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  1. Five things we’ll learn: Kicking off 2011

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

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    As Brian Kelly stepped to the podium this afternoon, it had been 217 days since he led the Notre Dame football team in a contest that mattered. Last we saw Kelly’s Fighting Irish, they were embarrassing a former rival in the Sun Bowl, jumping all over a wayward Miami Hurricane squad that was adrift after…

  2. After four month purgatory, Floyd reinstated with Irish

    Aug 3, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Less that two weeks after torching a gifted Miami Hurricanes secondary for two touchdowns and 109 yards, Michael Floyd made a decision that had many praising his maturity: he was returning to Notre Dame for his senior year, turning down the opportunity to be selected early in the NFL Draft. “I’m returning to Notre Dame…

  3. Recipe for success: Analyzing the Kelly recruits

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Danny Spond

    It only took days for Notre Dame fans to cling to one of Brian Kelly’s first bits of coach speak. When asked about recruiting, one of the Irish’s new head coach’s perceived weak spots, Kelly uttered the term “Right Kinda Guys,” which instantly became preferred nomenclature for the recruits the former Grand Valley State, Central…

  4. Expectations all hinge on the man behind center

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Crist

    It’s getting difficult to ignore the trajectory this offseason is taking. Quite simply, Year Two of the Brian Kelly era has expectations. Great expectations. Eric Hansen expectations. Even Mark May expectations. Because it’s July, it’s that time of year where we spend most of our time analyzing the past in hopes of predicting the future.…

  5. Grand Valley State dedicates Kelly Family Sports Complex

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    In a ceremony held before an overflow crowd, Grand Valley State University unveiled The Kelly Family Sports Center, renaming the 138,000 square foot sports building in honor of its former head football coach. Brian Kelly was the head football coach at Grand Valley for 13 seasons, leading the Lakers to a 118-35-2 record, and two…

  6. Weekend notes: Recruiting Ohio, Bracketology, Cooks, Daniels and more

    Jun 18, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Davaris Daniels

    It’ll likely be months until anybody is certain what the fate of Ohio State football will be, but that hasn’t stopped people from talking about it. If you’re looking for some context, Michigan blog MGoBlog.com revels in the comparison to USC (their conclusion: “Yeah, you guys are screwed), a benchmark that’ll likely be referenced a…

  7. Kelly “optimistic” that Floyd will be playing next fall

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

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    Today was an important day for Notre Dame football and it had nothing to do with practice or team workouts. The Kelly Cares Foundation welcomed their second class of Football 101, a women’s event that benefits breast cancer awareness and prevention. The event also provided the media a chance to get a roster update from…

  8. Floyd’s clearance for summer drills another step in return

    Jun 7, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

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    In the doldrums of summer, any news on wide receiver Michael Floyd is big news, and yesterday Notre Dame football’s director of football media relations Brian Hardin supplied some headlines when he tweeted head coach Brian Kelly’s most recent comments on his suspended star receiver: “Michael has made steady progress towards modifying his behavior and…

  9. Kelly makes headlines in Alabama visit

    May 19, 2011, 1:16 AM EDT

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    With his assistants combing the country evaluating recruits, Brian Kelly is on another barnstorming tour of alumni clubs, spreading the good word and at the same time, doing some good work as he visits tornado-strewn Alabama to talk to the Notre Dame Club of Northern Alabama. Kelly made headlines not just with his $5,000 donation…

  10. A look at Kelly’s offense from the other side

    May 17, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

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    The 2010 season was the first time many Notre Dame fans had seen Brian Kelly’s offense in action. Sure, the highlights of Cincinnati burning through the Big East were out there, but for most Irish fans, the BK experience began during spring practice last year, where players, reporters and fans all got to see up-tempo…

  11. ESPN’s Rece Davis and… Mark May to host Irish Legends golf tourney

    May 11, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Rece Lou May

    You’ve got to hand it to this Brian Kelly guy. It’s almost as if he’s been reading Irish message-boards these past few years, identifying the collective thorns in the side of ND Nation and pulling them out one by one. Public Enemy No. 1? Urban Meyer — the head coach had his “dream job” on…

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

    May 6, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. Friday notes: Spring recruiting, NFL Draft, and more

    Apr 29, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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    If you’re looking for the Notre Dame football coaches, look up. As the spring evaluation period kicks into gear, the Irish assistant coaches are taking to the sky as they blanket the country talking to a wide net of Irish prospects. If you’re looking for Irish recruiting news, you’ll probably do better here, here, here…

  14. Hendrix vs. Golson as Blue-Gold game details emerge

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Matt Cashore

    For those looking for details about Notre Dame’s first televised Blue-Gold game (2:00 p.m. ET on Versus) look no further. Brian Kelly met with reporters today and dished about the intricacies of a game that’ll have plenty of intrigue. First, let’s talk about the quarterbacks: For those expecting to see heavy doses of Tommy Rees…

  15. Floyd remains suspended, statements released

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

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    After a ResLife ruling allowed Michael Floyd to continue his education at Notre Dame and avoid university suspension from school or football, Floyd and head coach Brian Kelly released statements today after news broke late yesterday: From Kelly: “Michael has shared with me the outcome of his hearing with our office of Residence Life, and…

  16. Molnar talks QBs

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Offensive coordinator Charley Molnar, now with a load slightly lighter thanks to Ed Warinner’s promotion to run game coordinator, talked about his quarterbacks yesterday, shedding light on the four-man race this spring. Much was made of the decision to roll four quarterbacks, with Andrew Hendrix and Everett Golson joining part-time starters Dayne Crist and Tommy…

  17. Depth and skill building as spring continues

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

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    It was evident in Brian Kelly’s opening comments this spring. The depth chart would continue to deepen on the Irish roster and building his players’ skill-set was a priority in his second spring as Notre Dame’s football coach. “Year two, it’s really going to be about skill development for our players,” Kelly said as he…

  18. Urban Meyer and ESPN tackle Irish spring football

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    It turns out Urban Meyer wasn’t just in South Bend to be a featured speaker at the Notre Dame coaching clinic, but he was also wearing his ESPN analyst hat when he visited Brian Kelly and company for spring practice. Here’s the segment ESPN produced that aired today featuring Meyer, Kelly, HelmetCam, and the epic…

  19. Kelly ruins Michigan’s throwback uniform surprise

    Apr 3, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Dave Brandon

    Just a few days after poking Southern Cal’s athletic director, Brian Kelly seems to have Michigan’s athletic czar in a tizzy. First it was Pat Haden who wasn’t happy that Notre Dame decided to push their annual date with the Trojans to prime-time. (Even though we had to take a few shots at his rationale.)…

  20. News on Floyd’s future expected soon

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Among the many interesting notes during Brian Kelly’s media session this morning, none will be dissected like his comments about the future of Michael Floyd. The star Irish receiver, who was named co-captain of the Irish for the 2011 season, has been suspended indefinitely by the football program after being arrested for drunk driving on…

  21. Open practice gives first look at 2011 Irish

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

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    With Notre Dame’s star-studded coaching clinic providing an open door to over 1,000 high school coaches, it also gave the media the opportunity to get their first unfiltered look at the 2011 Irish football team. In a Loftus Center pushing capacity, Brian Kelly and his coaching staff put the team on display for Urban Meyer,…

  22. Kelly breaks down Day One

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    After a long wait and quite a bit of recent drama, the Notre Dame football team finally got a chance to hit the field for the first time in 2011, going through their first practice of the spring yesterday in the Loftus Sports Complex. As the assembled media got their first brief look at guys…

  23. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    While the Irish were thrown a major curve ball with Michael Floyd’s arrest and indefinite suspension the weekend before spring practice was set to start, there’s plenty to be excited about as Brian Kelly kicked off the spring season for the Irish Tuesday with some opening comments. For those of you that’ve been away from…

  24. Notre Dame releases statements on IOSHA findings

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

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    The University of Notre Dame released statements in response to the findings by the Indiana Safety and Health Administration, stemming from the October 27 accident that took the life of student Declan Sullivan. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame president: “Notre Dame has great respect for the thorough and professional manner in which IOSHA…

  25. The battle for the Midwest

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Jim Tressel

    With this week’s news exposing Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel as not quite the virtuous character his sweatervest and pious nature portend, this is a remarkably turbulent time for the powers of Midwestern college football. Consider the state of the Big Ten conference. After firing Lloyd Carr for failing to keep Michigan up-to-speed with…