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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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. *…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Kelly's staff is complete

    Jan 13, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    A few hours after Brian Kelly named Paul Longo as head of his strength and conditioning, he named the final three members of his coaching staff: Kerry Cooks, Tim Hinton, and Ed Warinner. Cooks joins the Irish from Wisconsin where he coached defensive backs for the Badgers. He was an All-Big Ten safety at Iowa…

  12. Kiffin to Southern Cal has Irish implications

    Jan 13, 2010, 1:31 AM EDT

    It’s was a long day covering the roller-coaster ride that USC went on yesterday over at CFT. But the shocking hire of Lane Kiffin away from Tennessee certainly has some Irish implications. As the day goes on, I’ll have more to say, but here are a few links to some early opinions I wrote at…

  13. Report: Floyd tagged for underage drinking

    Jan 12, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The Chicago Tribune’s Brian Hamilton reports that wide receiver Michael Floyd was cited for underage drinking over Christmas break back in his home state Minnesota. This from Hamilton’s report: Floyd is among five “arrestees” listed on a report from University of Minnesota police, who had responded to a call claiming “6-to-10″ people” were involved in…

  14. Official: Longo joins program as head of Strength Dept.

    Jan 12, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    The Notre Dame athletic department made Paul Longo’s hiring official today, naming him the director of football strength and conditioning while naming Jacob Flint and Lorenzo Guess assistant directors of strength and conditioning. This from Kelly’s official statement: “Paul Longo has been an integral part of the success we’ve experienced over the last six seasons.…

  15. Kelly talks Irish and entitlement

    Jan 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Friend of the blog ESPN senior writer Bruce Feldman is down in Orlando for the AFCA Convention this week. He was able to spend some time with Irish head coach Brian Kelly and had an incredibly interesting conversation with the new head coach. Here are a few highlights: On how last year’s team somehow went…

  16. Jimmy Clausen and… (wait for it) Pete Carroll?

    Jan 12, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    It’s long on conjecture and short on fact, but you’ve got to think that the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks could be making a run at a quarterback he got to know very well over the past few years. After going 5-11 last season, Seattle will draft sixth in the 2010 draft. They’ll…

  17. Monday morning catch-up

    Jan 11, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

    Things weren’t exactly quiet in the world of college football over the weekend. While the comments here make it seem highly unlikely many of you missed the important details, if you did step away from your computer to breath, here are a few things you missed. * The Irish welcomed Nate Montana back to campus…

  18. Kelly tweets coaching staff is complete

    Jan 10, 2010, 6:48 PM EDT

    For those waiting for Brian Kelly to name the final three coaches on his coaching staff, expect an announcement out of Kelly and the Sports Information Department soon. That’s because early Sunday afternoon, Kelly tweeted, “Finished putting together staff and couldn’t be more pleased.” It’s been widely assumed that former Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner…

  19. Meyer takes aim at Hendrix

    Jan 9, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    While many Irish fans had their eyes on the Army All-American game, the school’s prized quarterback commitment was in Florida being wooed by Notre Dame recruiting archrival Urban Meyer. Quarterback Andrew Hendrix is taking an official visit to Gainesville this weekend, where he’ll be visiting the Gators at the same time as prized recruit Dietrich…

  20. Carroll considering Seahawks job

    Jan 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Our friends over at PFT and CFT have written about the news that Pete Carroll is considering an offer from the Seahawks to take over as head coach as well as have full control of football operations. With just under a month to go before National Signing Day, news that Carroll is looking around has…