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  1. Notre Dame and Navy make it a century, extend to 2026

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    In a statement released jointly through the Naval Academy’s athletic department, Notre Dame and Navy have agreed to extend their rivalry until 2026, the 100th year of the series. “Our institutional relationship with Notre Dame goes back decades,” said Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk. “Along with the vast mutual respect we share as two of…

  2. Smith, Stewart, Walls and Williams all find NFL homes

    Jul 26, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    After a much longer wait than anyone anticipated, four former Irish football players will have a chance to continue their careers in the NFL. Linebacker Brian Smith, guard Chris Stewart, cornerback Darrin Walls and nose tackle Ian Williams all agreed to rookie free agent contracts yesterday, the first day the NFL opened for business after…

  3. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:21 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    This is the second installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21. If you’re looking for a grouping high on expectations, look no further than numbers 20-16 on our list. Youth is served with four true sophomores…

  4. Manti Te’o: Doing work

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    For a guy that’s getting heavy national acclaim this preseason, Manti Te’o has almost flown under the radar. (At least from a Notre Dame fan’s perspective.) As a true sophomore that was truly learning on the job, Te’o made plenty of eye-opening plays, flashing the potential that could have him taken in the NFL Draft’s…

  5. Counting down the Irish: 25-21

    Jul 21, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Carlo Calabrese

    As we kick off our 2011 Irish Top 25, let’s get some things out of the way quickly. This is just a list, not some objective evaluation process. Some guys I had ranked much higher than others. (It worked the other way as well.) Still, what you’ll find here is a pretty good composite projected…

  6. Counting down the Irish: The top 25 players on the roster

    Jul 21, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Harrison Smith

    As we did last offseason in preparation for fall camp, a group of guys that spend an unnatural amount of time thinking about Notre Dame football tried their best to rank the Irish roster heading into the 2010 season. It was a fun experiment, one that had some hits, some misses, but also reflected the…

  7. Night game at Big House will feature Big East refs

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    There’s nothing more annoying than blaming the referees for a loss. But a few close finishes in the Notre Dame-Michigan series and some uneven breaks in the 2009 game had Irish fans taking a hard look at some controversial decisions by Big Ten referees. While they won’t turn around any past losses, Notre Dame athletic…

  8. What though the odds: ND beat USC despite field position

    Jul 19, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Last season’s Irish victory over the Trojans will be remembered for many things — a rain-soaked evening, Robert Hughes’ power running, Ronald Johnson’s dropped pass, and the Irish defense’s gutsy performance. The 20-16 victory ended an eight-game losing streak for Notre Dame against Southern Cal, and while history will likely remember the Irish’s two-minute drill…

  9. Watch lists keep an eye on Irish standouts

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    As the run up to the 2011 season continues, various postseason awards announced their preseason watch lists, a good starting point for spirited debate, if not a decent predictor as to who is going to win the award. Ten Irish players are named, with Manti Te’o and Michael Floyd leading the way with four and…

  10. Spond and Shembo: The year of the Dog (linebacker)

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    Think back to last summer. Notre Dame fans hypothesized what the Irish defense would look like as it shifted back to a 3-4 alignment.  One position Notre Dame fans felt fairly confident about was outside linebacker. On one side, Darius Fleming, one of the Irish’s top defenders, was going back to a position that fit…

  11. Recipe for success: Analyzing the Kelly recruits

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Danny Spond

    It only took days for Notre Dame fans to cling to one of Brian Kelly’s first bits of coach speak. When asked about recruiting, one of the Irish’s new head coach’s perceived weak spots, Kelly uttered the term “Right Kinda Guys,” which instantly became preferred nomenclature for the recruits the former Grand Valley State, Central…

  12. Okwara’s pledge makes a dozen recruits for 2012

    Jul 11, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

    Romeo Okwara

    If Romeo Okwara can step onto campus and make the same type of impact as the last linebacker from Ardrey Kell High School, Brian Kelly and Bob Diaco are going to be very happy. As rumors swirled around other more familiar names in the recruiting derby this weekend, Romeo Okwara, who hails from the same…

  13. Irish recruits representing at “The Opening”

    Jul 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been clamoring for more coverage on “The Opening,” Nike’s foray into the 7-on-7, recruiting world/hype machine, there’s plenty of places on the internet that’ll satisfy your needs. (My personal favorite right now is the Nike official website, where they show actual laser-recorded 40-yard dash times, which helps get rid of some of the…

  14. Mauk to Mizzou, QB depth chart likely stocked

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    Maty Mauk

    While the writing has been on the wall for a few weeks, quarterback Maty Mauk made it official when he verbally committed to Missouri. Mauk was one of Brian Kelly’s first offers at quarterback, and Mauk picked the Tigers over Michigan, Notre Dame and Illinois. Mauk’s highlights have been message-board fodder for months, with the…

  15. Visit to ND pushes Irish to top of blue-chip DL Jones’ list

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Jarron Jones

    Up until a few weeks ago, gigantic defensive lineman Jarron Jones liked what the Irish coaching staff was telling him, but he had no frame of reference. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound blue-chipper from Rochester, New York was committed to Penn State, but still planned on visiting Notre Dame and seeing first hand what the Irish were…

  16. Expectations all hinge on the man behind center

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Crist

    It’s getting difficult to ignore the trajectory this offseason is taking. Quite simply, Year Two of the Brian Kelly era has expectations. Great expectations. Eric Hansen expectations. Even Mark May expectations. Because it’s July, it’s that time of year where we spend most of our time analyzing the past in hopes of predicting the future.…

  17. Holiday weekend notes: Frosh numbers, redshirts, and more

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    Compare today to running an offseason marathon. No doubt, we are slogging along here, but the good news is we’ve just passed the 13-mile marker. We’re more than half-way there, and while that terrible realization that you’ve still got 13 miles left to run might cross your mind, the very good news is that we’re…

  18. Reeling in RBs a must in this recruiting cycle

    Jun 30, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

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    If you’re looking at the Irish roster, you’ll notice there’s one particularly important position that could use a little bit of padding. After focusing on quarterbacks and defensive ends in their first two recruiting classes, Brian Kelly and his offensive staff have spent most of this recruiting cycle identifying running backs and casting a wide…

  19. Floyd reaches plea agreement on drunk driving charge

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Mike Floyd Court

    It appears the legal portion of Michael Floyd’s wayward journey back to the football field is complete. The senior wide receiver appeared in St. Joseph County Traffic and Misdemeanor Court and pleaded guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. According to multiple reports, Floyd’s driver’s license will be suspended 90 days. He’ll…

  20. Turner’s pledge to Irish continues commitment to secondary

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Chinedum Ndukwe

    It turns out it didn’t take a few weeks to make a college decision. Over the weekend, just days after earning his way to a scholarship offer, John Turner pulled the trigger, committing to Notre Dame. “It was just a perfect fit,” Turner told the South Bend Tribune. “Every time I came up I fell…