Saturday, May 30, 2015

Lou Holtz's Speech at Franciscan University



Lou Holtz's speech to graduates at Franciscan University in Stuebenville.

ND Day 2015: Demetrius Jackson & Family



Here's Digger Phelps interviewing Notre Dame basketball star Demetrius Jackson and his foster parents...

Friday, May 29, 2015

NDDAY 2015: Bon Jovi, Collinsworth & Digger



Thought you'd enjoy this from Notre Dame Day 2015.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Golson's First Interview Since Transfer to FSU


Everett Golson '15, took some questions from Fox Sport's Bruce Feldman in San Diego at the George Whitfield compound -- where he's training with current ND wide receiver Amir Carlisle...

LINK:  GOLSON TALKS

100 Days From the "Zaire Era" at Notre Dame!


Here's Malik putting "THE HEISMAN" on LSU in the Music City Bowl -- his first start as the Notre Dame Quarterback.

Start #2 against Texas is 100 days away!

Can't wait!

"The Answer" Was Headed to Notre Dame...


An arrest, when he was 17 years-old -- apparently kept Allen Iverson from realizing his dream of becoming the QB at Notre Dame...

LINK:  "I LOVE THAT GOLD HELMET..."

Perfection TIMES SEVENTEEN for Notre Dame!


The University of Notre Dame received word yesterday from the NCAA that they LED THE NATION in perfect APR -- as 17 of Notre Dame's 26 varsity athletic teams received perfect graduation rates!
  1. NOTRE DAME:  17 of 26 teams
  2. Stanford:  15 of 36 teams
  3. Northwestern: 12 of 19 teams
  4. Boston College:  10 of 29 teams
  5. Duke:  9 of 21 teams
LINK:  PERFECTION

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Crawford's 3,500 Mile Bike Trip Begins Today



Here's the photo of Dean Greg Crawford in the water off of Long Island, NY as he begins a 3,500 mile bike trip to Pebble Beach, CA in hopes of raising $1 million for rare disease research at the University of Notre Dame.


Here's a link to Crawford's blog -- so you can follow his journey -- and, make a gift to this FIGHT we're taking on here at Notre Dame.

LINK:  BIKE TRIP ACROSS AMERICA

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ben Koyack '15 in Jacksonville Jaguars Gear


Here's what the former Notre Dame tight end looks like without the REAL gold helmet!

Matt Hegarty '15 to Play for the Oregon Ducks


The young man has his degree from Notre Dame -- started 11 games for the Fighting Irish in 2014 and he wasn't confident he'd see the field this fall...

Tells you something about the quality of this upcoming Notre Dame's offensive line.

So, Matt will be playing for the Oregon Ducks this coming season -- I believe I speak for most Irish fans when I say we wish you great success!  I hope you have as many starts as helmets in Oregon...

LINK:  HEGARTY A DUCK

NFL.COM: Best College FB Historical Uniforms


I'll give you one guess as to who was ranked #1...

LINK:  15 BEST HISTORICAL UNIFORMS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day: A Day to Thank & Honor Heroes!


Please watch these videos.

LINK:  MEMORIAL DAY

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Almost -- One for the Ages for our Fighting Irish



Man, I thought we were heading to the National Championship game -- after one of the great comebacks in Notre Dame history!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

ND Defensive Tackle Jerry Tillery on Safari


A number of Notre Dame student-athletes are traveling abroad over their three week break from school...

Here's Fighting Irish freshman defensive tackle Jerry Tillery in South Africa on a safari at Kruger National Park.


Memorial Day Stories -- A President's Visit...


This story got to me...

LINK:  A VISIT TO WALTER REED

Notre Dame's National Semi-Final at 1 PM ET


The highest ranked team remaining in men's college lacrosse -- our Fighting Irish of Notre Dame -- play the University of Denver Pioneers today at 1 PM ET on ESPN2 in the NCAA National Semi-Final.

These two teams met earlier in the season -- with Denver winning 11 - 10 in overtime -- back on March 7th.

The winner will take on the winner of the Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins game -- on Memorial Day for the National Championship!

LINK:  USA TODAY STORY

LINK:  GAME NOTES

LINK:  NCAA TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

Happy 150th Birthday to South Bend, Indiana!



Notre Dame's neighbor to the south -- celebrated its 150th birthday last night in grand style!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Notre Dame Researchers Receive NFL Grant


Notre Dame's Matt Landis -- Top Defenseman!


The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association named Notre Dame's Matt Landis the Outstanding Defensive Player in men's NCAA Division 1 lacrosse!

LINK:  THE BEST

LINK:  SEVEN EARN ALL-AMERICAN HONORS!

Skylar Diggins Ready to Lead Tulsa Turnaround


The former Notre Dame All-American -- is coming off a WNBA All-Star season...

LINK:  BORN TO LEAD

Florida Media's Critique of Everett Golson '15


While sitting here on very hot morning in the home of my daughter Kara and son-in-law Conor Walsh in Vero Beach, FL -- I took a lap around the worldwide web to see what the Florida media was saying about a Notre Dame alum...

LINK:  ORLANDO SENTINEL

LINK:  TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT

LINK:  TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT #2

LINK:  TOMAHAWK NATION

LINK:  FOX SPORTS

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NBA Draft Story: Pat Connaughton '15


Notre Dame's two-sport star Pat Connaughton turned some heads a couple weekends ago at the NBA Draft Combine.  There are now mock drafts that have him going as early as the end of the First Round in the 2015 NBA Draft...

LINK:  THE DRAFT'S FIERCEST COMPETITOR

Happy 92nd Birthday Today to Ara Parseghian!


The all-time great Notre Dame football coach was born 92 years ago today -- in Akron, OH.

Coach Parseghian was a guest on our Notre Dame Day broadcast just last month -- still as sharp as they come!

Happy Birthday coach!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Domer Jimmy Small on DIY Network 6 PM ET


Our oldest son Jimmy Small '08 -- will be appearing in the TV Show "WEST END SALVAGE" tomorrow night (Thursday, May 21) at 6 PM ET on the DIY Network

The stars of West End Salvage visited Iowa Speedway to help create some unique "tailgating" games for race fans...

LINK:  WEST END SALVAGE

Brian Kelly Talks Golson's Depature to FSU


Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly was back in west-Michigan this week to speak at the West Michigan Sports Commission luncheon.  Here's what he had to say to the local media...

LINK:  KELLY ON GOLSON

Domer American Record Holder Thinking Rio



I will always root for this young lady! 

You must watch this!!!

24 Hours in the Life of a ND Valedictorian



Think she has a future?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Keivarae Russell's Sports Illustrated Interview...


The former Notre Dame student-athlete is busy at work -- hoping to get another chance to wear that GOLD HELMET and finish what he started...

LINK:  SPORTS ILLUSTRATED STORY

Everett Golson Selects Florida State and Jimbo


Apparently the "negotiations" that Jimbo Fisher talked about with Everett Golson '15 were successful...

LINK:  GOLSON STATEMENT

Monday, May 18, 2015

Aaron Neville Sings "Ave Maria" at Notre Dame


The R&B singer/musician was awarded yesterday with the Laetare Medal --  which is given annually by the University of Notre Dame to a Catholic who has made great contributions to the Church and society. 

During Neville's acceptance speech -- he sang Ave Maria...

LINK:  AARON NEVILLE -- AVE MARIA

Domer Charlie Ebersol and Britney Spears...


Notre Dame alum Charlie Ebersol '05, is seen here posing on the red carpet last night with his rumored to be fiance -- Britney Spears at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Here's the story:

LINK:  EBERSOL AND SPEARS

Domer Dad -- Spends Day Off With ND Baseball


Torii Hunter, Sr. had an off day this past Monday from his outfield duties with the Minnesota Twins so he made the trek to Notre Dame to spend it with his son Torii Jr. and his Fighting Irish baseball teammates.

Well, let's just say -- he joined in the fun...

Don't try this at home!

LINK:  SWALLOWING FIRE

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pat Connaughton & Jerian Grant -- DOMERS!


The two close friends ended their undergraduate days at the University of Notre Dame this morning.

Thank you!

Golson's Last Act Inside Notre Dame Stadium


He graduated...

Rumor has it he'll soon join a team in Florida where this will happen for just a little more than half of his teammates. 

LINK:  GOLSON'S A DOMER

LINK:  LATEST GOLSON RUMOR

Taylor Swift Back at Notre Dame for Graduation


The most famous sibling of Notre Dame's Class of 2015 was back on campus today seeing her brother Austin Swift '15, graduate.

Hours later -- Taylor and Austin were in Las Vegas at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards winning EIGHT AWARDS -- see story hereThat's Taylor and Austin  hugging (photos below) after one of her awards.


Here is Taylor's "instagram" she posted earlier from Notre Dame!

LINK:  TAYLOR'S INSTAGRAM

Pat Connaughton Puts on a Show in Chicago!


Front offices all around the NBA are now wondering -- should we take Pat Connaughton in the First Round? -- after his performance these past few days at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago...

LINK:  DECEPTIVELY ATHLETIC -- "C'MON MAN"

Notre Dame Men's Lacrosse Another Final Four!



Kevin Corrigan's #2 ranked Fighting Irish beat #6 ranked Albany 14 - 10 yesterday afternoon in Denver to qualify for their fourth FINAL FOUR in the last six seasons!!!

Notre Dame's Commencement LIVE at 9 AM ET!


If you'd like to watch the University of Notre Dame's 170th Commencement this morning -- you can click on the link below.

The academic procession into Notre Dame Stadium will begin at 9 AM ET -- and the LIVE broadcast should end at approximately 11 AM ET.

Congratulations Class of 2015!

LINK:  WATCH IT LIVE RIGHT HERE

Saturday, May 16, 2015

That's ND QB Malik Zaire With Training Mask


The #1 QB at Notre Dame is hard at work this morning -- getting ready for his first start in Notre Dame Stadium against Texas on September 5th!

#2 Notre Dame vs. #6 Albany on ESPNU at 3 PM


Kevin Corrigan's Fighting Irish take on the pony-tailed Lyle Thompson -- the greatest scorer in the history of college lacrosse -- and his Albany teammates in the MILE HIGH CITY today!

The game begins at 3 PM ET on ESPNU. 

Here's what you need to know to get ready for the action:

LINK:  A TRIP TO CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND

The Notre Dame Family Is Hurting This Morning



Billy Meckling (Denver, CO) a 21 year-old engineering major -- a Notre Dame student-athlete set to graduate tomorrow -- died early this morning after falling off the roof of the Joyce Athletic Convocation Center.

Please say a prayer today for the Meckling family and friends.  Billy's twin brother Peter attends UC-San Diego and their younger sister Megan is a student at Notre Dame.

What was expected to be one of the great weekends in a family's life has turned into something I can't quite fathom as a parent.   So sad...

LINK:  TRAGIC ACCIDENT

Connaughton Meets with Boston Celtics...


The boy from Massachusetts met with his "hometown" team yesterday at the 2014 NBA Draft Combine -- boy, would I love to see him have the opportunity to wear the green and white...

LINK:  CONNAUGHTON

Friday, May 15, 2015

Connaughton: "Best Athlete in 2015 NBA Draft"


When have you ever heard that sentence tied to a Notre Dame student-athlete?

LINK:  TURNING HEADS

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Connaughton Posts a 44 Inch Vertical Jump!



The former Notre Dame hoops star posted the second highest mark ever recorded in NBA Combine history -- just minutes ago -- in the vertical jump!



LINK:  VERTICAL JUMP

NBA Combine Coverage: Connaughton & Grant

Former Notre Dame basketball star Pat Connaughton is in Chicago these next few days to play before scouts from every NBA team at their annual NBA Combine.

Jerian Grant is in Chicago as well -- but will not play, he will only meet with NBA scouts -- see interview below.

Sixty-five players were invited -- here's what is being reported about Pat and Jerian:

LINK:  CONNAUGHTON STORY

LINK:  NBA.COM INTERVIEW OF JERIAN

Notre Dame Ranked #1 -- NFL Draft Line-Up


This is quite a team...

LINK:  ALL-TIME DRAFT TEAMS

Sports Illustrated's Early 2015 Power Rankings


The Fighting Irish are ranked #7 by Sports Illustrated -- sans Everett Golson...

LINK:  SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

Fox Sports: Notre Dame's a Playoff Contender!


Notre Dame fans will enjoy this!

LINK:  PLAYOFF CONTENDER

Is Everett Golson "Bama Bound?"


Here's the latest Golson transfer rumor...

LINK:  BAMA BOUND

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Notre Dame's "Valedictorian Student-Athlete"



Anna Kottkamp -- the Valedictorian for Notre Dame's Class of 2015 -- is a member of the Fighting Irish Rowing Team!

LINK:  STORY