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 — it’s a prize, if tendered, to be accepted.” Continue reading “Getting What We Paid For”


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 it’s appropriate to put your players after a defeat in a situation where they’re exposed… I want to get them in the locker room. It’s important to talk to them, and I just felt like in those situations, after a loss, there’s a lot of emotions. It’s important to get the team back into the locker room and get them under my guidance.”  Continue reading “To Win as Notre Dame”

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 had consumed several drinks. After the party was over, everyone gathered in the hallway, and he asked her, “Hey, how about we go back to my room?” He held her by the hand and motioned down the hall. I grabbed her other hand and said, “Come on, time to go downstairs.” I don’t know if she would have been assaulted otherwise, but I do know that sexual assault happens at Notre Dame. Continue reading “Catholicism, Consent, and Notre Dame Football”

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 the national championship game—and downward from the moral high ground it has claimed for a century.” Continue reading “Football and Failed Family”

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 under Fr. Hesburgh, no football coach had ever been paid more than the highest paid professor.” McInerny chides the football program that came after this era, stating that “anyone who requires two million dollars to come to Notre Dame should be wished well in his future endeavors and forgotten.”

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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. The students, neither for scholarship nor for pay, spend hour upon hour in practice and performance. They are not unlike most of Notre Dame’s student body. Most students selflessly commit their time and energy to remind the world why Notre Dame is among the greatest of all educational institutions. Continue reading “Something to Yell About”