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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. New hires put coaching vacancies into perspective

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Nov 21, 2010, 12:25 AM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. Irish need to battle the chop blocks

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. 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.

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

    Nov 13, 2010, 9:07 PM EDT

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    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.…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. Kelly talks bye week

    Nov 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Having not met with the media since his emotional press conference after the Tulsa game, Brian Kelly spent roughly 20 minutes answering questions as the Irish prepare to take a well-deserved weekend away from football. Here are a few of the highlights: Unfortunately, Kelly’s suspicions are confirmed, and Armando Allen has played his last football…

  16. USA Today: Both Kelly and Swarbrick’s jobs are safe

    Nov 4, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick conducted his first interview since the passing of Declan Sullivan, and told the USA Today that he isn’t resigning, nor is he asking for the resignation of head football coach Brian Kelly. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but will likely make headlines across the…

  17. The good, the bad, the ugly: Tulsa

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

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    What a calendar year for the Irish. From Halloween to Halloween, you’d be hard pressed to find a football program that’s had a tougher 12 months than the Fighting Irish. On the field, the Irish were 4-9, with seven of those losses decided by one score or less. Major injuries were suffered by starters like…

  18. Brian Kelly discusses the Declan Sullivan accident

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Before Kelly addressed the 28-27 loss to Tulsa, he spoke at length about the video tower’s collapse and the death of Declan Sullivan. Here is the entirety of his statement: Obviously a very difficult loss for our football team. Certain pales in comparison to the unimaginable sorrow we had this week in the loss of…

  19. Five Things We Learned: Notre Dame vs. Tulsa

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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    For those looking to bury Brian Kelly after nine games at Notre Dame, they were given the opportunity late in the fourth quarter. After calling a timeout with 42 seconds left, Kelly decided against putting the game on the leg of his field goal kicker David Ruffer, and instead bet on the arm of freshman…

  20. Candor not helping the Kelly narrative

    Oct 25, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    After the first eight games of his inaugural season, Brian Kelly has won exactly as many games as he has lost, which has quite a few members of the Irish faithful weary. Kelly has failed to win the close games that got Charlie Weis removed after his fifth season, and even worse, has openly conceded…

  21. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    With the Notre Dame offense unable to play their top three receiving threats and with running back Armando Allen well below 100 percent, it’s not a complete surprise that the Irish offense struggled against Navy’s bend, but not break, defense. What is a surprise is the complete collapse of the Irish defense, which was absolutely…

  22. Pregame Twelve Pack: Navy Edition

    Oct 22, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT

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    Bring on another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as we head into the Navy game in the new Meadowlands. 1. Want a key to victory? Irish need to win the turnover battle. Even though the Irish have won the yardage and first down battle in the last three games…