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  1. Freshman Focus: Davonte Neal

    May 31, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Davonte Neal Chaparral

    (The fourth in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. The more, see wide receiver Chris Brown, safety Elijah Shumate, and defensive lineman Jarron Jones.) There should have been more celebrating by ND Nation when Davonte Neal, the player of the year in Arizona, and the No. 8 player in…

  2. Te’o overcomes doubts to fulfill promise with the Irish

    May 30, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o junior

    Before Aaron Lynch or Louis Nix struggled with second thoughts about the decision to spend four years in South Bend, there was another highly touted prep phenom that had great expectations heaped on his shoulders. Manti Te’o, the lifeblood of the Irish defense, and one of the most recognized players in all of college football,…

  3. Weekend recap: schedules & stars

    May 29, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and had a chance to step away from the computer for a few days. There’s been little news to report on the football front, and hopefully everyone enjoyed some time with family and friends celebrating the unofficial start of the summer. With everyone back to work and catching…

  4. Freshman Focus: Jarron Jones

    May 25, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT


    (The third in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. The first installment was on wide receiver Chris Brown. The second on safety Elijah Shumate) Once viewed as a luxury defensive item or a potential offensive lineman, the transfer of Aaron Lynch has moved blue-chip defensive lineman Jarron Jones up…

  5. Predictions: 2012 might not be all that bad

    May 24, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    It’s that time of year again. Yep, that time of year where preseason predictions start trickling in, and Irish fans begin the process of forgetting the psychological beating they took the previous fall and begin to seek out the optimism that’ll skew their logic come autumn. As the yearly slew of annual magazines start making…

  6. Freshman Focus: Elijah Shumate

    May 23, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

    Elijah Shumate

    (The second in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. The first installment was on wide receiver Chris Brown.) *** Michigan. Miami. Oklahoma. Nebraska. They (and about a dozen other top programs) all wanted touted safety Elijah Shumate, a battering ram out of Don Bosco Prep, New Jersey’s top football…

  7. Irish back in Fresno after losing both Shepard and Greenberry

    May 22, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    LJ Moore

    You couldn’t blame assistant coach Mike Denbrock if he never stepped foot in Fresno again. After landing blue-chip cousins Deontay Greenberry and Tee Shepard last year out of Fresno Central, Denbrock and the Irish coaching staff had to weather the roller-coaster that the high profile California duo put the staff through during their months as…

  8. Freshman Focus: Chris Brown

    May 21, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Chris Brown

    The senior class of 2012 graduated this weekend from Notre Dame, all but closing the book on a recruiting class that came in like a lion and left like a lamb. Yes, Braxston Cave, Mike Golic, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Jamoris Slaughter and Dan McCarthy will all return for a fifth season. Yes, Michael Floyd broke a…

  9. Crist all class as he returns to Notre Dame for graduation

    May 17, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    He’s no longer a part of the Irish football program, but Dayne Crist can proudly say he’s a Notre Dame graduate. After participating in spring practice with Charlie Weis’ Kansas football team, Crist is returning to South Bend for this weekend’s graduation, reuniting with friends and former teammates for Senior Week and the graduation festivities.…

  10. Rees, Calabrese, Daniels legal updates

    May 17, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Tommy Rees USF

    Both Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese had their days in court yesterday, stemming from arrests after South Bend police officers broke up an off-campus party on May 3rd, the final day of classes. Rees pleaded not guilty to the four misdemeanor charges he’s facing. His next hearing is set for July 17. Calabrese faces one…

  11. Fleming tears ACL in 49ers minicamp

    May 16, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT


    Darius Fleming inked a four-year contract worth $2.2 million with the San Francisco 49ers, after being chosen in the 5th round of the NFL Draft. The next day, at his first official workout with the team, Fleming tore his ACL, a knee injury that’ll likely keep him on the sidelines for the season. Fleming’s agent,…

  12. Former Irish TE Dave Casper named to College Football Hall of Fame

    May 15, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Casper, D (head)

    Long before Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, and Tyler Eifert were making Notre Dame a tight end factory, former Irish great Dave Casper earned All-American status on his way to a 1973 National Championship. From there, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound former Irish star joined the Oakland Raiders on his way to a professional career that…

  13. With Ty Isaac to USC, RB focus stays on Ryan Green

    May 15, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT


    One of the first big running back dominoes came off the recruiting board today, with Illinois running back Ty Isaac committing to USC this morning. Isaac had a final three schools of Notre Dame, Michigan and the Trojans before announcing his commitment via Twitter. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound junior from Joliet Catholic is a top 20…

  14. Kelly may have his perfect QB recruit in Malik Zaire

    May 14, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    If having two quarterbacks really means you have none, Irish fans must be wondering what having four quarterbacks does to a team. With the offseason headlines dominated by a four-headed quarterback race featuring Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel, the search for the Irish’s offensive leader overshadowed the commitment of Ohio quarterback…

  15. Weekend notes: Floyd, Smith, Rankings, and more

    May 11, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Jaylon Smith

    With finals ending this week at Notre Dame, and graduating approaching next weekend, it’s a slow time for college football news. As we march through the offseason desert with no oasis in sight, let’s dig into some of the more interesting stories I stumbled across this week. *** Michael Floyd is one of those seniors…

  16. With Lynch leaving Notre Dame, USF pursuing eligibility waiver

    May 10, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    As expected, South Florida is pursuing a waiver to let former Irish defensive end Aaron Lynch played in 2012. Bulls head coach Skip Holtz, while hosting an interactive Google+ Hangout, mentioned the process of getting Lynch integrated into the South Florida football program. (Fast-forward to around minute 17 for the Lynch talk.) “Right now, the…

  17. Irish make their move on Anzalone

    May 9, 2012, 7:12 PM EDT

    Alex Anzalone

    Just days after he stepped away from his commitment to Ohio State, Alex Anzalone welcomed Notre Dame into Wyomissing Area High School as he reopened his recruitment. The top prep player in the state of Pennsylvania, Anzalone has seen his fair share of suitors come through the hallways since he’s distanced himself for the Buckeyes…

  18. Speed in context: How fast are the Atkinsons?

    May 8, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Atkinson Jackson track

    With their performances in the 100m over the weekend proof that George and Josh Atkinson are fast, I wanted to dig a little deeper into the question, “How fast are they?” The answer, as it turns out, is really, really fast. From a Notre Dame perspective, the brothers Atkinson are historically fast. Since Irish Track…

  19. Atkinson brothers blaze in Big East 100m finals

    May 7, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Atkinson 3

    For much of the past decade, the Notre Dame football program has been stuck having to answer questions about being too slow. Over the weekend, George and Josh Atkinson offered two data-points to help make that statement obsolete. The twin brothers, George a 6-foot-1, 215 pound running back, and Josh, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback, put…

  20. Weekend notes: Rees, Anzalone, Zaire, and more

    May 5, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Malik Zaire

    As much as I enjoy reading the 200 odd comments (I’m trying to get figured out the technical bugs) about the arrests of Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese, let’s do our best to get some football discussed on here. First — Let’s put a pin in the Rees discussion (for now), as nothing more —…