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  1. FieldTurf announcement comes at the right time

    Apr 13, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

    Last Grass

    During the first half of the Blue-Gold game, athletic director Jack Swarbrick joined Alex Flanagan on television to break the game’s biggest news. After years of struggling to maintain the natural grass surface inside Notre Dame Stadium, the university will be installing a synthetic surface inside the stadium.

  2. Spring Practice: Day Two report breakdown

    Mar 5, 2014, 11:33 PM EDT

    Greg Bryant

    The Fighting Irish took the field Wednesday morning for their second session of spring practice. With two weeks off and the university’s spring break sandwiched between practice two and three, it’s certainly an interesting time for the football program to get work done. Yet it’s clear that there’s work to be done and the team…

  3. Practice Report: Day Eleven update

    Apr 15, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Chuck Martin 2

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but Notre Dame has a new offensive coordinator. Not just any offensive coordinator, but a guy who just got done spending two years coaching safeties. And his pedigree? Before being a defensive position coach he was ran a D-2 football program in Michigan. National championships or not, that’s…

  4. Practice Report: Day Nine update

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Slaughter Utah

    More than a few eyebrows were raised when Jamoris Slaughter was seen taking reps at cornerback yesterday, cross-training at a cover position while Austin Collinsworth took first-team reps with the safeties. The move makes sense on the surface, with Slaughter’s versatility and cover skills always one of his assets, and Lo Wood not yet proven…

  5. Practice Report: Day Six update

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Bob Elliott ND

    For Notre Dame fans looking to get to know new safeties coach Bob Elliott, today is your day. After having coached and mentored co-defensive coordinators Bob Diaco and Kerry Cooks, Diaco was brought on to replace Chuck Martin, who transitioned to the offensive side of the ball. Elliott certainly is bona fide, having coordinated some…

  6. Practice Report: Day Five update

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Andrew Hendrix Stanford

    With one third of spring practice finished, the team at UND.com gave us a much anticipated update on the quarterback battle, the main storyline of spring practice. With some nice footage of all four quarterbacks competing, it’s clear that head coach Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin are truly going back to the basics…

  7. Spring Practice: Day Three report

    Mar 25, 2012, 2:26 PM EDT

    Bennett Jackson 2

    Saturday’s practice was already a victory with the Irish getting two big recruiting commitments along the offensive line. But with the team in full pads for the first time this spring, it also gave us a chance to take a look at the physicality of the team, with the UND.com practice video giving us a…

  8. Spring Practice: Day Two report

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Diaco

    After doing my best to glean as much information out of three minutes of practice footage, we’re back at it with another bullet-point edition of UND.com’s wonderful practice reports. After giving us a brief overview of some of the obvious storylines this spring, Jack “Take the Charge” Nolan breaks down the linebackers, giving us a…

  9. Live Blog: 82nd annual Blue-Gold Game

    Apr 16, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    There are perfect spring days, and then there are days like this. But that hasn’t stopped this from being a special weekend at Notre Dame. With a packed sports slate that includes both baseball and softball games (yesterday’s baseball game including 50 mile-per-hour winds) and the annual Blue-Gold game, a little rain won’t get in…

  10. Depth and skill building as spring continues

    Apr 6, 2011, 1:24 PM EDT

    Kelly depth

    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…

  11. Fleming set to lead Irish pass rush

    Apr 4, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    Darius Fleming

    The expectations were high for Darius Fleming entering the 2010 season. The best pass-rusher on the Irish roster, he was set to enter a system that had a habit of turning good pass rushers into great pass rushers. (See Barwin, Connor for example.) While it’s hard to call a season where you lead your defense…

  12. News on Floyd’s future expected soon

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Getty Images - Jonathan Daniel

    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…

  13. Injuries end Roberson and McDonald’s spring

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Cam Roberson

    Brian Kelly’s suspicions were confirmed when an MRI of freshman running back Cameron Roberson’s knee showed a partially torn ACL and a torn lateral collateral ligament. There’s no official timetable on Roberson’s return, but you’ve got to think that getting anything out of Roberson next season would be a big surprise. Meanwhile, linebacker Anthony McDonald’s…

  14. Kelly breaks down Day One

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    brian-kelly-press-conference

    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 2011 in 100 words… Steve Filer

    Mar 20, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    Army v Notre Dame

    Part six of twelve previews analyzing a dozen players essential to the Irish making a BCS run next season. Check here for the first five: Braxston Cave, Sean Cwynar, Jonas Gray, Trevor Robinson, and Theo Riddick. Player Overview: Will this be the year for Steve Filer? Ever since the Parade All-American picked Notre Dame out…