Oct 14, 2014, 8:49 AM EDT
Following up on a thrilling victory over Stanford on Oct. 4, the Fighting Irish were back at Notre Dame Stadium this past Saturday against North Carolina, for their first home game as part of the University’s new Atlantic Coast Conference partnership. While the Notre Dame and Stanford defenses dominated two weekends ago, this game was a different story, as the Irish and Tar Heels combined for the most points in Notre Dame Stadium history.
Led by three touchdowns from running back Tarean Folston, Notre Dame held on for a 50-43 victory to improve to 6-0 at the midway point of the 2014 season.
As always, there were a number of Monogram Club and alumni events throughout the weekend. Before the Irish head to Tallahassee for a big showdown with the defending champs, have a look back at UNC in the latest Monogram Musings!
North Carolina Game Notes
While there weren’t any pre-game or in-game recognitions involving Monogram members during the North Carolina weekend, there were several ties to the Club at other events leading up to kickoff. At Friday’s luncheon, Stephanie Felicetti (’09, softball) spoke about her role within the Career Center, where she is embedded in athletics as the Student-Athlete Careers Program Director. Felicetti works closely with the Monogram Club staff and Monogram Career Network, and was joined on stage by softball senior student-athlete Cassidy Whidden, who will begin teaching in Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program after graduation. Two-sport Monogram winner Evan Sharpley (’10, football/baseball) was also a guest at the luncheon, and spoke about his work with Mike Anello (’09, football) and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and their efforts in memory of their late teammate Asaph Schwapp (’09).
Former Irish All-American running back and current Westwood One color commentator Allen Pinkett (’86) was a guest speaker at the pep rally in Purcell Pavilion.
As always, 2010 honorary Monogram recipient Sgt. Tim McCarthy delivered a signature end of the third quarter traffic safety pun:
Sightings Around Campus
- ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale and his family made the trip to campus for the North Carolina weekend. Vitale’s daughters Terri (’94, ’95) and Sherri (’96, ’98) were tennis Monogram winners while at Notre Dame, and Terri serves as the Monogram Club’s second vice president. On Saturday afternoon, the men’s basketball team surprised Vitale with an Under Armour jersey. The jersey number (#97) recognizes the year that he received an honorary degree from the University.
- Among the former Notre Dame football players spotted on the sidelines were Louis Nix (’14), Glenn Earl (’04), Julius Jones, and Sergio Brown (’10), who brought Colts teammate Pat McAfee with him from Indianapolis.
- The Irish men’s basketball team hosted a program reunion during the weekend. Close to 70 basketball Monogram winners returned to campus, gathering for a dinner at the Warren Golf Course on Friday and a pre-game tailgate in Club Naimoli on Saturday.
- Former Irish standout and current Kansas City Chiefs starting right tackle Ryan Harris (’07) joined our own Reggie Brooks (’93) and 2013 honorary Monogram recipient Jack Nolan on the Official Notre Dame Post-Game Show (click to listen).
Monogram Club Events
On Friday, the Club welcomed dues-paying football Monogram winners and their guests to the Schivarelli Football Players’ Lounge at Notre Dame Stadium. Over 420 guests stopped by the “Schiv Lounge” to enjoy a selection of appetizers and cash bar, hit the Play Like A Champion Today sign, visit the locker room, and see the new FieldTurf.
On Saturday, the Club hosted its usual pre-game reception in the Monogram Room. Executive Director Brant Ust (’00, baseball) and Treasurer Pat Garrity (’98, basketball), who was back in town for the basketball reunion, offered a few remarks to members in attendance. Garrity, who recently joined the Detroit Pistons as the franchise’s director of strategic planning, was the subject of a feature in the weekend’s football program (click to read).
As usual, the weekend concluded with the Monogram Club’s post-game Mass in the Monogram Room. Team chaplain Rev. Mark Thesing, C.S.C. (’81, ’85, ’92) presided as nearly 250 guests gathered to conclude another great weekend of Monogram Club fellowship. After a few weeks on the road, Notre Dame will return home against Northwestern on Nov. 15.
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