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  1. Under Armour and Notre Dame sign 10-year partnership

    Jan 21, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick,Kevin Plank

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank formally announced a 10-year partnership. Under Armour will become the exclusive performance footwear and apparel supplier for the Fighting Irish, in a record-setting deal, as the school’s Adidas contract expires. While the financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Swarbrick confidently stated that…

  2. Last look back: Running Backs

    Jan 20, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    With Signing Day a little over two weeks away and spring practice just around the corner, the 2013 season is getting smaller and smaller in our rearview mirror. But before we officially turn the page, it’s appropriate to take one final look back at the Irish’s 9-4 season. For the next few days, we’ll be…

  3. Collinsworth, Lombard, Moore and Utupo on track for fifth year

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

    Christian Lombard

    It looks like the 2014 roster is coming into focus. While Brian Kelly and his coaching staff are on the road trying to add some final pieces to the recruiting class, four seniors are likely to return for a fifth season. Multiple outlets are reporting that Austin Collinsworth, Christian Lombard, Kendall Moore and Justin Utupo…

  4. Early exits to NFL present new challenges for Irish

    Jan 16, 2014, 3:48 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    When Stephon Tuitt and Troy Niklas decided to leave Notre Dame after three seasons and head to the NFL, it presented another minor crisis for Brian Kelly. Yet the biggest dilemma won’t be how Kelly and the Irish replace two frontline players, both likely to be off the board in the draft’s first two rounds.…

  5. With VanGorder official, focus turns to offense

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

    Denbrock

    Brian VanGorder starts his Notre Dame coaching career with a bang, jet-setting the country as the new defensive coordinator will spend the next few weeks getting introduced to recruits everywhere. That VanGorder has the ability to pitch his NFL experience, not to mention his two tenures in the SEC, should help cushion any blow that…

  6. VanGorder introduced as Irish defensive coordinator

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT

    BVG

    New Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder was introduced today, the last step in a long process that finally puts VanGorder as the new man in charge of the Irish defense. The long-time defensive coach, whose connections to Brian Kelly go back over two decades, steps into the vacancy Bob Diaco left, shoes that seem…

  7. Brian VanGorder is officially Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator

    Jan 13, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

    BrianVanGorder

    Notre Dame made official the hiring of defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, a move that’s been imminent for a few weeks. VanGorder joins the Irish after coaching linebackers for the New York Jets, and has coordinated elite defenses at both the professional and collegiate levels. Before the Jets, VanGorder returned to college football for one season,…

  8. Brent and Trumbetti enroll at Notre Dame early

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Trumbetti

    With the second semester just getting under way, freshmen Justin Brent and Andrew Trumbetti have enrolled early and begin their student life at Notre Dame today. The freshman duo will live together in St. Ed’s dorm, start classes and begin conditioning with the football team. Brent should head into spring workouts capable of making a…

  9. Troy Niklas heading to the NFL

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:42 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre Dame

    Notre Dame’s run to the NFL continues, with Troy Niklas opting to test the NFL’s waters. The junior tight end has decided to leave Notre Dame early and enter the draft, where the 6-foot-7, 260-pound tight end should tempt plenty of teams with his unique blend of power and athleticism. Niklas had 32 catches for…

  10. Dickerson flips commitment from Notre Dame to UCLA

    Jan 9, 2014, 6:13 PM EDT

    Scout.com

    Long time Notre Dame commitment Matt Dickerson has flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to UCLA. 247Sports.com is reporting that the Northern California prospect has decided to stay in-state and play for the Bruins instead of play along the defensive line for the Irish. Dickerson missed this season after a lower back fracture kept him…

  11. Davaris Daniels confirms semester suspension (UPDATED)

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

    DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

    Davaris Daniels’ future with the Notre Dame football program appears cloudy. Two sources close to the situation expect Daniels to be suspended for the spring semester for an academic issue, with a statement from the family likely coming later this afternoon. Daniels should be eligible to compete next season, though what’s next is still undecided.…

  12. Atkinson takes a risk, departs Notre Dame for NFL Draft

    Jan 8, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Michigan State v Notre Dame

    Junior running back George Atkinson III is leaving the Notre Dame football program, declaring for the NFL Draft after three seasons in South Bend. That the speedster is willing to test the murky waters that lie ahead of him could be a telling sign as to where he thought he stood in the program’s future.…

  13. Hendrix takes aim at starting QB job at Miami (OH)

    Jan 8, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

    USC Notre Dame Football

    It appears that Chuck Martin has found his starting quarterback. And it’s a quarterback that he knows quite well. The Cincinnati Enquirer has confirmed the already expected news that senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix will transfer to Miami (Ohio), to play out his eligibility for Martin, his former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. That news was…

  14. Barnett sets prospect bar with Elite 11 invite

    Jan 7, 2014, 8:36 PM EDT

    247Sports.com

    Notre Dame’s 2015 ¬†recruit Blake Barnett was the first quarterback selected to the Elite 11 camp, the premiere offseason camp in the country. Barnett, who committed to the Irish this fall and will join a depth chart that should include a fifth-year Everett Golson, a junior year Malik Zaire, and sophomore Deshone Kizer. The Orange…

  15. Even with Tuitt gone, Notre Dame defense can evolve and improve

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

    Tuitt Nix

    Stephon Tuitt is gone. With the siren song of the NFL, and the ability to provide for his family and play football at the game’s highest level, too alluring to turn away. Tuitt will go early in the NFL Draft. How early? That likely depends on the work Tuitt does between now and the NFL…

  16. Stephon Tuitt will declare for the NFL Draft

    Jan 5, 2014, 11:51 PM EDT

    Stanford v Notre Dame

    Junior defensive end Stephon Tuitt¬†has played his final game for Notre Dame. The Irish’s star defensive end told Sports Illustrated that he will declare for the NFL Draft, leaving after three seasons in South Bend. Tuitt led the Irish in sacks in 2013 with 7.5, a season after totaling 12, the second best single-season output…

  17. Irish add linebacker Nyles Morgan to recruiting class

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:43 PM EDT

    Nyles MorganAAA

    Notre Dame received a key recruiting pledge when inside linebacker Nyles Morgan committed to the Irish during the US Army All-American Bowl Saturday afternoon. The Chicagoland product is an elite, four-star player anchoring a position group that the Irish coaching staff targeted this cycle. Morgan chose the Irish over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, a hard…

  18. Kizer ready for challenge at Notre Dame

    Jan 3, 2014, 5:56 PM EDT

    Toledo Blade

    Brian Kelly has made a point of signing a quarterback in every class. After inheriting Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees, Kelly added Luke Massa to his debut class in South Bend. He signed Everett Golson the next year, a two-sport athlete that was set to play basketball and football at North Carolina. He snagged five-star…

  19. Rose Bowl illustrates the ups and downs of coaching

    Jan 2, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

    Dantonio Kelly

    Football is a funny game. It can turn a guy many consider to be a coaching genius into a stubborn blockhead. It can take a coach from the hot seat to the BCS Championship in a calendar year. The game of inches often swings a coaches IQ score 50 points in either direction, all dependent…

  20. Irish recruiting: Taking a look at the high school All-Star games

    Jan 1, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

    Orlando Sentinel

    Happy New Year, everybody. While college football’s grandest day is upon us, two prep showcases are just around the corner. As you’d expect, Notre Dame commitments and recruiting targets will be on display. The rosters of the Under Armour All-America Game and the US Army All-American Bowl are filled with names that should be familiar…