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  1. Is SI really jumping on the ND bandwagon?

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    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…

  2. Behind the scenes of Signing Day: Troy Niklas

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  4. Friday notes: Martin, recruiting and more recruiting

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    ChuckMartin

    The dust has settled and hopefully an Irish coaching staff that traversed the country chasing down some of the top defensive recruits in the country gets some rest. (Not to mention a certain writer who has been having hand cramps since about noon on Wednesday.) With no real football news to speak of, let’s go…

  5. Signing Day 2011: Skill

    Feb 2, 2011, 10:07 PM EST

    Everett Golson

    Both Jimmy Johnson and Charlie Weis helped prove that in college football it’s not “the Xs and Os, but the Jimmys and the Joes.” For all the talk of decided schematic advantage, Weis’ offense and football program only succeeded when it had a proper stable of players executing the Xs and the Os. (Note: This…

  6. Signing Day 2011: Power

    Feb 2, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    Aaron Lynch Army Bowl

    (You’ll read about a dozen columns talking about the three position grouping distinctions and how Brian Kelly and his staff use them, giving Skill, Big Skill, and Power the opportunity to become this year’s RKGs as we meander into the offseason. Just remember, I started these columns before BK re-introduced it during his press conference.)…

  7. Signing Day 2011: Big Skill

    Feb 2, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Ishaq_Williams

    Most coaching staffs spend time identifying where recruits will play on the field before making a decision on their future. Not to say that isn’t the case for Brian Kelly and his staff, but Kelly has refined his approach to recruiting high school athletes and put position secondary, instead focusing on three subsets of players:…

  8. Faxes in: Tuitt official, Niklas (too), Rabasa, and Atkinson

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Stephon Tuitt

    Of course even the faxing of Stephon Tuitt’s letter-of-intent would be dramatic. But the prized five-star defensive end’s commitment letter arrived in the football offices after weather delayed it, and both the Irish coaching staff and all of ND Nation can breathe easy knowing that the Irish have locked in their biggest defensive prospect on…

  9. Faxes in: Atkinson, Grace, Hegarty, Martin, McDaniel, and Daniels

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:03 AM EST

    Davaris Daniels

    The letters-of-intent are flying into The Gug now, with Brian Hardin officially rescuing a member of the ND compliance office from her snowed in house. Here’s her official explanation from UND.com’s Live Blog: Hey everyone this is Jen from ND Compliance. Sorry for the delay on approving the NLI’s. My road is drifted shut. We…

  10. Faxes in: Councell, Farley, Hanratty, Hardy, Hounshell, Koyack and Springmann

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:21 AM EST

    Courtesy of Asheville Citizen-Times

    It’s safe to say that the weather isn’t making things any easier for the Notre Dame coaching staff this morning, adding one final road block to the recruiting process. As faxes began streaming into the football offices at The Gug, a missing compliance officer unable to get through the massive snow storm that descended on…

  11. Signing Day 2011: Bring on the Faxes

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:26 AM EST

    Troy Niklas

    It’s Christmas morning for a certain breed of college football fan. With my alarm clock sounding at a ridiculous 3:42 a.m. it wasn’t hard to get the morning jump-started on the West Coast, as the first faxes from around the country were set to arrive in The Gug in less than twenty minutes. Posts will…

  12. Underachieving Irish seniors have their shot at redemption

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As he does every year around this time of year, Matt Hinton at his Dr. Saturday blog takes a comprehensive look at the “recruiting-industrial complex,” his way of supporting the “premium information” recruiting machine that drives a multi-million dollar industry and makes celebrities of teenage football players while turning grown up football fans like us…

  13. Bennett Jackson moving to defensive back

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:29 AM EST

    Getty Images - Nick Laham

    Today the Irish recruiting class took a hit, with cornerback Bennett Okotcha reportedly switching his commitment from the Irish to Oklahoma after a weekend visit. But whether it was a reaction to the news or an already planned switch, the Irish responded with a fairly large cornerback commitment of their own — quite literally —…

  14. One of these guys is Stephon Tuitt

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    Here’s a hint: He’s the giant wearing No. 7 that’s about a head taller than the rest of them. BlueandGold.com had a video crew at the Team USA practices where Tuitt, Matt Hegarty, Anthony Rabasa, and George and Josh Atkinson are practicing with the USA All-Star team, and it’s startling to see just how massive…

  15. Quiet period leads into intrigue

    Jan 30, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    Bennett Okotcha

    It’s officially an NCAA quiet period right now, meaning there’ll be little news breaking until Wednesday morning, when faxes begin pouring into the football office at The Gug. (I’ll be getting up at a bizarrely early hour to follow along in the festivities, for your pleasure of course…) While the past few days have added…

  16. Friday notes: Swarbrick, Russ, recruiting and more

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:54 PM EST

    Jack Swarbrick

    If you’re looking for some insight into the mind of athletic director Jack Swarbrick, the internet has got you covered, as both Eric Hansen and Tim Prister have very good Q&As with the man himself. They are both very much worth the read, but I’ll give you my favorite exchange from each of them: We’ll…

  17. Niklas down to USC and Notre Dame

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:06 PM EST

    Troy Niklas

    While the Irish already have a stockpile of them in this recruiting class, they’re chasing one more defensive end in recruit Troy Niklas, who is down to Notre Dame and USC as his college choices. He’ll make a decision after visiting Notre Dame this weekend. Niklas, from Southern California powerhouse Servite High, is skipping a…

  18. Six players officially applying for fifth year

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:04 PM EST

    Harrison Smith

    After weeks of guesswork and number-crunching, Notre Dame announced the members of the football team that will officially apply for a fifth year of school. The six members of the roster are: Harrison Smith, Safety Gary Gray, Cornerback David Ruffer, Kicker Taylor Dever, Tackle Andrew Nuss, Guard Mike Ragone, Tight End We already knew that…

  19. State of the Irish program

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    brian-kelly-press-conference

    (Color me in a patriotic mood after watching last night’s State of the Union and Republican Response…) Brian Kelly had about a week on Barack Obama, giving his “State of the Program” speech last Friday, officially putting the 2010 season in the books, while turning his gaze forward to finalizing recruiting as well as preparing…

  20. Clausen and Weis both back to school

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Clausen Weis

    In many ways, Jimmy Clausen and Charlie Weis had similar journeys through Notre Dame. Both came to South Bend talking a big game. Clausen — flashing some high school bling at the College Football Hall of Fame, while Weis buried himself with talk of “decided schematic advantages” and “6-6 isn’t good enough.” For Weis, his…