Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 10, 2018

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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Page 6 of 55 SEPT. 10, 2018 7 UNDER THE DOME GEAR UP FOR THE 2018 SHAMROCK SERIES SHOP NOW tude Sports Radio AM 950. Last year, he worked with Fighting Irish Media on its football game-day coverage. He prides himself on "humaniz- ing" the game, especially as a former Fighting Irish stalwart. "It's an honor not only to be still a part of Our Lady's University and be a loyal son, but also bringing the per- spective of an actual student-athlete who has played in this stadium in these types of games," Harris said."For me it's understanding what these young men go through on a daily ba- sis, whether it's going from an 8 a.m. lift to a 9:30 class to a 2 o'clock practice to a study hall from 7:30 to 10, and then going back and doing it again. I think it's always important to illustrate the effort that players go through — and sometimes the best efforts fail. "… Being able to illustrate those things and talk about what's im- portant, or if something bad does happen, what does that mean in the future, what is the big picture, how does that affect the team, the stand- ings, the College Football Playoff. … That's how I've balanced being a fan and also an analyst." Jack Nolan Currently the Talent & Affili- ate Networks Program Director for Fighting Irish Media, Nolan has been involved in the coverage of Notre Dame athletics since 1982. While announcing Notre Dame football games from 1982-90 (before the NBC contract began in 1991), Nolan won three Indiana Associated Press Best Play-by-Play awards for his coverage. Perhaps better known now as "The Voice of Notre Dame Men's Basket- ball" — which he will continue to do following football season — he joined the then ISP Football Radio Network as pregame show host and has contin- ued to play a role on the Notre Dame Football Radio Network, and won the Chicago/Midwest Emmy® for Best On-Camera Sports Talent in 2015. Notre Dame wanted a local com- ponent to cover the day-to-day as- pects of the team — including player and coach interviews — and Nolan fits the role ideally. He will provide information throughout the contest on any developments on the field, and also conduct the post-game in- terview on the field with head coach Brian Kelly. The production schedule also has changed for Fighting Irish Media so it will be better streamlined for the audience. "I will actually be doing the televi- sion for Inside Notre Dame Football with Coach Kelly right after each game," Nolan said. "When he gets done with his media responsibilities, he'll take a break, freshen up, and then he'll sit down with me — and that's on the road as well. "This is going to help us with our production schedule, and it's going to make it more efficient for him, so there were a number of reasons to include me on the team." Because there is a football/basket- ball overlap in November, Nolan will not announce some of the weekend games on the hardwood that month (a substitute is still to be determined). "One thing I did make clear is I would never give up basketball," Nolan said of his interview for his newest role. "It's been my love since 1982 when I became involved with the broadcast." ✦

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