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  1. Signing Day 2011: Power

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Army Bowl

    (You’ll read about a dozen columns talking about the three position grouping distinctions and how Brian Kelly and his staff use them, giving Skill, Big Skill, and Power the opportunity to become this year’s RKGs as we meander into the offseason. Just remember, I started these columns before BK re-introduced it during his press conference.)…

  2. Signing Day 2011: Big Skill

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Ishaq_Williams

    Most coaching staffs spend time identifying where recruits will play on the field before making a decision on their future. Not to say that isn’t the case for Brian Kelly and his staff, but Kelly has refined his approach to recruiting high school athletes and put position secondary, instead focusing on three subsets of players:…

  3. Faxes in: Tuitt official, Niklas (too), Rabasa, and Atkinson

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    Of course even the faxing of Stephon Tuitt’s letter-of-intent would be dramatic. But the prized five-star defensive end’s commitment letter arrived in the football offices after weather delayed it, and both the Irish coaching staff and all of ND Nation can breathe easy knowing that the Irish have locked in their biggest defensive prospect on…

  4. Faxes in: Atkinson, Grace, Hegarty, Martin, McDaniel, and Daniels

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    The letters-of-intent are flying into The Gug now, with Brian Hardin officially rescuing a member of the ND compliance office from her snowed in house. Here’s her official explanation from UND.com’s Live Blog: Hey everyone this is Jen from ND Compliance. Sorry for the delay on approving the NLI’s. My road is drifted shut. We…

  5. Faxes in: Councell, Farley, Hanratty, Hardy, Hounshell, Koyack and Springmann

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:21 AM EDT

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    It’s safe to say that the weather isn’t making things any easier for the Notre Dame coaching staff this morning, adding one final road block to the recruiting process. As faxes began streaming into the football offices at The Gug, a missing compliance officer unable to get through the massive snow storm that descended on…

  6. Signing Day 2011: Bring on the Faxes

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:26 AM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    It’s Christmas morning for a certain breed of college football fan. With my alarm clock sounding at a ridiculous 3:42 a.m. it wasn’t hard to get the morning jump-started on the West Coast, as the first faxes from around the country were set to arrive in The Gug in less than twenty minutes. Posts will…

  7. Underachieving Irish seniors have their shot at redemption

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As he does every year around this time of year, Matt Hinton at his Dr. Saturday blog takes a comprehensive look at the “recruiting-industrial complex,” his way of supporting the “premium information” recruiting machine that drives a multi-million dollar industry and makes celebrities of teenage football players while turning grown up football fans like us…

  8. Bennett Jackson moving to defensive back

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:29 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Nick Laham

    Today the Irish recruiting class took a hit, with cornerback Bennett Okotcha reportedly switching his commitment from the Irish to Oklahoma after a weekend visit. But whether it was a reaction to the news or an already planned switch, the Irish responded with a fairly large cornerback commitment of their own — quite literally —…

  9. One of these guys is Stephon Tuitt

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Here’s a hint: He’s the giant wearing No. 7 that’s about a head taller than the rest of them. BlueandGold.com had a video crew at the Team USA practices where Tuitt, Matt Hegarty, Anthony Rabasa, and George and Josh Atkinson are practicing with the USA All-Star team, and it’s startling to see just how massive…

  10. Quiet period leads into intrigue

    Jan 30, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Bennett Okotcha

    It’s officially an NCAA quiet period right now, meaning there’ll be little news breaking until Wednesday morning, when faxes begin pouring into the football office at The Gug. (I’ll be getting up at a bizarrely early hour to follow along in the festivities, for your pleasure of course…) While the past few days have added…

  11. Friday notes: Swarbrick, Russ, recruiting and more

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    If you’re looking for some insight into the mind of athletic director Jack Swarbrick, the internet has got you covered, as both Eric Hansen and Tim Prister have very good Q&As with the man himself. They are both very much worth the read, but I’ll give you my favorite exchange from each of them: We’ll…

  12. Niklas down to USC and Notre Dame

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    While the Irish already have a stockpile of them in this recruiting class, they’re chasing one more defensive end in recruit Troy Niklas, who is down to Notre Dame and USC as his college choices. He’ll make a decision after visiting Notre Dame this weekend. Niklas, from Southern California powerhouse Servite High, is skipping a…

  13. Six players officially applying for fifth year

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:04 PM EDT

    Harrison Smith

    After weeks of guesswork and number-crunching, Notre Dame announced the members of the football team that will officially apply for a fifth year of school. The six members of the roster are: Harrison Smith, Safety Gary Gray, Cornerback David Ruffer, Kicker Taylor Dever, Tackle Andrew Nuss, Guard Mike Ragone, Tight End We already knew that…

  14. State of the Irish program

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    brian-kelly-press-conference

    (Color me in a patriotic mood after watching last night’s State of the Union and Republican Response…) Brian Kelly had about a week on Barack Obama, giving his “State of the Program” speech last Friday, officially putting the 2010 season in the books, while turning his gaze forward to finalizing recruiting as well as preparing…

  15. Clausen and Weis both back to school

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Clausen Weis

    In many ways, Jimmy Clausen and Charlie Weis had similar journeys through Notre Dame. Both came to South Bend talking a big game. Clausen — flashing some high school bling at the College Football Hall of Fame, while Weis buried himself with talk of “decided schematic advantages” and “6-6 isn’t good enough.” For Weis, his…

  16. Floyd and Smith named captains for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Harrison Smith

    Saturday’s Notre Dame Football Awards Show gave us plenty to discuss, but the headline was probably Brian Kelly naming Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith the captains of the 2011 Fighting Irish. For Smith, that means his application for a fifth year has been accepted. For Floyd, it’s a permanent accolade after being named game captain…

  17. Ruffer, QBs, Riddick and Floyd: Kelly recaps Year One

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Brian Kelly - vs. Michigan

    In between crisscrossing the country reeling in recruits, Brian Kelly returned to South Bend for an important recruiting weekend and the year-end 2010 Football Awards Show. He also took a few minutes to recap season one with the media. (If you’d like to see the entire thing, our friends at UND.com have you covered.) As…

  18. Friday notes: Tuitt, Diaco’s D, Recruiting and more

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Gary Gray Robert Blanton

    There’s plenty we can talk about, so let’s get it all out there as we enter the final days of the 2011 recruiting season. (Meanwhile in Ann Arbor, new head coach Brady Hoke has  a semi-vacant coaching staff and only 11 commitments, with some hanging by a thread…) Bravo to Pete Sampson at IrishIllustrated.com for…

  19. What a difference a day makes: Tuitt re-pledges Irish

    Jan 20, 2011, 1:31 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    Small timey? Not this coaching staff. A day after losing five-star defensive end Stephon Tuitt to home-state Georgia Tech, head coach Brian Kelly, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin and defensive line coach Mike Elston arrived at the Tuitt household and didn’t leave until Tuitt was back committed to Notre Dame. IrishSportsDaily.com has…

  20. Rudolph says goodbye to Notre Dame

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Rudolph

    Already away from campus preparing himself for the poking and prodding that is sure to come in the next few months before April’s NFL Draft, Kyle Rudolph took the time to say goodbye to the student body of Notre Dame in a letter to the editor in today’s Observer. Here’s what he wrote: To my…