Graduation is six months away for Notre Dame seniors, but Friday night students tell us they are already starting to use the word "last"--last pep rally and last home game.
These are two events they say played a big part of their experience as Fighting Irish men and women.
The number of wins during football season is certainly not something this senior class will be remembered by. Of course, they're hoping to make the record 3 and nine.
As you know, right now, the Irish have only won one game. That has never happened here---ever!
But, at the final pep rally in their college career students say there could have been zero wins in four years and it wouldn't have mattered.
It's the last time to sit in the student section, the last time to hear the players names announced, and the last sight of the leprechaun at their last pep rally at Notre Dame.
Leprechaun Matt Phipps says it's an experience he will forever treasure. “There's nothing like game day seeing hundreds and hundreds of fans go crazy when they see you.” The season hasn't been that great, but people ask me how I keep pumped up, but it's because of the fans.”
He says it’s also because of the student section at every pep rally and every home game. Seniors say it's tradition that matters, not a terrible record.
Michael O’Connor says, “We're very proud to be here--very proud to support our football team. We're going to be out tomorrow and it's just about being with friends and being part of this Notre Dame community.
Blair Mlnarik, a member of the pom squad says, “It would be great to have a home win if it happens for us. It's just about being here having fun with each other as seniors and enjoying the football experience no matter what.”
Kyle Kownacki says, “The football experience is one of the biggest parts of being a student at Notre Dame and just really that part is over and it hasn't settled in yet.”
ESPN radio host, former NFL football player and Irish defensive star, Mike Golic tells the seniors it will never be over.
Golic says, “Don't make it a sad moment, but a moment of memories. When you say Notre Dame there is a respect factor. I promise, you will never leave Notre Dame.”