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  1. Broyles Award finds perfect fit in Bob Diaco

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Bob Diaco hat

    When Frank Broyles and his selection committee set out to rightfully honor the very best in assistant coaches, they had probably never heard of Bob Diaco. At the time, Diaco was a young man just completing a college football career at Iowa, playing for the legendary Hayden Fry. Yet even as a two-time All-Big Ten…

  2. Reports: Redfield down to Notre Dame and USC

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

    Max Redfield

    The Irish coaching staff certainly isn’t resting on its laurels in the recruiting war. Even with a recruiting class edging closer to capacity, Notre Dame is in the hunt for one of the country’s elite safeties, Southern California’s Max Redfield. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, Redfield has the elite size coveted by the Irish at safety. While…

  3. The perfect coaching staff for the perfect season

    Dec 12, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    To know what this 2012 Notre Dame coaching staff is, you first need to know what it isn’t. So let’s turn back the clock seven years. It was imagery that Notre Dame fans took to like catnip. Newly hired head coach Charlie Weis, slaving away in his office in Foxboro. Weis was building a Super…

  4. Te’o leads list of Irish All-Americans

    Dec 11, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o, Stephon Tuitt

    The Associated Press and Sports Illustrated released their All-American teams. And as you’d expect from the No. 1 team in the land, Notre Dame is well represented. Manti Te’o, fresh off a week of travels that covered 8,500 miles in just over seven days as the senior linebacker earned seven major awards, leads the way…

  5. Forde takes a look at life on campus

    Dec 11, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    SorinSeptember03

    When you comparing dorm life at Notre Dame to other perennial football powers, a cinder block room on north quad probably doesn’t look too appealing for potential student-athletes. And while schools like Oklahoma erect $75 million living quarters that feel more like penthouses than college dorms, there’s a certain charm to campus life at Notre…

  6. Kelly’s talking points translate to pro football

    Dec 10, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    Next man in. Unconscious competence. Count on me. Just a few of the building blocks Brian Kelly has used as he resurrected the Irish football program in his third season. For some, this sounds like your stereotypical management jargon that goes in one ear and out the other. But inside the Notre Dame football program,…

  7. Irish land coveted RB recruit Greg Bryant

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    greg-bryant-delray

    If you are looking for proof that Notre Dame’s resurgent season is helping with recruiting, look no further than running back Greg Bryant. The five-star, blue-chip running back, viewed by Rivals as the second best running back in the ’13 class and one of the top 20 players in the country, committed to Notre Dame…

  8. Even without Heisman, Te’o’s season one for the ages

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    2012 Heisman Trophy Presentation

    In the end, the pull of Johnny Football, and the traditional voting preference for an offensive player, was too much for even Manti Te’o to overcome. But make no mistake, Saturday night’s Heisman Trophy ceremony was another celebration of Te’o’s excellence this season, an award that’s aspirations were all but defined by Notre Dame’s star…

  9. Jimmy Byrne pledges to ’14 recruiting class

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Jimmy Byrne

    Cleveland offensive tackle Jimmy Byrne has committed to the Fighting Irish, the fourth member of the Notre Dame ’14 recruiting class. The St. Ignatius left tackle will join Harry Hiestand’s offensive line, with the flexibility to play both tackle or guard. Byrne’s commitment isn’t a surprise. A tweet sent from an account associated with St.…

  10. Weekend notes: Awards, Ara, and Swarbrick

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly, Ara Parseghian, Lou Holtz

    If you didn’t have a chance to catch last night’s college football awards show, you missed two-plus hours of honoring Notre Dame. With Brian Kelly winning the coach of the year, Lou Holtz presenting Ara Parseghian with a lifetime achievement award, and Manti Te’o pulling in even more hardware, Notre Dame’s resurgence was on full…

  11. Te’o wins Walter Camp Player of the Year

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o

    For those keeping track, it’s been a big week for Irish All-American linebacker Manti Te’o. If a 12-0 season and a date in the national championship game weren’t enough reasons to validate coming back for his senior season, Te’o just became the fourth Notre Dame player to be named the Walter Camp Player of the…

  12. Spot opens in ’13 class as Mattingly officially decommits

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Danny Mattingly

    In one of the worst kept recruiting secrets out there, outside linebacker Danny Mattingly has opened up his recruitment, talking openly about the decision for the first time. Notre Dame’s recruiting class is now officially at 21, giving the team some breathing room as it continues to chase some high profile targets still left on…

  13. Kelly’s Coach of the Year award a validation of the process

    Dec 6, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly

    As the only coach to finish college football’s regular season 12-0, the naming of Brian Kelly as the Home Depot Coach of the Year might have been a foregone conclusion. Yet when Kelly steps to the podium tonight in ESPN’s made for television award show, it’s a great validation of the process Kelly used to…

  14. Eifert wins Mackey, Awards pile up for the Irish

    Dec 5, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Kapron Lewis-Moore, Manti Te'o, Tyler Eifert, Zack Martin

    Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert has won the John Mackey Award, the first Irish player to be honored as college football’s top tight end. For Eifert, the award comes a year after he led the nation in receptions at the position and was statistically the most deserving candidate. Returning for his senior season, Eifert’s…

  15. BC hires Addazio as coaching carousel gets crazy

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Steve Addazio

    Boston College indeed hired a coach with Notre Dame roots. But with Irish fans on red alert as they feared their top defensive assistant was headed to Boston, new Eagles athletic director Brad Bates reached past past current defensive coordinator Bob Diaco for former Irish assistant Steve Addazio, who traded his Temple head coaching job…

  16. Irish recruits all over the Rivals250 list

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    Looking for context as you measure the quality of Notre Dame’s 2013 recruiting class? The Rivals250 — the final grades for the recruiting class set to ink this February — have been finalized, and as you’d expect, Notre Dame has put together a terrific class. The Irish have recruits all over the top 250, with…

  17. Te’o wins Butkus Award (Jaylon Smith does too)

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Irish linebacker Te'o follows the play against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their NCAA college football game at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

    After shedding 15 pounds in the offseason to help make him a faster player, Manti Te’o better be careful. On the banquet circuit, the pounds pile on pretty quickly. Te’o, on the first stop of an awards tour that’ll pile plenty of kudos on Notre Dame’s middle linebacker, was awarded the 28th annual Butkus Award…

  18. Report: Bob Diaco to interview at Boston College

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    Courtesy of South Bend Tribune

    File this under the category of not unexpected, but still worth a worry. A report out of EagleAction.com, the Rivals’ Boston College affiliate, is reporting that Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco will interview for the Eagles head coaching job. Veteran scribe Mark Blaudschun, who has a great handle on the B.C. athletic department, thinks…

  19. Live blog — Alabama vs. Georgia

    Dec 1, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Nick Saban, Mark Richt

    Alabama and Georgia will face off this afternoon, with the winner earning its way into the national championship game, where they’ll face Notre Dame. For Irish fans, it’ll be an opportunity to see their opponent face their stiffest competition of the year. It’ll also be a chance to see the vaunted SEC in all its…

  20. Weekend notes: Recruiting, SEC title, HeIsManti

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh v Notre Dame

    For the first time in a long time, Saturday will be spent watching football for enjoyment’s sake. We’ll still have five weeks to break down either Alabama or Georgia, but just because this SEC Championship will be a bit more interesting to Notre Dame fans than usual, we’ll be live-blogging the proceedings tomorrow. Joined by…