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  1. Signing Day: Come early, come often

    Feb 2, 2010, 9:08 PM EDT

    Well, we’re finally here… almost. Tomorrow should be hectic, and the Irish are still in play with more than a few recruits who haven’t made up their minds. I’ll be doing my best to update everybody throughout the day as the faxes come rolling into the Notre Dame football office, and will keep updating with…

  2. Assorted notes before Signing Day

    Feb 2, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    With Notre Dame’s fax machine about 24 hours from burning up, the Irish still are awaiting word on a handful of top recruits. There’ll be plenty of rumors and smoke today, but it’s all likely speculation and rumor, as a dead period is upon us. Here are a few tidbits from the interwebs to hold…

  3. Closing time brings a few surprises

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Nothing good usually happens right before closing time, especially for Notre Dame fans. The past few years, with the great exception of Manti Te’o, the Irish always seem to be on the wrong side of a signing day surprise. While initial returns had Irish fans worried about Brian Kelly’s recruiting philosophies, it seems like the…

  4. Spond makes 21 commits for Irish

    Feb 1, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Colorado native Danny Spond chose the Irish over TCU, officially committing to play for head coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish after visiting this weekend. “I had a feeling it would be here, but I wanted to see it and know for sure,” Spond told IrishSportsDaily.com. “Playing for Notre Dame is a true honor.…

  5. Kelly reels in three more recruits

    Jan 31, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Word is coming off campus that Brian Kelly and staff reeled in three more recruits this weekend, adding former Cincinnati commit Luke Massa at quarterback, quarterback/athlete Derek Roback, who had planned to play at Toledo, and tight end/defensive end prospect Bruce Heggie. Massa is high school teammates with offensive line target Matt James, which bodes…

  6. Corwin lands with Patriots, Parmalee to the Chiefs

    Jan 29, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    News is breaking today that Corwin Brown has decided to head back to the NFL, taking a job with former coach Bill Belichick as the defensive backs coach. Meanwhile, former tight ends coach Bernie Parmalee has joined the Kansas City Chiefs staff, reuniting with Charlie Weis as the tight ends coach. The news that Brown…

  7. Friday notes: The calm before the storm edition

    Jan 29, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    If most Irish fans are a little stir-crazy waiting for recruiting to shake out, I can only imagine what the coach staff must feel like. Given a slate of recruits that have schools all over the country still chasing after their players, Kelly and company have to be given credit for trying to salvage relationships…

  8. Bernard out, another visitor coming this weekend

    Jan 28, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    A few quick updates on the recruiting front: * As expected, the Irish officially lost running back Giovanni Bernard, who backed out of his commitment to Notre Dame last week before officially visiting North Carolina last weekend. Bernard announced his intent to sign with the Tarheels today, which probably explains Brian Kelly’s offer to Stanford…

  9. Final recruiting weekend proves pivotal

    Jan 28, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    As the final weekend on the recruiting calendar approaches, the Irish coaching staff pulled out all the stops to make this weekend the biggest in the Brian Kelly era. With less than a week left before letters-of-intent begin to get faxed into the Notre Dame football office, Kelly and his staff have put together an…

  10. Is Kelly collecting quarterbacks?

    Jan 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    More than a few eyebrows were raised when Brian Kelly offered Cincinnati commitment Luke Massa a scholarship, just days after longtime recruit Andrew Hendrix spurned the Florida Gators in favor of the Irish. The fact that Kelly had already offered Colorado quarterback Danny Spond seemed logical, as Spond also profiled as a defensive prospect. But…

  11. Defense could go from liability to asset

    Jan 27, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    While the recruiting madness has taken over the minds of most college football fans, many wonder if the relatively thin defensive recruiting classes of the past two seasons in the defensive front-seven will come back to haunt the Irish. If we look back to the heralded 2006 recruiting class, it was Weis’ inability to get…

  12. Irish athletics raise over $250,000 for Haiti relief

    Jan 26, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    The fundraising efforts of the Notre Dame athletic department in conjunction with two home basketball games brought in over a quarter-million dollars worth of donations for relief efforts in Haiti. Here’s more from the the athletic department’s official release: Through the generosity of fans and alumni, as well as contributions from the University and the…

  13. Blue-chipper Riley gives Kelly glowing endorsement

    Jan 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    As I’ve mentioned a few times before, Dietrich Riley is a key undecided recruit that Brian Kelly and the Irish coaching staff are recruiting hard. While many worried that the Irish have fallen out of contention for Riley’s signature, our friends over at IrishSportsDaily.com relayed along an update from ESPN’s West Coast recruiting maven Greg…

  14. Transition brings out the worst in recruiting

    Jan 26, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    The news of Blake Lueders and most likely Gio Bernard defecting was the last straw for many Irish fans. After watching Lueders and Bernard join Toney Hurd Jr. and Chris Martin, a vocal minority came to the tragic realization that Brian Kelly isn’t cut out to recruit at Notre Dame. I’m here to tell you…

  15. Monday morning catch-up: Leaking oil edition…

    Jan 25, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    With the laptop finally back from the shop, I logged onto the internet last night to see that it was a tough weekend for Notre Dame recruiting. The Irish lost two key commitments from their recruiting class — dropping the number to 16 — with defensive end/linebacker Blake Lueders switching his commitment to Stanford after…

  16. Friday night notes: Computer fail edition

    Jan 22, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

    (To all the loyal readers of the blog, the postings this weekend might be a little light, as I turned on my laptop yesterday to hear everything boot up correctly, but the screen decided to stay black. NOT. GOOD. The fine people of Apple are working on it, but as of now I’m sans computer…

  17. Young officially joins San Jose State staff

    Jan 22, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    While the news has been widely acknowledged, former Notre Dame All-American Bryant Young has officially joined the San Jose State staff as the defensive line coach. Young, a four-time Pro Bowler, who spent all 13 of his seasons as a San Francisco 49er, moves back into the home where he lived most of his NFL…

  18. Irish lose Barr to UCLA

    Jan 22, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    One recruit doesn’t make the sky fall, but Irish fans are reeling after blue-chip athlete Anthony Barr committed to UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel yesterday, canceling his in-home visit with assistant coach Mike Denbrock and turning his back on a family legacy at Notre Dame. Barr would’ve been the top recruit of Kelly’s first class, and…

  19. Peloquin holds recruiting class together

    Jan 21, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    While they aren’t likely to make a movie about the student manager thrust into the role of recruiting coordinator, Dave Peloquin’s ascent at Notre Dame has been pretty amazing. From a junior student manager under coach Bob Davie, to an internship under coach Tyrone Willingham, to a permanent staff position under Charlie Weis, Peloquin’s ascent…

  20. Catching up with… Mike Karwoski

    Jan 20, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Consider this a special off-season version of Catching Up. Monday marked the first day of training table meals for Irish athletics, the pilot program kicking off with a football team only dinner hosted weeknights in the Gug. The training table initiative, along with several other plans that are in the works, are being administer by…