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The Indispensables – 2011 Edition

With just over two days remaining until the 2011 season kicks off for Notre Dame, we take a look at our yearly pre-season list of the most indispensable players on the Irish roster. I started this column last year and ...

An Early Look at Notre Dame’s Top 10 for ’11

Last year UHND and several other Notre Dame bloggers ranked the top 25 players on the Irish roster and there are plans for such an exercise again this year, but today we have an early look at the top 10 ...

Everyone Wants to Take the 5th

When Brian Kelly met with the media on Friday to wrap up the 2010 season, he announced that all seniors with eligibility remaining have applied for 5th years.  Other than announcing David Ruffer would be back and be on scholarship ...

A Look Back at Early Enrollment at Notre Dame

It wasn’t that long ago that Notre Dame didn’t allow football recruits to enroll in January to get a head start on their careers.  In fact, until Charlie Weis was named head coach, Notre Dame didn’t accommodate early enrollees. One ...

IBG – Southern Cal Edition

This week’s Irish Blogger Gathering is brought to us by OC Domer – a Notre Dame blogger subjected to USC much more than most of us.  Be sure to check out his responses to these questions with the link above ...

Initial Impressions – Notre Dame 23, Purdue 12

The Brian Kelly Era started off on the right foot with an 11 point victory over instate rival Purdue Saturday afternoon.  Many positives can be taken away from the 2010 season opener, but it was also very evident that the ...

Kelly’s Clipboard – Notes from 8/9

Head coach Brian Kelly spoke with the media after Monday’s practice.  Here are some highlights from what he had to say. Duval Kamara was back at practice on Monday after a holdup with some paperwork.  Kelly didn’t get into any ...

Ranking the Irish – #20-16

Last night I posted the first in a series of posts outlining the top 25 players on the Notre Dame roster for 2010.   The series is being compiled by Inside the Irish over on NBCSports.com by Keith Arnold with input ...

Initial Impressions – USC at Notre Dame

Notre Dame took another game down to the wire on Saturday, but for the second time this season came out on the wrong end of a thrilling game.  Here are my initial thoughts from the Irish heartbreaking defeat. First off, ...

Initial Impressions – Notre Dame 24, Purdue 21

Jimmy Clausen came off the bench to lead Notre Dame to its second fourth quarter comeback in as many weeks Saturday night with a 24-21 victory over the Boilermakers.  The Irish didn’t have the services of Armando Allen and had ...

Lessons Learned – Michigan State at Notre Dame

Week three of the 2009 season taught us that the defense is still a mess, Jimmy Clausen is a tough kid, the wildcat is here to stay, and that the offense can move the ball without Michael Floyd.  As always, ...

Training Camp ’09 Practice Report 8/9

Notre Dame kicked off the 2009 Training Camp this weekend with the first official practice of the season on Saturday.  After watching the practice videos on und.com, here are a few early observations. It’s only practice, but Theo Riddick looks ...

Report: Gary Gray Returning to Notre Dame

According to Mike Frank’s Irish Sports Daily, cornerback Gary Gray will be returning to Notre Dame on June 1. “There was never a question,” he said. “He was happy there, he fell in love with not just the football program, ...

Gary Gray Expected to Return

ESPN’s Graham Watson reported this week that junior to be corner back Gary Gray plans on re-enrolling at Notre Dame for the summer term. According to the family member, Gray is not enrolled this semester because of academic issues. Those ...

Gary Gray Not Enrolled for Spring

Last month Junior to be Gary Gray did not make the trip to Hawaii with the team for the Hawaii Bowl for personal reasons.  Now it is bring reported that he is not enrolled at Notre Dame for the spring ...