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  1. Staff changes will wait until after Signing Day

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Kelly and Blanton

    Brian Kelly will be making his first coaching hire since assembling the staff he brought with him to Notre Dame. We’ll just have to wait until after Signing Day to find out who it’ll be. With Charley Molnar taking over the UMass football program as it moves up a wrung into the FBS, the Irish…

  2. Weis looks back at Notre Dame

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Clausen Weis

    Charlie Weis is a man on the move, especially considering his hip — still bothering him from a sideline collision in 2008 — will be replaced before the new year. Between hitting the recruiting trail hard, which included recruiting visits from Irish quarterback Dayne Crist and South Bend native Gehrig Dieter, Weis sat down with…

  3. Help Wanted: Without Floyd, wide receivers in demand

    Dec 13, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Floyd Riddick

    With Michael Floyd set to play his final game in an Irish uniform, Brian Kelly is in a position not many people saw coming: He’s out of play-making wide receivers. In what has been the golden age of aerial offense in South Bend, the Irish’s head coach has a problem — he’s got an offense…

  4. With Te’o’s return, 2012 front seven looks solid

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o junior

    Manti Te’o‘s return means a lot of things to the Irish. Off the field, Notre Dame will have one of the nation’s premiere student-athletes representing their university. An All-American on and off the field, Te’o will be the unquestioned face of the program heading into a season that’ll have the Irish on center stage. The…

  5. Te’o set to return for senior season

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    manti-teo getty images

    Manti Te’o didn’t win the Lott Impact Award Sunday night in Newport Beach, with Boston College’s Luke Kuechly receiving the prize. But Te’o did steal just about all the headlines, when he announced that he’d be returning for his senior season at Notre Dame. The Irish’s All-American linebacker, who many thought would be destined for…

  6. Irish recap season with awards show

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Awards Show

    When Brian Kelly decided to replace the annual football banquet with an end-of-the-season awards show, a few eyebrows were raised. And even if some of the awards given last night did the same thing, the celebration of the Irish football season was a good one, filled with some great moments shared by those in the…

  7. Weis to Kansas, Crist to follow?

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT


    It’s not like you couldn’t see it coming. Yesterday’s bombshell news that Charlie Weis was leaving his post as the offensive coordinator at Florida to take over the Kansas football program led to me openly hypothesizing about quarterback Dayne Crist joining him in Lawrence. (I even tweeted it 18 hours ago.) Well, just minutes ago…

  8. Second time around, Denbrock has made mark

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Denbrock Kelly GVSU

    With Charley Molnar set to officially take over the UMass football program, the Irish coaching staff will make its first change since Brian Kelly took over the football program. After two years of staff continuity, Kelly will need to look into the marketplace and hire a coach — be it an offensive coordinator to work…

  9. Quarterback plans signal next year can wait

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Beating Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl is a big deal for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish. His decision to keep Tommy Rees the starting quarterback proves that. In a bowl game that most fans see as equal parts rivalry and exhibition game, the Kelly regime needs a victory to keep the football…

  10. David Ruffer: Rudy 2.0

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    David Ruffer

    Last year, David Ruffer went from anonymous walk-on to Lou Groza Award finalist, one of the more amazing stories in the college football world. After working his way into Notre Dame after getting rejected out of high school, Ruffer was discovered kicking in a interhall football game by the coaching staff. The rest is… well,…

  11. Molnar targeted for the UMass head coaching job

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Charley Molnar

    A week after running backs coach Tim Hinton was rumored to be joining Urban Meyer’s Ohio State staff (nothing has happened yet), there’s more smoke around another member of Brian Kelly‘s staff: offensive coordinator Charley Molnar, who looks to be the front-runner for the vacant UMass coaching job. Mark Braudschun of the Boston Globe reports…

  12. A special message from Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    In case you didn’t believe Brian Kelly when he said Stephon Tuitt was cleared to practice after a serious illness, the freshman defensive lineman joins his partner-in-crime Louis Nix to invite Irish fans to the upcoming Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. Next up, Louis Nix reads from DuLac. I’d still probably watch it.

  13. Notre Dame versus Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl

    Dec 4, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Michael Floyd

    A year after renewing a storied rivalry against Miami in the Sun Bowl, the Irish have another date with a vaunted opponent of yesteryear. Thanks to Clemson’s victory in the ACC Championship last night, Notre Dame will take on Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl, giving December 29th one of the most high-profile match-ups…

  14. Crist makes it official: Transfer in motion

    Dec 4, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Dayne Crist

    It started with a tweet last week (of course it did, this is 2011 after all), quickly deleted after it spread like wildfire through cyberspace: walkerRcarey Walker Carey I have a sneaking feeling that I will be a Wisconsin Badgers fan next year. 8 hours ago Favorite Retweet Reply Retweeted by @SeanCwynar98 After weeks of…

  15. Weekend six pack: plane tracker edition

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:53 AM EDT

    Keith Marshall

    With a bowl game still to be determined, the Irish aren’t quite sure when their next game is. For players, that means a week where there isn’t a whole lot to do. “I hate not knowing what to do with your free time,” linebacker Carlo Calabrese tweeted yesterday. Well that makes a few thousand of…

  16. Dever looks back at his five years under the dome

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    For an offensive lineman that was recruited by Charlie Weis, Taylor Dever‘s big break came when Brian Kelly took over the Notre Dame football program. Up until then, Dever was mostly an anonymous tackle, stuck in Sam Young’s shadow, a four-year starter that didn’t give up his job until he graduated and was drafted by…

  17. Midwest recruiting scene just got a little more crowded

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT


    Way back in June, we took a look at the lay of the land in the Midwest, and noticed how the recruiting world might be shifting a bit. Back then, big news was that Russell Wilson — given his walking papers by North Carolina State coach Tom O’Brien — was signing on the dotted line…

  18. Kelly stays on the West Coast as coaches hit the recruiting trail

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Arik Armstead

    When the Irish loaded up and departed the San Francisco airport late Saturday night, head coach Brian Kelly stayed behind, swinging by some key West Coast spots before returning to his team later this week. While the internet is abuzz with a full fledged quarterback controversy after Andrew Hendrix gave the offense a jolt in…

  19. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Stanford

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

    Notre Dame v Stanford

    We’ve got a month to spend talking about what comes next for the Irish, but let’s talk about what just happened first. With the Irish given one last chance to perform on a big stage, they turned into wallflowers, tripping over their feet when they finally got their chance to tango with a Stanford team…

  20. Five things we learned: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 14

    Nov 27, 2011, 1:54 AM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    When you laid out the checklist of things Notre Dame needed to do to beat No. 4 Stanford on Saturday night, the objectives were quite clear. Limit mistakes, win the battle at the line of scrimmage, and eliminate turnovers — bedrock principles for winning football games. Yet from the opening minutes of the Irish’s 28-14…