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  1. Independence Day should have special meaning for Irish fans

    Jul 4, 2012, 9:47 AM EST

    Swarbrick Playoff

    Nebraska. Colorado. Texas A&M. Missouri. Pitt. Syracuse. West Virginia. Proud athletic programs that uprooted themselves, chasing money, power, and potential preferential treatment on their quest for a better existence as the seas of collegiate athletics got rockier and rockier over the past two years. As a heatwave covers our country as we celebrate America’s independence,…

  2. LB Greer Martini first pledge of the 2014 class

    Jul 4, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Greer Martini

    The Notre Dame coaching staff has been targeting talented linebackers in this recruiting cycle, chasing players like Jaylon Smith, Danny Mattingly, Michael Deeb, and the soon-to-decide Alex Anzalone as they look to replenish their roster. While trying to fill their 2013 slate, the Irish accepted the commitment of another linebacker, 2014 Virginia linebacker Greer Martini,…

  3. Elston looks for big things out of defensive line

    Jul 3, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

    Mike Elston

    It’s been a challenging two years for Mike Elston at Notre Dame. A serious illness derailed his first season in South Bend, forcing the Irish’s special teams coordinator and defensive line coach to step away from football during the season to focus on his health. In 2011, Elston’s unit was the one that suffered health…

  4. Niklas is the ultimate wild card

    Jul 2, 2012, 4:40 PM EST

    Troy Niklas

    There are plenty of variables at play for the 2012 Fighting Irish. The largest is at the quarterback position. Who will lead the Irish not just when they head to Dublin, but when they continue into the teeth of one of the country’s hardest schedules? Who will fill the sizable void Michael Floyd left after…

  5. Linebacker Michael Deeb commits to the Irish

    Jun 29, 2012, 3:23 PM EST

    Michael-Deeb

    It’s been a busy week for linebackers coach and defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. After picking up a pledge from outside linebacker prospect Danny Mattingly earlier in the week, South Florida inside linebacker Michael Deeb committed to Notre Dame today, making the announcement via Twitter. “Thankful and blessed to make the decision to commit to THE…

  6. Russell and Neal will get looks at cornerback

    Jun 28, 2012, 1:22 PM EST

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    There’s no question that Notre Dame lacks quality depth at cornerback heading into the season. Needing to replace both Robert Blanton and Gary Gray, the Irish will look to first year starter Bennett Jackson on the short-side of the field as Lo Wood and Josh Atkinson will take their competition for the field cornerback position…

  7. Irish add OLB Danny Mattingly to ’13 recruiting class

    Jun 27, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    Danny Mattingly

    Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from outside linebacker Danny Mattingly yesterday, adding another critical piece to a ’13 recruiting class that now sits at 15 members. Mattingly, a Spokane native, has seen his profile grow over the past few months, securing offers from Alabama, Nebraska and Oklahoma, to go along with offers from just…

  8. Rees and Calabrese cleared for school and workouts

    Jun 26, 2012, 11:15 AM EST

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    It hasn’t been a secret that Tommy Rees has been taking summer classes and working out with his teammates as the Irish undergo offseason workouts in preparation for the 2012 season. But head coach Brian Kelly hadn’t yet commented on the future of his embattled quarterback, who ran afoul with the law on the last…

  9. Anello still competing in life after football

    Jun 25, 2012, 2:25 PM EST

    Mike Anello ND

    It’s been a few seasons since we’ve seen the blur with a No. 37 sprinting down the field in kick coverage. But since Mike Anello graduated from Notre Dame and ended a football career that started as a walk-on and ended garnering two Academic All-American honors for his special teams play, Anello hasn’t stopped competing.…

  10. Louis Nix gets first Brian Kelly post-surgery comments

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

    Louis Nix9

    You’ve got to love the internet… and defensive tackle Louis Nix. The rising junior, a key cog to the Irish defensive line, has taken to his YouTube channel to continue building his social media presence. Along with a popular Twitter handle — @IrishChocolate9 –Nix has now started “Chocolate News,” his YouTube updates of life in…

  11. Swarbrick pumps brakes on Big 12 talks

    Jun 20, 2012, 8:33 PM EST

    Jack Swarbrick

    With news that the conference commissioners and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick plan to present a four-team playoff plan to universities presidents in the coming days, a new rumor surfaced earlier today from OrangeBloods.com’s Chip Brown that is once again is connecting Notre Dame with the Big 12. In Brown’s latest (and not the…

  12. Running back recruiting gets tougher with full house

    Jun 19, 2012, 2:18 PM EST

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    Notre Dame took its lumps in a few key recruiting battles at running back this week when two top prep backs committed to different schools. The Irish lost out on top target, Tampa’s Ryan Green to Florida State, while Paul Chryst and Pitt picked up South Jersey’s Corey Clement, who ran for 2,500 yards last…

  13. Neal ready for Notre Dame

    Jun 18, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

    Davonte Neal AZ

    After a recruitment that was high on drama and excitement, Notre Dame fans hope Davonte Neal brings the same thing to the football field as he enrolls in summer school today. Neal, who flew into South Bend on Sunday, represents one of the best options to walk in and contribute in an offense that’s desperately…

  14. Weekend Notes: Recruiting, Freshmen, Schedules and odds

    Jun 15, 2012, 3:50 PM EST

    Paul Longo

    As mentioned yesterday, it’s a recruiting reunion on campus this weekend for the class of ’13. With a group of promising 2014 recruits as well as a handful of uncommitted prospects in this recruiting cycle, South Bend (local weather high-80s and sunny as we speak) is getting the once over from top prospects Mackensie Alexander…

  15. Linebacker recruiting turns focus to Anzalone

    Jun 14, 2012, 4:44 PM EST

    Alex Anzalone

    Over the past few days, the linebacker target list for Notre Dame has gotten more refined. Unfortunately, it’s been because a few top names have fallen off the board. With Irish targets Chans Cox deciding to stay home and play for Arizona State, and Dallas linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni committing to Oklahoma today, Notre Dame will…

  16. Irish get visit from blue-chip Florida CB Mackensie Alexander

    Jun 13, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    Mackensie Alexander

    It’s easy to point to cornerback as a position of need for the Irish. After losing Tee Shepard before making it to spring practice, turning away talented cornerbacks Yuri Wright and Anthony Standifer, and losing long-time Irish commitment Ronald Darby, Notre Dame needs to make sure they add some cornerback depth in the 2013 recruiting…

  17. Collinsworth injury could reshuffle secondary

    Jun 12, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

    Austin Collinsworth

    While Notre Dame hasn’t publicly commented on it, multiple outlets have reported a significant shoulder injury to safety Austin Collinsworth. The injury, reportedly sustained during the Blue-Gold game, has the potential to be season ending, altering the Irish’s plans at the safety position, where Collinsworth was set to play major minutes. If we are to…

  18. As summer begins, Irish student-athletes give back

    Jun 11, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

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    As stories of academic impropriety at impressive institutions like North Carolina steal headlines, most schools are cross-checking classes that feature too many student-athletes in their summer sessions. With limited students enrolled, it’s not breaking news that summer school has sometimes been used as a way to get grade-point-averages healthy and eligibility restored. While most schools…

  19. Weekend notes: Guess goes home, Army 180, and BK’s back

    Jun 8, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    Lorenzo Guess

    Assistant director of strength and conditioning Lorenzo Guess has left Notre Dame for a similar position at his alma mater Michigan State. Guess, who played basketball and football for the Spartans, hails from Michigan and was coached by Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio when Dantonio was a position coach and Guess was a safety.…

  20. Isaac Rochell gives his commitment to Notre Dame

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:59 PM EST

    Isaac Rochell

    Less than a week after the Irish received the pledge of five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith, Brian Kelly locked in another highly-touted recruit, Georgia’s Isaac Rochell. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end is a consensus top 150 player in the country, with Rivals ranking him the No. 8 defensive end and the No. 88 player overall. Sporting…