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  1. Irish adding Buffalo’s Ernest Jones to football staff

    Feb 10, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Ernest Jones

    Brian Kelly spent the morning addressing the staff changes that await the next edition of the Fighting Irish football team. But it appears there’s one more move on the horizon, though it hasn’t been made official by Notre Dame. As reported by the Buffalo News’ Rodney McKissic, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones…

  2. Vowing to fix offense, Kelly announces staff shake-up

    Feb 10, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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    After spending the days following Notre Dame’s bowl loss in a sprint to the recruiting finish line, Brian Kelly spent Friday morning announcing the staff changes that have taken shape since wrapping up the 2011 season. With offensive coordinator Charley Molnar taking over the football program at UMass, and Ed Warinner and Tim Hinton joining…

  3. After rough start, Gray believes in Kelly

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Shamrock

    It took a while for the light bulb to go on, but when it did, Jonas Gray finally showed the talent many had expected from the blue-chip prospect from Detroit. One of the top prep running backs in the country, it took until Gray’s senior season to make an impact on the field, but from…

  4. Recruiting carousel restarts with 2013 Rivals100 list

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Kendall Fuller

    Notre Dame hasn’t stopped chasing 2012 prospects. But that doesn’t stop the recruiting carousel for spinning, as the lifeblood of college football — not to mention a multi-million dollar internet industry — continues to churn as college programs turn the page to a new year’s worth of recruits. Nothing signals that more than the new…

  5. Irish still in the running for Davonte Neal

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Davonte Neal

    If Signing Day ended on a dour note, that lull between Signing Day and spring football might be filled with one final pleasant surprise. The Irish haven’t given up on chasing the final recruit on their board, Arizona’s Davonte Neal. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Neal, who led Chaparral High to back-to-back state championships is still considering…

  6. Martin gives inside look at recruiting process

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Chuck Martin 2

    It’s easy to look at the sixteen recruits that signed with Notre Dame last week and place an evaluation on the job Brian Kelly and his coaching staff did. With the last minute defection of wide receiver Deontay Greenberry, the runner-up finish for blue-chippers Nelson Agholor and Brian Poole, and the loss of one-time commits…

  7. The ones that got away

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Greenberry Houston

    Brian Kelly wanted to keep the focus on the players that decided to sign letters-of-intent with the Irish. And with a recruiting class compiled of 16 talented players — a lean class no doubt, but far from a program killer — that sentiment is certainly understandable. But we’ll have four years to judge the talent…

  8. Offense evolves with Alford assigned RBs and slot receivers

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    tony-alford-assistants

    Lost in the shuffle of Signing Day (we’ll get back to it, I promise), it appears Brian Kelly had finalized his coaching staff’s assignments. Tony Alford, after shifting to wide receivers to accommodate Tim Hinton, will head back to running backs coach. Scott Booker, named a full-time coach after Hinton and offensive line coach Ed…

  9. Signing Day shocker: Greenberry signs with Houston

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Greenberry Houston

    As of last night, Deontay Greenberry had confirmed with the Irish coaching staff that he was set to sign his letter-of-intent with Notre Dame. But as the morning hours roll on in South Bend, the Notre Dame fax machine that awaited the four-star recruit’s signature sits idle. Multiple news outlets have reported a Signing Day…

  10. Live Blog: National Signing Day 2012

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:11 AM EDT

    Kelly tunnel

    The faxes will begin rolling into the football offices at Notre Dame before sunrise. With cornerback Tee Shepard, defensive lineman Sheldon Day, and quarterback Gunner Kiel already enrolled in school, the Irish are expected to receive at least fourteen letters-of-intent Wednesday, finalizing a recruiting season that will bring another class of student-athletes into the Notre…

  11. Plans for Signing Day: Non-stop coverage

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Deontay Greenberry3

    After following the recruitment of a few hundred prospective student-athletes, we’re finally able to see who’ll be wearing a Notre Dame uniform next fall. It’s been a long and winding road, but as of tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. ET, the Irish will start officially accepting letters-of-intent, and making official a recruiting class that’s been…

  12. The Commits: Secondary

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Baratti2

    Part six of our series recapping the recruits ready to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. (Or already on campus.) Previous installments include the running backs, offensive line, wide receivers, quarterbacks, and the front seven. Taking a look at Notre Dame’s 2011 depth chart, it’s pretty clear that the Irish secondary needs reinforcements. Gone are Harrison Smith, Gary…

  13. The Commitments: Front seven

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Romeo Okwara

    Part five of our series recapping the recruits ready to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. (Or already on campus.) Previous installments include the running backs, offensive line, wide receivers and quarterbacks.  At his first signing day press conference, Brian Kelly all but announced his intent to rebuild the front seven of the defense via recruiting. Little did…

  14. The Commitments: Quarterback

    Jan 29, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    Part four of our series recapping the recruits ready to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. (Or already on campus.) Previous installments include the running backs, offensive line and wide receivers. When Notre Dame named Brian Kelly its head football coach, many assumed that thy were getting a quarterbacking guru. And for good reason.…

  15. The Commitments: Wide receivers

    Jan 27, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT

    Deontay Greenberry Head

    Part three of our series recapping the recruits ready to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. Previous installments include running backs and offensive linemen. The shadow that Michael Floyd‘s graduation will leave over the Irish offense likely won’t clear in just one season. (Consider even Floyd’s No. 3 jersey won’t even be in uniform…

  16. The Commitments: The offensive line

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:36 PM EDT

    Ronnie Stanley

    Part two of our series recapping the recruiting commitments set to sign letters-of-intent with Notre Dame next Wednesday. Often times, the most attention is heaped on the recruit that got away. That was certainly the case when Taylor Decker, a six-foot-eight, 310-pound tackle that was long pledged to the Irish flipped his commitment to Ohio…

  17. The Commitments: Running Backs

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    keivarae_russell

    [A few days ago, a commenter mentioned how little talk there was about wide receiver Chris Brown, a freakishly good athlete that's joining the Notre Dame recruiting class from South Carolina to little fanfare. Consider these columns a response to a very good comment.] In the next six days, the recruiting rollercoaster will surely rumble…

  18. Hiestand named OL coach and run game coordinator

    Jan 25, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Harry Hiestand, Frank Omiyale, Roberto Garza

    After having his name surface a few weeks ago, Harry Hiestand has officially been named to the Irish coaching staff, replacing Ed Warinner as both offensive line coach and run game coordinator. Hiestand is a 29-year coaching veteran that’s spent significant time in both the NFL and collegiate ranks. After spending the last two seasons…

  19. Agholor, Neal more than just blue-chip recruits

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Nelson Agholor

    Perusing the internet last night I stumbled upon two excellent articles written on two terrific student-athletes that Notre Dame is recruiting. While they come from opposite corners of the country, both Nelson Agholor and Davonte Neal have overcome incredible odds to find themselves in a place where they have their choice to attend some of…

  20. Irish head down recruiting home stretch

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Nelson Agholor

    Next Wednesday, thousands of college football fans around the country will wake up with it feeling like Christmas morning. That’s because after over a year of building relationships with high school prospects, fax machines across the country will get their annual workout as Letters-of-Intent roll into football offices, with Notre Dame expecting to receive fourteen…