Keith Arnold

Clark Lea formally named Linebackers Coach


Notre Dame formally introduced new linebackers coach Clark Lea on Thursday. The press release for the 35-year-old  included the following quote from the new assistant who has worked at Bowling Green, UCLA and Wake Forest, and rejoins Mike Elko in South Bend. “I’m humbled to be a part of the Notre Dame football program,” Lea said in [more]

Reports: Lea, Alexander added to Irish coaching staff


Brian Kelly is adding to his rebuilt coaching staff, reportedly finalizing deals with Wake Forest linebackers coach Clark Lea and Arizona State assistant DelVaughn Alexander. Lea will reunite with Mike Elko and coach linebackers and Alexander will coach wide receivers. While both hires are still going through formal university vetting, the Lea hire has long been [more]

Chip Long in as Offensive Coordinator… and play-caller


Notre Dame’s formal press release introducing Chip Long as the new offensive coordinator did more than confirm news that we’ve known for a few weeks. It let us in on Brian Kelly’s initial plans for his offense heading into a pivotal offseason. After some struggles in 2016 with DeShone Kizer and an inexperienced wide receiving [more]

Report: Matt Balis set to become new Irish strength coach


Brian Kelly has found Paul Longo’s replacement. And he comes with an impressive pedigree. Matt Balis is headed to Notre Dame, per an Irish Illustrated report. After a search that included a handful of candidates, Kelly is bringing in Balis, who most recently directed UConn’s strength program, but also spent four years with Dan Mullen [more]

Good News: Jaylon Smith’s getting healthy


Jaylon Smith looks like he’ll be back to being, well, Jaylon Smith. And that’s good news not just for the Dallas Cowboys, but anybody who enjoyed watching Smith torment offenses in his three seasons in South Bend. Notre Dame’s former All-American and Butkus Award winner, who was selected by the Dallas Cowboys at the top [more]