SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Corey Robinson hasn't followed in his dad's footsteps, at least not in terms of the sport he's playing or where he's playing it.
But when Robinson takes the field this Saturday against Navy — where his Hall of Fame father, David, earned the nickname "The Admiral" — there might be a rooting conflict.
"I need to talk to my dad about this, make sure he's wearing my jersey or wearing Notre Dame something as opposed to Navy," Robinson said. "But I think my grandpa, who also served in the Navy, might be wearing Navy. I don't know. There's a lot of Navy happening right now. I need to change that."
Robinson has great respect for the Naval Academy, seeing as he visited there with his father numerous times as a kid and thought about going there until Notre Dame offered him a scholarship. He said his father was relieved a bit when he decided to not go there — "he was telling me horror stories," Robinson said, "I think he was trying to scare me out of it."
Still, those family ties to Navy exist, although Robinson said he's treating Saturday's game like any other.
"I think for my Dad, it means a little more to him," Robinson said. "I'm excited to play Navy. But at the end of the day, we gotta get the win. It doesn't matter who we're playing. I respect them and I respect what they do and I'm excited to go play a school that I wanted to go to for a very long time, that my dad's helped out a lot. But we have to get the 'W.' "