Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis finished the week of practice in better spirits then he started.
Not because he was that much farther removed from last Saturday's loss to Navy, but because of how his team responded at practice after the loss.
While Tuesday and Wednesday were good, Weis came out of Thursday's practice feeling particularly uplifted heading into Saturday's game against No. 8 Pittsburgh.
"Thursday in college football is supposed to be a mental day. It's not suppose to be a physical day," Weis said Thursday. "When you go through a practice on Thursday and you are really not clean in everything that you are doing, as a coach you really start to have some concerns. I had that a few times this year, where I had some concerns coming off the field on Thursday that mentally we weren't at the top of the game. I have not seen the defensive tape yet, but that's as good a Thursday we've had for some time.
"Let's see if Thursday pays off on Saturday. I feel a lot more comfortable sitting down (this) morning writing openers now. Knowing what I saw out there in practice today."