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  1. Next level analysis of 2010 season predictions

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    I will admit that statistics (and apparently proof-reading) aren’t my strong suit. Back in college, I remember sitting in those large lecture halls in DeBartolo Hall, struggling to work through the thick accent my stats professor had, and between the slide show presentation, the accent, and the 10:40 a.m. start time, I spent more time…

  2. Bumps and bruises add up for Irish as camp rolls on

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    As is the case with most teams finishing up the grueling process of two-a-days, Brian Kelly gave injury updates on the fairly large cast of characters that sat out practice yesterday, among them Anthony McDonald, Andrew Nuss, Matt Romine, Kyle Rudolph, Dan Wenger and Ian Williams. The good news? None of the injuries seem to…

  3. Offseason Cheatsheet: Running backs

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    While most of you don’t need it, some of you might be cramming for the season, with Purdue only 16 days away. Consider this your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for the upcoming season. Click here for your previous cheatsheet on the quarterbacks. POSITION OVERVIEW: There’s no deeper position on the Irish roster than the running…

  4. ESPN's Feldman: Kelly perfect for Irish

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bruce Feldman had an excellent piece on Brian Kelly and Notre Dame this morning, the remnants of a magazine article he did on Kelly and the Irish for this month’s ESPN The Magazine. While the magazine piece had a lot of great tidbits about the timeline and hiring of Kelly by athletic director Jack Swarbrick,…

  5. Does BYU independence mean Irish in the future?

    Aug 19, 2010, 1:28 AM EDT

    Some of the seismic shifts in college football that were mentioned during the offseason finally came to fruition in the past 24 hours. While it wasn’t the Richter scale shaking major conference realignment that many suspected, the Mountain West conference created quite a stir when both Fresno State and Nevada accepted invitations to leave the…

  6. Kelly pinpoints freshman that are ready to contribute

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    There’s an abundance of information from yesterday’s media day that I’m still digging through, but one of the interesting tidbits that Brian Kelly revealed during his entertaining 40 minute press conference had to do with the freshman that were ready to contribute this season. When asked for a status update on his freshman after 13…

  7. Opponent preview: Michigan Wolverines

    Aug 18, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    This is the second of many opponent previews, leading us into the opening week of the season. Suggestions and comments are welcome. For part one, please check out the Purdue preview. The Overview: While there’s obvious anticipation for the opening game against Purdue, there’s no game that the Irish should look forward to more than…

  8. Offseason Cheatsheet: Quarterbacks

    Aug 17, 2010, 9:04 PM EDT

    As we count the days until Purdue week officially begins, let’s kick off another installment: The Offseason Cheatsheet. While most of you have been loyal readers and checking back multiple times each day, some of you are cramming for the Irish football season that’s 18 days away. Consider this your Du Lac approved crib-sheet for…

  9. Michael Floyd is a man on a mission

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    It’s hard to call anyone that’s a preseason first-team All-American anonymous. But two weeks into fall camp, Michael Floyd might as well have vanished, getting little mention from head coach Brian Kelly or members of his staff when talking about the team. Since Kelly’s arrival, Floyd’s work within the program has been done under far…

  10. 18 days and counting…

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Here’s a quick teaser the crew at NBC put together for the opening of Notre Dame football season. Tough not to get excited watching this…   We’ve got plenty of good news coming about our online coverage and live blogs in the days to come, but thought you’d all enjoy this. It’ll be September 4th…

  11. Opponent preview: Purdue Boilermakers

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    This will be the first of many opponent previews, leading us into the opening week of the season. Any suggestions or comments, please leave below or send me an email. The Overview: The Brian Kelly era kicks off against one of Notre Dame’s traditional opponents, in-state rival Purdue. Danny Hope enters his second season as…

  12. Irish make great impression on Ishaq Williams

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    There aren’t many recruits that have an offer list to match Brooklyn’s Ishaq Williams. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Williams has 30-plus offers from some of college football’s best, and Williams was on campus last week during practice to get a first look at Notre Dame with his family. According to Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell, the Irish are…

  13. Kelly takes stock after weekend scrimmage

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    With three weeks to go before Notre Dame’s date with Purdue, the coaching staff put the players through a full-contact scrimmage Saturday morning, before loading buses for an afternoon of sun and fun at nearby Diamond Lake. While the scrimmage took place behind closed doors from the media, Kelly spoke with reporters after and gave…

  14. Filer making his move at outside linebacker

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    There’s never been any question about Steve Filer’s athletic ability. One of the premiere recruits signed by Notre Dame in the 2008 recruiting class, Filer profiled as a freakish athlete that had offers nationally as well as his choice of elite Big Ten schools. Yet Filer’s yet to make a true impact on the field…

  15. Practice peek gives insight on offensive pace

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    With new media restrictions on reporting specifics, the logical protection of unknown assets by the coaching staff makes it’s tough to gather too much from the limited media windows given during preseason camp. Still, if you’re looking for the proverbial knothole through the fence into Notre Dame’s practice, look no further than the video posted…

  16. Report: Ragone hospitalized after heat illness

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune reports that tight end Mike Ragone was hospitalized Wednesday after he overheated during practice. From Hamilton: Tight end Mike Ragone was treated for heat illness after the workout Wednesday morning and hospitalized overnight for observation, though the senior is back on campus and now will be held out of…

  17. Friendly competition begins for freshman QBs

    Aug 12, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    With a depth chart alarmingly thin at quarterback with the early departure of Jimmy Clausen and the uncertain health of Dayne Crist, Brian Kelly made the unorthodox decision to bring in three quarterbacks in his first recruiting class. Tommy Rees enrolled in January, in large part to support a spring depth chart with only a…

  18. Walls crystallizes past issues for the secondary

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    I realize the last week of entries has been heavy on the defensive backs, but between the great insight secondary coach Chuck Martin gave after practice to some illuminating comments from Darrin Walls, it’s clear that the problems that plagued the back half of the Irish defense have been diagnosed. While Darrin Walls’ career at…

  19. Gallup starts transition to cornerback

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    With a depth chart only two players deep, the inevitable move of an offensive player into the defensive backfield was just a matter of time. And while many expected one of the freshman wide receivers to begin the transition process, it was one of the oldest members of the team making the move to the…

  20. E.J. Banks future with team in jeopardy

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    Just hours after mentioning the questions that surround the secondary, the defensive backfield has taken another hit to their depth chart with the potential departure of cornerback E.J. Banks. Banks was the fourth corner listed on the two-deep depth chart released with the start of fall camp, but that’s all been thrown into jeopardy. “E.J.’s…