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Notre Dame in talks to host Temple in 2013

The Owls and the Pussycats.

Notre Dame in talks to host Temple in 2013

The Owls and the Pussycats.

Notre Dame and Temple are in negotiations for a game in South Bend in 2013 but the deal is far from finalized.

Notre Dame is trying to reestablish some roots in the Northeast. The Irish play Army this November at Yankee Stadium. There is a large recruiting base, especially in North Jersey, that has eroded over the years. When Bergen Catholic superstar Brian Cushing went to USC instead of Notre Dame, the Irish knew that the Blue and Gold of yesteryear has turned into the Gray and Gold.
 
Temple has played Penn State over the past few years, but that deal has been two-for-one.
 
Al Golden paid a visit to South Bend over the offseason, but Brian Kelly got the job.
 
UConn and Randy Edsall capped an incredible season last year by stunning the Irish in one of the year’s most emotional games. It even got Edsall an interview for the Irish job. Temple’s football program is making similar strides.
 
It will be interesting to see who has more wins this year, Notre Dame or Temple. Last season, the Irish, with Jimmy Clausen, Golden Tate and Michael Floyd, didn't make a bowl game. Temple did and was smacking around UCLA
before disintegrating in the second half of the EagleBank bowl. And Temple didn't have freshman sensation Bernard Pierce, who now has a Heisman campaign going and his own web site www.Pierce4Heisman.com
 
I'll start the Dayne Crist for the Heisman campaign. I didn't help much with Clausen last year, but have no fear, Clausen will be the best NFL QB this coming season and Kelly will have Crist throwing to Floyd and Kyle Rudolph all day long.
 
See you at Yankee Stadium. Bill Zloch, where are you?
 
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John Quinn Inquirer Staff Writer
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John Quinn, 57, is sports editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a third generation member of the Subway Alumni.

His grandfather used to listen to the radio and yell out to his son playing on the hardscrabble streets of Corona, Queens: “Bill Shakespeare just threw another touchdown pass!”
His father used to listen to the transistor radio and yell out to his son playing for Stony Brook on Long Island: “Joe Montana just threw another touchdown pass!”
He listens to the radio and yells out to his son watching Phineas and Ferb on a 46-inch HDTV: “Dayne Crist just threw another touchdown pass!” Meanwhile, Jack, 9, will not be a fourth generation member of the Subway Alumni. Reach John at jquinn@phillynews.com.

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