It is now official.
Notre Dame will host USC on October 22, 2011 under the lights in South Bend. For the first time in 21 years, the Irish will play a night game at home.
The last home game at night was in 1990 versus Michigan with Notre Dame defeating the Wolverines 28-24.
Needless to say this is a huge decision for the program and university. There were many level-headed people out there who thought this would never happen again, but it's nice to see it get done.
I'll bring it up again and I think it bears repeating: Brian Kelly is going to push the envelope as hard as he can, and this is just another example of Notre Dame bringing itself completely into the modern college football world.
There will always be certain things Notre Dame can't or won't do in relation to other programs, but this night game (and hopefully some more in the future) is certainly an advantage worth having.
Who's super excited?
In other news, Notre Dame is introducing variable ticket pricing for home games for the first time.
The South Florida, Air Force and Navy games will be the regular $70, while the Michigan State, USC and Boston College games have been increased to $80.
Sophomore running back Cam Roberson suffered a torn LCL and partially torn ACL and will miss the rest of spring ball. His return date is unclear at this point.
Further, senior Anthony McDonald suffered a partially torn pectorial muscle and is also out for the rest of spring practice.
The team welcomed two walk-ons to the program who practiced for the first time on Wednesday: Running back Tyler Plantz from New Lenox, Illinois and wide receiver Ryan Liebscher from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Plantz father played at guard for Notre Dame from 1982 to 1985.
Also, keeping in tune with the uniform survey and results, a few members of the Irish were testing the new Adidas Tech-Fit pants in practice today.
The pants are more form-fitting, lighter (they have no belt) and have been getting positive reviews from the athletes.
If you've seen some pictures floating around on Twitter or elsewhere, do not fret about the color. The players testing the pants are wearing white ones, but they will be gold on Saturday's.
Finally, a bit of a sad note to pass along, as former wide receiver and three-time All-American Jim Seymour has passed away. He was possibly the greatest wide out in school history and he will be missed.
RIP Jim Seymour.