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  1. Report: Clausen not throwing at Notre Dame's Pro Day

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:38 PM EST

    There was a lot of speculation as to whether or not Jimmy Clausen, still recovering from surgery to repair torn tendons in his toe, would be ready for his individual Pro Day, currently slated for April 9th. IrishIllustrated.com’s Pete Sampson reports that Clausen definitely won’t participate in Notre Dame’s Pro Day, scheduled for March 23rd.…

  2. Conference conversation, continued…

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

    As you’d expect, the conference affiliation talk got everybody riled up, even though the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen accurately points out that it was an “over-reactive rehash of ND’s position on ND’s position.” A few additional thoughts worth mentioning again: * I’ve reached out to a few of the more educated Notre Dame fans…

  3. The battle for independence

    Mar 10, 2010, 12:42 PM EST

    During the dredges of the offseason, the smallest quotes often times make the biggest news. And when Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick spoke to a small assembly of media and mentioned that Notre Dame could one day be forced to join a conference in college football, it created quite a stir. “I believe we’re…

  4. Riddick moving to receiver

    Mar 9, 2010, 2:13 PM EST

    With a logjam of explosive talent at the running back position, head coach Brian Kelly made official something often debated this offseason: Theo Riddick is moving to wide receiver. With Kelly’s offense not nearly as dependent on the traditional running back as Charlie Weis’ pro-style attack, the move should help get the ball in the…

  5. Terps, Irish officially set for FedEx Field in 2011

    Mar 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    While it was already common knowledge in late January, Maryland and Notre Dame officially confirmed their November 12, 2011 game will be held in FedEx Field. This from Notre Dame’s official release: Notre Dame and Maryland will face each other on the football field for only the second time in history on Nov. 12, 2011,…

  6. Diaco talks personnel, transition, coaching

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:28 PM EST

    Friend of the program Bruce Feldman had a nice interview with Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco covering just about everything that’s gone on since the new coaching staff has come to South Bend. Diaco strikes me as a unique guy that clearly understands how the relationship with the media works. I caught up with Feldman…

  7. Debating Mendoza

    Mar 7, 2010, 5:29 PM EST

    There was some good back and forth over the past week about the performance of Ruben Mendoza’s strength and conditioning program, started by a nice article written by Blue & Gold’s Ryan O’Leary. O’Leary touched on the common phenomenon of blasting the departing staff and touting the incoming guys, just as it happens at nearly…

  8. Friday notes: Martin, Offers, Videogames and more

    Mar 5, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    As usual, here’s a good assortment of news and notes from the week. If you have a good link you want to share, feel free to email me. (Address to your right.) * Yesterday’s announcement that Chuck Martin was leading the recruiting efforts has to come as good news. Martin is a top-notch coach that…

  9. Kelly puts finishing touches on football staff

    Mar 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Notre Dame announced today that Brian Kelly’s first coaching staff and support staff have been finalized. As expected defensive line coach Mike Elston has been named special teams coordinator. “As I mentioned when Mike was hired, he was instrumental in our special teams success the past few years,” Kelly said in a statement. “We want…

  10. The thing about Jimmy…

    Mar 4, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Over the next 50 days, both Jimmy Clausen and Sam Bradford will somehow see opinions on their quarterbacking play seesaw back and forth without ever taking a snap. That’s what happens in the days before the NFL Draft, a season in and of itself that’s powered by television viewers. The consensus top two quarterbacks in…

  11. McCarthy proves athleticism at Combine

    Mar 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    While most of the focus from the NFL Scouting Combine has been on Golden Tate and Jimmy Clausen, safety Kyle McCarthy acquitted himself quite well in Indianapolis this week. Among safeties at the Combine, McCarthy had the second highest bench press total, with 24 reps on 225-lbs, and while his forty-time didn’t blow anyone away,…

  12. Kelly continues to embrace the role of ambassador

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Before even getting hired as the head coach at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly compared the high-profile position to that of a city mayor. It’s not a surprise that with Kelly’s background in politics, he’s taken to his new job quite well. Kelly hit the court at halftime of the Irish women’s basketball game against UConn,…

  13. Stepping up… The defensive line

    Mar 2, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    As the Irish prepare to shift philosophies back to a 3-4 defense, no position seems better equipped for the change than the defensive line. With Kapron Lewis-Moore, Ian Williams, and Ethan Johnson, the Irish have three returning starters that played significant minutes, and also fit the physical dimensions needed to play in defensive coordinator Bob…

  14. Weekend recap: Tate blazes, Clausen set for Pro Day

    Feb 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    As the Olympics close, and American hockey fans everywhere but Pittsburgh curse Sidney Crosby, let’s catch up on an eventful weekend for a few former members of the Irish. * Any questions about Golden Tate’s speed were answered today, as the Biletnikoff winner blazed times that were measured as fast as a 4.36 (but officially…

  15. Friday notes: Combine, achievers, competition and more

    Feb 26, 2010, 1:31 PM EST

    For those of you reading this at work, you probably have a pretty relaxed IT filter on your computer. Join me and a few thousand other people and stream the USA hockey game online at NBCOlympics.com. Honestly, nobody even forced me to tell you this, I’m just giving people a friendly reminder to tune in…

  16. Stepping up… The linebackers

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:36 PM EST

    If it feels like beating a dead horse to say that the Irish defense played below expectations last year, I apologize. But trying to put the linebacker play into context is difficult, because each position grouping in a defense depends on the other. Without a great pass rush, the secondary looks bad. Without tight coverage,…

  17. What to make of the combine

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:53 PM EST

    The big news of the day is that Notre Dame football players Jimmy Clausen, Kyle McCarthy, Eric Olsen, Golden Tate, and Sam Young are in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine, which starts today. Draftniks and people like Todd McShay and Mel Kiper will talk about the importance of the Combine and give stock…

  18. Stepping up… The Secondary

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    If you missed our first two installments of “Stepping Up,” where we talked about the offensive line and the wide receivers, be sure to check them out. It wasn’t hard to identify the secondary as a massive problem area last season. A perceived area of strength going into the season, the Irish defensive backs were…

  19. Why the combine isn't that important for Golden Tate

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:07 PM EST

    I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve said the NFL Scouting Combine is one of the most important days in Golden Tate’s (albeit short) professional career. Yet I’ve also said that what he does in 40 yards on a track in Indianapolis won’t be more important than the magical season that he put up…

  20. Weekend leftovers: All quiet on the football front

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:30 AM EST

    Other than last night’s terrific USA victory over Canada, it was a pretty slow weekend for news, especially news coming out of South Bend. Here are a few tidbits that caught my eye: * Late last week, Brian Kelly picked up another award for his fine work last season with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kelly was…