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CSN to replay Notre Dame's triple-OT win vs. Pitt this Wednesday at 8:00p

CSN to replay Notre Dame's triple-OT win vs. Pitt this Wednesday at 8:00p

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO REPLAY NOTRE DAMES TRIPLE-OT WIN vs. PITT WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 8:00 PM

CSN to also carry additional ND Sports feature shows starting at 7pm on Wednesday;
plus a Notre Dame Classic from 98 vs. Michigan on Thursday

Chicago, IL (November 5, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will continue its in-depth college football coverage of the AP & BCS 4-ranked 9-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a replay of this past Saturdays stellar comeback win in triple overtime no less against the visiting Pitt Panthers. CSN will replay this thrilling game on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 PM.

Plus the network will be carrying a pair of Notre Dame sports feature shows prior to the ND-Pitt replay on Wednesday with Irish United: The Story of Notre Dame Womens Soccer at 7:00 PM and Strong of Heart: Profiles of Notre Dame Athletics at 7:30 PM. On Thursday night, fans can also look forward to another airing of Notre Dame Classics featuring a standout match-up against rival Michigan from 1998. Complete details are below.

In addition, fans are also encouraged to visit CSNChicago.com for up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news, game previewsrecaps, interviews and much more from Notre Dame Insider JJ Stankevitz (via Twitter @JJStankevitz), plus fans can also follow the newly-created @IrishTalkCSN Twitter handle for the latest Irish news and updates 247.

Note the following programming details for Comcast SportsNets Notre Dame sports primetime line-up for this Wednesday, November 7:

7:00 PM Irish United: The Story of Notre Dame Womens Soccer

As the 13-5-2 Notre Dame womens soccer team heads to the NCAA Tournament, Comcast SportsNet will air a behind-the-scenes look at the program and how head coach Randy Waldrum prepares his young team, which includes 12 freshmen, for success.

7:30 PM Strong of Heart: Profiles of Notre Dame Athletics

This unique feature story program takes an in-depth look at ND senior linebacker and potential Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Teo, chronicling his rise to fame on the field and the massive community impact he is making off the field. The other story in this half-hour special focuses on Steve Boda, a young man who used Notre Dame football broadcasts to escape the loneliness of an orphanage, who eventually channeled his love for the program to chart every play in ND football history.

8:00 PM Notre Dame vs. Pitt (from Nov. 3, 2012 Fighting Irish win 29-26 in triple-OT)

Down 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter, the Fighting Irish solidified their never-say-die attitude by staging two touchdowns in the fourth quarter thanks to stellar late-game heroics from QB Everett Golson on passes to TJ Jones & Theo Riddick. This wild game had to go into a third overtime session before Golson led the Irish deep into Pitt territory; his game-winning rushing TD kept the ND season perfect at 9-0.

Details for the Notre Dame Classics telecast on Comcast SportsNet airing Thursday, November 8:

7:00 PM September 5, 1998: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (ND wins 36-20)

It was the season opener for both the 24-ranked Fighting Irish and the favored 5-ranked Wolverines, but ND head coach Bob Davie was determined his team could come back in this game to topple defending co-national champion Michigan and their star QB Tom Brady in this classic upset.

Why coming to the Bears was the right opportunity for Harry Hiestand to leave Notre Dame

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Why coming to the Bears was the right opportunity for Harry Hiestand to leave Notre Dame

There wasn’t a single game Harry Hiestand coached while at Notre Dame — 77 in total — in which he didn’t have a future top-20 pick starting at left tackle. 

Zack Martin (16th overall, 2014) was followed by Ronnie Stanley (6th overall, 2016), who gave way to Mike McGlinchey (9th overall, 2018). Hiestand also developed Quenton Nelson, who went on to be the highest interior offensive lineman drafted (6th overall, 2018) since 1986. Nelson and McGlinchey became the first pair of college offensive line teammates to be drafted in the first 10 picks since 1991, when Tennessee had tackles Charles McRae and Antone Davis go seventh and eighth. 

“It wasn’t surprising because the kind of guys they are, they absolutely did everything the right way, the way they took care of themselves, the way they trained, the teammates that they are and were,” Hiestand said. “They just did it all the way you wanted them to do it. So it was. It was a good moment.”

Hiestand said he had a sense of pride after seeing his two former players be drafted so high, even if he wasn't able to re-unite with either of them. The Bears, of course, didn’t have a chance to draft Nelson, and had conviction on using the eighth overall pick on linebacker Roquan Smith (as well as having tackles Charles Leno and Bobby Massie in place for the 2018 season). 

Anecdotally, one former Notre Dame player said (maybe half-jokingly) that Nelson and McGlinchey were fighting each other to see who could get drafted by the Bears to play with Hiestand again.

“There’s nobody that I’ve been around in this game that’s more passionate about what he does,” McGlinchey, now with the San Francisco 49ers, said of Hiestand at Notre Dame’s pro day in March. “There’s really only two things that are important to him, and that’s his family and then his offensive linemen. There’s a lot to be said for that. 

“In this game, everybody’s always trying to work an angle to up their own career — he doesn’t want to do anything but coach O-line, and that’s what really sticks out to us as players. He cares for us like we’re his own. Obviously he coaches extremely hard and is very demanding of his players, which I loved — he pushed me to be the player that I am.

“I’m standing in front of all you guys because of Harry Hiestand. But the amount of passion and care that he has not only for his job but his teaching abilities and his players is what sets him apart.”

Hiestand could’ve stayed as long as he wanted at Notre Dame, presumably, given how much success he had recruiting and developing players there. But six years at one spot is a long time for a position coach, especially at the college level, where the grind of recruiting is so vital to the success of a program. It’s also not like every one of the blue-chip prospects Hiestand recruited to South Bend panned out, either. 

So Hiestand knew he wanted to get back to the NFL after coaching with the Bears under Lovie Smith from 2005-2009. It’s a new challenge for him now, not only to develop second-round pick James Daniels but to continue the growth of Cody Whitehair and Leno while getting the most out of Kyle Long, Massie and the rest of the group (back during his first stint with the Bears, Hiestand had the luxury of coaching experienced, more ready-made offensive lines). 

As one of the more highly-regarded offensive line coaches in the country, though, Hiestand could’ve jumped back into the NFL whenever, and nearly wherever, he wanted. And for him, coming back to the Bears was the perfect fit. 

“That’s an awesome, awesome place, a great franchise,” Hiestand said. “It was something, I always wanted to go back, I didn’t know where I would get the opportunity. So I’m just very fortunate it just happened to be back at the same place that I was before. There are a lot of things that are different but there’s also a lot that’s the same. 

“But it’s one of the — it is the greatest organization. Historically, this is where it all began, and being part of it — and the other thing, and I told those guys when I got here, when we get it done here, you guys are going to see this city like you’ve never seen it. And I remember that. That’s what we’re after.” 

On a scale of 1-10, Tarik Cohen says his dangerous level is 12

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On a scale of 1-10, Tarik Cohen says his dangerous level is 12

Don't be fooled by Tarik Cohen's height. He has towering confidence and he's setting up to have a big role in coach Matt Nagy's offense in 2018.

“On a scale of 1-10, the dangerous level is probably 12,” Cohen said Wednesday at Halas Hall about the impact he can have in the Bears' new system. “Because in backyard football, it’s really anything goes, and it’s really whoever gets tired first, that’s who’s going to lose. I’m running around pretty good out here, so I feel like I’m doing a good job.”

Cohen proved last season he can thrive in space. He made an impact as a runner, receiver and return man and will have a chance at an even bigger workload this fall, assuming he can handle it.

With Jordan Howard established as the starting running back, Cohen knows his touches will come in a variety of ways.

“It might not necessarily be rushes,” he said. “But it’s going to be all over the field, and that’s what I like to do. Any way I can get the ball or make a play for my team, that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”

Cohen averaged 4.3 yards-per-carry as a rookie and led all NFL running backs in the percentage of carries that went for at least 15 yards. He's a big play waiting to happen.