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Different type of game

Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said the Senior Day game is different than any game the Irish play every season.

Weis said he wasn't aware how different the game feels until after the first one his first year at Notre Dame.

And while the coach said he is aware how different the game is, he said there is no way to truly explain it to people outside the program or to players going through their first final home game of a season.

"It isn't like you go through warmups any different or practice during the week is really that much different, but you should see some of these guys," Weis said. "You try to calm them down before the game because some of them are so wired. They are just looking around, and you are trying to keep them focused.

"It is even more dramatic after the game. Whether we won or lost, it really hasn't affected too much the individual reactions from different guys. I've walked past guys just sitting by themselves bawling their eyes out. It had nothing to do with the game itself, just the finality of their career."

And Weis said he wants the final home game to be special for the outgoing players.

The fifth-year coach said one of the best part of the season is the victory lap players take around Notre Dame Stadium if the Irish win the final home game.

"You really want to watch that," Weis said. "When the game's over, if we won, don't watch anything but those guys and the emotions that they go through when they go through that lap. Bottom line, it's worth the price of admission. It is really something."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.