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Notre Dame Football News And Notes: Rees, Holtz And Saying Goodbye To The Top 25

This is where I do my best to move on from Saturday's 23-20 loss to USF. Lets begin with the cutest little QB this side of every and all Pop Warner games -- and Lake Forest native -- Tommy Rees.

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Rees has been named the starter for the Michigan game this Saturday night in Ann Arbor. He went 24-for-34 with 296 yards passing, two touchdowns and two picks -- all in the second half -- against USF. Dayne Crist, on the other hand, went 7-for-15 with 95 ⇥yards through the air and one pick in the first.

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"We try to live in the now," [Brian] Kelly said at his weekly news conference. "The 'now' for me is winning football games. Tommy Rees gives us the best chance."

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Crist is clearly the more gifted athlete, but has yet to reach his potential as the heir apparent to Jimmy Clausen. I still feel there is a good QB somewhere in there, but his clock may have run out. Crist also looks like James Van Der Beek, which I find incredibly awesome. The Beek, baby.

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Lou Holtz will become something or another for Notre Dame. I don't really get it, just read this:

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Former head football coach Lou Holtz has a new position at the University of Notre Dame: He and his wife, Beth, will serve as the school's first "ambassadors for research."

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The University says the Holtzes will take a prominent role in increasing awareness of the university's mission to pursue research that aims to heal, unify and enlighten the world.

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Sure, why not?

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And in "no shit" news, the Irish have fallen out of the AP top 25. They were 16th. Sigh.

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