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    Oct. 13, 1997

    Midnight Madness This Friday

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The 1997-98 University of Notre Dame men's basketball team will begins its season with a "Midnight Madness" practice session on Friday, October 17. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Joyce Center on the Notre Dame campus.

    "Midnight Madness" will begin at 11:10 p.m. EST October 17th with Joyce Center public address annoucner Jon Thompson serving as host. The 50 minutes leading up to the first Irish practice will include give-aways by Continental Express airlines, University Park Mall and adidas. Two Notre Dame season tickets also will be given away. In addition, the first 1,000 people to enter the building will receive a free T-shirt from adidas and First USA credit card company.

    At midnight, the first opportunity for teams to practice under NCAA rules, head coach John MacLeod and his Irish will be introduced and will conduct a half-hour practice session, including slam-dunk drills and a 10-minute scrimmage.

    The Notre Dame women's volleyball team will play North Carolina that same night in the Joyce Center and the building will remain open until the completion of "Midnight Madness."

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