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  1. Irish recruits hit the All-Star circuit

    Dec 30, 2009, 12:07 PM EDT

    With National Signing Day still over a month away, there’s plenty that can happen as Brian Kelly prepares to make a slew of in-home visits. But before many recruits enroll early at their colleges of choice for the Spring semester, the annual All-Star game circuit takes place in the coming days. With a contingent not…

  2. The battle for the Midwest begins

    Dec 29, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Thinking back to December of 2004, when Charlie Weis was working two jobs — one as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, the other as the new head coach of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish — Weis spent his days game-planning for a Super Bowl run and his evenings trying to build a…

  3. Longo Beach and Freakazoid Club coming to South Bend

    Dec 28, 2009, 11:14 AM EDT

    While nothing has been made official yet, Brian Kelly is likely bringing his strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo with him to South Bend. Longo has been with Kelly since his Central Michigan days, and before that Longo worked for over a decade with legendary Iowa coach Hayden Fry as his strength and conditioning coach.…

  4. Report: GVSU's Martin joining Kelly's staff

    Dec 28, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    In a move that’s been widely speculated, MLive.com is reporting that Chuck Martin is leaving his job as head coach of Grand Valley State and joining Brian Kelly’s staff as defensive backs coach. The move likely means that Bob Diaco will be joining Kelly as the defensive coordinator, which has also been pretty much assumed…

  5. It's official: Te'o is staying

    Dec 26, 2009, 6:09 PM EDT

    Crisis averted for Brian Kelly. In what could be considered his largest recruiting victory as a head football coach, Brian Kelly managed to keep prized linebacker Manti Te’o at Notre Dame. According to reports by both the South Bend Tribune and the Chicago Tribune, Te’o will return to South Bend instead of taking his Mormon…

  6. The three star conundrum

    Dec 26, 2009, 3:00 PM EDT

    (I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and enjoyed some time away from the internet. I did. I’ll keep everybody posted with breaking news and some (hopefully) interesting articles, before getting things cranked back up to full-speed next week.) As usual, the Wall Street Journal came up with something interesting. Their blog, The Count, tackled…

  7. The art of information

    Dec 23, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    (Posting is going to be a little sporadic the next few days. I’ll do my best to keep everybody updated if anything big happens, but most likely things will be quiet here on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, as I’ll be in a semi-remote part of the great state of Minnesota that doesn’t tend to…

  8. Kelly speaks

    Dec 22, 2009, 5:49 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly had his first close-up with the media, meeting with four media outlets (not us) for over 40 minutes and dishing on a variety of topics. I think the timing of this was perfect for Kelly — it’s a super slow news cycle right now with the recruiting dead and the holidays upon us…

  9. Reports: Young heading to Akron

    Dec 22, 2009, 2:53 AM EDT

    Both the Chicago Tribune and Irish Illustrated are reporting that Bryant Young is joining the Akron coaching staff as defensive line coach and turning down the offer to stay at Notre Dame as a defensive graduate assistant. Young would join Akron coach Rob Ianello’s coaching staff that is filled with former Irish coaches. Most will…

  10. Dead period means coaching staff a priority

    Dec 21, 2009, 1:15 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s first week recruiting at Notre Dame netted him the signature of Austin Collinsworth. With recruiting now quiet with an NCAA mandated dead period, expect Kelly to put his focus on solidifying his coaching staff. There were whispers last week that Kelly was potentially bringing a coach with ties to Notre Dame back to…

  11. Kelly's presumed OC named head coach at Buffalo

    Dec 20, 2009, 6:34 PM EDT

    (Writer’s note: Now free of typos in the headline… Thanks, Tim.) Jeff Quinn, Brian Kelly’s offensive coordinator at Cincinnati who was named interim head coach for the Sugar Bowl, was named the next head coach of the Buffalo Bulls. This most likely throws a small wrench in Kelly’s plans, as it was long assumed that…

  12. Kelly hard at work on campus this weekend

    Dec 19, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    For those worried that Brian Kelly is taking the Christmas holiday to get his family situated and assemble a coaching staff, Notre Dame’s new head coach was hard at work this weekend wooing a select group of recruits that visited campus. According to Irish Sports Daily, Kelly entertained recruits Andrew Hendrix (QB), Bruce Gaston (DT),…

  13. Trojans' McKnight investigated for NCAA violations

    Dec 18, 2009, 8:18 PM EDT

    (Writer’s Note: I know this story doesn’t have anything to do with Notre Dame, but it DOES have something to do with Notre Dame’s main rival, the Trojans of Southern Cal.) In a story that feels like deja vu, USC is investigating a star running back for improper benefits, including the use of a luxury…

  14. Irish land Collinsworth's commitment

    Dec 18, 2009, 6:00 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly’s first verbal recruit at Notre Dame is Austin Collinsworth, a lanky wide receiver/safety prospect that comes with quite a pedigree. Collinsworth, son of former NFL star and current NBC Sports broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, will hit the campus as a wide receiver, but also can contribute as a defensive back. Here’s a scouting profile…

  15. Bryant Young has an offer to return as GA

    Dec 18, 2009, 5:40 PM EDT

    Reports surfaced in the last few days that Tony Alford was the only coach returning for the Fighting Irish, leading many to believe that graduate assistant Bryant Young was also gone from the program. Now word comes from senior associate athletics director John Heisler that this might not be the case. From the athletic department’s…

  16. Toney Hurd back on the market

    Dec 18, 2009, 5:29 PM EDT

    It looks like another Charlie Weis recruit is up for grabs. Toney Hurd, a cornerback from Missouri City, Texas, that committed to Weis and the Irish when Notre Dame visited Texas for its home game against Washington State, has reopened his recruiting. According to ESPN, Hurd is still considering Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and LSU.…

  17. Ianello looks back at Notre Dame

    Dec 18, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    Pete Sampson over at Irish Illustrated had a chance to talk with new Akron head coach Rob Ianello. Ianello opened up about the disappointing swoon at the end of the season and what he learned coaching under Charlie Weis these last five years. Here are a few interesting tidbits: Ianello on recruiting: Recruiting all over…

  18. Will Kelly's offense be his liability?

    Dec 18, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    When Jack Swarbrick set out to search for Charlie Weis’ replacement, he hinted that the coach he was looking for would have — among other things — a strong defensive background. I think we can all say that Brian Kelly’s defensive background wasn’t what got him the job at Notre Dame. You can even make…

  19. Reports: Alford the only coach staying

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:00 PM EDT

    The South Bend Tribune and Irish Sports Daily are reporting that Tony Alford is the only coach being retained by new head coach Brian Kelly. With Rob Ianello leaving for the Akron head coaching job and Corwin Brown already announcing he was leaving, that means Kelly decided against keeping defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, defensive line…

  20. Football independence isn't a financial decision

    Dec 17, 2009, 3:22 PM EDT

    As it seems to every few years, the idea of Notre Dame joining a conference becomes a topic of conversation. What people seem to forget is that Notre Dame is already a part of a conference (the Big East) and enjoys that relationship in many of their major sports. Yet football independence is what seems…