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Irish Insights


Clausen, Tate expected to leave Irish

One of the most entertaining and prolific pairs in Notre Dame history will likely skip their final year.

The university called a news conference at 1 p.m. today at which quarterback Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate are expected to announce their intentions to enter the NFL draft instead of returning to the Irish for their senior seasons.

"After the season, in talking to my parents and obviously (coach Charlie) Weis, I just feel it's the right time," Clausen told today. "Coach Weis told me whether he was going to be here or not be here, it was time for me to go. He thought I've improved so much since I came to Notre Dame. So I'm taking his advice, and I'm going to head out."

Clausen threw for 3,722 yards and 28 touchdowns, with four interceptions, this season.

Tate, who also plays baseball for Notre Dame, set single-season school records with 93 catches and 1,495 receiving yards. He caught 15 touchdown passes and added two rushing TDs ,and a returned a punt for a touchdown.

Clausen and Tate met with Weis last week to discuss their NFL prospects.