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The Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and the Notre Dame FIghting Irish coach Brian Kelly talk about their match up in the BCS National Championship in Miami on January 7th. Alabama is playing for back to back National Championships after they took home the 2011 National Championship.
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Notre Dame groups adopt 29 families for Christmas festivities
29 families received a Christmas treat Sunday by various Notre Dame groups.
These needy families from South Bend were chosen to partake in a night of Christmas festivities at Compton Ice Arena. There was dinner, a visit from Santa, ice skating, crafts, and lots of presents.
"It feels nice. There's so many of us who are so fortunate that we don't really think twice about shopping for our kids for Christmas or opening up the pantry to see what we want to make for dinner. It's just nice to be able to give back and do something good for the community," says Michelle Mensik, skating program coordinator.
This is the second year families were chosen for a night of fun and getting spoiled.
Te'o Ends Week With IMPACT
After the disappointment of Saturday’s Heisman runner-up finish, Manti Te’o still had one stop to make to finish his whirlwind awards week. Te’o packed his bags and left New York to fly to California for Sunday’s Lott IMPACT banquet Sunday night in Newport Beach.
Te’o capped his week by winning the Lott Trophy to bring his haul to seven awards, thus making him the most decorated defensive player in college football history. The Lott Trophy is named for Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott. It honors the college football player for its acronym – IMPACT: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity.
The other Lott finalists were Arthur Brown of Kansas State, Jarvis Jones of Georgia and Chase Thomas of Stanford. Notre Dame will receive $25,000 for its general scholarship fund for Te’o’s win. Kansas State and Georgia will each receive $5,000 for their funds.
In addition to his Lott Trophy Te’o also won the Butkus, Bednarik, Nagurski, Maxwell, Lombardi, and Walter Camp Awards during the week before finishing as the Heisman runner-up. The previous awards record for a defensive player was five for Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 1997.
Te’o is already back on the Notre Dame campus where he will begin final exams this week. His busy awards schedule forced him to miss ND’s first two bowl practices on Friday and Saturday, but he will be back on the practice field with the team on Tuesday.
The buzz around Greg Bryant heading into this weekend’s official visit to Notre Dame was that the Florida running back could go ahead and commit to the Irish if it felt right.
Well, it did and he did.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Delray Beach, Fla., offered his commitment to the Irish on Saturday night, giving them 22 verbal commitments in the Class of 2013 and a much-coveted running back.
Bryant made an early commitment to Oklahoma, but backed away from that pledge this summer. Notre Dame emerged as an option last month and the momentum has moved the Irish from option to favorite with Tony Alford leading the charge.
Bryant gives the Irish a pair of running back commits in the class, joining Texas’ Jamel James, but James has flirted with the idea of taking other visits and still may need to do some work in the classroom. Either way, Notre Dame is still aggressively pursuing another Florida running back, Tarean Folston.
2014 LB Likes ND
Dwight Williams was at the Coliseum as a USC recruit on Nov. 24th, but the 2014 California linebacker had his eyes on the opposition.
“I went to the game, the USC-Notre Dame game,” the 6-foot-2, 212-pounder from Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., said. “I kept my eye glued to Manti Te’o. He’s phenomenal.”
Williams already holds offers UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado and Boise State.
“It’s a blessing,” said Williams.
Notre Dame is among those other programs with serious interest and West Coast recruiter Mike Denbrock brought head coach Brian Kelly with him to the school after the win over USC.
“It was incredible,” said Williams. “I talk to Coach Denbrock a lot through Facebook, so we’ve been in contact for quite some time. I talked to Coach Denbrock after the game about recruiting and he said he was going to stop by and say hello. He said he wasn’t going to go back until he saw me and he was bringing Coach Kelly with him.
“It felt great knowing that the head coach would come out and see me.”
Williams already had a great appreciation for the Irish.
“I love Notre Dame,” he said. “I’ve always been a big fan of their law program and academics.”
And while Williams had his eyes on Te’o against the Trojans, it was a future Irish linebacker that Denbrock mentioned later on.
“He kind of broke some stuff down for me about the outside linebacker spot,” said Williams. “I can run around and make plays in space, kind of like Jaylon Smith that they have committed right now.”
College scouts like the blend of size and speed possessed by Williams, who has been clocked at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. “I guess they like that I’m athletic too,” he added.
No schools are standing out at this point, but Notre Dame definitely has his eye.
“Everybody is pretty much even right now, I like Notre Dame though,” he said. “I haven’t really made a decision on top schools or anything.”
He does have an idea of what will be important when he’s looking at programs.
“Academics will be first and then I’ll look at the coaching staff and if I feel at home out there,” he said. “Then we can go from there.”
Williams has already visited the local schools multiple times and has plans to get out more eventually.
“In the summer, I’m going to start hitting it hard and getting out of state,” he said. “I’ve been down to UCLA and USC a number of times.”
Could Notre Dame end up on the itinerary?
“Definitely. Of course.”
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