Notre Dame Rumors & News

  • Ex-Notre Dame DC Brian VanGorder joining Oklahoma State

    College Football Talk "Staff changes are nearly complete around college football but it appears there is still one hire left to make for Oklahoma State. According to a report from the Tulsa World, Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy is expected to bring on former Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder as the..." February 25

  • 4-star WR Micah Jones commits to Notre Dame

    Indianapolis Star "Make that 10 for Notre Dame. Ten 2018 verbal commitments, that is. That’s almost half the number of recruits it signed in the 2017 class (21) and the most the Fighting Irish have ever had this early on. Friday afternoon, the Irish received their fourth commit of the week in four-star wide..." February 18

  • Notre Dame lands 4-star S Derrik Allen for 2018 class

    USA Today High School Sports "The Fighting Irish football recruiting Class of 2018 is on the rapid rise, with a huge Monday wrapping up with the pledge of four-star defensive back Derrik Allen. Allen became the second four-star defensive back to choose Notre Dame on Monday alone, following Detroit Cass Tech star Kalon..." February 14

  • Notre Dame lands former Michigan WR Freddy Canteen

    Michigan Live "It appears former Michigan wide receiver Freddy Canteen knows where he'll finish his collegiate career. Canteen, who wasn't on Michigan's roster in 2016 and announced last month that he would seek a graduate transfer, visited Notre Dame this weekend and committed to the Fighting Irish,..." February 12

  • Rudy Ruettiger game-worn Notre Dame gear sold for $241,500 at auction

    Sportsnaut "Notre Dame legend Rudy Reuttiger played in just one game for the storied college, yet his story has been inspirational to many as one of perseverance, courage and the process of following one’s dream. Heck, if you were a child of the 1990s and loved sports, you likely watched the movie “Rudy”..." February 07

  • Rudy's Notre Dame helmet and jersey were auctioned for a ridiculous amount of money

    CBS Sports "Rhetorical question: Is any ex-college athlete more valuable for appearing in one game than Rudy Ruettiger? Any athlete for that matter? The former Notre Dame walk-on, who was portrayed in "Rudy," recently auctioned off the helmet and jersey he wore during his one game appearance against..." February 04

  • Coach Brian Kelly calls Notre Dame’s nightmare season a ‘poor job on my part’

    Fox Sports "Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is quick to prescribe blame for last year’s nightmarish 4-8 season. “Poor job on my part,” he told FOX Sports on Wednesday. “Poor job of leading our group. No other way to put it. We had a young, inexperienced football team that needed better leadership than me, and..." February 01

  • Notre Dame's Kelly: 'I led this team poorly'

    Indianapolis Star "Polished and prepared, Brian Kelly stepped up to the podium and glanced around the crowded room of reporters. In his first news conference since Notre Dame’s season-ending loss to Southern Cal in November, one of the most scrutinized coaches in college football was about to talk. The purpose..." January 31

  • Four-star WR Jafar Armstrong commits to Notre Dame

    Fanrag Sports "The Notre Dame Fighting Irish picked up a commitment from 2017 four-star wide receiver Jafar Armstrong as of Sunday evening. According to 247sports, Armstrong was the top-rated player in the state of Kansas for this recruiting cycle, making his choice on Sunday, the same day he de-committed from..." January 30

  • Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson to return for senior season

    Chicago Tribune "During an offseason of change, two of Notre Dame’s anchors on the offensive line have decided to stay put. On Sunday, left guard Quenton Nelson said on Instagram he would return to play for the Irish next season. Nelson, a captain last season and starter for two, was one of four Notre Dame..." January 16

  • OL Mike McGlinchey returning to Notre Dame in 2017

    247 Sports "Irish247 has been informed that offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey has made a decision and will return to Notre Dame for the 2017 season. There has been speculation about the 2016 captain's future, whether it would be in South Bend or the National Football League. However, we're confirmed through..." January 04

  • Report: Notre Dame assistant Mike Denbrock leaving for Cincinnati

    College Football Talk "Notre Dame’s staff shakeup continues as Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel reported Tuesday night that Mike Denbrock will leave the staff to take a similar post at Cincinnati. Notre Dame has already hired Mike Elko to run its defense and watched Mike Sanford take the head coaching job at Western..." December 28

  • Former Notre Dame player's plea deal scrapped after failed drug test

    South Bend Tribune "Fulton County prosecutors Tuesday said a failed drug test forced them to call off a plea bargain with former Notre Dame football player Floyd "Max" Redfield, possibly ending his chance to avoid jail on gun and marijuana charges. Redfield, 21, was one of five current and former Notre Dame..." December 21

  • Notre Dame to hire Wake Forest's Mike Elko as DC

    Fox Sports "Wake Forest defensive coordinator Mike Elko is expected to become the new DC at Notre Dame, a source told FOX Sports Thursday. Elko is in his third season at Wake, after serving in the same role under coach Dave Clawson at Bowling Green. Wake Forest is ranked No. 20 in scoring defense, No. 13..." December 16

  • Torii Hunter, Jr. will leave Notre Dame to join Angels’ organization

    Fanrag Sports "Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Torii Hunter, Jr. has announced that he will forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and will join the Los Angeles Angels’ organization as a result. Hunter, Jr. was notably selected by the Angels in the 23rd-round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Hunter,..." December 15

  • New team emerges in chase for former Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire

    Notre Dame Insider "Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire is leaning towards spending his final season of eligibility at Wisconsin, a source confirmed to the Tribune on Wednesday night. Last week, Zaire made visits to two schools — Wisconsin and North Carolina. However, a new school has also emerged as a..." December 15

  • Booker Out As Tight Ends/Special Teams Coach for Notre Dame

    Scout "On the heels of reports that offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford has accepted the head-coaching position at Western Kentucky, Irish Illustrated has learned through multiple sources that Scott Booker has been relieved of his duties as Notre Dame’s tight ends coach and special..." December 13

  • Projected first-round pick DeShone Kizer declares for 2017 NFL Draft

    CBS Sports "Notre Dame's season is over, and so is DeShone Kizer's college career, as the Notre Dame quarterback declared for the NFL Draft on Monday. The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise, though there had been some speculation that he might return. All of that speculation wasn't enough to..." December 13

  • Notre Dame LB Nyles Morgan looking to 'establish a dominant culture' in senior season

    Notre Dame Insider "Nyles Morgan said it as clearly — and as often — as someone can. The question was, “Are you planning to return to Notre Dame for your senior season?” “Oh. Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Morgan said, the words jumbling together into one continuous sprawl. “Definitely. Yeah.” Morgan was one of four..." December 12

  • Notre Dame lands 4-star OT Aaron Banks

    Chicago Tribune "Notre Dame received a big oral commitment Friday afternoon when 6-foot-7, 344-pound offensive tackle Aaron Banks chose the Irish. Banks is a four-star prospect, according to’s composite rankings. He is the Irish’s 18th commitment from the Class of 2017. The senior at El Cerrito..." December 10

  • Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire interested in transfer to Michigan State

    Detroit Free Press "Malik Zaire still could transfer to Michigan State, after all. The Notre Dame quarterback initally told ESPN that stipulations for his scholarship release prevent him from joining one of the Irish's 2017 opponents, other than North Carolina. MSU is scheduled to host Notre Dame on Sept...." December 01

  • Malik Zaire granted unconditional release from Notre Dame

    ESPN "Notre Dame has granted quarterback Malik Zaire his release from the school, including any future opponents for the Fighting Irish, a source tells's Matt Fortuna. Zaire had earlier told ESPN that he wasn't allowed to transfer to schools on Notre Dame's upcoming schedule, with the..." December 01

  • Malik Zaire granted release from Notre Dame, with conditions

    ESPN "Notre Dame has granted quarterback Malik Zaire his release from the school, blocking him from all but one school on the Fighting Irish's 2017 schedule. Zaire told ESPN he learned Wednesday he was given his release, but he said he cannot transfer to teams on Notre Dame's upcoming schedule, with..." November 30

  • Source: Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire expected to play elsewhere in 2017

    ESPN "Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire is expected to get his release from the school Wednesday during a meeting with coach Brian Kelly, a source told ESPN. Zaire is expected to graduate in December and will be eligible immediately next season at whichever school he chooses. Schools Zaire is..." November 30

  • Four-star LB Pete Werner decommits from Notre Dame: Is his landing spot Ohio State?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Four-star linebacker Pete Werner of Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral has been committed to Notre Dame since March, but he visited Ohio State on Saturday for its dramatic win over Michigan. Then Ohio State defensive coordinator Luke Fickell had an in-home visit with Werner on Monday. Now he's..." November 29

  • Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expects to return but is reportedly exploring options

    ESPN "Despite finishing with the school's worst record in nearly a decade, Brian Kelly said he expects to be back as Notre Dame's head football coach next season. "Oh yeah, absolutely," Kelly said Saturday night. "There was some discussion as to why I'm coming back [to campus] early, and I don't..." November 27

  • Jackson, No. 12 USC shred Notre Dame

    The Sports Xchange "In rainy, windy conditions, USC and Notre Dame were locked in a close game late in the second quarter, before 17 seconds and a big helping of Trojan superstar Adoree' Jackson changed everything. Jackson, the Trojans' playmaking junior defensive back, scored three touchdowns, including a..." November 26

  • Where is Brian Kelly in latest Notre Dame mess?

    USA Today "The poor results on the field — the seven-loss debacle of a season — are nothing compared with the embarrassment and shame Brian Kelly just brought on Notre Dame. Kelly refused to accept any responsibility Tuesday for NCAA violations that resulted in the Irish being stripped of 21 victories..." November 23

  • Notre Dame to appeal NCAA ruling of vacated wins from 2012 and 2013

    Larry Brown Sports "The NCAA announced on Tuesday that Notre Dame’s football program has been ordered to vacate all wins from its 2012 and 2013 seasons due to academic misconduct. Notre Dame is planning to appeal the decision. In its ruling, the NCAA stated that an investigation determined a former athletic..." November 22

  • Notre Dame to vacate wins from 2012-€“2013 over academic misconduct

    NCAA "A former University of Notre Dame student athletic trainer violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when she committed academic misconduct for two football student-athletes and provided six other football student-athletes with impermissible academic extra benefits, according to a Division I Committee..." November 22

  • Evans stars as Hokies win at Notre Dame

    The Sports Xchange "Quarterback Jerod Evans threw two touchdown passes and rushed for one more, and Virginia Tech rallied for a 34-31 win over Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at South Bend, Ind. Evans completed 22 of 29 passes for 267 yards and led the team with 67 yards on the ground as the Hokies erased a..." November 19

  • Notre Dame marches past Army 44-6

    The Sports Xchange "Quarterback DeShone Kizer passed for 209 yards and three touchdowns, and Notre Dame cruised to a 44-6 win over Army on Saturday afternoon in San Antonio. Tight end Durham Smythe hauled in two touchdown receptions as the Fighting Irish rolled to their most lopsided victory of the season...." November 12

  • Brian Kelly: Saban practicing with pro players is “ludicrous”

    Pro Football Talk "When former NFL running back Trent Richardson practiced with Alabama to help his alma mater prepare to face LSU, it raised questions about why college players can practice against grown men when they’re not allowed to play among grown men. It also raises questions in college football about why..." November 11

  • European Bookmaker Sets Odds For Notre Dame’s Head Coach In 2017

    The Spun ", a European bookmaking site, has released its odds regarding to who will be Notre Dame’s head coach at the start of the 2017-18 season. The Fighting Irish started the year as the No. 10 team in the country in the AP Poll. Heading into its game this weekend against Army, Notre Dame..." November 10

  • Worth scores twice as Navy knocks off Notre Dame

    The Sports Xchange "Quarterback Will Worth rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns, and Navy held on for a 28-27 win over Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla. Running backs Calvin Cass Jr. and Darryl Bonner each added rushing touchdowns as the Midshipmen compiled 320 rushing yards to go along..." November 05

  • Notre Dame nips Miami after blowing huge lead

    The Sports Xchange "Notre Dame blew a 20-point lead but recovered to beat Miami 30-27 on kicker Justin Yoon's third field goal of the game, a 23-yarder with 31 seconds left on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. Quarterback DeShone Kizer passed for 263 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish (3-5) overcame two..." October 29

  • Notre Dame's Brian Kelly 'disappointed' he needs vote of confidence

    CBS Sports "Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has the so-called "vote of confidence" from his athletic director, Jack Swarbrick. He's just not happy about it. At 2-5 and coming off a bye week, the Irish have been one of college football's biggest busts. Naturally, there have been questions about Kelly's job..." October 25

  • 4-star defensive end Donovan Jeter commits to Michigan

    Michigan Live "Donovan Jeter was a Notre Dame commit a week ago. Now, the four-star prospect says he'll play at Michigan. Jeter -- a 6-foot-5, 250-pound 2017 defensive end from Pennsylvania -- announced his commitment to Michigan on Sunday after wrapping up an official visit to the school over the..." October 24

  • Uh oh: Brian Kelly gets the dreaded vote of confidence from Notre Dame AD

    CBS Sports "The voices of Notre Dame fans calling for Brian Kelly's ousting have only grown louder with the passing weeks, as an Irish team that began the season ranked in the top 10 with College Football Playoff aspirations has sputtered to a 2-5 start, but there's only one voice that matters, and it's..." October 21

  • Donovan Jeter, 2017 4-Star DL, Announces Decommitment From Notre Dame

    College Spun "Donovan Jeter, a four-star defensive lineman in the 2017 class out of Pennsylvania, has decommitted from Notre Dame. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect is ranked the No. 11 strongside defensive end and No. 279 player in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He announced his decommitment..." October 18

  • Devin Butler Pleads Guilty to Resisting Arrest

    Bleacher Report "Notre Dame defensive back Devin Butler was arrested in August on felony charges of battery and resisting law enforcement, and he was suspended from the team. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor resisting law enforcement Monday, per Christian Sheckler of the South Bend Tribune. As part of the..." October 17

  • Stanford rallies past Notre Dame

    The Sports Xchange "SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Running back Bryce Love carried the ball 23 times for 129 yards and Stanford overcame a 10-point halftime deficit for a 17-10 win over Notre Dame on Saturday night. Cornerback Quenton Meeks added a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown for the Cardinal. Stanford..." October 16

  • South Bend police cleared in arrest of Notre Dame's Devin Butler

    Chicago Tribune "South Bend's police chief says the officers involved in the arrest of Notre Dame football player Devin Butler have been cleared of any wrongdoing. Chief Scott Ruszkowski announced Friday that following an internal review, he won't refer the case to the Board of Public Safety for discipline..." October 15

  • N.C. State downs Notre Dame in monsoon-type conditions

    The Sports Xchange "North Carolina State safety Dexter Wright picked up a blocked punt and returned it 16 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown as the Wolfpack defeated Notre Dame 10-3 in a game played in monsoon-type conditions caused by bands of downpours from Hurricane Matthew on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley..." October 08

  • Stunning images of Notre Dame and NC State playing football in a hurricane

    Fox Sports "NC State knew it was hosting Notre Dame on Saturday, but Hurricane Matthew also decided to pay a visit to Carter Finley Stadium. And conditions quickly deteriorated -- not that they ever were ideal in the first place. Here's a sampling of the puddles, driving winds, torrential rain and..." October 08

  • Kizer, Irish surge past Syracuse

    The Sports Xchange "EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer passed for a career-high 471 yards to lead the Fighting Irish to a 50-33 win over Syracuse before 62,794 at Met Life Stadium on Saturday. Kizer, a junior, completed 23 of 35 passes and threw for three touchdowns in helping snap..." October 01