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February 2, 2011
Troy Niklas, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound lineman, is Irish. Coach Brian Kelly announced that Niklas, who visited Notre Dame last weekend, had sent his letter of intent in from California. The Anaheim Servite High School athlete is a a versatile player, Kelly said Wednesday on Und.com. "He gives us another great player," Kelly said. "He can play a number of positions. Right now his profile puts him on defense. " Niklas was chosen as the L.A. Times lineman of the year.
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By ERIC HANSEN, Tribune Staff Writer | January 27, 2011
SOUTH BEND — Taking the fifth is never as easy as it sounds at Notre Dame. The school announced Thursday afternoon that six senior football players have applied to become fifth-year seniors for the 2011 season, a process that won’t have a complete resolution until sometime in March or April. The six who can — and likely will — come back to suit up for the Irish for another season are kicker David Ruffer, cornerback Gary Gray, safety Harrison Smith and offensive tackle Taylor Dever — all starters — along with backup tight end Mike Ragone and utility offensive lineman Andrew Nuss.
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By BRIAN CASTELLO, University of Notre Dame Football Walk-on Quarterback | December 29, 2010
Editor's note: Notre Dame walk-on quarterback Brian Castello is contributing a daily diary from the Sun Bowl this week. EL PASO, Texas — Greetings from El Paso. Something happened today that rarely happens with coach Kelly's way of doing things — we got to sleep in. After the hectic first day, everyone needed it. Most of us did at least. A handful of the guys went to a local hospital this morning to sign autographs and some other stuff.
SPORTS
December 27, 2010
Castello, Matt Mulvey and Nate Montana are normally the guys who wear red baseball caps on the Irish sidelines, signaling in plays to the quarterback. The senior walk-on quarterback from Pittsburgh, who will get his degree in engineering, has had a ringside seat for the start of the Brian Kelly era at Notre Dame. He's in El Paso now, with the rest of the Irish, going through final preparations for Friday's Sun Bowl battle with Miami. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Castello will bring Tribune readers along for the ride.
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By ERIC HANSEN, Tribune Staff Writer | November 17, 2010
SOUTH BEND — Yes, Brian Kelly has been to Yankee Stadium, old Yankee Stadium, but the Notre Dame football coach’s most vivid memories of sports in the Big Apple come from New York’s less-famous demolished stadium, Shea. Red Sox-Mets. World Series, 1986. Game Six. Mookie Wilson slow roller. Through Bill Buckner’s legs into right field. Yes, that game. "We all watched that ground ball go down the first-base line, the agony of not making that last play," said Kelly, a Massachusetts native who happened to be sitting in the low-rent seats in the upper deck.
NEWS
By Clifton French (cfrench@wsbt.com) | November 14, 2010
SOUTH BEND — Notre Dame's last home game gave fans a reason to cheer, and after an up and down season, local businesses seem to be happy with game-day profits. Saturday's win against Utah was the final home game of the season for the Fighting Irish. It was also the last day for local businesses to cash in on Notre Dame Football fever. According to the South Bend-Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau, there were more people to make money from this year. "September hotel occupancy-wise was about 11 percent up (compared with last year)
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By DAVID MCCOY, WSBT SPORTS REPORTER | November 13, 2010
If you thought celebrating on the field with the student body was a special moment, it was nothing compared to the one in the locker room. “A moment that you really can't explain unless you're with us all the time," said Irish coach Brian Kelly. It was a momentous win. For a team that could really use one. "To steal a quote from Coach (Ara) Parseghian, adversity elicits traits sometimes that we didn't think we ever had,” Kelly said. “I think, for our guys, they saw themselves in a different light.
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By ERIC HANSEN, Tribune Staff Writer | November 12, 2010
The advice is coming at him like a nest of ticked-off hornets, mostly from voices that don’t or shouldn’t matter. Other than that, the hours leading up to Tommy Rees’ coronation as the ninth true freshman since 1951 to start a game at quarterback for Notre Dame have been soaked in normalcy. No strange women pushing each other out of the way to sit next to him at the dining hall. No significant additions to a modest entourage. No increase or decrease in decibel levels emanating from Irish first-year head coach Brian Kelly’s mouth.
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By ERIC HANSEN Tribune Staff Writer | October 31, 2010
SOUTH BEND - Chris Salvi broke through with a fleeting smile as he recalled Declan Sullivan’s sense of humor. “It’s just the attitude that he had and the energy that he brought,” the walk-on Notre Dame junior safety said of his fallen friend. “You could just see it. He was just a kind person. That’s what you noticed, so it’s not hard to miss somebody like that.” Salvi and Sullivan were football teammates at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, Ill. They remained friends when both matriculated to Notre Dame, Salvi taking the Rudy route to stay connected to football and Sullivan as a team videographer.
NEWS
October 31, 2010
The parents of Declan Sullivan, the 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was killed Wednesday while filming the Notre Dame Football practice, issued this statement to the public Saturday. This week our family lost Declan Drumm Sullivan in a tragic accident on the University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, IN. Declan loved Notre Dame. He felt privileged to have a role with the football program videotaping games and practices. The grief we feel is tempered by the knowledge that Dec was doing what he loved in the place he most wanted to be. We are grateful for the consideration shown to us by the Notre Dame administration and everyone associated with the University.
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