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Football: Tight end down

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Just when the Irish thought they were out of the woods medically, the dreaded injury bug struck again. In sophomore wide receiver Michael Floyd's first game back after a broken collarbone, sophomore tight end Kyle Rudolph suffered a shoulder injury that will likely keep him out for the rest of the regular season, Irish coach Charlie Weis said Tuesday. "It's some muscle — muscles on the shoulder," Weis said. "I just know that they were fearing a collarbone being broken, and that's not it. So it's something that in all likelihood they said that Stanford is a possibility. I say it might be — I'm not the doctor, once again. I think that's a reach. I think he'll be able to practice again in December." So far this season, Rudolph was second on the team with 33 catches and third with three receiving touchdowns. Junior Mike Ragone, who missed all of last with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), is now listed as the starter at tight end on the Irish depth chart. Ragone has three catches on the season, all in the past two games. Senior Bobby Burger, who was held out of action against Navy with a neck injury, is listed as Ragone's backup. Weis said that Burger, a former walk-on, is healthy and ready to play. As far as other injuries go, Weis said that junior running back Armando Allen and sophomore right guard Trevor Robinson, both of whom missed last week's game, would start Saturday night in Pittsburgh barring any setbacks in practice. Weis also said that despite the nasty hit junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen took on Saturday, he definitely did not suffer a concussion. "He was a sore puppy now," Weis said. "But no, he didn't have a cognitive test. He's the king of the ice bags, as I told you. And he had them all over: Neck, shoulder, toe. He was a one man M.A.S.H. unit." Despite constant big picture questions about his career and job security at Notre Dame, Weis refused to talk about anything other than Saturday night's game against the No. 8 Panthers. "And maybe I'm trained that way," Weis said. "But it's just a complete tunnel vision way of looking at it. I don't spend any time reflecting. I only worry about doing all I can to beat Pitt." He added that he was unconcerned about his public perception. "People don't know you, why do I care what they think?" Weis said. "Really? What do I care? If they don't know you, they'll have an opinion based off of what? They don't know." Weis did say, though, that he was concerned with how his family was handling the constant questions and scrutiny regarding his future at Notre Dame. "It's not a game for us," he said. "This is our life. It's not just the wins and losses. It's everything that goes with it. Positively and negatively. So you do the math on how that's going." Note: uFreshman kicker Nick Tausch was named as a semifinalist for the Groza Award Monday. The Award is given annually to college football's top placekicker.  Prior to the season, Irish junior kicker Brandon Walker was named to the award's watch list. Walker is currently injured and has not seen action yet this season.







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Fencing: Highly-touted underclassmen lead Irish towards title

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After yet another impressive performance by the Irish at the USFA NAC Juniors last weekend, the talented cast of underclassmen is once again emerging as the backbone of a promising young team. Led by sophomores Courtney Hurley and Gerek Meinhardt, the team features some of the nation's elite fencers in the junior category.


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Home Invasion

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Jimmy Clausen set career-highs in pass attempts (51), completions (37) and passing yards (452), and a new school record of completions, Golden Tate made nine catches for 132 yards and a touchdown and Michael Floyd returned to the field for Notre Dame.




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Commentary: Irish caught looking ahead

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The players won't say it. The coaches won't say it. Nobody within with the Notre Dame football program is admitting it, but to anyone who follows sports, it's fairly obvious what happened to Notre Dame on Saturday.


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Fencing: Two Irish earn golds at Juniors

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The Irish proved to the fencing world once again that they are not a team to be overlooked on the strip heading into intercollegiate play. Sophomores Courtney Hurley and Gerek Meinhardt finished the USFA NAC Juniors with a pair of gold medals Friday, raising their individual international rankings even further.


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ND Swimming: Irish fall to Boilermakers

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Both the Irish men's and women's swimming and diving teams fell to Purdue  Friday at Purdue's Boilermaker Aquatic Center, but first-place performances from both teams showed the season has plenty of potential.




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ND Women's Soccer: Tourney Time

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Not only did No. 4 Notre Dame won its 11th Big East Tournament with a 2-1 victory over Marquette Sunday, but the Irish also made a strong statement to the NCAA about where they deserve to be seeded in the NCAA Tournament beginning Friday.