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  1. Irish land Dallas safety Prentice McKinney

    Mar 28, 2014, 9:52 AM EST


    Gearing up for a big junior day weekend, Notre Dame got an early return from a recruit that’s yet to visit campus. Dallas safety Prentice McKinney committed to the Irish sight unseen, giving area recruiter Kerry Cooks another talented Texas product. The jumbo-sized safety, who is somewhere in the 6-foot-2 range (some places have him…

  2. Denbrock tasked with leading (and evolving) offense

    Mar 27, 2014, 9:51 PM EST

    Yes, Brian Kelly will call the plays next season. But that takes nothing away from the responsibilities Mike Denbrock now has. After Chuck Martin took the head coaching job at Miami (Ohio), Kelly turned the keys to the offensive meeting room over to his most trusted advisor, with the clear objective of making the offense…

  3. Spring Practice: Practice six breakdown

    Mar 27, 2014, 2:19 PM EST

    New York Jets Portrait Session

    After a few quiet days from our friends at (wonder if they were at home eating cheeseburgers), we had a video explosion yesterday afternoon. So without further ado, let’s get to the over-analysis! A few things to keep your eyes out for: A great weather breakdown from Jack Nolan. Everett Golson throwing with —…

  4. VanGorder using spring to rebuild defensive philosophy

    Mar 26, 2014, 10:23 PM EST

    Brian Van Gorder

    Brian VanGorder was made available to the local media after practice, his first public comments after his introductory press conference in January. While we’ll dig into some of his comments as we try and piece together what the Irish defense will look like next season, VanGorder’s statement of the obvious to Jack Nolan at basically…

  5. Spring Practice: Weekend Breakdown

    Mar 25, 2014, 7:11 PM EST

    Malik Zaire

    With the Irish set to hit the practice field tomorrow (which hopefully means a new 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…

  6. Establishing expectations for Brian VanGorder’s defense

    Mar 24, 2014, 9:47 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2014, 9:34 PM EST

    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…

  8. Lombard, Mahone lost for spring

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:33 AM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 20, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    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…

  10. Irish return to the practice field

    Mar 19, 2014, 1:44 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 17, 2014, 4:07 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 14, 2014, 6:50 PM EST


    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…

  13. Predicting the twists and turns of spring

    Mar 13, 2014, 9:26 PM EST

    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…

  14. Big Lou looks back on Notre Dame

    Mar 12, 2014, 3:37 PM EST

    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…

  15. Kelly rolls the dice again with position switches

    Mar 11, 2014, 2:52 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 10, 2014, 2:19 PM EST


    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…

  17. Junior Day kicks off 2015 recruiting cycle

    Mar 8, 2014, 2:23 PM EST

    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…

  18. Schedule tweaks make for unique spring

    Mar 6, 2014, 12:08 PM EST

    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…

  19. Spring Practice: Day Two report breakdown

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:33 PM EST

    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…

  20. Kelly committed to fixing special teams

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    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…