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  1. Bluechipper Noor Davis might be Irish’s next pledge

    May 13, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Noor Davis

    UPDATE — (1:56 EST) Just minutes ago Davis chose Stanford, proving most of the pundits wrong… and in some cases twice. That said, my final thought probably holds true. Expect this to go down to the wire, with the Irish’s visit to Palo Alto at the end of the season possibly playing a determining factor……

  2. Add another night game: Purdue slated for after dark

    May 12, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    Jeez – You take the time to write a column about all the night games on the schedule and then ESPN goes and announces that the one game we barely covered moves to an evening affair. Purdue has joined the moonlight theme of the 2011 season by taking on the Irish after dark, with the…

  3. Irish’s 2011 schedule shaping into primetime affair

    May 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Andrew Luck

    News broke yesterday that Notre Dame’s final game of the season, a highly-anticipated date with Stanford in Palo Alto after Thanksgiving, will be played in primetime, televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. That pushes the Irish slate to four primetime games, with the kickoff against Pittsburgh still to be determined and likely another evening…

  4. ESPN’s Rece Davis and… Mark May to host Irish Legends golf tourney

    May 11, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Rece Lou May

    You’ve got to hand it to this Brian Kelly guy. It’s almost as if he’s been reading Irish message-boards these past few years, identifying the collective thorns in the side of ND Nation and pulling them out one by one. Public Enemy No. 1? Urban Meyer — the head coach had his “dream job” on…

  5. Quick look at Rivals100 dispels some recruiting myths

    May 10, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Green Beckham

    It’s been spoken as gospel that Notre Dame won’t have access to the best players in the country because they can’t get them through admissions. It seems to be a rallying cry for Irish fans looking for reasons why Notre Dame has suffered to compete these past two decades. It’s also been a common knock…

  6. Weekend round-up: Offers, Tuitt, Bullard and Stonum

    May 9, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    The Irish are making a play at another Georgia native that likely won’t head north quietly. While Brian Kelly, Chuck Martin and company were successful getting Stephon Tuitt out of the land of peaches (we’ll get to Tuitt more in a bit), they’ll have quite a bit of company as they pursue Tucker High School’s…

  7. Friday notes: QBs, Miffed recruits, and more

    May 6, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    For much of the offseason, recruiting stories have focused on two quarterbacks that have become the apple of the Irish coaching staff’s eye: Maty Mauk and Gunner Kiel. The two quarterbacks both have ties to the Irish program — Mauk’s brother Ben played under Kelly at Cincinnati and has gushed openly about BK’s offense. Kiel…

  8. Draft snub fueling Williams’ drive to the NFL

    May 5, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

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    In a story nobody thought he’d be writing, Ian Williams reflected on getting passed up in last weekend’s NFL Draft. Williams, who some had pegged as a second rounder early in the year, expected to go somewhere between the third and fifth round of the draft. Instead, he’s weighing his options back in South Bend,…

  9. NFL Ready? Irish players still aren’t there

    May 3, 2011, 11:41 PM EDT

    sam-young-full

    With the heart of the NFL draft set for Saturday, a handful of Irish prospects waited to hear their names called. But as rounds four through seven slid by, no Irish players were drafted after the Vikings selected Kyle Rudolph in the second round on Friday. Seven rounds, and only one player from Notre Dame…

  10. Floyd legal proceedings push to June 7

    May 2, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

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    For those looking to read into Michael Floyd’s not guilty plea on misdemeanor drunk driving charges, you’re going to have to wait a few more weeks. Represented by his attorney William Stanley , the rising senior wide receiver wasn’t in court today but his attorney hopes to have a plea agreement in place by his…

  11. Report: WR Justin Ferguson commits to Irish

    May 2, 2011, 12:39 AM EDT

    Justin Ferguson

    While he won’t formally announce his intent until Monday evening, the Miami Herald’s Larry Blustein is reporting on Twitter that wide receiver Justin Ferguson is committing to the Fighting Irish. Ferguson would be the Irish’s sixth commitment, joining Tee Shepard, Taylor Decker, Ronald Darby, Scott Daly, and Nicky Baratti. Ferguson spent the Blue-Gold game with…

  12. Friday notes: Spring recruiting, NFL Draft, and more

    Apr 29, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Kyle Rudolph Michigan TD

    If you’re looking for the Notre Dame football coaches, look up. As the spring evaluation period kicks into gear, the Irish assistant coaches are taking to the sky as they blanket the country talking to a wide net of Irish prospects. If you’re looking for Irish recruiting news, you’ll probably do better here, here, here…

  13. Rudolph’s bumpy road to NFL likely ends tonight

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Rudolph

    After a final season at Notre Dame that went anything but according to plan, tight end Kyle Rudolph will likely hear his name announced tonight in the first round of the NFL Draft. The junior from Cincinnati only lasted through six full games of the 2010 season, as a nagging hamstring tweak suffered during preseason…

  14. 2011 in 100 words… Zack Martin

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Zack Martin ND

    The eleventh 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, Robert Blanton, Theo Riddick, Steve Filer, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Tyler Eifert and Ben Turk. Player Overview: How off the radar was Zack Martin…

  15. 2011 in 100 words… Ben Turk

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

    Ben Turk

    The ninth 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, Kapron Lewis-Moore, and Tyler Eifert. Player Overview: Turk was brought into South Bend as the blue-chip answer to…

  16. Williams talks Blue-Gold, NFL Draft

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

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    What would we do without Ian Williams? As much as I’m ready to banish the idea of Todd McShay and Mel Kiper from my head, the upcoming NFL Draft means more weekly musings from Williams as he prepares for the NFL Draft at the South Bend Tribune. Since you guys should just go over there…

  17. After filling front seven, Irish looking for DBs

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly essentially called his shot back on his first Signing Day, identifying defensive end and the edge of the defense as areas his staff needed to target and fill in the upcoming recruiting class. Last Saturday’s Blue-Gold game already showed us the early returns, with Aaron Lynch and Ishaq Williams immediately competing for playing…

  18. What to take from the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Robby Toma

    The 27,863 fans that paid to see the Blue-Gold game in person might be thawed out and dry by now. For the rest of you that either skipped the festivities or watched on TV, trying to quantify what you saw and reach some conclusions might be a little difficult. First, let’s cross off a few…

  19. Notre Dame releases report on Sullivan accident

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    After over six months of investigating, Notre Dame released their internal report stemming from the aerial lift accident that took the life of student videographer Declan Sullivan. The 145-page document can be read in its entirety here, but found the causes of the accident to be an irregular and extraordinary 53 mile-per-hour wind gust, staff…

  20. Video round-up: Blue-Gold game

    Apr 16, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    If you’re looking for highlights, we’ve got ‘em. Thanks to the wonderful work of the NBC Video team, here’s a nice run-down of the big offensive plays in today’s Blue-Gold game. Andrew Hendrix’s 10-yard TD run: Hendrix’s 15-yard TD run: Everett Golson’s TD pass to John Goodman: Golson’s 23-yard cross-country run: Brian Kelly’s pregame interview:…