Clausen's growth, leadership key to Irish development

Updated: March 31, 2008, 4:58 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Nineteen years of waiting abruptly ended for Mike Haywood in January, along a road in his hometown of Houston.

Haywood was behind the wheel, while his boss, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, rode shotgun. As they headed to their next recruiting visit, Weis turned toward his assistant.

"He made a statement to me and I looked at him and I said, 'OK,'" Haywood said. "Then I sped up because we were running late for our next appointment."

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