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  1. Recruiting — The final countdown

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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    Rarely can Irish fans almost sigh in relief when an elite, four-star recruit at a position of need leaves Notre Dame a bridesmaid in a recruiting battle. But when Portland defensive end Brennan Scarlett picked Cal this afternoon instead of the Irish, he helped clear up a complicated scholarship picture for the Notre Dame coaching…

  2. Floyd returns: How Brian Kelly brought back his star receiver

    Jan 12, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Apologies to Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt, and Ishaq Williams, but the Irish coaching staff landed their biggest recruit of the offseason with Michael Floyd’s return to Notre Dame for his senior season. Armed with a PowerPoint presentation, a plan to have Floyd graduate next December, and a detailed focus on how he’ll be used in…

  3. Proof in numbers: Defense greatly improved

    Jan 12, 2011, 7:00 AM EDT

    (You’re expecting another Michael Floyd update? We’ll get there, I promise.) A few of the best statistical minds in the ND hive have crunched some year end numbers and there are official numbers to prove what we all know — the Irish defense improved. Under the direction of Bob Diaco, Notre Dame improved in just…

  4. Floyd decision coming tomorrow

    Jan 11, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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    After meeting with head coach Brian Kelly, Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd will sleep on his options before informing his head coach whether or not he’ll come back to school for his senior season. Notre Dame’s record-setting junior returned to South Bend this morning and met with Brian Kelly this afternoon to discuss his…

  5. Reports: Nick Martin joins Irish recruiting class

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:59 AM EDT

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    With all the news surrounding Aaron Lynch, Ishaq Williams, and Michael Floyd’s decisions, the Irish coaching staff was out hustling and locked in another important recruit. Various places across the internet are reporting that Nick Martin, younger brother of Irish starting left tackle Zack Martin, has flipped his pledge from Kentucky to Notre Dame. Martin…

  6. Floyd’s decision yet to be made

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    Michael-Floyd

    And with this tweet, we’re off to the races. John Walters kick-started the inevitable news on the decision that Michael Floyd needs to make before the 15th of the month, the day early-entrants are required to declare for the NFL Draft. While Walters’ source claims an announcement is happening tomorrow, that’s highly unlikely with Floyd…

  7. Weekend leftovers: All-Stars, Awards, recruiting vigil

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

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    It’s happened. I’ve been bitten by the recruitnik bug. Every year around this time it happens, but the sweepstakes for Aaron Lynch and Ishaq Williams make the Manti Te’o watch feel like a lazy Sunday of napping and watching golf. Let’s review for all those of you out there trying to stay out of full-fledged…

  8. Army All-American bowl heavy on Irish intrigue

    Jan 9, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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    A trio of Notre Dame commitments played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl yesterday, with defensive end Stephon Tuitt’s East team beating George Atkinson and Matt Hegarty’s West team 13-10. Of the three Irish commitments, Tuitt probably flashed the most immediate promise, as the jumbo defensive end showed incredible power and great promise for his…

  9. Lynch u-turns again, Irish visit on tap

    Jan 7, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    Aaron Lynch

    The recruiting saga of Aaron Lynch, one-time Irish commitment, recent Florida State pledge, and soon to be early-enrollee, has taken another u-turn. And this time, it appears it’s in the Irish’s favor. The last time the Irish and the Seminoles battled for a recruit like this, the guy ended up in the UFL. Well, maybe…

  10. Brandon learns coaching lesson the hard way

    Jan 7, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

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    After two offseasons of chaos, all is quiet under the Golden Dome. But the same can’t be said for life at the Big House, where the sloppy firing of head coach Rich Rodriguez has put Michigan fans into a fury that only had one way out: hiring Jim Harbaugh. Now that Harbaugh actually called the…

  11. Bullard to transfer, heading home to Tennessee

    Jan 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Sophomore guard Alex Bullard was released from his scholarship, granted a transfer to Tennessee where he can be closer to his family. Bullard will apply for a hardship waiver, asking to be eligible immediately after his father passed away last April after a three year battle with cancer. “Due to the declining health and eventual…

  12. Luck’s return to Stanford adds another highlight to 2011 slate

    Jan 6, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Andrew Luck

    If Notre Dame has BCS aspirations in 2011, the news of Andrew Luck returning to Stanford means they’ll need to get by some awfully talented quarterbacks next season. Even with coaching chaos at Michigan (we’re getting to that later today), the Irish will face a schedule chalked full of veteran, talented quarterbacks. Between Denard Robinson,…

  13. It’s official: Rudolph gone after three seasons

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Our original scoop last night has been confirmed this morning by Notre Dame: Kyle Rudolph is forgoing his senior season at Notre Dame and heading to the NFL. “I truly feel blessed for the last three years of my life at Notre Dame,” Rudolph said in a statement released by the university. “It has been…

  14. Sources: Rudolph opting for NFL

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

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    It appears that Kyle Rudolph has played his last game for the University of Notre Dame. According to two sources, Rudolph will forgo his senior season for the Irish and opt into next Spring’s NFL Draft. A preseason All-American candidate before the year started, Rudolph’s final year at Notre Dame didn’t go according to plan,…

  15. Irish notes: Combine, injuries and recruiting

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

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    Before we start digging into the season that was, I wanted to clear a few little notes off the desk. The first is that running back Armando Allen and defensive tackle Ian Williams were the only two Irish football players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. (Obviously, that would change if either Michael Floyd or…

  16. With season over, let the recruiting games begin

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:39 PM EDT

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    It’s that time of year again. When college football fans read into the clothing choices of four-star recruits or the hats that parents of recruits are wearing around the US Army All-American Bowl. For those of you that swill the recruiting Kool-Aid, it’s the most wonderful time of year. For the first time in… well…

  17. Weis, Verducci join Florida coaching staff

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

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    If Irish fans were hoping Urban Meyer’s departure meant the Florida Gators would get rid of any insider information on the Notre Dame football program, they’re out of luck, as former Irish head coach Charlie Weis is leaving the same coordinator job he had in the NFL and joining Will Muschamp’s Florida coaching staff. He’ll…

  18. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Miami

    Dec 31, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd

    Irish fans have heard this story before. Two storied programs come into a bowl game with millions of eyes watching. One walks out a shell of its former self. The other, with sky-high expectations for next season after an impressive performance. Only this time, it’s Irish fans buzzing with excitement after their team took another…

  19. Live Blog — Notre Dame vs. Miami

    Dec 31, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    It feels good just writing Notre Dame vs. Miami. One of the best match-ups of the bowl season, the Irish and Hurricanes might not be the teams they were 20 years ago, but give the Sun Bowl their most attractive pairing in the 77 years of the bowl’s history. For the last time in 2010,…

  20. Pregame Twelve Pack: Sun Bowl edition

    Dec 30, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

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    We get teary-eyed just thinking that this could be the last of these monsters for nine months. But before we crack a cold one to celebrate (ice pack for my hands, that is), here are twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play Miami at the Sun Bowl in…