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Football: Blue-Gold Game will cap spring practices

Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Notre Dame announced the dates for Brian Kelly’s first spring football practices as Irish coach Tuesday.

Notre Dame will practice 15 times over five weeks beginning March 26. Kelly and the Irish will practice every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through the Blue-Gold Spring Football Game on April 24.

The team will have April 2-3 off due to Easter weekend.

Weekday practices will be at 3:15 p.m., and Saturday practices will be at 9 a.m.

The 81st annual Blue-Gold Game will kick off at 1:30 p.m.

Included in the 15 practices is the 2010 Notre Dame Football Coaches Clinic, which will be held April 16-17. Participants at the clinic will watch the Irish in two practices, and participate in other activities with Kelly and the Irish coaching staff.

Along with Kelly’s first coaching on a Notre Dame field, of particular interest to Irish fans will be the status of sophomore quarterback Dayne Crist. Crist suffered a torn ACL during Notre Dame’s 40-14 victory over Washington State on Oct. 31.