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  1. Spring Solutions: Tight Ends

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:05 AM EDT

    NCAA Football: Purdue at Notre Dame

    No pressure, guys. For Troy Niklas, Alex Welch, Ben Koyack and Mike Heuerman, there’s got to be a little bit extra on their shoulders this spring, as they watch another Notre Dame All-American tight end prepare to go early in the NFL Draft. It’s beginning to become one of the sports’ most consistent position groups,…

  2. Spring Solutions: Running backs

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Miami v Notre Dame

    With the departure of Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood from the Irish backfield, Notre Dame’s running game will look drastically different in 2013. Gone is the impressive steadiness that Riddick brought to the Irish offense, the ability to run tough between the tackles while also being a weapon in the passing game. Also departing (early,…

  3. Spring Solutions: Wide Receivers

    Mar 14, 2013, 1:08 AM EDT

    tj-jones

    It’s been a good run for Notre Dame at wide receiver. For a school that many think struggles to bring in elite playmakers, there sure have been quite a few to make their way through South Bend lately. Starting with Chicago Cubs opening day starter Jeff Samardzija, continuing on to Biletnikoff Winner Golden Tate and…

  4. Spring Solutions: Quarterback

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:42 PM EDT

    Rees Golson Kiel

    It’s been a long time since Notre Dame’s quarterback position has had the type of stability that it now enjoys. So while Brian Kelly likely touted the idea that every quarterback would be competing for the starting job, you can’t blame redshirt freshman Gunner Kiel for reading the writing on the wall. With Everett Golson…

  5. Notre Dame to join ACC for 2013-14 seasons

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    The University of Notre Dame will join the Atlantic Coast Conference ahead of schedule, joining the conference for the upcoming 2013-14 season. They’ll leave the Big East Conference after this school year, where they’ve been members since 1995. The Irish will leave the conference at the same time as the seven non-football playing schools, DePaul,…

  6. Spring Solutions: 2013 edition

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Joey Brooks

    With the start of spring practice a week away, it’s time to toss aside the 2012 media guide and begin anew with 2013. It’s amazing to think about just how far this program has come in the last calendar year. With a new offensive coordinator, a jumbled quarterback battle, and more questions than answers following…

  7. Tate Nichols goes on medical hardship, career over

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    Tate Nichols

    The football career of offensive tackle Tate Nichols is over. Brian Kelly confirmed the news in an interview with the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen. The 6-foot-8, 320-pound right tackle will go on a medical hardship scholarship and finish his degree at Notre Dame. His scholarship no longer counts against the 85 man limit. Nichols’…

  8. Kiel’s departure part of QB position’s evolution

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    While Notre Dame will inevitably put out a press release announcing Gunner Kiel‘s departure from the football program, head coach Brian Kelly‘s words — spoken to the South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen before  Kiel decided to transfer —  said all we needed to hear about Kiel’s reported decision to leave campus and look to play…

  9. Reports: Gunner Kiel to transfer

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    A relatively quiet month for Notre Dame’s football program was given quite a shake up today with Irish Sports Daily’s report that quarterback Gunner Kiel was set to transfer. The freshman who sat out the 2012 season and played on the scout team has yet to take a snap for the Irish. The former blue-chip…

  10. Move to ACC might be next year for Notre Dame

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    As the Big East conference continues to twist and turn, it appears that Notre Dame’s exit to the ACC might come sooner than expected. Two reports this week fill in some of the rather interesting blanks for Notre Dame fans wondering how athletic director Jack Swarbrick will maneuver his way through another set of murky…

  11. Restocking: Defensive Line

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Notre Dame defensive players Tuitt, Nix III, and Te'O celebrate after breaking up a play in the fourth quarter during their win over USC in their NCAA college football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles

    Brian Kelly has instilled plenty of changes in the Notre Dame football program. But perhaps none is more surprising than the success this Irish coaching staff has had recruiting defensive linemen. For the longest time, Irish coaches swung and missed trying to land key front-line defensive players, getting to the point where recruitniks started to…

  12. Happy birthday, Knute

    Mar 4, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    Knute Rockne

    After celebrating a magical 125th football season, it’s a nice little coincidence that today is Knute Rockne’s 125th birthday. The man who has been immortally intertwined with the history and traditions of Notre Dame football was born on March 4, 1888 in Voss, Norway. I will not pretend to have the historical chops to properly…

  13. Trolling Te’o

    Mar 2, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    2013 NFL Combine

    With the NFL Scouting in the rear view mirror, the focus of the NFL juggernaut will now shift to free agency, set to open in roughly ten days. As it’s been with the professional game, we’ll see blockbuster moves — big money contracts going to players that seemed destined to finish a career in the…

  14. Restocking: Wide Receivers

    Feb 28, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    The departure of Michael Floyd ended a golden era for wide receivers in Notre Dame football history. When the former Irish star left campus, he left a void on the roster that ended a pretty impressive run by Notre Dame wideouts. Since Charlie Weis took over the Irish program, wide receiver stats have exploded, with…

  15. Hegarty cleared for action after serious health scare

    Feb 27, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Matt Hegarty

    After missing much of last year with a mysterious illness that shut him down for the season, the future of Matt Hegarty‘s time at Notre Dame looked to be in question. The one-time blue chip recruit, who had turned down offers from USC, Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon to sign with the Irish, looked to be…

  16. Combine shows the Irish still have plenty of work to do

    Feb 26, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    2013 NFL Combine

    Think a 28-point defeat in the National Championship game put a little fuel in the tanks of the Fighting Irish as they prepare for 2013? Well the NFL Combine did as well. If the annual meat market showed anything this week it’s that the Irish’s very best players still have a ways to go before…

  17. Reports: Walk-on punter adds depth to special teams

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    NCAA Football - Wake Forest vs. Clemson - October 17, 2009

    Notre Dame may have closed its heralded recruiting class the first Wednesday of February, but it appears their work on next season’s Irish roster isn’t finished. Both Irish Sports Daily and Blue & Gold Illustrated report that Notre Dame will be adding former Wake Forest punter Alex Wulfeck to the roster for next season as…

  18. Eifert strengthens draft stock at Combine

    Feb 24, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Tyler Eifert

    It’s been a very good weekend for Tyler Eifert. The former Irish tight end, the Mackey Award winner for 2012, took to Indianapolis this weekend to solidify his draft stock. He more than did that, putting on a show for NFL scouts as he proved himself superior physically to the other elite tight ends in…

  19. Restocking: Quarterbacks

    Feb 22, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    When you look back at it, it’s remarkable how quickly Notre Dame has solidified the quarterback position. While most remember the Charlie Weis years as a golden era for Irish quarterbacks, the end of his regime brought great instability to the position. Had Weis returned for the 2010 season, he’d have likely done it without…

  20. Restocking: Running Backs

    Feb 21, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Miami v Notre Dame

    Notre Dame’s 2012 two-deep depth chart will be on display in Indianapolis starting today, with both Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood auditioning for NFL scouts at the annual combine. It’ll be a great opportunity for both former Irish runners to display their diverse skill-sets, something that’ll likely help Riddick and Wood stick on an NFL…