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  1. Lynch’s absence from practice sparks rumor mill

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    There’s plenty of practice report video to get to, but the biggest news of the day was Aaron Lynch‘s absence from practice today. While rumors were burning like wildfire across the internet this morning after the rising sophomore defensive end was missing, Brian Kelly was quite clear after practice that nothing major was going on.…

  2. Irish pick up cornerback pledge in Devin Butler

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Devin Butler

    With cornerback a pressing need in this year’s recruiting class, the Irish received good news this morning with the commitment of Washington D.C. cornerback Devin Butler. Butler, a six-foot-one, 180-pound national target had offers from Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Wisconsin and over a dozen others before being committing to Notre Dame. “There was…

  3. Irish athletes audition at Pro Day

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Seniors ND Pro Day

    With NFL scouts descending on South Bend, nine Irish seniors had what might be their final chance to make a good impression on potential employers. While their fellow classmates might be feeling the same jitters as they head to Career Fairs and don suits and ties, Robert Blanton, Taylor Dever, Darius Fleming, Michael Floyd, Gary…

  4. Practice Report: Day Eight update

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    John Goodman

    The Irish were back outside today, with the wind whipping through South Bend. But it allowed the Irish to get some work done outside the cramped confines of Loftus and allowed the UND.com video crew to pump out another enjoyable practice report. Just over half-way done with the spring work, we’re starting to get a…

  5. Clausen and Floyd reunite for Pro Day

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Floyd running

    As dozens of NFL scouts descend on South Bend to get a look at former Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd, a familiar wingman will be uniting for a one-day performance that’ll hopefully lift both players’ stock. Jimmy Clausen, three-year Irish starter, now relegated to playing the role of Cam Newton’s backup, will head back to…

  6. Practice Report: Day Seven update

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:10 PM EDT

    Eifert

    If there’s reason to believe the Irish offense will take a step forward next season even after losing Michael Floyd, it’s Tyler Eifert. The rising senior tight end, who before Brian Kelly arrived was expected by some to disappear into obscurity after a back injury, instead has turned into the best of a recent string…

  7. Weekend notes: Shembo, Hiestand, Heuerman, and more

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

    ishaq-williams-numbers-full

    Brian Kelly met with the media after practice today, with the biggest piece of news being an injury to linebacker Prince Shembo. Spotted wearing a boot on his left foot, Kelly didn’t seem overly concerned about a slight case of turf toe, which will keep him off the field for a handful of days. An…

  8. Practice Report: Day Six update

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Bob Elliott ND

    For Notre Dame fans looking to get to know new safeties coach Bob Elliott, today is your day. After having coached and mentored co-defensive coordinators Bob Diaco and Kerry Cooks, Diaco was brought on to replace Chuck Martin, who transitioned to the offensive side of the ball. Elliott certainly is bona fide, having coordinated some…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…