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Head Coach Tyrone Willingham Still Contemplating About Who Will Start At Quarterback

Sept. 25, 2003

By Adam Porcelli

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame football team concluded its last day of practice today before taking on Purdue this Saturday. The question of the day was, not surprisingly, who will start at quarterback for the Irish, senior Carlyle Holiday or freshman Brady Quinn. This question has been one that has been on everyone’s mind since both quarterbacks shared time at the position in Notre Dame’s 22-16 home loss to Michigan State on September 20. After practice, head coach Tyrone Willingham still had not decided who would get the nod in West Lafayette, Ind., against the Boilermakers.

“As of this moment, I have not made a decision regarding the quarterback situation,” Willingham said.

“Both men I think have had a good week of work. I have been pleased with how they have played and how they have handled this situation. We will make the decision at some point this week before the game on Saturday or possibly even when the game starts.”

Willingham acknowledges the existence of some advantages to not having named a starting quarterback just yet. Willingham also feels comfortable with making his decision at a later time.

“I hear that (Purdue head) coach Tiller is preparing for two quarterbacks,” Willingham said.

“I see no benefit for us to announce it any earlier than Saturday. I really do not think it is a difficult decision. This team is being guided by the same principles that it always has been. We will do what we feel is best for this football team and play the man who we feel gives us the best chance to win.”

The Irish will play Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (EST) against Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium. The game will be televised regionally by ABC.

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