Quotes from Notre Dame about the Hawaii Bowl

WBST = WBST (TV station)
CST = Chicago Sun-Times

About how they will take the game seriously and not treat it like a vacation, senior captain David Bruton said:
“It’s not just a vacation. It’s a business trip in itself as well. We gotta take care of business first and the free time that we do get, enjoy it. Soak in the sun. Soak in the memories. But when it comes game time or when it’s practice, you gotta take it seriously because we’re not coming there just to end up 6-7.” (WBST)

About how they know UH will be hard to beat in Aloha Stadium, co-captain David Grimes said:
“We know they’re a quality opponent and they’re tough to beat at home. I think their record at home is 22-4 in the last 26 games. So they’re definitely a quality opponent.” (WBST)

About the chance to end the season with a win, Grimes said:
“I think it’s just going out on top. Kind of take that bitter taste out of our mouth that we had this last month, and get the seniors something to be happy about.” (WBST)

About the players preferring the Hawaii Bowl, Bruton said:
“Hawaii fits perfectly in our schedule. You go in right from exams and hit the road and you’re right there. And in football, it’s good for our break. I mean, there’s no interruption in our break as football players. So we get a chance to finish the game early, be able to get home, some of us will get home on Christmas Day. Others may be a little late. And you have this long break, a lot of us who haven’t experienced that yet.” (CST)

About why the players preferred the Hawaii Bowl, co-captain Maurice Crum, Jr. said:
“Just thinking about it, weighing the options kind of the schedule and how it fits, I mean, obviously Hawaii was very attractive to a lot of the players. But it maximizes our break time and it makes it easier to roll into the football game and not put us at a disadvantage versus going home during Christmas and maybe some guys having, oh, man, I gotta go back. Still giving guys an opportunity to get home on Christmas.” (CST)

Asked what were the negatives of the Hawaii Bowl, Crum said:
“It’s leaving so fast. And then for the guys who, for like myself, who have to fly from Hawaii to Florida, it’s an extremely long flight. And I’m probably going to have a layover somewhere. So those are some of the cons. But, again, I think for the team it makes the most sense.” (CST)

About how their missing a bowl last year energizes the team for the Hawaii Bowl, Grimes said:
I definitely agree with what David 2 said. (Laughter) Like coming off last year, we didn’t make it to a Bowl, and I think there was just a lot of guys happy that we’re actually going to a Bowl. And I think there’s even more energy, because Hawaii, nice weather, beautiful women. ” (CST)

Asked what they thought of Hawaii, Crum said:
“I’m really looking forward to it. I’m just looking forward to a good time, and I guess having a really, really close team and going out there, I think it adds to it. We’ll be able to do a lot of things together and have a lot of fun, so I’m just looking forward to a lot of fun.” (CST)

Asked what they thought of Hawaii, Bruton said:
“What little David said, just the women, the sun, the atmosphere in general of Hawaii and just basically living a dream or a fantasy just to go out there.” (CST)

Asked about how it has been a long time since Notre Dame won a bowl game, Bruton said:
“That would be a major accomplishment, especially since mine and David’s class, quote, unquote, the forgotten class or the worst class in Notre Dame history. But it would be great to say we broke that streak along with the fifth-year seniors break that streak and start a new streak in itself.” (CST)

Asked about how their leaders keep the team focused in Hawaii, Bruton said:
“I believe the team is well-prepared and got the mindset right that it’s not just a vacation. It’s a business trip in itself as well. We gotta take care of business first and the free time that we do get, enjoy it. Soak in the sun. Soak in the memory. But when it comes game time or when it’s practice, you gotta take it seriously because we’re not coming there just to end up 6 and 7. We want to be 7 and 6 and springboard off into the right direction.” (CST)

Asked about how their leaders keep the team focused in Hawaii, Crum said:
“I think us going out there right at the finals kind of sends that message to guys and just it will help everyone just distinguish between football to let them know this is what we’re here for first and foremost and it’s our jobs as leaders to make sure that message gets preached.” (CST)

Asked about how their leaders keep the team focused in Hawaii, Grimes said:
“And the parting line, since we found out, has been just to win the Bowl game. And I think secondly is to enjoy a place like Hawaii. But definitely our goal is to win a Bowl game.” (CST)

Asked what they know about the Warriors, Crum said:
“I know there’s a lot of receivers on the field. I’ve seen that much. But, I mean, they did pretty good, was it last night? Saturday night, when they played against Cincinnati, from what I saw, I think they were a pretty good team. And they’re definitely a really good opponent.” (CST)

Asked what they know about the Warriors, Grimes said:
“We also know they’re a quality opponent and they’re tough to beat at home. I think their record at home is 22-4 in the last 26 games. So they’re definitely a quality opponent.” (CST)

Asked if it felt weird to play a Bowl game at somebody else’s home stadium, Crum said:
“Yeah, in a way. When we played in the Sugar Bowl it was close to that, too. But the Hawaii, that is their home, and then they’re really good at home. But I mean for us it’s just like another business trip. We’re going to get on a plane and get ready to go and prepare like we always do and just count on that.” (CST)

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