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College GameDay’ returns to Notre Dame

first_imgAlmost exactly seven years ago to the day, ESPN’s popular pregame show “College GameDay” visited campus to broadcast live before Notre Dame hosted USC in the infamous “Bush Push” game. Today, after the fortunes of the Irish football program have fallen and risen again, the first of the approximately 50 cast and crew of “GameDay” begin arriving on campus from all over the country to prepare for Saturday’s national broadcast. “It’s great. It’s been way, way, way too long since we’ve been there,” ESPN analyst and announcer Kirk Herbstreit said. “It’s nice to see that they have a high-profile game at home to allow us to come in there and just add to the atmosphere hopefully there in South Bend on Saturday,” Tom Engle, producer of “GameDay,” said he and his crew were excited to return to South Bend. “The tradition that Notre Dame has, not only with football but as a University, it’s a special place. Any time we get the opportunity to come back there is great,” Engle said in a phone interview with The Observer. “It’s too bad it’s been as long as it’s been since we’ve been there, but I think it’s a good sign for Notre Dame that we’re coming back. That means obviously they’re doing something well on the field.” Engle said ESPN makes its decision about where to host “GameDay” each week based solely on its opinion of what the biggest game of the week is. While ABC and ESPN (who are both owned by Disney) broadcast many games each week and NBC has exclusive rights to all Notre Dame home games, Engle said that did not matter. “It doesn’t really bother us what network it’s on,” he said. “We’re going to go where we think in our estimation the best game is every week regardless of what network it’s on or anything like that.” John Heisler, senior associate athletic director, said the University welcomed “GameDay” to campus and was excited about the opportunity to host the show. “I think it’s a great compliment to everybody,” Heisler said. “There’s not a football program in the country that wouldn’t like to have ‘GameDay’ come on any given weekend.” Engle said while the Saturday morning broadcast is the centerpiece of the show’s visit, “GameDay” will start to have a visible campus presence as early as Thursday. “There will be a lot of action around there on Thursday setting up the set and our ‘College GameDay’ footprint … which seems like it’s getting bigger and bigger each year,” he said. “We have obviously our set, and then flanking our set is two Jumbotrons for all the crowd to be able to watch and hear the show as it goes on. So it’ll be quite a presence once we get everything set up Thursday afternoon.” Although “GameDay” visited Notre Dame’s contest at Michigan last year, Engle said those fans who last saw the show live in 2005 will notice differences. “It’s a whole new demographic of students we’re reaching out to … our footprint’s gotten much bigger since then,” he said. “We do our best to keep the fans that do show up involved by playing music, by playing the show on the two Jumbotrons … and just interaction with the fans out there.” Notre Dame hosted the first-ever campus broadcast of “College GameDay” in 1993 before the then-No. 2 Irish defeated then-No. 1 Florida State. Heisler said the show has become much bigger than what it used to be. “We look back on when it first came here back in 1993, it was nowhere near the stature of what it is now,” he said. “In fact, they were up here indoors in the concourse of the Joyce Center, there were certainly some people that came and watched it, [but] there was nowhere near the interest in having a huge audience that there is now.” Engle said there might be surprises for fans in attendance, but he was sure fans would enjoy the experience. “We have some things in the works,” he said. “Nothing that I can really tell you now, because I’m not sure yet … But I think they’ll enjoy it, I’ll say that. The people that show up will have a couple wrinkles that will make it worth their while for coming.” Engle said Notre Dame’s Thanksgiving weekend contest at USC could also see the show visit, especially if both teams continue to win. “There’s obviously a ton of games that need to be played by a lot of teams before then,” he said. “But it’s a definite possibility.” ESPN will begin broadcasting parts of various shows at 9 a.m. Friday and broadcast “College Football Live” from its on-campus set Friday afternoon. The set will be located on Library Quad. “On Friday, we start doing T.V. at 9 a.m.,” he said. “There will be guys and girls out there on and off all day … Until about 4 p.m. there will be some sort of action on the set. People are more than welcome to hang out on Friday if they want to.” The “GameDay” festivities will start early Saturday morning, as filming will begin at 8 a.m. The show will go live at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and then will be live on ESPN from 10 a.m. to noon. In a now-famous “GameDay” tradition, ESPN analyst Lee Corso will predict the winner of the Notre Dame-Stanford contest shortly before the show’s end by donning a mascot uniform of the team he picks to win. “Who knows what he’s going to do?” Engle said. “It’ll be a spectacle about 11:55 when he makes his pick. I don’t know where he’s going yet, but we’ll see.” Engle encouraged students to show up early to the set, especially if they wanted to see themselves on national television. “If you get there early, obviously you’ll get up close and get a chance to be on TV. We’ve had people camp out before,” he said. “We’ve seen all kinds of things over the years. It’s kind of first-come first serve as far as your chance to get in the front row and possibly see yourself on ‘GameDay. … the earlier that you come, the better.” Herbstreit said he was excited to broadcast from campus, especially after he learned students would be finishing midterms this week. “Oh my gosh,” he said. “They [the students] will be out of their minds. That’ll be fun.” “College GameDay” will begin broadcasting live at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and continue its broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon on ESPN. The set will be on Library Quad. Contact Allan Joseph at ajoseph2@nd.edulast_img read more

Kippa-Ring ends the year with its richest house sales on record

first_imgGreat things are expected of the Kippa-Ring property market in 2019 with large blocks close to the water attracting families.TWO houses have broken the suburban house price record in Kippa-Ring within the last month, confirming the suburb’s spot on an elite list of Australian suburbs to watch in 2019.In a stunning end to the year, the near new 66 Centaur Street broke the record by $22,000 when it sold privately for $697,000 on November 19. Inside 66 Centaur St, Kippa-Ring, that sold for $697,000.“The property itself offered the complete package for a new homebuyer,” agent Rebecca Matthews said.“It’s a six month old property, and the vendors designed the home quite well.”Mr Reid said the image of Kippa-Ring as only a great place for investors needed to change, with the suburb’s proximity to quality schools, retail and infrastructure, making it attractive to families.The most recent Australian Bureau of Statistic census figures from 2016 show there are more rental properties in Kippa-Ring than the state or national average, with 35.2 per cent of homes rented.A total of 159 properties have sold in the 12 months to September, representing a growth of 3.6 per cent, compared to 95 sales in Newport which is a drop of 6.1 per cent in 12 months. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN KIPPA-RING MAP: Kippa-Ring in light green just beside the canals of Newport. on the Redcliffe Peninsula.The median house price in Kippa-Ring is currently $435,000 compared to Newport’s $770,000, according to CoreLogic property data.But in November, increased sales demand saw the Price Predictor Index put Kippa-Ring on the national list of hottest suburbs to watch in 2019.Only two other Brisbane suburbs made the list, Graceville and Indooroopilly.The completion of the Redcliffe Peninsula railway line in 2016 has been credited with raising Kippa-Ring’s suburban profile.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019 Kippa-Ring is the retail and transport heart of the Redcliffe Peninsula while only a short drive to beaches.The suburb is also home to two of the peninsula’s main shopping centres.Crown Properties sales associate Cameron Reid sold 38 Kurumba St, and said buyers were missing out on a great opportunity by refusing to look in Kippa-Ring. The new suburb house price record is now held by this property at 38 Kurumba St, Kippa-Ring.The Redcliffe Peninsula suburb has been seen as a poor cousin to neighbouring Newport since part of Kippa-Ring was excised to help create Newport in 2008.center_img >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< “I’m a big fan of Kippa-Ring,” he said.“People are paying big dollars for Newport homes and 150m away we have sea breezes and water views and big parcels of land.”He said 38 Kurumba St on 625sq m was sold before its first open home to a family with three children who had been looking at Newport properties.“It went on the market on a Thursday, the buyers came through on Friday and an offer was made on the Saturday.”The property had been subdivided from a 1232sq m allotment that was bought for $670,000 earlier this year. The original block at 38 Kurumba St, Kippa-Ring, that was subdivided into two allotments.The original house was moved to one block and a new house built on the subdivision.It was a first offer that also bought the five-bedroom house at 66 Centaur St after its second open house. NVRE estate agent Rebecca Matthews said the buyers had been renting in the area after moving to Queensland from interstate. This house at 66 Centaur St, held the Kippa-Ring house price record for just under a month.This week, the brand new five-bedroom house at 38 Kurumba Street sold before it’s first open home for $710,000.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, August 9, 2016•6:05 a.m. Jessica N. Falls, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeying a stop sign.•7:49 a.m.  Officers investigated a theft of fence in the 700 block of E. Lincoln. •3:30 p.m. Connie M. Stowell, 19, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County warrant for probation violation.•6:20 p.m. Sara N. Towne, 34, Mayfield, was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration and no proof of insurance.•6:33 p.m. Officers investigated suspicious activity in the 2000 block of E. 16th.•8:32 p.m. Officers investigated a mental subject in the 200 block of W. 15th. •9 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 1100 block of. N. A.•9:25 p.m.  Officers took report of found of a found bicycle in the 600 block of W. 12th. •9:51 p.m. Miranda T. Callaway, 18, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.last_img read more