• 61°

College Football Preview: Notre Dame vs. Boston College

Associated Press
BOSTON ó No one needs to tell Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis how people around here feel about his school: He saw the rivalry between Boston College and the Fighting Irish up-close as an NFL assistant with the Patriots.
“I lived in New England for nine years, and I know that there’s a lot of very similar compositions in the schools,” he said this week as he prepared for his first visit to Chestnut Hill as the Irish coach. “I have a lot of respect for Boston College, and I know that they’d like nothing more than beating Notre Dame.”
The feeling is mutual ó and perhaps even stronger in South Bend, home of the once-proud program that’s lost five straight against the only other catholic school playing major college football.
“It’s pretty much two of the same exact schools, two catholic schools that have got similar tradition, similar academics,” Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen said. “The fans are going to be ready to go. It’s going to be a tough environment, and we’ve just got to be ready.”
Boston College players know that Notre Dame (5-3) has big ó probably bigger ó rivalries with Southern California, Michigan and just about everyone the Irish play. But the Eagles (5-3) cherish their victories against a program that claims 11 national championships more than any others.
BC coach Jeff Jagodzinski prepared his team to visit South Bend last year by playing the Notre Dame fight song on a continuous loop in the Eagles’ locker room. Players expected a repeat, but Jagodzinski reminded them they’d have the home crowd with them this time.
“Around here, all you need to say is, ‘Notre Dame is coming to town.’ It’s going to be awesome, and I can’t wait to get out there,” BC linebacker Mike McLaughlin said. “They like to say they don’t think our game’s as big as maybe the USC game. They play so many big games. But it’s hard not to get excited when you run out on the field. I think it’s going to be special for both teams.”


Comments closed.


Rowan Wild’s animal camp makes a comeback at Dan Nicholas Park


Health officials say financial incentives helped vaccination rates; lottery drawing today

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry adopts budget that keeps tax rate flat


Airport Advisory committee endorses plans for expansion at Mid-Carolina Regional

China Grove

China Grove will celebrate 40th Farmers Day with week full of festivities


Pistons win in NBA draft lottery; Hornets will get 11th pick


Officers in Locust arrest drivers who tried to flee; one was on motorcycle reported stolen from Rowan


Panel OKs NC Senate budget bill; Dems pan policy provisions


Letter: Journalist won’t join UNC faculty without tenure


Chase from Mooresville ends with crash at Rowan Mill Road; two charged


Dearmons gift two public art sculptures to city of Kannapolis


Blotter: Woman’s camper stolen from side of I-85


Local scouts sweep NC American Legion awards


As demand lessens slightly, local homebuilders work through challenges to deliver dwellings


Commissioners name Newberry Hall House county’s newest historic landmark


Senate budget uses NC revenue boon on more tax cuts, capital


Livingstone College alumna Quanera Hayes makes U.S. Olympic Team after first-place finish in 400-meter race


Blotter: June 21

Ask Us

Ask Us: What is status of ‘speed table’ on Charles Street in Spencer?


East Rowan High graduate killed in motorcycle crash


Political Notebook: Gov. Cooper vetoes Ford-backed bill allowing firearms at churches that are also schools


Blotter: June 20


Body of fourth tuber, age 7, found in North Carolina river


8 kids in youth van among the 13 lives lost to Claudette