Notre Dame returns to the pitch at noon (ET) today when it travels to Piscataway, N.J., to take on Rutgers at Yurcak Field. Irish UNDerground will have all the angles in and around the action covered throughout today's game. Be sure to share your questions, comments and complaints and let your voice be heard throughout the Notre Dame nation. Want to track all the action from your mobile device? No problem. Simply click (or to be phone friendly, "touch") HERE.
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After consecutive shutout wins last weekend, Notre Dame now plays its final two road matches of the BIG EAST Conference's regular season slate, beginning with a contest tonight at Seton Hall. Irish UNDerground will have all the angles in and around the action covered throughout tonight's game. Be sure to share your questions, comments and complaints and let your voice be heard throughout the Notre Dame nation. Want to track all the action from your mobile device? No problem. Simply click (or to be phone friendly, "touch") HERE.
When 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.
- The Office of Recreational Sports has announced the naming of its men's and women's interhall all-sports trophies, in honor of two of its former leaders, Richard D. O'Leary and Dr. Thomas W. Kelly, respectively ... the awards are given annually to the men's and women's undergraduate residence halls that most excel in participation, competition and sportsmanship ... students compete in more than 15 sports throughout the year, and take great pride in representing their hall ... the O'Leary Cup honors late director of intramurals and club sports Rich O'Leary, who was instrumental in developing the RecSports all-sports awards ... O'Leary lost his battle to cancer-related illness in 2009 ... a member of the University's athletic department for 37 years, O'Leary was responsible for over 60 intramural programs and supervised its extensive club sports area ... named after former associate athletic director Tom Kelly, the Kelly Cup recognizes Kelly's longtime service to RecSports ... among his many contributions, Kelly played a vital role in developing programming for women when they were first admitted as undergraduates to the University ... Kelly retired in June of 2003 following 39 years of service with the Irish athletic department. - In case you missed it, women's soccer coach Randy Waldrum decided to change things up last week by wearing a tie (not his normal game day attire) while coaching in the respective 3-0 Notre Dame wins over Connecticut and Providence. - Brian Kelly and the rest of the Irish sideline will be wearing the adidas Breast Cancer Collection, a line of apparel and headwear created to support October's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when Notre Dame plays host to Air Force on Saturday ... Notre Dame players will also wear pink arm, wrist and head bands as well as pink gloves. - Tim Abromaitis has been selected to the Preseason Top 50 List for the John R. Wooden Award ... Abromaitis is entering his fifth season with the Fighting Irish ... he started all 34 games last season and registered 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game ... Abromaitis earned third-team all-BIG EAST honors in addition to taking home the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for men's basketball for the second straight year. - According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Air Force football coach Troy Calhoun voted Notre Dame 19th this week on his USA Today poll ballot ... CBSSports.com rates all 120 NCAA FBS teams and has the Irish 18th this week. - Lauren Bohaboy was selected as the BIG EAST Conference Women's Soccer Rookie of the Week, while Jessica Schuveiller was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday ... in addition, Bohaboy was chosen for the 11-player Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week ... Bohaboy earned this week's award after scoring three goals last weekend in 3-0 victories over BIG EAST foes Connecticut and Providence at Alumni Stadium ... Schuveiller was a factor at both ends of the pitch for Notre Dame last weekend, piling up five points (2G-1A) on the offensive side ... she also helped anchor a Fighting Irish defense that registered consecutive shutouts while holding its opponents to a combined 12 shots (six on goal) in the two matches.
- Adriana Leon celebrated a very happy birthday with a goal and an assist, while Lauren Bohaboy and Jessica Schuveiller also scored goals, leading Notre Dame to its second consecutive shutout victory, a 3-0 BIG EAST Conference women's soccer decision over Providence on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Stadium ... Melissa Henderson chipped in with her BIG EAST-leading sixth assist of the season (third of the weekend), while Molly Campbell and Sammy Scofield also added assists for the Fighting Irish - for Scofield, it was the first point of her collegiate career. - Lola Arslanbekova knocked down 28 kills on a .375 clip with 14 digs and four blocks to lift visiting Louisville over Notre Dame in BIG EAST Conference volleyball action Sunday at Purcell Pavilion ... Louisville responded after hitting .026 in the first set to post the 3-1 (17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-21) win while handing Notre Dame its third straight loss ... the Irish looked crisp in the opening set while hitting .237 and receiving four blocks from both Andrea McHugh and Toni Alugbue to set the tone for a great all-around team effort in the frame. - St. John's Daniel Herrera tallied the golden goal in the 110th minute as the 15th-ranked Red Storm topped No. 10 Notre Dame 2-1 in BIG EAST men's soccer action on Saturday night at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. ... the loss snapped Notre Dame's four-game win streak and five-game unbeaten streak ... St. John's grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute on a goal from Andres Vargas ... that was the first goal Notre Dame had surrendered in the last 323:39 of play. - Notre Dame leads the nation in fewest rushing touchdowns surrendered in 2011 (tied with Alabama, Louisville, Michigan and Utah) with one - and that one on a one-yard run by Michigan's Denard Robinson after picking up a fumble ... but that streak figures to endure a severe test Saturday as Air Force comes to Notre Dame Stadium with the third-best rushing offense in the country (364.5 yards per game) ... the Falcons already have 15 rushing touchdowns combined in their four games to date ... over Notre Dame's last 10 football games (last five in 2010, first five in 2011), Irish opponents have scored only twice on the ground ... both those were one-yard quarterback sneaks (by Robinson and USC's Mitch Mustain) ... in fact, the previous two opponents rushing touchdowns also came from quarterbacks (Navy's Ricky Dobbs). - Notre Dame's offense already has three 500-plus-yard games in its first five outings ... how unusual is that? In 1970, when the Irish set their all-time single-season record by averaging 510.5 yards per game (behind quarterback Joe Theismann), they had only two in their first five contests and finished with five 500-yard days for the full season ... more recently, in 2009 when the Irish ranked eight nationally with 451.75 yards per contest, they finished with four 500-yard efforts (with Jimmy Clausen at the helm) ... in 1968 - the only other year the Irish averaged 500 yards a game for the full season (504.4 to rate second nationally) - Terry Hanratty and Company accounted for five 500-yard efforts. - Notre Dame defeated Air Force 11 straight times to begin the football series (1964 through the 1981 season) - and the Irish later enjoyed an eight-game series win streak (1986 through 1995) ... but the Falcons have now defeated the Irish in two of their last three visits to Notre Dame Stadium ... those Air Force victories came in 1996 (a 20-17 overtime Falcon triumph over the eighth-rated Irish) and a 41-27 win in 2007 ... meanwhile, Notre Dame hasn't lost to Air Force in Colorado Springs since 1985, Gerry Faust's final season as Notre Dame head coach (the last of four straight Falcon series wins). - The official NCAA strength-of-schedule standings (those don't include non-NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision opponents) this week list Notre Dame 20th at .641 (25-14) ... so far, only one 2011 Irish opponent has played a more difficult slate (Michigan 18th at 26-14 for .650) ... check the Sagarin ratings this week and you'll find Notre Dame's schedule rated fifth nationally, with the Irish listed 24th overall as the highest-ranked two-loss team on the chart. - The only teams in the country that won road football games each of the last two Saturdays are Notre Dame and SMU (won at Memphis and TCU). - The Irish have played three straight football games allowing 13 points or less - and that hasn't happened since 1989 when Notre Dame was ranked number one (45-7 over #7 Pittsburgh, 41-0 over Navy, 59-6 over SMU). - Here are comments from Brian Kelly's media briefing this afternoon ... "He (Cierre Wood) is one of those guys I want on our football team because he loves competition. Once he was seasoned enough I think we're seeing the results." "I'm more concerned with the individual instead of the entire scheme relative to our special teams. I'm more interested in getting (Kyle) Brindza right because he's the best we've got and getting (David) Ruffer right and getting our long snapper more consistent. Those are the three individuals that have got to play better." "Option offense requires my attention because there's things we've got to do that are not necessarily in the playbook. I'll be more involved with that in terms of decision-making and those will be in meetings. It won't be me coaching on the defensive side of the ball." "I think we've been pretty consistent in running the football and stopping the run and I think that's what I look towards more than anything else." "He (Manti Te'o) might have had his best game against Purdue. I thought this was his most disciplined game in terms of the way he played. Sometimes he tries to do too much. He was very detailed and he was outstanding against the bootleg." - The Irish hockey team opened its season Sunday night at the Joyce Center with a 4-0 exhibition win over Western Ontario ... Notre Dame got goals from Bill Maday (two), Anders Lee and Garrett Peterson ... the Irish icers will make their first-ever appearance in the new Compton Family Ice Arena on Oct. 21 against Rensselaer (RPI) Engineers in a 7:05 p.m. (ET) contest ... the Irish will play their final games at the Joyce Center the weekend of Oct. 14-15 when they play host to Ohio State in the CCHA openers for both teams.
Notre Dame is back at home today while playing host to Providence at 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium. Irish UNDerground will have all the angles in and around Alumni Stadium covered throughout today's game. Be sure to share your questions, comments and complaints and let your voice be heard throughout the Notre Dame nation. Want to track all the action from your mobile device? No problem. Simply click (or to be phone friendly, "touch") HERE.
- Lauren Bohaboy scored twice, and Jessica Schuveiller added a goal and an assist as Notre Dame blanked Connecticut, 3-0 in BIG EAST Conference women's soccer action on a cold and blustery Friday night before a crowd of 1,651 at Notre Dame's Alumni Stadium and a national television audience on ESPNU ... it was the second shutout of the season for the Fighting Irish, and their first since a season-opening 2-0 win over Wisconsin on Aug. 19, also at Alumni Stadium ... Schuveiller and Bohaboy scored 40 seconds apart midway through the first half to stake Notre Dame to a lead it would never relinquish ... Bohaboy then added a key insurance tally less than five minutes into the second half, converting a cross from Schuveiller, with Melissa Henderson setting up both of the freshman's goals on the night. - Battling weather and 14 ranked foes between the two blue races, the women's and men's cross country squads placed fifth and 11th, respectively, Friday at the 56th annual Notre Dame Invitational ... runners fought through tough conditions all day, as temperatures dipped into the high 40s and winds blew at 20-30 MPH, with top gusts reaching 40 MPH and above ... Jessica Rydberg paced the Irish women for the third meet in a row, placing 25th out of 225 runners in the women's 5K blue race to help Notre Dame to a fifth-place finish out of 28 teams ... on the men's side, the 23rd-ranked Irish finished 11th out of 26 teams ... J.P. Malette paced Notre Dame, placing 41st in 24:51. - The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) has announced its 43-game television schedule for the 2011-12 season and Notre Dame is scheduled to appear 11 times with six games carried by Comcast Television and five on the CBS Sports Network ... Versus, which will become NBC Sports Network in January, has not yet announced its college hockey schedule ... Notre Dame will appear on television five times before the Christmas break and six times in the second half of the season according to the schedule released Friday. - The football team made a brief stop at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind., about 8:30 p.m. Friday - but cold and windy conditions meant Brian Kelly and his team spent only about five minutes there, taking a quick look at the locker room and the field before heading to their local hotel ... the Notre Dame team traveled over to Lafayette Central Catholic High School at 10:45 a.m. today for a 45-minute walk-thru ... it's sunny and breezy in Lafayette today, with a high of 55 degrees expected - with temperatures expected to dip into the low 40s by game's end this evening (there's only a 10 percent chance of rain today).
After a rugged stretch on the road, Notre Dame is back home for five of its final seven regular-season contests, beginning this weekend when it plays host to Connecticut at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Today's match will be televised live to a national audience by ESPNU. Want to track all the action from your mobile device? No problem. Simply click (or to be phone friendly, "touch") HERE.