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Note Dame redshirt junior G Quenton Nelson will return to school.

Nelson was a consensus top-100 recruit out of the prep ranks. The two-year starter will be one of the premier guard prospects in the nation next year.
Jan 16 - 1:29 PM

Notre Dame sophomore TE Alizé Jones was cleared to return to the football team in 2017.

Jones missed the 2016 season due to academics, but he announced he has since been cleared. Notre Dame's offense should look totally different next year without DeShone Kizer and Malik Zaire, among others, and Jones could be in line for a big year.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 12 - 10:24 AM

Notre Dame OC Chip Long will call the plays in 2017.

It's saying something about Long, the 33-year-old wunderkind, that Brian Kelly will cede this responsibility to him. Long was announced as the offensive coordinator of the Irish on Monday, news that was first reported late last month. He comes from Memphis via Arizona State and is a highly respected offensive mind. If Notre Dame flourishes offensively next fall, Long will be in demand for head coaching gigs in 2018.
Jan 9 - 12:47 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Notre Dame will hire Memphis OC Chip Long to serve in the same capacity.

Per FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman, Long will be receiving a three-year contract from Notre Dame. He joined Memphis last winter after spending three seasons at Arizona State and subsequently helped lead the Tigers to a magnificent offensive campaign in which they averaged almost 40 points a game. With the Irish, Long will replace Mike Denbrock, who will be joining Cincinnati to serve as offensive coordinator. The coaching carousel continues to spin.
Source: FOX Sports
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Pro Football Weekly reports Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wants to leave the school for an NFL team.

However, "not only are there no takers, there apparently is no one even interested in listening." Kelly's 2016 season was abysmal, and both of his top quarterbacks are leaving the program. The team lacked speed on defense and did not earn a bowl bid.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 11:53:00 AM

Notre Dame graduate QB Malik Zaire will not make his transfer choice until April.

This, according to Zaire's father. The quarterback will continue to train in the offseason, but he will not be an early-enrollee at his eventual new program. This means that he will not participate in spring practice at said eventual new program. Wisconsin, North Carolina and Florida have been floated as potential future homes for Zaire. Once the 6-foot, 222-pounder settles on a fresh program, he will likely enroll for summer work.
Source: Scout.com
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 08:03:00 PM

Notre Dame graduate QB Malik Zaire delayed his transfer decision announcement.

We believe this is in relation to UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky's upcoming announcement. Zaire is reportedly deciding between UNC and Wisconsin, and one of those teams has a quarterback. If connecting the dots is appropriate here, Zaire might have already chosen Wisconsin if that was his top choice, as the path to the starting job is clear there. Is UNC his preferred destination?
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 06:22:00 PM

ESPN's Matt Fortuna reports that former Nevada HC Brian Polian will take a position as special-teams coordinator at Notre Dame.

Polian will take over special-teams coaching duties from Scott Booker, who was fired earlier in the week. This is a homecoming of sorts, as Polian served on Notre Dame's staff from 2005-2009. He had spent the past four seasons as Nevada's head coach prior to his being relieved of duty in November after posting an overall record of 23-27 during his time with the Wolfpack.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel reports that Notre Dame is finalizing a contract with Wake Forest DC Mike Elko to serve in the same capacity.

Elko has spent each of the past three seasons as Wake's defensive coordinator. This past season, he helped the Demon Deacons field a defense which ranked as 28th in the nation by Football Outsiders' S&P+ metrics. Thamel writes that Elko has "developed into one of the country's most respected defensive minds." Notre Dame fired DC Brian VanGorder a month into the 2016 season. Greg Hudson served in that capacity following VanGorder's canning and was a candidate to take over as defensive coordinator on a full-time basis before the Irish settled on Elko.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 07:50:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior WR Torii Hunter Jr. will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to pursue a career in baseball.

Like father, like son. Hunter was drafted by the Angels in the 23rd round of the 2016 amateur draft. The 6-foot, 190-pounder went on to finish off what turned out to be his final season with Notre Dame having caught 38 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns. If nothing else, he has the baseball bloodlines on his side, as his father Torii Hunter was among the most consistent outfielders in the bigs during the 2000's.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 06:55:00 PM

With former Notre Dame graduate QB Malik Zaire down to Wisconsin and UNC, 247 Sports' Tom Loy reports the Badgers are likely in the lead to land the transfer passer.

"I’ve been digging into this and from what I can gather, people connected with Wisconsin’s program are much more confident than North Carolina at this point," Loy writes. The initial thought was Zaire would land at UNC, but that seems to have changed. However, a decision might not be made quickly, as both programs are still recruiting the quarterback. Expect Zaire to start for whatever school he calls home next.
Source: 247 Sports
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 09:36:00 AM

According to multiple reports, Notre Dame has fired ST/TE coordinator Scott Booker.

Booker had been roaming the Irish sideline as special teams coordinator for the last five years. His unit was downright miserable this past season, though, as Notre Dame ranked 123rd nationally in terms of yards per punt return. Expect Brian Kelly's coaching shakeup to continue in the coming weeks. Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford has already reportedly accepted the open head-coaching position at Western Kentucky. FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman additionally passed along word on Monday that Wake Forest DC Mike Elko would be interviewing with the Irish next week.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 01:24:00 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compares Notre Dame four-star 2017 verbal T commit Aaron Banks to USC T Zach Banner.

"Like the current Trojans OL, Banks can use his size and ability to handle defenders and get the job done," Haubert wrote. The analyst notes that the 6-foot-7, 344-pound behemoth could use "a little time [to adjust]" once he hits campus in South Bend. According to Haubert, Banks "can push defenders around and has some good raw tools, but he can still develop his frame to better maximize the size he carries and has room to refine and improve technique in areas." He stands as Notre Dame's third ESPN 300 commitment along the offensive line, checking into the Worldwide Leader's master list at No. 282.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 08:57:00 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that Wake Forest DC Mike Elko is expected to interview with Notre Dame for the same position next week.

Feldman refers to Elko as a "hot commodity." He has been with the Demon Deacons for the past three seasons. During the 2016 campaign, Wake Forest was a comfortably respectable defensive team, allowing a shade over 21 points on average. By Football Outsiders' S&P+ metrics, Wake's defense ranks as the 28th best in the country. For all of its issues, Notre Dame's defense actually finished 29th by S&P+ standards in 2016.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Notre Dame redshirt freshman QB Brandon Wimbush is expected to take over starting duties following DeShone Kizer's defection to the NFL.

Not only is Kizer bolting for the pros, but Malik Zaire is currently deep into the transfer process and unlikely to reverse course. Wimbush redshirted this fall after seeing scant action as a freshman in 2015. A consensus top-100 overall recruit coming out of the prep ranks, Wimbush was listed as Rivals' No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country two years ago.
Source: USA Today
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 03:35:00 PM


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