Notre Dame | Construction Underway on Harris Family Track and Field Stadium

Construction began recently on the first phase of the Harris Family Track and Field Stadium, the new home of the University of Notre Dame track and field program.

Notre Dame alumnus Robert H. Harris and his wife, Mary Ellen, made a $5.5 million gift to underwrite the construction of the new facility.
The Harris Family Track and Field Stadium is being built on the west side of the nine-lane outdoor track and field facility in the southeast corner of the Notre Dame campus. The building will house a number of team support areas, including student-athlete and coach locker rooms, team meeting and event operations space, a nutrition station and a satellite athletic training area. The tentative completion date is February 2017.

In addition to the stadium structure, other improvements, pending additional funding, include permanent spectator seating/amenities for approximately 1,500 fans, equipment storage, lighting and a scoreboard.

Purdue | Jake Replogle Named to Outland Trophy Watch List

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The preseason recognition for senior defensive tackle Jake Replogle continues as he was named to the watch list for the Outland Trophy on Friday. The Outland is presented to the nation’s top interior offensive or defensive lineman. Replogle is one of 17 defenders on  the list.

Placed on the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award earlier in the week, Replogle enters his final season at Purdue with 113 career tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, three passes defended and a blocked kick.

He posted his best season as junior last year, finishing fourth on the team with 60 tackles, a team-high 14.0 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks and the blocked kick.

Replogle, along with Ja’Whaun Bentley and DeAngelo Yancey, will represent Purdue at the Big Ten’s media day and kickoff luncheon later this month.

The Outland Trophy winner is chosen from three finalists who are a part of the annual FWAA All-America Team. The FWAA All-America Committee, after voting input from the entire membership, selects a 26-man first team and eventually the three Outland finalists. Committee members, then by individual ballot, select the winner. Only interior linemen on offense or defense are eligible for the award; ends are not eligible.

The list will be trimmed to six or seven semifinalists on Thurs., Nov. 17. Five days later, three Outland Trophy finalists will be named by the FWAA. The winner of the 71st Outland Trophy – named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn at the turn of the 20th century – will be announced on live on ESPN on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thurs., Dec. 8. For the second straight year, the show will air from the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 11, 2017, in Omaha, Neb. This year, Oklahoma’s Greg Roberts, the 1978 Outland Trophy winner, will be honored and presented an Outland Trophy, which was not given in the era in which he won the award. In addition, former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, will receive the Tom Osborne Legacy Award at the same banquet.

Notre Dame | Delayna Herndon Joins Irish Family As Head Cheerleading Coach

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Delayna Herndon, a former Bowling Green State cheerleader and seven-year member of the Detroit Tigers Energy Squad, has joined the University of Notre Dame family as the head cheerleading coach.

Herndon replaces long-time head coach Jo Minton, who retired in June following 22 years of service to the University.

In her new role Herndon will oversee three squads that cheer at a variety of Irish athletics events in addition to serving as ambassadors for Notre Dame in the community and on the road.

The Gibraltar, Michigan native brings a life-long passion of cheerleading and fan engagement to Notre Dame and is excited to bring a fresh look to the Irish cheer program while maintaining the tradition that is synonymous with Notre Dame and its athletics department.

“Fans can expect all the things they have traditionally loved about Notre Dame cheerleading, plus a little more,” said Herndon. “The role of the cheerleader is to enhance the game day experience. So whether that’s during the game or prior, the cheerleaders are an extension of the Notre Dame brand.

“I want to do some fun and interesting things but also play to the tradition that is so special to this University.”

Herndon brings a diverse background to the Irish, as she has coached cheerleaders from as young as six to as old as 22.

A four-year member of the BGSU small coed, all girl and college STUNT team, Herndon was twice named a captain of the STUNT team that finished ranked third in the nation in 2013.

During her time at Bowling Green and through the 2015 season, Herndon worked with the Detroit Tigers as a member of their DTE Energy Squad, interacting with fans at Tigers games to create a positive game day environment. She assisted with in-game promotions and acted as an ambassador of the Detroit Tigers brand by working actively in the community.

“We are very excited for Delayna to join the Notre Dame family and I believe that she is exactly what we need to enhance our cheer program,” said Rachel Jones, Notre Dame’s employee services manager and cheerleading administrator.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in dietetics in May 2013, Herndon spent three seasons working as a football recruiting assistant at Bowling Green before becoming the All Star Cheerleading and Tumbling Coach in Southgate, Michigan for three years (2013-16). There she worked with young students ages 5-12, helping the Youth Prep Level 1, Youth Level 1 and Junior Level 2 squads earn national championships.

Herndon also has experience as the Michigan all girl competitive cheerleading head coach from 2015-16, as a cheerleading and tumbling instructor at Core Athletics from 2015-16 and as an assistant varsity cheerleading coach at her alma mater – Gibraltar Carlson High School – from 2013-14.

A college STUNT official with USA Cheer since 2014, Herndon served as a cheerleading coach and camp coordinator for the French Professional Football League in Paris in 2014 and worked as an International All Star cheerleading judge at the Ontario Cheerleading Federation and Canadian Cheer Evolution Nationals in 2015.

Herndon is certified in levels 1-5 for stunting and tumbling through the United States All Star Federation (USASF) and is CDC Concussion Safety, Red Cross First Aid/BLS and AACCA Spirit Safety certified.

Richmond Jazz | The S. Ohio Copperheads use big fourth inning to beat the Richmond Jazz, 9-3

The S Ohio Copperheads (15-13) took down the Richmond Jazz (9-19) 9-3 on Thursday at McBride Stadium after slamming the Richmond Jazz with five runs in the fourth inning.

The S Ohio Copperheads scored in the fourth on a single by Lee Solomon, , an RBI single by Sam Russo, an error, an RBI triple by Tyler Payne, and an RBI single by Ted Williams.

Nick Horvath put together a nice outing. Horvath held the S Ohio Copperheads hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two.

Chris Quackenbush improved to 1-0 on the year by picking up the win for the S Ohio Copperheads. He allowed three runs over seven innings. Quackenbush struck out one, walked one and gave up six hits.

Joe Pourier (1-1) took the loss for the Richmond Jazz. He allowed nine runs in six innings, walked four and struck out six.The S Ohio Copperheads uses big fourth inning to beat the Richmond Jazz, 9-3

Indy Indians | Seventh Inning Undoes Indians against Toledo

INDIANAPOLIS (July 7, 2016) – Kyle Lobstein gave the Indians his best effort, but the Tribe couldn’t hang on as Toledo won, 6-0, on Thursday at Victory Field.

Lobstein awoke this morning in St. Louis on the Pirates’ 25-man roster, but events quickly unfolded that led to him rejoining the Tribe (46-42) in Indianapolis, where he was asked to start in place of the newly-promoted Tyler Glasnow.

The southpaw was brilliant in his outing, scattering three hits over six scoreless frames with four strikeouts.

His efforts were squandered by a big seventh inning for Toledo (38-49). The Mud Hens plated six runs in the frame, including a home run and a double, as they pulled well in front. Curtis Partch (2-1) received the loss for his part in the stanza.

Cory Riordan (1-0) collected his first win of the year thanks to 7.2 innings and 109 pitches of scoreless work.

The Indians will host Toledo on Friday at 7:15 in a celebration of the team’s 20th season at Victory Field.

Notre Dame | Irish Men’s Lacrosse Veterans Tending to Business

By John Heisler

The 2016 University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse season is in the rearview mirror—and serious on-field preparation for the 2017 campaign remains some months away.

In the meantime, as many college students are relaxing during their summer vacations, the seniors to be on the Irish squad are taking care of business—participating in summer internships from coast to coast.

“These are great chances for our players to gain real-world experience in the business world,” says Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan. “We are fortunate to have many of our alumni working in the financial sector and in other areas, many of them on the East Coast, and we’ve been able to tap into those corporate connections to help our current players identify these summertime opportunities.

“Many of these internships are off-shoots of our annual fall program in which we spend a day in New York City with our upperclassmen, meeting with some of our alumni who are working full-time in the business world. That has been a tremendous learning experience for our players and it gives them a great feel for what our alumni network comprises.”

Here’s where the Notre Dame rising seniors are spending their summers:

— Chris Carter (San Diego, Calif.) is a financial analyst summer intern for Microsoft in Seattle, Washington.

— Bobby Collins (Mahwah, N.J.) is a summer intern in sales and trading at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City.
— P.J. Finley (Berwyn, Pa.) is a project management summer intern for Turner in Philadelphia.

— Pat Healy (Southborough, Mass.) is a summer intern in commercial real estate at Colliers International in Boston, Massachusetts.
— Nick Koshansky (Kings Park, N.Y.) is an audit intern at KPMG in New York City.

— Anthony Marini (Medford, N.J.) is a summer intern in investment baking for Jefferies in New York City.
— Sergio Perkovic (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) is a summer intern in sales and trading for Credit Suisse in New York City.

Carter is completing a second internship after spending last summer with Morgan Stanley private wealth management in San Diego. Collins worked last summer at Stryker Orthopedics in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Finley did the same with Modular Space Corporation accounting and finance in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Marini served in the summer of 2015 with The Riverside Company private equity division in New York City. Perkovic spent his previous summer with Conway Mackenzie financial and management consulting in Chicago.

Big Ten | Commissioners Announce Agreement for Changes in How Much Time Students Play Sports

Four Broad Areas

-Post-Season; Academic Year; In-Season; Overnight

“Flex 21”

(July 7, 2016)  The commissioners of the five autonomy conferences today announced an agreement in concept on changes they will propose that are intended to give students who play sports more time off.  The purpose of the changes is to rebalance the student experience between athletics and campus life, providing students with more time to focus on other college interests, including academics, work experience, travel, and additional rest.

The first area of change, Flex 21, will provide students, in many cases, with at least an additional 21 days in which they are free of required athletic activities during the academic year. These 21 days are in addition to the current rules related to time off.

Recognizing that every sport has different needs, the proposal includes flexibility so coaches, students and athletic directors can come up with a plan that best suits each sport.  The proposed changes are the result of in-person meetings and survey feedback from students, head coaches, faculty and athletics administrators.

“We believe we have found the right balance between helping students participate in sports while also providing them with more down time,” the commissioners of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-12 and SEC said in a joint statement.  “Different sports have different demands and we think the concepts we’ve agreed to will help tens of thousands of students achieve more balance as they pursue their academic and athletic commitments.”

Post Season:  Under the plan, all students would be free of required athletic activities for at least one week (7 consecutive days) at the conclusion of the season in order to recover from the season.  Exceptions would exist for the purpose of training for elite national/international events.  (For Spring teams that end their season in summer break, the seven-day period is not necessary as the summer break would accomplish the goal of this requirement – recovery directly after the season.)

Academic Year:  To allow students to engage in other collegiate activities, each student would be provided at least 14 additional days during the academic year during which there would be no required athletic activity.  These days-off could take place during the season, if agreed to, or outside the season but must be taken during the academic year.

In Season:  Beyond Flex 21, the conferences will also propose that every student playing a sport have at least one day a week free from sports, including travel, during the season.  While current rules require one day a week off, teams may currently use travel days to meet that requirement.  The new proposal would recognize that individual circumstances may require a flexible approach in the application of this proposal, but is intended to provide student-athletes with more time away from athletic activities (e.g., travel delays, etc.).

Overnight:  In addition, students would have a consecutive eight-hour block of free time overnight, between the hours of 9:00pm and 6:00am.

For example, if a women’s rowing team schedules a 5:30am workout, the team must cease all required athletic activities by 9:30pm the evening before the morning workout.  If a team has a 6:00am workout scheduled, all athletic activities would have had to end by 10:00pm the night before.

In order to implement these proposed changes, head coaches and athletic directors will be required to work with the students on a plan so all parties are aware of anticipated time that will be committed to athletically related activities.  The definition of “required athletic activities” is intended to be broader than the currently countable hours which includes activities such as practice, games, and conditioning. For example, this expanded definition would include, but not be limited to activities such as media requirements and mandatory community service.

“We heard from our students that they would like more certainty in their schedules in order to engage in other activities,” the commissioners said.  “We recognize there will need to be a level of flexibility and reasonableness in carrying out these changes, especially with regard to travel, but students deserve time off and we want athletic departments to work in a sensible and appropriate way to provide it.  We want administrators to have some degree of flexibility in implementing these rules, but they must be mindful that rest is important to a student’s health, in addition to their athletic and academic performance.”

These proposals represent an agreement in concept by the membership in each Autonomy 5 conference, noting that each conference retains the right to pursue additional changes if they see fit.  Formal proposals will need to be submitted to the NCAA at a later date in order to be considered at the January 2017 NCAA convention at which time they would be voted upon.

FLEX 21

Segment Current Rule Proposed Changes
In Season
  • No countable athletically related activities during one calendar day per week
  • Travel day related to athletics participation may be considered a day off

 

  • Travel days may not count as days off
Academic Year
  • No countable athletically related activities during two calendar days per week outside the season.
  • 14 Additional Days off.  Can be used during or outside the season
Overnight
  • No countable athletically related activities between midnight and 5 a.m.

 

  • 8-hour block of free time, any time between 9:00pm to 6:00am.
Post Season
  • Varies by sport
  • 7-day recovery time

 

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