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Lindsay Allen Named Notre Dame Women’s Basketball MVP

And other news and notes from the world of Notre Dame sports.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women’s basketball team held their annual awards banquet Wednesday night, and senior point guard Lindsay Allen headlined as the MVP.

In addition to her second straight Monogram MVP, Allen collected many accolades this season and throughout her career. She set the Notre Dame and ACC single-season and career records for assists, earned AP All-American third team honors, the ACC Tournament MVP honors, having led the Irish to the ACC championship. She was a finalist for the Nancy Liebrman Award for the third consecutive time, and also earned the media’s Woody Miller Player of the Year award.

Allen becomes the fourth repeat MVP, joining Charel Allen, Melissa Lechlitner, and Jackqueline Batteast, who won the award four years in a row. Other award winners included Brianna Turner, the team’s Defensive Player of the Year, Arike Ogunbowale, the team’s Most Improved Player, and Kristina Nelson, who won the Spirit Award. Ali Patberg won the Rockne Student-Athlete Award for the second time.

The Way, Way, Way, Way Too Early Top 25 for 2017-18 Hoops

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Notre Dame Men’s Basketball’s awards banquet - an Evening With Notre Dame Basketball - doesn’t take place until next Monday. However, ESPN is already thinking about next season. Why not?

It’s pretty close to what you would expect at this point. Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Villanova. Wichita State gets a nod at six, Gonzaga at 10. Notre Dame lands at 18, which is forever the vicinity in which this team will be ranked preseason. For better, or for worse.

Bad News for Former Notre Dame CB Devin Butler

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The rough road Devin Butler has traveled throughout his football career is well documented, having led him to Syracuse as a graduate Stanford. Butler apparently had a chance to compete for a job in a system that would suit him well, due to a rash of other secondary injuries and a wealth of experience, but another bad break befall the former four-star recruit on Thursday.

As reported by Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey, Butler was carted off of the field with an unspecified injury, and was seen sitting with crutches watching practice. Hearing a guy was “carted off the field” generally isn’t a good sign. We truly hope the injury isn’t too serious.

What Do You Know About Robotic Football?

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Not really Cleatus, but similar.
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It’s not actually Cleatus I’m talking about here, but stick with me.

I’m sure we’re all aware of Reddit, but just incase here’s a quick primer. Reddit is an internet community with a subreddit (specific discussion area) for just about every interest under the sun. There exists of course a subreddit dedicated to college football then, of course, and it tends to be a rather entertaining place. Every so often someone notable in the world of college football (there have been former players, refs, the red-haired FSU ball boy) will stop by, get themselves verified by a moderator, and host what is called an “Ask Me Anything”, or “AMA” for short.

Now that we’re caught up, an AMA took place yesterday hosted by none other than students behind the Notre Dame Robotic Football Team. Yes, it’s a thing, and yes, they have a real website. The Robotic Irish (?) even played in the 2016 national championship game. You can watch the entire 1:01:56 long video of said championship game directly on the post, but I did not stick around for that long to see who won.

Anyway, the Notre Dame engineering students behind the team answered many great questions as part of the AMA, which you can read through here. These questioned ranged from “is each robot controlled by a different person?” and “what goes into making a robot?” all the way to “Is a robotic version of Nick Saban better or worse that the current dark lord version of Nick Saban we currently have?”

It’s just a bit of fun.