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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Aug 15, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Handicapping playing time for the freshman

    Aug 15, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Future is now for Ethan Johnson

    Aug 11, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. The Zen of Diaco

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Bob Diaco is a tough man to define. He is what a lot of young, former players are: a high energy, whirling dervish of a coach that brings an intensity to the field and a youthful nature that’s makes him someone easy to relate to for players. He is also the type of coach you’d…

  11. USF’s Daniels battling hamstring injury

    Aug 9, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Irish fans know all too well what preseason hamstring injuries can do to a football team. (See Rudolph, Kyle for proof.) As the Irish prep for their opening game against South Florida, Skip Holtz’s Bulls need to get their starting quarterback healthy. According to a report from Greg Auman’s USF Sports Bulletin, B.J. Daniels was…

  12. Depth on defensive line a welcome surprise

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

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    For Notre Dame fans that have been following the team for the past decade or so, there’s every reason to be confused. That confusion arose again last week, when the Irish accepted the commitment of defensive line prospect Sheldon Day, an Indianapolis native that’s among the nation’s best and most versatile prospects. That the Irish…

  13. Help wanted: All options being explored on punt returns

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

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    Being ranked 101st in the nation is never a good thing. But that’s what the Irish got out of their punt return unit, the weakest special teams grouping under Mike Elston’s watch. Notre Dame failed to create anything in the return game, with Armando Allen’s 38-yard return in the season opener against Purdue the only…

  14. Five things we’ll learn: Kicking off 2011

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    As Brian Kelly stepped to the podium this afternoon, it had been 217 days since he led the Notre Dame football team in a contest that mattered. Last we saw Kelly’s Fighting Irish, they were embarrassing a former rival in the Sun Bowl, jumping all over a wayward Miami Hurricane squad that was adrift after…

  15. Counting down the Irish: A closer look at the rankings

    Aug 4, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    This is the final installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21,  20-16, 15-11, 10-6,  5-1, and analysis.  With Brian Kelly set to address the media on Friday to officially kick off the season, we are finally…

  16. Irish land DT Sheldon Day at DT

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:33 AM EDT

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    For those worried that Brian Kelly was done recruiting defensive tackles after Notre Dame landed the gargantuan Louis Nix two cycles ago, your fears can be quelled. The Irish just landed one of the top interior defensive linemen in the country, keeping Indianapolis native Sheldon Day in state; a huge recruiting get for the Irish.…

  17. After four month purgatory, Floyd reinstated with Irish

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Less that two weeks after torching a gifted Miami Hurricanes secondary for two touchdowns and 109 yards, Michael Floyd made a decision that had many praising his maturity: he was returning to Notre Dame for his senior year, turning down the opportunity to be selected early in the NFL Draft. “I’m returning to Notre Dame…

  18. Counting down the Irish: Analyzing the top five

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    This is the sixth installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21,  20-16, 15-11, 10-6, and 5-1. The list is out. And thanks to our team of panelists, here’s the Top 25 players on the Notre Dame…

  19. Counting down the Irish: The top five

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    This is the fifth installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21,  20-16, 15-11, and 10-6.  It’s time to roll out our top five. As always, it’s been a fun exercise filled with different opinions, colorful comments,…

  20. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 29, 2011, 2:55 AM EDT

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    This is the fourth installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21,  20-16, and 15-11. We’re into our top ten. It’s time to start looking at the players that are going to drive the Irish either into…