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  1. With VanGorder official, focus turns to offense

    Jan 15, 2014, 7:22 PM EST


    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…

  2. VanGorder introduced as Irish defensive coordinator

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:08 PM EST


    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…

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

    Jan 13, 2014, 4:00 PM EST


    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,…

  4. Brent and Trumbetti enroll at Notre Dame early

    Jan 13, 2014, 1:44 PM EST

    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…

  5. Troy Niklas heading to the NFL

    Jan 10, 2014, 12:42 AM EST

    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…

  6. Dickerson flips commitment from Notre Dame to UCLA

    Jan 9, 2014, 6:13 PM EST

    Long time Notre Dame commitment Matt Dickerson has flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to UCLA. 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…

  7. Davaris Daniels confirms semester suspension (UPDATED)

    Jan 9, 2014, 4:18 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jan 8, 2014, 3:15 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jan 8, 2014, 12:17 PM EST

    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…

  10. Barnett sets prospect bar with Elite 11 invite

    Jan 7, 2014, 8:36 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:13 PM EST

    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…

  12. Stephon Tuitt will declare for the NFL Draft

    Jan 5, 2014, 11:51 PM EST

    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…

  13. Irish add linebacker Nyles Morgan to recruiting class

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:43 PM EST

    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…

  14. Kizer ready for challenge at Notre Dame

    Jan 3, 2014, 5:56 PM EST

    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…

  15. Rose Bowl illustrates the ups and downs of coaching

    Jan 2, 2014, 1:04 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 1, 2014, 2:51 PM EST

    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…

  17. Martin, Diaco build their staffs (and rosters)

    Dec 31, 2013, 5:55 PM EST

    Matt Cashore - USA Today Sports

    As Brian Kelly gets closer to finalizing his coaching staff moves, his former coordinators Chuck Martin and Bob Diaco have started to fill up their respective staffs as well. As you’d expect, both ex-Irish coaches have taken some pieces from Notre Dame with them.   Before we get to coaching staffs, it looks like some…

  18. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Rutgers

    Dec 30, 2013, 9:00 AM EST

    Dan Fox

    A day after watching Cincinnati, Miami and Michigan all end their season in ugly, embarrassing fashion, Notre Dame’s lethargic 29-16 victory over Rutgers doesn’t look so bad. It wasn’t always the prettiest football, and the Irish left a lot of points on the board, but in the end Notre Dame went home happy and ended…

  19. Reports: Brian VanGorder the next Notre Dame defensive coordinator

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:39 PM EST


    Brian Kelly hinted in his postgame comments that he had made a decision on his next defensive coordinator. Multiple reports this evening point to New York Jets assistant coach Brian VanGorder as that man. VanGorder is a veteran assistant at both the college and pro levels that worked with Kelly back at Grand Valley from…

  20. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 29, Rutgers 16

    Dec 28, 2013, 6:12 PM EST

    Brian Kelly

    So many parts of Notre Dame’s 29-16 victory over Rutgers were forgettable. The sloppy turf inside Yankee Stadium, the special teams mistakes and the missed opportunities. But in the end, Brian Kelly’s Irish pulled away from Rutgers, winning a ninth game of the season, putting an appropriately frustrating bow on a difficult season. At times,…