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No. 5 Notre Dame basks in its unusual home ‘crowd’


FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, fans wait for Notre Dame and Navy to play in an NCAA college football game, in South Bend, Ind. In a quirk this season, No. 5 Notre Dame enjoys a greater home-field advantage than most of its opponents: As of now, the Fighting Irish are slated to play in front of only one crowd bigger than their own, which is limited to about 10,000 people because of the pandemic.


In a normal season, Kurt Hinish probably wouldn’t have been able to hear the students shouting his name from the ninth row of the bleachers at Notre Dame Stadium. But during Notre Dame’s 52-0 rout of South Florida, the senior defensive tackle could.

In the second quarter, Hinish shrugged at their yells and told his teammates he didn’t recognize the students. When their efforts continued into

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