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The Notre Dame Women's Swim Team Bus Crash: Recovery and Renewal

First Part Link: The Notre Dame Swimming Team's Accident (Some creative license has been used in this article. I take full responsibility for that and for any misstatements of facts) Recovery H...

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The Notre Dame Women's Swim Team's Accident

Few will ever forget this,which has become another part of what we call Notre Dame. Spirits Swimming The Irish women's swimming team boarded the bus in Evanston after a meet with a powerful...

Notre Dame’s 1966 National Championship

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"1965 had ended not with a bang, but a whimper. In November, Michigan State had come into South Bend and held the Irish to -12 yards on the ground, just 24 yards passing for a TOTAL OFFENSE OF JUST 12 YARDS as the Spartans controlled the game for a 12-3 win. Then the Irish flew to Miami and left with a scoreless tie against Miami. The taste of ashes was in the mouths of Irish fans. What of the vaunted Parseghian/Pagna offense? 3 points in the last 8 quarters. It was not thunder, but heads, that were shaking in Michiana. But a trinity of coaches in the fooball coaching offices spent no time fretting and a lot of time preparing for the 1966 season."

Isaac Hamilton's transfer request denied by UTEP's Tim Floyd

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"According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, Hamilton wants to transfer closer to his home in Los Angeles to be closer to his grandmother who has fallen ill, and wishes to play for the USC Trojans." Hamilton is a five star recruit (b-ball) ranked #14 in the nation from a LA suburb.

NCAA denies hardship waiver for Rutgers' Okoro, despite death of father and brother

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"The NCAA grants transfer waivers to student athletes based on injury, illness or financial hardship of an immediate family member or legal guardian. If a family member is given a specific amount of time to live, that also merits a waiver. Death, however, isn’t part of the criteria, it seems. Rutgers transfer Kerwin Okoro lost his father Stanislaus and brother Idiongo in the span of two months last year, which made The Bronx product decide to leave Iowa State and come closer to home to attend Rutgers. Yet the NCAA denied the 6-foot-5 St. Raymond graduate’s transfer waiver request yesterday, a source told The Post. Okoro, 19, was scheduled to be a key part of new head coach Eddie Jordan’s program in the winter, but now he might have to wait before beginning the final three seasons of his collegiate career. It’s a head-scratching decision considering Okoro’s losses would seem to meet the waiver guidelines more than many other student athletes who have been approved in recent years. For example, Iona guard Tavon Sledge, who left Iowa State, received a waiver and was allowed to play immediately last season because his father was sick, while Hofstra guard Shaquille Stokes was granted one because of his sick grandmother."

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CFB Roster Analysis: Pt III - Private Universities

Which college football university football programs handle roster management differently? For those that do not follow the "Business Model" discussed in the prior article, can their athletic...

College Football Teams' Roster Management Analysis: Pt 2 - Public Universities

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Part 2 of Roster Management series - Large Public Universities compared

College Football Teams' Roster Management Analysis: Pt 2 - Public Universities

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Part 2 of the Roster Management articles comparing seven large public universities roster management, including Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and UCLA.

College Football Teams' Roster Management Analysis: Part 1 - Alabama

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The first part of a Roster Management series of articles. Pt 1 - Nick Saban and Alabama

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CFB Roster Management: Pt II - Public Universities

How does Nick Saban's Alabama roster management - as discussed in the Part 1 article - differ significantly from other major football programs? What advantage does the "Satan of the South"...

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CFB Roster Management: Pt I - Alabama

Success breeds scrutiny and criticism - some valid to a degree, some not. College football coaches may differ in their roster management, utilizing one year scholarships within the yearly limit...

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Worst Coach Ever for a Football Program

Who do you think was the worst hire for their team? Lane Kiffin (Tenn), Ty Willingham (Wash), Rich Rod (Mich), Paul Hackett (USC), Ron Zook (Fla), Butch Davis (UNC), Ron Prince (K-State) come to...

Notre Dame’s 1946 National Championship

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Includes "The Greatest Recruiting Class of All-Time" and "The Game of the Century"

Big Ten non-conference power rankings: Where we point fingers at Ohio State and salivate over Northwestern

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Here it is. Maize 'N Brew's (Michigan) ranking of each B1G teams non-conference scheduling from worst to first. The toughest? It is comprised of: UNLV, NM State, W. Illinois, San Jose State. I'm running out today and getting season tickets.

Shakin' The South (Clemson) site's cooking recipes

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Bar-b-que (brisket, pork), chicken, nachos, killer shrimp, pork, mashed potatoes and more

ACC takes New York to welcome Pitt, Syracuse, Notre Dame

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"NEW YORK — This was the ACC like we've never seen. Lobster-on-crostini hors d'oeuvres and piped-in-jazz overlooking Times Square rather than barbecue, hush puppies and Kenny Chesney out yonder. An aggressive, confident marketing campaign instead of the staid, traditional odes to the past. All to mark Monday's official arrival of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the conference. All to transparently proclaim the ACC is in the big city to stay."

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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan

That skinny little kid from Minnesota with the weird voice and songs with such engrossing lyrics, turned 72 yesterday. Dylan came to Greenwich Village and became arguably the most influential...

Thoughts & Prayers To All Oklahomans Affected By Monday's Terrible Tragedy

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Crimson and Cream has opened up a donation site for victims of the tornadoes.

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Notre Dame - Michigan: Therapy Sessions

Come in, Brady. Lay down on the couch, if you wish. I find music is soothing. This song is a favorite, so with your permission.... Brady Hoke: It's a great one that I love, too. Fine by me. ...

Te’o begins life in the NFL

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San Diego coach Mike McCoy told me Sunday, after the rookie minicamp, that the staff expects Te’o to be an every-down linebacker. He said Te’o will take his place as the starting Mike linebacker — the strongside ‘backer in San Diego’s 3-4 defense...

Clashmore Mike:The Story of the Irish Terrier Mascots at Notre Dame: College Football’s "Winning-est" Mascot

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"I guess it is only fitting and proper that Knute K. Rockne, the greatest of all college football coaches, should have selected an Irish Terrier dog as the mascot for the University of Notre Dame’s football teams."

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College Football Playoff - OFD style

OFD needs their own Selection Committee comprised of selected Commentariat. This would be: above and beyond the SBN polling ranking the top six or eight teams weekly committee members...

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Notre Dame Players in the NFL

List has be updated after the draft with draftees and unrestricted free agent signings. Will be updated after roster cuts. Current NFL Roster Players (36) Michael Floyd - 2nd String - RWR...

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