Friday, July 10, 2020

Media Questions: Notre Dame's Independence


I love that this is the subject of the last 36 hours -- the talk is Notre Dame Football -- not the fact that conferences are making major decisions about football and their fall sports...


LINK:  SPORTING NEWS STORY

LINK:  SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

LINK:  NBC SPORTS

Haters Are Going To Hate -- I Love This!



The former Heisman Trophy winner does not hide his distaste for our Fighting Irish...

Niele Ivey Interviewed by NPR Radio Today


Drue Tranquill's "Hear Me Out" Episode #2


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Heaven Got A Good One Yesterday Afternoon



Beth Holtz, wife of legendary Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz -- left for Heaven yesterday afternoon, after a long battle with cancer...

Monday, June 29, 2020

From the Vault: Navigating Your Finances...



Four members of the Notre Dame family recently talked about the financial markets, the ND Investment Office's investment strategy, etc.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Lou Holtz Inducted Into Willam & Mary HOF



Even though he always says "I had more Mary's than William's" -- when talking about coaching their football team...

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Vault: Ara Parseghian Pitching Ford Cars



This took place just a few months after his Fighting Irish beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship!

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Domer Bryant Young Elected to 49ers HOF!



The former Notre Dame All-American was a fixture at defensive tackle in San Francisco -- playing his entire career 14-year career for the 49ers.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame should be the next to call!

LINK:  STORY

Monday, June 22, 2020

Just One Player Tests Positive for Covid-19


Here's the statement the Notre Dame Football team released on Monday afternoon...

To increase the size of the statement above -- click on it!

Recap Video of Unity Walk at Notre Dame...


Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day to This Notre Dame Dad...



In six weeks or so, John & Ingrid Harbaugh will begin sharing their only child, Allison -- with the University of Notre Dame...

You'll enjoy the video above -- and the story below.

Happy Father's Day to all of the Dad's!

LINK:  HARBAUGH

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Notre Dame Religious Liberty Clinic's Leader



It was announced on Wednesday that Stephanie Barclay -- a former member of the faculty at BYU's Law School -- would be leading the newly formed Notre Dame Religious Liberty Clinic.

Stephanie will spend this next year at Notre Dame getting the Clinic up and running and then will head to Washington, D.C. for the fall semester of 2021 to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Monday, June 15, 2020

The New Home for Holy Cross at Notre Dame


The members of the Holy Cross Congregation will be moving into their new home -- next month...

Just click on the images above to enlarge -- they are pano shots

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The New View of Notre Dame from Eddy Street


I live a block off of Eddy Street -- so for the better part of the last two-three years, we've seen the "back side" of all of the construction...

The top photo is the view from just "north" of the new Robinson Center -- back up Eddy Street towards the Notre Dame campus.

The bottom photo is the view from the same spot on Eddy Street (now looking east) towards our Triangle Neighborhood.


This image is from the corner -- right across the street from Brother's Bar & Grill -- looking south down the new development on Eddy Street...


These two photos are new additions to the Eddy Street Development -- the top photo is a park area, right across the street from Brother's Bar & Grill (looking south).  The bottom photo is of a Dog Park that is being constructed just down the block from Brother's -- down Napolean Street at the corner of Georgiana Street.


Just click on the images above to enlarge.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Reds Draft Notre Dame PItcher in 5th Round

His name is Joe Boyle and he's a 6'-7" reliever, who gets it to the plate in a hurry...

Boyle is the 120th baseball player in Notre Dame history to be taken in the Major League Baseball Draft.

It will be interesting to see if Boyle returns for his senior season with the Fighting Irish -- or, signs a contract with the Cincinnati Reds.



LINK:  SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

In-Person Classes -- Just 59 Days Away!



Notre Dame's Fall Semester begins on August 10th -- just 59 days from today!

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Packers' GM States ND vs. WIS at Lambeau...


Is still on -- despite reports in the past week to the contrary...

LINK:  STORY

Saturday, June 6, 2020

OT: Purdue Announces Football Capacity...


It looks like they will limit their crowd to approximately 15,000 per game...

LINK:  STORY

Marcus Cole Is My Friend -- Please Read This


The University of Notre Dame appointed Marcus Cole as the Dean of its Law School this past July 1st. 

I will tell you this about my friend Marcus -- he's twice the human being that I will ever be.  This is a very special person -- who arrived at Notre Dame at the perfect time to address a moment like this.

I hope you'll have the honor of crossing his path someday...

Please read this essay that Marcus shared with the Notre Dame Law School faculty.

I am George Floyd. Except, I can breathe. And I can do something.
by G. Marcus Cole

Over the past several days, I have received numerous messages of care and support from friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, each of whom simply wanted to express their concern for how I might be feeling in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. For many, I am perhaps one of the only African-American men in their social or business circles. Others, especially those who know me well, are cognizant of my own personal experiences with racial violence. Their expressions of love and support are rooted in the fact that the circumstances surrounding the deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery are strikingly similar to my own accounts of an attack on my father over fifty years ago, one I witnessed as a little boy. What my friends may not know, but surely suspect, is that each report of racial violence at the hands of a police officer or group of men brings to the surface the vivid memories of that terrible night.

On a hot summer Friday evening, my little sister asked my parents for strawberries. We lived in a predominantly Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and so all of the stores were closed. But my sister wanted strawberries, and my father wanted to get them for her. So, he loaded me, my sister, and my baby brother into the back seat of our car, and drove to another neighborhood to get strawberries. As we returned home, my father noticed that we were being followed by another car. Suddenly, that other car swerved in front of us and stopped, forcing our car to halt at the curb. In an instant, three white men, all in their twenties, jumped out of their car and rushed to ours. They dragged my father out of the car, and began to beat him with tire irons, a crow bar, and a baseball bat. They did this in full view of his three little children. When neighbors came out, the three men jumped back into their car and sped off, leaving my father for dead on the hood of our car. I can still see his hand reaching for me against the windshield covered with his blood.

While my father survived that night, he lived the rest of his life with a surgically reconstructed eye socket, complete with a plate in his face that set off metal detectors. But his were not the only scars that those men left. If it were not for our neighbors, I often wonder whether my little sister, baby brother and I would have survived that night. I often think about my failure to remember the license plate number when asked by the police. And while I can still see the taillights of the car through that bloody windshield, I know that those men will never have to answer for what they did to us. At least not in this life.

It would be one thing if I could have been assured then, or even now, that such a thing could never happen again. My own experience proves that it can.

As an African-American man, I have had the experience of being pulled over by a police officer, with no apparent or expressed reason for the stop. I have been berated and verbally abused, without receiving a ticket or a warning. The most scarring of these events occurred in front of my two little boys, who are now grown, African-American men themselves. The police officer was intent on nothing more than humiliating and emasculating me in front of my small children, hoping to provoke me to respond. At that moment, I remember thinking that the most important thing I could do for my sons was to survive the encounter. Still, I have often thought about what lasting scars may have cut into their psyche by watching what that officer did to me that night. I often wonder what my sons think of me, as a man, and as their protector, knowing that I could not fight back.

Yes, I am alive, and George Floyd is dead. I can breathe; he cannot. But just because a police officer did not murder me or my children does not mean that he did not harm us.

Like many African-American men, my experiences are far too common. While they have never left me, these memories are all too frequently brought back to the surface by watching the videos that have become routine on American televisions and mobile telephones. The callous murders of unarmed men like Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd are real for me. That could have been my father. That could have been me. That could be either one of my sons. And in a very real sense, like many other African-American men, I am George Floyd. Except, I can breathe. And I can do something. I must do something.

While my education and position do not grant me immunity from racial violence, they do place me in a position to do something about it.  

I am a lawyer, a law professor, and Dean of one of the nation’s leading law schools. As the Dean of Notre Dame Law School, I have a special allegiance to the legacy of Father Theodore Hesburgh. In addition to his role as the longtime President of the University of Notre Dame, Father Hesburgh was the Chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. When his stance for social justice caused President Richard Nixon to demand his resignation from the Commission, Father Hesburgh continued his efforts by founding the Center for Civil Rights at Notre Dame Law School. Early in its existence, the Center broadened its advocacy to International Human Rights. Today, Notre Dame Law School equips lawyers from all around the world with the training and tools they need to fight for human rights. The murder of George Floyd has shown us that we must also cast our gaze closer to home.

It is urgent that we recognize that human rights are under threat all around the world, including here in the United States. This reality must be acknowledged, and addressed. To do so, I want to restore Father Hesburgh’s original vision for Notre Dame Law School by taking three steps.

First, I will work with my faculty colleagues at Notre Dame to restore Father Hesburgh’s vision for our Master of Laws in Human Rights. This program will continue to train lawyers from around the world, and also lawyers interested in advancing the fight for human rights here in the United States. We will fully fund students selected to train at Notre Dame Law School for a career defending civil and human rights in the United States, in the same way that we do for those training to defend human rights in other countries.

Second, I will work with Notre Dame faculty, alumni, and benefactors to fully fund fellowships for, and actively recruit, exceptional applicants for our Juris Doctor program committed to the cause of civil rights. Our goal will be to provide Notre Dame lawyers for every community in this country to stand vigilant against violations of civil and human rights, wherever those threats might arise.

Third, I will ask the Notre Dame Law School faculty to establish a new Exoneration Law Clinic, aimed at releasing from the criminal justice system those who are victims of prosecutorial or police misconduct. We will return fathers and mothers to their sons and daughters, particularly when their only “crime” was to be born the wrong color.
These are things that I, in my position, can do. But it is not enough. I cannot do this alone. Each of us must do what we can, wherever we are.

One thing that each and every one of us can do is to end the cycle of hate by ending the separation that leads to it. This racial separation and violence will not end until we stop waiting for African-Americans to enter our circles. Each of us needs to get to know people who differ from us. We must all make a conscious decision and effort to expand our circles.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in King Chapel at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Oct. 15, 1962.  He said, I am convinced that men hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they don’t communicate with each other, and they don’t communicate with each other because they are separated from each other.  

Each one of us can choose to finally end hate, by ending this separation. We must do something. This is something each one of us can do.  

I am committed to doing three things to change this world for the better. Please join me. What three things can you do to make this world a better place? How can I help you?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Ian Book -- Athlon Sports Magazine's Cover!


This is why you play QB for Notre Dame -- you excel and you're on the cover of magazines on newsstands in college towns like Columbus, OH...

Thanks to Jerry Kennedy (Columbus, OH) for sharing this photo...

THE FIGHT: A Love Song to Ireland


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Notre Dame to Play First Ever Game Here!



Here's a link to today's announcement on Notre Dame's game vs. the Naval Academy.  This will be the first time a Notre Dame football team will play a game in Annapolis, MD.

LINK:  ANNOUNCEMENT

LINK:  INFO ON STADIUM

Domer Kevin Warren Talks Big Ten Football



The Notre Dame Law School alum is in his first year as Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference...

Monday, June 1, 2020

Domer Storm Interviews Domer Brianna Turner


Digger Talks Recruiting Hannah Storm to ND...



Hannah Storm (ESPN fame) received a recruiting pitch from Digger Phelps -- as a favor for Hannah's Dad -- Mike Storen, who was concerned she might go to another top college...

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Notre Dame 2020 Grad Surprised by Family!


My friend Brandon Hardy '20 -- sent me this photo this evening of what his family surprised him with today in Atlanta.  Most will know who Brandon is when you see this photo below.


Brandon will be going to work for LINKEDIN -- next month on the west coast.

Very proud of this young man!

click on photos to enlarge

LINK:  BRANDON HARDY

Replay: Making of the Fighting Irish of ND Y'all


Friday, May 29, 2020

ND Hoops' D.C. Connection Started With Him...


The University of Notre Dame's Men's Basketball program has had a pipeline of talented players hailing from the Washington D.C. area -- for many a year...

It all started with a guy by the name of Bob Whitmore.  Bob, who scored the fist ever basket in Purcell Pavilion -- died this past week, after a 20 year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Here's a wonderful Washington Post story about Whitmore and his legacy...

LINK:  BOB WHITMORE

Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Great Story Involving Former ND BB Coach



This is a classic story -- LSU pitcher Todd Peterson, had never stepped to the plate since a game in 8th grade...

He had told his coach, former Notre Dame baseball coach Paul Manieri -- that he was a great hitter in high school.

You'll want to watch this in its entirety.

OT: Jim Harbaugh Talks Impact of COVID-19


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Rocket Being Rocket -- His 1st TD Catch...



Notre Dame legend Rocket Ismail -- shared a story about his first touchdown catch with the Fighting Irish...

You'll enjoy this -- and Coach Holtz's response.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Broadcast Schedule for Today's -- THE FIGHT


THE FIGHT will be LIVE today from 2 PM ET --- 10 PM ET -- here's a few of the highlights along with the complete schedule.

Watch it LIVE exclusively online at:  go.nd.edu/thefight


SOME OF OUR GUESTS ON THE BROADCAST
  • Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood -- Country Music legends
  • Brian Kelly -- Head Football Coach
  • Trey Mancini -- Baltimore Oriole's All-Star outfielder 
  • ND Folk Choir -- performance
  • Chloe Agnew -- from Celtic Woman performs
  • Jack Swarbrick -- Director of Athletics
  • Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. -- Notre Dame's President
  • Mike Brey -- Men's Head Basketball Coach
  • Pat Connaughton -- Milwaukee Bucks
  • Notre Dame Glee Club -- performance
  • Chicago Cast of Hamilton -- performance
  • Niele Ivey -- Women's Head Basketball Coach
  • Terry Hanratty -- Legendary Notre Dame QB
  • Ian Book -- Notre Dame QB1

Click on the upper right corner of Schedule to scroll down...

Sunday, May 10, 2020

How My Dad Honors My Mom on Mother's Day


My parents divorced my senior year in college.  Ever since my Mom's passing (June 2012), my Dad has made a point of stopping by her grave site on Mother's Day to honor her.  Today was no exception.

Mom -- thank you for loving Jay and me.  We miss your presence in our life.

Dad -- thank for doing this for our Mom, it means more than you'll ever know.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

OT: Phillip Rivers Accepts HS Coaching Gig!



Here is yesterday's announcement that Phillip Rivers will become the head football coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, AL -- after his NFL playing days are over.  Have to imagine enrollment's going to rise at this school...

Onward and Upward! from St. Michael Catholic High School on Vimeo.

Friday, May 8, 2020

THE FIGHT: Broadcast Schedule -- Tuesday!



Just scroll down on the PDF above to see the broadcast times for this 8 hour-broadcast.

The fun begins Tuesday, May 12th at 2 PM ET and runs to 10 PM ET

Domer Mike Storen '57 Leaves For Heaven!


Yes, he was the proud father of ESPN's Hannah Storm -- but this Notre Dame alum was a player in the sports industry for years...

LINK:  MIKE STOREN

Friday, May 1, 2020

Indiana's FIVE STEP PLAN to Get Back...


Indiana's Governor Holcomb just announced the state's BACK ON TRACK plan...

Here are the highlights:


STAGE TWO:  Begins Monday, May 4th  (all but Cass, Marion & Lake counties)
  • Hoosiers 65 & over should remain at home
  • Recommended that Hoosiers wear face masks in public
  • Gatherings of up to 25 will be allowed -- with social distancing being practiced
  • Essential travel ban lifted
  • Encouraging remote work continues
  • Restaurants & bars that serve food can open at 50% capacity
  • Malls can open at 50% capacity -- as will some Retail categories
  • Religious services -- can open on May 8th

STAGE THREE:  Begins May 24th
  • Hoosiers 65 & over can begin limited exposure to others
  • Face masks continue to used in public
  • Gatherings of up to 100 will be allowed -- with social distancing being practiced
  • No travel restrictions
  • Retail capacity can go to 75%
  • Gyms, fitness centers, pools -- may reopen with some CDC guidelines in place
  • Bars and Nightclubs -- remain closed

STAGE FOUR:  Begins June 14th 
  • Hoosiers 65 & over should remain cautious with public exposure
  • Face mask are optional
  • Gatherings of up to 250 will be allowed -- with social distancing being practiced
  • Malls are open at FULL capacity
  • Bars and Nightclubs can open at 50% capacity
  • Restaurant dining rooms open at 75% capacity
  • Recreational sports and tournaments can begin
  • Amusement parks can open at 50% capacity
  • Large sports and entertainment venues still closed -- as well as festivals, conventions, parades, etc.

STAGE FIVE:   Begins July 4th
  • Hoosiers 65 & over should continue social distancing habits
  • Face masks are optional
  • Gatherings of OVER 250 people may begin -- provided they are following CDC guidelines
  • Restaurants and Bars -- back to full capacity
  • Amusement parks are open to full capacity

No word on when venues like Notre Dame Stadium will be approved to re-open...

Here's the full list of guidelines:


LINK:  STAGES TO GET BACK ON TRACK

ACC Network Interviews Coach Niele Ivey


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Niele Ivey's Introduction to the Team's Alumnae

Monday, April 27, 2020

It's Muffet McGraw Monday Today on ESPNU


From Noon ET to Midnight ET -- ESPNU will replay six (6) of Notre Dame Women's Basketball games during Muffet's career:
  • NOON ET:  ND vs. UCONN -- 2012 Final Four
  • 2 PM ET:  ND vs. UCONN -- 2013 Season
  • 4 PM ET:  ND vs. South Carolina -- 2015 Final Four
  • 6 PM ET:  ND vs. UCONN -- 2018 Final Four
  • 8 PM ET:  ND vs. Mississippi State -- 2018 National Championship
  • 10 PM ET:  Muffet's Last Home Game at Notre Dame 2020

Check it all out on ESPNU.

McGlinchey Voices Over Staley Tribute Video



Former Notre Dame football captain, Mike McGlinchey -- played just two seasons with 49ers left tackle Joe Staley -- however, their friendship will last forever...

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Cole Kmet's Home Town Celebrates NFL Draft

No College Has Sent More Players to the NFL!

Notre Dame -- NFL Free Agent Tracker






 
 
 
 
 

Khalid Kareem's First NFL Media Session





Bengals's GM talks with media about Khalid Kareem...

Troy Pride Jr.'s First NFL Press Sessions



Alohi Gilman Drafted by LA Chargers!


The former Notre Dame safety was just selected by the "Los Angeles Fighting Irish" -- AKA the Los Angeles Chargers!

He'll join a roster with these former Notre Dame teammates:  Isaac Rochell, Jerry Tillery and Drue Tranquill.

Congrats Alohi!