Nov. 7, 2000

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame continues to climb in the football polls.

After having a bye week, the Irish rose again. They are currently ranked 11th in the Associated Press poll. Last week, Notre Dame registered at No. 15.

In the ESPN poll, Notre Dame ranks 12th which is also up four spots from No. 16.

The Irish still remain behind the Boilermakers of Purdue in both polls, which have some questioning the favoring of the polls.

“I really don’t feel strongly about it,” head coach Bob Davie said about Purdue’s higher ranking.

Notre Dame defeated Purdue, 23-21, back in September.

“We are probably ahead of someone who should be ahead of us,” Davie said.


Clifford Jefferson is out for the game against Boston College with an ankle injury. Head coach Bob Davie confirmed that Jason Beckstrom would step into the slot.


With freshman Matt LoVecchio having secured the starting position at quarterback, the Irish announced some changes during the bye week.

Freshman Jared Clark earned himself the title of backup quarterback that has many wondering if he will see some playing time this weekend.

“We are not going to force it,” Davie said. “We are not going to try it.”

Since Clark is now the backup, sophomore Gary Godsey officially got moved to the tight end position.