Tuesday, December 23

  • More than 60 members of the Notre Dame travel party (administrative staff and families) left the hotel at 6:30 a.m. today for a tour of Pearl Harbor.
  • The team headed to a noon luncheon at the Waikiki Outback Steakhouse. Then six players (Jimmy Clausen, Pat Kuntz, Asaph Schwapp, Scott Smith, Sam Young, Terrail Lambert) visited the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
  • After having the morning off, the Irish held a final brief walk-through at 3:00 p.m. at Aloha Stadium, also taking a team photo. Families of players and coaches attended.
  • Next time you head for the North Shore, check out lunch (ahi and mahi-mahi sandwiches and great burgers of all sorts) at Kua `Aina Sandwich Shop in Hale’iwa (also located in Tokyo). Ask for avocado, and they’ll put a whole hunk of it on your sandwich. Up the road toward the surfing stops, Ted’s Bakery is a nondescript little place close to Sunset Beach – and famous for cream pies.
  • Congrats to Michael Haywood, the Irish offensive coordinator and running backs coach, who this morning Hawai’i time) became the head coach at Miami University. Haywood took a photo at practice with all his running backs. Later he became one of the few head coaches to hold his opening press conference (with media assembled in Honolulu) in “aloha mode” a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean.
  • The Irish held a brief walk-through in shorts and jerseys (no pads). After a special-team review, most of the excitement revolved around the quarterbacks (and assistant Brian Polian) throwing “go” routes to the Notre Dame offensive and defensive linemen. More than a little hooting ensued — and it’s safe to say the scouts didn’t identify any NFL-caliber pass-catchers amongst the Matt Romines and Sam Youngs of the world.
  • The Irish took two team photos after the workout, both in aloha shirts and black-beaded leis – one photo in traditional form and the other including sunglasses and “Hawaiian” poses.
  • Based on the scene at Aloha Stadium at 3:00 p.m. today (kickoff for the game), the Hawai’i team and fans will be in the shade – while it figures to be much hotter and sunny on the Irish side, assuming the weather holds to form.