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

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:47 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Second time around, Denbrock has made mark

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. Quarterback plans signal next year can wait

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 13, 2011, 1:24 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. Tuesdays with BK: Purdue edition

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:44 AM EDT

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    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,…

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

    Sep 24, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. Tuesdays with BK: Moving on to Pitt

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

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    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…

  10. 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…

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

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:04 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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.…

  13. Dayne Crist named Notre Dame’s starting quarterback

    Aug 23, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Aug 13, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Recipe for success: Analyzing the Kelly recruits

    Jul 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. Expectations all hinge on the man behind center

    Jul 5, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    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.…

  20. 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…

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

    Jun 18, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…