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  1. Even with love for Irish, Lou Holtz picking South Florida

    Aug 26, 2011, 1:44 AM EDT

    Lou Holtz

    Even with his son Skip returning to South Bend to coach against a team he supported as a student, player and coach, you won’t find Lou Holtz in South Bend next weekend. He’ll stay as far away from South Bend as his day job will take him, as Dr. Lou will stay with his brethren…

  2. Outside the mold, Shembo thriving at OLB

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    While we haven’t actually seen Prince Shembo in action at outside linebacker, all reports from the coaching staff have the expectations for the 6-foot-2, 250-pound sophomore sky high. An interesting proposition, considering that Shembo likely wouldn’t have been on the roster if it were up to Brian Kelly and his coaching staff. “We weren’t really…

  3. Opponent preview: Michigan State

    Aug 24, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Kelly Dantonio

    This is the third of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. You can also read previews for South Florida and Michigan. The Overview: Those pesky Spartans became more than that last season, charging their way to a share of the Big Ten title by playing… let’s call it opportunistic football. Taking advantage of…

  4. Fox edges Calabrese at LB, Slaughter over Motta at FS

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Jamoris Slaughter

    While the news didn’t trend on Twitter like Dayne Crist did nationally this afternoon (another example of Notre Dame’s irrelevance in college football I guess), one surprise in Brian Kelly‘s press conference was that junior Dan Fox unseated Carlo Calabrese as the starting Will linebacker next to Manti Te’o. Calabrese spent the lion’s share of…

  5. Dayne Crist named Notre Dame’s starting quarterback

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    When Notre Dame takes the field to play South Florida on September 3, they’ll do it with Dayne Crist at the helm. After two weeks of solid competition that saw Crist and Tommy Rees separate themselves from sophomore Andrew Hendrix and freshman Everett Golson, head coach Brian Kelly tapped Crist as his starter, in a…

  6. South Bend Tribune looks at ResLife and admissions

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Kyle McAlarney, Preston Knowles

    Any discussion between Irish fans about Notre Dame’s office of Residence Life or the school’s admissions policy usually ends up resembling a fireside fishing story — buried amidst the embellishment is some kernel of truth. For every tale of draconian punishment decried there’s usually a high-profile disciplinary case where even the strictest of Irish fans…

  7. Answering camp’s questions

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Theo Riddick

    With training camp over, the Irish now turn their preparation to South Florida, with Skip Holtz‘s troops readying for their first visit to South Bend. As Brian Kelly met with the media yesterday, he took a shot at answering all but one of the big questions left unanswered before the No. 16 Irish begin the…

  8. Broken arm to keep TE Golic out for six weeks

    Aug 19, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

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    While Brian Kelly is keeping his decision on a quarterback close to the vest through the weekend, he can’t do that with the news of junior tight end Jake Golic‘s broken arm. “We weren’t going to say anything until we talked to his family, but he tweeted it,” Kelly said today after practice. “That’s my…

  9. Opponent Preview: Michigan

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

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    This is the second of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. The first installment was on South Florida. The Overview: When Michigan failed to woo favorite son Jim Harbaugh to Ann Arbor after waiting far too long to let go of Rich Rodriguez, athletic director Dave Brandon reached out to San Diego State…

  10. Badger weighing early return from Mormon mission

    Aug 18, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chris Badger

    With the Irish’s depth at safety a question mark for the second straight year, Chris Badger, a Notre Dame safety that chose his Mormon mission before ever playing a down for the Irish, could be back in South Bend earlier than expected. Badger’s decision to walk away from the Irish after participating in spring practice…

  11. The force of Diaco’s defense

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

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    There were plenty of interesting tidbits to come out of Media Day, but one article I found particularly interesting was written by Al Lesar of the South Bend Tribune. In a question that was presumably asked to get defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to talk about the strength of the Irish defense — defensive tackles Sean…

  12. QB competition focusing on Crist and Rees

    Aug 16, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

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    With Brian Kelly and Notre Dame holding their second media day, this one with a national twist,  Kelly was given the opportunity to essentially answer the same set of preseason questions for a second time, only this time from reporters at the New York Times and USA Today. For those that have been following along…

  13. Opponent preview: South Florida

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

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    This is the first of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. Get ready for a heavy dose of reading as we lead into the September. The Overview: The season opener won’t be shy on storylines when Notre Dame welcomes South Florida to South Bend for the first time in the program’s history. With…

  14. Reports: Freshman Hardy lost for season with knee injury

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

    Eilar Hardy

    Last season, the Irish were plagued by depth issues at safety. A healthy depth chart, and reinforcements from freshman like Eilar Hardy were supposed to solve that problem. But news is breaking that the Irish may have suffered their first major injury of fall camp, with both IrishIllustrated.com and BlueandGold.com reporting that freshman safety Eilar…

  15. Handicapping playing time for the freshman

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    Armed with a full 85-man roster and a depth chart that’s finally representative of a top 25 college football program, Brian Kelly and the Irish have the luxury of not needing to force freshmen into the lineup this season. That certainly wasn’t the case for the Irish last year, where Kelly opened the season with…

  16. BK talks: QB Derby, Theo, Te’o, Hercules and more

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

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    After a Saturday morning practice, the Irish boarded buses and headed to the lake, the second year Brian Kelly and his staff have taken the team for a little R&R and water activities. But before he did, Kelly spoke with the assembled media, with the biggest news being that second-string tackle Tate Nichols was doubtful…

  17. Standoff ends with ex-ND coach Corwin Brown in hospital

    Aug 12, 2011, 9:42 PM EDT

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    After a seven-hour standoff with St. Joseph County Police and a SWAT Team, former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown has left his Granger, Indiana home in an ambulance with unknown injuries from what police are calling a self-inflicted gun shot wound. The injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening, a tranquil ending to a tense…

  18. Expectations rise for Darius Fleming

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    While the message sometimes finds itself hidden when Bob Diaco addresses the media, he made his opinion on the expectations he’s set for Darius Fleming quite clear. “What we’re interested in him being is one of the most productive players in the country,” Diaco said. “I’d like to see him have production to go along…

  19. Future is now for Ethan Johnson

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    It’s hard to call Ethan Johnson, a guy that’s seen the field in every game Notre Dame’s played since he came to campus in 2008, a disappointment. He tied for the team-lead in sacks as a freshman. He shifted inside to defensive tackle as a sophomore, again leading the team in sacks while playing undersized…

  20. First look at contact: Jumping to conclusions edition

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    After four practices getting acclimated to helmets, the Irish were in full pads today, giving freshman their first real feel of college football. Thanks to the always excellent practice reports courtesy of UND.com, we’re able to get a sneak peak at the first day of work, which allows all of us to jump to some…