Irish lunch links
- Yours truly spoke with LoyalCougars.com's Jake Welch this week to preview Saturday's contest.
- No matter what, Tommy Rees gave it his all, Brian Hamilton writes in the Chicago Tribune.
- Good stuff here from CSNChicago's JJ Stankevitz on TJ Jones and his connections to Notre Dame via his late father, Andre.
- Pick a senior, any senior — The Observer's gotcha covered here.
- Troy Niklas has continued Notre Dame's tight end excellence, Lou Somogyi writes on BlueandGold.com.
- A "yikes" stat here from IrishIllustrated's Pete Sampson.
- Joe Theismann has been named a Walter Camp "Distinguished American."
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