Irish Add 17 to Roster

One transfer student and 16 high school seniors will have their names added to the University of Notre Dame football roster in 2012.
The 16 student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent represent 13 states – three from Indiana, two from North Carolina, plus one each from California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

As listed by group, Notre Dame adds 10 skill players, four power players, one big skill player and one specialist. As listed by position, Notre Dame adds five defensive backs, two wide receivers, two defensive linemen, two offensive linemen, two running backs, one linebacker, one long snapper and one quarterback.

Four of the 17 players – transfer running back Amir Carlisle and early-enrollee freshmen defensive lineman Sheldon Day, quarterback Gunner Kiel and defensive back Tee Shepard – enrolled at the University in January and are taking classes. They will participate in Notre Dame’s spring football practices that begin March 21. The other 13 players have signed national letters of intent and will arrive on campus by June 18 for the start of summer school.

Click here for full list of signees and bios.

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Notre Dame Football Signing Day "Live"

The University of Notre Dame football team will announce its latest commitment class of prospective student-athletes on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 – and will be there in the Guglielmino Athletics Complex to provide exclusive live coverage throughout the day with Signing Day 2012, presented by Xfinity.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. ET, Irish fans will get the first official word of the reception of letters-of-intent from the future freshmen class of 2012, see interviews with Notre Dame’s early enrollees, watch video highlights of each signee and get analysis throughout the day from Irish coaches and former Irish All-Americans Reggie Brooks and Mirko Jurkovic.

Watch Live Coverage this Wednesday, February 1.

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Eifert Returns for Senior Year


University of Notre Dame junior tight end Tyler Eifert (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) announced he will remain at Notre Dame for his senior year and not enter the 2012 NFL Draft.

A 2011 first-team All-American, Eifert led all tight ends in the Football Bowl Subdivision with 63 receptions and 803 receiving yards. He broke Notre Dame’s record for most catches and receiving yards in a season by a tight end.

“This was a tough decision for me, but it came down to where do I want to be most next year,” Eifert said. “I have some great friends on the football team and at Notre Dame and I’m excited about the direction Coach Kelly has us going. Ultimately, the entire Notre Dame experience, including the great relationships I have with my teammates and coaches, told me Notre Dame is where I belong.”

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Te'o Returns

Manti Te'o

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame junior linebacker Manti Te’o (Laie, Hawaii/Punahou) will return for his senior season, Te’o announced Sunday night at the Lott IMPACT Trophy banquet in Newport Beach, Calif.

The 6-2, 255-pounder was a finalist for the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy in 2011 and earlier this week was named to the Walter Camp All-America second team. A design major, Te’o was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America second team this week.

“This was a tough decision, and I found myself praying about it often,” Te’o said. "Ultimately, I really want to experience my senior year at Notre Dame. The happiest moments so far in my life have come when I am spending time with people I love. I wanted to spend another year with my teammates and the coaches on our team. I don’t think any sum of money can replace the memories I can create in my senior year.

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Champs Sports Bowl Bound


On behalf of its Selection Committee, Florida Citrus Sports’ Chairman Michel Champagne and CEO Steve Hogan announced today that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Florida State Seminoles have been selected to play in this year’s Champs Sports Bowl. Set to take place December 29th from Orlando’s Citrus Bowl Stadium, the game will kick off at 5:30 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.

Notre Dame (8-4) and Florida State (8-4, 5-3 ACC), two of the most recognizable schools in college football, have met six times previous with the Seminoles holding a 4-2 edge.

More Infortmation.

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Boston College Pep Rally

Alma Mater at the pep rally
The Boston College pep rally will be held inside Purcell Pavilion Friday night at 6:00pm. The doors will open at 5:15pm and seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. Come out and support the Fighting Irish as they get ready to beat the Eagles in Notre Dame Stadium on Senior Day.

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Notre Dame Experience

Former University of Notre Dame football all-stars Raghib “Rocket” Ismail and Tony Rice will sign autographs from noon-1 p.m. Saturday in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse. The autograph session, sponsored by Sprint and arranged by Notre Dame Sports Properties, is part of the Notre Dame Experience. Attendees are limited to one autograph item per person. Then, from 1-2 p.m. at that same location, Ismail and Rice will take part in a Sprint Phone-a-Friend promotion that provides unique opportunities for the players to make brief phone calls to a fan’s friend or family member. Fans also can have their pictures taken with Ismail or Rice and receive a signed photo via text. Click Here for more details.

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Walk Where the Irish Walk!

Friday Tunnel Tour

Don’t miss the last weekend to walk down the famous tunnel in Notre Dame Stadium for the 2011 season. Walk down the tunnel, listen to the echoes of Notre Dame, and slap the “Play Like a Champion Sign” as you make your way to the field. The Tour is free and open to the public.

Friday Tunnel Tour
Every Friday of a home football weekend
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (except for opposing team walk through)

LaBar Practice Complex Open House
Every gameday Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Click Here for more details.

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Pep Rally on National Mall in DC

The week is finally here when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish travel to DC for the 2011 “Shamrock Series” game against Maryland. The Notre Dame Pep Rally will be held Friday night on the National Mall between 7th and 14th Streets. The Pep Rally will begin at 6:00pm and is free and open to the public.
The rally will feature the Notre Dame Marching Band, cheerleaders, and the leprechaun.
Guest speakers will include Don Criqui as MC, Joe Theismann, Reggie Brooks,athletic director Jack Swarbrick, and current Irish Tight End Mike Ragone. The full schedule of events for the weekend is finalized. Let’s make this a weekend to remember in our Nation’s Capitol.

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Washington D.C. Weekend Itinerary

The Notre Dame Football “Home away from Home” game in Washington D.C. is right around the corner when Notre Dame travels to FedEx Field to play Maryland. This is the third consecutive year when Notre Dame is going on the road to play a home game in a different city across the country. We are excited as a University to be able to have Washington D.C. and Fed Ex Field be the host for our home game for the 2011 season. The Itinerary, of events that are taking place over the weekend in D.C. has been finalized.

Some of the features for the weekend include:

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Navy Pep Rally Moved to Purcell Pavilion

The Navy Pep Rally will be held inside Purcell Pavilion on Friday October 28, starting at 6:00pm. Doors will open at 5:15pm and the event is free and open to the public.
Students should enter Gate 10 and General Public should enter Gate 9 (Rosenthal Atrium).

Come and support Coach Kelly and the 2011 Fighting Irish as they get ready to beat Navy this Saturday in Notre Dame Stadium.…

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Tim Brown Likes Night Games

Tim Brown appreciates Night games at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be in attendance Saturday night after *speaking at the Pep Rally Friday night* at "Irish Green": Twenty-four years ago, Tim Brown returned back-to-back punts against Michigan State at Notre Dame Stadium under the lights.

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USC Schedule Adjustments

The Trojans are coming to town. Coach Kelly and the Irish looking for their fifth consecutive win. First night game in 21 years. This should be fun.

The 7:30 pm kickoff will certainly make for added excitement inside Notre Dame Stadium. It has also adjusted much of the weekend schedule fairly significantly. Click Here for the major changes worth noting.

For all information on the weekend schedule, check out the full schedule.

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Devine joins Rockne, Parseghian, Leahy, and Holtz

Knute Rockne Statue

The Dan Devine Statue will be added outside Gate A, which will complete the last of the coach’s statues around the outside of the stadium. The dedication will take place Friday at 3:30pm outside of gate A and is free and open to the public.

Devine had been a leading candidate for the head coaching job at Notre Dame in 1964, when Ara Parseghian was hired. When approached for the job following Parseghian’s resignation, Devine accepted immediately, joking that it was probably the shortest job interview in history. In his six seasons at Notre Dame, Devine compiled a 53–16–1 mark (.764). His lasting achievement came midway through this run, when the Fighting Irish won the 1977 national championship, led by junior quarterback Joe Montana. The championship season was completed with a convincing 38-10 win in the 1978 Cotton Bowl Classic over previously top-ranked Texas, led by Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell. The win vaulted the Irish from fifth to first in the polls.

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Click on the MSU Helmet for Post Game Pictures

Make sure to click on the Michigan State Helmet to see post game photos from the great weekend at Notre Dame. From Tailgating, to action shots from the game, has it all. It was a beautiful weekend in South Bend and the Fighting Irish beating the Spartans made it even better.

Check back every Tuesday after a home game for updated photos taken by University photographer Matt Cashore that capture all the great traditions here at Notre Dame on a home football weekend.…

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1932 Restored Rockne Studebaker

Rockne Studebaker

Subway Alum George Gajdos from San Juan Capistrano, CA, has restored a 1932 Rockne Studebaker and has graciously offered its use for Notre Dame’s Rockne Heritage Fund/Director’s Circle Recognition Weekend. The Rockne Studebaker model was only produced for two years, 1932 and 1933. Knute Rockne was aware of the production of his namesake automobile but never saw a finished product as the first completed Rockne Studebaker’s hit the road just months after the Coach’s untimely death in 1931.

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Notre Dame Takes on Pittsburgh at 12:00 E.T.

George Atkinson

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers and first year coach, Todd Graham, this Saturday at Heinz Field, at 12:00pm E.T. The Pittsburgh Panthers are currently 2-1 this season and 2-0 at home.The Panthers are averaging 32 points a game while only giving up 25 points a game to their opponent.

The 2011 encounter will mark the 67th game between the Panthers and Irish in a series that dates back to 1909. In the most recent meeting, Notre Dame defeated Pitt, 23-17, last year in South Bend.

The Fighting Irish look to go on the road and win back to back games to improve their record to 2-2 on the season.

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Mike Lee Set to Fight Friday Night At Purcell Pavilion

Mike Lee

Former Notre Dame Bengal Bout boxing champion Mike Lee will feature in the Main Event of “Fight Like a Champion,” a professional boxing event at the University of Notre Dame to be held this Friday night, Sept. 16 benefitting a pair of Notre Dame charities.

All profits from this special evening of professional boxing held at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center (basketball arena) will be donated to two charities associated with Notre Dame — the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend.

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Parseghian's '66 National Title Team at MSU Rally

Ara Parseghian talks to the Notre Dame Football Team

Coach Ara Parseghian and members of the1966 National Championship Football Team will be at the Michigan State Pep Rally along with Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish as they get ready to beat the Spartans. The ’66 team is celebrating the 45th anniversary of their 1966 National Championship season that included the famous 10-10 tie against MSU.

Come out to hear from Coach Parseghian and cheer on the Irish as they prepare to battle for the Megaphone Trophy!

The Pep Rally will be at the Irish Green, Friday at 6:00pm.

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Thank You from the Director of Game Day

Lightning Over Notre Dame Stadium

Thank you to all the fans and guests who were at Notre Dame this past Saturday for the game and who responded so well to the request to evacuate the Stadium (twice) due to the severe weather in the area. During the two weather delays, there were 335 lightning strikes within a 10 mile radius of campus. Two of the strikes each measured seven tenths of a mile from campus. The photo highlighted above depicts the one strike that occurred directly west of campus. The number of strikes and their close proximity to campus serve as a reminder of the importance to heed weather warnings and the call to seek shelter.

We are proud of how our fans and guests responded on Saturday to the adverse weather conditions!


Mike Seamon
Associate Vice President for Campus Safety
Director of Game Day Operations

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