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Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Malik Zaire is visiting Wisconsin and UNC this week, according to Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated.

Zaire is visiting Wisconsin on Wednesday and UNC on Friday. UNC was not in consideration at first due to release restrictions, but those have now been lifted and Zaire could find his way onto a team Notre Dame plays next season. Sampson notes Auburn has shown interest in Zaire, but "but Zaire’s desire to get away from a run-first spread offense is likely to kill off that courtship before it starts." Florida is on probation form graduate transfers.
Source: Scout.com
Dec 6 - 11:01 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore WR Corey Holmes can transfer without restrictions.

The speedster hasn't gotten much field time over the past three years, so he's going to opt out. Holmes, a former top-100 recruit, should have plenty of suitors on the open market. Holmes' father David played DB at Syracuse in the 1980s and in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.
Dec 3 - 8:07 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Malik Zaire's release from scholarship is now unconditional, according to ESPN's Matt Fortuna.

Zaire initially stated he was not allowed to transfer to programs on Notre Dame's 2017 schedule outside of UNC, but that has seemingly changed. That means Temple, Georgia, Boston College, Michigan State, Miami of Ohio, UNC, USC, NC State, Wake Forest, Miami (Florida), Navy and Stanford are all open to be Zaire's next destination. If we had to pick one, it would be North Carolina, as the school seems to be taking steps with the mindset that quarterback Mitch Trubisky is going to the NFL. Zaire will be eligible immediately, as he is set to graduate in December. Fortuna reports Zaire is also looking at Florida, Michigan State, Pitt and Wisconsin.
Source: ESPN
Dec 1 - 9:31 AM

Notre Dame granted junior QB Malik Zaire his release but blocked him from all but one school on the 2017 schedule.

The Fighting Irish told Zaire that he cannot transfer to any team on Notre Dame's 2017 schedule except North Carolina. That means that Temple, Georgia, Boston College, Michigan State, Miami of Ohio, UNC, USC, NC State, Wake Forest, Miami (Florida), Navy and Stanford are out. The Spartans had previously been rumored as a frontrunner. Now, it seems Florida, Pitt and Wisconsin are the leaders in the clubhouse. Zaire had a 59.2 completion percentage for 816 yards and a 6/0 TD/INT rate at Notre Dame.
Source: ESPN
Nov 30 - 3:05 PM

Scout.com's Peter Sampson reports that Notre Dame junior QB Malik Zaire is expected to be granted his release on Wednesday.

With Notre Dame not bowl eligible, Zaire can commence his transfer search immediately. Zaire appeared in just eight games this season after battling it out with DeShone Kizer for starting rights over the summer. In that space, the 6-foot, 222-pounder completed 11-of-23 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 34 yards. Zaire's development has been put to the test over the past two seasons, as he suffered a season-ending right-ankle fracture early in the 2015 campaign before losing out on the bulk of the 2016 quarterbacking work. Potential transfer destinations are not yet known.
Source: Scout.com
Nov 29 - 6:28 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer requested an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

There is a chance Kizer is the first quarterback off the board, but we know how long this process lasts. It is possible the evaluation from the committee might project outside of the first round. Notre Dame finished their season at 4-8 thanks to a lack of speed on offense and defense. Kizer started the year on fire, but started to drop his eyes as the season went along. Quenton Nelson, Mike McGlinchey and Nyles Morgan also requested evaluations from the NFL.
Nov 29 - 9:34 AM

Notre Dame redshirt junior T Mike McGlinchey indicated that he will return for the 2017 season.

Nobody would blame McGlinchey for jumping to the draft after this debacle of a 4-8 season Notre Dame has offered forth to the world, but the 6-foot-7, 310-pounder explained in October that he still feels there is much room for improvement in his game before he is ready for the NFL stage. Said McGlinchey, "I have 19 games left here, and that's what I fully intend to take on. I have a lot left to learn. I'm not ready to go anywhere."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 28 - 7:08 PM

After reports surfaced stating Brian Kelly was exploring his options outside of Notre Dame, the head coach released a statement vehemently denouncing the possibility.

"I have not been, am not, and will not be interested in options outside of Notre Dame," Kelly's statement read. It has been a difficult year for Notre Dame, finishing the year 4-8 despite National Championship aspirations. The NCAA also recommended the school vacate wins from the 2012 and 2013 season due to academic misconduct, something that Kelly took no responsibility for.
Nov 27 - 8:23 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer completed 17-of-32 passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 45-27 loss to USC.

Kizer threw a 33-yard pick-six to Ajene Harris late in the first half and the Irish weren't competitive after that. Kizer has No. 1 pick draft tools, but he'll need to make better decisions in the pocket next year, assuming he stays on campus, to go anywhere the top. The 4-8 Irish were one of the most disappointing teams of the past few years. HC Brian Kelly now turns his attention to re-recruiting Kizer.
Nov 26 - 7:46 PM

The NCAA has recommended that Notre Dame vacate their wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to academic misconduct.

Per a Division I Committee on Infractions, a former student athletic trainer committed academic misconduct for two football student-athletes and provided six other football student-athletes with impermissible academic extra benefits. That committee is recommending a vacating of wins for 2012 and 2013, plus a one-year probationary period for the university. HC Brian Kelly said that Notre Dame is appealing these rulings and he did so in typically Shakespearean Brian Kelly fashion, saying, "We still beat Oklahoma. We still beat Wake Forest. We still beat all those teams" and that a punishment of this variety has "never happened before in the history of the NCAA."
Source: ND Insider
Nov 22 - 12:54 PM

Notre Dame sophomore RB Josh Adams rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in Saturday's 34-31 loss to Virginia Tech.

Adams scored from one yard out with several minutes gone in the first quarter. He would top himself by a considerable yardage margin on touchdown No. 2 in the third quarter -- that one was a 67-yard gallop and gave the Irish a 31-21 lead entering the fourth quarter. They would not score again, watching their lead slip away into the abyss over the next 15 minutes of game time. Adams has blink-and-you'll-miss-it speed, but despite his ability to pop the big run, he has managed just three 100-yard rushing performances in 11 games.
Nov 19 - 7:23 PM

Notre Dame senior WR Torii Hunter Jr. is considered questionable to play against Virginia Tech due to a knee injury.

"Disappointing" is an understatement for Notre Dame's 2016 season. Hunter has dealt with a number of injuries, including a concussion earlier in the year and now this knee ailment, which sidelined him against Army. The game against Virginia Tech is Notre Dame's Senior Day.
Source: 247 Sports
Nov 19 - 9:51 AM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer completed 17-of-28 passes for 209 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 44-6 win over Army.

He added 72 yards on the ground. Some thought that Army would give Notre Dame some trouble here, but it was a snoozer from the opening kickoff, which C.J. Sanders returned 92 yards for a score. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Kizer did his part from there, and the Irish led 38-6 at halftime. Notre Dame turned to the ground game from there and finished with 261 yards rushing. The 4-6 Irish welcome Virginia Tech to town next Saturday needing a win to keep its bowl hopes alive.
Nov 12 - 7:17 PM

Notre Dame senior WR Torii Hunter had eight catches for 104 yards and a score in Saturday's 28-27 loss Navy.

This was the 6-foot, 190-pounder's best game of the season so far, his first contest over six catches and also his first over 100 yards. Hunter struggled with concussions earlier this fall.
Nov 5 - 2:50 PM

Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer completed 19-of-27 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 28-27 loss Navy.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder added 52 yards on the ground. Kizer found a wide-open Torii Hunter Jr. for a 26-yard touchdown to put the Irish up 7-0 early in the first quarter. That turned out to be the game's largest lead. The team's commenced a one-possession, catfight-type affair, a contest that suited the risk-averse Midshipmen more than the unload-the-clip-into-your-feet Irish.
Nov 5 - 2:48 PM


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