Notre Dame football arrives in Arizona to prepare for the upcoming Fiesta Bowl

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SOUTH BEND, Ind -- The Notre Dame football team arrives to Glendale, Arizona days before their matchup against the 9th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The team touched down in Glendale just after 5 in the evening on Monday and since hitting the sunny pavement, the countdown now officially begins for Marcus Freeman’s first game as the new head coach.

Freeman stepping off the plane for Notre Dame’s sixth fiesta bowl appearance, while making his fourth overall appearance dating back to his Ohio State Buckeye days as a player.

The first time head coach making it a point of emphasis for his players to make the most of this experience and opportunity, as they bring everything together for the first time under the new leadership of arcus Freeman.

"You know understanding the magnitude of this bowl game and how big this is and embracing that. I want our guys to embrace this opportunity. Embrace what this fiesta bowl championship with bring to the university of Notre Dame and I'm excited. I want our guys to be excited and I know they will be but this is still going to come down to execution. It’s still going to come down to taking care of the football, taking the ball away. It’s going to come down to being able to stop the run and being able to run the ball and so those are the field positions. Those are the things that really are going to matter but i wan them to embrace this opportunity. Understand how big this game is and to still make sure they understand the keys of having success," said Head Coach Marcus Freeman.

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