The University of Notre Dame football team opened its 2015 training camp on Friday, Aug. 7 at Culver Academies. The Irish will go through their acclimatization portion of training camp, conducting five practices at Culver before transitioning back to the Notre Dame campus. The Culver practices are closed to the public. This is the second straight year coach Brian Kelly has brought his team to Culver. Go to WatchND.tv for updates and features from Culver.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Coach Lou Holtz also brought the Fighting Irish to Culver Academies in 1995 and 1996. Two members of the current Notre Dame staff, Ron Powlus and Autry Denson, were members of Holtz’s teams that made the trip down from South Bend.
- Legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne and Culver’s Bob Peck played professional football for the Massilion (Ohio) Tigers during the 1917 season. Rockne gave the dedication speech for the Culver Recreation Building on April 21, 1924. He is quoted as saying: “I believe that the great value of athletics lies in keeping the student body physically fit. I know of no place, with the possible exception of the United States Military Academy, where the athletic program is handled as well or where they get the results that they do at Culver.”
- Rockne also gave a pep talk to Peck’s team prior to CMA’s game against St. John’s Military Academy, which was played at Soldier Field on Nov. 8, 1930. Rockne (ND) and Peck (Pitt) are in the College Football Hall of Fame.
- Culver graduates have played/are playing for the Fighting Irish in fencing, football, hockey, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, rowing, and softball.