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Putting The Axe Down, Continues…

September 16, 2009
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Video Bonanza: Skunkbear Hunting Season

September 10, 2009

Fall Camp Updates… It’s Actually The Bye Week

August 26, 2009

Fall Camp 8/20… Now With Fresh Coachspeak!

August 21, 2009

Coachspeak

March 31, 2009

Some of the Fighting Irish assistants speak to the media.

Tony Alford

Alford on Jonas Gray @ Rivals Video

Bryant Young

Alford on Jonas Gray @ Rivals Video

Bernie Parmalee

Parmalee sees spring progress @ Rivals Video

More Player and Coach Interviews

March 24, 2009

Weis Presser Tidbits

February 13, 2009

Charlie Weis spoke to the media today and laid out some new things for program this year. Here is a short rundown of what was said…

  • Corwin Brown has been promoted to Associate Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach.
  • Jon TAH-NOO-TAH has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach for Defense/ Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach.
  • TAH-NOO-TAH!!! will be calling the defensive plays.
  • Bryant Young was officially announced as the Defensive Graduate Assistant.
  • Romeo Crennel will not be the new Defensive Line Coach.
  • Weis said he should have a decision on the Defensive Line coach soon.
  • Weis is making himself the Offensive Coordinator and will be calling the plays.
  • Weis would not rule out coaching from the press box next year and labeled the situation as “50-50,” but on the lower end.
  • Frank Verducci was officially named Offensive Line Coach and Running Game Coordinator.
  • Tony Alford was officially named Running Backs Coach.
  • Weis mentioned that several players will have to have their tonsils removed (no shit) and may not be ready for Spring Ball, but will be ready for the Summer/Fall.
  • There is no official word from the University on which players will be returning for a 5th year in 2009.
  • Weis mentioned that the 2010 recruiting class should be about 24-25 players to get the team up to the 85 allotted amount of players.
  • Weis is feeling good after surgery on his right knee, and has postponed the surgery to his left knee that was scheduled for this month, “indefinitely.”
  • Darrin Walls is back in school and with the team, and will be ready to go in the Spring.
  • Luke Schmidt’s football career is over because of concussions.
  • Jashaad Gaines is still on a leave of absence from the University due to personal issues. Weis said the “door is open” for a return, but nothing has been decided yet.

I’ll have some commentary on these events in a day or so. I’m still waiting for my wife to give birth to our first child. She (daughter), is already not listening to us and refuses to leave the womb. So… you never know.

UPDATE: Videos from today…

Charlie

Weis makes changes @ Rivals Video

Alford

Alford ready to run @ Rivals Video

Verducci

Verducci: OL problems are correctible @ Rivals Video

Bring It In

January 19, 2009

There is a ton of coaching news today for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. First, Tony Alford has been named the running backs coach (a position previously held by Mike Haywood). This was a name that never surfaced during the search, but that may be because the concentration has been on the offensive coordinator job. Either way, Alford looks like a solid hire and someone that can work to develop the overwhelming, yet perhaps underachieving talent, that is present on the Notre Dame depth chart.

Also, two former players are coming home to coach as grad assistants. Bryant Young is taking the defensive G.A. position and Tim Grunhardt is sliding into the offensive G.A. position. Bryant Young was a beast at Notre Dame and a future Hall of Famer in the NFL (A great in depth piece on Young from TGIAB.com). Both of these guys will be counted on to help improve both our defensive and offensive lines.

So welcome to Notre Dame Tony, and welcome back home, Bryant and Tim. Coach Weis is piecing together a very nice staff that should help this team get over the next step.