Notre Dame Football: Lane Kiffin

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Carlisle gets another view of ND-USC

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Amir Carlisle was able to visit his family during this past bye weekend. He would not have been able to do that were he still at USC.

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Matt Cashore/USA TODAY Sports Amir Carlisle looks for his third straight win in the USC-ND rivalry.
Carlisle has played for the same head coach all season. He also would not have been able to do that were he still at USC.

And the redshirt sophomore is going for his third straight win Saturday in the USC-Notre Dame rivalry — one more perk he would not have the shot at had were he still a Trojan.

Yes, it appears much has worked out for Carlisle since his switching of sides in what is perhaps the nation's most-storied cross-country rivalry. After following his family to the Midwest once father Duane was hired by Purdue as its director of sports performance, Carlisle now finds himself on the more stable end of the rivalry. He and the Irish will welcome his old friends and new foes for Saturday's primetime showdown at Notre Dame Stadium, in what will be Ed Orgeron's second game as interim coach.

It is quite a role reversal from Carlisle's first game inside the venue, when the then-true freshman and his Trojans delivered a death-blow to Notre Dame's BCS hopes in a 31-17 upset that propelled USC to a 10-2 finish and a top-5 ranking.

"It was the most, I guess you could say, live environment that we had that season," Carlisle said. "It was Notre Dame. Coach [Lane] Kiffin preached that the whole entire week, that this was a big game, this was Notre Dame. And I remember the energy that we had going into that game, it was very high. We got off the bus rocking the bus, so it was a great experience to come here and actually play."

The turnaround has been somewhat emotional for Carlisle this week as he readies to face Marqise Lee, George Farmer, Antwaun Woods and some of his good friends still out in Los Angeles.

His father said that the family had a pastor pray over Carlisle back home this past weekend to help keep him from getting overwhelmed by the different forces at play entering the game.

"I'm not going to lie," Carlisle said. "Yeah, there's an excitement for me personally to be able to face my former team. I'm not going to let that excitement deter me from my focus on the game itself. I'm going to approach this game like any other game, but there is a little extra excitement."

Carlisle's workload has taken a dramatic dip over the Irish's past three games, as he has received just eight total carries after getting the call 30 times through the first quarter of the season. A Week 3 fumble late at Purdue had put the Irish's win in jeopardy and has minimized his opportunities since.

His father, who was on the Boilermakers' sideline for the contest, said the scene unfolded in slow motion for him.

"I just hear everybody saying, 'Ball's out! Ball's out!' " Duane Carlisle said. "And everybody's ecstatic on our sideline, the whole stadium erupts, I can only imagine what the coaches are thinking on the other sideline and I was just frozen, I was frozen. That's my son, and to know that he had all that on his shoulders in that moment was tough. It was tough. If I could've called a timeout myself and tell him things are going to be OK, I would've."

Instead, he later hopped on a three-way phone call with his son and a former player of his, 49ers star Frank Gore. Carlisle was a ball boy when his father worked for San Francisco before the Purdue move, and he received a hands-on education from a number of NFL veterans. Gore, Duane Carlisle said, had taken Amir under his wing, and he wanted to help the fellow running back put the gaffe behind him after the Purdue game.

This weekend will mark the second reunion of sorts in the past five games for Carlisle, who missed all of last season because of an ankle injury suffered shortly after the NCAA granted him a transfer waiver to play immediately. With USC and Notre Dame his top targets coming out of King's Academy in Sunnyvale, Calif., and with his father then employed by the 49ers, Carlisle had ultimately chosen the Trojans three years ago, with their proximity to Hollywood and his desires to become an actor then serving as heavy factors. The family's move to the West Lafayette, Ind., area made his switch to Notre Dame ideal, and he is still able to major in film, along with management information systems.

Carlisle will see many familiar faces Saturday night, though not the one who had brought him to USC, as Kiffin was fired five games into this season. The reviled ex-coach has been an easy target for much of his career, but the Carlisles are thankful for the time they spent with him.

"Lane Kiffin did right by us, totally," Duane Carlisle said. "I hate to see a man lose his job. He loved Amir. He did right by Amir. I don't have anything negative to say about USC as a football program."

Planning for success: Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Brian Kelly caught himself this week when talking about the last time USC visited Notre Dame.

"I just think it was, you know, one of the pieces along the way," Kelly said. "It's just, you know, every family's going to have good days and bad days. That might have been one of our bad days, but we kept it in— we talked about it. We aired out our differences. We took accountability for where mistakes were made, and we moved on from it."

Everyone around the Irish remembers that 2011 contest for everything it wasn't and everything it eventually became — a season- and potential program-crushing moment that the Irish have since rallied from by going 20-5 and making a BCS title game.

Notre Dame has the chance Saturday night to make it 3-for-4 in the Kelly era against the arch-rival Trojans, who seemingly have been granted new life under interim coach Ed Orgeron following the firing of Lane Kiffin.

There will be lights. There will be two historic cross-country rivals. And there will be the chance for the Irish to beat the Trojans at home for the first time since 2001 — an unofficial span of five straight losses to USC here. (USC's 2005 win was eventually vacated.)

"I've been doing this a long time, so it's not really something I worry about," redshirt senior linebacker Dan Fox said of the atmosphere. "But obviously for younger guys and some younger linebackers that have been getting in the game, you've got to let them know it's been a little bit of a whirlwind — night game at home, it's a great atmosphere. So you've kind of just let them know how it's going to be so they're a little bit prepared for it."

That was not exactly the case the last time the programs met here. The Irish were riding a four-game winning streak following an 0-2 start. Notre Dame Stadium was hosting its first night game in 21 years. The players broke in shiny new helmets, and the building pumped in plenty of extra music to amp-up the environment.

Then the underdog, bowl-banned Trojans won 31-17, forcing three turnovers and effectively ending any BCS-bowl hopes for the Irish, who were coming off a bye. Kelly, then in his second year, was livid in the aftermath and drew a public distinction later in the week between the players he recruited and those of former coach Charlie Weis, which led to a social media firestorm from the players and sparked a closed-door apology to the team.

Notre Dame won its next four games after airing out its differences, and all was forgiven and forgotten during last year's perfect 12-0 regular season, a campaign that was punctuated with a win at USC to clinch a title-game berth.

With BCS-bowl hopes still barely alive, the Irish again have plenty on the line this time around as they come out of a bye week. The Trojans, under a new coach, are again seemingly playing with house money. But the lessons learned from that 2011 contest have brought Notre Dame together, as the Irish look to turn the tables in a rivalry that had gone USC's way in eight straight seasons before Kelly arrived in 2010.

"I guess in times where it's easy to kind of pull apart, that's when you truly find out what your team is, maybe find out who your guys are on the team and you pull together, whether it's player and player, coach and player," captain TJ Jones said. "You don't let things like that that can destroy a team destroy you, because you're playing for much more than what a few maybe comments or what a few negative things can do to a team."

Up for debate: USC-Notre Dame

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USC travels to Notre Dame Stadium for a Saturday night showdown in what is one of the nation's top rivalries. Both teams are 4-2 and unranked, but the Trojans appeared to have been granted a new lease on life under interim coach Ed Orgeron, as they topped Arizona in their first game without Lane Kiffin in charge. The Irish, meanwhile, are coming off a much-needed win over Arizona State and a bye, as they look to make it three-for-their-last-four against USC after previously dropping eight in a row.

Matt Fortuna and Ted Miller take a look at this weekend's matchup.

Matt: We'll start with the obvious, Ted. USC is a talented team that just got a bit of a second wind this past week under Orgeron. Was the performance against Arizona simply the culmination of weeks of frustration? Or do you think these Trojans have new life and need to be looked at as the kind of threat many of us have been expecting them to be the last two years?

Ted: Is it fair for a know-it-all sportswriter to type that he has no idea? USC has been so difficult to read the past two seasons. You look at the 22 starters and think, "That's a lot of talent." But it doesn't translate to execution. Was that all Kiffin's fault? I don't think so, though the offense looked significantly better with Clay Helton calling the plays. Even the quasi-redemptive win over Arizona revealed the Trojans' tangible Achilles heel -- depth. USC jumped to an impressive first-half lead but seemed to wear down in the second half. I do think the locker room will continue to unite around Orgeron, as fiery a motivator as there is. The question is whether USC will be as motivated and focused on the road as it was at home. And can it maintain that in the fourth quarter?

Speaking of mercurial teams, the Fighting Irish. I picked Notre Dame to beat Arizona State (reaches around, pats self on back), but I did that as much because of the Sun Devils' tendency to throw up on themselves just when they seem to take a step forward as believing the Irish were better. Where does this team stand? How did the week off help -- or hurt -- the cause?

Matt: Well, this answer may sound quite familiar, too, but I think we're all still trying to figure out the Irish. A loss to ASU would have been brutal, as BCS hopes would have been eliminated by the mid-point of the season. Of course, USC can erase those scenarios this week, too, much the same way it did two years ago in a similar situation -- seventh game of the season, prime time at Notre Dame Stadium, Irish coming off a bye. Everyone slept on those Trojans that time, and they ended up turning in a 10-2 campaign while the Irish locker room nearly revolted on its head coach in that game's aftermath.

Notre Dame's front-loaded schedule looks a little less daunting in retrospect -- losses to Michigan and Oklahoma look worse by the week, as does a tight win at Purdue. But there is that small matter of Stanford underwhelming, too, and the Cardinal are easily the toughest opponent the Irish have left after the USC one, so it is not out of the question to see Notre Dame make a final push for a 10-2 mark and BCS bid.

That said, it needs to take some of the lessons from the ASU win and apply them moving forward. Coach Brian Kelly showed his players a highlight tape of three tight wins from 2012 leading up to that game in an effort to demonstrate just how razor-thin the margin for error was. We saw a much more complete performance from the Irish against the Sun Devils, but there was still a pick-six and a defense that looked little like last year's dominating unit.

I'll say this: USC's improved play under the one-game regime of Orgeron has seemed to add a much-needed jolt going into this matchup. It's USC-Notre Dame, with the Irish looking like they may have turned a corner in the rivalry last year and going for three wins out of four this year. Do you think the Trojans, having seen the Irish clinch a title-game berth on their field last season, carry a bit of a chip on their shoulder coming into this year's game? I know it sounds cliche, but from over here it looks like USC's 2013 issues have been more mental than anything else.

Ted: This is one of the truly great college football rivalries, one that is unique with its cross-country feel. If the Trojans can't get fired up for this one, then that will show you the Trojans' problems were as much the sort of player they recruited as the guy leading them onto the field. And, of course, in a rivalry game, the players who lost the year before should be particularly motivated to exact revenge.

Still, I see that as an uphill slog for USC. For one, the Trojans are banged up, with receiver Marqise Lee and outside linebacker Morgan Breslin, among others, highly questionable for the game. Second, Notre Dame is superior on both lines. I see USC hanging early but then getting worn down. Further, the pass defense has been poor, which means Irish quarterback Tommy Rees could again look like the solid decision-maker he was against Arizona State.

That said, if USC does manage to get the upset, we might have to re-evaluate USC's prospects this season. And, perhaps, even raise an eyebrow at what Orgeron is doing leading the Trojans.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Max Redfield will look across the field next weekend and see up to three different former high school teammates when Notre Dame renews its rivalry with USC.

Yes, the Fighting Irish's matchup with the Trojans will be a big contest, for reasons both both pragmatic and, in Redfield's case, kind of personal.

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Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY SportsHighly touted freshman safety Max Redfield has seen almost all of his playing time this season come on special teams.
"I want to say it's not, but obviously I have previous connections to USC, a lot of people I know on that team," Redfield said Tuesday. "But once it comes down to it, it's just another opponent. You prepare for every team the same way and it's just another game."

The Irish's bye week gave way to six true freshmen making their media debuts this week, with Redfield highlighting the group given all of his promise and, frankly, lack of production.

It is not that the four-star athlete from powerhouse Mission Viejo (Calif.) High has underperformed through six college games; it is that he has rarely gotten the chance to.

Redfield is as upset as all of the outsiders, but he knows that ultimately falls on him and him alone.

"Yeah, I mean, I feel frustrated still," Redfield said. "I still don't have everything down like I obviously want to. Still making the little mistakes that you obviously need to get down to be a big contributor in the game, and that's why obviously I'm not there. And yeah, it's a process, like the coaches keep telling me, and I've tried to accept it. It's still frustrating, obviously."

The 6-foot-1, 194-pound Redfield arrived on campus this summer as ESPN's No. 2 overall athlete from the Class of 2013. He has appeared in five of six games, making just two tackles and spending most of his time on the kickoff, kick return and punt return units.

Redfield said his first week on campus served as a wake-up call, with the newcomer soon figuring out how much learning he had in front of him despite starring at a prep machine that has sent 18 players to FBS schools in the last five years.

The talent is there. The confidence that comes with mastering a position that essentially demands a type-A personality is slowly coming along.

"Probably just being demonstrative with the calls," Redfield said of his biggest struggle. "You need to know -- obviously depending on what formations, all that kind of stuff -- what defenses to make the specific call, and if you don't know a certain formation and how that defense goes with that formation, then you can't make the call.

"I felt like I was a pretty demonstrative person in high school, and obviously it's harder to be that in college if you don't know what's going on fully."

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said earlier this week that Redfield was closer to moving into a bigger role, reiterating the weight of what the rookie is tasked with doing.

"There's so many calls, so many things going on out there," Kelly said. "It's a quarterback position when you're out there at that safety position. It's not just dropping into Cover 2."

The next opportunity for Redfield to demonstrate that growth comes Oct. 19 in a night contest against USC, which will be playing its second game under interim coach Ed Orgeron. Redfield decommitted from the Trojans last November, but he is not patting himself on the back for avoiding a program just months before it let go of its head coach, Lane Kiffin, who lasted all of five games this season.

"I try to just focus on the now," Redfield said. "I'm at Notre Dame now. I don't really think about USC as much. Notre Dame's a great school. [USC's] having their troubles. I'm sure they'll pick it back up. It's a great university and a great team."
Notre Dame kicks off the first of three games this year against the Pac-12 with Saturday’s showdown against No. 22 Arizona State in Arlington, Texas. What should you be looking for? Glad you asked. Notre Dame reporter Matt Fortuna and Pac-12 reporter Kevin Gemmell talk it over.

Matt Fortuna: Arizona State is a newcomer to the Pac-12 portion of Notre Dame's schedule this year, Kevin. The Sun Devils have looked great against USC, not so great against Stanford and, well, fortuitous in their win over Wisconsin. They put up 62 points last week against what was believed to be a good Trojans defense, getting Lane Kiffin fired in the process. So I guess we'll start there, given Notre Dame's defensive struggles so far this season: What makes Todd Graham's unit so explosive offensively, and what do the Irish need to really keep an eye on Saturday to keep the points down?

Kevin Gemmell: Tempo, tempo, tempo. Offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, who Graham trusts to run the show offensively, uses “tempo” as a verb, not an adjective. As in, he wants to tempo teams into submission.

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AP Photo/Rick ScuteriNotre Dame will have to find a way to slow down D.J. Foster and the Arizona State offense.
They want to have as many possessions as possible. And they get that with a fast-paced attack that stretches and then compacts a defense. Quarterback Taylor Kelly is off to another outstanding start, and a huge reason for that is the addition of wide receiver Jaelen Strong, a junior college transfer who already has 31 catches for 433 yards. He gives Kelly that sideline threat the Sun Devils were lacking last season, and Kelly has been fantastic at spotting him on the outside shoulder and letting him make plays. Strong has been targeted 51 times, so it’s only a 60-percent completion rate when they look to him. But when he does catch it, it’s usually for a substantial gain; he averages 14 yards per reception.

They use running backs Marion Grice (12 touchdowns already!) and D.J. Foster in creative ways in the screen game and like to splt Foster out into the slot. Tight end Chris Coyle has also emerged as one of the top players at his position in the country.

How about the Irish? Things don’t seem to be going as swimmingly as they did last year. Only 25.4 points per game. ASU is going to blitz early and often. What does Notre Dame have to do to get its offense moving in the right direction?

Matt Fortuna: It will get overlooked because Notre Dame lost Saturday, but the Irish were finally able to establish a ground game, tallying 220 rushing yards against the Sooners. They had eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark as a team just once before, in the opener against Temple. Junior George Atkinson III, who was the No. 1 back entering the season, finally played like it, lowering his shoulder and looking more like a downhill runner. He finished with a career-high 148 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Aside from not turning it over on their first two possessions and falling behind 14-0, it is very important for the Irish to continue to establish the ground threat early, as they often can become predictable in second- and third-and-long with a non-mobile quarterback under center in Tommy Rees, though Brian Kelly did insert Andrew Hendrix in for some zone-read, change-of-pace packages against the Sooners. Receivers must run better routes, too. TJ Jones and DaVaris Daniels have been big playmakers, but they both had route-running miscues Saturday that were costly. Kelly has said that ordinary things need to be done better. The Irish also regularly play three true freshmen wideouts (Corey Robinson, James Onwualu, Will Fuller).

I'm interested in ASU's defense, particularly Will Sutton. Before the season, everyone had pegged this as a matchup of the two best interior defensive linemen in the country, between Sutton and Notre Dame's Louis Nix. It's been hard to gauge Nix's performance so far, as the Irish have faced some mobile quarterbacks and quick-strike offenses that have utilized the short passing game early to essentially take the line out of the game. What challenges do Sutton and the rest of the Sun Devils' defense present?

Kevin Gemmell: They like to blitz a lot. Todd Graham fashions his defense as a “hybrid attacking defense,” meaning at times they’ll substitute speed for bulk to create pressure from anywhere on the field.

Sutton hadn’t made much of an impact the first few games for a couple of reasons: One, they were facing mostly run-based power teams like Wisconsin and Stanford; two, he’s been seeing a lot of double and triple teams. Makes sense. His first step is so quick that it precedes his reputation. But he finally broke out against the Trojans with two tackles for a loss and a sack. I think, as the season pushes on, we’re going to see more pressure from the front seven based on the teams they’ll face.

That said, you have to look out for safety Alden Darby, who is coming off a fantastic performance against the Trojans. He had two picks (one returned for a touchdown) and has 19 tackles on the year. Hybrid linebacker Carl Bradford is explosive and Chris Young has really emerged, leading the team with 29 tackles.

The front seven is a little undersized, but it’s quick and if your protections aren’t set, someone will get missed with as much as the Sun Devils like to blitz.

Now that the Sun Devils are back in the top 25, it’s a huge game for them to keep some of that momentum going on a national stage. The Pac-12 is already coming off of the nonconference season with a 29-4 record.

Notre Dame, however, seems to be scrambling to salvage its national reputation. And with three games against the Pac-12, which many believe is the deepest conference in college football, it seems the Irish could restore some of that lost credibility. How do you see them matching up with the now Lane-less Trojans or Stanford in the season finale?

Matt Fortuna: Based on everything we have seen from both Notre Dame and Stanford so far, that matchup might not be a very pretty one for the Irish. Fortunately for them, it is not until the regular-season finale, meaning they have plenty of time to fix their issues in the six games before then.

The bigger question pertains to what kind of team the Irish will be heading into that matchup in Palo Alto, a status that will largely be dictated by their performances in both the ASU and USC games. The Irish need to get it together, fast, and Rees has to avoid a repeat performance of this past Saturday (three first-half interceptions) and get the offense going again. In theory, that should be enough to beat a USC team that looks to be reeling after the firing of its coach, though that kind of midseason move can have different lingering effects, good or bad. It's not like the Trojans aren't talented, and it's not like they won't be up for another night game at Notre Dame Stadium.

Still, I say the Irish win that one, especially coming off a bye. And especially with the threat of falling under .500, as a loss to ASU would make them 3-3 on the season. Notre Dame might be the better team, but the Irish have shown me little over the last four weeks that suggests that they are capable of keeping up with the Sun Devils' offense.

So that's an early 1-2 prediction for Notre Dame against the Pac-12 this season. What say you, Kevin?

Kevin Gemmell: I’m an ASU lean right now simply because of how explosive that offense can be. And if the Sun Devils can fix a couple of assignment issues on defense, I think they have the firepower to be a top-20, maybe even top-15 team. But they have to show they can do it away from home. A neutral field setting provides a nice opportunity. It’s close enough for their fans to travel, but it’s not a true road game.

As of today, we’re in lock-step when it comes to the Stanford matchup. The Cardinal offense is looking better and better each week. I thought back in April that Tyler Gaffney was going to be a game-changer for Stanford, and so far he’s shown that he is. That season finale could also have huge BCS implications, and I don’t see the Cardinal tossing one away at home in a game that could potentially lock them into a fourth straight BCS game.

As for USC, well, who knows? Haven’t heard any USC players come out and condemn the firing of Lane Kiffin. Maybe this move reinvigorates them? The Trojans certainly have talent. But as of today (as always, I reserve the right to change my mind), I’d go with Notre Dame at home.

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SI: Kelly among top coaches

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SI.com's Stewart Mandel unveiled a list this week that will surely draw lots of praise and criticism: The 10 best and five worst coaches in college football.

Brian Kelly fell just outside of the top-10 list, checking in with four other coaches in the "just missed" section.

There are a pair of very familiar faces on the five worst list, however: USC's Lane Kiffin and Kansas' Charlie Weis.

Mandel stresses that the list is about the best and worst right now, meaning they are not career achievement lists. Hence, no Mack Brown, who won a national title at Texas in 2005 but has had mediocre squads the past three seasons.

Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are Nos. 1 and 2 on the list, respectively, as they have been on most other coaching lists. It's tough to argue against those two and their multiple national titles.

I do, however, think Kelly belongs somewhere in the top 10. While coaches like TCU's Gary Patterson (fourth on the list) and Baylor's Art Briles (10th) have had much less to work with, there's no denying Kelly's track record, especially in taking last year's team to the BCS title game, resurrecting a program that had been through too many disappointing campaigns in the 24 years preceding 2012.

Bobby Petrino is at No. 9 as well, which is a bit of a head-scratcher for me.
In some ways, social media is often a popularity contest. And few fare better in popularity contests than Notre Dame, which attracts attention like no other on an annual basis, win or lose.

The latest example comes from the Tulsa World's Kelly Hines, who compiled a list of college football coaches by Twitter followers.

No. 2 on the list? Brian Kelly.

The fourth-year Irish coach has 91,042 Twitter followers as of the writing, trailing only LSU's Les Miles, who has 105,760.

Anyone who has seen Miles live-tweet a sporting event in the past should not be all that surprised, given the Tigers coach's seemingly unfiltered thoughts on everything.

Kelly's successor at Cincinnati, new Tennessee coach Butch Jones, checks in at No. 3 on the list, at 75,300 followers.

Other coaches of interest to Notre Dame fans are USC's Lane Kiffin (18th, 29,790), Kansas' Charlie Weis (28th, 17,460), MSU's Mark Dantonio (39th, 9,425), BYU's Bronco Mendenhall (53rd, 4,560), Nevada's Brian Polian (60th, 3,046), Temple's Matt Rhule (66th, 2,289), UMass' Charley Molnar (76th, 1,548) and Navy's Ken Niumatalolo (84th, 837).

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Max Wittek says USC will pull upset

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USC redshirt freshman quarterback Max Wittek is confident the Trojans will take down No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday night.

In an interview on 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, Wittek expressed confidence in his abilities -- and trust in head coach Lane Kiffin leading into the showdown against Notre Dame.

"If he wants to air it out, let's air it out," Wittek said of Kiffin. "If he wants to pound it on the ground, let's do that. I'm gonna go out there, I'm gonna play within myself, within the system, and we're gonna win this ballgame."

Smiling big in front of a pack of two dozen reporters after the Trojans' first practice of the week on Tuesday, Wittek also proclaimed himself ready to go and said he expects to have "a lot of fun" in his first collegiate start.

Of course, it happens to come against Notre Dame at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

"I've been ready all season for this to happen -- if it did," Wittek said. "Obviously the circumstances aren't the greatest with such a great quarterback being hurt, but I've been ready for this all year."

To read Pedro Moura's full story, click here.

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Ruh-roh.

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I'm shipping up to Boston. (Sorry, always wanted to say that.)

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