Getting What We Paid For

The following letter to the editor was published in The Observer on Thursday, October 3, 2013.  Lou Holtz was hired as head coach in 1986 with a supposed salary of about $75,000. Sports Illustrated noted, “The money really may not be that important; the football coaching job at Notre Dame isn’t something to be bargained over —…

To Win as Notre Dame

Notre Dame has a weird alma mater. You wouldn’t know that from a teleconference with head football coach Brian Kelly today. In it, he said that football players would not be expected to remain on the field and sing the school’s alma mater with the other students after home losses. He said, “I just don’t think…

Catholicism, Consent, and Notre Dame Football

The following column was written for, though not submitted to, Notre Dame’s student newspaper, the Observer. I have copied it here, as I had originally written it in November 2012: I was at a dorm party my freshman year, and one of my friends was dancing with a guy she had never met before. Both…

Football and Failed Family

The following column was published in The Observer on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. For Christmas, I received a framed Sports Illustrated cover. The top reads, “The Notre Dame Miracle.” The story discusses the “Modern Irish,” and Tim Layden opens his piece by writing, “The echoes have been awoken, the thunder shaken down, and the new Notre Dame is marching onward to…

Kelly Interviews, and it reveals more about us than it does about him

In my column titled, “Something to Yell About,” I pose the question: “Do we need a seven-digit salary to convince coaches to consider our program, or do coaches seek out our institutional integrity and identity?” This question comes after noting that, “In his memoirs, the late Ralph McInerny, professor of philosophy at Notre Dame, recalled that…

Something to Yell About

The following column was published in The Observer on September 11, 2012. It was a breezy Saturday afternoon as I stood on Bond Quad amidst alumni, students and friends of the University. The band, founded in 1846, played music from 2012, and I reflected on the many gifts its members have given to the University….