Sophomore Louis Nix is in line to pick up playing time this year after senior Ian Williams graduates in May.

Football Update: Saturday, April 9

April 9, 2011

In just seven days, the University of Notre Dame football team will cap its spring practice schedule with the 82nd-Annual Blue-Gold Game. The weather improved today with warming temperatures in Northern Indiana and the Irish hit the LaBar Practice Complex for the second time this week. completed its look at Notre Dame’s position groups with a breakdown of the defensive line today.

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and senior Michael Floyd released statements today as well…

Comment from Michael Floyd
“I’ve met with the Office of Residence Life and, while I don’t plan to discuss the details, I’m grateful that I still have a chance to earn my degree from Notre Dame and be a member of the football team. I know that I still need to meet requirements set by the university and Coach Kelly, and that I have a lot of work to do that and to prove that I’ve grown from this experience. I’m sorry again for the poor decisions I’ve made and for letting so many people down.”

Comment from Brian Kelly…
“Michael has shared with me the outcome of his hearing with our Office of Residence Life, and I’m happy that he has the opportunity to move forward both academically and athletically here at Notre Dame. However, this does not change the fact that Michael is still a suspended member of our football team. As I said last month, part of the reinstatement process to our team involved conclusions to the legal and university disciplinary matters. Another part was behavior modification and improved decision-making skills. While I have been pleased with the progress Michael has made in the last few weeks, there is still work to be done to convince me he has matured and that he is willing to accept the consequences of his actions, learn from them, and become a better person. Until that happens, he will not be an active member of our team.”

We would also like to bring your attention to two football events coming up in less than two weeks. The first is obvious, as the 82nd Annual Blue-Gold Game is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 16. By now most fans know that the game will be broadcast on NBC Sports partner Versus – but if you can’t get that channel on your cable box don’t worry, will be able to provide the Versus feed in our All-Access player. This will mark the second consecutive season you can watch the Blue-Gold Game on

During the Blue-Gold game week, Irish head coach Brian Kelly will hold his final radio show of the season. On Wednesday, April 13, Coach Kelly will be back at Legends of Notre Dame for a 7 p.m. ET radio show which will be broadcast live on Local fans can either attend the show in person or listen on WSBT AM 960.



camera.gifD. Crist Interview – April 8
camera.gifWide Receivers Feature
camera.gifPro Day Feature (from April 7)


camera.gifPractice Report – April 6
camera.gifCoach Kelly Post Practice – April 6
camera.gifCoach Molnar Post Practice – April 6
camera.gifCoach Diaco Post Practice – April 6


camera.gifRunning Back Feature


camera.gifParty on the Patio
camera.gifTight Ends Feature


camera.gifCoach Kelly Media Session – April 1
camera.gifLinebackers Feature


camera.gifOffensive Line Feature
camera.gifHelmet Cam Feature
camera.gifDefensive Backs Feature


camera.gifPractice Report – March 26
camera.gifCoach Kelly Post Practice Media Session – March 26
camera.gif2011 Football Coaches Clinic Recap


camera.gifQuaterback Competition Feature
camera.gifD. Crist Interview
camera.gifT. Rees Interview


camera.gifPractice Report – March 23

camera.gifCoach Kelly Post Practice Media Session – March 23

camera.gifAssistant Coach Interviews – March 23 talks with Coach Diaco, Molnar, Alford and Elston after the first day of practice.


camera.gifCoach Kelly Press Conference – March 22
To download an audio podcast of the press conference CLICK HERE.

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