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

Jul 1, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

Today is a big day in the sports scene here at Notre Dame. As many of you may know, today is the day that the majority of Fighting Irish athletic squads are switching conferences, other than football remaining independent, hockey joining the Hockey East today and fencing staying in the Midwest Fencing Conference, the rest of the teams here are joining the Atlantic Coast Conference for the upcoming season. The festivities are taking place in New York City today with a host of activities and special ceremonies, men’s basketball coach Mike Brey is on hand to represent the University.

On Friday we asked you about the NBA Draft and if you were a big Notre Dame basketball fan, it should have been easy for you (Who was the last Notre Dame NBA Lottery Pick? First round pick? Overall #1 pick?). Ryan Humphrey was the last first round pick back in 2002, in 2001 Troy Murphy was drafted in the lottery and in 1971 Austin Carr was the top pick in the NBA Draft.

Now, what did we miss…

  1. 1. General – ACC  (LINK-TheACC.com)
    Today marks the official beginning of the ‘new’ Atlantic Coast Conference after Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame begin their tenures within the now 15-team organization. This marks the first time since 1995 that the Irish have made an overhaul of their conference affiliation status. While in the Big East, Notre Dame compiled 126 championships, including a record-setting 13 titles in 2012-13, their last season in the conference. The future is bright but there may be some growing pains along the way as the ACC has some olympic sports that are the best in the country at their respective event.
     
  2. 2. Hockey – Hockey East (LINK-HockeyEastOnline.com)
    The majority of our sports are moving today, hockey included, but that doesn’t mean that hockey is joining the other sports in the ACC, instead they are joining the vaunted Hockey East Conference. Hockey East, celebrating its 30th year this season, has 12 member schools, 11 of which play in the men’s division (UConn joins the men’s division in 2014-15). Of those 12, only one is not a division one program, Merrimack. Albeit fans will not be as aware of the teams in this conference, the quality from top to bottom is unmatched throughout the country. To get to know a little about the other teams in the Hockey East Association, read a previous blog that was put together by members of the collegiate hockey community.

 

  1. 3. Hockey – Future Irish Icer Hears Name In NHL Draft (LINK-UND.com)
    Future goaltender Cal Petersen (Waterloo, Iowa) was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 National Hockey League Entry Draft, 129th overall by the Buffalo Sabres. Petersen signed his national letter-of-intent in the early signing period last November and was one of three current or future Irish players ranked by NHL Central Scouting in their final rankings. Petersen is expected to join the Notre Dame roster for the 2014-15 season and will begin his second season this fall with the USHL’s Waterloo Black Hawks. The 6-2, 183-pound netminder played his first full season in the USHL with his hometown team, the Waterloo Black Hawks, in Waterloo, Iowa during the 2012-13 season. As an 18-year old, Petersen was 21-11-1 with a 2.97 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage while turning in three shutouts as the Black Hawks finished third in the USHL’s Western Conference with a 39-21-4 record.
     
  1. 4. Football – Reeve, Cooks Join Respective Halls (LINK-SouthBendTribune.com)(LINK-IrvingISD.net)
    Former Notre Dame Kicker Dave Reeve, member of the 1977 national championship team, and current assistant football coach Kerry Cooks have been inducted into hall of fame’s in their local area. Reeve, a native of Bloomington, Ind., is set to be inducted on July 12 into the Monroe County Sports Hall of Fame while Kerry Cooks, hailing from Irving, Texas, was inducted on June 16 into the Irving Independent School District Athletics Hall of Fame. Reeve, a 1974 Parade All-American from Bloomington South High School, was the first kicker awarded a scholarship by former Irish coach Ara Parseghian. He kicked all four years for the Irish and graduated in 1978 as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 247 points, still fifth on the Notre Dame scoring list. Cooks played football at Nimitz High School where he was team MVP and won multiple local accolades. After winning the Dr. Pepper player of the year award, Cooks went on to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes, earning all-Big Ten honors. After completing college, Cooks played in the National Football League for a host of squads. Upon retiring from the league, Cooks returned to Nimitz before coaching at a variety of colleges until landing at his present job at Notre Dame.
     
        1. 5. Basketball – What To Expect In The ACC (LINK MBB-SouthBendTribune.com) & (LINK WBB-SouthBendTribune.com)
          In the ACC there are a number of great teams in a variety of sports. Many people believe that basketball in the ACC is second to none (could be said about baseball and lacrosse as well) and that can be seen from the tradition of success from top to bottom in the league. Without giving you any names of teams, you can rattle off a variety of great players and coaches that have peppered the league since it’s inception just over 60 years ago (1953). These two articles look at what’s in store for the Irish men’s and women’s basketball teams once they begin play in the ACC next season.

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If you have more time to kill at work, read these other great articles:

What Does Notre Dame Bring To The ACC (SouthBendTribune.com) – Lets look at what Notre Dame brings to the ACC other than national titles and a consistent tradition of being pretty good at athletics…

Top-5 Running Backs Notre Dame Will Face In 2013 (GBMWolverine.com) – Notre Dame sports one of the best D-line’s in all of football, who will they be tasked to slow down this season on the ground?

McDonald’s All-American Demetrius Jackson Begins Career At ND (NBCSports.com) – Excited to see yet another McDonald’s all-american suit up for the Irish? Me too.

Men’s Golf Unveils 2013-14 Schedule (UND.com) – Coach Jim Kubinski and his must-follow twitter account play a very tough schedule this upcoming season… It can’t be that bad, they play at Oak Hill CC, home of the 2013 PGA Championship, Crooked Stick Golf Club, home of the 1991 PGA Championship, and the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, one of the toughest courses in the country and the golf course in the movie Legend of Bagger Vance.

What To Expect From Football’s Freshman (One Foot Down) – A plethora of new freshman enter the stable of talent this season for Coach Kelly, what can we expect from them?

Brian Kelly Has Brought Confidence Back To ND (UHND.com) – Since he has coached at Notre Dame, all Coach Kelly has done was have three-straight winning seasons, a 28-11 overall record, a berth in the BCS Championship game, a Heisman Memorial Trophy runner-up and bring back confidence to the players and fans of Notre Dame … that’s all …

Realignment 101 With Pat Forde (YahooSports.com) – Looking to not be confused about the conference shuffling going on right now? The great Pat Forde has your back.

Torres, Jackson Adapt To College Hoops (SouthBendTribune.com) – The local duo of Austin Torres and Demetrius Jackson started their careers at Notre Dame a few weeks back, the South Bend Tribune’s Tom Noie checks in with them to see how it is going.

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Tweets to which I would have responded with ‘Haha’ …

As the new ACC mascots get to know each other, the Leprechaun is already making enemies…

Does the ACC know what they got themselves into with the @NDFABFIVE coming to their schools?…

And this…

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Notre Dame Video Of The Day
 

It’s Canada Day everyone! A celebration of Canadians gaining their independence all the way back in 1867 on July 1. Many former Notre Dame student-athletes hail from Canada including current student-athletes Natalie Achonwa, Jeremy Ra, Shayne Taker, Kyle Trolley, Alex & Tina Techar and J.P. Malette. As the boys on ESPN.com’s Mike and Mike debated this morning, which Canadian do you got?… Celine Dion or Bryan Adams … I give you both … you decide …


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Today’s Trivia:

An ACC related question because of today’s events…

Back in 2002, when the Notre Dame baseball team gained berth to Omaha for the College World Series, which ACC team did the Irish beat in the NCAA Super Regional to get there?

You will find the answer in Tuesday’s ‘Things I Found Interesting (And So Should You)’

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