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  1. 2011 could be the year… Now with stats to back you up

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

    Brian Kelly - vs. Michigan

    I’m a few days late linking to Bill Connelly’s season preview of the Fighting Irish, but I can always blame the research needed to simply understand what Connelly is actually talking about for the delay. Connelly is part of the wonderful team at FootballOutsiders.com, taking “innovative statistics and intelligent analysis,” two things that always trump…

  2. Kelly “optimistic” that Floyd will be playing next fall

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:34 AM EST

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    Today was an important day for Notre Dame football and it had nothing to do with practice or team workouts. The Kelly Cares Foundation welcomed their second class of Football 101, a women’s event that benefits breast cancer awareness and prevention. The event also provided the media a chance to get a roster update from…

  3. Hegarty ready to watch and learn during freshman season

    Jun 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

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    I’ve been pretty open about Notre Dame’s need to embrace redshirts. Whether they continue to ignore the term, a fifth-year of college football is an incredibly important opportunity for not just linemen, but also skill position players as well. (If you don’t believe me, consider Harrison Smith’s transformation from defensive liability to team captain and…

  4. Vegas like the 2011 Irish

    Jun 13, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    Vegas

    I can count on zero fingers the amount of times that I’ve won money wagering on Notre Dame football, but some early betting lines on the college football season are out and it looks like the early money likes the Irish. The Golden Nugget released its early lines for the season and of the Irish…

  5. Irish and Wolverines unveil throwback uniforms

    Jun 11, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

    After much discussion and debate, Notre Dame and Michigan have unveiled their throwback uniforms for the September 10 meeting between the Irish and Wolverines. Deemed “Under the Lights at the Big House” (Bravo Michigan marketing department), both teams strutted their retro look with official releases yesterday. The Irish are going psuedo old school, with the…

  6. Unstable Midwest should mean good things for the Irish

    Jun 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

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    Strange days lie ahead for the Big Ten, or whatever they’re officially calling the conference right now. (B1G?) As news broke that North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson could be taking his talents to Madison, it solidified the fact that there’s near historic instability around the Midwest in college football, a recipe that should help…

  7. Local product David Perkins commits to Irish

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:23 PM EST

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    (Ed. Note: Photo is property of Ryan Call.) It’s not every day that the Irish pick up a recruit from their own backyard, but Notre Dame reeled in commitment number ten from South Bend’s Washington High School, with linebacker-running back-athlete David Perkins announcing his intent this afternoon. Perkins chose the Irish over Tennessee and Syracuse…

  8. Floyd’s clearance for summer drills another step in return

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

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    In the doldrums of summer, any news on wide receiver Michael Floyd is big news, and yesterday Notre Dame football’s director of football media relations Brian Hardin supplied some headlines when he tweeted head coach Brian Kelly’s most recent comments on his suspended star receiver: “Michael has made steady progress towards modifying his behavior and…

  9. Weekend leftovers: Romine, Top 20 lists, and the Biscuit

    Jun 6, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    I’ve been doing some thinking about some fun offseason topics that will help this summer go by as fast as possible (the waiting for football part, not the good weather/golf season part). Hopefully, we’ll roll a few out in the next couple weeks, but if you’ve got any ideas feel free to email them to…

  10. Prestwood set to transfer to Notre Dame

    Jun 3, 2011, 1:07 AM EST

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    If the Irish coaching staff’s never-say-die attitude helped them with Aaron Lynch, Ishaq Williams and Stephon Tuitt, then it really paid dividends with offensive tackle Jordan Prestwood. One of the top tackle targets in the class of 2011, Prestwood was committed to the Irish until he changed his mind in November, flipping to the home-state…

  11. Plays behind the line of scrimmage critical for Irish D

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:49 AM EST

    Fleming

    There are plenty of good things you can say about Bob Diaco’s Fighting Irish defense from 2010. Playing in a new system with virtually the same guys that were part of a historically bad outfit, the unit grew to be one of the strengths of the team, playing sufficating football down the stretch as the…

  12. Buckeyes’ demise has plenty of Irish subplots

    May 31, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

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    It’s been a riveting 24-hours watching the implosion of Ohio State’s football program (and likely its athletic department), as Jim Tressell’s resignation has cratered one of the most storied programs in all of college football. There are plenty of wonderful articles to read on the subject, namely the Sports Illustrated article that’s been credited for…

  13. Greenberry and Prosise join the Irish recruiting fold

    May 29, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

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    It’s been a busy weekend for the Irish coaching staff, as they’ve reeled in two more recruits, with safety CJ Prosise and wide receiver Deontay Greenberg pledging their commitment to Notre Dame. The news that Greenberry committed was far less of a surprise than Prosise, as Greenberry’s been on Irish fans’ radar for months. The…

  14. Farley making the switch to wide receiver

    May 25, 2011, 9:43 PM EST

    Matthias Farley

    On a roster relatively shy of defensive backs, Brian Kelly and staff decided to remove one more from the depth chart. Only this time, it was before he ever officially got started. News broke today that incoming freshman Matthias Farley is moving to wide receiver just weeks before the newcomer was set to report to…

  15. Kelly: Floyd is either ‘all in or all out’

    May 24, 2011, 6:06 PM EST

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    Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune finally got the quote of the offseason, on the record, from the man himself. Brian Kelly has finally committed to ink what many of us have been hearing for weeks. If (and that’s still an if) Michael Floyd continues on his current path and “changes the way he’s…

  16. Bruton takes substitute teaching job as NFL lockout continues

    May 23, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    David Bruton

    With a 2009 bachelor’s degree in political science likely collecting dust, former Notre Dame safety David Bruton found a good way to give back to his hometown and keep busy, officially becoming the coolest substitute teacher in the history of Miamisburg, Ohio. Instead of sticking around Denver and working out with his teammates while the…

  17. Weekend notes: Buyouts, schedules, and more

    May 20, 2011, 10:32 PM EST

    Jack Swarbrick

    It was only a matter of time before somebody did a public search of Notre Dame’s tax records and found out just how much Charlie Weis actually got paid to walk away from Notre Dame with six years left on his ten-year contract extension. Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune was the first to do…

  18. Mark Harrell is seventh commitment to 2012 recruiting class

    May 20, 2011, 2:40 AM EST

    Mark Harrell

    Just as Irish fans were starting to feel a little antsy, North Carolina offensive lineman Mark Harrell brought his recruitment to an end by calling up his recruiting coach Mike Elston and becoming the Irish’s seventh commitment of the 2012 recruiting class. Harrell joins Ohio-native Taylor Decker as the second offensive linemen in the class.…

  19. Notre Dame – Stanford extend series through 2019

    May 19, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

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    In a rivalry that’s intensified over the past few years, Notre Dame and Stanford have agreed to continue their football series through the 2019 season. Following the 2011 season, the Irish and Cardinal will trade off home games for eight more years. “We are very excited to be extending our football series with the University…

  20. Kelly makes headlines in Alabama visit

    May 19, 2011, 1:16 AM EST

    BKelly Alabama

    With his assistants combing the country evaluating recruits, Brian Kelly is on another barnstorming tour of alumni clubs, spreading the good word and at the same time, doing some good work as he visits tornado-strewn Alabama to talk to the Notre Dame Club of Northern Alabama. Kelly made headlines not just with his $5,000 donation…