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It's official

Clausen, Tate to enter NFL draft

The last performance by Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate at Notre Dame was a farewell news conference.

The quarterback and receiver announced they will not return for their senior seasons and intend to enter the NFL draft.

"Growing up as a kid, one of my lifelong dreams is to play professional football in the NFL," said Clausen, who teared up during his opening statement. "With that being said with support of my family and coaches, I will be forgoing my senior year and entering the 2010 NFL draft."

Tate said he will not continue his baseball career as he focuses on preparing for the draft.

"This was a tough decision for me," Tate said. "The coaching I have received in football and baseball has been the best. But after talking with my family and (coach Charlie) Weis, I'm going to pursue my dream and enter next year's NFL draft."

Clausen and Tate were joined by Weis at the news conference. Weis, who was fired Nov. 30, did not take questions as he was there at the players' request.

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