Sea­son of giv­ing strikes the Ir­ish

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORT THURSDAY - By Matt Murschel

With Santa and Mrs. Claus by his side, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly spread some hol­i­day cheer of his own when he awarded walk-ons Mick As­saf and Colin Grun­hard schol­ar­ships Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the team ho­tel.

Kelly called the pair for­ward in front of the team to present them with wrapped gifts. They opened them to re­veal a card that read schol­ar­ship. Team­mates rushed for­ward to cel­e­brate with As­saf, a backup run­ning back, and Grun­hard, a backup cen­ter.

The emo­tional cel­e­bra­tion was cap­tured on video and shared on the foot­ball team’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts.

“Two guys that have worked re­ally hard in our pro­gram,” Kelly said Wed­nes­day ahead of Camp­ing World Bowl prac­tice in Orlando. “We have a pe­riod here where we have a cou­ple of schol­ar­ships for the se­mes­ter, so we were able to pro­vide some aide for the rest of the aca­demic year.”


Notre Dame quar­ter­back Ian Book warms up Wed­nes­day as the Fight­ing Ir­ish pre­pare to take on Iowa State in the Camp­ing World Bowl on Satur­day.

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