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  1. Shepard and Greenberry seem solid to Irish

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Shepard Greenberry

    It seems the rollercoaster recruiting ride of the last week for Tee Shepard and Deontay Greenberry has ended, with Irish fans sighing relief after the talented Fresno duo reaffirmed their commitment to the Irish after taking a weekend visit to Southern Cal. Barton Simmons of 247Sports.com got the money quote from Shepard, who was a…

  2. 2014 schedule comes into focus with Rice game announced

    Dec 20, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Rice Owls

    (I was traveling for Christmas today so we’ll get to some good Tee Shepard news, a FSU Felony update, and some interesting BK comments later tonight/tomorrow.) It might have slid under the radar, but Rice announced an addition to their football schedule for 2014, adding Notre Dame to their slate of games. The Owls will…

  3. It’s panic season in recruiting

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Deontay Greenberry Head

    For a small, but fanatical subset of college football fans, this is the most stressful time of year. Forget autumn Saturdays — where sixty minutes determine who wins and who loses. This is way more serious. Two years of work — evaluating, wooing, relationship-building — all coming down the stretch, as coaches try and convince…

  4. Recruiting stays focused on skill upgrades

    Dec 17, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Jordan Westerkamp

    With the Irish a dozen days away from taking on Florida State, recruiting is still the primary focus of the Irish coaching staff, with this another critical weekend. Focused on improving the skill positions — both wide receiver and defensive back — is the main priority, and the Irish have people on campus that can…

  5. Ronnie Stanley commits to Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    Ronnie StanleyND

    Blue-chip offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, adding a much needed sixteenth man to the 2012 recruiting class. The pledge, the first to the Irish since the last day of September, was important for a number of reasons, the first and foremost being the quality of player Stanley projects to be.…

  6. Staff changes will wait until after Signing Day

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Kelly and Blanton

    Brian Kelly will be making his first coaching hire since assembling the staff he brought with him to Notre Dame. We’ll just have to wait until after Signing Day to find out who it’ll be. With Charley Molnar taking over the UMass football program as it moves up a wrung into the FBS, the Irish…

  7. Weis looks back at Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Clausen Weis

    Charlie Weis is a man on the move, especially considering his hip — still bothering him from a sideline collision in 2008 — will be replaced before the new year. Between hitting the recruiting trail hard, which included recruiting visits from Irish quarterback Dayne Crist and South Bend native Gehrig Dieter, Weis sat down with…

  8. Help Wanted: Without Floyd, wide receivers in demand

    Dec 13, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Floyd Riddick

    With Michael Floyd set to play his final game in an Irish uniform, Brian Kelly is in a position not many people saw coming: He’s out of play-making wide receivers. In what has been the golden age of aerial offense in South Bend, the Irish’s head coach has a problem — he’s got an offense…

  9. With Te’o’s return, 2012 front seven looks solid

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o junior

    Manti Te’o‘s return means a lot of things to the Irish. Off the field, Notre Dame will have one of the nation’s premiere student-athletes representing their university. An All-American on and off the field, Te’o will be the unquestioned face of the program heading into a season that’ll have the Irish on center stage. The…

  10. Te’o set to return for senior season

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    manti-teo getty images

    Manti Te’o didn’t win the Lott Impact Award Sunday night in Newport Beach, with Boston College’s Luke Kuechly receiving the prize. But Te’o did steal just about all the headlines, when he announced that he’d be returning for his senior season at Notre Dame. The Irish’s All-American linebacker, who many thought would be destined for…

  11. Irish recap season with awards show

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Awards Show

    When Brian Kelly decided to replace the annual football banquet with an end-of-the-season awards show, a few eyebrows were raised. And even if some of the awards given last night did the same thing, the celebration of the Irish football season was a good one, filled with some great moments shared by those in the…

  12. Weis to Kansas, Crist to follow?

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Charlie-Weis

    It’s not like you couldn’t see it coming. Yesterday’s bombshell news that Charlie Weis was leaving his post as the offensive coordinator at Florida to take over the Kansas football program led to me openly hypothesizing about quarterback Dayne Crist joining him in Lawrence. (I even tweeted it 18 hours ago.) Well, just minutes ago…

  13. Second time around, Denbrock has made mark

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Denbrock Kelly GVSU

    With Charley Molnar set to officially take over the UMass football program, the Irish coaching staff will make its first change since Brian Kelly took over the football program. After two years of staff continuity, Kelly will need to look into the marketplace and hire a coach — be it an offensive coordinator to work…

  14. Quarterback plans signal next year can wait

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Beating Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl is a big deal for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish. His decision to keep Tommy Rees the starting quarterback proves that. In a bowl game that most fans see as equal parts rivalry and exhibition game, the Kelly regime needs a victory to keep the football…

  15. David Ruffer: Rudy 2.0

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    David Ruffer

    Last year, David Ruffer went from anonymous walk-on to Lou Groza Award finalist, one of the more amazing stories in the college football world. After working his way into Notre Dame after getting rejected out of high school, Ruffer was discovered kicking in a interhall football game by the coaching staff. The rest is… well,…

  16. Molnar targeted for the UMass head coaching job

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Charley Molnar

    A week after running backs coach Tim Hinton was rumored to be joining Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff (nothing has happened yet), there’s more smoke around another member of Brian Kelly‘s staff: offensive coordinator Charley Molnar, who looks to be the front-runner for the vacant UMass coaching job. Mark Braudschun of the Boston Globe reports…

  17. A special message from Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    In case you didn’t believe Brian Kelly when he said Stephon Tuitt was cleared to practice after a serious illness, the freshman defensive lineman joins his partner-in-crime Louis Nix to invite Irish fans to the upcoming Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. Next up, Louis Nix reads from DuLac. I’d still probably watch it.

  18. Notre Dame versus Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl

    Dec 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Michael Floyd

    A year after renewing a storied rivalry against Miami in the Sun Bowl, the Irish have another date with a vaunted opponent of yesteryear. Thanks to Clemson’s victory in the ACC Championship last night, Notre Dame will take on Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl, giving December 29th one of the most high-profile match-ups…

  19. Crist makes it official: Transfer in motion

    Dec 4, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Dayne Crist

    It started with a tweet last week (of course it did, this is 2011 after all), quickly deleted after it spread like wildfire through cyberspace: walkerRcarey Walker Carey I have a sneaking feeling that I will be a Wisconsin Badgers fan next year. 8 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply Retweeted by @SeanCwynar98 After weeks of…

  20. Weekend six pack: plane tracker edition

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Keith Marshall

    With a bowl game still to be determined, the Irish aren’t quite sure when their next game is. For players, that means a week where there isn’t a whole lot to do. “I hate not knowing what to do with your free time,” linebacker Carlo Calabrese tweeted yesterday. Well that makes a few thousand of…