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  1. A glass half full parallel

    Dec 12, 2009, 12:15 PM EDT

    While the Brian Kelly hire was universally applauded by the main-stream media (more on that later), a small faction of Irish fans still seem to think the Irish should’ve gotten one of the big three to South Bend: Stoops, Saban, Meyer. While I do think that the Stoops scenario was a coup that almost happened…

  2. Kelly hits all the right notes

    Dec 11, 2009, 5:00 PM EDT

    Introductory press conferences are interesting beasts. We learn about things like ideals and goals, philosophies and mentors, and for the most part we all do our best to buy in. With a guy like Brian Kelly behind the microphone, it’s pretty easy to buy what he’s selling. We’ll have plenty of time to discuss how…

  3. That's what he said: Brian Kelly

    Dec 11, 2009, 4:20 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly took the podium for the very first time as the head coach of Notre Dame. Here’s what he said:  

  4. It's official: Irish name Kelly head coach

    Dec 10, 2009, 9:05 PM EDT

    Here’s the official press release from Notre Dame naming Brian Kelly the head coach of the Fighting Irish: December 10, 2009                    //FOR 9:00 P.M. EST RELEASE// Brian Kelly Named 29th Head Football Coach at Notre Dame Brian Kelly, a veteran of 19 seasons as a collegiate head coach — and most…

  5. Golden Tate wins Biletnikoff Award

    Dec 10, 2009, 7:59 PM EDT

    Lost in the shuffle today, wide receiver Golden Tate made Notre Dame history today, winning the Biletnikoff Award and being named to the first team of the Walter Camp All-American team. Here’s the official release: Notre Dame junior wide receiver Golden Tate was not only named Walter Camp First Team All-American, but he also captured…

  6. Brian Kelly is ready for his close up

    Dec 10, 2009, 5:40 PM EDT

    After ten days of wild rumors, wild goose chases, and wild denials, it’s being reported that Brian Kelly has agreed to coach the Notre Dame football team. The agreement ends a clandestine search orchestrated by Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick, his first real test as the man in charge of his alma mater’s athletic…

  7. Report: Kelly next Notre Dame football coach

    Dec 10, 2009, 5:07 PM EDT

    Eric Hansen at the South Bend Tribune is reporting that two sources tell him that Brian Kelly will be named the next football coach at Notre Dame. SOUTH BEND — The search is finally over. According to two university sources familiar with the search process, University of Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly will be named…

  8. Gilyard to Kelly: Just make the decision fast

    Dec 10, 2009, 4:15 PM EDT

    All-American wide receiver Marty Gilyard acknowledged the obvious, that the Brian Kelly circus is starting to grind on his current players. Bill Koch at the Cincinnati Enquirer quoted Gilyard today, and I’m sure his quote spoke for much of the Bearcats: “Just make the decision fast, bro, so we can get it out of the…

  9. No news yet…

    Dec 10, 2009, 2:47 PM EDT

    But whispers are leaking that a press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow. I’m doing some digging, but this would seem to make sense, as the Cincinnati football banquet is a mere hours away. Rumors have started to surface that Brian Kelly has called a meeting with his players, and the local radio stations in…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.”…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…