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Irish lunch links: Cutting edge

BlueandGold.com's Dan Murphy takes a nice look this week at how Notre Dame is embracing technology to find better ways to train and recover. Murphy spends time with Brian Kelly's consigliere, strength and conditioning coach Paul Longo, who shows off some of the new toys he gets to work with as part of the Irish's investment in the next weapon of the college football arms race.

One of those, EliteForm, is a digital system that less than a dozen colleges are currently using, according to the article. The short of it: Players check in, see the goals awaiting them in the weight room that day, then afterward get to see the speed at which they did each rep.

Our David Hale did a similar story two weeks ago looking at Florida State, which utilized GPS technology all the way to the national title last season.

Murphy's story is behind a pay wall, but the story shows some great statistics illustrating just how thin the margin for error really is in a season — namely, how much closer 2011 was to being a great year for Notre Dame and how the 2012 squad narrowly avoided a campaign like the 2011 one.

Elsewhere in the land of the Irish ...