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Announcing the Shamrock Spring Weekend

April 10, 2015

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Join Us to Celebrate Notre Dame’s Spring Sports

The University of Notre Dame is pleased to invite fans to campus for the free Shamrock Spring Weekend, as six Fighting Irish programs will compete in Atlantic Coast Conference play from April 17-19.

The Shamrock Spring Weekend features 10 events, highlighted by free admission to baseball’s three-game series against North Carolina State, softball’s Strikeout Cancer weekend versus Syracuse and the women’s lacrosse matchup with Louisville. Additionally, the Irish will host a trio of tennis matches, as the men take on Wake Forest and North Carolina State and the women battle Duke. Fans will have the opportunity to win giveaways throughout the weekend, including pizza from Papa John’s, Notre Dame aluminum water bottles and other Fighting Irish prizes.

The top-rated Irish men’s lacrosse squad also wraps up its home slate against North Carolina at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday, however that game already is sold out. In addition to the ACC action, the Irish men’s and women’s soccer programs will continue spring exhibition play.

The Blue-Gold spring football game will be played at 12:30 p.m. EDT Saturday at the LaBar Practice Complex. However, there are no tickets for that event available to the public. The NBC Sports Network will televise the Blue-Gold game live. Fans on campus can view the game on the video board in Purcell Pavilion.

Concessions and the Hammes Bookstore will be open in the Gate 4 parking lot, on the northeast corner of the Joyce Center.

Parking for these events is available free of charge in the Library, Bulla, Stadium and Joyce lots. Normal tailgating policies will be in effect.

A full schedule of weekend events can be found below. For more information, follow ND Athletics Marketing on Twitter (@GoIrish).

Friday, April 17, 2015
3:30 p.m. — #38 Men’s tennis vs. #13 Wake Forest
6:05 p.m. — Baseball vs. North Carolina State (ESPN3)

Saturday, April 18, 2015
12:30 p.m. — Blue-Gold spring football game (no public tickets available, NBCSN)
1 p.m. — Softball vs. Syracuse (WatchND)
1 p.m. — Women’s soccer vs. Michigan (spring exhibition)
2 p.m. — #38 Men’s tennis vs. #34 North Carolina State
2:05 p.m. — Baseball vs. North Carolina State (WatchND)
3 p.m. — Softball vs. Syracuse (WatchND)
4 p.m. — #1 Men’s lacrosse vs. #4 North Carolina* (ESPNU)

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Noon — Softball vs. Syracuse (WatchND)
Noon — #13 Women’s lacrosse vs. #11 Louisville (WatchND)
Noon — #31 Women’s tennis vs. #22 Duke
1 p.m. — Men’s soccer vs. Western Michigan (spring exhibition)
1:05 p.m. — Baseball vs. North Carolina State (WatchND)
2:30 p.m. — Men’s soccer vs. Valparaiso (spring exhibition)

All times EDT; * Denotes ticketed event that already is sold out; television details in parenthesesRead More

Spring Football Report: Volume I

March 30, 2015

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The Fighting Irish Prepare for 2015

On March 18th, the Notre Dame Football team tossed on their jerseys for their first spring practice of 2015. As the Irish took the field in Loftus Sports Complex at Notre Dame, they were joined by a number of new coaches including Autry Denson (Running Backs), Mike Sanford (Defensive Coordinator & Quarterbacks), Todd Lyght (Defensive Backs), Ketih Gilmore (Defensive Line). And while new coaches brought a new energy and tempo to the first practice, this was not the only excitement on day one.

On the offensive side of the ball, everyone is watching the battle for the starting Quarterback job. Although Everett Golson nabbed the first reps on the first day of practice, Malik Zaire remains a qualified candidate for the position. Both athletes are exemplifying the qualities of Notre Dame’s starting quarterback. Golson is noted for his accuracy, putting the football right where he wants it, regardless of distance. Zaire displays composure under pressure in the pocket and incredible athleticism when running the ball. The level competition between these two athletes will make this battle one to watch throughout the entire spring season.

On the defensive side of the ball, early-enrollee Jerry Tillery is turning heads. Already demonstrating his ability to use his hands to push through offensive linemen, Tillery will be one for Irish fans to watch over the course of the next several weeks and in the Blue-Gold game. Also on defense, cornerback Nick Watkins is grabbing some attention for his mental and physical speed.

Overall the entire Fighting Irish Football team is demonstrating great energy and excitement for the 2015 season, and they look forward to showing fans some off-season gains in the 2015 Blue-Gold game, which will be televised live on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Keep up with Notre Dame Football on Twitter for spring ball highlights and stay tuned to gameday.nd.edu for more “Back at It: Spring Football Report” updates. … Read More

Another Top 15 Class for the Irish

February 05, 2015

The University of Notre Dame football roster will increase by 24 student-athletes for the 2015 season.

Twenty of those individuals signed national letters of intent yesterday—while four others enrolled at the University last month, began taking classes and will take part in Irish spring football drills.

The 24 new additions represent 13 states —four from Indiana, three from Illinois, Ohio, two from California, Florida, Nevada and Louisiana, plus one each from Texas, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Maryland, New Jersey and Tennessee.

As listed by group, Notre Dame adds 10 skill players, seven power players, six big skill players and one specialist. As listed by position, Notre Dame adds five defensive backs, five defensive linemen, four wide receivers, three linebackers, two running backs, two offensive linemen, one quarterback, one tight end and one kicker.

Let’s take a look at the Shamrock Soldiers individually:

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On the Eve of Signing Day

February 02, 2015

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Tomorrow marks what is arguably the most important day of the year for college football programs, as each high school senior being recruited will sign his National Letter of Intent. The Irish will look to fill their 2015 signing class by securing commitments from 25 high school seniors.

As the fax machine rings and letters roll in, @NDFootball will announce the latest commitments by prospective student-athletes — our newest Fighting Irish. The primary hashtag to follow to keep up with the conversation on Twitter is #ShamrockSoldiers15 .

UND.com and WatchND will bring you exclusive National Signing Day content throughout the afternoon hosted by Jack Nolan, Jac Collinsworth, and Mike Monaco. Coverage begins at noon EST and will include Coach Kelly’s press conference, a breakdown of all of the signees by position with Coach Kelly, and exclusive interviews with Assistant Coaches. Click here for more information about tomorrow’s broadcast. … Read More

The Campus Crossroads Project is Underway

January 22, 2015

From the beginning, Notre Dame has never let convention limit our dreams. Especially when there’s an opportunity for bold action.

The Campus Crossroads Project is a chance to maximize the potential of one of the most recognizable and centrally located buildings on campus: Notre Dame Stadium. Our commitment to providing an unsurpassed undergraduate experience drives this plan to bring academics, athletics, and student life together.

More than 750,000 square feet of teaching, research, and performance space. Student life and recreation facilities. Cutting-edge digital media resources. An enhanced gameday experience. The largest building project in our history. This is how Notre Dame plans to awaken a sleeping giant and infuse it with life and learning every day of the year. This is our unconventional dream.

Visit crossroads.nd.edu for more information. … Read More

Music City Champs

December 31, 2014

Late Field Goal Lifts Notre Dame Over No. 22 LSU, 31-28

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The Fighting Irish ended the 2014 season with some good vibes and grabbed some much-needed momentum heading into 2015 with a 31-28 victory over LSU in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn.

Notre Dame marched down the field with relative ease, and Kyle Brindza kicked a 32-yard field goal with no time left on the clock to lift the Irish to a 31-28 win before a crowd of 60,419 at LP Field. Beating a Southeastern Conference team in southern territory only made it that much sweeter.

“This was a matchup that we had wanted at Notre Dame, and I know LSU felt the same way,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “We wanted to be challenged. We were disappointed in the way we played obviously at the end of the year, and our guys wanted the opportunity to finish the season the right way.” … Read More

Here Come the Irish, Music City

December 18, 2014

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For the first time in history, the Fighting Irish are heading to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Notre Dame (7-5) is slated to take on Southeastern Conference representative, LSU (8-4), at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at LP Field, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tennessee. Ticket sales are approaching 55,000, and we know many of our Irish fans will be making the trip to Nashville. We are here to make sure you have all of the information you need before arriving in Music City.

Know It All

If you are heading to Nashville to see the Irish play live, follow the Music City Bowl on Twitter and Facebook for all bowl event details, updates, parking information, and so more!

You can also have all bowl information at your fingertips by downloading the new Music City Bowl App. It will have the most up-to-date information on the game and surrounding events. The app can be found by searching “Music City Bowl” on the App store or Google Play.

Questions?

If you have questions, feel free to contact the Music City Bowl directly at Generalinfo@nashvillesports.com or by phone at 615-743-3130.

And be sure to head over to Notre Dame Bowl Central for exclusive bowl features, stats, records, and more! … Read More

Recap: Echoes 2014

December 15, 2014

Notre Dame Football Honors 16 Student-Athletes

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University of Notre Dame senior linebacker Joe Schmidt received the 2014 Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player honor Friday night at the 94th Notre Dame Football Awards Show (ECHOES | 14).

Schmidt, voted MVP by his teammates, and 15 other Irish players were honored at the show, which was sponsored by The Notre Dame Club of Saint Joseph Valley, South Bend International Airport, CBTS, Visit South Bend Mishawaka, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and TireRack.com.

Highlights from the ECHOES, presented by Coke Zero, will be broadcast four times on NBC Sports Network. The recap show will debut on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 1:30 p.m. EST and re-air on Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EST, Dec. 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST and Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. EST.

Award Winners

Scout Team Player of the Year: Offense – Tyler Plantz
Scout Team Player of the Year: Defense – Austin Larkin
Newcomer of the Year: Offense – Torii Hunter Jr.
Newcomer of the Year: Defense – Drue Tranquill
Special Teams Player of the Year – C.J. Prosise
Offensive Lineman of the Year – Ronnie Stanley
Irish Around the Bend – Kyle Brindza
Moose Krause Lineman of the Year – Sheldon Day
Father Lange Iron Cross – Christian Lombard
Pietrosante Award – Cam McDaniel
Rockne Student-Athlete – Corey Robinson
Tire Rack Play of the Year – Ben Koyack
Offensive Player of the Year – Will Fuller
Defensive Player of the Year – Jaylon Smith
Next Man In – Justin Utupo
Most Valuable Player – Joe SchmidtRead More

The 2014 Notre Dame Football Awards Show

December 11, 2014

The Echoes will be hosted by Mike Mayock and Skylar Diggins

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A Celebration of the 2014 Fighting Irish Team: The Echoes, will be held Friday, Dec. 12, at DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the Notre Dame campus. The red-carpet event begins at 6:30 p.m. EST with a reception that will feature hors d’oeuvres from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The awards show program, co-hosted by Skylar Diggins and Mike Mayock, will start at 8 p.m. in the Leighton Concert Hall. The program will include a video tribute to the 2014 Fighting Irish plus a series of awards honoring the Notre Dame Football team and comments from head coach Brian Kelly.

Tickets for The Echoes are still available and can be purchased at the Notre Dame Ticket Office. Tickets may also be purchased online at und.com/tickets or by calling the Notre Dame Ticket Office at 574-631-7356. The Notre Dame Football Awards Show is a reserved seating event. Any special seating needs should be requested when purchasing tickets for the program.

Come out and show your support as we celebrate the accomplishments of our Fighting Irish from the 2014 season. … Read More

The Fighting Irish are Heading to Music City

December 09, 2014

Notre Dame to play LSU on Dec. 30th at LP Field in Nashville

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For the first time in history, the University of Notre Dame football team is headed to the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl.

Notre Dame (7-5) will meet Southeastern Conference representative, LSU (8-4), at 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at LP Field, home of the NFL Tennessee Titans, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Irish qualify as a representative of the Atlantic Coast Conference in their first year of an agreement, which also allows Notre Dame to play four to six games per season against ACC opponents.

The Music City Bowl marks the fifth bowl appearance in as many seasons under Irish Head Coach, Brian Kelly. Kelly becomes the first Head Coach in Notre Dame history to take teams to bowl games in each of his first five seasons. With a win at the Music City Bowl, Brian Kelly would become the first Head Coach in Irish history to win at least eight games in each of his first five seasons with the Fighting Irish.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity to face LSU — one of the preeminent programs in all of college football,” said Kelly. “When we worked with the ACC to fashion our agreement, part of the attraction for Notre Dame was the ability to provide our program with this type of matchup. In that vein we’re excited to come to Nashville, to play in a bowl in which the University never before has participated and to play in a top-notch NFL venue.”

Fans can tune in to ESPN, ESPN Radio, and Notre Dame’s IMG Football Radio to catch all of the action on December 30th. Click here for all of the bowl information you will need — from tickets, to bowl history, to events. … Read More