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  1. Offseason cheat sheet: Linebackers

    Aug 30, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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    While the linebacking corps might be best known for the player that departed, the Irish should be very strong both inside and out even without All-American Manti Te’o roaming the field. Head coach Brian Kelly has talked quite a bit about the type of teammate and leader the Irish need to replace in Te’o, but…

  2. Pregame Six Pack: Bring on the Owls

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    USA TODAY Sports

    Thirty-three weeks. Two hundred thirty-six days. Five thousand, six hundred sixty-four hours. Three hundred thirty-nine thousand eight hundred forty minutes. Twenty million, three hundred ninety thousand, four hundred seconds. No, those aren’t alternative lyrics to the Rent soundtrack, but rather how long the Irish have had to have the awful taste of defeat in their mouths.…

  3. Mailbag: Season kickoff edition

    Aug 29, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    Welcome to the Mailbag. Consider this a new weekly forum where I try to get to the questions you all inevitably ask me (or each other) in the comments or on Twitter, but have a hard time getting to in the weekly flow of things. With the season set to kickoff, you could also consider…

  4. Offseason cheat sheet: Defensive line

    Aug 29, 2013, 12:27 AM EDT

    Tuitt Nix

    My how things have changed. Once a position group that was the bane of Notre Dame fans’ existence, the defensive line has powered the renaissance Brian Kelly has orchestrated. That being said, this group isn’t without some setbacks. Two players that looked like key reserves on the line, Chase Hounshell and Tony Springmann, are lost…

  5. Thursday Mailbag: Open for questions

    Aug 28, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Mailbag

    A quick break in our regularly scheduled Week One coverage… Tomorrow debuts a new weekly mailbag feature. I’ll be taking your questions via Twitter, in the comments below, or in the email box. (It isn’t hard to find me via email, but there’s a FEEDBACK button on the right side of the window.) Keeping the…

  6. IBG: Let’s get it started

    Aug 28, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

    Photoshop by @verypiratey

    We’re almost there. After eight excruciatingly long months, we’re back in the saddle for another game week. And that means another edition of the Irish Blogger Gathering, a tradition like no other. (Seriously. Who else would do this?) Our friend the Subway Domer, in between profane tweets and must-purchase t-shirts, has gathered together a collection of…

  7. Offseason cheat sheet: Tight ends

    Aug 28, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre Dame

    Tyler Eifert is gone. The All-American and Mackey Award winner rewrote the Notre Dame record books on his way to being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Not bad for a guy that was a three-star recruit, and a player with a back injury that had many thinking he’d never step foot…

  8. Chris Badger plans transfer to BYU

    Aug 27, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Chris Badger

    Safety Chris Badger is no longer a part of Notre Dame’s football program. Per a report from Jake Brown of IrishIllustrated.com, the reserve safety has left the program and plans to enroll at BYU. The Provo, Utah native was originally recruited by Charlie Weis, enrolled early for spring practice then went on a two-year Mormon…

  9. Tuesdays with BK: Temple edition

    Aug 27, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    Kona Schwenke

    Brian Kelly started his weekly game press conferences today with 45 minutes of discussing Temple, the week one depth chart, and the state of the Irish heading into Saturday afternoon. You can catch the entire press conference below, but let’s pull out the highlighter and cover some of the interesting stuff: *** It seems as…

  10. And in that corner… The Temple Owls

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

    Temple

    Notre Dame opens its season with a visit from the Temple Owls, with first-year head coach Matt Rhule looking to return the program to the heights it reached under head coach Al Golden. Rhule was there for Golden’s epic rebuilding job, helping to turn an Owl program that had fallen to the depths of college…

  11. Opening depth chart released

    Aug 27, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    With the opening game around the corner, Notre Dame released it’s two-deep depth chart for Saturday’s season opener against Temple. There were a few surprises, so let’s go over each unit and give some thoughts: OFFENSE WR TJ Jones Corey Robinson WR DaVaris Daniels Daniel Smith LT Zack Martin Hunter Bivin LG Chris Watt Mark…

  12. Kelly makes a Dan Patrick Show appearance

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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    With game week upon us, Brian Kelly made a stop by the Dan Patrick Show, answering some interesting questions and shedding some new light on a few subjects. As usual, DP asked some great questions — “Who will you miss more, Manti Te’o or Everett Golson” for one — and it’s worth the ten minute…

  13. Five things we’ll learn: The season is finally upon us

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Notre Dame team

    Within ten minutes of reaching the top of the college football mountain, Notre Dame fans had to feel like Sisyphus. After watching their beloved Irish vanquish a boulder carrying the burdens of tradition, unfulfilled expectations, and the final shouts of irrelevancy at the BCS National Championship game, the honeymoon lasted just minutes before the Crimson…

  14. What to expect from Jaylon Smith

    Aug 25, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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    With debilitating migraine headaches ending Danny Spond’s football career during fall camp, the door has opened for freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith to play a major role in the Irish defense. The top prep linebacker in the country arrived in South Bend with immense expectations, but with a crowded linebacking corps among the deepest positions on…

  15. Given the chance, Hendrix finally ready for opportunity

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    For Notre Dame fans, Andrew Hendrix has felt like an enigma. With the tangible skill-set of a star quarterback, Irish fans have watched and waited patiently for the Cincinnati native to work his way into the starting lineup, where he’d surely be able to utilize his strong throwing arm, powerful running style, and intellect that’ll…

  16. Video: Naming the captains

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

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    Here’s a great video from UND.com and the FIDM team as they released the behind-the-scenes footage of head coach Brian Kelly naming Bennett Jackson, TJ Jones and Zack Martin the 2013 team captains. It’s all part of the great footage being put together for the upcoming “Strong & True: Building Bonds,” which airs Saturday, August…

  17. Special teams duties are (almost) set

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk

    Talk to enough Notre Dame fans and eventually the Irish’s mediocre punt return game with come up. Perhaps I’m mixing this old adage up a bit, but it goes something like, “Run the table with an undefeated regular season and finish 120th in punt returns and nobody remembers you went undefeated.” So maybe that’s not…

  18. Alford ready to compete, get back to work

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Notre Dame has been lucky to have Tony Alford a part of its football program for five seasons. Plucked from the Louisville coaching staff by then head coach Charlie Weis, Alford made his mark immediately as a dynamic recruiter, while also capably coaching the running back position. On a staff made up of divergent personalities,…

  19. Zack Martin, Bennett Jackson and TJ Jones named captains

    Aug 22, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Captains

    Brian Kelly announced the team’s captains today during his media day press conference, naming left tackle Zack Martin, cornerback Bennett Jackson and wide receiver TJ Jones the three official leaders of the team. Martin returns as captain, only the 18th player in school history to do so. It’s a well earned honor for Martin, who…

  20. Season-ending knee injury to Springmann thins D-Line

    Aug 22, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

    Tony Springmann

    Brian Kelly officially confirmed the news of a serious knee injury to defensive lineman Tony Springmann, ending the season for the junior before it started. Last year Springmann was a valuable reserve up front and looked to play an even bigger role as the first defensive lineman off the bench. Without Springmann, it looks like…