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  1. With the dust settled, Irish already moving on

    May 27, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly, Everett Golson

    In the span of one holiday weekend, the trajectory of Notre Dame’s football program has been irrevocably changed. That’s not hyperbole. Coming off a twelve-win season and finally solving a quarterback conundrum that took three seasons to sort, Brian Kelly turned down an opportunity to jump to the NFL, presumably because he saw the bright…

  2. Golson speaks: Accepts suspension, aims at 2014 return

    May 26, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    A day after news broke that Everett Golson was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, the quarterback confirmed and clarified the circumstances surrounding his shocking departure. With the university bound to silence due to privacy laws, Golson himself acknowledged an academic situation that let to a suspension for the fall semester, ending his football season…

  3. Shocker: Everett Golson no longer enrolled at Notre Dame

    May 26, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Discover BCS National Championship - Notre Dame v Alabama

    Starting quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame. The bombshell was confirmed last Saturday night by university spokesman Dennis Brown to multiple outlets, with local NBC affiliate WNDU the first to report the news. Two sources tells Inside the Irish that an academic violation is the root of the problem, and may…

  4. Memorial Weekend notes: Vanderdoes, Weis, recruiting down south

    May 24, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Charlie Weis

    With the unofficial kickoff to summer upon us, we’re inside 100 days until football is back. That may seem like quite a long time, but we’ve got plenty of ground to cover in the next few months as we get a better look at what the 2013 Fighting Irish will be. Before everybody disappears for…

  5. Golic to continue football career at Cincinnati

    May 23, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

    Jake Golic

    Jake Golic‘s football career isn’t over. The reserve tight end will spend his final season of eligibility at Cincinnati, exercising his ability to transfer and play immediately after graduating from Notre Dame last week with a degree in graphic design. Golic appeared in just five games during his four seasons in South Bend, battling injuries…

  6. Trio of unproven running backs should surprise

    May 22, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

    Amir Carlisle

    With Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood gone from the Irish backfield, the Notre Dame running game is missing its two leading men from 2012. Yet there isn’t a huge worry about what comes next. Even with Riddick’s surprising, hard charging senior season and Wood’s three seasons in (and around) the starting lineup, there’s every belief…

  7. Rumors fly about Vanderdoes’ commitment to Irish

    May 21, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

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    For the past few days, rumors have been swirling about high-profile prospect Eddie Vanderdoes. The blue-chip defensive lineman, who made the dramatic decision to sign with Notre Dame on Signing Day, is reportedly having some second thoughts on that commitment. What that entails – or if it’s actually true – is anyone’s guess. Vanderdoes himself…

  8. Bowl options make BCS the only sure thing

    May 20, 2013, 7:07 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    With a solid nucleus returning from a twelve-win season, there’s every reason for there to be elevated expectations in South Bend this season. But the edict “BCS or Bust” shouldn’t just be a mantra in the Gug. It’s also a potential reality, thanks to the final year of Notre Dame’s rather sparse bowl affiliations. At…

  9. Irish receive commitment from blue-chip OL Alex Bars

    May 18, 2013, 4:04 AM EDT

    Alex Bars

    The future depth chart along the offensive line for Notre Dame just received another star-studded name when Tennessee’s Alex Bars gave his verbal commitment to the Irish coaching staff. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound linemen picked Notre Dame over an elite offer list, turning down Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, Penn State and Stanford among a slew of…

  10. Irish offense will fly under the radar

    May 17, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

    Discover BCS National Championship - Notre Dame v Alabama

    When you think back to this time last year, there were so many unanswered questions about the Notre Dame offense. We were quoting Nelly and analyzing pie charts, hoping to get to the bottom of what was wrong with an offense that couldn’t stop shooting itself in the foot and struggled getting any efficiency. Everett…

  11. Lynch prepares for football (finally) after Notre Dame

    May 16, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    It’s been a long time since we’ve seen defensive end Aaron Lynch on the football field. After a freshman All-American season for the Irish, Lynch left South Bend in the middle of spring practice and headed home to South Florida. The soap opera surrounding the decision to transfer, which included social media pleas to stay…

  12. Irish-Spartans series will continue

    May 16, 2013, 5:38 AM EDT

    Megaphone Trophy Michigan State

    It appears football life (almost) in the ACC is starting to come into scheduling focus, as news is starting to trickle out from Big Ten rivals about future dates. While the Michigan series is on hold (likely until 2020), Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis announced the future of the Irish-Spartans rivalry isn’t going anywhere.…

  13. Friendly reminder: Michigan asked to stop ND series first

    May 14, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    090311_SPT_Umich vs WMU_MRM_

    It might not fly too well on the handshake circuit, but Brady Hoke‘s dig at Notre Dame for backing out of the Michigan series might not be all that appropriate… considering Michigan asked to take a break first. Last June news broke that the Irish and Wolverines were going to take a two-year hiatus in…

  14. Hoke says Irish ‘chickening out’ of Michigan series

    May 14, 2013, 7:40 AM EDT

    brady-hoke

    God bless Brady Hoke. During a time of year where just about anything counts as college football news, the Michigan head coach provided some real bulletin board material and ratcheted up a Notre Dame-Michigan rivalry that will be coming to a temporary end after the 2014 season. “We are fortunate to have unbelievable rivalry games…

  15. Te’o begins life in the NFL

    May 13, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Rookie draft pick Te'o stretches in front of head coach McCoy during the first day of the San Diego Chargers NFL rookie camp at the team's facilities in San Diego

    With news light on the college football front (we’re still putting the pieces together for some long-form offseason features), let’s take a quick look at San Diego, where Manti Te’o‘s life as an NFL football player just got started. Te’o debuted at rookie minicamp, where reporters and coaches got their first look at the former…

  16. Samarzija’s football toughness showing on baseball diamond

    May 12, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    Samardzija

    For Notre Dame football fans, there will always be a bit of a “what if” with Jeff Samardzija. The former All-American wide receiver, who exploded onto the scene when Charlie Weis arrived in South Bend, scored a ridiculous 27 touchdown passes in his final two years in South Bend, exactly 27 more than he did…

  17. Kiel opens up about transfer to Cincinnati

    May 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kiel Kelly

    The news of Gunner Kiel leaving Notre Dame was hardly a surprise. The talented young quarterback, who redshirted during the Irish’s 2012 run to the BCS Championship game, departed before spring practice, with an eye on finding an opportunity to play. It was another switch on an already wayward journey for Kiel, one of the…

  18. RIP Asaph Schwapp

    May 8, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    asaph

    Sad news out of the Notre Dame football program. Former fullback Asaph Schwapp has lost his battle with cancer. He was just 26 years old. News of his grave condition broke earlier today when former Irish coach Charlie Weis tweeted, “One of the first young men I ever recruited to ND, Asaph Schwapp is gravely…

  19. Kelly expects leaders to emerge over summer

    May 8, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    As the school year draws to a close, the Irish are in the unofficial portion of the calendar. Yet that’s the time — through the guidance of strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo, that leadership usually emerges. Watching Brian Kelly’s teams evolve, you get the idea that when Kelly says his team develops at its…

  20. Hood working his best to recruit during the Twitter era

    May 7, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    NCHSAA Playoffs

    Last year, Notre Dame assembled a recruiting class that did most of its own work. Spearheaded by early commitments like James Onwualu, Malik Zaire and Jaylon Smith, the “Irish Mob” built on the camaraderie and closed strong, adding five-star recruits Greg Bryant, Max Redfield and Eddie Vanderdoes. It looks like the current recruiting class is…