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  1. That’s what he said: Skip Holtz

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    The head coach of the South Florida Bulls addressed the media today to discuss Notre Dame. Here’s what he said:

  2. Defensive depth chart breakdown

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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    Just one look at the two-deep depth chart for the defense shows you how quickly a defense can change. If you’re looking for physicality, a quick look at the defensive line shows you how transformed the unit is from year’s past. Of the starters, only Sean Cwynar weighs less than 300 pounds. In the two-deep,…

  3. Offensive depth chart breakdown

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    John Goodman

    In anticipation of today’s press conference with Brian Kelly (more on that later), Notre Dame released their two-deep depth chart for Saturday’s game. There weren’t any complete surprises, but rather some very reassuring developments for Irish fans looking for continued improvement. Freshman Davaris Daniels, Nick Martin and Conor Hanratty found their way into the mix,…

  4. Blue-chip defensive lineman Jarron Jones commits to Irish

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:52 AM EDT

    JarronJonesBuffaloNews

    For years, Notre Dame struggled to land elite defensive linemen. With Brian Kelly in charge, the Irish can’t miss. Monday night, Kelly reeled in another mega-defensive line recruit, with 6-foot-7, 310-pound defensive lineman Jarron Jones from Rochester, New York pledging his commitment to the Irish, adding another jumbo-sized, blue-chip defensive lineman to a rapidly filling…

  5. Opponent preview: Purdue

    Aug 29, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd Purdue

    This is the fifth of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. You can also read previews of South Florida, Michigan, and Michigan State and Pittsburgh.  The Overview: Head coach Danny Hope had a tough enough task in front of him last season even without the catastrophic injuries that hit his Purdue squad. The…

  6. Irish Blogger Gathering: Game week is finally here

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Buckle up, everybody. For those of you that have taken the last nine months off, welcome back. For those of you that have been here daily with me throughout our annual football drought, expect the pace of play to kick up considerably this week. (Refresh and reload the page a lot, we’re going to be…

  7. Samardzija ready for fresh start with Cubs

    Aug 28, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Samardzija

    Before we kick off an actual game week, our friends at Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago had a good update on former Irish wide receiver Jeff Samardzija, looking for a fresh start with the Cubs after general manager Jim Hendry was relieved of his duties after nine years at the helm of a team looking for…

  8. Opponent preview: Pittsburgh

    Aug 27, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    brandon-lindsey

    This is the fourth of twelve opponent previews, profiling Notre Dame’s 2011 opponents. you can also read previews of South Florida, Michigan, and Michigan State. The Overview: It was an offseason to forget for Pitt fans. After six seasons coaching at his alma mater, Dave Wannstedt was dismissed before the Panthers’ bowl game by athletic…

  9. Harrison Smith’s long journey

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    He’s a guy that seems like he’s been a part of the Irish football program forever. And for most of that time, Harrison Smith seemed to be in the doghouse. But before all the Irish angst, Smith was a blue-chip prospect. With offers from schools like Tennessee, Auburn and Alabama, Smith wasn’t the kind of…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Opponent Preview: Michigan

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Denard Robinson Manti Te'o

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. The force of Diaco’s defense

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

    Diaco

    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…