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  1. Shembo, Jackson and Jones selected on Day Three of NFL Draft

    May 11, 2014, 12:10 PM EST

    Prince Shembo

    Prince Shembo, Bennett Jackson and TJ Jones were all selected on the third day of the NFL Draft, making that eight former Notre Dame players selected in the 2014 draft. That’s the highest total in 20 years, when Lou Holtz’s squad produced 10 selections.

  2. Irish show well at the NFL Scouting Combine

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:40 PM EST

    USA TODAY

    Notre Dame had nine players at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. To a man, they all left town improving their proverbial draft stock. We’ve already touched on what the nine-man Irish contingency meant to the football program. Speed, strength and athleticism were on display by Irish prospects, with statistical gains under Paul Longo’s direction…

  3. Last look back: Wide receivers and tight ends

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:14 PM EST

    TJ Jones, Julian Wilson

    For the first time in forever, the Irish entered the season without an All-American candidate to catch the football. Gone were Tyler Eifert, Michael Floyd, Golden Tate and Jeff Samardzija, one of the best runs of receivers in school history. But even lacking a leading man, this season proved to be a formidable ensemble. Even…

  4. The good, the bad and the ugly: Notre Dame vs. BYU

    Nov 25, 2013, 1:52 AM EST

    Cam McDaniel BYU

    For the fourth straight season, Notre Dame sent its seniors out with a victory, a wonderful change from the Charlie Weis era where the Irish lost their two final home games in devastatingly painful fashion. But on Saturday, the Irish put together a complete victory, a late-season win that felt like a great pitcher grinding…

  5. Five things we learned: Pitt 28, Notre Dame 21

    Nov 10, 2013, 2:57 AM EST

    Notre Dame v Pittsburgh

    After looking like a program that had gotten past the maddening inconsistencies of years gone by, Notre Dame’s 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh awoke all the wrong kinds of echoes on Saturday night. Done in by red zone mishaps and maddening inconsistency, the disappointing loss erased any hope for a BCS bid and ripped at scar…

  6. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Oct 5, 2013, 1:49 PM EST

    TJ Jones, Julian Wilson

    With Notre Dame in need of a rebound against an Arizona State team that looks a lot more dangerous than ever before, let’s run through ten Irish players that need to play well for Notre Dame to win in tonight’s primetime affair. Tommy Rees. No need to sugarcoat it. (And after reading the comments on recent…

  7. Final thoughts before kickoff

    Sep 7, 2013, 12:34 PM EST

    Louis Nix III

    Ann Arbor is abuzz with tailgates set and thousands migrating towards the Big House. In a game and grudge match that feels mighty personal, let’s run through some final thoughts before kickoff. At this point, we’ve beaten some of the match-ups to death, so here are ten key players that need to step up for…

  8. Video: Naming the captains

    Aug 23, 2013, 3:11 PM EST

    Bennett Jackson 2

    Here’s a great video from UND.com and the FIDM team as they released the behind-the-scenes footage of head coach Brian Kelly naming Bennett Jackson, TJ Jones and Zack Martin the 2013 team captains. It’s all part of the great footage being put together for the upcoming “Strong & True: Building Bonds,” which airs Saturday, August…

  9. Special teams duties are (almost) set

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

    Kyle Brindza, Ben Turk

    Talk to enough Notre Dame fans and eventually the Irish’s mediocre punt return game with come up. Perhaps I’m mixing this old adage up a bit, but it goes something like, “Run the table with an undefeated regular season and finish 120th in punt returns and nobody remembers you went undefeated.” So maybe that’s not…

  10. Zack Martin, Bennett Jackson and TJ Jones named captains

    Aug 22, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

    Captains

    Brian Kelly announced the team’s captains today during his media day press conference, naming left tackle Zack Martin, cornerback Bennett Jackson and wide receiver TJ Jones the three official leaders of the team. Martin returns as captain, only the 18th player in school history to do so. It’s a well earned honor for Martin, who…

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

    Jul 26, 2013, 3:03 PM EST

    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…

  12. Counting down the Irish: 10-6

    Jul 18, 2013, 2:20 PM EST

    Purdue v Notre Dame

    Looking at the first fifteen names we’ve revealed, one pretty clear trend seemed to be emerging. The strength of this team’s depth was on defense. Ten of the players we’ve already rolled out will be defensive contributors. That includes highly touted freshmen Max Redfield and Jaylon Smith, who will have to find a way onto…

  13. And so it begins: BK talks 2012 season

    Aug 2, 2012, 7:44 PM EST

    Brian Kelly podium

    Brian Kelly doesn’t officially kick off the 2012 football season until tomorrow, when his opening press conference takes place before the start of training camp. But that didn’t stop talk of the quarterbacking race from starting early. Joining WSBT’s Sportsbeat with Darin Pritchett and Eric Hansen, Kelly answered questions from fans all across the country…

  14. Counting down the Irish: 25-21– RECOUNT UPDATE!

    Jul 25, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Robby Toma

    RECOUNT UPDATE: If there was any question whether I’ve been out of the finance game too long, your fearless leader messed up his Excel spreadsheet and jacked up the rankings. This changes a few of the players we’ve tallied and puts Zeke Motta in at No. 25. My sincere apologies. *** It’s time to unveil…

  15. Biletnikoff watch list includes TJ Jones

    Jul 17, 2012, 8:25 PM EST

    tj-jones

    It’s tough to get too worked up about a “watch list.” The closest thing to the Little League participation trophy in college football, it’s an annual roll call of college football’s best names, a small pat on the back during the doldrums of summer that serve as talking points until preseason all-conference teams are announced…

  16. Weekend notes: Jones, Tuck, and summer visits

    Jun 1, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    tj-jones

    With students trickling back to South Bend to begin “voluntary” summer workouts and the summer semester, we are slowly on our way out of the doldrums as we crawl towards the 2012 football season. We’ll continue profiling the freshman that are set to enroll in summer school. We’ll take a closer look at the sophomores…

  17. The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Pitt

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Jonas Gray Pitt

    A second viewing of Notre Dame’s 15-12 victory doesn’t add new perspective to Saturday’s win. The maddening inconsistencies that have plagued this football team still exist, rearing their ugly heads when you’d least expect it. Two turnovers, a missed field goal, and too many penalties all combine to give you a squad that has understandably…

  18. Jones carries heavy heart after loss of his father

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:26 PM EST

    tj-jones

    With TJ Jones made available to the media for the first time after the sudden death of his father Andre in June, there are a few great columns out today on the sophomore wide receiver and how impressive he’s been pushing on in a time of tragedy. “Every second, when I’m not thinking about schoolwork…

  19. Tuesdays with BK: Moving on to Pitt

    Sep 20, 2011, 3:32 PM EST

    Brian Kelly spring ball

    With a win against Michigan State in the rearview mirror, the Irish and head coach Brian Kelly move on to Pittsburgh and Todd Graham, who put himself on the map last year when his Tulsa team can to Notre Dame and shocked the Irish 28-27 last October. The win propelled a Tulsa team that was 4-3…

  20. Tuesdays with BK: Michigan edition

    Sep 6, 2011, 8:36 PM EST

    Brian Kelly 9

    We already covered the big news of the day, with Notre Dame shifting gears and going with Tommy Rees as the starter against Michigan Saturday night. If there’s one quote that encapsulates the decision, here it is: “You got to be productive,” Kelly said. “If you’re not, you should be looking over your shoulder. If…

  21. Counting down the Irish: 20-16

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:21 AM EST

    Prince Shembo, Sean Cwynar, Hafis Williams

    This is the second 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. If you’re looking for a grouping high on expectations, look no further than numbers 20-16 on our list. Youth is served with four true sophomores…

  22. Former Irish DE Andre Jones passes away at 42

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    tailerjonesandre

    The Notre Dame football family lost a member unexpectedly when former defensive end Andre Jones, a member of Notre Dame’s last national championship team in 1988, passed away after suffered a brain aneurysm. He left behind his wife Michelle and five children, including son TJ, a rising sophomore on the Notre Dame football team. Here’s…

  23. What to take from the Blue-Gold game

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    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…

  24. A to Z: Your comprehensive spring breakdown

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    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…

  25. Tuesdays with BK: USC edition

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:32 PM EST

    brian-kelly-press-conference

    As he does every Tuesday at noon, Brian Kelly met with the assembled media to discuss the upcoming game and the state of the program. This week’s subject, the vaunted USC Trojans. Here’s what Kelly had to say about playing Lane Kiffin’s troops, the walking wounded on the Irish roster, the transformation of his team,…