March 15, 2012

Tee Shepard UPDATE
Freshman Tee Shepard is no longer enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, the University announced today. Shepard has returned home to his family in Fresno, Calif.

“Tee is a special person and it’s unfortunate it didn’t work out here,” head coach Brian Kelly said. “Everyone at Notre Dame wishes him all the best in the future.”

Amir Carlisle UPDATE
The NCAA has approved the waiver request by Notre Dame allowing sophomore Amir Carlisle to be eligible for competition in the 2012 football season. Carlisle, a running back from Santa Clara, Calif., transferred to Notre Dame in January after spending the first semester of his freshman year at the University of Southern California.

“I want to thank Notre Dame and its compliance office for helping me with this request,” Carlisle said. “I also want to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for giving me the blessing to play this year. I love being here at Notre Dame and can’t wait to run out of the tunnel this September wearing my gold helmet.”

“I want to publicly commend the exemplary work done by our compliance office, specifically, Jen Vining-Smith,” head coach Brian Kelly said. “Amir was going to be a great addition to our team regardless of whether he was going to be able to compete for us this fall. Now we know we’ll be able to use his talents on the field and I’m very happy about that.”

The University of Notre Dame football team has set its spring practice dates and times. Below are the dates and times of the 15 spring practices (all times and dates subject to change):
Wed., March 21 8-10 a.m.
Fri., March 23 8-10 a.m.
Sat., March 24 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Mon., March 26 8-10 a.m.
Wed., March 28 8-10 a.m.
Fri., March 30 8-10 a.m.
Sat., March 31 10:45 – 1 p.m.
Mon., April 2 8-10 a.m.
Wed., April 4 8-10 a.m.
Wed., April 11 8-10 a.m.
Fri., April 13 8-10 a.m.
Sat., April 14 10:45 – 1 p.m.
Mon., April 16 8-10 a.m.
Wed., April 18 8-10 a.m.
Sat., April 21 1:30 p.m. – 83rd Annual Blue-Gold Spring Football Game

The University of Notre Dame has set its Pro Day for Tuesday, April 3. A full schedule including start and finish time, names of participants and media access will be released at a later date.

The University of Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic is set for April 12-14. Guest speakers for this year’s clinic include Harvard head coach Tim Murphy and former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and all of his assistant coaches will also give presentations.

Registration is now available online at The clinic is $65 per coach or $50 per coach for groups of at least six coaches for those who preregister. Walk-up registration is $80.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to Notre Dame director of football operations Chad Klunder at 574-631-7475 or

The 83rd annual Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring Football Game will be broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 21, on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus).

The University of Notre Dame has announced kickoff times for its six home football games for the 2012 season–as well as for its off-site home game at Soldier Field in Chicago:

Date         Opponent                Time               TelevisionSept. 1      Navy (Dublin)           TBD                CBSSept. 8      PURDUE                  3:30 p.m. EDT      NBCSept. 15     at Michigan State       TBD                TBDSept. 22     MICHIGAN                7:30 p.m. EDT      NBC
Oct. 6 MIAMI (Soldier Field) 7:30 p.m. EDT NBCOct. 13 STANFORD 3:30 p.m. EDT NBCOct. 20 BYU 3:30 p.m. EDT NBCOct. 27 at Oklahoma TBD TBD
Nov. 3 PITTSBURGH 3:30 p.m. EDT NBCNov. 10 at Boston College TBD TBDNov. 17 WAKE FOREST 3:30 p.m. EST NBCNov. 24 at USC TBD TBD

NBC will televise all six home games nationally from Notre Dame Stadium, as well as the Oct. 6 game against Miami from Soldier Field in Chicago. CBS will televise the Notre Dame-Navy game live from Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Purdue (40th appearance at Notre Dame, 36th at Notre Dame Stadium), Michigan (19th at Notre Dame, 16th at Notre Dame Stadium), Stanford (14th, all at Notre Dame Stadium) and Pittsburgh (31st at Notre Dame Stadium) all last played at Notre Dame in 2010. BYU will be making its fifth stop at Notre Dame Stadium (previous games at Notre Dame in 1992, 1994, 2003 and 2005). Wake Forest will be coming to Notre Dame Stadium for the first time.

Eight of the 2012 Notre Dame opponents played in postseason bowl games following the 2011 season – Purdue (won Little Caesars Pizza Bowl vs. Western Michigan), Michigan State (won Outback Bowl vs. Georgia), Michigan (won Sugar Bowl vs. Virginia Tech), Stanford (Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma State), BYU (won Armed Forces Bowl vs. Tulsa), Oklahoma (won Insight Bowl vs. Iowa), Pittsburgh (BBVA Compass Bowl vs. SMU) and Wake Forest (Music City Bowl vs. Mississippi State). Please note that South Bend observes Eastern time (including DST) all year around. In 2012, daylight time ends and standard time begins on Nov. 4.