Notre Dame moves back start of spring practice

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Whether it’s the Siberian Express rolling through most of the country (sorry, guys) or the grand reshuffling taking place on Brian Kelly‘s coaching staff, Notre Dame announced a delay in the kickoff of spring practice.

Scheduled to start the first week of March, the Irish will now begin practice after spring break, beginning the spring season on March 18. They’ll conclude practice a month later, effectively spacing out their work in the all-important spring season.

Other dates of note include the annual coaching clinic, taking place on March 26-28. Scheduled to be in South Bend are NFL head coaches Bill O’Brien (who will likely chat with Kelly about defensive tackle Louis Nix), and Ron Rivera. Also joining is former Texas head coach Mack Brown and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

Notre Dame’s Pro Day will take place on March 31st. DaVaris Daniels made some news this week in Indianapolis when he told Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman that he’ll be back on campus working out with his former teammates in front of NFL scouts. It’ll also be the first chance for Cody Riggs to show that he’s healthy.

Also of note is the listed date for “Practice 15.” Usually that’s the Blue-Gold game, but with the status of Notre Dame Stadium in flux as construction on the Campus Crossroads project continues, what ends up happening still seems to be up in the air.

Reports of the annual spring game being relocated to Soldier Field or Lucas Oil Stadium have already come and gone, with it looking more and more like neither will be the ultimate destination. That leaves the annual flagship weekend (for both fans and recruits) undecided for now, with Kelly expressing his desire to keep the game on campus if at all possible.