University of Notre Dame researchers have been studying the behavior of male and female elephants in the wild in Kenya. Research that hopefully will lead to saving a population that has dwindled from 700,000 in 1990 to 360,000 today. Here's the story.
A letter signed by legendary Notre Dame head football coach Knute Rockne was brought to the TV show Pawn Stars. The letter's date was March 13, 1931 -- eighteen days before he died. You'll enjoy the contents of the letter and the negotiation!
Former University of Notre Dame football captain, Harrison Smith -- "made some money" today with his performance in front of the NFL scouts in Indianapolis at the SCOUTING COMBINE. Draft "experts" were even talkin' Harrison might have jumped into the FIRST ROUND today!!!
Here's what I've found for ND fans about Harrison's day with the NFL:
Knute Rockne started boxing at Notre Dame back in the 20's -- however, the Bengal Bouts got their 'official' start in 1931 on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. This 82 year-old tradition (which is uniquely Notre Dame) raises money for the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh.
Tonight -- at the north dome of the Joyce Athletic Center -- members of the Notre Dame Boxing Club will square off in Semi-Final action for the right to compete for a Bengal Bouts Championship this Saturday night in the Purcell Pavillion.
If you haven't been -- it's something you must see!
Folks, Michael Floyd's performance yesterday at the NFL SCOUTING COMBINE -- may prove to be a life-changer for this young man from the University of Notre Dame. Just as Coach Kelly and the University's decision to give him a "mulligan" was, this past season, after his DUI arrest.
Some draft experts think Michael may have worked his way up to a TOP TEN pick in May's 2012 NFL DRAFT. That would be worth $ MILLIONS to Michael -- with the new NFL Rookie Wage Scale in play.
The NFL Rookie Wage Scale -- which was passed last July, has capped the amount a team can pay a rookie over the first four years of their contract. Here's how the wage scale works:
Top Ten Draft Picks: Will be paid the AVERAGE of the top ten "highest paid" players at their position.
Picks 11 - 32: Will be paid the AVERAGE of the third to twenty-fifth "highest paid" players at their position.
Here's a link to a number of videos produced by the NFL Network yesterday of Michael's day in Indianapolis -- along with links to the media's reaction. I'm very happy for this Notre Dame Man and his MOM!
Looks like the programming folks in Bristol, CT have got their IRISH up!
Tonight, Notre Dame basketball fans will be treated to a "doubleheader" beginning at 7 PM ET, when Mike Brey's #20 Fightin' Irish will take on #11 Georgetown, on the road on ESPN. Notre Dame needs to win this game to remain in sole possession of third place in the Big East.
Then at 9 PM ET, Muffet McGraw's #3 Fightin' Irish will take on #2 UCONN (also on the road) -- this game will air on ESPN2. With a win tonight -- Notre Dame will win their first "outright" Big East Women's Basketball Championship. Big game for the Irish!
You can't beat this for a night of television for NOTRE DAME FANS!
Then, if you're still awake around 11 PM -- you can switch over to FOX to see the finish to the DAYTONA 500 -- if the rain stops in Florida.
College football's leaders met this past week in Dallas to talk about the future of college football. What resulted is talk of a four-team "playoff" for the National Championship -- and fewer bowl games for the 2014 season. Here's a link to the New York Times story:
Notre Dame QB, Gunner Kiel "tweeted" this photo today of his locker name plate in the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. He'll be wearing uniform #1 when the Irish run into Notre Dame Stadium -- 55 DAYS FROM TODAY -- on April 21 for the Blue Gold Game.
The family of former Notre Dame All-American Dave Duerson filed suit this past week against the National Football League claiming the NFL did not do enough to prevent or treat concussions that severely damaged their Dad's brain.
Two-time Super Bowl Champion and former Notre Dame All-American, Justin Tuck '04 -- is seen here in a photo he "tweeted" this morning from Pit Lane at the Daytona 500. Justin is standing next to his teammate Osi Umenyiora.
Notre Dame's Michael Floyd put on a show this morning running a 4.42 forty-yard dash in Indianapolis at the NFL's Scouting Combine. Here's a link to video of Michael's forty along with a link to his results and a Sporting News story where they're talking about Floyd possibly become a top ten pick now!
The University of Notre Dame's biology department is also home for the Great Lakes aquatics species director for the Nature Conservancy, Lindsay Chadderton.
Chadderton and crew will be using "seismic guns" to clear rusty crayfish and round gobies (photo above) from spawning reefs in the Grand Traverse Bay where they eat fish eggs. These seismic guns are a little 'over my head' -- so, you'll want to read the South Bend Tribune story.
The University of Notre Dame's 2012 Sullivan Prize was awarded yesterday to Mark Brazaitis, director of the Creative Writing Program at West Virginia University -- for his collection of stories called "The Incurables."
Brazaitis wins some cash -- but more importantly his stories will be published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
The University of Notre Dame's Taylor Dever is one of six DOMERS down in Indianapolis this weekend performing in front of all 32 NFL Teams at their annual SCOUTING COMBINE. Showing off his athletic ability -- Taylor finished fourth in the three-cone drill. Here's Taylor's results in the other tests:
Muffet's four person senior class (Photo L to R: Devereaux Peters, Fraderica Miller, Natalie Novosel and Brittany Mallory) are playing their last "regular season" game at Purcell Pavillion today. Irish fans can watch this game and the ceremony that follows -- LIVE on the web. Game starts at 2 PM ET!
What's it going to take for the media to give our FIGHTING IRISH the respect they have earned?
Only one team in America has FIVE WINS over top-20 ranked teams (at the time they played): #20 Notre Dame
#17 Louisville, who Notre Dame beat at Louisville -- and is in seventh place in the Big East (ND is in third) is ranked AHEAD of #20 Notre Dame
#10 Marquette, who Notre Dame beat -- and like Notre Dame has three losses in the Big East -- is ranked ahead of #20 Notre Dame
#9 Georgetown, who is in fourth place in the Big East -- is ranked AHEAD of the third place team in the Big East #20 Notre Dame
#11 Michigan, #13 Baylor and #15 Florida State -- all THIRD PLACE teams (like Notre Dame) in their respective conferences are all ranked AHEAD of #20 Notre Dame. Yet, Notre Dame plays in what is widely regarded as the BEST CONFERENCE in basketball...
Media bias (?) you be the judge. Just keep WINNING -- the media will have no choice but to give the IRISH the respect they deserve.
Marquette University's Buzz Williams almost caused a mini-riot after their 61 - 60 victory over West Virginia in Morgantown last night -- when he did a "victory dance" at center court. Probably not the right thing to do -- which he admitted later. Here's the video:
Ever since the University of Southern California failed to take the path of admitting WRONG to their failure to control the benefits flowing to Reggie Bush and family -- and the subsequent NCAA penalties...
Schools are now "turning themselves in" for their transgressions -- in hopes the NCAA will go easy on them...
Yesterday, Oregon joined that list. Chip Kelly's staff got caught giving a recruiting service a $25,000 bonus for the commitment of a highly rated running back. What will the NCAA do?
The NFL has descended on Indianapolis for the next few days as more than three hundred of the top college football players (who are "draft eligible") will perform in front of every NFL Team at the annual SCOUTING COMBINE.
Over the weekend, the ND GO IRISH BLOG will track how six of our former players are doing pursuing the next chapter of their lives. Enjoy!
The University of Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study will be hosting a global conference on the nature of TRUTH. Leading TRUTH experts will be coming to campus April 12 - 14. Should be quite a conversation -- I wonder how you'll know if anyone is not "telling the truth."
Lawrence G. Lenke, MD '82 was named Chief of Spinal Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Lenke will be heading up one of the finest spinal surgery units in the world. Congratulations Larry!
To rid the Great Lakes of invasive species -- zebra mussels, spiny water fleas, etc., -- researchers at the University of Notre Dame have pegged the investment at $200 million to protect the $7 billion fishery. The photo above is of zebra mussels.
Found this great article today about recent Notre Dame grad Greg Klazura making the MLS' Vancouver Whitecaps. Notre Dame fans will enjoy reading this story! That's a photo of Greg in the blue jersey...
The University of Notre Dame and St. Joseph County Parks have reached an agreement to turn 28 acres of underdeveloped land in St. Patrick's County Park (sounds like the perfect name for a park...) into an environmental research and education facility.
The facility will be called the Notre Dame Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND LEEF) at St. Patrick's County Park. The University will be monitoring the effects of climate change, land use and invasive species in different ecosystems -- specifically water sources.
The University of Notre Dame is making a $1 million investment in this project.
ND LEEF will be using cutting-edge sensor technology so students and researchers can monitor experiments in real-time. No time for sleep!
A former Notre Dame QB -- that some believe would have been a perfect fit for Brian Kelly's offense -- Jarious Jackson, signed a two-year contract today with the Toronoto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Jackson, who starred at QB for the Irish back in 1998 & 1999 -- is 34 years old and still playing the game!
I have to admit, I completely forgot that Jarious was still in professional football. Quite an accomplishment!
For the first time in school history -- the Notre Dame men's basketball team has won nine straight Big East basketball games. Mike Brey's #18 ranked Fighting Irish held the West Virginia Mountaineers to only SIXTEEN POINTS in the second half -- routing Huggin's boys 71 - 44.
What looked like a game at the half -- the Irish only led by two (30 - 28) -- was over, ten minutes later.
It's a good sign for Notre Dame basketball that late in February -- ESPN sends its "A TEAM" to televise your game. Tonight Mike Brey's Fighting Irish take on Bob Huggins and his West Virginia Mountaineers in front of a national TV audience. ESPN2 will carry the game LIVE beginning at 7 PM ET.
Notre Dame fans will recall the Irish came from behind late in the game to win at Morgantown a couple of weeks ago -- should be a great ballgame.
Former Notre Dame All-American QB Brady Quinn is the subject of a GQ magazine story that has the sports world "buzzing" this evening. Apparently, Brady said some negative things about his Denver Broncos' teammate Tim Tebow -- words that Quinn is now claiming were an "inaccurate portrayal of my comments."
I guess you can't rip on a QB that had a 46% completion percentage and a QB rating of 72.9 -- which was the 28th lowest QB rating in the NFL of the 34 QB's who played enough downs this past season to qualify -- WHEN YOU ARE HIS BACK-UP!
America's top "unsigned" high school prep star, Davonte Neal, will be making his college choice this morning LIVE on FoxSports Arizona. FoxSports' coverage begins at 11 AM ET -- with Neal's announcement expected around 11:30 AM ET.
The Chaparral High School (Scottsdale, AZ) star decided to make this announcement from the elementary school he attended; Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary.
The four finalists in the Davonte Neal sweepstakes are; Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina and the University of Notre Dame. Most feel it will be a choice between the home state Arizona Wildcats and our Fighting Irish. TUNE IN!!!
The top "unsigned" high school football prospect in the country -- Davonte Neal -- makes his announcement tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM MST. It's apparently a four team race: Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina and the University of Notre Dame.
Just 30 minutes ago the folks at the Tucson Citizen published a story where they're predicting Davonte will commit to the IRISH in the morning! Here's hoping they're right!
If you haven't seen Davonte Neal's recruiting video -- YOU MUST -- he would be the closest thing to Rocket Ismail (in a GOLD HELMET) in the last twenty years.
Notre Dame's Men's Team won the Big East Indoor Track & Field Championships today -- with the Atkinson twins playing a major role. George Atkinson took 3rd in the 200 meters and 9th in the 60 meters while brother Josh took 5th in the 60 meters and 6th in the 200 Meters.
Notre Dame won three events: Patrick Feeney (Indianapolis, IN) won the 400 meters, Jeremy Rae (Fort Erie, ONT) won the Mile and Kevin Schipper (Leo, IN) won the pole vault! CONGRATULATIONS IRISH!