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  1. Elite CB recruit Tee Shepard is commit No. 1 for Irish

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Tee Shepard

    With eleven months to go until next year’s signing day, the Irish notched their first verbal commitment for the 2012 recruiting class. And while it’s hard to get too excited about a verbal commitment that’s far from binding, the Irish reeled in Fresno cornerback Tee Shepard, one of the most coveted cover corners on the…

  2. 2011 in 100 words… Braxston Cave

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:28 AM EDT

    Braxston Cave

    Still a few weeks away from Spring Practice kicking off, we’re starting a new series that’ll look at a dozen players that hold the key to Notre Dame making a BCS run next season. We’ll dedicate 100 words exactly to what each player needs to do to help the Irish take the leap. Send any…

  3. Junior Day helps Irish make impression

    Feb 28, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jarron Jones

    For those following the ins-and-outs of recruiting, the big picture, one-sentence recap of this past weekend’s Junior Day at Notre Dame is this: Nobody committed to the Irish. That said, if we’ve learned anything during this era of recruiting, an early verbal commitment means just about nothing, and the Brian Kelly led Irish coaching staff…

  4. Friday notes: Kiel, juniors, camps and more

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

    Urban Meyer

    Before we kick-off the notes portion of the show, I wanted to give a quick apology if it’s been a little up-and-down here the past week or two. I’m trying to get my off-season legs under me, and a lot of the work I’m doing for the website isn’t quite ready for broadcast. If you’re…

  5. Even without a starting job, Crist put on Heisman watch

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Nick Laham

    Never mind that Dayne Crist hasn’t officially wrangled the starting quarterback job yet. One of the best predictors of the Heisman Trophy thinks that Crist is on a short list of players that could end up in New York next December 10th waiting to hear his name called for the most prestigious award in college…

  6. Irish recruiting targets getting five-star treatment

    Feb 23, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    If you’re looking for a way too early listing of five-star recruits, SI.com has an interesting list that includes quite a few Notre Dame targets, namely Arik Armstead, Dorial Green-Beckham, Andrus Peat, and Gunner Kiel, names we mentioned earlier in the week. Here’s the rationale SI.com (with a special assist from 247Sports.com) gave for awarding…

  7. Hiben’s journey comes full circle

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Joey Hiben

    If you’re looking for an unlikely comeback story, Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune presents Joey Hiben. For those that have followed Notre Dame football for some time, the name should ring familiar, but not nearly as memorable as many suspected when the Gatorade State Player of the Year from Minnesota chose Notre Dame…

  8. As Junior Day approaches, Irish target new group of recruits

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    Maty Mauk

    The ink is dry on the Class of 2011. And while fans are just getting to know the recruits that’ll torment them until next February’s signing day, the Irish coaching staff has already cast a wide net on a group of national targets. On Signing Day 2010, Brian Kelly all but called his shot, talking…

  9. Friday notes: Temple, recruiters, numbers and more

    Feb 18, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As we mentioned a few days ago, Notre Dame and Temple have agreed to a three-game series, with the first game of the series coming in 2014 at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia. ““It’s been nearly 20 years since a Notre Dame football team has played in Philadelphia, so we’re excited about the opportunity to…

  10. QB battle will have a little of everything

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Nick Laham

    Ah, the benefits of a fully stocked roster. For the first time since Tyrone Willingham struggled to fill a roster with D-I recruits, the Irish will have a full 85-man allotment of scholarships on their roster. And of all the positions where battles will be fought for playing time, no spot on the depth chart…

  11. Report: Notre Dame and Temple set for three-game series

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Notre Dame doesn’t comment on schedules until they’re officially complete, but it appears that Temple plans to announce a three-game series with the Irish, according to a report by the Philadelphia Daily News. Here’s more from the report, which hints at a neutral-site game to be held in Philadelphia: Temple will announce on Thursday that…

  12. Montana’s departure official, QB depth chart set

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    With Luke Massa transitioning to wide receiver, the Irish have finally settled on a four-man depth chart at quarterback, after Nate Montana officially enrolled at University of Montana, according to The Missoulian. “He’s admitted as a student, and he started classes today,” athletic director Jim O’Day told the paper. “Then I would assume he’s a…

  13. QB depth chart thinning as Massa moved to wide receiver

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Luke Massa

    With word last week that junior quarterback Nate Montana was considering a transfer to D-IAA Montana, it appears that the quarterback depth chart that was six-deep is now down to a four-man race. Rising sophomore quarterback Luke Massa, who along with Andrew Hendrix and Tommy Rees joined the Irish in the 2010 signing class, will…

  14. McDaniel wins player of the year award in Texas 5A football

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Cam_McDaniel

    The contrarian among Notre Dame fans would look at the Irish’s recruiting class and see a running back haul that’s a bit thin, especially after the high profile defection of Justice Hayes to Michigan and the loss of Savon Huggins to home state Rutgers. But the Irish did reel in one running back, Coppell Texas’…

  15. Friday (night) notes: Doctors, coaches, and awards

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    A few weeks after head trainer Jim Russ announced his departure, there’s more major change in the medical department of Notre Dame athletics. From the official release at UND.com: SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Dr. David Bankoff and Dr. Willard Yergler, who have combined for 66 years of service to the University of Notre Dame athletics…

  16. Irish redshirts ready themselves for competition

    Feb 11, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Dayne Crist and Louis Nix

    More than a few people were surprised when Brian Kelly announced early during his first spring practices that freshman Zack Martin was working with the first-team offensive line at left tackle. At the time, Martin was a little known commodity, so far off the radar that even the official roster had his name spelled wrong…

  17. QB logjam could find clarity with Montana’s potential exit

    Feb 10, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    With a quarterback depth chart six men deep and only four quarterbacks slated to get reps during spring practice, the writing was all but on the wall that rising senior quarterback Nate Montana was never going to see the field again for the Irish. And now news comes from the Missoulian that Nate’s father, Hall…

  18. Is SI really jumping on the ND bandwagon?

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Kelly Sombrero

    Maybe it’s the dearth of college football news after a roller coaster Signing Day, but Stewart Mandel over at SI.com had an incredibly complimentary column about Brian Kelly’s recruiting class and how it could produce a “return to prominence.” (Apparently, SI is gun shy of using the ol’ “Return to Glory” slogan, too. Can’t say…

  19. Behind the scenes of Signing Day: Troy Niklas

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Thanks to some video by OCVarsity.com, here’s some great behind the scenes video of Troy Niklas, a member of Notre Dame’s incredible defensive line class. After spending just five minutes with Troy and his family (in the video), it isn’t hard to understand why he’s such a high character kid and also why it was…

  20. Warinner on Nebraska’s radar for offensive coordinator position

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Warinner

    While unfounded rumors swirled last week about Tony Alford potentially moving on from South Bend, there seems to be some momentum behind the news that Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is looking at Irish offensive line coach Ed Warinner as a potential hire for a soon-to-be vacant offensive coordinator position. The Lincoln Journal Star has…