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Player Interviews – North Carolina Week

-Kevin

Elijah Shumate, Cole Luke, Chris Brown, Isaac Rochell, Cam McDaniel, and Romeo Okwara talked to the media today as they prepare for North Carolina.

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Cole Luke

Chris Brown

Isaac Rochell

Romeo Okwara

Cam McDaniel

A Look at the Series History with North Carolina

-Kevin

As Notre Dame continues to prepare for their matchup with the North Carolina Tar Heels this weekend, now is as good a time as any to look into some of the history between the Irish and the Tar Heels. Notre Dame leads the series with North Carolina 16-2 and Notre Dame’s .889 winning percentage against the Tar Heels is the third best in Notre Dame football history only behind Wabash and Illinois. Notre Dame first met North Carolina in Yankee Stadium on November 12th, 1949 and the top ranked Irish won 42-6 en route to the National Championship. The Irish won the first ten meetings over the Tar Heels before North Carolina finally defeated Notre Dame 12-7 in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina comes to South Bend with a tough task ahead and history is not on their side. The Tar Heels are 0-11 when playing in Notre Dame Stadium and have only been able to defeat the Irish on two occasions, 1960 and 2008, both of which took place in Chapel Hill.  North Carolina is also 0-11 against Notre Dame when the Irish are the higher ranked team which is the case yet again this weekend. Notre Dame’s defense has risen to the challenge against North Carolina throughout the series, holding the Tar Heels to single digits in 9 of the 18 meetings including three shutouts. The Irish offense has also played well against North Carolina throughout the series history. Over their 18 meetings Notre Dame has outscored North Carolina by an average of 26.2 to 11.2 points. With North Carolina’s defense being one of the worst in the country this season it is safe to assume that this trend will continue.

Notre Dame and North Carolina also have some more recent connections that go beyond their series history. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was originally committed to North Carolina before he switched his commitment to Notre Dame. On the flip side, North Carolina running back Elijah Hood, who is the second leading rusher behind quarterback Marquise, was originally committed to Notre Dame in last years recruiting class before switching his commitment to the Tar Heels. North Carolina’s Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham earned his bachelors and masters degrees from Notre Dame and UNC sophomore Jon Heck is the son of Andy Heck, who was an All American at Notre Dame and played twelve seasons in the NFL. Notre Dame has had success recruiting in North Carolina in recent years and the Irish currently have  six players on the roster from North Carolina: Ben Council, Mathias Farley, Mark Harrell, Greer Martini, Romeo Okwara, and Kendall Moore (still suspended).

The Under Armour Era has Begun

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-Sgt Shamrock

The wait is finally over. Notre Dame’s partnership with Under Armour official began at midnight when the doors opened to the Leep Varsity Shop in Purcell Pavilion and hundreds of Irish fans, including myself, swarmed in to get the first look at all the new gear that can really be summed up in about 2 words. COMPLETELY AWESOME. But seriously as soon as I stepped through the doors and got a look at all the brand new gear I instantly saw a difference from the old Adidas apparel. One of the major issues I had always had with Adidas was that most of their apparel was pretty bland and boring. That is not the case with the new Under Armour gear. Our new friends at Under Armour did an absolutely fantastic job creating some really good and new Irish gear that should have tons of fans very excited. The best thing that I noticed was that while a lot of the new designs and patterns looked very good, nothing went overboard on the flashiness. 

In addition to large amounts of fans that came to the unveiling event, that included a prize wheel (which awarded me a pretty sweet free t-shirt) raffles for other Irish prizes, and a DJ that of course made sure to play Crazy Train, there were also a pretty good amount of Irish Football players that showed up to check out the new digs. Among those present were Andrew Trumbetti, Jay Hayes and Romeo Okwara. A side note but Okwara looks HUGE. He really put on some muscle this offseason. Complete beast. Lets hope it translates to the field this fall. From what I could tell the players seemed to really like the gear enough so where some even bought some for themselves.  

Now I know one of the looming questions from fans mostly involve the release of the jerseys as well as the Shamrock Series uniforms. I spoke with one of the Bookstore employees and an Under Armour rep and they informed me that both the normal game jerseys as well as the Shamrock Series uniforms will be simultaneously reveled on August 16th just a few weeks prior to the start of the season. Also while there was a large amount of apparel available last night, there is still a large amount of items that will continue to be released from now until Football Season. Another big question from fans was obviously going to be around the price of all the new gear. Yes it is expensive but to be honest it didn’t seem that much more expensive than it has always been. The free t-shirt I won was priced at 30 dollars while the fitted hat that I purchased was also 30 dollars. Is it a bit more expensive than before? Maybe but if so its not by much.

I made sure to take as many pictures as I could for everyone so take a look and let us know what you think of the new Under Armour gear. I love it. I think you all will too.

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