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Amir Carlisle breaks ankle, out for spring too

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Ex-USC running back Amir Carlisle will get to play in 2012 for Notre Dame, but he won’t get to practice right away.

Coach Brian Kelly announced today that Carlisle sustained a broken ankle during voluntary 7-on-7 workouts. The result of the injury means the RB will be out all of spring practice, but is expected to return by June.

It was confirmed toward the beginning of this year that Carlisle would be transferring from USC to Notre Dame in order to be closer to his father, Duane Carlisle, who was the head strength & conditioning coach of the San Francisco 49ers when his Amir signed his Letter of Intent with USC last February. However, the elder Carlisle took job at Purdue as its director of sports performance a month shortly thereafter.

Carlisle’s decision to transfer was deemed a “family” one, but the NCAA, in unusual fashion, granted Carlisle a waiver that would allow the sophomore-to-be to play for the Irish right away.

As a freshman for USC, Carlisle rushed for 118 yards, but on just 19 attempts as he was hampered by knee and, coincidentally enough, ankle injuries throughout much of the season.

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16 Responses to “Amir Carlisle breaks ankle, out for spring too”
  1. joshspangler says: Mar 20, 2012 12:59 PM

    Hate to see that be his ‘welcome to South Bend’ – hope this kid recovers well and loses his injury bug. Would def like to have some depth at the RB position this year.

  2. papabush88 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:41 PM

    I would never wish any harm to come to a player if he left my program for another, especially a rival, but it’s kind of karma. At the end of the day, Amir looked great as a freshman last year, and even though he wouldn’t have started at USC this year, he probably would start for a bunch of teams, like ND. I’m sure he will be great at ND.

  3. fnc111 says: Mar 20, 2012 1:54 PM

    Clueless papa, amir will not start ahead of nfl caliber cierre wood. Nice cheap shot but an epic fail.

  4. papabush88 says: Mar 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    fnc111: You’re right. Cierre Wood’s 5 rushes for 5 yards against USC was so epic. His 5.1 yards per carry were incredible for a team that schedules most of their games against losers. Carlisle only had 19 carries but still averaged more yards per carry than Wood. The only epic fail will be ND’s season….again.
    My point was that in last 10 years, USC has recruited a stable of amazing RBs. A lot of them who weren’t able to start for USC transferred to schools like Florida (Moody) and either started there or got tons of playing time.

  5. seanb20124 says: Mar 20, 2012 3:23 PM

    Sit out for year, get healthy for 13

  6. makimaguro says: Mar 20, 2012 4:05 PM

    The lord works in mysterious ways.

  7. bozosforall says: Mar 20, 2012 9:05 PM

    The Farting Irish still gonna suck.

  8. metalhead65 says: Mar 20, 2012 9:51 PM

    no problem, I am sure the irish can lure another back from a college that is not getting any playing time. to come there since you do not have to sit out a year when you transfer to dame. no wait you have to have a really good excuse like daddy got a job in another state but yea no problems.

  9. joshspangler says: Mar 21, 2012 3:06 PM

    Ya gotta love the ppl from other fanbases that take time out of their day to come talk smack on a Notre Dame article. Thanks haters – it’s nice to know you care!!

  10. fnc111 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:39 PM

    Hey papa tough guy, do you remember cierre wood running all over USC in 2010? It’s not his fault Kelly didn’t want to run the ball against USC last season. A guy named Jonas gray an even better nfl prospect got carries too. You are the sicko saying it was karma because he left USC. I love the haters coming from other fanbases though to rip on a Notre Dame student-athlete. Are you really that slow in the head? Amir and plenty of other back-ups around the nation average more yards per carry than most because all they need I’d to play one game against Colorado and get a big run in. You make me laugh dude. Go Irish! USC keep cheating.

  11. fnc111 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:32 PM


  12. papabush88 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:56 PM

    fnc111: Well, 2011 is a little bit more relevant than 2010. Not surprised though. ND fans like to reach back to their rich history in the 1930s. Just a stone’s throw away, right? Look, I began my first comment saying that I don’t wish any harm to players, but the way that Amir left was total B.S. If he is such a child, and his dad working in a different state is more important, which I am sure is NOT the full truth, then why not play for Purdue. That’s even closer to home. I think he will soon realize it was a mistake for his career to go to Notre Dame. Can he still play well? Yes. Can he still be drafted highly? Yes. But ND hasn’t necessarily been the face of college football for quite some time. Do I think Kelly is better than Weiss? Absolutely. You got so defensive about the Cierre Woods thing. Dude, he had a little over 1,000 yards on 200 something carries. USC’s RB, McNeal started 4 games, reached 1000 yards and had 100 something carries.
    You really don’t know what you’re talking about in regards to “USC cheating.” How did we cheat? Reggie Bush, unbeknownst to anyone else at USC, accepted improper benefits from someone NOT affiliated with USC, 150 miles from USC’s campus. The NCAA investigation concluded that no one at USC knew about Reggie doing this. They said that USC, however, SHOULD HAVE known, which is ridiculous, as you can see in this video:

  13. papabush88 says: Mar 21, 2012 5:02 PM

    HOLD ON, fnc111: I trusted that you were honest in your comment about “Cierre Woods running all over USC in 2010.” BUT, I just checked. Woods had 15 carries for 89 yards and NO SCORES. That’s hardly “running all over.” Maybe in 21st Century Notre Dame language, that is considered running all over a team. I had thought that he had a considerable game. At least 100 rushing yards. And at least a score. BUT NO. In a game where Barkley didn’t even play!!!! Grow up, Count Chocula.

  14. art4nd says: Mar 21, 2012 5:41 PM

    Hey, Mamabush, why do you come on ND fanbase articles?I know why, you can’t help it.You are not satisfied with wasting your time on SC sites. You feel the need to come here and spew your arrogant so. cal. garbage. Amir realized that he would rather transfer to a school that stresses the “student-athlete” approach, just in case the NFL thing doesn’t come through, instead of staying at a school that offers athletes classes like: NFL 101,102, etc. ND hasn’t been relavent since the 1930’s? Really? Talk about not knowing your facts. Try 1988(national champs) until late 1990’s. Oh, and by the way, during that time, SC didn’t beat ND for 13 STRAIGHT yrs. which, is still the longest win streak in the series. As far as your son, Reggie, if you really believe that NO ONE at sc knew what he was up to then you probably still believe in the easter bunny. Oh, and don’t forget Marc Tyler’s drunk, dumb@ss who said on youtube “They pay us to play here.” Hell, you guys even have a famous alum who is a murderer! Dare I say his name? Admit it, you wish sc had a major network contract to air all home games, in addition to all away games also being nationally televised. Why does ND, eventhough they haven’t been ‘relevent’ since the 1930’s(LOL), have one? Because love ’em or hate ’em, ND draws viewers, period! So don’t hate, appreciate. CHEAT ON !

  15. papabush88 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:24 PM

    art4nd: So 1988 was your last national championship. Great. That was just around the corner. I was saying that it has been a while since your heyday. Tyler made an ill timed joke, kind of like that one comedian that joked about the Japanese tsunami. Not good timing. Probably wanted to get paid but he sucked and felt like he missed out on those days. If Amir wanted to be at a school that stressed student athlete, and that school was ND, then why did he first come to USC? That doesn’t make sense. Oh yes, the 90s were brutal. The Paul Hackett years. We still have more players in the NFL than any other school. Speaking of networks, the NFL Network ranked the top 10 NFL factories of all time. Meaning USC produces the best NFL players/talent/coaches, etc. Don’t worry, your green midgets made the list at #3. Miami got #2. This is not a ND article. The other day, I Googled news “USC Football,” and this article came up. And as far as the NCAA investigation on us, if they COULD HAVE FOUND out that others at USC knew about Reggie, they would have definitely done worse to USC. Other schools like Oregon, UNC, and Ohio State did far worse than USC. In those cases, coaches (Chip Kelly and Tressel) were caught trying to cover it up, and still they aren’t getting punished as severely as USC. They spent a lot of time investigating USC. Found nothing. So, from a legal standpoint USC did nothing wrong. If you know something that I don’t know, then tell me. Who knew? Where’s your proof? I have mine. USC DID NOT CHEAT. Even if USC did cheat, the NCAA sucks anyway. Who cares if a player takes money? It doesn’t make them better. They are exploited by the NCAA. Why don’t they get a cut from jersey sales? Or from the video games using their likenesses? Oh no! You mentioned OJ Simpson! Wow! The dude went crazy and pissed his life away 30 years after being at USC. I’m so embarrassed. I wasn’t even alive then. To be honest, most people today weren’t alive back in the Notre Dame heyday. Were forward passes even legal then?!? Enjoy, my little leprachauns:

  16. papabush88 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:41 PM

    To all you ND fans. Attack me all you want. your boy fnc111 attacked first. I initially pointed out that Amir shouldn’t have transferred because he got injured his first week as a Fighting Irish (is that right? Or is it Irishman?). Then I made a quip about him not being able to start for USC, and probably would for other teams like ND. It was really a joke. However, I can see how frustrated you all get, considering you’ve been quite unlucky lately in regular and post season play in the last 10 years. Deep down, I TRULY respect the Notre Dame football program. College football would not be the same without USC and Notre Dame. I wish it could be like the old days where every time USC and Notre Dame would face off, a shot at the championship would be on the line for both teams. However, it has really been USC, as of recent, that has been successful in that respect. As Michael Wilbon of ESPN’s show PTI, said, “College football is better served when USC is great.” I think Brian Kelly will be good for you. I mean, I am surprised that no one has even reminded me that Notre Dame leads the overall rivalry with USC. Come on! That’s huge for you guys. Don’t focus on a 1988 championship. Focus on that! Now, that I got that out of the way, bring it on. Whatever you got. I love college football. At least you guys have something to say. Our other rival across town just responds by calling themselves a basketball school. Yea right! If the NCAA had implemented the rules they are now, back during the Wooden days, UCLA would lose 8 of their championships, due to UCLA booster Sam Gilbert paying players ungodly amounts. But I digress. I won’t take back anything I said. I stand by my alma mater, as should you all. I want to conclude by saying: Please climb back to the top. Let’s dethrone the SEC. On the way up, don’t pay any attention to the B1G. They’re harmless. Let’s bring college football back to what matters: USC, Notre Dame. Los Angeles, South Bend. Heismans and National Championships.

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