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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.

Get Your Row On

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erg.jpg The women's rowing team is sponsoring an erg-a-thon fundraiser for pancreatic cancer this Friday. An erg, or ergometer, is a simulated rowing machine that will be available for anyone who attends the event. The team will be selling t-shirts for $10 and cancer bracelets for $2.

For anyone who would like to channel their inner Winklevoss and participate, the fundraiser will last from 12-8 p.m. (ET) at Field House Mall on the north side of LaFortune. All donations will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Want more information? Call the women's rowing office at 574.631.4840.

For Your Viewing Pleasure

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Click HERE
(or on the sweet women's soccer national championship trophy in the photo above)
to view the 2010-11 Notre Dame Athletics Annual Report

The Workout Irish Rowing Loves To Hate

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Daily Dish - 8.17.11

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- Women's soccer senior tri-captains Melissa Henderson, Courtney Barg and Jessica Schuveiller each have earned preseason national award recognition in separate announcements made late Monday and early Tuesday ... Henderson is a double honoree, joining Barg on the 45-player watch list for the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, and also appearing with Schuveiller on the 25-person Soccer America Preseason All-America Team ... Notre Dame is one of eight schools to place two players on this year's Hermann Trophy watch list.

- Skylar Diggins posted game highs of 13 points, six steals and four assists to lead the United States to an 85-33 World University Games victory over Great Britain on Tuesday night at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China ... with the victory, Team USA completes Group B play with a perfect 3-0 record, and advances to the medal round quarterfinals on Thursday, where it will square off with Finland at 8:30 p.m. local time at the Shenzhen Luohu Gym (8:30 a.m. ET in South Bend) ... Diggins was the Americans' leading scorer for the second time in as many days, connecting on 6-of-12 shots against Great Britain. She also tied her tournament high with those six steals, giving her 14 thefts in three outings at this year's World University Games ... Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters each chipped in with four points, six rebounds and two steals, with Peters adding two blocked shots for good measure ... Novosel also joined Diggins in the starting lineup once again, as the United States opened with an all-Fighting Irish backcourt for the third consecutive game ... check out the photo gallery courtesy of USA Basketball.

- Major League Lacrosse announced that David Earl was named the Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week ... Earl scored three times and added one assist in the Hamilton Nationals' 14-8 win over Long Island ... the win propelled Hamilton (7-5) into the Sports Authority MLL Championship Weekend ... Earl earned first Cascade MLL Rookie of the Week award of his career on the strength of his third hat trick of the season while matching a season high with his four-point performance ... Earl, who played in 10 games during the regular season, was the Nationals' fourth-leading scorer with 22 points ... Earl was the Nationals' third-round selection (13th overall) in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft.

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