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Nov. 9, 2019

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Page 8 of 55 NOV. 9, 2019 9 UNDER THE DOME THEY SAID IT "It's a benefit for us as an athlete. However, I think we need to be aware of the distractions that it may come upon if you do decide to use that benefit. It's a positive, but you've got to have some deep thought as you go into that." — Notre Dame senior safety Alohi Gilman on the NCAA voting to ap - prove players making money on their name, image and likeness "One is really organic, and the other is straight and narrow. Sometimes I have to change my mindset a little bit because I'm really creative at one point and then be sort of straight forward and see things for how they are, so I find a happy medium with it." — Notre Dame senior defensive end Khalid Kareem on his love for painting and football (ABC57) "He's good, not great and he's never going to win a national championship. The wise move for Notre Dame is to buy Brian Kelly out and bring in Urban Meyer. Urban Meyer is the best available coach in the country and he wanted to go to Notre Dame 13 years ago. Florida got him instead and there's a lot of reasons why that may have happened. Notre Dame is a national championship-caliber program but Brian Kelly is not a national championship-caliber coach." — ESPN personality Paul Finebaum said on the morn- ing show "Get Up!" "So it made sense this past summer when CBS executives elected to choose a game between Notre Dame — fresh off a College Football Playoff appearance — and a preseason top-five Georgia team. Only a few teams truly move the meter in college football. Alabama does. Ohio State does. Oklahoma does. Notre Dame absolutely does. And CBS doesn't get to broadcast Notre Dame games very often — especially now that the rights to Notre Dame annual opponent Navy's home games are owned by ESPN as part of its new deal with the American Athletic Conference. So in June, this was basically a no-brainer." — The Athletic's Andy Staples on why CBS chose Notre Dame versus Georgia as its one primetime game over now No. 1 LSU versus No. 2 Alabama "In its two losses, the Irish's problem has been finding offense. Granted, I'll give this team a bit of a pass since the Michigan game was played in heavy rain, but even against Georgia, finding a downfield passing attack was like pulling teeth." — Ben Kercheval of CBS Sports "You have to have a why … our why is very simple. It is to graduate champions. And so, our job every single day is to build the traits necessary for our players to graduate and play for championships here at Notre Dame. And so those traits are attention to detail, it's having a great attitude, it's having laser focus, being gritty. So those standards are our why." — Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly on the NFL Podcast Move the Sticks "We're not really concerned with the outside noise. We're just going to go back to what we do best and get back to playing our brand of football." — Notre Dame junior tight end Cole Kmet on rebounding from a loss that effectively eliminated it from the College Football Playoff OF THE WEEK ➤"'It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.'" Let's ride, 12. Notre Dame senior wide receiver Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) to senior quarterback Ian Book Oct. 30 PHOTO BY MIKE MILLER BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED PO Box 2331 Durham, NC 27702 1-800-421-7751 DELIVERY LIMITED TO CONTINENTAL U.S. PLEASE ADD SALES TAX FOR ITEMS SHIPPING TO: (NC 7.5%, IN 7%, MI 6%) Made to order & shipped direct from manufacturer, returns not related to damage may incur fee. GRILL MAT $49.95 + FREE S&H Available in 2 Styles: ND or Leprechaun (Item #6622-ND or #6622-LEP) (Item #6621) CUSTOM GRILL COVERS Hand-made in USA using the finest com- mercial grade breathable vinyl featuring double-stitching, buckle clasps and mois- ture vent. Logo printed with UV-resistant ink in official school colors. AVAILABLE IN 2 SIZES & 3 LOGOS: Small: 60" wide x 36" tall x 21" deep $51.95 + $15.00 S&H Large: 72" wide x 36" tall x 21" deep $54.95 + $15.00 S&H Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.

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