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Blocking out the past

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly has been true to his word as the No. 4 Irish (8-0) prepare to play host to Pittsburgh (4-4) on Saturday.

Kelly said he wouldn't bring up past letdowns after big victories as Notre Dame tries to follow up on last weekend's 30-13 road win over Oklahoma.

And so far, at least in the case of linebacker Carlo Calabrese, nobody else is bringing up past letdowns like in 2002 when the Irish defeated Florida State only to come home and lose to Boston College.

"I haven't heard anything, I don't know about anyone else," Calabrese said. "I'm not going to let it get to me if I hear anything."

It's not that current players are not aware of what happened to past Notre Dame teams, Calabrese said this year's squad is just not comparing itself to any of the past Irish teams.

"We know our history of our team, and what happened in the past, we know it all," Calabrese said. "We are just not going to focus on that at all. We are going to focus on us, our season and each game."

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.

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