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  1. And in that corner… The Miami Hurricanes

    Oct 3, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    North Carolina State v Miami

    In the short history of the Shamrock Series, Notre Dame has had the chance to play in some great venues in some terrific cities. Starting the neutral site renaissance with an odd match against Washington State in San Antonio, the Irish exponentially improved the concept when they played the first football game in new Yankee…

  2. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 4, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Everett Golson

    If you expected head coach Brian Kelly to be excited about Notre Dame jumping into both the AP and Coaches Poll at No. 22, you might be disappointed. When asked if it was something he paid attention to, Notre Dame’s head coach was pretty succinct. “White noise,” Kelly said. “White noise.” With in-state rival Purdue…

  3. Kelly: “I need to be a better head coach.”

    Aug 4, 2012, 5:49 PM EDT

    Kelly, Martin, Elston

    It was a pretty good exchange after practice between Brian Kelly and a large assembly of media after Day One on the LaBar Practice Fields. While Kelly gave some early impressions on quarterbacks, freshmen, and this blogger’s dark-horse favorite for the season, possibly the best comments to come from Kelly were self-reflective. It’s no secret…

  4. And so it begins: BK talks 2012 season

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly doesn’t officially kick off the 2012 football season until tomorrow, when his opening press conference takes place before the start of training camp. But that didn’t stop talk of the quarterbacking race from starting early. Joining WSBT’s Sportsbeat with Darin Pritchett and Eric Hansen, Kelly answered questions from fans all across the country…

  5. Louis Nix gets first Brian Kelly post-surgery comments

    Jun 21, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Louis Nix9

    You’ve got to love the internet… and defensive tackle Louis Nix. The rising junior, a key cog to the Irish defensive line, has taken to his YouTube channel to continue building his social media presence. Along with a popular Twitter handle — @IrishChocolate9 –Nix has now started “Chocolate News,” his YouTube updates of life in…

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

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:11 AM EDT

    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…

  7. Offense vs. Defense in the 83rd annual Blue-Gold game

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Cierre Wood Pitt

    Brian Kelly met with the media after the penultimate practice of spring, and one of his first orders of business was breaking down the rules for the 83rd annual Blue-Gold Game. With the depth chart a bit thin at positions like cornerback and wide receiver, after two seasons of a traditionally formatted game, scoring will…

  8. After rough start, Gray believes in Kelly

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Shamrock

    It took a while for the light bulb to go on, but when it did, Jonas Gray finally showed the talent many had expected from the blue-chip prospect from Detroit. One of the top prep running backs in the country, it took until Gray’s senior season to make an impact on the field, but from…

  9. With classes set to begin, did the Irish flip two blue-chips?

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:32 PM EDT

    Gunner Kiel

    You’ve got to hand it to Brian Kelly and his assistants. A year after reeling in the trio of Ishaq Williams, Stephon Tuitt, and Aaron Lynch in dramatic fashion, the Irish are close to landing two of the nation’s most heralded recruits, amidst even more extraordinary circumstances than last year. With the spring semester set…

  10. Stability prevails as Kelly signs two-year extension

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    NCAA Football: Notre Dame Spring Practice

    Brian Kelly and Notre Dame have struck a deal that extends the head coach’s contract through the 2016 season, the university announced today. The school officially exercised an option to extend his original contract two years. “While Coach Kelly and I are focused on the additional work that must be done to reach our goals,…

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

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:47 PM EDT

    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. 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…

  13. 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…

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

    Nov 13, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

    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…

  15. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 56, Navy 14

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Floyd Navy

    With a tip of the cap to Mark Twain, perhaps the reports of Notre Dame’s internal revolt were greatly exaggerated. With much of the last 36 hours dedicated to rumors of a potential implosion inside the Irish locker room, the squad united quickly, putting together their most complete performance of the year as they demolished…

  16. After big Purdue win, focus shifts to Air Force

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly Purdue

    The Notre Dame victory over Purdue was an important one. For the Irish to play the kind of football they know they can, they need to have games like last Saturday’s, where the superior team enacts its will onto their opponent. The Irish did that, and they took a big step forward, pushing them to…

  17. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:44 AM EDT

    brian-kelly-michigan

    Okay, people — who’s ready to turn the corner from bickering about a quarterback controversy that only exists in the hearts and minds of Irish fans? (This guy!) While there will be plenty of time for us to keep picking away at the play behind center, Brian Kelly and the Irish continued to trudge forward,…

  18. Five things we learned: Notre Dame 15, Pitt 12

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Gang tackle Pitt

    The recipe for disaster was there. Eight penalties for 85 yards. Another lost turnover battle, 2-0. Drive killing mistakes. But Saturday turned out differently, with Notre Dame beating Pittsburgh 15-12 thanks to a great fourth quarter drive by Tommy Rees, who up until that point was held captive by a blitzing Panthers defense. It was…

  19. Tuesdays with BK: Moving on to Pitt

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly spring ball

    With a win against Michigan State in the rearview mirror, the Irish and head coach Brian Kelly move on to Pittsburgh and Todd Graham, who put himself on the map last year when his Tulsa team can to Notre Dame and shocked the Irish 28-27 last October. The win propelled a Tulsa team that was 4-3…

  20. Pregame Six Pack: Late night with Michigan

    Sep 9, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  21. Crist vs. Rees: Breaking down Tommy’s throws

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

    South Florida v Notre Dame

    Brian Kelly named Tommy Rees the starting quarterback for Saturday against Michigan. It was a decision that made plenty of sense from a production point of view — Rees went 24 of 34 for 296 yards in the second half, when everyone in the stadium knew Rees would be passing to catch up, in conditions…

  22. Notre Dame in 2011: What makes this year different?

    Sep 1, 2011, 3:51 AM EDT

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    It was almost odd seeing it. Six years ago, a roster filled with the same guys that were trampled by USC and Purdue (Purdue!), edged by BYU, Boston College and Pittsburgh, and looked rudderless at the Insight Bowl after head coach Tyrone Willingham was dismissed, came out of the locker room eight months later transformed.…

  23. Dayne Crist named Notre Dame’s starting quarterback

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    When Notre Dame takes the field to play South Florida on September 3, they’ll do it with Dayne Crist at the helm. After two weeks of solid competition that saw Crist and Tommy Rees separate themselves from sophomore Andrew Hendrix and freshman Everett Golson, head coach Brian Kelly tapped Crist as his starter, in a…

  24. BK talks: QB Derby, Theo, Te’o, Hercules and more

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    After a Saturday morning practice, the Irish boarded buses and headed to the lake, the second year Brian Kelly and his staff have taken the team for a little R&R and water activities. But before he did, Kelly spoke with the assembled media, with the biggest news being that second-string tackle Tate Nichols was doubtful…

  25. Expectations rise for Darius Fleming

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    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…