There were many low points at Notre Dame in the Charlie Weis era. The lowest of lows may have come on Senior Day in 2008 when a 2-8 Syracuse team with already fired coach Greg Robinson and quarterback Cameron Dantley (son of Notre Dame basketball great Adrian Dantley) rallied to stun the Irish, 24-23.
Weis never recovered and lost his job 12 months later (although an official visitor that day named Manti Te’o was impressed enough to sign with Notre Dame).
The Fighting Irish and Orange will tangle for the first time since that snowy November Saturday this season when Notre Dame travels east to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Notre Dame has played just once previously in the new home of the NFL’s Giants and Jets, a 35-17 debacle against Navy in 2010.
Syracuse is coming off a 7-6 season in Scott Shafer’s first year as head coach and the program’s first year in the ACC. The Orange are hoping to take another step forward in 2014 and improve on their tied for third-place finish in the ACC Atlantic Division but again face a difficult schedule.
The Orange began spring drills Tuesday with practices running through the team’s spring game on Apr. 12. Let’s look at where things stand in upstate New York heading into the start of practice.