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  1. Kelly protecting Irish's assets

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    If you’re a Notre Dame fan, you had to worry about the transition from Charlie Weis to Brian Kelly. Weis was a renowned recruiter, had built very good allegiances to the recruits he had already secured, and was a big reason why most of the Irish’s commits had decided to attend school in South Bend.…

  2. It comes with the territory

    Dec 16, 2009, 2:00 PM EDT

    Obviously there’s been a lot of talk about Brian Kelly and his decision to come to Notre Dame. In the last two days, he’s been on a media tour that would have an A-list movie star complaining of over-exposure. But after listening to Kelly on multiple radio stations — whether it be national outlets like…

  3. Tate a unanimous All-American

    Dec 16, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    It’s official. Golden Tate is a unanimous All-American, the first Irish football player since Shane Walton was a unanimous selection after his sterling 2002 season. Tate was named to the first team of the American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Associated Press, Walter Camp, and Sporting News, the five teams that the…

  4. Reports: Alford staying on staff under Kelly

    Dec 15, 2009, 8:09 PM EDT

    As Corwin Brown alluded to this morning, at least one assistant coach is likely to be retained by new head coach Brian Kelly. This from Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune: A source close to the football program said running backs coach Tony Alford has been retained off former head coach Charlie Weis’ staff.…

  5. Kelly's likely offensive coordinator interviews for Buffalo job

    Dec 15, 2009, 1:28 PM EDT

    Jeff Quinn, the interim head coach at Cincinnati for next month’s Sugar Bowl date against Florida, interviewed for the Buffalo head coaching position vacated by Turner Gil, the Buffalo News reports. Here’s the full report from Rodney McKissic: Jeff Quinn, who will led Cincinnati in next month’s Sugar Bowl, interviewed with UB on Monday, according…

  6. Corwin Brown officially out at Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    While it isn’t exactly a surprise, Corwin Brown confirmed that his time on the Notre Dame coaching staff is over. “I’m just cleaning out my office,” Brown told Irish Illustrated’s Tim Prister. “I had a good time here. I’ve got a lot of good memories. It was a true learning experience.” Brown’s tenure at Notre…

  7. Building a coaching staff next on the agenda

    Dec 15, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    Yesterday, Brian Kelly met with the remaining members of Charlie Weis’ coaching staff. Today, he’ll meet with the coaches from his Cincinnati Bearcats’ staff, hoping to finalize his coaching staff at Notre Dame. Kelly will make plenty of important decisions as the man in charge of Notre Dame football, but not many will be as…

  8. Martin decommits for the final time

    Dec 14, 2009, 4:21 PM EDT

    It looks like Charlie Weis’ ouster was the final straw for Chris Martin. The five-star defensive end recruit that had committed to Weis, wavered a bit, then held strong to the former coach, before officially walking away this weekend from the Fighting Irish and committing to play football for Jeff Tedford at Cal. Martin’s mother…

  9. Training table needs to become a reality

    Dec 14, 2009, 7:30 AM EDT

    As we look back at the 2009 season, there will be plenty of time to discuss what went wrong for the Irish. But any type of analysis begins and ends with the Irish defense. The Irish finished 87th in total defense, and during the four game losing streak that ended the season, the Irish only…

  10. Kelly feels the ugly side of change

    Dec 13, 2009, 2:07 PM EDT

    While it’s not exactly a surprise, Brian Kelly’s decision to leave the Cincinnati Bearcats hasn’t gone over too well with the locals. On Friday, I went on the radio with Bill Cunningham, the most listened to radio personality in the tri-state area. (So says his website.) He didn’t exactly have nice things to say about…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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:  

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…