Irish pump up their fans at pep rally ahead of clash with Duke

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The Fighting Irish have had their share of detractors after their less-than-stellar start, but at the Joyce Center Friday, there was nothing but optimism as the Irish fired up their fans before taking on Duke.

Legendary rocker Todd Rundgren took the stage as part of his current visit to campus.

Head men's basketball coach Mike Brey even hopped on the drums to accompany Rundgren, while former Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson played guitar, and Irish women’s basketball assistant coach Niele Ivey and softball coach Deanna Gumpf sang backup to Rundgren’s hit song, “Bang the Drum All Day.”

Coach Brian Kelly thought tonight's crowd was the biggest he'd seen at an indoor pep rally in his entire career.

“You being out here, I think is a great testament to the support that this football team gets from its Notre Dame fan base,” Coach Kelly said. “So thank you so much for being here and supporting these guys.”

Despite his team’s slow start, he promised an inspired performance Saturday against the Blue Devils.

“Come out and support this football team, you will not be disappointed tomorrow, for Notre Dame, for themselves, and for their teammates,” Coach Kelly said. “It will be fun to watch. Get out there, and watch this team play tomorrow, because it’s going to be one heck of a ball game.”