Notre Dame Football players discuss Twitter policies

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Twitter is one of the greatest inventions ever for a sportswriter. Is it also a blessing for Notre Dame football? Or a curse?

Twitter gives the reporter a chance to obtain legitimate quotes from players and coaches without actually having to be at the stadium. And sometimes the quotes are much more interesting than what you hear on gameday, because they haven’t been filtered. But to quote famous Notre Dame football fan Taylor Swift “trouble, trouble, trouble” can arise.

13 months ago, Notre Dame football DL Louis Nix (@IrishChocolate9) posted a tweet saying he may leave Notre Dame football and not return. That tweet caused a great deal of distraction for Coach Brian Kelly and his team, and it forced the coach to contemplate a new and stricter policy on what he deems “inappropriate” social media posts.

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Brian Kelly, Notre Dame release statement on his staying with the Irish

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By now you’ve heard that Brian Kelly will stay the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. He will not be taking the Philadelphia Eagles gig. Numerous reports say he was offered a job with more money but he turned it down to remain in college football. So why did he interview with them in the first place? Kelly already got an extension and a raise. Was it for further leverage?

Whatever the true intentions, here’s the official statement from the school and Kelly. Here’s the party line:

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Alabama Wins Another Title: Crush Irish

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Alabama football is good. There’s no way around it. No other way of saying it. Alabama is a good football team. Say what you want about Nick Saban and his demeanor as a head coach, but the guy has simply put together one of the best programs in college football history.

Their latest National Championship came against Notre Dame, 42-14, earning Bama and Saban their third title in four seasons.

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Complete Guide to the Alabama vs. Notre Dame Championship Game

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It could easily be the most watched college football game of all time: the BCS National title game, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. the Alabama Crimson Tide. The media hype has been ridiculous; ESPN and the rest of the press have been talking about this game forever. Imagine what the publicity for the Super Bowl will be like this year.

So here’s a guide, with links to everything to prepare for the big game.

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Highlights from Notre Dame Media Day: Brian Kelly notable quotables

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Today was Notre Dame media day, and with it Brian Kelly addressed the media contingent concerning the be here before you know it 2012 season. The Irish open up in Ireland; taking on Navy in Dublin in the Emerald Isle Classic. The Irish still don’t have a quarterback set, and have a bit of a Hobson’s Choice type situation going on there.

They also have a brutal schedule this season, making it a challenge for them to reach 8 victories for the third straight year.

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#32 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: College Football 77 in 77

Tyler Eifert looking like Notre Dame go-to guy on Offense

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-From Golden Tate to Kyle Rudolph to Michael Floyd to…Tyler Eifert. Notre Dame has seen a primary pass-catcher emerge each year and then end up a high pick in the NFL Draft following a breakout season. Floyd will get the call next week, probably in the top 10-15. Eifert should be a top 20 pick in 2013. Which means the senior tight end will become a household name this fall in South Bend.

Watch as Eifert potentially becomes the go-to guy for the ND offense.

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2012 Notre Dame Spring Game notes, nuggets and tidbits

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The number one topic is of course the four-way starting quarterback battle. Unlike other spring games, Notre Dame lets them pretty much go live at QB, which is a lot cooler than the signal caller wearing a red, no-contact jersey. Here’s the statistical breakdown.

Everett Golson 31 snaps, 11-15 passing, 120 yards, two TDs, 0 picks. 6 carries for 25 yards. Tommy Rees 7-14-1, 84 yards, 0 TDs, 1 rush for 1 yard in 26 snaps. Andrew Hendrix 4-9-1, 51 yards, 1 TD, 2 rushes for 13 yards in 15 snaps.

–Much ballyhooed blue-chip recruit Gunner Kiel came in during the second half and went 5-10-1, 57 yards, 3 carries for 15 yards. The story of last season was essentially too many turnovers, especially so from the quarterback position, and especially at the most inopportune times.

“We had two interceptions in particular, where we’ve seen that movie before,” Brian Kelly told the media after the game. The fans saw both Kiel and Rees get picked off soon after entering the game. Rees’ interception came on his fifth attempt, Kiel his second.

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Notre Dame 2012 spring game: what to watch for

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The 125th season of Notre Dame football will commence this fall. Get ready for it with the annual Blue-Gold spring game on Saturday. It’s been an eventful spring, let’s look at some of the biggest stories of the spring, and also point out some things to watch for in the spring exhibition.

-The story of the spring was the defection of defensive end Aaron Lynch, who left the Fighting Irish football team and will transfer to another school at the end of the spring semester. This is a huge loss as Lynch was the jewel of Brian Kelly‘s first ND recruiting class and figured to be the team’s most powerful and best d lineman this fall.

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Notre Dame spring football preview: news, notes and quotes

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Spring football begins at Notre Dame this morning, and Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly gave these news items and snippets to the media:

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Notre Dame Gives Brian Kelly 2-Year Extension

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Today Notre Dame extended the contract of Head Coach Brian Kelly for an additional two years. It means Kelly’s contract will run through the 2016 season.

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Notre Dame Football Has Some Serious Issues

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The Fighting Irish lost five of thirteen games on their schedule this season. This is unacceptable for the most prominent college football program in the country.

The team has floundered ever since the Lou Holtz tenure ended. There are some glaring obstacles to success that must be addressed before moving forward.

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