incredibly impressed by the Irish locking down Jordan Prestwood. While most of us are probably still stinging from the news of Matt James passing, Prestwood’s commitment to the Irish is big news. Really big news.…

  6. Demetrius Jones no longer in the UC football program

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Former Notre Dame quarterback Demetrius Jones is no longer a member of the Cincinnati football team. Butch Jones, the coach who replaced Irish head coach Brian Kelly as the man in charge of the Bearcats football team said this today about Jones’ status with the team: “I would just say that we have certain expectations…

  7. Jordan Prestwood commits to the Irish

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    This afternoon Plant City, Florida offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood committed to Brian Kelly, becoming the second recruit to verbally commit to Notre Dame. Prestwood is an elite offensive tackle prospect, with offers from coast to coast, including Alabama, Florida, and USC. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound offensive tackle had this to say during his press conference today.…

  8. McNabb trade makes things interesting for Clausen

    Apr 5, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Just when it looked like the Washington Redskins were zeroing in on Jimmy Clausen with the fourth pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, they spring a trade for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, and take themselves out of the running for a QB. With St. Louis on the clock and looking more and more like they’ll…

  9. James tragedy puts football in perspective

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:08 AM EDT

    Spring Break in Panama City, Florida is hardly a vacation. I’ve made the trip, piling into two cars with six buddies during my junior year at Notre Dame. Caravaning through the night, an atlas in one hand, a Mountain Dew in the other, we drove the 900 miles as fast as we could make them,…

  10. St. Xavier and Notre Dame mourn Matt James

    Apr 3, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Both St. Xavier High School and Notre Dame released statements on the death of Matt James. From St. Xavier: St. Xavier High School students gathered in the night to mourn the loss of one of their own April 2, following word that senior Matt James died in a spring break accident in Panama City, Florida,…

  11. Irish recruit James dies in spring break accident

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

    Tragic news to report this evening, as Irish recruit Matt James died after a fall from a hotel balcony while on spring break in Panama City, Florida. The senior in high school from St. Xavier in Cincinnati was one of the prized recruits of Brian Kelly’s first recruiting class. There aren’t many details right now,…

  12. Friday notes: Spring takes shape

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    It was a great week to be an Irish football fan, as we finally got our first look at Brian Kelly’s football team. The early returns, as they always are, were promising. Here are a few notes from the week of practice: * It looks like one of the more interesting battles in the depth…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…