John Heisler | October 7, 2016
The coffee slowly percolated in the ballroom of the Marriott Glenpointe in Teaneck, New Jersey.
By 7:30 a.m. several Notre Dame football staffers sat down for continental breakfast and a look at the New York Post in which yet another Donald Trump headline screamed from the front page.
It was overcast and 60 degrees outside—and kickoff loomed barely four hours away.
A few Irish players wandered into the Notre Dame team area, as student managers tested a speaker so music could be played during the pregame meal.
By 8:20 a.m. even more players in their warmup gear filtered into the side hallway where the position meeting rooms sat side by side.