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  1. Visit to ND pushes Irish to top of blue-chip DL Jones’ list

    Jul 6, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

    Jarron Jones

    Up until a few weeks ago, gigantic defensive lineman Jarron Jones liked what the Irish coaching staff was telling him, but he had no frame of reference. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound blue-chipper from Rochester, New York was committed to Penn State, but still planned on visiting Notre Dame and seeing first hand what the Irish were…

  2. Expectations all hinge on the man behind center

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    Crist

    It’s getting difficult to ignore the trajectory this offseason is taking. Quite simply, Year Two of the Brian Kelly era has expectations. Great expectations. Eric Hansen expectations. Even Mark May expectations. Because it’s July, it’s that time of year where we spend most of our time analyzing the past in hopes of predicting the future.…

  3. Holiday weekend notes: Frosh numbers, redshirts, and more

    Jul 1, 2011, 7:22 PM EST

    Matt Cashore

    Compare today to running an offseason marathon. No doubt, we are slogging along here, but the good news is we’ve just passed the 13-mile marker. We’re more than half-way there, and while that terrible realization that you’ve still got 13 miles left to run might cross your mind, the very good news is that we’re…

  4. Reeling in RBs a must in this recruiting cycle

    Jun 30, 2011, 7:26 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    If you’re looking at the Irish roster, you’ll notice there’s one particularly important position that could use a little bit of padding. After focusing on quarterbacks and defensive ends in their first two recruiting classes, Brian Kelly and his offensive staff have spent most of this recruiting cycle identifying running backs and casting a wide…

  5. Floyd reaches plea agreement on drunk driving charge

    Jun 29, 2011, 1:39 PM EST

    Mike Floyd Court

    It appears the legal portion of Michael Floyd’s wayward journey back to the football field is complete. The senior wide receiver appeared in St. Joseph County Traffic and Misdemeanor Court and pleaded guilty to one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. According to multiple reports, Floyd’s driver’s license will be suspended 90 days. He’ll…

  6. Turner’s pledge to Irish continues commitment to secondary

    Jun 27, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Chinedum Ndukwe

    It turns out it didn’t take a few weeks to make a college decision. Over the weekend, just days after earning his way to a scholarship offer, John Turner pulled the trigger, committing to Notre Dame. “It was just a perfect fit,” Turner told the South Bend Tribune. “Every time I came up I fell…

  7. Grand Valley State dedicates Kelly Family Sports Complex

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:56 AM EST

    Kelly Family Sports Complex

    In a ceremony held before an overflow crowd, Grand Valley State University unveiled The Kelly Family Sports Center, renaming the 138,000 square foot sports building in honor of its former head football coach. Brian Kelly was the head football coach at Grand Valley for 13 seasons, leading the Lakers to a 118-35-2 record, and two…

  8. Turner works his way to an Irish offer

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:31 PM EST

    John Turner

    As the recruiting cycle gets earlier and earlier, the summer football camp has turned from an evaluation tool to a last chance for rising senior recruits. With Notre Dame already out to almost 100 prospects, you can’t help but pull for guys like Indianapolis safety John Turner, who came to Notre Dame’s summer camp with…

  9. Former Irish DE Andre Jones passes away at 42

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

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    The Notre Dame football family lost a member unexpectedly when former defensive end Andre Jones, a member of Notre Dame’s last national championship team in 1988, passed away after suffered a brain aneurysm. He left behind his wife Michelle and five children, including son TJ, a rising sophomore on the Notre Dame football team. Here’s…

  10. 2011 vs. 2006: Avoiding the pitfalls of great expectations

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

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    It’s human nature to want to paint with a wide brush. You cover more ground, get your point across quicker, and it’s far more enjoyable to slap a roller across a wall than deal with the tiny corner of trim that you need to cover with blue tape and wrench your back to get just…

  11. Projecting the freshmen

    Jun 21, 2011, 2:42 AM EST

    Aaron Lynch Blue Gold

    With a tip of the cap to Frank over at UHND.com and as we get ready to embark on another fun offseason exercise of projecting the Top 25 players on the Irish roster, I wanted to follow up on his series that’s been going on here, here, here and here. In what likely will be…

  12. Weekend notes: Recruiting Ohio, Bracketology, Cooks, Daniels and more

    Jun 18, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    Davaris Daniels

    It’ll likely be months until anybody is certain what the fate of Ohio State football will be, but that hasn’t stopped people from talking about it. If you’re looking for some context, Michigan blog MGoBlog.com revels in the comparison to USC (their conclusion: “Yeah, you guys are screwed), a benchmark that’ll likely be referenced a…

  13. 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…

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

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:34 AM EST

    Kelly Cares Football 101

    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…

  15. Hegarty ready to watch and learn during freshman season

    Jun 14, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Hegarty

    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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Local product David Perkins commits to Irish

    Jun 7, 2011, 9:23 PM EST

    Property of Ryan Call

    (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…

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

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

    Michael FloydA

    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…