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Notre Dame links

Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

Irish links are smiling.

  • Backup quarterback Evan Sharpley, who came back to Notre Dame for a fifth year despite a budding baseball career, is now a tutor for his teammates, Brian Hamilton writes in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Tight end Mike Ragone's confidence is returning as he comes back from a second ACL injury, Al Lesar says in the South Bend Tribune.

  • Charlie Weis tops colleague Mark Schlabach's list of coaches on the hot seat for 2009.

  • The Irish secondary is full of talent and experience, Tony Krausz writes in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

  • Former Notre Dame quarterback Nate Montana is vying for the starting job at Pasadena City College.

  • Guard Trevor Robinson showed toughness in playing through an injury last year and is in line for a starting job this season, the Associated Press reports.

  • The Fort Wayne News Sentinel's Tom Davis looks at Notre Dame's slew of super sophomores.