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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Coach Kelly is on the move

    Jan 20, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Some people questioned Brian Kelly’s commitment to recruiting in his first days as the new head coach at Notre Dame. These next few weeks should quell any concerns. Kelly will log more miles than Ryan Bingham (an Up in the Air reference, anyone?) these next two weeks as he and his coaching staff work to…

  11. Training table is here

    Jan 19, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

    The Notre Dame athletic department announced its first training table program for the football team today, a quick turnaround from Jack Swarbrick’s initial discussion about the implementation of specialty meals for athletes back in December. According to an official release, the training table is the first of two pilot programs the athletic department will roll…

  12. Uncommitted recruits still hold key to class

    Jan 19, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    As we approach the home stretch of the recruiting calendar, Brian Kelly’s first class could hinge on the decision of four key recruits. While Kelly and his staff are likely to continue reaching out to both familiar names and wild cards, the balance of Notre Dame’s recruiting class still hinges on reeling in any of…

  13. Monday morning catch-up

    Jan 18, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    After our introduction to the coaching staff Friday, it was a pretty quiet weekend on the football front. I’ll do my best to keep up with the recruiting news, but just about anything you hear from now until Signing Day will have a dash of hearsay sprinkled in. Let’s clean up some weekend left-overs. *…

  14. Kelly gets commitment from Stanford commit

    Jan 16, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Jim Harbaugh might have signed two former Notre Dame coaches, but the Irish have inked three former Stanford commits, their third committing earlier today in 6-foot-7 tackle Tate Nichols from Union, Kentucky. Safety Chris Badger and wide receiver Tai-ler Jones are already on campus, while Nichols joins the recruiting class as only the second offensive…

  15. Meet the assistants

    Jan 16, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    After Brian Kelly made his introductions and answered a few questions (more on that later), the assistant coaches were introduced to the media for the first time and spoke to the gathered press. With the exception of defensive line coach and special teams coordinator Mike Elston, whose wife just gave birth to a baby girl,…

  16. Friday notes: Coaches, Recruiting, and Enemies

    Jan 15, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly had a large press gathering today to officially introduce his coaching staff, and we’ll cover that extensively over the weekend, but before that I wanted to get out a few interesting notes that accumulated over the week. * I’m a sucker for stuff like this, only because I can just picture the writers…

  17. Swarbrick gives us a progress report

    Jan 15, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick chatted it up with the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen about the progress Brian Kelly is making and the state of Irish athletics in general. It was a pretty expansive read and you should check out the whole thing, but if you’re short on time, here are the highlights: On the timing of…

  18. Kickoff times released for 2010

    Jan 14, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    The Brian Kelly era will officially kickoff at 3:30 EDT on September 4th from Notre Dame stadium. The university announced kickoff times for all seven home games, as well as the inaugural football game in Yankee Stadium. Here’s the schedule and times for next season as we know them: 2010 Notre Dame football schedule (Home…

  19. Zorich talks Notre Dame Football

    Jan 14, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    As one of the elder statesmen in the Notre Dame blogosphere, Lou Somogyi of BlueandGold.com always offers interesting insight when dissecting Notre Dame football. Lou spoke with former Notre Dame star Chris Zorich on the state of Notre Dame football. But with his typical flair, Somogyi also reached back into his treasure chest of knowledge…

  20. Hendrix in, Prater likely out

    Jan 13, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    A little good news and a little bad news breaking today for Irish fans. As first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, quarterback Andrew Hendrix has come back into the fold for the Irish, turning down a very attractive Florida offer to stick to his original Irish commitment. IrishSportsDaily.com, where Hendrix wrote a blog during the…