At this point, there's no use going over the actual events in the game. The reasons for this loss are the same as the losses which preceeded it. Instead, a few quick hitters on bigger pictures items:
- First off, congratulations to the UConn Huskies. This has been an incredibly difficult season for them both on the field (five losses by a total of 15 points) and, more importantly, off with the tragic murder of their teammate, Jasper Howard. In spite of all that, the Huskies never got down, kept motivated and continued to play hard. They are to be congratulated.
- A big thanks to the Notre Dame seniors who played their final home game today. This game, much like so much of their time with the program, was frustrating. Still, it was these guys who enabled a program with incredibly thin ranks to slowly build itself back up. Whomever replaces Charlie will have them to thank for believing in the school and helping to, once again, bring top-flight talent back to South Bend.
- Speaking of Charlie, a special thanks to him as well. Obviously, on the field, his teams never became that for which we'd all hoped. It wasn't for lack of effort, however. I think it's fair to say that Weis gave his all for this program and his results in recruiting, player academics and overall human decency are laudable. Unfortunately, those are only a few of the things expected of Notre Dame's head football coach. While winning eluded him, seeing Weis walk onto the field, arm-in-arm, with his players, a tear falling from his eye showed just how much this team and program mean to him. All the best, Charlie; sorry things couldn't have been different.
- For whatever it's worth, Oklahoma got pummeled, 41-13, by Texas Tech today. I would have to imagine in light of his loss and Notre Dame's impending opening, the Irish might look like a pretty solid option to Bob Stoops.