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Bob Diaco

  1. High stakes struggles: Irish D failing when it counts

    Nov 13, 2014, 2:48 PM EST

    Joe Schmidt

    Heading into the season, questions surrounded Notre Dame’s defense. With key starters gone at every position, the strength of Brian Kelly’s previous four teams would need to replace a cast of characters that played a lot of really good football.

  2. Tax returns show Charlie Weis still earning big cash from Notre Dame

    May 21, 2014, 3:41 PM EST

    Charlie Weis

    Former athletic director Kevin White’s 10-year contract extension is the gift that keeps on giving to former Irish head coach Charlie Weis. New federal tax documents show that Weis is still cashing seven-figure checks.

  3. Diaco talks UConn, philosophy and leaving Notre Dame

    Dec 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EST

    Bob Diaco

    In case you missed it, former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco was a guest on Jim Rome’s radio show this afternoon. It was a terrific opportunity for the new head coach of the UConn football team to get a national platform, and Diaco dazzled Rome with some of the things that made him such…

  4. Bob Diaco accepts the UConn head coaching job

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:25 PM EST

    Bob Diaco hat

    Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has accepted the head coaching position at UConn. NBC Sports has confirmed the news that was first reported by CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman. The 2012 Broyles Award winner leaves another huge hole in Brian Kelly’s staff, with both Diaco and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin taking head coaching jobs in…

  5. Objectives cut and dry for both teams

    Sep 3, 2013, 11:58 PM EST

    Central Michigan v Michigan

    Football is a game of numbers. And it’s not hard to look at a few of them and understand the difference between winning and losing. When you check the stat sheet from last year’s 13-6 game, the Irish held Michigan’s offense to just 299 yards while forcing a whopping six turnovers in a hard-earned victory.…

  6. Broyles Award finds perfect fit in Bob Diaco

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

    Bob Diaco hat

    When Frank Broyles and his selection committee set out to rightfully honor the very best in assistant coaches, they had probably never heard of Bob Diaco. At the time, Diaco was a young man just completing a college football career at Iowa, playing for the legendary Hayden Fry. Yet even as a two-time All-Big Ten…

  7. Diaco gives insight into recruiting defensive players

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Bob Diaco hat

    When Bob Diaco talks, I always try to listen. Whether he’s quoting Gandhi or talking werewolves, the Irish’s defensive coordinator and assistant head coach is one of the more thoughtful and eclectic guys you’d ever ask to be around, and you’re always going to get an interesting interview session. Tim Prister of Irish Illustrated had…

  8. Pregame Six Pack: Blue & Gold (and a certain Irish victory)

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:11 AM EST

    Blue-Gold-27

    It may count the same as the other fourteen practices allotted by NCAA rules during the spring, but there will be plenty of eyeballs on the last official workout of the school year for the Irish. With a national broadcast on NBC Sports Network kicking off at 1:30 p.m. ET, a spring spent mostly working…

  9. Diaco talks defense (and werewolves)

    Mar 29, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Bob Diaco hat

    My affinity for Bob Diaco continues to grow. While some Irish fans still haven’t forgiven him for his defense’s first game against Navy and the option, Diaco has transformed a unit that was among the worst in Notre Dame history into the strength of the football team. More importantly, he embodies what’s needed as a…

  10. Spring Practice: Day Two report

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:41 PM EST

    Diaco

    After doing my best to glean as much information out of three minutes of practice footage, we’re back at it with another bullet-point edition of UND.com’s wonderful practice reports. After giving us a brief overview of some of the obvious storylines this spring, Jack “Take the Charge” Nolan breaks down the linebackers, giving us a…

  11. Five things we learned: Florida State 18, Notre Dame 14

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:47 PM EST

    Floyd Florida State Champs

    If you could boil down one game to encapsulate a season, you might have something that looks like the Champs Sports Bowl. During Notre Dame’s 18-14 loss, the Irish turned just about every conceivable emotion for a football fan on its head– ecstasy to agony, confidence to frustration, bravado to helplessness. At times, the Irish…

  12. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 45, Maryland 21

    Nov 13, 2011, 1:24 AM EST

    Shamrocks Shake

    In case you didn’t know, Notre Dame’s trip to the nation’s capital had nothing to do about football. Just ask athletic director Jack Swarbrick. “In many ways the motivation for all this has virtually nothing to do with football,” Swarbrick said. “What we want to do is expose more people to Notre Dame. With two…

  13. Tuesdays with BK: Jefferson Nightmare edition

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Air Force Notre Dame

    Goodbye Purdue. Hello Air Force. Brian Kelly met with the assembled media today and talked about wrapping up Purdue, prepping for Air Force, and getting ready for head coach Troy Calhoun and his very dangerous quarterback Tim Jefferson. If you’re curious what Kelly thinks about Jefferson and what he does to a defense, this quote…

  14. Pregame Six Pack: Primetime at Purdue

    Sep 30, 2011, 4:14 AM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Four down, eight to go. After digging themselves into an improbable 0-2 hole, the Irish are ready to push their way above .500, a long slog back after two really disheartening losses. They’ll have their chance to do it in primetime Saturday night, with the Irish and Boilermakers kicking off at Rose-Ade Stadium at 8:00…

  15. Spartan notes: Diaco, Cousins, Narduzzi, and more

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

    Capital One Bowl - Alabama v Michigan State

    Sometimes you just need to get a column out there, and purge some of the fun facts you’ve been storing up for the week. After spending a lot of time watching and re-watching last Saturday’s debacle, getting up to speed on the Spartans, and reassessing where this team is, you tend to forget that just…

  16. Pregame Six Pack: Late night with Michigan

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    090311_SPT_Umich vs WMU_MRM_

    So Lucy pulled the football out from under us last Saturday, adding a measure of cruelty to the loss that was incredibly difficult to see coming. (Unfortunately, part of me saw it coming.) With a painful first L in the opening ledger of the season, Notre Dame must turn the page to a team that’s…

  17. Eleven for ’11: Keys for the Fighting Irish

    Sep 2, 2011, 2:34 AM EST

    Dayne Crist

    Everybody knows Michael Floyd, Manti Te’o and Harrison Smith. While those three will likely have a large hand in determining Notre Dame’s fate, the Irish’s three All-American candidates can only do so much for a roster that’s finally at a full allotment of 85 scholarship players. As the No. 16 Irish get ready to kick…

  18. The force of Diaco’s defense

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

    Diaco

    There were plenty of interesting tidbits to come out of Media Day, but one article I found particularly interesting was written by Al Lesar of the South Bend Tribune. In a question that was presumably asked to get defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to talk about the strength of the Irish defense — defensive tackles Sean…

  19. Expectations rise for Darius Fleming

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    USC30tlp,11-29-2008

    While the message sometimes finds itself hidden when Bob Diaco addresses the media, he made his opinion on the expectations he’s set for Darius Fleming quite clear. “What we’re interested in him being is one of the most productive players in the country,” Diaco said. “I’d like to see him have production to go along…

  20. The Zen of Diaco

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:31 PM EST

    Te'oDiaco

    Bob Diaco is a tough man to define. He is what a lot of young, former players are: a high energy, whirling dervish of a coach that brings an intensity to the field and a youthful nature that’s makes him someone easy to relate to for players. He is also the type of coach you’d…

  21. Depth on defensive line a welcome surprise

    Aug 9, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    For Notre Dame fans that have been following the team for the past decade or so, there’s every reason to be confused. That confusion arose again last week, when the Irish accepted the commitment of defensive line prospect Sheldon Day, an Indianapolis native that’s among the nation’s best and most versatile prospects. That the Irish…

  22. 2011 could be the year… Now with stats to back you up

    Jun 16, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

    Brian Kelly - vs. Michigan

    I’m a few days late linking to Bill Connelly’s season preview of the Fighting Irish, but I can always blame the research needed to simply understand what Connelly is actually talking about for the delay. Connelly is part of the wonderful team at FootballOutsiders.com, taking “innovative statistics and intelligent analysis,” two things that always trump…

  23. Plays behind the line of scrimmage critical for Irish D

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:49 AM EST

    Fleming

    There are plenty of good things you can say about Bob Diaco’s Fighting Irish defense from 2010. Playing in a new system with virtually the same guys that were part of a historically bad outfit, the unit grew to be one of the strengths of the team, playing sufficating football down the stretch as the…

  24. Friday notes: QBs, Miffed recruits, and more

    May 6, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    For much of the offseason, recruiting stories have focused on two quarterbacks that have become the apple of the Irish coaching staff’s eye: Maty Mauk and Gunner Kiel. The two quarterbacks both have ties to the Irish program — Mauk’s brother Ben played under Kelly at Cincinnati and has gushed openly about BK’s offense. Kiel…

  25. What to take from the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Robby Toma

    The 27,863 fans that paid to see the Blue-Gold game in person might be thawed out and dry by now. For the rest of you that either skipped the festivities or watched on TV, trying to quantify what you saw and reach some conclusions might be a little difficult. First, let’s cross off a few…