Oct. 19, 2000

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Irish will take a healthy team into Saturday’s contest against West Virginia in Morgantown.

Besides a few knocks and bruises, the Irish will be fit enough to try for their third win in a row.

“For this time of year we are as good as health wise as we can be,” head coach Bob Davie said. “But, there are the little things. Jabari [Holloway] has that chronic ankle problem, [Ron] Israel has a groin inflammation and [Joey] Getherall has a little bit of a quad pull…but, other than that, we are in pretty good shape.”


The West Virginia Mountaineers currently stand with a 4 – 2 record and are coming off a tough game last week when they fell 48 – 20 to the second-ranked Hokies of Virginia Tech.

“They are talented,” Davie said. “I saw where Don Nehlen (Head Coach, West Virginia) said Notre Dame doesn’t recruit we just choose or something.”

Coach Davie will not take this West Virginia team lightly.

“Then I happened to look in the back of their press guide and read how in the last two years they have had 11 players drafted,” Davie said. “He must be selecting some of them.”


Like Notre Dame, West Virginia’s defense has kept it in a majority of its games this year.

“They are multiple,” Davie said. “Steve Dunlap, their defensive coordinator, has been there a long time and he has put together a lot of different pieces of things. They are kind of like a Nebraska on offense in that they do a lot with different schemes.”