Friday, September 28, 2007

12th Street and Vine

I don't know if being in love means never having to say you're sorry, but I do know being a Notre Dame basketball fan means getting excited about a trip to Kansas City in November.

On November 18th, Notre Dame will take its place in the nascent College Basketball Hall of Fame when Austin Carr is inducted. Joining him will be former greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dick Groat, along with coaches Norm Stewart, "Lefty" Driesell and Adolph Rupp. This is the Hall's second induction class -- the first included such luminaries as John Wooden, Dean Smith, Oscar Robertson and Bill Russell.

Thanks to, I'll be making the trip to cover the induction. Unfortunately, because of the team's commitment to the Paradise Jam, they'll be in the Bahamas. So insteade of Mike Brey, AC will be introduced by his good friend, classmate, and fellow member of the ND All-Century Team, Collis Jones.

Even though the team will be otherwise occupied, I'm hoping there'll be a quality ND crowd there. I've heard great things about the ND Club of KC, so I'll be getting in touch with them about putting the word in the streets. Meanwhile, if you're in the area, consider coming out and supporting the best hoops player in Irish history. We'll be posting info on NDN with the schedule and how to get tickets.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great day for the Irish! And for the class of 1971! I hope Jackie, John, Sid and Tom join Collis and "Auggie". Pat ND'71

9/28/2007 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Coffey said...

Based on some of my phone calls today, most of them will be in attendance, plus a couple other guys from the classes surrounding his.

9/28/2007 01:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Rich '71 said...

I hope Digger is there too! That was a great team and as a student in the stands, I was in awe of Carr and the magic he did on the court, night after night. He was the best pure shooter I have ever seen and the best free throw shooter, who convereted more 3-point plays than anyone. If they had the three-point shot, he would have been college's all-time scorer. From the fieldhouse days to the Joyce Center, he put ND basketball back on the map! I am sure Johnny Dee is smiling from heaven!

10/01/2007 10:08:00 AM  

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