Ryan Prong - Article Archive
Maybe it was the short trip to Milwaukee, or perhaps the Irish starting five were hoping to get out early to watch the Auburn-Oregon National Championship Game, whatever it was the Notre Dame squad (14-3, 3-2) that jumped into the top ten rankings this week and who have looked stellar of late absolutely didn’t show [...]
The senior-laden, Steve Lavin-coached St. John’s Red Storm (10-4, 3-1) came into South Bend tonight on a high, but they won’t be leaving on one. On Monday the Storm downed the Georgetown Hoyas 61-58 in the midst of a five-game win streak showing glimpses of why many pundits are cautiously optimistic this season about their [...]
I didn’t sleep last night. I’ve been Google searching, board hopping, ESPN monitoring, emailing sending, and generally over-obsessing on the coaching situation since late yesterday afternoon. My living room looks like a command center—and all of it has been in anticipation of the news now coming over the wires from all sources. Charlie Weis is [...]
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Lou Holtz. I loved him as head coach, I love his books, I love him on ESPN, and I even love him as a possible candidate for Florida’s 24th congressional district. Let me state categorically from the outset that I am full-fledged Holtzian in all things. I just [...]
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish came into their first ever EA Sports Maui Invitational final tonight 6-0, ranked 8th nationally, and confident after edging the Texas Longhorns 81-80 Tuesday night. The North Carolina Tar Heels (5-0) though, are, as they say, a whole different animal. It has been noted, both here at UHND and elsewhere, [...]
Something occurred to me as I watched the 2007 Fighting Irish squad leave the field after a particularly humiliating 38-0 loss to the USC Trojans: I don’t actually remember the last time I felt confident going into a game against a team that is highly touted and highly ranked.
Fans could excuse the Fighting Irish squad some confidence and swagger coming into tonight’s Big East Tournament semifinal game with the #1 seeded Hoyas of Georgetown. After all, the Irish, widely expected to finish in the Big East basement, managed to go 24-6, sew up a spot in the dance, and, well, make it this [...]
The Irish had all the advantages coming into today’s match up with the Syracuse Orange. After all, the Irish had the #16 ranking, the 2007 Big East coach of the year in Mike Brey, a bye yesterday, and the confidence that comes from already having beaten the Orange earlier this season with a Carrier Dome [...]
How well does a team play when, in the often strange world of the Big East regular season, they’ve already exceeded expectations and sewed up a first round bye in the Big East tournament and a spot in the NCAA field of 65? Apparently, just good enough. While the Irish won’t win any style points [...]
Senior Day is always an emotional and bittersweet event for athletes, coaches, family, and fans. Mix in a few more facts like that today’s match-up featured a #16 ranked team in Marquette, that the Irish are still trying to impress the NCAA selection committee, and that a win would almost guarantee a first round bye [...]
Colin Falls has thought of little else beside beating DePaul (16-12, 7-7) ever since the Blue Demons edged Notre Dame by a single point twelve days ago in Chicago. And while the big picture still needs to be focused on, after all, the Irish are not quite yet garnering national attention, only re-entering the Top [...]
After the heartbreak that was last season, and the departure of Torin Francis and Chris Quinn (who now joins Shaq and Dwayne Wade down in Miami), I have to concede that I did not hold out much hope for the Irish to have a Tournament season. However, while it is still too early to put [...]
With only one home game remaining on the 2006 schedule, the time for reflection, and, dare I say, soul-searching, begins anew in South Bend as we bid farewell to graduating seniors and begin to look ahead to the 2007 season with all of its associated hopes and questions.
While it likely will not top the drama of the last minute heroics against UCLA, Irish faithful need to come down from post-Bruin euphoria (or is it relief?) to consider next week’s match-up with the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy. Never mind the oft noted fact that the Notre Dame-Navy game is the longest-running intersectional [...]