Enjoy the weekend, gang.
In a letter to The Observer, AD Jack Swarbrick confirms that the alma mater policy will remain in effect for 2013.
Many BCS title game losers rebound strong, but the Irish are teetering on a letdown, Brian Hamilton writes in the Chicago Tribune.
Brian Kelly has noticed an increase in Andrew Hendrix's focus this week, Andrew Owens writes on BlueandGold.com.
Two Notre Dame players were drumming to a different beat Wednesday, Rachel Terlep writes in the Elkhart Truth.
There is no loafing for Louis Nix, Tony Krausz writes in the (Fort Wayne) Journal-Gazette.
The South Bend Tribune's Al Lesar says that the 2000 Irish team carved its own bit of history, and now is the time for this year's team to, too.
Has Notre Dame's empty backfield hit a breaking point?
Arizona State brings the fast and the furious, Tim Prister writes on IrishIllustrated.com. (Subscription required)