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  1. Diaco talks defense (and werewolves)

    Mar 29, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Bob Diaco hat

    My affinity for Bob Diaco continues to grow. While some Irish fans still haven’t forgiven him for his defense’s first game against Navy and the option, Diaco has transformed a unit that was among the worst in Notre Dame history into the strength of the football team. More importantly, he embodies what’s needed as a…

  2. Practice Report: Day Five update

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    With one third of spring practice finished, the team at UND.com gave us a much anticipated update on the quarterback battle, the main storyline of spring practice. With some nice footage of all four quarterbacks competing, it’s clear that head coach Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin are truly going back to the basics…

  3. Irish add WR Corey Robinson to the recruiting class

    Mar 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Corey Robinson

    A recruiting class that was slow to get started now can’t be stopped. After this past weekend’s junior day netted Notre Dame five commitments, the Irish picked up a sixth in wide receiver Corey Robinson. The San Antonio, Texas native, a six-foot-four and likely growing wide receiver that’s the son of the original five-star athlete,…

  4. Spring Practice: Day Four report

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

    tony-alford-assistants

    As they have for the previous three practice sessions, UND.com has been on the field with the Fighting Irish, the only cameras allowed inside the LaBar Practice Fields. Thankfully, they’ve been churning out some great footage and this episode is no different, with the focus on running backs/slot receivers coach Tony Alford. As we work…

  5. Junior Day nets another recruit as Rashad Kinlaw commits

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Rashad Kinlaw

    It’s a recruiting weekend that just won’t stop giving. With a tidal wave of momentum still rolling, Notre Dame accepted the commitment of New Jersey athlete Rashad Kinlaw to the 2013 recruiting class. Kinlaw had offers from Iowa, Rutgers, Boston College, and North Carolina State, thanks to some electric performances at quarterback before suffering an…

  6. Gunner Kiel passes first test

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Kiel Kelly

    Lost in the madness of recruiting this weekend, Brian Kelly made the quarterbacks available to the media for the first time this spring. That meant our first look at highly touted early enrollee freshman Gunner Kiel, who made quite a few headlines before ever starting his college career. Kiel, who ended up at Notre Dame…

  7. Quarterback Malik Zaire commits to the Irish

    Mar 25, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    It was the Junior Day that wouldn’t stop giving. With the commitment of offensive linemen Hunter Bivin, Colin McGovern, and Mike McGlinchey, Irish fans already could chalk up the weekend as a win. But the addition of blue-chip, dual-threat quarterback Malik Zaire from Kettering, Ohio, solidifies the Irish at quarterback and turns the past 48…

  8. Mike McGlinchey commits, filling Irish offensive line haul

    Mar 25, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Mike McGinchey

    Oh to be a Notre Dame fan three weeks ago. To listen to some, the program was lost as sea, all but forgotten by the nation’s elite players as the team veered further and further into the abyss. With Michigan accepting recruiting commitments by the half-dozen, and Urban Meyer simply waiting for ND to identify…

  9. Spring Practice: Day Three report

    Mar 25, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

    Bennett Jackson 2

    Saturday’s practice was already a victory with the Irish getting two big recruiting commitments along the offensive line. But with the team in full pads for the first time this spring, it also gave us a chance to take a look at the physicality of the team, with the UND.com practice video giving us a…

  10. Irish add linemen Colin McGovern and Hunter Bivin to ’13 recruiting class

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    Bivin & McGovern

    With the Irish football program entertaining a group of high profile juniors this weekend, it was important to leave a strong impression on a group of players that the Notre Dame staff identified early in the recruiting process. With the returns coming in after another unseasonably mild weekend in South Bend, a slow-starting recruiting push…

  11. Spring Practice: Day Two report

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Diaco

    After doing my best to glean as much information out of three minutes of practice footage, we’re back at it with another bullet-point edition of UND.com’s wonderful practice reports. After giving us a brief overview of some of the obvious storylines this spring, Jack “Take the Charge” Nolan breaks down the linebackers, giving us a…

  12. The future is now for Davaris Daniels

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    Michael Floyd is gone. After four record breaking seasons, the only No. 3 walking through the doors for the Irish is on the back of Amir Carlisle, who isn’t walking, but hobbling through on crutches, courtesy of a broken ankle that’ll rob the Irish’s newest offensive asset of a spring acclimation period. While the Irish…

  13. Spring Practice: Day One report

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:27 AM EDT

    Everett Golson

    Courtesy of our friends over at UND.com, Jack Nolan — fresh off taking Scott Martin’s best shot — brings us the first practice report from South Bend, when the Irish took to the field early Wednesday morning to kick off spring practice. Since these are the best practice videos we’ll get all spring, consider this…

  14. Niklas to tight end adds plenty of offensive options

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    The move of Troy Niklas to tight end is fascinating. After impressing on defense as a true freshman at outside linebacker (and even moving to the nose guard in certain pass rush situations), Niklas seemed poised to be a frontrunner for an outside linebacker position heading into spring practice. Even if the ‘dog’ linebacker position,…

  15. Spring practice begins for Irish

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Spring Practice

    With almost three months to ponder the changes that were certainly coming after last season’s disappointing 8-5 campaign, the 2012 Fighting Irish took the field for their first spring practice, giving the media its first (and one of its only) looks behind the curtain. While this humble writer wasn’t in South Bend to see in…

  16. Kelly announces QB derby a four-man race heading into spring

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees BC

    In his first official press conference marking the start of spring practice, it didn’t take long for Brian Kelly to field a question about his unsettled quarterback depth chart. In fact, it was the first one asked. With the Irish plagued by inconsistency at the position last season, and going through three different options last…

  17. Carlisle out for spring with broken ankle

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Amir-Carlisle

    Just days after getting the good news that transfer running back Amir Carlisle would be eligible for the 2012 season, head coach Brian Kelly announced the sophomore running back suffered a broken ankle in seven-on-seven workouts and will be out for the spring. With spring practice set to begin on Wednesday, the Irish will be…

  18. With spring’s arrival, time for Irish to turn the page

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    The news of Tee Shepard‘s departure a week before spring practice might have hit some Irish fans particularly hard. Yet most forget that last year, the Irish were hit with an uppercut that made the departure of an unproven true freshman feel like a love tap. At this time last spring, the Irish football program…

  19. Ragone granted sixth year, headed to Kansas

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Mike Ragone

    Lost in the shuffle of a pretty eventful offseason Thursday, tight end Mike Ragone won his sixth year appeal with the NCAA and will play one more season of college football. While it won’t be for the Fighting Irish, Ragone will be reunited with the head coach that brought him to South Bend, joining Charlie…

  20. Notre Dame vs. Michigan under the lights highlights 2012 home slate

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    The first night game in Michigan Stadium history ended up giving Notre Dame nightmares. This year, the Irish are hoping to return the favor, setting the kickoff against the Wolverines for a primetime start. Notre Dame will host its second night game in as many years next season, setting a 7:30 p.m. start time for…