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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. 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…

  12. Kelly kicks off spring practice

    Feb 28, 2014, 4:35 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly, Everett Golson

    It didn’t feel like spring this morning in South Bend when Brian Kelly started his car, the temperature well below zero as the Irish head coach headed to the Gug. But after a week skiing with his family, Notre Dame’s fifth-year head coach prepares to start one of the more unique spring schedules he’s ever…

  13. Spring Solutions: Defensive line

    Feb 27, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

    US Presswire

    No unit in the country is looking at bigger shoes to fill than Notre Dame’s defensive front. Gone are Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt, two once-in-a-decade talents who left South Bend after injury plagued and underachieving seasons. With injuries marring the development of linemen young and old, there’s no question that the defensive line is…

  14. Daniels talks about his academic suspension

    Feb 27, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    With Brian Kelly set to kickoff spring football tomorrow, one of his key players not taking part in practice opened up about life away from Notre Dame. DaVaris Daniels, the Irish’s leading returning receiver, is away from school after failing to achieve a 2.0 grade-point-average during the fall semester. He spoke with CBS Sports’ Jeremy…

  15. Irish show well at the NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

    USA TODAY

    Notre Dame had nine players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. To a man, they all left town improving their proverbial draft stock. We’ve already touched on what the nine-man Irish contingency meant to the football program. Speed, strength and athleticism were on display by Irish prospects, with statistical gains under Paul Longo’s direction…

  16. Spring Solutions: Wide receivers and tight ends

    Feb 25, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

    Steffon Batts, Corey Robinson

    Notre Dame headed into last season without a All-American candidate to catch the football. After a pretty incredible run at the position — from Jeff Samardzija-to-Golden Tate-to-Kyle Rudolph-to-Michael Floyd-to-Tyler Eifert — the Irish had TJ Jones to anchor the position, a solid yet far from spectacular veteran receiver. Jones flourished in his final season in…

  17. Spring Solutions: Running back

    Feb 24, 2014, 1:56 PM EDT

    Tarean Folston

    One of the more competitive positions on the Irish depth chart has 15 practices to gain some clarity. Running backs coach Tony Alford has one of the deepest position groups to sort through this spring, though the unit is still looking for a breakout star at the position. While rising sophomore Tarean Folston showed some…

  18. Report: Stephon Tuitt has small foot fracture

    Feb 24, 2014, 2:13 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    After reaching his weight loss goals for the NFL Scouting Combine, Stephon Tuitt suffered a setback in his quest to be taken in the NFL Draft’s first round. The former Irish defensive end has a small fracture in his left foot, according to a report by NFL.com. According to the report, Tuitt won’t work out…

  19. Shembo addresses Seeberg allegations

    Feb 23, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

    Prince Shembo

    Former Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo spoke publicly for the first time about the death of Lizzy Seeberg, a former St. Mary’s student who committed suicide a week after accusing a Notre Dame football player of a sexual attack. While the player’s name had stayed anonymous in media reports, Shembo acknowledged that he was the…

  20. Notre Dame sets home kickoff times for 2014

    Feb 21, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT

    USC Notre Dame Football

    Notre Dame has set the home kickoff times for 2014. And before Michigan goes off the Irish schedule for the immediate future, they’ll play one more time in primetime. The evening kickoff at Notre Dame Stadium is the highlight of the home 2014 slate, with the Irish also playing their Shamrock Series game against Purdue…