Dec. 5, 2000

Here’s the game plan for Notre Dame’s football squad the next few weeks:

  • Tomorrow (Dec. 6) is the last day of classes, then Notre Dame students have four study days.
  • Final exams are Monday, Dec. 11, through Friday, Dec. 15.
  • The Irish will have a light practice without pads on Friday evening, Dec. 15.
  • Then, the Irish will practice regularly through Dec. 22, with players free to head home for Christmas at noon on the 22nd.
  • Notre Dame coaches, administrators and families will take a charter flight to Phoenix on Christmas Day, tentatively leaving at 5:00 p.m. EST, arriving in Phoenix at 6:00 p.m. MST.
  • Players will fly to Phoenix from their hometowns, arriving in Phoenix for a team meeting the night of the 25th. Then, the Irish will begin practice on the 26th.
  • Team headquarters are at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale.
  • Notre Dame alumni headquarters are at the Phoenician in Scottsdale (200 rooms sold out in less than a day after the announcement of the matchup) and the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale.
  • Media headquarters are at the Mission Palms in Tempe, with all formal press conferences for players and coaches of both teams scheduled there.
  • Notre Dame will practice at Pinnacle High School in Scottsdale.