Notre Dame Football, Basketball Notes and Nuggets

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Interesting that Irish men's basketball coach Mike Brey, late in his
Saturday night post-game remarks following his team's win over Marquette,
said exactly what he planned to do Monday night in terms of using the
"burn" offense against Pittsburgh. Then ND went out and executed it to
near perfection. They did it without second-leading scorer Tim
Abromaitis attempting even a single shot from the field. If you're Pitt
Coach Jamie Dixon, you have to be better prepared when your opponent
gives away the store like that.'s live video coverage of college football
National Signing Day returns on Wednesday, Feb. 2, with Signing
Day 2011. Hosted by JackNolan, it will begin at 7:00 a.m. ET providing
the first official announcement of fax arrivals, incoming player
highlights and analysis. Headcoach Brian Kelly and his staff will stop
by for exclusive live interviews throughout the day and recruiting
experts onto the show to provide their perspective of the 2011
recruiting class.'s All-American analysts, Reggie Brooks and Mirko Jurkovic
will participate in the broadcast, providing their insights on each
signed student-athlete. The live coverage will continue all morning and
lead into Coach Kelly's official press conference in the afternoon.

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-For 2011, will be providing Irish fans a chance to interact
with the show. They will post selected comments sent to Twitter feed
@und_video_crew. There also will be a live blog run during the day that
fans can participate in.

-Six members of the University of Notre Dame football team intend to
apply for a fifth year at the University through Notre Dame's Faculty
Board on Athletics. The six student-athletes are: Taylor Dever, Gary
Gray, Andrew Nuss, Mike Ragone, David Ruffer and Harrison Smith.

-Where does ND fit in college basketball bracketology? First check ours by going here.
Then compare it against who puts the Irish as a #4 seed
overall in the East (Newark), playing in Chicago in the first round
against #13 Oakland (the other game is #5 Florida vs. #12 UCLA/Wichita
State). also has the Irish a #4 and also has them playing in
Chicago against Oakland (the other game is projected as #5 Florida vs.
#12 Memphis). All that came before Notre Dame's win over #2 Pitt on
Monday night.

-How big was Notre Dame's win at #2 Pittsburgh? Check out these
numbers. Since the Associated Press began its poll in 1948-49, the Irish
men have played 60 games (seven in the NCAA Championships) against
teams ranked #1 or #2 (13 Irish wins). Twenty-three of those (10 vs. #1,
13 vs. #2) have been played on the opponent home court - and Irish road
wins have come at #2 UCLA in '79, at #2 Connecticut in '00 and Monday
night at #2 Pittsburgh. Of those 23 on the road, venues have included
UCLA (8 games), Duke (3), Connecticut (3), Indiana (2), DePaul (2), plus St. Louis, Marquette, North Carolina, Michigan and Pittsburgh (1 each).

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