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07:29 AM ET 11.05 | Who's next? Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly's enduring "next man in" mantra got turned upside down the past couple of weeks with a swelling injury list for Saturday night's prime-time clash at Pitt (4-4) that could exclude as many as four defensive players who started as recently as the Arizona State game. ... Suddenly, style points aren't the biggest challenge in ND's hopeful climb to at least the No. 14 spot in the final BCS standings on Dec. 8, the minimum requisite spot to be included in the pool of teams considered for the four BCS bowls outside the BCS National Championship Game. Health is. "This is probably close to the pinnacle," Kelly said when asked about how this run of injuries compared to those that occurred in his previous 22 seasons as a college head coach.

South Bend Tribune

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November 5, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Can they beat Stanford? Won't make top 14 with another loss. Although the win over us is helping their SOS.

November 5, 2013  07:52 AM ET
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Can they beat Stanford? Won't make top 14 with another loss. Although the win over us is helping their SOS.

How in the name of skirt wearing mascots do you lose to the domers?

November 5, 2013  07:53 AM ET
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How in the name of skirt wearing mascots do you lose to the domers?

Our offense had not yet matured. If we played them now, I have no doubt that we would win.

November 5, 2013  08:03 AM ET

So where in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is Piratey?

Has Ann Arbor swallowed him up? Has he taken a Cistercian Vow of Silence until the Irish are in the Top Five again? A sojourn in Purgatory (Lord forbid)? Or is he just fed up with battling the non-ND infidels?

November 5, 2013  08:15 AM ET
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Our offense had not yet matured. If we played them now, I have no doubt that we would win.

The same could be said if ND played Michigan now...

November 5, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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Can they beat Stanford? Won't make top 14 with another loss. Although the win over us is helping their SOS.

I think they should worry about Pitt and not be looking down the road.

November 5, 2013  09:06 AM ET

The Domers got plenty of style points in whipping Navy, NOT! It looks to me that this team is beginning to look and play a lot like they did when Mr Schematic Advantage was HC.

November 5, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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The Domers got plenty of style points in whipping Navy, NOT! It looks to me that this team is beginning to look and play a lot like they did when Mr Schematic Advantage was HC.

Aw come on Ice. Van says Navy was a "mighty" team.

November 5, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Love to see all the anti-ND silly commentary.
We get attention even with bad news.
Well, so long as they keep talking about us...
Just remember, We Are Notre Dame!

November 5, 2013  09:29 AM ET

Injuries??? When you get down to suiting up 46 players on scholly, then come talk to me about injuries.

November 5, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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Injuries??? When you get down to suiting up 46 players on scholly, then come talk to me about injuries.

Yeah, I think UGa, UF and USC have a lot more room to talk about injuries

November 5, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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Yeah, I think UGa, UF and USC have a lot more room to talk about injuries

Everyone is hurting by now...some more than others...luck of the injury bug.

IIRC, I think Tech had 3 starters out in the secondary last week against Okie Lite.

That time of the year.

November 5, 2013  10:28 AM ET

Mmmm. Your hair smells good coach! Pert plus baby!

November 5, 2013  10:40 AM ET

The dgood news is Manti Teo's girlfriend is not really dead.

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November 5, 2013  11:00 AM ET
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Yeah, I think UGa, UF and USC have a lot more room to talk about injuries

<grumble grumble>

November 5, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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She is 4th on my Depth Chart

That blowup doll is 3rd, then....?




BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!!!


y'know, when your team suxes mightily, all you can do is throw crap at other folks for entertainment...

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November 5, 2013  11:13 AM ET
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dont talk about my Miley Cyrus blowup doll like that

she has feelings

LMAO!


Hope you don't loan her out for slop-e-seconds. 8-(

 
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