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  1. Irish getting unlikely transfer in USC’s Amir Carlisle

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:36 AM EST

    Amir-Carlisle

    Last year, the Irish came down to the wire for the services of blue-chip running back Amir Carlisle, only to see the California native stay in his home state and play for Southern Cal. After whispers of a surprise transfer flew across the Irish blogosphere over the past few days, Bob Wieneke of the South…

  2. Irish land Elijah Shumate at Army All-American Bowl

    Jan 7, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

    Elijah Shumate

    The Irish reeled in recruit number 18 during the US Army All-American Bowl, when New Jersey’s Elijah Shumate pledged his commitment to Notre Dame. Shumate adds to the Irish’s collection of defensive backs, giving Notre Dame one of the nation’s most physical safeties and another elite player at a position the coaching staff targeted early.…

  3. Eifert returning for senior season

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    Eifert

    When the Irish head to Ireland next year to kick off the 2012 season, they’ll have their two best senior leaders with them. With Manti Te’o already set to return for his senior season and lead the Irish defense, it now looks like All-American tight end Tyler Eifert will be there with him to take…

  4. Are the Irish courting two Armsteads?

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:12 PM EST

    Armond Amstead

    By now, most Irish fans that have been reading this blog are familiar with Arik Armstead, the highly touted two-sports athlete that’s been recruited by both Brian Kelly and Mike Brey. Armstead is practicing right now at the US Army All-American bowl, where the 6-foot-8, 280-pound defensive lineman and power forward is still mulling through…

  5. Shepard settles on ND, set to enroll

    Jan 4, 2012, 12:02 AM EST

    Tee Shepard, Jordan Westerkamp

    The final score for the first annual Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl was the West edging the East 17-14 in the latest national All-Star game to capture recruitniks attention. But the biggest headline leaving Phoenix wasn’t any play made on the field, but rather a recruiting victory all but finalized by Notre Dame. Cornerback Tee Shepard,…

  6. Warinner and Hinton leave as coaching staff shakes up

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:47 PM EST

    Kelly Urban Meyer

    Make no mistake about it, this means war. Urban Meyer has always held a peculiar place in Irish fans’ hearts. He’s spurned them, leaving Monk Malloy and the school jet empty when he turned down his “dream job” at Notre Dame to head to Gainesville instead. He’s poached from them, with he and former henchman…

  7. New Year’s resolutions for 2012 Irish

    Jan 1, 2012, 7:51 PM EST

    Everett Golson

    It doesn’t take a CSI investigator to know that Irish fans are still smarting from the 18-14 loss to Florida State. Minutes away from a nine win season, the firm grasp the Irish defense had around the throat of the Seminoles loosened, and an offense that moved the ball prolifically earlier this season ground to…

  8. Set your DVR: Onward to Victory: Notre Dame Hockey

    Dec 31, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Brett_Post

    This blog admittedly doesn’t give other Notre Dame sports their fair shake. But there’s a soft spot in my heart for Notre Dame hockey. You’d think someone that rode the bench on the baseball team and covers Notre Dame football for a living would have his allegiances set, but through four years of college, there…

  9. Five things we learned: Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:47 PM EST

    Floyd Florida State Champs

    If you could boil down one game to encapsulate a season, you might have something that looks like the Champs Sports Bowl. During Notre Dame’s 18-14 loss, the Irish turned just about every conceivable emotion for a football fan on its head– ecstasy to agony, confidence to frustration, bravado to helplessness. At times, the Irish…

  10. Live blog: Notre Dame vs. Florida State

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Michigan v Notre Dame

    We’ve had a month to get over the fact that the Irish won’t be playing in a BCS bowl game this season. But when the Champs Sports Bowl selected Notre Dame over a Big East team, they set up one of the most intriguing pairings of bowl season, with the Irish battling Florida State in…

  11. KeiVarae Russell pledges commitment to Irish

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:04 PM EST

    keivarae_russell

    Just a few hours before Notre Dame battles Florida State, the Irish won a big recruiting victory over another formidable foe. The Irish received the verbal commitment of Seattle’s KeiVarae Russell, beating out the hometown Washington Huskies for a running back that’s an absolute perfect fit for the Notre Dame offense. Thin at the position,…

  12. Pregame Six Pack: One last time for 2011

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:38 AM EST

    Michael Floyd 3

    You’ve got to love college football. It’s the only sport where you can logically explain taking a month-long break in your schedule before playing a bowl game, an essentially meaningless exhibition game when it comes to postseason implications. But that’s our sport and we all love it. And for Notre Dame and Florida State, two…

  13. With Kiel to LSU, Irish should mull their QB options

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:23 AM EST

    Gunner Kiel

    Don’t blame Gunner Kiel for turning his recruitment into a soap opera. He was merely a bystander as dozens of college football programs battled for one of the country’s most heralded quarterbacking prospects. With fans from Notre Dame and Vanderbilt holding their breath, Kiel decided to pick the hat that belonged to, well — The…

  14. Offensive line play key to victory

    Dec 27, 2011, 5:22 PM EST

    mike-golic

    There are more than a few Irish fans with sweat beads collecting as they think about reserve center Mike Golic, battling a physically impressive set of Seminole defensive tackles, led by true freshman Timmy Jernigan. Subbing in for injured senior Braxston Cave, Golic has held his own at the point of attack, but the offensive…

  15. Hendrix is ready to run the entire offense

    Dec 26, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    The evolution of Andrew Hendrix hasn’t been a gradual process. It started that way, with the sophomore quarterback getting his first snaps in situational packages, running the option and throwing the occasional high-percentage pass as he worked into the game plan as a complementary part to quarterback Tommy Rees. Then the Stanford game happened. It…

  16. Holiday Weekend notes: Christmas edition

    Dec 23, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    With Irish players at home enjoying some family time before reporting to Orlando tomorrow to begin bowl preparations, let’s clean out the note pad before Christmas weekend, with a lot of recruiting news coming soon. *** It sounds like the race for five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel isn’t just between Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. Various reports…

  17. Crist moving on to Kansas, but forever a Notre Dame man

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:36 PM EST

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    There was no hat picking or press conference. The process was condensed into three short weeks, a far cry from the recruitment of one of the nation’s top prospects back when he was a highly-touted prep quarterback in Sherman Oaks, California with offers to play football from just about every major program in the country.…

  18. Seminoles short three after felony arrests, academics

    Dec 21, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Devonta Freeman

    It was a tough week for Jimbo Fisher and his Florida State Seminoles, as two of his players got arrested for doing extraordinarily stupid things and one was declared academically ineligible for the bowl game. While neither Avis Commack nor Arrington Jenkins were likely to play a huge role on the field in the Champs…

  19. Shepard and Greenberry seem solid to Irish

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    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…

  20. 2014 schedule comes into focus with Rice game announced

    Dec 20, 2011, 6:39 PM EST

    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…