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  1. July 19, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 19, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Sporting K.C.'s Matt Besler

    Thank goodness it’s Friday, I’m ready for a lazy weekend of watching ‘The Open’ … or as we call it over here, the British Open. To channel my inner Tiger … err … Joey LaCava, I will be caddying for a buddy tomorrow at the South Bend City Tournament. Never take a day off, that…

  2. July 18, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 18, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    Jack Cooley (NBA Images)

    I again require you to learn about NBA Summer League action by reading this space, but I have to mention Jack Cooley’s double-double effort for the Memphis Grizzlies. Cooley tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 90-83 victory over the Washington Wizards. Additionally, former BIG EAST player of the year Luke Harangody scored four…

  3. Wayback Wednesday – Coach Leahy’s Football

    Jul 17, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Coach Leahy's Retirement Football

    A new weekly Irish UNDerground feature revolves around the @NDSportsBlogger taking time away from his desk to go find an interesting artifact around the University of Notre Dame Athletic Department, enjoy… This week’s item on ‘Wayback Wednesday’ required some research and deductive reasoning skills to just figure out what it is. The item, an old-looking…

  4. July 17, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 17, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Gatorade National Player of the Year Award winners Morgan Andrews and Andrew Wiggins (PHOTO: Gatorade/Susan Goldman)

    A Notre Dame student-athlete will be honored at the ESPY’s tonight, some women’s basketball players take to the floor for WNBA games tonight and a trio of Irish men’s basketball players continue their quest to gain a roster spot on an NBA squad. All this and more to follow! We have a string of Notre…

  5. The Memory of McGonigal

    Jul 17, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

    Susan After Receiving An Honorary Monogram (Photo: Craig Chval Sr.)

    This is a repurposing of a story that I wrote up on June 24th on the late Susan McGonigal, a former executive assistant at Notre Dame. In cooperation with the University of Notre Dame Development Office, the Notre Dame Athletics Media Relations office is trying to dedicate Susan inside and outside of Notre Dame Stadium…

  6. July 16, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 16, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

    Aug. 27, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Indiana Hoosiers played to a 0-0 draw at Alumni Stadium. (PHOTO-Matt Cashore)

    As people were hitting home runs into the New York sky last night, I posed a Notre Dame baseball question on twitter, “What two former Notre Dame baseball players hit 200 or more home runs in the Major Leagues… It was tough for some, but we had a few right answers. Carl Yastrzemski and Fred…

  7. July 15, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 15, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Troy Niklas Giving Bowling His Best Shot (Mike Hartman, South Bend Tribune)

    We are in the humdrum of summer as none of the four major sports leagues are in session with the all-star break upon us in Major League Baseball, but I remind you … NBA SUMMER LEAGUE IS STILL HERE!!! The Las Vegas Summer League started last friday and a trio of Notre Dame players are…

  8. July 12, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 12, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


    The excitement of summer continues and as we wind down the Orlando Summer League tomorrow another former Irish hooper is beginning to heat up. Notching his first start of summer league, Carleton Scott scored 15 points on five three-point baskets, pulled down four rebounds and blocked one shot in 32 minutes of play for the…

  9. July 11, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 11, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    Abro In Summer League Play For The Celtics (NBA/Getty Images)

    Before we begin, you need to watch former Notre Dame Baseball star A.J. Pollock’s stellar catch in centerfield for the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday. You don’t even need to search for it, I already found you the link. (CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO) More NBA Summer League action happened yesterday as Tim Abromaitis and Jack Cooley squared…

  10. Wayback Wednesday – 2008 Hawaii Bowl Trophy

    Jul 10, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Hawaii Bowl Trophy - Way Back Wednesday

    A new weekly Irish UNDerground feature revolves around the @NDSportsBlogger taking time away from his desk to go find an interesting artifact around the University of Notre Dame Athletic Department, enjoy… This week on ‘Wayback Wednesday’ we unearthed the 2008 Hawaii Bowl Trophy, or as some would say, ‘the near perfect game from Jimmy Clausen.”…

  11. July 10, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT


    Jack Cooley gets to lead us off on today’s ‘TIFI’ because of his stellar play yesterday in NBA Summer League action. Cooley dropped a cool 10 points and snared eight rebounds during the game. If you’re as cool as I am you will have your television switched to NBATV all day today as there is…

  12. Reaney Takes On The World

    Jul 9, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

    Emma Reaney 200 Breaststroke

    Junior swimmer Emma Reaney (’15) recently took to the pool for the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championship in Indianapolis. Here is the experience in her words… A couple of weeks ago I took the short trek down to Indianapolis to compete in the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships/World Championship Trials. For you non-swimmers,…

  13. July 9, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Longtime Soccer Coach Dennis Grace (ND Media Relations)

    We are in the humdrum of summer, watching Abro jam one home in NBA Summer League play and noticing that Rasheed Wallace wore a Notre Dame hat at his first game as a Detroit Pistons assistant coach. That is what goes for a slow news day. All we care about in this country anymore is championships,…

  14. July 8, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tate was named MVP of the Richard Sherman Charity Softball Game

    A great weekend of sports just finished and a ton of former Notre Dame student-athletes were in action, from WNBA’ers to the NBA Summer League and the PGA Tour Canada to celebrity softball games and the MLS. Wherever you looked, there was probably a Domer there. First off, the information you really don’t need but…

  15. July 5, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 5, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Eric Jagielo (ND Media Relations)

    I hope everyone had a great July 4th and had the opportunity to spend some time with their family and friends … safely … Nonetheless, we have a few days of information to catch up on. A former Notre Dame student-athlete makes his professional debut, one gets ready for the toughest job interview and we…

  16. Playing For Uncle Sam’s Army

    Jul 3, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Besler (right) marks an opposing forward (AP)

    Writer Michael Appelgate, a 2013 graduate of DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.), is currently an arts & entertainment writer for the Salt Lake Tribune. A native of Kent, Wash., Appelgate is a diehard Seattle sports fan and a huge fan of the Oregon Ducks basketball court. ———————————————— Matt Besler used to watch highlights of Thierry Henry…

  17. Connecting With Old ACC Memories

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Jerian Grant (22) throws the ball in the air as time expires on another historic ND hoops upset. (Cashore)

    Notre Dame began their ACC tenure on July 1, 2013 after an 18-year relationship with the BIG EAST that dates back to 1995. (I would like to thank Notre Dame Media Relations, Fighting Irish Digital Media and the Associated Press for contributing to this piece) Inside the athletics lore of Notre Dame are great games,…

  18. July 3, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 3, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    Louis Nix III (PHOTO: AP)

    So Homer Bailey pitched another no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds last night, the second in his career. Now that I have the worst segway in history out of the way,’s Robert Mays wrote a great piece on former Notre Dame student-athlete John Sullivan, calling him one of the 22 most ‘underappreciated’ players at the…

  19. Understanding the APR

    Jul 3, 2013, 7:52 AM EDT


    On June 11, 2013, the NCAA released their new APR statistics. We asked the University of Notre Dame Compliance Office to help explain it… The NCAA recently released its 2013 Academic Progress Rate (APR) data and, once again, Notre Dame fared extremely well.  APR is one of the most popular means of measuring academic success…

  20. July 2, 2013 – Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)

    Jul 2, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    2002 Notre Dame baseball team after defeating Florida State in Tallahassee (ND Media Relations)

    Yesterday was a very ceremonial day in New York City and across the states where the ACC is located. After joining a new conference for the first time since 1995, things are starting to settle down here in South Bend. Hockey also officially joined the Hockey East Association yesterday, after leaving the now defunct CCHA.…

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