Brian Kelly would take his quarterbacks over Ohio St.’s QBs


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As a Coach, you’re supposed to go to bat for your guys. It’s part of the job description. So you got to applaud Notre Dame football Brian Kelly on this one.

He truly believes in the two quarterbacks on his roster. Maybe a little bit too much. Of all the teams that Kelly could have named in his comparison, he picked the one team that….just have a watch below:

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2015-16 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings


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Yes, I know the college basketball season just ended but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2015-16 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and seven McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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Brian Kelly wants signing day moved to December


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Brian Kelly appeared at the opening of the Under Armour brand house on Michigan Avenue in Chicago last night, and spoke with the media members for a few minutes. Notre Dame is of course is a UA school now and a handful of Athletic Department members, including Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick made the trip.

Kelly wore the same famous blazer that he’s pictured in here.

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Notre Dame football spring game won’t be just invitation only


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With the Stadium under renovation, Notre Dame football has relocated their annual intra-squad spring game to LaBar practice fields. What we do know is that there will be an intra-squad, Blue and Gold game. It will be on April 18th. More details are coming into focus now, but there are still plenty of details to be worked out.

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Details on the new Notre Dame football coaching staff


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The Notre Dame football program has made some major changes to its coaching staff. Brian Kelly finalized his new staff this offseason ahead of spring football. ND did a media opportunity this week. Here’s what the staff looks like with each Notre Dame football coach and his new title.

Where appropriate a notable quotable too. *indicates coaches that are new to the program

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Former Notre Dame star Brady Quinn attempting comeback


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The NFL career of Brady Quinn is no more. potentially alive again.

According to NFL Media’s Dan Hanzus, Quinn has been working with former NFL quarterback Jeff Christensen, who has also worked with the likes of Drew Stanton and Kirk Cousins in the past.

Remember, he never made an official retirement statement. Yes, he made the decision to join Fox Sports last year; hanging up his cleats and picking up a microphone.

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Notre Dame football: how will signing day impact the future?


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Another national signing day is in the books and once again Brian Kelly brought in a superlative class that received a lot of high rankings across the board. ESPNU ranked the class entering the Notre Dame football program as #13, Rivals #12, Scout, 24/7 Sports #13,

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Notre Dame football hauls in top 10 recruiting class


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(UPDATE: Notre Dame signing days news and notes, nuggets and tidbits)

It was a very disappointing Notre Dame football season in 2014. The bowl win over a very good LSU team brought in some positive vibes after the dramatic second half of the season slide. The era of good feelings continues on national signing day as Notre Dame football looks pretty good in team recruiting standings right now.

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Notre Dame football: Kiper analyzes NFL Draft prospects


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Every offseason in South Bend brings a few NFL Draft early entry decisions to be made. This year was especially busy with the Notre Dame football program, as Ronnie Stanley and Sheldon Day had big decisions to make. ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr did a draft conference call with the media and I asked him about the Notre Dame football players who stayed in school.

Having Stanley and Day back makes Notre Dame a top 15 team in 2015 probably. If you want to hear Kiper’s response to my Fighting Irish inquiry, here’s the podcast below:

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Notre Dame vs West Virginia was last “Southernless” title game


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Tonight’s college football national title game has a unique twist to it. It’s the first time, in a generation, without any Southern Hospitality. Of course, it depends on where and how you define The South. The Mason-Dixon line is a state of a mind; not a states border.

Still the Oregon vs. Ohio State clash is historical. The match-up goes all the way back to 1998; Notre Dame and West Virginia. So Tony Rice and Major Harris- represent.

ESPN’s Chris Fowler previewed the title game on media conference call.

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Notre Dame NFL Draft updates: Ronnie Stanley, Sheldon Day


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Update: Ronnie Stanley returns, making ND a top 15 team for next year.

It was reported, first by Irish Illustrated, that Ronnie Stanley and Sheldon Day had a meeting with Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly on Wednesday. The topic? Well, you already know the topic: NFL Draft early entry.

Stanley still has not made a decision;  the deadline is Thursday. Sheldon Day made it official that he’s returning to South Bend today; issuing a statement through the school:

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SEC football crashing out at “SEC Speed” this bowl season


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Everyone is piling on SEC football right now. Before we join in, let’s take a moment to remind everyone how/why we got here. SEC football is exceptional. With it comes SEC football exceptionalism; and it’s something that the SEC football communities love to remind you of.

This will be the first time since 2005 that we have a national title game without a SEC team. Last year, was the first time since that same year in which we had a non SEC National Champion. From 2003-2012, the SEC won it all every season but two.

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