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BCS Championship Week: Day 4

Jan 6, 2013, 12:51 AM EST

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We’re less than 48 hours away from the big game, and it’s been a crazy couple of days here in South Florida. Today, the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide visited Sun Life Stadium for BCS Media Day. Each team had an hour on the field, with players and coaches speaking with media members from various news outlets from across the country.

But before talking further about today, don’t forget to take a look back at Fighting Irish Digital Media’s day three recap, which was posted yesterday evening. Brought to you by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, the video revisits the team’s trip to Fogo de Chao, takes a look at the team’s locker room at the Miami Dolphins training facility and looks back at the trip through the eyes of Carlo Calabrese (or more accurately, the lens of his GoPro camera). There’s even footage of Troy Niklas pretending to be the Crocodile Hunter.

Now, on to Saturday…

Since FIDM has documented the team since the start of training camp, the crew decided to flip the script at media day. Rather than asking the players the same questions they have probably heard a thousand times, FIDM caught up with various media members to get their thoughts on the 2012 Notre Dame football team. From Pat Forde and Bruce Feldman to Rece Davis and Samantha Ponder, FIDM had the opportunity to talk to many of the biggest names in college football media.

Additionally, FIDM caught up with former Irish quarterback Brady Quinn, who shared his feelings on this year’s Irish team and what it was like to prepare for BCS games.

With many fans and visitors just arriving in Florida, South Beach was the place to be on Saturday night.

An estimated 20,000 fans came out for the Notre Dame pep rally hosted by Mike Golic. Guest speakers included Martin Short, former Irish stars Joe Theismann, Pat Terrell and Tony Rice, as well as legendary Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz.

From the National Mall to Pritzker Pavilion to Library Quad, I’ve seen Notre Dame pep rallies in various locations, but South Beach was definitely the most unique of them all. When you consider the fact that the rally was held two days before the game, and that the football team was not even present, it’s amazing that so many fans attended.

Tomorrow, both head coaches will speak to the media for the final time. Several players will visit the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The Fighting Irish will also gather for the official team photo at Sun Life Stadium.

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