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Notre Dame's Thanksgiving plans

Most of Notre Dame's football team will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday together.

The No. 25 Irish (8-3) travel to play No. 8 Stanford (9-2) on Saturday, giving most of the team no time to go home Thursday for Thanksgiving.

Coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday that after that practice players who are not traveling with the Irish for the season finale will be able to go home after classes end, but the rest of the team will go through a normal Wednesday practice and then a little earlier practice Thursday.

"Then we will have a team meal here," Kelly said of Thursday. "Coaches will bring their families; not all, it's optional, but quite a few of the coaches will bring their family and we'll have Thanksgiving meal here. And then release the team sometime around 3 o'clock and reconvene back here for Mass on Friday around 10 a.m. and then work through our normal Friday. I think we are going to depart here sometime around 1 o'clock on Friday."

Kelly said he didn't know how many turkeys the team will go through.

"We do a very good job of making a dent in the food that's here," Kelly said with a laugh.

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