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Yes, if you have been missing thee ol’ college pig skin, have no fear!  you have spring games coming up!  Most of the time practices are open to fans and the game is a chance to come out and see what the team looks like going into summer! This might get you through until Fall…then we can start chomping at the bit to see the boys get down and dirty in 2011~ Here is your 2011 Spring Game Schedule!

Big East

CINCINNATI -Spring game: April 16

CONNECTICUT-Spring game: April 16

LOUISVILLE – Spring game: April 15

PITTSBURGH -Spring game: April 17

RUTGERS -Spring game: April 30

SOUTH FLORIDA -Spring game: April 2

SYRACUSE -Spring game: April 16

WEST VIRGINIA -Spring game: April 29

Big 12

BAYLOR -Spring game: April 2

IOWA STATE -Spring game: April 16

KANSAS -Spring game: April 30

KANSAS STATE -Spring game: April 30

MISSOURI -Spring game: April 16

OKLAHOMA – Spring game: April 16

OKLAHOMA STATE -Spring game: April 16

TEXAS -Spring game: April 3

TEXAS A&M -Spring game: April 16

TEXAS TECH -Spring game: March 26

ACC

BOSTON COLLEGE -Spring game: April 16

CLEMSON – Spring game: April 9

DUKE – Spring game: March 26

FLORIDA STATE -Spring game: April 16

GEORGIA TECH – Spring game: April 24

MARYLAND -Spring game: April 30

MIAMI -Spring game: April 16

NORTH CAROLINA -Spring game: April 9

NORTH CAROLINA STATE -Spring game: April 16

VIRGINIA -Spring game: April 2

VIRGINIA TECH -Spring game: April 23

WAKE FOREST -Spring game: April 16

Big Ten

ILLINOIS – Spring game: April 23

INDIANA -Spring game: April 16

IOWA -Spring game: April 16

MICHIGAN -Spring game: April 16

MICHIGAN STATE -Spring game: April 30

MINNESOTA -Spring game: April 23

NEBRASKA -Spring game: April 16

NORTHWESTERN -Spring game: April 16

OHIO STATE -Spring game: April 23

PENN STATE -Spring game: April 16

PURDUE -Spring game: April 9

WISCONSIN -Spring game: April 23

SEC

ALABAMA -Spring game: April 16

ARKANSAS -Spring game: April 16

AUBURN =Spring game: April 16.

FLORIDA =Spring game: April 9

GEORGIA -Spring game: April 16

KENTUCKY -Spring game: April 23

LSU -Spring game: April 9

MISSISSIPPI STATE -Spring game: April 9

OLE MISS -Spring game: April 16

SOUTH CAROLINA -Spring game: April 9

TENNESSEE -Spring game: April 16

VANDERBILT -Spring game: April 17

PAC-12

ARIZONA STATE -Spring game: April 23

CALIFORNIA -Spring game: April 24

COLORADO -Spring game: April 9

OREGON -Spring game: April 30

OREGON STATE -Spring game: April 30

STANFORD -Spring game: April 9

UCLA -Spring game: April 23

USC -Spring game: April 23

UTAH -Spring game: April 16

WASHINGTON -Spring game: April 30

WASHINGTON STATE -Spring game: April 16

Others

TCU -Spring game: April 2

Boise State -Spring game: April 16

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A Real Class Act

Posted: December 7, 2010 by NattieLiz in coaches, NCAA Football, Notre Dame, University of Miami

As you all may know, the girls and I are proud University of Miami Grads. Our head coach maybe gone, but he left a mark on his players and the UM football program. This week some of the players have been visited by Santa Shannon. Many players have found Miami postcards in their lockers with personal letters from their ex head coach.

“It was the nicest thing he ever said to me since I’ve been here,” senior left tackle Orlando Franklin said Monday. “He was just telling me to keep my head up and don’t get sidetracked”.

Senior cornerback Ryan Hill also got a letter, and was equally touched. He said he has talked to “probably 20” players who got the notes. He is almost positive that other players had also gotten them. Shannon’s message to Hill read something like this:  “Just keep working. Keep going, keep pushing, you’re going to have a great career. [He said] it was fun and that he loves me”.
These letters show a compassionate side of the coach that got them to this upcoming bowl game, but will not be there to coach them to victory. Many of the players expressed the feelings that Shannon may feel like he let them all down, but that is far from the case. Hill wants his coach to know, “‘Hey listen, you didn’t let anybody down. If anything, you put us in a better position to better ourselves.”
The Canes are preparing to take on the Fighting Irish on New years Eve in the Sun Bowl. Tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Tx are officially sold out! The interim coach, Jeff Stoutland, will be coaching the Hurricanes for the remainder of this post season as the search for a new head coach continues. Hopefully they find someone with similar values to keep these boys on the right track, Stay Classy Randy Shannon, Stay classy.
Via Miami Herald


ND Player Investigation

Posted: November 23, 2010 by NattieLiz in NCAA Football, Notre Dame

19-year-old St. Mary’s college student, Elizabeth Seeberg died of an apparent suicide nine days after telling University of Notre Dame police that she had been sexually attacked by a football player  in late August. “Lizzy” as she was known to her friends, overdosed on prescription medication in her dorm room September 10th. The player under investigation remains on the field.

It’s now more than two months later and an  Indiana prosecutor is starting to review the case.  On Sunday, Coach Brian Kelly had this to say, “I’m not going to get into the specifics. I can tell you this, from my standpoint as the head football coach I think it was made clear that the university is going to deal with any matters of this nature.” But Notre Dame still refuses to publicly acknowledge the case, and what actions officials have taken to investigate her allegation remain largely unknown.

via Espn Chicago

We are sadly coming to the final weeks of the college football season. It’s been a season riddled with injury, Especially at the key QB position. So in these last weeks if you are looking for your starting Quarter Back from September, you might be better off looking on the sidelines for the guy in sweats and a fitted cap. But don’t focus on him too long, because there is some one on the field doing his job, and sometimes… even better!

BYU QB: Riley Nelson only made it to September 21st as the Cougars starting Quarter Back due to an injury to his right shoulder leaving him out for 4 – 5 months.. aka the rest of the season. This left the job up to Freshman Jake Heaps, who ultimately was the squads most experienced QB. The Cougars are now 5-5.

UCLA QB Richard Brehaut: Kevin Prince the anticipated starting quarter back for UCLA was hunkered up mid-season with a meniscus tear in his knee. As soon as Prince was scheduled for surgery in came freshman Richard Brehaut (pronounced Bre-HO.. or affectionately known by his team mates as Bre- Bro). Bre-Bo has shown some surprising capability at the position.  Last week Oregon State got a pass rush against UCLA but Brehaut didn’t stay in the pocket to see it happen too often. Brehaut showed great improvisational skills which was especially true in third down situations. This Thursday the Bruins take on Washington.. Keep an eye out for this kid and his quick thinking shovel passes!

Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees: Dayne Crist started off having a pretty good season…ND always has its ups and downs, but off of summer training Crist came in looking pretty solid. That is until he ruptured his patella tendon in the game against Tulsa. The previous year it was his right, and this year it is his left. That’s some tough luck there, you can’t help but feel bad for these boys. Now freshman Tommy Rees has taken over, with Nate Montana being his back up. Which in our next series of injuries we learn, the back up back up might actually get some play, sooner than later. Enter: The Purdue Boilermakers.

Purdue QB Rob Henry: Robert Marve was the highly anticipated starting QB for the Purdue Boilermakers. It seems that anticipation only got Boiler Nation to its 4th game, in which Marve once again re tore his ACL in the first quarter. A huge blow to a team riddled with injuries. Rob Henry the red shirt freshman would take over from there.. and take over he did.. until he too was struck with injury. Enter Justin Siller…long story here, but he was the QB, but then had to go to a JC to fix his grades, and come back the following year. The Boilermakers alternated QB’s last week against Michigan, resulting in both still being injured and Siller worse off than before. We pray they get this together for the last 2 games and end the season on a high note.

Miami QB Stephen Morris: Jacory Harris is by all accounts the starting quarter back for the UM Canes. He received a hard blow at Virginia on Oct 30th and was forced to sit out 2 games. Many Miami fans would point to Harris as being a pretty inconsistent QB that throws his fair share of interceptions and isn’t very good at seeing the lateral pass rush… but that’s neither here nor there. The kid had a concussion, so in came freshman back up, Stephen Morris. Stephen Morris started winning games, 2 fairly consistently with minor mistakes.  Jacory Harris is recovered but now fans, students, and team mates are chanting: Stephen Morris. What is Randy Shannon to do?? Who really is the better starter? Harris has seniority but Morris is clutch, he has a good track record so far and a very strong-arm. But from the beginning the job was rightfully given to Harris, and now he’s back ready to take his #1 spot. tough call. But then again, this all has to come to fruition when Harris is completely cleared by medical to play VT this weekend, which is still pending.

Hey Ladies!!!

So as we gear up for what looks like to be a great college football season, We here at JC thought it would be a great idea to have a player document his life for us… one day at a time.

Enter: UCLA Tight End, Joseph Fauria. At a striking 6’7, weighing in at 255 lbs, Fauria takes us through an entire day of summer right before training camp begins. He is a transfer from Notre Dame that seems to be embracing his new digs in Southern Cali. He brought us back over 50 minutes of footage, which I was able to get down to 8 minutes. Some might argue that is too long, but this kid has personality for days, so it was hard to get it all in…. I almost think a blooper reel is in the works!!

So sit back relax and take 8 minutes to appreciate what these guys go through to prepare for season,  I can promise you won’t regret it!

GO BRUINS!

-NattyLiz

Rivalry Renewed!

Posted: July 27, 2010 by NattieLiz in NCAA Football, Notre Dame, University of Miami
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It’s the one thing all ‘Canes fans have been waiting for since the ’80’s: To play Notre Dame again.  It is a rivalry that has finally been renewed: Notre Dame will play the Hurricanes on Oct. 6, 2012 at Soldier Field in Chicago and then have a home-and-home series Oct. 8, 2016 in South Bend and Nov. 25, 2017 in Miami.

The thanksgiving weekend date is a big change for the Fighting Irish, as they normally end their season with a nice ass kicking in Los Angeles, compliments of  USC. I guess they will just move to another sunny big city and try their luck in a new venue. I think Irish and Hurricane fans are more than excited about this news. For all other football fans that may not see the significance here, Let me give you some history on this EPIC Rivalry:

Let’s start with the fact that shockingly, the Irish weren’t always an awful team!  They actually won games! The rivalry dates back to the 1950s and Notre Dame leads the series 15-7-1. In the 1988 game Notre Dame student printed up “Catholics vs. Convicts” T-shirts for a matchup in South Bend between the top-ranked Canes against the No. 4 Irish. Notre Dame won the game 31-30 en route to a national championship that season. But as we all know winning is the best revenge, and the very next year, Miami won thanks to a 3rd-and-43 conversion, a game that ended the top-ranked Irish’s 23-game winning streak and led Miami to a national title. Damnnnnn!  With any good rivalry, the other team has to respond, and Notre Dame is no exception: After the 29-20 victory by the Irish in 1990 — which knocked Miami out of the national title hunt and helped Notre Dame go the Orange Bowl with a chance to win another championship — this is when the series was stopped.

So that brings us to 2012 – the first game between the two teams in 22 years. So get out your 80’s ‘Catholics vs Convicts’ tee shirts!  Although you might have to switch them considering 8 ND players were just arrested over the summer.. who knows how many will be in the slammer by 2012. Ha ha ha bias much?? Lets go ‘Canes!

 

 

(photos can be found on bradcarrollgameday.blogspot.com and  http://www.sportsartifacts.com/fbcollege.html)

Just when we thought it was enough, another set of Collegiate athletes get arrested. I have said it once, and i will say it again: Summer in college is a recipe for disaster.

This time is was our friends over at squeaky clean Notre Dame.  11 Notre Dame athletes were among the 42 people arrested on misdemeanour charges of underage drinking at a party Friday night. Just to make this one even sweeter, Joe Montana’s son was one of the 11.

At a “rager” on Friday night off campus, Nate Montana, son of the former Irish and NFL standout, Joe Montana, was one of eight football players arrested. Also arrested was Tim Abromaitis, the basketball team’s second-leading scorer.

The others were wide receivers Robby Toma and Tai-ler Jones, linebacker Steve Filer, kicker Nick Tausch, cornerback Lo Wood, and offensive linemen Chris Watt and Tate Nichols; incoming freshman point guard Eric Atkins; and incoming hockey goalie Steven Summerhays. It’s amazing how alcohol, summer heat, athletes, and boredom seem to always result in a misdemeanor. I get hot, drink, and hang out,  but I have yet to be arrested for it— fingers crossed people!!!

The sheriff’s spokesman said most had been released on $150 bond. Notre Dame officials said coaches were aware of the arrests and any possible discipline would be handled internally. HA!! with personal experience on how ND handles discipline internally, these athletes should start visiting some other campuses before fall.