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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Notre Dame upset by St. Joe’s in OT

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Surprisingly, the ND college basketball team suffered a loss before the ND college football team this season.

No. 20 Notre Dame just couldn’t score in the final minutes of regulation and overtime and the Fighting Irish men’s basketball team lost 79-70 to Saint Joseph’s on Friday night in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.

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Notre Dame 40 Navy 10: nuggets and tidbits

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There was a definite green theme to Notre Dame’s overnight flight to Dublin. The Irish players and most of the coaches and football staff wore bright green sweatsuits and hats. Ask for water and it came with a (green) lime and a miniature Ireland flag. The inside of the Delta plane was festooned with green theming.

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Notre Dame Olympians competing in London 2012

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There’s much more to Notre Dame Fighting Irish competing in the London 2012 Summer Olympics then Mariel Zagunis, the U.S. flag bearer at the opening ceremonies. Here’s today’s daily update:

Former 10-time Notre Dame All-America distance runner Molly Huddle (’06) competed in the finals of the 5,000-meter run on Friday night, capping a historic performance by Fighting Irish athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

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

Notre Dame not Joining the Big 12

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Contrary to multiple “reports,” which were proven false (and as they were proven false, I will not dignify the source of these reports with neither a link nor a mention. Ok, it was Rivals.com Texas Longhorns site Orangebloods) Notre Dame is NOT JOINING THE BIG 12.

I asked Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick at the BCS meetings in Chicago about the Big 12 affiliation report:

“We have done nothing to cause that to happen, no meetings, no anything, I don’t know the source of that or why it occurred. It is not based on any discussion, any meeting we have done,” he responded.

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Former Bulls, Notre Dame star Orlando Woolridge passes away

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Former University of Notre Dame standout and NBA veteran Orlando Woolridge, who played on Fighting Irish teams that four times knocked off the number-one-ranked team in the nation, died last night at his parents’ home in Mansfield, La., where he had been under hospice care due to a chronic heart condition. He was 52.

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Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees and sister both have alcohol arrest record

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Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees will held to court on May 17th, in which he’ll face four misdemeanor counts, including resisting arrest, battery and underage consumption. But he’s not the only Rees sibling who’s run afoul of the law via alcohol. His sister Meghan Rees was kicked out of the Purdue game last fall and arrested for an alcohol offense as well.

Is this is a new “record” in college football. Lots of starting quarterbacks have gotten arrested for booze-related activities, but how many have had a sister do the same? And just a few months apart at that? This is breaking new ground right? Let’s hope former South Carolina signal caller Stephen Garcia doesn’t have a sister.

Let’s review the situation:

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Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees arrested, jailed for multiple charges

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Off-the-field incidents continue to plague the Brian Kelly regime at Notre Dame. Last night brings another- this one involving the sort of starting QB Tommy Rees and a starting linebacker in Carlo Carlabrese.

Rees was jailed on a preliminary felony charge of battery on a police officer and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, minor consumption and public intoxication. Local law enforcement officials claim he ran from a police officer and then kneed him to the chest when confronted. Rees also allegedly registered 0.11 percent on a blood-alcohol test.

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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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