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  1. A look at Kelly’s offense from the other side

    May 17, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

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    The 2010 season was the first time many Notre Dame fans had seen Brian Kelly’s offense in action. Sure, the highlights of Cincinnati burning through the Big East were out there, but for most Irish fans, the BK experience began during spring practice last year, where players, reporters and fans all got to see up-tempo…

  2. Irish sports lead way in NCAA academic honors

    May 17, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

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    It’s not the kind of news that gets as much attention as hoisting a championship trophy, but it’s arguably just as important. Notre Dame student-athletes were honored by the NCAA today as the 2011 Academic Progress Rate (APR) was released, with the Irish athletic department leading the way among D-I sports teams. Seventeen Notre Dame…

  3. 2011 in 100 words… Michael Floyd

    May 16, 2011, 12:27 PM EST

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    The twelfth and final preview analyzing a dozen players essential to the Irish making a BCS run next season. For the complete series, check the previews of Braxston Cave, Sean Cwynar, Jonas Gray, Trevor Robinson, Robert Blanton, Theo Riddick, Steve Filer, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Tyler Eifert, Ben Turk and Zack Martin. Player Overview: When Michael Floyd…

  4. Ronald Darby is fast (with video proof)

    May 13, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    Before everybody gets too down in the dumps about Noor Davis, here’s a quick reminder that Irish recruit Ronald Darby is fast. Not just “SEC Fast,” but national champion fast. Darby competed in the New Balance Indoor Nationals this week, winning the National Championship easily in the 200 meter dash, blazing to a time of…

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

    May 13, 2011, 12:40 AM EST

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    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……

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

    May 12, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

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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…

  7. Irish’s 2011 schedule shaping into primetime affair

    May 11, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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    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…

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

    May 11, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

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    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…

  9. Quick look at Rivals100 dispels some recruiting myths

    May 10, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

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    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…

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

    May 9, 2011, 1:55 PM EST

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    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…

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

    May 6, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

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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…

  12. Draft snub fueling Williams’ drive to the NFL

    May 5, 2011, 7:29 PM EST

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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,…

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

    May 3, 2011, 11:41 PM EST

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    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…

  14. Floyd legal proceedings push to June 7

    May 2, 2011, 8:09 PM EST

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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…

  15. Report: WR Justin Ferguson commits to Irish

    May 2, 2011, 12:39 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 29, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

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    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…

  18. 2011 in 100 words… Zack Martin

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

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    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…

  19. 2011 in 100 words… Ben Turk

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:25 AM EST

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    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…

  20. Williams talks Blue-Gold, NFL Draft

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

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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…