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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Secondary questions at the forefront

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    After practice yesterday, head coach Brian Kelly took to the media and pointed some well-placed headlines toward the secondary. While you’d think it’d be hard for the defensive backfield to forget they had a bulls-eye on their backs heading into the season, Kelly made sure that his DBs — especially cornerback Gary Gray — knew…

  10. Weekend leftovers: Plenty to talk about…

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    The last few months of Mondays have been a struggle to find blog-worthy items to write about. That certainly isn’t the case anymore, with camp opening up and the Irish ready and working towards Purdue (27 days). For your best piece of footage, head over to UND.com for some excellent practice video from the opening…

  11. New York Times pegs Notre Dame at #32

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Some rag called the New York Times has been counting down all 120 D-I football teams heading into the season’s opener. Yesterday, they profiled their 32nd best team, the University of Notre Dame. Their bullet-point rationale: Likes 1. Even without Tate, deep receiving corps.2. Dayne Crist. 3. 10 returning starters on defense. 4. The running…

  12. Fall's first official depth chart

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    While head coach Brian Kelly made a point of not looking too closely at the initial depth chart, here’s where the two-deep starts as camp begins. OFFENSE: QB: Dayne Crist, Nate MontanaRB: Armando Allen, Robert Hughes LT: Zack Martin, Matt RomineLG: Chris Stewart, Mike GolicC: Dan Wenger, Braxston CaveRG: Trevor Robinson, Chris WattRT: Taylor Dever,…

  13. The 2010 season: It starts today

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly has just stepped away from the podium, officially kicking off the 2010 season and fall camp for the Irish. It feels like just yesterday I was live-blogging the demise of the 2009 Irish, but at the same time these past seven-plus months have felt like an eternity as we waited to see what…

  14. Four-game series set for Irish and Longhorns

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    As discussed yesterday, the four-game series between Texas and Notre Dame is now official. From the official release: Administrators at Texas and Notre Dame have been discussing reuniting on the football field for a long period of time, and now, two of the winningest programs in NCAA history have been able to work out a…

  15. Rumors fly about Texas-Notre Dame series

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    While these certainly aren’t the first rumors about a proposed series between two of college football’s premiere football programs, word broke yesterday from Orangebloods.com writer Chip Brown that Texas and Notre Dame are close to finalizing a contract on a home-and-home series starting in 2015. Brown, who was out in front of the Texas/Big 12…

  16. ESPN profiles Brian Kelly, ND football

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Here’s Jenn Brown’s profile of Notre Dame football, airing currently on ESPN: It’s mostly stock footage, but Brown’s interview with Kelly is punctuated with the million-dollar question: “Is Notre Dame going to win a national championship,” Brown asks. “Oh yeah,” Kelly responded in a flash. “That’s just a matter of time.” UPDATE: Check out UND.com’s…

  17. NBC taps Mayock to replace Haden in broadcast booth

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    With Pat Haden turning in his headset for a corner office at Heritage Hall, NBC has turned to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock to provide color commentary during Notre Dame broadcasts. Mayock will be in the booth along side Tom Hammond on September 4 when the Irish host Purdue to kick off the Brian Kelly…

  18. Weekend leftovers: Recruiting, Dayne, Sully & Stew

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    You can tell football season is approaching because the amount of information flowing on the internet is picking up as we head into August. This weekend’s recruiting flurry, with four verbal commitments in a span of 24 hours, has to be one of the better weekends for recruitniks that I can remember. As I mentioned…

  19. Recruiting flurry continues with Aaron Lynch, Jalen Brown

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    In one of the busier 24 hour periods in memory, the Irish picked up two more recruits, their 15th and 16th commitments for the 2011 signing class. There may not have been a more important recruit on the board than defensive end Aaron Lynch, who committed to the Irish this morning live on WNDU-TV in…

  20. Irish on the verge of recruiting trifecta

    Jul 30, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

    What started out as a day of celebration for the Irish with the commitment of four-star running back Justice Hayes, is turning into a bonanza with outside linebacker Anthony Rabasa committing to the Irish as well. Multiple Irish sites along with the Miami Herald report that Rabasa, who just left South Bend after his first…