McKenna: Irish seniors send off Mike Brey with more than just style

Author: Greg McKenna

Five seniors broke their huddle, fanning out by the Notre Dame free throw line. Irish head coach Mike Brey, as he often does, kept his remarks brief during a media timeout with just under 12 minutes left in the first half. 

So Cormac Ryan, Dane Goodwin, Trey Wertz, Marcus Hammond and Nate Laszewski turned their gaze toward the Pittsburgh bench, where Jeff Capel’s No. 25 Panthers were yet to take the floor. 

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McKenna: Men's Basketball Fails to Close (Again) Against UNC

Author: Greg McKenna

It couldn’t have started much uglier.

Fittingly, the climax of Notre Dame’s back-and-forth affair against North Carolina Wednesday night at Purcell Pavilion was scrappy, too. Down one with 30 seconds left, the Irish trusted their defense to get a late stop, just as they had on Saturday at Virginia. As on Saturday, and so often this season, Mike Brey’s team came up short. 

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Ryan Bischel's Heroics Lead Irish Hockey to Crucial Win on Senior Night

Author: Greg McKenna

Ryan Bischel pointed to the sky, then spread his arms wide for the bear hugs from teammates he knew were coming. 

It wasn’t the first time Bischel, the only goalie in the nation with over 1000 saves this season, has kept the Irish in games while under siege. It wasn’t the first time he had put on a clinic, forcing opposition players to simply raise their hands on their heads and wonder “How on Earth did he just do that?” as Ohio State was left to ponder Saturday night. 

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Ivey's Irish rebound with rivalry win over No. 3 UConn

Author: Greg McKenna

Olivia Miles admitted she was too timid, too much in her own head during Notre Dame’s 74-72 loss at the buzzer against Maryland Thursday. 

Back on the floor at Purcell Pavilion and playing in one of college basketball’s premier rivalries Sunday afternoon, she played more like a woman possessed. Miles led the Irish with 21 points, 15 of which came on 7 of 8 shooting in the first half, and added four assists as No. 7 Notre Dame (6-1) led by as many as 18 and downed No. 3 Connecticut (6-1) 74-60 in the Jimmy V Classic. 

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McKenna: Cormac Ryan Effect in Full Force as Irish Crush No. 20 Spartans

Author: Greg McKenna

The mass of Michigan State fans smelled blood in the water as they took over the south side of Purcell Pavilion Wednesday night. The chants of “Go Green! Go White!” before a late evening tip were filled more with expectation than encouragement. 

A Notre Dame team coming off a double-digit loss to St. Bonaventure on Friday in Elmont, New York? That had let the Bonnies begin on a 22-9 run? That had shot 2 of 17 from three? That was near the bottom of the ACC in… assists? (You couldn’t find a more out of character stat for a Mike Brey team if you tried.)

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Letter from the Editor

Author: Greg McKenna

Fall break was a bit too short, wasn’t it? Scratch that. Way too short. A post-break and post-game day edition of the Sunday scaries? 

Count me out. 

At least it’s still fall, even if the permacloud is already upon us. Regardless of whether you’ve been traveling to the Starbucks LaFun every morning (or night) for a pumpkinspiced latte or ridicule those who do, flip to our culture section to learn what autumnthemed offerings from Trader Joe’s you need to try. …

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Letter from the Editor

Author: Greg McKenna

Goes by fast, doesn’t it? A month ago, it was 90 degrees, and those of you in dorms without air conditioning were wondering what you had done to end up in Dante’s Inferno. Freshmen were using Google Maps to get to class. Notre Dame’s College Football Playoff hopes were still alive after a narrow loss to No. 2 Ohio State in the Shoe.…

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Bertrand Story

Author: Greg McKenna

John Michael Bertrand and his brother JD head to the indoor facility for Notre Dame’s football and soccer programs about twice a week. Unlike JD, though, John Michael is not a middle linebacker.

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Game Recap: Virginia Tech

Author: Greg McKenna

Lane Stadium could feel it. When Virginia Tech quarterback Braxton Burmeister hit paydirt on a 19-yard touchdown run to put his team up 29-21 with just under four minutes to play, Hokies’ fans sensed they had the Irish on the ropes. 

The Irish offense had struggled all night against the Hokies, who were looking to improve to 4-1 and grab a signature upset in primetime. After a dismal first quarter, graduate transfer starter Jack Coan was pulled in favor of true freshman Tyler Buchner, whose dual-threat capabilities kept the Irish in the game. 

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