Irish need bowl win in Hawaii to escape mental funk

Brandon Walker wanted to spend the first week of December prepping for finals and thinking of bowl games. But as he walked from study hall to meals, from workouts back to his dorm, Notre Dame’s sophomore kicker kept bumping into two questions. Why is your team still so bad at football? And when is the new coach getting here to fix things?
“Most of the stuff came from people around campus,” Walker said Friday. “They assumed we knew what was going on. When we told them we weren’t exactly positive, they thought we were holding back. So it was kind of tough to hear kids on campus talk like that.”