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  1. Ianello named head coach at Akron

    Dec 9, 2009, 11:00 PM EDT

    Rob Ianello, the man Jack Swarbrick put in charge of the football program after Charlie Weis was fired, has accepted the head coaching job at Akron. He replaces J.D. Brookhart, who was fired after the season. There will be a noon press conference on Thursday to make the announcement. Here’s more information from the Cleveland…

  2. As the rumor mill churns… Edsall..? Edsall?!?

    Dec 9, 2009, 10:30 PM EDT

    Tuesday’s report by the Chicago Tribune made people fairly certain that Brian Kelly was going to become the next football coach at Notre Dame. When ESPN wasn’t too busy trying to out “TMZ” TMZ on the Tiger Woods story, they were running Joe Schad’s report that things between Kelly and the Irish were “heating up.”…

  3. Ianello a candidate for Akron job

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:30 PM EDT

    While most of the speculation surrounding Rob Ianello has been about keeping him in the fold as an assistant under the next head coach, Ianello might very well be on the move regardless. Pete Sampson at Irish Illustrated reports that Ianello has interviewed for head coaching vacancies at San Jose State and Akron. Sampson adds…

  4. When the shoe drops

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    With billows of smoke following Brian Kelly’s every move, it’s very likely he’ll be the man named the next football coach at Notre Dame. While his hiring brings to mind Kevin White’s ill-fated “central casting” comments from the introduction of George O’Leary, the fact that Kelly fits the profile of the man leading the Fighting…

  5. Search closes in on Kelly

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:56 PM EDT

    The Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh reports that Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly is “on brink of becoming Notre Dame’s next coach.” More from Haugh: Kelly held a meeting last week about the opening with representatives of Notre Dame within days of Cincinnati’s Big East championship game against Pittsburgh, the Tribune has learned. Talks progressed well enough…

  6. As the rumor mill churns: Twitter hack edition – UPDATED

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:18 PM EDT

    Not much new to report from yesterday’s late post, but you’ve got to believe that something is going to happen this week. With the elite of college football converging on New York, this feels like one of those great final sequences in a suspense movie, like Thomas Crown walking into the museum and then all…

  7. New York Times flip-flops on Harbaugh

    Dec 7, 2009, 7:30 PM EDT

    Earlier today, the New York Times’ Pete Thamel reported that Jim Harbaugh would meet with Notre Dame sometime this week to discuss the head coaching position. Notre Dame’s athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, is scheduled to meet or has met with Cincinnati Coach Brian Kelly and Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh, a person briefed on the search…

  8. As the rumor mill churns… Meet me in New York edition

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:32 PM EDT

    For those of you that missed the weekend editions of the rumor mill, I apologize greatly. If I can make it up to you, it’s with a gigantic dose of coaching chatter, this time from sources that hopefully won’t retract anything in the next day or two. Let’s get started… * Randy Edsall sounds like…

  9. Clausen and Tate both declare for the NFL Draft

    Dec 7, 2009, 2:40 PM EDT

    Seated at a table with their former head coach between them, Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate both declared themselves eligible for the NFL Draft, forgoing their final year of eligibility at Notre Dame. The decision looked to have been a difficult one, as Clausen became emotional when he gave his opening statement. Golden dazzled us…

  10. Tate likely going pro as well

    Dec 7, 2009, 1:27 PM EDT

    Just got word from a few people that Golden Tate will be joining Jimmy Clausen at today’s press conference to discuss their collegiate futures at Notre Dame. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton and ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Joe Schad, Golden is likely joining Jimmy in declaring for the NFL Draft. This is a…

  11. Clausen skipping senior season for NFL

    Dec 7, 2009, 12:19 PM EDT

    ESPN is reporting that Jimmy Clausen is leaving Notre Dame and entering the NFL draft. It’s a decision that isn’t exactly shocking, but still quite a disappointment for Notre Dame fans that were hoping their star signal caller would return for his senior season and final year of eligibility. “After the season, in talking to…

  12. About that rumor…

    Dec 6, 2009, 10:00 PM EDT

    No, I didn’t miss the rumor/bombshell that came out of Charlie Weis’ sit-down with five hand-picked media members. I think the story has been pretty well chronicled around the interwebs, and for the sake of everyone involved, I don’t feel like I have that much to offer. Here’s what I will say: I’ve got no…

  13. Backed into a corner, Stoops says no to ND

    Dec 5, 2009, 5:30 PM EDT

    As I’ve tried to humorously note these past few days, the rumor mill is churning out of control. The best example of that is the latest, greatest stunt chronicled by our friends at BGS, entitled “Anatomy of a rumor.” As someone who tries to comb just about every message board known (and unknown) to Notre…

  14. Weis speaks on the record

    Dec 5, 2009, 3:39 PM EDT

    WNDU’s Jeff Jeffers, and a select group of media as close to the Notre Dame football program as any, got the lone sit down with Charlie Weis, spending 90 minutes with Weis earlier today. WNDU released some of the snippets from the conversation, and it was incredibly candid. “I want Notre Dame to be successful,”…

  15. Notre Dame walks away from bowl opportunities

    Dec 4, 2009, 5:11 PM EDT

    In a move that was highly anticipated, athletics director Jack Swarbrick announced that the Irish will be removing themselves from bowl consideration. This statement was just released by senior associate AD John Heisler on behalf of Swarbrick: “After meetings again today involving our coaching staff as well as the leadership group representing our football team,…

  16. Weis offers more evidence that he's a class act

    Dec 4, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    Even though he’s out as head coach, Charlie Weis is still supporting his alma mater. According to Eric Hansen’s report in the South Bend Tribune: Smith heard from the one man he knows won’t be his head coach in 2010, recently deposed Charlie Weis. “You get to the point where you don’t want to answer…

  17. Tate named first team AFCA All-American

    Dec 4, 2009, 11:00 AM EDT

    The American Football Coaches Association announced their All-America Team yesterday, and Golden Tate’s name kicked it off. Tate’s 18 touchdowns and nearly 1,500 receiving yards were good enough to place him opposite of Cincinnati’s Marty Gilyard as first team wideouts. Tate is the first Irish football player to be named first team since cornerback Shane…

  18. As the rumor mill churns… Day 3

    Dec 4, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Yesterday was a little bit slow for the rumor mill. That’s not to say it wasn’t eventful. * Brian Kelly held his weekly radio show, and reportedly for the first time this season, he didn’t take any questions. That’s got to mean that he’s clearly dodging and weaving and not willing to talk about Notre…

  19. Irish most likely staying home for bowl season

    Dec 4, 2009, 1:00 AM EDT

    In a decision that was hinted at when Jack Swarbrick didn’t name Rob Ianello interim coach, John Walters at FanHouse reports the Irish will most likely pass on a bowl game. The options for Notre Dame were slim and (if Hawaii beats Wisconsin) bordering on none. The leadership committee will have a vote tomorrow and…