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  1. Montana’s departure official, QB depth chart set

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    With Luke Massa transitioning to wide receiver, the Irish have finally settled on a four-man depth chart at quarterback, after Nate Montana officially enrolled at University of Montana, according to The Missoulian. “He’s admitted as a student, and he started classes today,” athletic director Jim O’Day told the paper. “Then I would assume he’s a…

  2. Floyd and Smith named captains for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Harrison Smith

    Saturday’s Notre Dame Football Awards Show gave us plenty to discuss, but the headline was probably Brian Kelly naming Michael Floyd and Harrison Smith the captains of the 2011 Fighting Irish. For Smith, that means his application for a fifth year has been accepted. For Floyd, it’s a permanent accolade after being named game captain…

  3. Five things we learned: Notre Dame vs. Miami

    Dec 31, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Michael Floyd

    Irish fans have heard this story before. Two storied programs come into a bowl game with millions of eyes watching. One walks out a shell of its former self. The other, with sky-high expectations for next season after an impressive performance. Only this time, it’s Irish fans buzzing with excitement after their team took another…

  4. 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…

  5. Kelly declares 2011 quarterback derby open

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Brian Kelly met with the media today as the Notre Dame student body finished up with their final exams and addressed one of the million dollar questions that’ll take over once the Irish play Miami in the Sun Bowl: Who will be the starting quarterback against USF to kickoff 2011? “I think we have a…

  6. 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…

  7. The good, the bad, the ugly: USC

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:36 PM EDT

    Te'oDiaco

    Ronald Johnson still dropped it. That’s the thing most Irish fans have to be saying to themselves after Saturday’s 20-16 victory over the Trojans, where Notre Dame survived four turnovers to beat USC for the first time since 2001. When wrapping up the game, USC head coach Lane Kiffin had this to say. “None of…

  8. Pregame Twelve Pack: A Trojan finale

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:32 AM EDT

    Michael-Floyd

    We’re already here. The regular season finale is upon us as the Irish prepare to face off with their nemesis, the USC Trojans. As always, here are twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play USC at the Coliseum in primetime. 1. After two seasons on the shelf, Michael…

  9. 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…

  10. 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.…

  11. Pregame Twelve Pack: Utah edition

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:59 AM EDT

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    After a much needed week off, here comes another Pregame Twelve Pack. Twelve fun facts, tidbits, leftovers and miscellaneous musings as the Irish prepare to play No. 14 Utah. 1. Let’s get it out of the way.  Michael Floyd isn’t talking about the NFL. Brian Kelly wouldn’t talk about it, and Michael Floyd won’t either,…

  12. 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…

  13. How we got here: Turnovers

    Nov 4, 2010, 1:14 AM EDT

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    It was no secret that there were going to be some growing pains in the evolution of the Notre Dame offense. Brian Kelly was taking a drop-back quarterback with a total of 20 mop-up throws under his belt and putting him into an offensive system that relied on quick throws, quicker data processing, and presenting…

  14. 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…

  15. Crist has knee surgery, out six months

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

    As suspected, quarterback Dayne Crist is lost for the season, undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon. “I met with our doctors today, and he had successful surgery this morning,” Kelly said this afternoon. “The patellar tendon had in fact torn, and it was reattached. The surgery went well and we’re looking at a…

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

    Oct 30, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    DeclanSullivan

    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…

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

    Oct 23, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Teich

    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…