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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.)…

  9. 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…

  10. Open practice gives first look at 2011 Irish

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Brian Kelly spring ball

    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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. QB battle will have a little of everything

    Feb 17, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

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    Ah, the benefits of a fully stocked roster. For the first time since Tyrone Willingham struggled to fill a roster with D-I recruits, the Irish will have a full 85-man allotment of scholarships on their roster. And of all the positions where battles will be fought for playing time, no spot on the depth chart…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Friday notes: Martin, recruiting and more recruiting

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    ChuckMartin

    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

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

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Gary Gray Robert Blanton

    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…