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  1. Spring Practice: Weekend Breakdown

    Mar 25, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    With the Irish set to hit the practice field tomorrow (which hopefully means a new UND.com video coming soon), here’s another frame-by-frame breakdown from this weekend’s practice. While we’ve been bringing you overly obsessive video breakdowns for years, it has come to our attention that we’ve got competition in our YouTube breakdowns… That just means we’re…

  2. Establishing expectations for Brian VanGorder’s defense

    Mar 24, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

    Atlanta Falcons Minicamp

    Spring practice is a time for optimism. Young players seize opportunities. Coaching tweaks fix last season’s flaws. And 15 practices — not to mention a slew of incoming freshman ready for action — have your favorite team poised for greatness. Of course, that’s not always how it works out. But even the most even-keeled fans can’t…

  3. Open Practice update: Saturday’s Six Pack of observations

    Mar 22, 2014, 9:34 PM EDT

    Notre Dame at USC

    Saturday morning, Notre Dame’s practice was open to visiting coaches and local media. That means a slew of reports coming in and one guy (me) to read everything and give you some interesting observations. While I wasn’t in South Bend for a two hour window into spring installation, consider this a trip around the horn…

  4. Lombard, Mahone lost for spring

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Christian Lombard

    Brian Kelly announced this morning that graduate student Christian Lombard and junior Will Mahone will be lost for the rest of spring. Lombard underwent wrist surgery for a dislocation suffered late in Wednesday’s practice while Mahone had a fracture in his right foot repaired. Lombard was locked in as the team’s starting right guard, though…

  5. Former Irish players get their shot at NFL Pro Day

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Dan Fox

    The NFL descended upon South Bend Thursday, with 14 former Notre Dame football players working out for NFL brass. The Irish’s draft eligible prospects went through a day of drills and testing in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams. Also working out with the current crop of Irish players were Robby Toma and…

  6. Irish return to the practice field

    Mar 19, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Air Force

    After two weeks off, Notre Dame returned to the practice field this morning. With pads on and live snaps taking place, any rust seemed to be alleviated with the Irish playing live for the first time this spring. With plenty of reports coming in live from various local outlets that got a limited look at…

  7. Entering with a bang, the time is now for senior class

    Mar 17, 2014, 4:07 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    In college football, the twists and turns of every class tell an interesting story. Some gel together to form the nucleus of a winning squad. Others become an afterthought, decimated by injuries, attrition or coaching change. Reading Lou Somogyi‘s terrific piece on the Irish’s recruiting class of 2011 ($) is an important reminder that things don’t…

  8. End of Spring Break means return to business at hand

    Mar 14, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

    Redfield

    Notre Dame returns to practice next Wednesday, two weeks since it last took the field for practice. With the university on break this week, it’s been a nice calm before getting back to the business at hand of improving this football team before fall camp. And there is work to be done. Before we get…

  9. Predicting the twists and turns of spring

    Mar 13, 2014, 9:26 PM EDT

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    Around this time of year, most Irish fans thought the worst was behind them. The sting of a lopsided defeat in the national title game had almost worn off. The shock of the Manti Te’o catfishing story had faded, and the Irish had just inked one of the top recruiting classes in the country. While Gunner…

  10. Big Lou looks back on Notre Dame

    Mar 12, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

    Louis Nix, Steve Elmer

    Louis Nix appeared on the Jim Rome Show this morning and as you might have guessed, he didn’t disappoint. In under 11 minutes, Nix and Rome touched on all the greatest hits, everything from his tough upbringing in Jacksonville, his decision to come to Notre Dame, the disappointment that came from an injury plagued senior…

  11. Kelly rolls the dice again with position switches

    Mar 11, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

    Matthias Farley

    Brian Kelly has never been afraid to move players. In his four seasons at Notre Dame, Kelly has filled his secondary with former wide receivers, turned a linebacker into a tight end, running backs into wide receivers, and bounced lineman across the line of scrimmage. After beginning his career at Grand Valley, the Irish head…

  12. Early signing period could help (and hurt) Irish

    Mar 10, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

    USA TODAY SPORTS

    The long discussed idea of having an early signing period for college football appears to be picking up traction. A recent report by ESPN says that a panel of conference commissioners will meet this summer as momentum for legislation picks up. With Signing Day becoming one of the signature holidays in college football, a cottage…

  13. Junior Day kicks off 2015 recruiting cycle

    Mar 8, 2014, 2:23 PM EDT

    Property of St. Paul Pioneer Press

    After getting our first taste of spring ball, we’re going to have to wait two weeks for practice No. 3. While it’ll give South Bend a chance to thaw, it’s leaving all of us in a lurch. So let’s get caught up on some recruiting. Notre Dame held its first Junior Day last weekend, entertaining…

  14. Schedule tweaks make for unique spring

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    As we look for subplots to cover with practice now on a two-week hiatus, the schedule of this “spring’s” 15 sessions is definitely worth discussing. It’s no secret that football coaches are creatures of habit. So it’s likely that a ton of thought went into determining the unorthodox set-up for the Irish’s 15 critical workouts.  Planning for…

  15. Spring Practice: Day Two report breakdown

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    The Fighting Irish took the field Wednesday morning for their second session of spring practice. With two weeks off and the university’s spring break sandwiched between practice two and three, it’s certainly an interesting time for the football program to get work done. Yet it’s clear that there’s work to be done and the team…

  16. Kelly committed to fixing special teams

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk

    There was no question that by the end of the 2013 season, Notre Dame’s coverage teams were a mess. The product of a ravaged depth chart, the Irish were miserable covering kicks, likely a deadly mix of mismatched personnel and some questionable schemes.  After a commitment to putting better players on the special teams units…

  17. Spring Practice: Day One report breakdown

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Well, it’s finally that time of year. (Again.) Let’s get to over-analyzing UND.com practice videos! With the Irish taking the practice field bright and early Monday morning, our friends at UND.com released their first practice video of the new year. Let’s spend an unhealthy amount of time talking about what we see here: Enjoy. 0:06…

  18. Golson returns to the practice field

    Mar 3, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

    Discover BCS National Championship - Notre Dame v Alabama

    Everett Golson is finally back where he belongs. After a season away from the Irish, Golson took his first snaps with the football program Monday morning and addressed the media after the team’s first spring practice. While he didn’t want to rehash the situation that forced him away from the program for a season, Golson…

  19. Winter workout report breakdown

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

    USC Notre Dame Football

    In addition to Brian Kelly’s opening press conference, UND.com brought us a behind the scenes peek at winter workouts. With some footage from Camp Kelly, a few epic tire fights, and a whole lot of sweat, steam, and hard work, it’s a fun watch and good update on the team’s progress since the bowl game.…

  20. Position switches help depth chart come into focus

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

    Matthias Farley

    It was a slightly more newsworthy opening press conference than you might expect from Brian Kelly. While the usual introductory remarks were certainly there, Kelly also broke a fair amount of news as the 2014 Irish begin their work in earnest. We’ve already talked about the tweaks to the coaching staff. But some significant roster…