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  1. Friday (night) notes: Doctors, coaches, and awards

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

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    A few weeks after head trainer Jim Russ announced his departure, there’s more major change in the medical department of Notre Dame athletics. From the official release at UND.com: SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Dr. David Bankoff and Dr. Willard Yergler, who have combined for 66 years of service to the University of Notre Dame athletics…

  2. Is SI really jumping on the ND bandwagon?

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Kelly Sombrero

    Maybe it’s the dearth of college football news after a roller coaster Signing Day, but Stewart Mandel over at SI.com had an incredibly complimentary column about Brian Kelly’s recruiting class and how it could produce a “return to prominence.” (Apparently, SI is gun shy of using the ol’ “Return to Glory” slogan, too. Can’t say…

  3. Friday notes: Martin, recruiting and more recruiting

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

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    The dust has settled and hopefully an Irish coaching staff that traversed the country chasing down some of the top defensive recruits in the country gets some rest. (Not to mention a certain writer who has been having hand cramps since about noon on Wednesday.) With no real football news to speak of, let’s go…

  4. Signing Day 2011: Bring on the Faxes

    Feb 2, 2011, 7:26 AM EDT

    Troy Niklas

    It’s Christmas morning for a certain breed of college football fan. With my alarm clock sounding at a ridiculous 3:42 a.m. it wasn’t hard to get the morning jump-started on the West Coast, as the first faxes from around the country were set to arrive in The Gug in less than twenty minutes. Posts will…

  5. State of the Irish program

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    (Color me in a patriotic mood after watching last night’s State of the Union and Republican Response…) Brian Kelly had about a week on Barack Obama, giving his “State of the Program” speech last Friday, officially putting the 2010 season in the books, while turning his gaze forward to finalizing recruiting as well as preparing…

  6. Ruffer, QBs, Riddick and Floyd: Kelly recaps Year One

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    In between crisscrossing the country reeling in recruits, Brian Kelly returned to South Bend for an important recruiting weekend and the year-end 2010 Football Awards Show. He also took a few minutes to recap season one with the media. (If you’d like to see the entire thing, our friends at UND.com have you covered.) As…

  7. Friday notes: Tuitt, Diaco’s D, Recruiting and more

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

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    There’s plenty we can talk about, so let’s get it all out there as we enter the final days of the 2011 recruiting season. (Meanwhile in Ann Arbor, new head coach Brady Hoke has  a semi-vacant coaching staff and only 11 commitments, with some hanging by a thread…) Bravo to Pete Sampson at IrishIllustrated.com for…

  8. What a difference a day makes: Tuitt re-pledges Irish

    Jan 20, 2011, 1:31 AM EDT

    Stephon Tuitt

    Small timey? Not this coaching staff. A day after losing five-star defensive end Stephon Tuitt to home-state Georgia Tech, head coach Brian Kelly, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin and defensive line coach Mike Elston arrived at the Tuitt household and didn’t leave until Tuitt was back committed to Notre Dame. IrishSportsDaily.com has…

  9. Floyd returns: How Brian Kelly brought back his star receiver

    Jan 12, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Apologies to Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt, and Ishaq Williams, but the Irish coaching staff landed their biggest recruit of the offseason with Michael Floyd’s return to Notre Dame for his senior season. Armed with a PowerPoint presentation, a plan to have Floyd graduate next December, and a detailed focus on how he’ll be used in…

  10. Pregame Twelve Pack: Sun Bowl edition

    Dec 30, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    HughesUSC

    We get teary-eyed just thinking that this could be the last of these monsters for nine months. But before we crack a cold one to celebrate (ice pack for my hands, that is), here are twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play Miami at the Sun Bowl in…

  11. Tuesdays with BK: Sun Bowl edition

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Welcome back to the season’s final Tuesdays with BK, this time coming from El Paso, Texas. In front of a different crowd than usual, Brian Kelly discussed hot topics like Duval Kamara, the future of Michael Floyd, keys to defeating the Hurricanes, and carrying Sun Bowl momentum into 2011. Our friends over at UND.com have…

  12. Kelly recaps year one

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    While he hasn’t been in a reflective mood yet for the assembled media, head coach Brian Kelly did take a look back at the season with UND.com’s Jack Nolan, speaking candidly about his first season in charge of the Irish. The whole video gives you some good insight into the season from Kelly’s perspective, but…

  13. Back in the spotlight, Diaco does his best to avoid it

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

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    The last time Bob Diaco spoke to the assembled media, it was days after the Irish were demoralized by Navy’s option attack. Calling it one of the worst days in his coaching career, Diaco candidly (perhaps, too candidly) discussed the unsuccessful strategy the Irish employed to stop Ricky Dobbs and the Navy option. “We went…

  14. New hires put coaching vacancies into perspective

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    Jack Swarbrick

    Filling a coaching vacancy is tough business in major college football. Your pool of potential targets is always shifting, already happily employed, and also filled by men who have to act as if they’re absolutely uninterested in switching jobs right until the point they sign on the dotted line. Adding to the complications, there’s an…

  15. Fleming’s improvement helps key defensive resurgence

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

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    When the Irish opened the season, most pundits predicted that Darius Fleming, an undersized defensive end moving to the ‘Cat’ linebacker position, would be one of the players who’d benefit most from the change to Bob Diaco’s 3-4 defensive system. A quick look at the final regular season statistics shows that prediction to be correct,…

  16. Kelly trying for historic bowl win

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    We’ll dig into the actual bowl against Miami next week, but Blue&Gold‘s Lou Somogyi had an excellent piece breaking down the historic opportunity head coach Brian Kelly has in front of him: Win a bowl game in his first season. More from Somogyi on the last Irish coaches’ debuts: Gerry Faust (1981) — Pegged as…

  17. Golson talks commitment

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Recent Notre Dame commit quarterback Everett Golson sat down with his hometown paper the Sun News to discuss his career and his future. It’s a great read for those Irish fans just getting to know Golson and also a great reminder of just how prolific Golson has been at quarterback. A couple quick hits that…

  18. Kelly recaps USC, talks bowl prep

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    There was no Tuesday morning press conference this week, and players and coaches will not be made available to the media this week. That said, Kelly gave some insight into what was going to happen this week during a Q&A he did with the voice of the Irish radio broadcast, Don Cirqui, who filled in…

  19. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Army

    Nov 21, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

    IrishTD1

    NEW YORK — As the Irish started their jog for the Yankee’s dugout after the game, strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo gave defensive coordinator Bob Diaco a very large bear hug. This was one of those jubilant celebratory embraces, the byproduct of both men’s work culminating in another absolutely dominant defensive performance and a…

  20. Kelly discusses Irish season, Declan Sullivan

    Nov 19, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

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    On his appearance this morning with Dan Patrick, Brian Kelly covered plenty of interesting topics, discussing the season so far, the Declan Sullivan tragedy, and whether or not he’s having fun. When asked to assess his first season in South Bend, Kelly was candid. “It’s always about winning,” Kelly said. “I could have very easily…

  21. Irish need to battle the chop blocks

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Army

    Yesterday, Brian Kelly met with the assembled beat writers and a conversation on chop blocks broke out. Doing his best to deflect the issue while still letting it be known that illegal chop blocks are a huge advantage for triple option teams, Kelly flashed his political chops at their best in his dealing with the…

  22. That’s what he said: Brian Kelly

    Nov 14, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Minutes after the Irish completed a dominating 28-3 victory over Utah, Brian Kelly met with the assembled media. Here’s the greatest hits of what he said.

  23. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Utah

    Nov 13, 2010, 9:07 PM EDT

    MFUtah

    It was an analogy Brian Kelly didn’t want to use, but football is a lot like the game of life. Ebb and flow. Highs and lows. Good and bad. And after three solid weeks of nothing but negativity, Kelly’s Notre Dame squad went out on Senior Day and summarily dispatched Utah 28-3 on Saturday afternoon.…

  24. Kelly talks about the hot seat

    Nov 9, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Chalk it up under the “Only at Notre Dame” category. Brian Kelly discusses the idea of being on the hot seat, a position Kelly finds himself in after a mediocre start and the impending investigation into the Declan Sullivan tragedy. While I think Father Jenkins’ statement would quell all logical voices calling for Kelly’s job,…

  25. Jenkins sends open letter to ND community

    Nov 5, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    This afternoon Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, sent an open letter to Notre Dame students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends. In it, Jenkins and Notre Dame took responsibility for Declan Sullivan’s death. “Declan died in a tragic accident while in our care. For that, I am profoundly sorry. We are conducting an investigation and…