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  1. Five things we learned: The 82nd Blue-Gold game

    Apr 16, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The good news? Notre Dame won, with the Gold beating the Blue 17-14. The better news? Nobody got hurt. The best news? The kids are going to be alright. If you were looking to draw conclusions after the spring game, you might be out of luck. Like last year, the Irish…

  2. Live Blog: 82nd annual Blue-Gold Game

    Apr 16, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    There are perfect spring days, and then there are days like this. But that hasn’t stopped this from being a special weekend at Notre Dame. With a packed sports slate that includes both baseball and softball games (yesterday’s baseball game including 50 mile-per-hour winds) and the annual Blue-Gold game, a little rain won’t get in…

  3. Rosters set for Blue-Gold game (and Live-blog tomorrow!)

    Apr 16, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

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    The rosters for the annual Blue-Gold game have been set, with the Blue and Gold teams squaring off with semi-balanced rosters. Quarterbacking the Blue will be Dayne Crist and Everett Golson. Running the show for the Gold offense will be Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix. Skill players for the Blue will be Theo Riddick, TJ…

  4. Pregame six pack: Your guide to the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:14 AM EDT

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    As thousands of Irish fans descend on South Bend for the 82nd annual Blue-Gold game (and the first televised nationally — 2:00 p.m. ET on Versus — likely featuring yours truly), here are six tidbits, quick hits, fun facts or leftovers to get you ready for a Saturday of football. 1.Blue-Gold success isn’t necessarily an…

  5. Northwestern and Notre Dame set for 2014, 2018

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Pat Fitzgerald Northwestern

    Add another Big Ten opponent to the future Irish slate. After a nearly 20 year lay-off, Northwestern will return to Notre Dame Stadium, set to play the Irish on November 15, 2014, their first trip to South Bend since head coach Pat Fitzgerald led the Wildcats in a 17-15 upset of the Irish, helping punch…

  6. Hendrix vs. Golson as Blue-Gold game details emerge

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    For those looking for details about Notre Dame’s first televised Blue-Gold game (2:00 p.m. ET on Versus) look no further. Brian Kelly met with reporters today and dished about the intricacies of a game that’ll have plenty of intrigue. First, let’s talk about the quarterbacks: For those expecting to see heavy doses of Tommy Rees…

  7. 2011 in 100 words… Tyler Eifert

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Tyler Eifert Army

    The eighth of twelve previews analyzing a dozen players essential to the Irish making a BCS run next season. For more, check the previews of Braxston Cave, Sean Cwynar, Jonas Gray, Trevor Robinson, Theo Riddick, Steve Filer, and Kapron Lewis-Moore. Player Overview: Entering last season, Tyler Eifert wasn’t on anybody’s radar. Eifert only suited up…

  8. Spring practice heads for the home stretch

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

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    With the Blue-Gold game set for this Saturday, Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish are down to their final four football sessions until preseason camp in August. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the battles that caught our interest: At ‘Dog’ linebacker, it’s a two-man race, with sophomores Prince Shembo and Danny…

  9. Floyd remains suspended, statements released

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

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    After a ResLife ruling allowed Michael Floyd to continue his education at Notre Dame and avoid university suspension from school or football, Floyd and head coach Brian Kelly released statements today after news broke late yesterday: From Kelly: “Michael has shared with me the outcome of his hearing with our office of Residence Life, and…

  10. With path cleared, Floyd takes on a new journey

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

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    Let’s be clear. Michael Floyd is a long way from appearing in the home opener against South Florida in September. But today, as I reported via Twitter, he cleared a remarkable hurdle. After being arrested on March 20th for drunk driving, Floyd put a career set to go down in the Irish record books in…

  11. Weekend notes: Floyd, QBs (present and future), and more

    Apr 8, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Let’s tackle one of the more interesting tidbits first. It’s expected that Michael Floyd will be meeting with ResLife this afternoon to ultimately determine his university punishment for his drunk-driving arrest that happened in mid-March, just before spring football practice was set to start. Floyd’s been on indefinite suspension from all football activities, missing the…

  12. Pro Day highlights Rudolph, Williams and Walls

    Apr 7, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Darrin Walls

    We talked more about the NFL Draft last offseason when the Irish had Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate in the running for first round contention. But today a crop of Irish seniors worked out for NFL scouts, headlined by tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is fighting to be a first round draft pick as he…

  13. Molnar talks QBs

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Offensive coordinator Charley Molnar, now with a load slightly lighter thanks to Ed Warinner’s promotion to run game coordinator, talked about his quarterbacks yesterday, shedding light on the four-man race this spring. Much was made of the decision to roll four quarterbacks, with Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson joining part-time starters Dayne Crist and Tommy…

  14. Depth and skill building as spring continues

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Kelly depth

    It was evident in Brian Kelly’s opening comments this spring. The depth chart would continue to deepen on the Irish roster and building his players’ skill-set was a priority in his second spring as Notre Dame’s football coach. “Year two, it’s really going to be about skill development for our players,” Kelly said as he…

  15. Urban Meyer and ESPN tackle Irish spring football

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    It turns out Urban Meyer wasn’t just in South Bend to be a featured speaker at the Notre Dame coaching clinic, but he was also wearing his ESPN analyst hat when he visited Brian Kelly and company for spring practice. Here’s the segment ESPN produced that aired today featuring Meyer, Kelly, HelmetCam, and the epic…

  16. Fleming set to lead Irish pass rush

    Apr 4, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Darius Fleming

    The expectations were high for Darius Fleming entering the 2010 season. The best pass-rusher on the Irish roster, he was set to enter a system that had a habit of turning good pass rushers into great pass rushers. (See Barwin, Connor for example.) While it’s hard to call a season where you lead your defense…

  17. Kelly ruins Michigan’s throwback uniform surprise

    Apr 3, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Dave Brandon

    Just a few days after poking Southern Cal’s athletic director, Brian Kelly seems to have Michigan’s athletic czar in a tizzy. First it was Pat Haden who wasn’t happy that Notre Dame decided to push their annual date with the Trojans to prime-time. (Even though we had to take a few shots at his rationale.)…

  18. Spond appears ready for spotlight

    Apr 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Danny Spond

    From the day Danny Spond arrived on campus, it was clear that he had an admirer that held quite a bit of influence. Last August, when Spond was merely known as one of the five high school quarterbacks Brian Kelly brought in as recruits, he made his first serious blip on the radar, with the…

  19. News on Floyd’s future expected soon

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Among the many interesting notes during Brian Kelly’s media session this morning, none will be dissected like his comments about the future of Michael Floyd. The star Irish receiver, who was named co-captain of the Irish for the 2011 season, has been suspended indefinitely by the football program after being arrested for drunk driving on…

  20. Haden doesn’t like night kickoff for USC/ND game

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    USC vs Notre Dame

    While this is hardly the type of bulletin board material that will get a football team fired up, USC athletic director Pat Haden took a minor shot at the team he covered from the broadcast booth. Haden was surprisingly unenthusiastic about the primetime kickoff for the Irish-Trojan showdown this October, a decision just announced by…