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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Pregame notes from Notre Dame Stadium

By Matt Fortuna

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Here are a few tidbits as the band takes the field and we get ready for kickoff in a few minutes:

-- The national colors today are presented by representatives of three Notre Dame families who lost loved ones in the last year:

-- USF coach Skip Holtz's mother, Beth, and wife, Jennifer, are in attendance for today's game, while former Irish coach Lou Holtz fulfills his duties at ESPN.

-- This game marks Notre Dame Stadium's 220nd straight sellout.