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  1. Weekend notes: Assistants, Sharks, Rees talk (and more!)

    Jul 26, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

    tj-jones

    With breaking news and information at a minimum with the Irish a little more than a week out before training camp, it’s been a while since we took a stroll through the links and kept you guys updated on things I found interesting. (Take that for what it’s worth…) One great thing about the past…

  2. Te’o begins life in the NFL

    May 13, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

    Rookie draft pick Te'o stretches in front of head coach McCoy during the first day of the San Diego Chargers NFL rookie camp at the team's facilities in San Diego

    With news light on the college football front (we’re still putting the pieces together for some long-form offseason features), let’s take a quick look at San Diego, where Manti Te’o‘s life as an NFL football player just got started. Te’o debuted at rookie minicamp, where reporters and coaches got their first look at the former…

  3. All NFL eyes will be on Te’o this week

    Feb 18, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o Stanford

    The NFL will descend on Indianapolis this week, with the first big step in NFL Draft preparations taking place for the 32 member clubs, as they get their chance to poke and prod 333 college prospects. For many eligible draft players, they’ve spent the days since their college careers ended training for the annual cattle…

  4. Eight Irish seniors get invite to NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 7, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    NFL Scouting Combine

    While the excitement of Signing Day is still lingering, eight Notre Dame seniors received a very important invitation yesterday that will play a huge factor in their professional careers. The NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis released their official invite list and it was filled with Irish players. Here are the following players who will…

  5. I still believe in Manti Te’o

    Jan 19, 2013, 2:17 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v Michigan State

    I still believe in Manti Te’o. I’m not sure what that says about me. Certainly something different than yesterday, when the story had Te’o pegged as a co-conspirator in one of the strangest most depressing stories to come out of the sports world in a long, long time. Yet I can’t shake the fact that…

  6. For the legend of Te’o, awards don’t matter

    Oct 18, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Te'o Victory Stanford

    Whether or not Manti Te’o ends up a Heisman Trophy candidate is hardly the point. But you can’t blame many of us looking for ways to quantify the senior linebacker’s greatness, both on and off the field. At a position where stats only tell part of the story of a player’s dominance, midseason All-American nominations,…

  7. Te’o earns his way onto the cover of Sports Illustrated

    Sep 27, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o SI

    The issue should have arrived in mailboxes around the country yesterday, with Sports Illustrated featuring Manti Te’o on the cover of thousands of magazines. It’s the first time Notre Dame has been featured on the front since 2006, when Brady Quinn, Tommy Zbikowski, and Travis Thomas were on the cover of the college football preview…

  8. Counting down the Irish: The top five

    Aug 1, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

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    You could do a lot worse than the two players that topped every judges ballot. Both Manti Te’o and Tyler Eifert are consensus preseason All-Americans, and both will be the anchor of their respective units this season for the Irish. In Eifert, new offensive coordinator Chuck Martin has a weapon as versatile as any in…

  9. Weekend notes: Swarbrick, Watch Lists, Life after Floyd, and more

    Jul 13, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    Eifert

    You can’t blame Jack Swarbrick for taking a vacation. With his work helping to put together a college football playoff done, Swarbrick and his family took a much needed vacation. But that didn’t stop word getting out that Notre Dame was in discussions with the ACC about in-roads to the Orange Bowl. Earlier in the…

  10. Te’o overcomes doubts to fulfill promise with the Irish

    May 30, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o junior

    Before Aaron Lynch or Louis Nix struggled with second thoughts about the decision to spend four years in South Bend, there was another highly touted prep phenom that had great expectations heaped on his shoulders. Manti Te’o, the lifeblood of the Irish defense, and one of the most recognized players in all of college football,…

  11. With Te’o’s return, 2012 front seven looks solid

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Manti Te'o junior

    Manti Te’o‘s return means a lot of things to the Irish. Off the field, Notre Dame will have one of the nation’s premiere student-athletes representing their university. An All-American on and off the field, Te’o will be the unquestioned face of the program heading into a season that’ll have the Irish on center stage. The…

  12. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Navy

    Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jonas Gray Navy

    If there’s criticism, it should be of the constructive manner this afternoon, a day after the Irish let go of some frustration on Navy. The 56-14 thumping was the biggest beating of Navy since Tony Rice, Mark Green and Ricky Watters beat up the Midshipmen in 1987. The victory was a complete mauling — with…

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

    Oct 29, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Floyd Navy

    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…

  14. Te’o sparks pep rally crowd

    Oct 22, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Teo Pointing Air Force

    In a year where Robert Blanton has quoted Genghis Khan, and on a night where Irish basketball coach Mike Brey went crowd surfing and the Notre Dame student body unveiled their Trojan horse, the scene for the Irish pep rally was a bit more electric than most. But the evening was stolen by Manti Te’o.…

  15. Pregame Six Pack: Running with the Bulls

    Sep 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Are you talked out yet? Between Charlie Brown, Eleven for ’11, USF previews, and a nice little sprinkling of recruiting news, it’s been a busy week. As we finally complete our crawl to Friday, the pregame heat has been turned up. Literally. It feels like someone left the oven open in the Midwest, and as…

  16. 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…

  17. Counting down the Irish: Analyzing the top five

    Aug 2, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    This is the sixth installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21,  20-16, 15-11, 10-6, and 5-1. The list is out. And thanks to our team of panelists, here’s the Top 25 players on the Notre Dame…

  18. Counting down the Irish: The top five

    Aug 1, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd 3

    This is the fifth installment of “Counting down the Irish,” our annual ranking of the Top 25 players on Notre Dame’s roster. Click here for our ratings of players 25-21,  20-16, 15-11, and 10-6.  It’s time to roll out our top five. As always, it’s been a fun exercise filled with different opinions, colorful comments,…

  19. Manti Te’o: Doing work

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

    For a guy that’s getting heavy national acclaim this preseason, Manti Te’o has almost flown under the radar. (At least from a Notre Dame fan’s perspective.) As a true sophomore that was truly learning on the job, Te’o made plenty of eye-opening plays, flashing the potential that could have him taken in the NFL Draft’s…

  20. Watch lists keep an eye on Irish standouts

    Jul 18, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    As the run up to the 2011 season continues, various postseason awards announced their preseason watch lists, a good starting point for spirited debate, if not a decent predictor as to who is going to win the award. Ten Irish players are named, with Manti Te’o and Michael Floyd leading the way with four and…

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

    Jun 15, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

    Kelly Cares Football 101

    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…

  22. What to take from the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Robby Toma

    The 27,863 fans that paid to see the Blue-Gold game in person might be thawed out and dry by now. For the rest of you that either skipped the festivities or watched on TV, trying to quantify what you saw and reach some conclusions might be a little difficult. First, let’s cross off a few…

  23. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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. Ian Williams talks draft, Rudy, Te’o and Floyd

    Mar 20, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

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    In his running diary at the South Bend Tribune, Notre Dame nose guard Ian Williams had a great post about the NFL lockout, the upcoming draft, and former teammates Kyle Rudolph, Manti Te’o, and Michael Floyd. As Williams returns to campus to finish his classes before May graduation, he talks about balancing his preparations for…

  25. Te’o, Ruffer named second team All-Americans

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    Two Irish players were named to Sports Illustrated’s All-American teams, with linebacker Manti Te’o and kicker David Ruffer both named to the second team. (This is the part of the entry where I apologize for the funky formatting of this post and also wonder what the All-American team would’ve looked like with Kyle Rudolph and…