- Former Irish football standout Jerome Bettis joined the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night in Novi, Mich., with Notre Dame athletics administrators Bill Scholl, John Heisler and Josh Berlo in attendance ... among the previous hall of famers with Notre Damec onnections inducted have been George Gipp (1957), Gus Dorais (1958), Leon Hart (1997) and Bill Laimbeer (1999),
- Our baseball team played host to Michigan State this morning at at Eck Baseball Stadium on the Notre Dame campus.
- A golden goal in the first minute of overtime from Adam Mena gave the 16th-ranked men's soccer team a 2-1 triumph of Michigan on Friday evening at Alumni Stadium ... Mena scored both Irish goals on the evening and Greg Klazura assisted on each tally.
- Kristen Dealy became the eighth player in Notre Dame volleyball history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career with a 13-kill effort in a 3-1 win Friday evening over Western Michigan in Madison, Wis. ... Dealy hit .306 with 21 digs, one ace and a solo block for the Irish ... entering the contest, Dealy had 995 kills and 1,042 digs ... her 1,000th kill came in the second set to make her the first Irish player to join the 1,000-1,000 club since Adrianna Stasiuk did so in 2007.
- Louisville's Erin Yenney scored the lone goal of the match in the 56th minute and the Cardinals made it stand, upsetting the Irish women's soccer team, 1-0, Friday night before a crowd of 2,501 fans at Alumni Stadium ... the loss was the first for the Fighting Irish in BIG EAST regular-season action since Sept. 30, 2005 (a 4-1 defeat at Marquette), snapping a 62-match unbeaten streak in the process.
- The men's tennis squad won five doubles contests and four singles matches on day one of the season-opening Illini Invitational in Chicago, Ill. ... Notre Dame's doubles tandems went 5-3 on day one with victories over teams from Texas and Alabama ... the Irish were a combined 4-0 in doubles against the Crimson Tide.
- Jessica Rydberg won the women's 5K race and Martin Grady finished second in the men's five-mile race to power the Notre Dame women's and men's cross country squads to a pair of victories at the 32nd annual National Catholic Championships on Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Cross Country Course ... Rydberg's time (17:16) was the fastest since Notre Dame's JoAnna Deeter ran 16:52 in 1999 ... it's also the third-fastest time in the meet's history ... she is the ninth straight Notre Dame women's runner to win the meet ... the Irish women have won 18 times out of the last 20 years, including each of the last 10 ... the men won for the third straight year and for the 20th time in the last 24 years.
- Former Notre Dame Bengal Bout champion Mike Lee won a unanimous four-round decision Friday night over Jacob Stiers of Kansas City, Kan., in front of 3,296 fans at Purcell Pavilion ... Lee is now 7-0 in is professional career ... the event benefited both the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center.
- Lou's Lads, the organization of former Notre Dame football players who played under Lou Holtz, presented its first scholarship on Friday night at a dinner at the Gillespie Conference Center in South Bend to current Notre Dame senior Paul Moya from Los Lunas, N.M.
Jeb Brovsky plays midfield for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, a major
league soccer team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also is the
founder of Peace Pandemic, an organization that uses youth soccer camps to teach nonviolence and promote social justice.
Jeb founded Peace Pandemic as a junior at the University of Notre
Dame, where he majored in business management and peace studies, pursued
a concentration in entrepreneurship, and played varsity soccer. While
taking the peace studies course "Peacemaking in Divided Societies,"
taught by Kroc Institute professor John Darby, he learned about the thousands of children in war-torn countries who are forced to become soldiers.
"This touched my heart, and I wanted to react in a positive way,"
says Jeb, a native of Lakewood, Colorado. "I eventually realized I could
use soccer as a new avenue for peace."
Peace Pandemic organizes soccer camps across North America, using the
funds it generates to coordinate rotating camps in conflict-affected
countries. The organization's first international camp will take place
in Tanzania in fall 2011, and a camp has been scheduled in Israel for
2012. In the future, Jeb hopes to coordinate Peace Pandemic camps in
Guatemala, Nepal, and Nicaragua.
"Soccer is a boundary crosser," he says. "In nearly every country, kids
on the street are playing this game and they respond to this game."
Peace Pandemic camps aim to get kids excited about the game, but also to
teach them about resolving conflict nonviolently and being responsible
members of their homes and communities, Jeb says.
Jeb became interested in peace after being exposed to violence as a
child. On the day of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, he was a
fourth-grade student at the elementary school next door to the high
school. Four of Jeb's neighbors, including his next-door neighbor, were
killed that day.
"Trying make sense of that experience was very difficult, but it made
me want to change my surroundings for the better," Jeb says.
As he launches his soccer career, Jeb plans to use his professional athlete status as a tool for social change.
"Athletes have a lot of pull in their communities," Jeb says. "It
would be foolish of me not to take advantage of that for a good reason.
"It's been my dream to get to this level - and to blend my passion for soccer with my passion for peace."
- SI.com produced its college football preview today and five of the site's writers predicted a BCS bowl for Notre Dame (three said Fiesta, one Sugar, one Orange) ... two writers selected South Florida as their surprise team for 2011 ... the SI.com preseason All-America squad includes Notre Dame's Harrison Smith as one of the safeties ... SI's Stewart Mandel predicts Notre Dame will end up playing Wisconsin in the Fiesta Bowl.
- Guests at the Notre Dame Football Kickoff luncheon Friday (Jack Nolan is the host) are Jeff Rea (president of the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County), Rob DeCleene (director of the South Bend/Mishawka Area Convention and Visitors Bureau), Harvey Foster Award winner and former Irish swimmer Haley Scott DeMaria, Irish offensive line coach Ed Warinner, Irish offensive linemen Trevor Robinson and Braxston Cave and head coach Brian Kelly.
- BIG EAST Conference commissioner John Marinatto will be in attendance at the Notre Dame-USF game Saturday.
- There will be a pre-game flyover at the Notre Dame-USF game Saturday by four USAF E/A-18 Growlers.
- Presentations at the Notre Dame-USF game Saturday include:
*Presidential Team Irish Award - Morris Inn Housekeeping and Maintenance team
*Introduction of University provost Tom Burish and Beth Holtz highlighting Lou and Beth Holtz as inaugural University research ambassadors for cancer research.
*Introduction of men's basketball National Coach of the Year honoree Mike Brey and USA men's basketball World University Games player Tim Abromaitis.
*Alumni Association presentation of Harvey Foster Award to former Irish swimmer Haley Scott DeMaria.
*Notre Dame faculty recognition - John Copeland Nagle, John N. Matthews Professor of Law.
- The official Notre Dame football postgame show will again be broadcast live following every Notre Dame game on WSBT-AM News Radio 960 and Sunny 101.5 FM, and televised live on und.com ... the show is hosted by Jack Nolan and Irish All-Americans Reggie Brooks and Mirko Jurkovic ... the televised version of the show on UND.com also features game highlights.
- The 2011 Notre Dame Football Replay (home games only) will be shown on 21 affiliates (including Direct TV, YES Network, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, NESN and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) and reach more than 69 million homes ... Inside Notre Dame Football is on 25 affiliates and in 71 million homes (all the same major carriers) ... both networks are the largest in the country.
- The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released its preseason cross country top 25 on Tuesday, and has the Notre Dame men's team ranked 23rd to open the upcoming 2011 season ... the Irish, who finished 25th in the final poll last season, are one of six BIG EAST teams to receive a ranking in the top 30 ... the Irish men were ranked fourth in the Great Lakes Region to open the season, tops among the BIG EAST teams that compete in the region ... the Irish women's squad was ranked sixth in the region to open the year.
- Two former Notre Dame men's soccer players will be competing for the United Soccer Leagues (USL) PRO title this Saturday ... Jack Traynor and his Orlando City squad will play host to Harrisburg City (Pa.), which features Philip Tuttle ... the match is slated for a 7:00 p.m. (ET) start inside the Florida Citrus Bowl ... the game will be aired live on Fox Soccer Channel.
- The 2011 NCAA national runner-up women's basketball team is poised to take on representatives from each of the nation's top six conferences, and will play up to 19 regular-season games against teams that qualified for postseason play last year (including 16 NCAA Championship qualifiers and four NCAA Elite Eight participants) as part of a demanding 2011-12 schedule that was released Thursday ... what's more, Notre Dame is in position to make at least 11 national or regional television appearances in 2011-12, highlighted by a second consecutive CBS matchup with BIG EAST Conference rival Connecticut (Jan. 7 at Purcell Pavilion) and six games on the ESPN family of networks, three of which are slated as part of ESPN's Big Monday lineup.
- The men's basketball team will play 17 nationally-televised games during the upcoming season ... the slate also features two BIG EAST matchups against defending national champion Connecticut and contests against 12 teams that played in the 68-team NCAA tournament field in 2011 ... Notre Dame also will begin the season riding a 19-game home win streak at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center ... Notre Dame's 17 television appearances include 16 on ESPN's family of network and one on CBS.
Notre Dame will open its 35th season of varsity soccer when the Fighting Irish play host to instate rival Indiana on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. Kickoff between the ninth-ranked Irish and the No. 15 Hoosiers is slated for 7:30 p.m. (ET). Get interactive with Irish UNDerground and voice your opinion during today's live chat.
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