Sports

Why Walk-On Players Put in the Effort

Why Walk-On Players Put in the Effort

Author: Madison Nardone

Although Notre Dame players don’t wear their names on the backs of their jerseys, devoted fans memorize the numbers of their favorites. Key players are discussed on ESPN. Big stars rack up thousands of social media followers and sign autographs for young, adoring fans. But what about the players standing on the sidelines?

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Staff Awards
Fans React to Football Frustrations with Ads and Twitter
Irish End Season in Memorable Fashion
By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Author: Casey Nash

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Brian Kelly’s head coaching winning percentage, which places him 16th among active NCAA Division-I coaches. His overall record is 230-88-2 through stints with Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Just one year removed from a 2015 campaign, in which his team went 10-3 and was a contender for a playoff spot, Kelly finds himself on the hot seat. His 2016 team, ranked as high as 9th in the nation in preseason polls, finished 4-8 and failed to reach a bowl game. 

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Irish Soccer: Men fall to Louisville in round of sixteen, Women stunned by Siue in first round shootout

Irish Soccer: Men fall to Louisville in round of sixteen, Women stunned by Siue in first round shootout

Author: Casey Nash

In a hard-fought, third-round NCAA tournament matchup on November 27, the Irish men’s soccer team lost 3-1 over the Thanksgiving weekend at Louisville. That match was Louisville’s second win over Notre Dame this year; in September, the Cardinals handed the then-top-ranked Irish their first loss of the season. Louisville joins four other ACC squads in the national quarterfinals.

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ESPN to Premiere
Irish Fall 34-31 to Hokies on Senior Night
Hockey's Last Season in the Hockey East

Hockey's Last Season in the Hockey East

Author: Janet Stengle

Skating into its final season in the Hockey East Conference, the Fighting Irish hockey team looks to its juniors to lead a team of young talent.

In their regular season opening two-game series, Notre Dame defeated Arizona State at home 9-2 and 4-2. The ninegoal tally is the highest the Irish have scored since scoring 10 against Canisius on Dec. 29, 2010.…

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#ByTheNumbers

#ByTheNumbers

Author: Alexandra Muck

6 The Irish hockey team’s ranking in the latest poll, released by USA Today and USA Hockey Magazine. The Irish won three of their first four games in 2016, but have since lost to and tied with Penn State before earning a split with Connecticut, which dropped them two spots from fourth to their current position.…

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What to Expect from Irish Basketball This Year

What to Expect from Irish Basketball This Year

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez and Michael Sokolowski

Men’s

Before the 2014-15 season, Mike Brey had never reached the Elite Eight as a head coach, and Notre Dame had not been since the 1978-79 season under Digger Phelps, when the Irish were still independent. Brey has since guided the team that far in two consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, losing to Kentucky in 2015 and North Carolina in 2016.…

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Jenkins and Progressive Faculty Disagree on NCAA Decision

Jenkins and Progressive Faculty Disagree on NCAA Decision

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez and Michael Sokolowski

Not often will the head of a university publish an article in a nationally syndicated newspaper questioning the actions of an association of which it is a member. But Notre Dame President Reverend John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. did just that, and it has sparked an ongoing national conversation.

Jenkins wrote an opinion piece this September in the Wall Street Journal entitled “The NCAA Isn’t a Moral Arbiter — Nor Should It Be.” He questioned the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s decision to move seven championship games from North Carolina in response to the state’s House Bill 2 (H.B. 2), which restricts the use of public restrooms to a person’s biological sex, rather than gender identity.…

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VanGorder Out at DC
#ByTheNumbers

#ByTheNumbers

Author: O'Neil, Alison

1500 - The number of fans that will be able to fit into the Harris Family Track and Field Stadium, currently under construction on the southeast side of campus near the Compton Family Ice Arena and the Melissa Cook Softball Stadium. When completed, this state-of-the-art facility (located outside ND’s existing nine-lane track) will boast a nutrition station, locker rooms, meeting rooms, a training center and a scoreboard. The stadium, subsidized by College of Science alumnus Bob Harris and his wife, Mary Ellen, is expected to be finished by February 2017.…

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Remembering Ailish Sheehan
Opinion: NBC Deal, Freedom Are Reasons Enough to Stay Independent

Opinion: NBC Deal, Freedom Are Reasons Enough to Stay Independent

Author: Casey Nash

Since 1991, Notre Dame has enjoyed one of the most lucrative television deals in college sports: NBC airs a national live broadcast of every home football game. On Sept. 13, a press release issued on UND.com stated that the NBC deal has generated $100 million in financial aid for students. This headline is refreshing when you consider other universities’ allocation of funds: In essentially a reverse move, the University of New Hampshire put a quarter of their longtime campus librarian’s $4 million posthumous donation towards a new football scoreboard. Programs at schools like UNH sap money, while ND football’s cup runneth over.…

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Fall Sports Start Strong

Fall Sports Start Strong

Author: Hunter Kuffel

With many strong performances already, the Irish are hoping to carry that momentum forward in the coming weeks. Here’s a quick glance at some key things to know about each team and how each has performed so far.

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The Notre Dame Pre-Med Student Who Went to the Olympics
#ByTheNumbers

#ByTheNumbers

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez

4    The number of wins needed for Irish head football coach Brian Kelly to become the fifth coach in school history to reach 60 wins. The only other men to lead Notre Dame to 60 victories are legendary figures and members of the College Football Hall of Fame: Knute Rockne, Lou Holtz, Ara Parseghian, and Frank Leahy. Kelly has won more four or more games in each of his 12 seasons as head coach, averaging exactly 9 wins per season over that span.…

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Notre Dame Olympians

Notre Dame Olympians

Author: Jacob Zinkula

Twelve current or former Notre Dame student-athletes took part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro: ten as athletes and two as coaches. 

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Penalties Off the Field: How Notre Dame Handles Disciplinary Issues
Digger Phelps on the
Molly Seidel continues impressive career at Notre Dame
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#ByTheNumbers

Author: Joe Disipio

01: Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team was ranked 1 and 2 as they entered their match-up with #13/12 Duke on Sunday April 10. The Irish still only had one loss entering the game. Notre Dame and Duke have met 16 times, with the Blue Devils leading the series 10 to 6, though the teams have split games played in South Bend. The Duke game will be key in the Irish’s quest to win the ACC and to secure a national championship for the first time in the program’s history.…

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A Ritual of Spring Returns
High Hopes for Irish Hockey

High Hopes for Irish Hockey

Author: Teagan Dillon

As the Hockey East Tournament quickly approaches, teams are vying for the coveted top four spots and a first round bye into the quarterfinals as well as the 2016 regular season championship.

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Irish Lacrosse No. 1 to Begin Season
ND Basketball Coaches: Muffet McGraw and Mike Brey
#BytheNumbers

#BytheNumbers

Author: Joe Disipio

14 Notre Dame men’s lacrosse has opened the past 14 seasons with a win.

400 The Irish softball team has recorded exactly 400 wins at home throughout the program’s 27-year history.

86 This year marks the 86th edition of Bengal Bouts.

4 In Muffet McGraw’s 29 seasons as head coach of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, she has led her team to a top four finish in conference play 26 times.

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Hot Takes

Hot Takes

Author: Rich Hidy

Notre Dame women’s lacrosse will win the ACC Title.

Notre Dame men’s basketball will reach the Sweet 16.

Notre Dame softball outfielder Karly Wester will eclipse her program best career batting average.

 

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