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Student-Athletes Volunteer In Alabama

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ndmurphbama.jpg AL.com - A group of University of Notre Dame student-athletes and administrators wrapped up a week of volunteering in tornado relief Thursday on a fall break service trip organized by Notre Dame and the University of Alabama.

The trip, called Fight for Tide, brought 24 students and six administrators to Tuscaloosa to work in collaboration with Project Team Up, an initiative to rebuild communities partnered with Nick Saban's foundation Nick's Kids.

Students representing the Notre Dame baseball, cross country, cheerleading, fencing, men's golf, women's lacrosse, rowing and track and field teams were selected for the trip based on essays they wrote.

Sarah Smith, program coordinator for student athlete welfare and development at Notre Dame, said the idea to help Tuscaloosa began with a former Notre Dame employee who currently works in the ticket office at Alabama. He emailed the athletics office at Notre Dame and asked them to collect relief supplies that Alabama would pay to ship.

Smith, who is originally from a town an hour away from Joplin, Missouri, began to come up with an idea of a service trip when students started talking over the summer about going to down to Tuscaloosa to help.

"I just kind of ran with the idea and started calling people to see if it would be a possibility, and people started wanting to support it and make it happen," Smith said.

After arriving Saturday, the group has worked at two sites in Alberta City, clearing storm debris on lots where new houses are planned to be built. They also met with Alabama athletics director Mal Moore and went on the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium, had dinner with Notre Dame's Alabama alumni club at Dreamland, attended Mass with students at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish on the Alabama campus and toured the baseball and softball facilities.

On Thursday, at a site just off University Boulevard on 21st Avenue East, Alabama softball coach Patrick Murphy and several players joined the group from Notre Dame in clearing debris from destroyed houses and carrying limbs to the street.

Notre Dame baseball player Tommy Chase said the experience changed his perspective on the important things in life.

"I look at this as a great opportunity to help where there's a need," Chase said. "We get caught up at school doing a lot things for ourselves, whether it's in sports or in the classroom. Those are all great things, but it's revolved around our own needs and goals. Being able to come down here and help others is really important for my own personal development, but also I want to hopefully inspire this community in some way."

Notre Dame sophomore cheerleader Erin Garfield took time away from her team to travel to Tuscaloosa because the fall break gave her time to join the service trip. On Saturday night, she'll be cheering on the sidelines as the Irish face USC in South Bend.

"It's just been a great experience all around, hearing all these stories from people who experienced the tornado and getting to meet all these amazing people, Garfield said.

Alabama sophomore softball player Ryan Iamurri said she was glad to share the experience of volunteering in Alberta City with the students from Notre Dame.

"When you live here, you kind of get back in your normal routine, and if you don't cross this bridge (to Alberta), you forget what it's like," Iamurri said."It was so nice of them because we realize there's still so much more to do. To come out here with them is special."
mlaxncaa.jpg The NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee has selected Indianapolis, Ind., and College Park, Md., to serve as hosts for the 2013 Division I Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals. The NCAA and Indiana Sports Corp jointly made the announcement at its annual meeting on Tuesday.

Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Corporation will host quarterfinal match-ups in Lucas Oil Stadium May 19, while the University of Maryland will host games at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on May 18.

"We are extremely pleased to bring this marquee event to Indianapolis," said Susan Williams, Indiana Sports Corp president. "Having the NCAA headquartered in Indianapolis and their commitment to showcase Indianapolis by awarding our experienced team with events of this magnitude continues to return huge dividends.

"Lacrosse is obviously a growing sport in our city and our state, and this announcement should excite a very passionate lacrosse community."

Indianapolis becomes the first site not along the east coast to be awarded pre-determined games of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. The semifinals and championship game of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships will be held at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field (May 25-27).

"2013 will be an exciting year in men's lacrosse as we take one of the quarterfinals to a newer grassroots area in the Midwest, and we return one to the state of Maryland, a place widely known for lacrosse," said Tony Seaman, Division I Men's Lacrosse Committee chair and special advisor to the director of athletics at Towson University.

"The committee felt moving one of the quarterfinals to a different geographic part of the country would aide in growing the sport of lacrosse, which is one of our most important goals. Both quarterfinal sites will play the games in top-notch facilities, and have staffs that are experienced and well-equipped for putting on a great championship event for all involved. We're looking forward to what is sure to be a memorable lacrosse weekend in both College Park and Indianapolis in 2013."

Daily Dish - 10.10.11

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5714138.jpeg - Despite an overwhelming edge in shots and quality scoring chances in the second half and both overtime periods in its BIG EAST Conference women's soccer match at Rutgers, Notre Dame wasn't able to find the winning solution and wound up sharing the spoils with the Scarlet Knights, as Sunday's matinee ended in a 0-0 draw at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. ... it was the fourth consecutive shutout for the Fighting Irish and keeps Notre Dame unbeaten in its last four matches, as well as six of their last seven outings ... the Fighting Irish finished with a 21-9 advantage in total shots for the afternoon, including a 17-3 edge during the final 45 minutes and the two 10-minute overtime sessions.

- A second straight BIG EAST Conference volleyball road win came in the form of a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-12) victory for Notre Dame Sunday afternoon at the West Virginia Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va. ... paving the way for the Irish over host West Virginia was senior Kristen Dealy and her 16 kills ... in fact, Dealy hit an eye-popping .533 on the day without an error in 30 attempts.

- Sean Lorenz, Anders Lee and T.J. Tynan each had a goal and an assist and Notre Dame got strong play from its special teams as the Irish rallied to overcome a 2-0 second-period deficit on the way to a 5-3 hockey win over the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Saturday night in front of 6,303 fans at AMSOIL Arena ... Nick Larson and Kevin Lind added the other two Irish goals while Sam Calabrese chipped in a pair of key assists for a two-point night on the score sheet ... Steven Summerhays made 21 saves in helping Notre Dame to a split of the weekend series.

- The 11th-ranked men's soccer team played No. 1 Connecticut to a scoreless draw in BIG EAST Blue Division action on Saturday afternoon in front of 1,943 fans at Alumni Stadium on the Notre Dame campus ... the tie snapped Connecticut's 11-game win streak.

- Here are some of Brian Kelly's comments from Sunday's media teleconference:

"We've said, listen, if we want to make the playoffs we have to win each and every week. We said, let's get to the top 14 in the country, you're in the playoffs and that means you've got to win a lot of games. It's a must-win situation each week and every game is a playoff game for us."

"Any time you are preparing against the option, yards have nothing to do with the outcome. It's about keeping the points down."

"When you have to prepare for triple option and the ability of the quarterback to run, you put in one less coverage for Michael Floyd and you put in one less blitz package to get after Tommy Rees because you're afraid you may get caught in that when (Andrew) Hendrix is in the game So it protects him (Rees) more when you have that kind of versatility in your offense."

"When you can protect the quarterback at the level that we do and to run the ball the past two weeks for over 250 yards, that's about as complete as it gets for an offensive line."

- Here are some leftover football notes from the Notre Dame-Air Force contest:

* The last time Notre Dame had seven different players score TDs in a game was in the 48-17 win over Arizona State in 1999 at Notre Dame Stadium.

* The last Notre Dame QB to run for 100 yards was Carlyle Holiday who had 22-109 vs. Boston College in 2001; Andrew Hendrix had six for 111.

* The 555 total yards by Notre Dame is the most this season (551 last week at Purdue).

* Notre Dame's 59 points are most by an Irish team since 62-0 vs. Rutgers in 1996 in Lou Holtz's last game at ND Stadium

* It was first time Irish have scored 50 anywhere since a 57-7 win at Stanford in 2003.

* It was first time Irish have been over 50 points at Notre Dame Stadium since a 52-20 win over Boston College in 1997.

* The last time a Notre Dame team scored more points in any half than first-half 42 vs. Air Force was 48 in second half vs. Georgia Tech in 1977.

* Last time an Irish QB threw four TD passes in first half of a game was Brady Quinn who did it in 2004 in first half vs. Washington at Notre Dame Stadium.

* Tommy Rees now has at least one TD pass in 11 straight games - third on all-time list behind Brady Quinn (16) and Jimmy Clausen (13)

Daily Dish - 10.7.11

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greendevine.jpg - The sculpture of former Notre Dame football coach and College Football Hall of Fame member Dan Devine was officially blessed and dedicated this afternoon at the Dan Devine Gate of Notre Dame Stadium (formerly Gate A) on a sunny, 81-degree afternoon ... the 50-minute ceremony was led by master of ceremonies Jack Nolan ... it included opening and closing performance by the Notre Dame glee club ... five of Devine's seven children were in attendance, plus countless grandchildren and great-grandchildren (in fact, they gathered to pull the covering off the sculpture), adding to around 60 Devine family members on site ... more than 20 former players were in attendance - Ed Bauer, Luther Bradley, Nick DeCicco, Tom Desiato, Marty Detmer, Mike Favorite, Vagas Ferguson, John Flood, Tom Gibbons, Bob Golic, Kris Haines, Steve Hartwig, Jerome Heavens, Ted Horansky, Larry Hufford, David Meadows, David Mitchell, Lou Pagley, Joe Restic, John Sweeney, Bob Tull and Mike Whittington ... former Irish assistant Brian Boulac was on hand, and former assistant Johnny Roland will attend the game Saturday.

- Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick, a student at Notre Dame during the early portion of the Devine era, noted, "Every Catholic university ought to have a Devine gate!" Swarbrick also noted that, unlike in many coaching changes, Devine did not inherit a broken program (the Irish had been a combined 21-2 the previous two season) and even with that unique challenge "he achieved at the highest level." ... in closing, Swarbrick said, "You'll note we've got one gate we can still name, so we're working on it." ... University president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., also a student when Devine was coaching, recalled a story former athletics director Kevin White told upon visiting Devine in the Phoenix area when Devine's health was waning ... despite Devine's success at Arizona State, Missouri and the Green Bay Packers, White noted that almost all of the memorabilia in Devine's home represented his Notre Dame experience ... in blessing the sculpture, Father Jenkins called Devine a "master motivator who brought out the best in his players." ... former Irish safety and punter Joe Restic represented the former Irish players and noted he was part of the first class recruited by Devine ... Restic pointed out that Devine was hired as the Arizona State head coach at age 31 and won 27 games in three seasons, then went on to a similarly-successful run at Mizzou ... Restic related a number of tales surrounding the wearing of the green jerseys against USC in 1977 and called it "one of the top 10 motivational ploys in the history of college football." ... fittingly, there were plenty of items of green apparel in the audience ... Devine's brother, Deacon Jerry Devine, spoke on behalf of the family and noted the Dan Devine phrase at the base of the sculpture: "Leave the field a better player. Leave Notre Dame a better person." ... he added, "You must go deeper than X's and O's to understand Dan completely. His effect on his former players was immeasurable." ... earlier at the kickoff luncheon, Nolan read a note from Regis Philbin congratulating the Devine family on the sculpture dedication.

- Former Fighting Irish All-American and current Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler will be honored at halftime of Saturday's Notre Dame-Connecticut match ... Besler played at Notre Dame from 2005-08 ... as a senior, he became the first player in program history to earn both first-team All-America and first-team AcademicAll-America honors in the same season ... Besler was a three-time all-BIG EAST honoree and was named the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... in July, Besler competed in the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star game against Manchester United at Red Bull Arena ... he is the first MLS All-Star in program history.

- Former Notre Dame men's lacrosse All-American David Earl recently was selected by the Minnesota Swarm in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) 2011 Entry Draft ... Earl was taken in the third round with the 27th overall selection ... Earl is coming off a successful rookie season in Major League Lacrosse (MLL) ... he and his Hamilton National squad fell to the Boston Cannons, 10-9, in the 2011 MLL title game in August ... Earl scored two goals in Hamilton's 11-9 semifinal win over Denver ... Earl tallied 17 goals and four assists in 10 games during the 2011 MLL campaign.

Tradition at Notre Dame

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How We Do What We Do

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typewriter.jpgWhen you consider all the technology available today, it's downright amazing to think how archaic athletic communications were just a few short years ago.

Need the latest University of Notre Dame football statistics? They'd be calculated and typed by hand on a manual typewriter (eventually the "big innovation" IBM Selectric typewriter came along), reproduced and mailed on Sunday nights and maybe you'd receive them via ordinary mail by Thursday.

Need them quicker than that? The hit commodity in technology in the 1970s was the Xerox Telecopier (a facsimile machine) that required either four or six minutes (depending on how clear you wanted the type to read) to send a single page of copy to another Telecopier on the other end.

If a media representative out of town needed your entire news release, depth chart and stats, it might take an hour or more to send it all.

Breaking news happening on one of the Irish athletic fields? There was no simple way to communicate it. Pick up the telephone and dictate. Call media outlets one at a time to alert them about a hiring or press conference.

Three technology advances changed everything in the sports information world everywhere - cell phones, the Internet and e-mail.

For years the joke around the Notre Dame athletic offices was that the Irish quarterback on a given day might break his leg and - given that practices were closed to the media - there was some chance no one would find out until the next day.

There was no texting, no Facebook - maybe no way for the word to get out other than old-fashioned word of mouth.

The World Wide Web prompted the offering of athletic sites like und.com that debuted in 1995. In the beginning sites like Notre Dame's offered strictly the basics - mostly what was available via traditional press releases. There was no video in the "early days," and media members weren't yet routinely carrying computers or laptops. So, quite often, the plea to media to utilize school sites for time-sensitive items like statistics went unheeded.

About that same time, cell phones changed the face of telecommunications. When current athletics staffers consider all the detailed scheduling and adjustments that go into, for example, a weeklong stay for a postseason bowl game, it's hard to imagine how those events ever occurred without cell phones. The Orange Bowl provided some new contraption-style portable phones to Notre Dame reps one year, but they looked more like walkie-talkies than the current variety and they didn't exactly fit in your pocket.

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to view the 2010-11 Notre Dame Athletics Annual Report

Daily Dish - 9.29.11

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1800493.jpeg - At 9:00 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 24, most Notre Dame students could be found sleeping, alarms perhaps set to blare moments before the football team faced Pittsburgh at noon ... yet, at that moment the women's swimming and diving team was preparing for a youth clinic at the Rolfs Aquatic Center ... dedicating their time until 4:00 p.m., the swimmers volunteered to instruct nearly 100 local participants in a Coaches vs. Cancer event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and the local RiverBend Cancer Services.

- The men's lacrosse team has announced its 2011 fall schedule along with other dates of importance in the months of September and October ... on the field, the Fighting Irish will face Air Force and Navy during their fall exhibition season ... the Air Force contest will take place Oct. 8 at Notre Dame's Arlotta Stadium ... later that day, the Fighting Irish football team will play host to the Falcon gridiron squad ... Notre Dame will face Navy on Oct. 15 at Miller Field in Annapolis, Md.

- Melissa Henderson has accepted an invitation to participate in a training camp with the United States Under-23 National Team next week at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. ... the camp, which features 24 of the nation's top college players and young professionals, will take place from Oct. 2-7, and will be jointly overseen by U.S. Soccer Women's Development Director Jill Ellis, U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs and U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage ... Sundhage will be at the camp to evaluate players for possible call-ups to U.S. National Team camps heading into next January's Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, and potentially for the run to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

- For just the second time in six years, the coaches and media agree on who should own the No. 1 position in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's annual preseason polls ... Notre Dame received enough points from the conference's 11 head coaches and 72 media members to be named the preseason favorite in both polls ... in the coaches' poll, the Fighting Irish captured eight first-place votes

- Tyler Eifert was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission ... Eifert registered a career-high eight receptions, including four on the 11-play, 85-yard, go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter at Pittsburgh that gave the Irish a 15-12 lead ... his four grabs on the touchdown drive totaled 34 yards ... Eifert also added a critical two-point conversion reception ... the eight catches by Eifert tied him with Kyle Rudolph (twice in 2010), John Carlson (2006), Anthony Fasano (2004) and Ken MacAfee (1977) for second most ever in a game by a Notre Dame tight end.

- In addition to the standard ESPN telecast Saturday of the Notre Dame-Purdue football game, there also will be a separate ESPN 3D origination - with former Irish Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown providing the analysis on that version.

- National Football Foundation historian (and former Sports Illustrated writer) Dan Jenkins recently selected his 20 greatest college football plays - and one of those was John Lujack's open-field tackle of Doc Blanchard that preserved the 0-0 tie between Army and Notre Dame in 1946.

- Here are some interesting numbers on Notre Dame's athletics web site, UND.com, from 2010-11: the top states in terms of users of the Notre Dame site were Indiana (13.45 percent), Illinois (9.16), California (7.43), Ohio (6.22), Pennsylvania (6.22) and New York (5.88) ... the top schools in terms of use of the mobile GameTracker feature were (in order) Notre Dame, Michigan and Alabama (based on more than 200 school and conference sites produced by CBS) ... the top four sites in terms of page impressions and unique browsers were North Carolina, Michigan, Texas and Notre Dame.

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Event Calendar

September 27
12:00 PM
vs Intrasquad Scrimmage
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
September 27
L, 1-0
vs Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

WatchND
September 27
L, 3-0
vs No 17 Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN3
WatchESPN
September 27
All Day
vs Crimson Tide Four in the Fall
Tuscaloosa, Alabama (University of Alabama Tennis Stadium)
September 29
7:00 PM
vs Marquette
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

WatchND
October 2
TBA
vs Intrasquad Scrimmage
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
October 2
8:00 PM
at Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (Cobb Stadium)

ESPN3
October 2
2:00 PM
vs Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Notre Dame Golf Course)
October 2
7:00 PM
vs Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN3
October 3
8:00 PM
at Clemson
Clemson, S.C.

ABC
Game Week Central
October 3
TBA
vs Intrasquad Scrimmage
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
October 3
11:30 AM
at Towson
Towson, Md.
October 3
All Day
vs ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 3
All Day
at Tar Heel Invitational
Chapel Hill, N.C. (UNC Finley Golf Course)
October 4
TBA
vs Intrasquad Scrimmage
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)
October 4
2:15 PM
vs Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
October 4
4:30 PM
vs Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
October 4
1:00 PM
at North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Soccer Stadium)

ESPN3
October 4
9:00 AM
vs Duke
College Park, Md.
October 4
10:00 AM
at Maryland
College Park, Md.
October 4
12:00 PM
vs Syracuse
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN3
October 4
1:00 PM
vs Penn State
College Park, Md.
October 4
All Day
vs ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
All Day
at Tar Heel Invitational
Chapel Hill, N.C. (UNC Finley Golf Course)
October 5
All Day
vs ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 5
All Day
at Chip-N-Club Invitational
Country Club of Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.

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