Saturday, November 19, 2011
It's game day at Notre Dame Stadium
By Matt Fortuna
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Greetings from Notre Dame Stadium, where the Irish seniors will take the field for the final time as they face Boston College in their home finale.
Most of the Notre Dame players warming up on the field now are in knit caps, long sleeves and high socks. Having not played here in three weeks, this is certainly the coldest home game anyone will have played in this season.
While Senior Days are fairly official ordeals, it is always different at Notre Dame, since there is so much uncertainty surrounding the upperclassmen. As you know, not all are invited back to complete their final year of eligibility, so we may not know if this is the last we truly see of some of them in a home uniform.
The biggest enigma among the four-year players with eligibility remaining is Dayne Crist, who started the last two openers only to lose his job to injury and a poor first-half performance in Week 1 this season. Crist has not spoken publicly since getting the hook, and I'm interested to see how he handles this game, whether or not he is invited back for a fifth year.
Crist is, by all accounts, a strong character guy who has handled his stretch of tough luck with grace, and I think I speak for all when I say he deserves a proper send-off today, if this truly is his final game at Notre Dame Stadium.
Don't go anywhere, as we'll have plenty of more from here throughout the afternoon.