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  1. Opening depth chart released

    Aug 27, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    With the opening game around the corner, Notre Dame released it’s two-deep depth chart for Saturday’s season opener against Temple. There were a few surprises, so let’s go over each unit and give some thoughts: OFFENSE WR TJ Jones Corey Robinson WR DaVaris Daniels Daniel Smith LT Zack Martin Hunter Bivin LG Chris Watt Mark…

  2. Kelly makes a Dan Patrick Show appearance

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT


    With game week upon us, Brian Kelly made a stop by the Dan Patrick Show, answering some interesting questions and shedding some new light on a few subjects. As usual, DP asked some great questions — “Who will you miss more, Manti Te’o or Everett Golson” for one — and it’s worth the ten minute…

  3. Five things we’ll learn: The season is finally upon us

    Aug 26, 2013, 2:49 AM EDT

    Notre Dame team

    Within ten minutes of reaching the top of the college football mountain, Notre Dame fans had to feel like Sisyphus. After watching their beloved Irish vanquish a boulder carrying the burdens of tradition, unfulfilled expectations, and the final shouts of irrelevancy at the BCS National Championship game, the honeymoon lasted just minutes before the Crimson…

  4. What to expect from Jaylon Smith

    Aug 25, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT


    With debilitating migraine headaches ending Danny Spond’s football career during fall camp, the door has opened for freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith to play a major role in the Irish defense. The top prep linebacker in the country arrived in South Bend with immense expectations, but with a crowded linebacking corps among the deepest positions on…

  5. Given the chance, Hendrix finally ready for opportunity

    Aug 24, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    For Notre Dame fans, Andrew Hendrix has felt like an enigma. With the tangible skill-set of a star quarterback, Irish fans have watched and waited patiently for the Cincinnati native to work his way into the starting lineup, where he’d surely be able to utilize his strong throwing arm, powerful running style, and intellect that’ll…

  6. Video: Naming the captains

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Bennett Jackson 2

    Here’s a great video from and the FIDM team as they released the behind-the-scenes footage of head coach Brian Kelly naming Bennett Jackson, TJ Jones and Zack Martin the 2013 team captains. It’s all part of the great footage being put together for the upcoming “Strong & True: Building Bonds,” which airs Saturday, August…

  7. Special teams duties are (almost) set

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk

    Talk to enough Notre Dame fans and eventually the Irish’s mediocre punt return game with come up. Perhaps I’m mixing this old adage up a bit, but it goes something like, “Run the table with an undefeated regular season and finish 120th in punt returns and nobody remembers you went undefeated.” So maybe that’s not…

  8. Alford ready to compete, get back to work

    Aug 23, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT


    Notre Dame has been lucky to have Tony Alford a part of its football program for five seasons. Plucked from the Louisville coaching staff by then head coach Charlie Weis, Alford made his mark immediately as a dynamic recruiter, while also capably coaching the running back position. On a staff made up of divergent personalities,…

  9. Zack Martin, Bennett Jackson and TJ Jones named captains

    Aug 22, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT


    Brian Kelly announced the team’s captains today during his media day press conference, naming left tackle Zack Martin, cornerback Bennett Jackson and wide receiver TJ Jones the three official leaders of the team. Martin returns as captain, only the 18th player in school history to do so. It’s a well earned honor for Martin, who…

  10. Season-ending knee injury to Springmann thins D-Line

    Aug 22, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

    Tony Springmann

    Brian Kelly officially confirmed the news of a serious knee injury to defensive lineman Tony Springmann, ending the season for the junior before it started. Last year Springmann was a valuable reserve up front and looked to play an even bigger role as the first defensive lineman off the bench. Without Springmann, it looks like…

  11. Corey Robinson enters season as X factor

    Aug 21, 2013, 7:58 PM EDT


    Watch Notre Dame football long enough and names tend to emerge during the offseason. That they don’t always tend to show up on the field is a fact of life, a product of too much time and too much speculation amongst a fan base always looking for the next big thing. Perhaps that’s what makes…

  12. Offseason cheat sheet: Offensive line

    Aug 21, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore - US PRESSWIRE

    With offensive line coach Harry Hiestand entering his second season in South Bend, he’ll be welcoming in a new wave of talent, with five freshmen offensive linemen replenishing a depth chart that had gotten mighty thin. While most of that group won’t be ready to play any time soon, the starting five might be the…

  13. Spond discusses retirement due to hemiplegic migraines

    Aug 20, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

    Danny Spond

    A year after being hospitalized from the same ailment during preseason camp, Notre Dame linebacker Danny Spond has been forced to walk away from football because of hemiplegic migraines. After missing last season’s two opening games as medical experts tried to diagnose Spond’s mysterious ailment, another bout with the crippling headaches during fall camp ended…

  14. Elijah Hood opens up his recruitment

    Aug 20, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    NCHSAA Playoffs

    One of the stars of Notre Dame’s current recruiting class is stepping back from his commitment. North Carolina’s Elijah Hood, a five-star prospect according to some recruiting services, is no longer verbally committed to Notre Dame. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back that served as one of the “Golden Army’s” top prospect-recruiters, is now reexamining where…

  15. Offseason cheat sheet: Wide Receivers

    Aug 20, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly has worked hard at restocking the wide receiving corps. Since arriving in South Bend, Kelly did inherit some star power (see Floyd, Michael), but for the most part he was underwhelmed with the depth that existed on the roster he took over. That’s not to say that Charlie Weis did a poor job…

  16. Spond’s injury opens up outside linebacker position

    Aug 19, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT


    The realities of college football hit home in South Bend this weekend with the news of Danny Spond walking away from his playing career just weeks before starting his senior season. There’s no way to sugar coat the departure of Spond — he was a key cog in the Irish defense. But his injury will…

  17. Practice Report Breakdown: Weekend edition

    Aug 18, 2013, 8:36 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese, KeiVarae Russell, Bennett Jackson

    Things are starting to shake out as the season gets closer and closer. Just like every team, the Irish are getting their share of bad breaks. In addition to Danny Spond’s serious injury, Brian Kelly announced that Tony Springmann suffered a high ankle sprain, keeping him out against Temple. True freshman linebacker Doug Randolph will miss the season…

  18. Injuries end Danny Spond’s career

    Aug 17, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

    BYU v Notre Dame

    Sad news out of South Bend today, as senior linebacker Danny Spond announced that he’s retiring from football due to injuries. Multiple sources have told me that concussions have ended the career of the versatile 6-foot-2, 248-pound linebacker from Littleton, Colorado. (After discussing Spond’s retirement with someone inside the program, the story has been adjusted.…

  19. Offseason cheat sheet: Running backs

    Aug 16, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Atkinson 3

    On paper, Notre Dame’s running back depth chart lacks nothing. It has one of the top athletes in college football, a home run threat who averaged more than seven yards a carry in a down year. There are big backs and jitter bugs, elite recruits and dual threats. The only real problem is that nobody…

  20. Offseason cheat sheet: Quarterbacks

    Aug 15, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

    Rees Kelly

    From the looks of it, more than a few Notre Dame fans have come out of hibernation. After last year’s dream season came to a crashing halt, it’s more than understandable that some Irish fans decided to take a few months off before returning to the fray. But that hasn’t stopped us. So with just…