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Notre Dame notebook

Kelly wants to add JumboTron, turf

– Notre Dame, which plays host to Navy on Saturday, added to the game day experience in their 31-17 loss to USC.

The first night game in Notre Dame Stadium in 21 years featured rock music blasting from speakers and souvenir towels given to fans.

And coach Brian Kelly wants more.

“We thought it was a good start for us, relative to the atmosphere,” Kelly said of the additions to the game-day experience. “I think that, eventually, we want a big JumboTron in there. We think that is going to be something that adds to the atmosphere, too.”

Kelly also said he would like to replace the grass field with turf.

“It won’t be my decision to make. I can only give you my thoughts,” Kelly said of changes he would like to see.

In memory

Today is the anniversary of the death of Declan Sullivan, a student videographer who died when the lift he was taping practice from fell over in strong winds on Oct. 28, 2010. The university put a memorial for Sullivan outside the football offices and started a scholarship in his name.

“We lost a young man. You never forget that,” Kelly said.

The team is also dealing with the death of manager Xavier Murphy, who died of leukemia Oct. 11. Players are wearing helmet stickers to honor Murphy this season, and there will be a moment of silence before the game Saturday, which would have been Murphy’s 23rd birthday.

“Always had a smile on his face, cracking jokes, (Murphy) will definitely be terribly missed, just a great, typical, Notre Dame guy,” center Braxston Cave said.

On the list

Irish linebacker Manti Te’o is one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation’s top linebacker. Te’o leads Notre Dame’s defense in tackles (69), tackles for loss (8 1/2 ) and sacks (4).

The Butkus Award winner will be announced Dec. 7.

tkrausz@jg.net

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