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  1. Playmakers Wanted: John Goodman

    Feb 20, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

    John Goodman

    (Note: This is the first in a series of fictional memos from Notre Dame’s No. 1 fan to key players for the 2012 Fighting Irish.) MEMO To: John Goodman From: Goldy Domer, #1 Irish Fan Subject: Your final year of eligibility John: Four years goes by quickly, doesn’t it? It seems like only yesterday we…

  2. Local linemen could be recipe for recruiting success

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:28 PM EST

    Tate Nichols

    Losing a recruit like Taylor Decker would usually be cause for alarm. Over the last decade, the Irish have struggled to keep proper inventory along the offensive line, and the loss of a six-foot-eight, 300-pound left tackle prospect, three-star recruit or not, would’ve set off more than a few Irish fans. After all, it was…

  3. With redshirt off, intrigue surrounds Golson

    Feb 16, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

    Everett Golson

    Just about every Irish fan wondered what the quarterbacks not on the field could do for the Irish last season. With the depth chart thrown into disarray after two quarters of football, a chorus of support erupted from all corners of ND nation, with calls for Rees, Crist, Hendrix and Golson heard amongst the shouting.…

  4. Irish adding Eamon McOsker as a preferred walk-on

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:26 PM EST

    Eamon Osker

    It looks like the Irish football program still isn’t done adding players to the class of 2012. Notre Dame has made an offer to two-way player Eamon McOsker of Loyola High in Los Angeles, and McOsker will join the Irish roster next season as a preferred walk-on. The Los Angeles Times reports that McOsker was…

  5. Decision made, Davonte Neal set to pick school

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

    Davonte Neal

    Three weeks after coming up on the short end of the stick on Signing Day, the Irish might be getting the impact receiver they’ve been in search of this recruiting class. Multiple reports have Davonte Neal ready to select a school, with the talented two-way player making his announcement on February 21st. The blue-chip athlete…

  6. Martin focused on executing the offense

    Feb 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

    Chuck Martin tight

    Chuck Martin faced his first proverbial third-and-long early in his press session. Brian Kelly’s new offensive coordinator, along with all the Irish assistant coaches, each wearing a different title in 2012 than they did in 2011, met with an eager press corp, ready to hear how this year will be better than the last. Martin…

  7. Front four reveals multiple options

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:04 PM EST

    aaron lynch Sack

    The days of calling Notre Dame a 3-4 defense are over. In fact, you’d have been wrong if you called the Irish a predominantly 3-4 defense last year. While opposing coaches looked to use the Irish’s odd-man front as recruiting ammunition to keep edge rushers from joining Bob Diaco‘s defense in South Bend, the reality…

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

    Feb 10, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 10, 2012, 4:21 PM EST

    Brian Kelly 9

    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…

  10. After rough start, Gray believes in Kelly

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:25 PM EST

    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…

  11. Recruiting carousel restarts with 2013 Rivals100 list

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:37 PM EST

    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…

  12. Irish still in the running for Davonte Neal

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

    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…

  13. Martin gives inside look at recruiting process

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:17 PM EST

    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…

  14. The ones that got away

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:46 PM EST

    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…

  15. Offense evolves with Alford assigned RBs and slot receivers

    Feb 2, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

    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…

  16. Signing Day shocker: Greenberry signs with Houston

    Feb 1, 2012, 11:47 AM EST

    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…

  17. Live Blog: National Signing Day 2012

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:11 AM EST

    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…

  18. Plans for Signing Day: Non-stop coverage

    Jan 31, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    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…

  19. The Commits: Secondary

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    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…

  20. The Commitments: Front seven

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    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…