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Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly has tried to evade speculation that he could be a candidate for the job, saying Tuesday he is focused his team's game against No. 14 Pittsburgh on Saturday. TCU coach Gary Patterson was close to a contract extension, a person with direct knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.
Weis let the school know Tuesday that he plans to attend the team banquet on Friday. He has not spoken to the entire team since immediately after the Irish were beaten 45-38 at Stanford on Saturday night. The banquet, usually open to the public, will be private with only players, coaches, staff and family in attendance. The school did the same thing when Tyrone Willingham was fired five years ago.
Notre Dame also must decide whether it wants to go to a minor bowl game. Safety Kyle McCarthy, one of the captains, said team leaders will let Swarbrick know the players' feelings later this week.
"We're not going to go play in a game if 10 guys want to play and 70 guys don't. The only way we're going to do it is if we're full force ahead," he said. "We're going to talk to the team this week and decide."
University spokesman John Heisler said the decision on whether to go to a bowl will not be based solely on what players want, saying other factors are involved.
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