Irish: Playing for next year or this year?

The Irish are 1-7.

They have four games left and will not play in a Bowl game.

So will the final 4 games against Navy, Air Force, Duke and Stanford be used as a prelude for 2008.

"Not for John Carlson, not for John Sullivan, not for Travis Thomas, not for Trevor Laws, not for Dwight Stephenson, not for Joe Brockington, not for Ambrose Wooden, not for Tommy Zbikowski, not for Geoff Price," Irish head coach Charlie Weis said Tuesday at his weekly press conference.

"Those guys have four games left in their career," Weis explained. "Those nine guys that are in a fifth year that their eligibility is up, this is it for them. I don't think they'd like to go out the way we're standing right now."

Junior Evan Sharpley will start again at quarterback this week against Navy. He says the team is certainly not playing for 2008.

"Our focus is on this season. We want to win out. That's a very realistic goal and that's where our sights are right now," Sharpley said Tuesday night.

"Some of the older guys are going to be playing for personal reasons---they want to impress the scouts. Younger guys are going to be playing to impress the coaches. But at the same time, we are still a team and trying to win."

Notre Dame faces Navy on Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish have won 43 straight meetings dating back to 1963.

Game-time is 2:30. Countdown to Kickoff comes to you at 1:30 here on Newscenter 16.

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