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ND Notebook: Jones hopes to add to family championship history

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ND Notebook: Jones hopes to add to family championship history

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- T.J. Jones often talked with his father, Andre, about continuing the family's championship lineage at Notre Dame. Andre Jones, an outside linebacker on Notre Dame's 1988 title team, passed away in 2011 after suffering a brain aneurysm.

"It's something me and my dad both talked about, and how cool it would be if we both played in the National Championship wearing the same number at the same school," Jones said Friday.

There have been plenty of moments over Notre Dame's 2012 season Jones wished he could've shared with his late father, most notably his game-winning touchdown catch against Stanford. And amid the delirious celebration in Los Angeles after Notre Dame beat USC, Jones wished he could've talked with his father about what was to come in January.

"I wish I could've called him and I guess talk for hours about what we were going to do, how crazy it was that we're both going to be in the National Championship and really celebrate those moments with him," Jones said.

Jones has rarely spoken about his father's death, save for one day last year. It's an understandably sensitive issue, although he was prepared for questions about it from the throngs of media circulating through the Harbor Beach Marriott on Friday. But to his credit, he handled the questions on a difficult topic with maturity.

"I feel he's here with me every day," Jones explained. "I feel like he's watching over me, he's watching over Notre Dame and my family as well."

Irish add Redfield to nation's top recruiting class

Notre Dame ascended to the top of Rivals.com's class of 2013 recruiting rankings by securing the commitment of five-star safety Max Redfield, who announced his decision Friday night at the Under Armour All-American Bowl in Tampa. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native had been committed to USC until visiting Notre Dame three weeks ago, after which he decommitted.

Redfield is the third five-star player to commit to Notre Dame for its 2013 recruiting class, joining running back Greg Bryant and linebacker Jaylon Smith. The safety said Notre Dame's success played a major role in his commitment -- and it's probably fair to say USC's 7-6 season, in which they became the first preseason No. 1 to fall out of the AP top 25 since 1964, was a factor as well.

Dispatches from practice

Members of the media were allowed to view 15 minutes of Notre Dame's practice Friday -- the final practice viewing before Monday's game -- and saw a few noteworthy plays as the Irish try to find the end zone more often.

Notre Dame ran a fake field goal and offered a few wildcat and different zone readoption looks near the goal line, signaling the team is trying some new looks to improve one of the worst red zone touchdown rates in the nation. We may not see these exact plays on Monday -- it'd be a shock if the Irish ran a fake field goal -- but the overarching theme here is that, with 43 days to prepare, Notre Dame's going to try some different stuff by the goal line.

"We needed a good day today. It was hotter today and we pushed our guys. I thought that they responded very well," coach Brian Kelly said. "We only went an hour and fifteen minutes today. Im pleased with back-to-back days where we got a lot of work done. Were ready to play. We have one more day tomorrow and well clean some things up and some situational and well get ready to play Alabama in a great game."

Alabama's Square holds connection to Notre Dame

A few players on Notre Dame and Alabama were recruited by both schools, with George Atkinson III and Jones being two on the Irish side. Damion Square is on the flip side of that, choosing Alabama over Notre Dame as a three-star defensive end out of Houston in the class of 2008.

One of Square's relatives went to Notre Dame, and he's taken a visit to South Bend for a game.

"It's a great place with great tradition similar to Alabama," Square said. "At the time Charlie Weis was the coach, and they had a great program going on at the university, I just felt like Alabama was a better fit for me. But Notre Dame is a great place. They have a lot of pride in what they're trying to do up there, and they've been trying to get to this point for a while, and they're here, and I'm pretty sure that they're going to try to come and take advantage of this opportunity."

Loyola opens 2018-19 season hosting UMKC on NBC Sports Chicago

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Loyola opens 2018-19 season hosting UMKC on NBC Sports Chicago

After a memorable Final Four run that captured the nation's attention, Loyola returns to the court with its 2018-19 regular season debut on NBC Sports Chicago.

The Ramblers open the new campaign with a home game at Gentile Arena against UMKC in a game that tips off at 8 p.m. Tuesday night's opener will also be special as Loyola raises the Final Four banner to commemorate last season. 

Loyola is coming off of a 32-6 season that saw them win the Missouri Valley Conference by four games before taking the country by storm with a memorable run in March. The Ramblers lost some key pieces from last season -- including wing Donte Ingram and guard Ben Richardson. But much of the team's core is back for another potential run.

Reigning MVC Conference Player of the Year Clayton Custer is back at point guard for Loyola and the senior is flanked by returning double-figure scorers like senior guard Marques Townes and sophomore center Cameron Krutwig. Loyola is also expecting some role players from last season to make a leap, as expectations are high for sophomore Lucas Williamson entering the season.

The Ramblers hope to extend a 15-game nonconference home winning streak by knocking off UMKC for a second consecutive season. The Kangaroos hosted Loyola last season, as the Ramblers rallied after trailing by halftime to win, 66-56. Coming off of a 10-22 season, the Kangaroos are led by junior guard Xavier Bishop -- a former standout at Springfield Lanphier standout.

Before Loyola takes the floor against UMKC, NBC Sports Chicago will also air Illinois State's season-opening game as the Redbirds will host Florida Gulf Coast at 6 p.m. Both in-state programs will have more games on NBC Sports Chicago throughout the 2018-19 season, as both Missouri Valley Conference programs as expected to compete for the league title.

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018-19 college basketball schedule

NBC Sports Chicago announces its 2018-19 college basketball schedule

Chicago, IL (November 1, 2018) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - is ready to bring college hoops fans another exciting season of action-packed NCAA basketball featuring a total of 52 men’s & women’s contests, featuring many of the area’s top teams and players.

NBC Sports Chicago viewers can look forward to the very best in local/regional basketball action featuring Missouri Valley Conference action highlighted by 2018 NCAA Final Four participant/MVC #1 preseason-ranked Loyola Ramblers (nine games), along with Illinois State (ten games), Northern Iowa (11 games), Bradley (five games), Southern Illinois (five games), Valparaiso (five games), Drake (three games), along with Horizon League’s UIC Flames (three games), plus – live opening round coverage of the always-competitive MVC Tournament beginning March 7.
NOTE: All games will also be available via live stream to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive will also be accessible via the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app available on iOS and Android devices, at no cost, to fans anywhere in the U.S. and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

NBC Sports Chicago’s early season men’s collegiate basketball schedule gets underway with MVC “Coach of the Year” Porter Moser and the Loyola Ramblers in the team’s 2018-19 Home/Season Opener against UMKC on Tuesday, November 6 at 8:00 PM CT LIVE from Gentile Arena. The announcing tandem for Ramblers games on NBC Sports Chicago this season features Jordan Bernfield (play-by-play) and ESPN Radio 1000’s Jeff Dickerson handling color analysis. NBC Sports Chicago will also carry three UIC Flames telecasts this season with the first telecast taking place on Thursday, November 15 as the Flames host William & Mary at 7:00 PM featuring play-by-play via ESPN Radio 1000’s Jonathan Hood and analysis provided by NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan. The network other two Flames telecasts on Dec. 1 & 5 features Bernfield handling play-by-play with rotating analysis duties provided by Hood and Kaplan.

Among the key regional match-ups on the schedule this season include Chicago State at Illinois State (Nov. 13), Loyola at UIC (Dec. 1), Eastern Illinois at Bradley (Dec. 15), SIU at Northern Iowa (Jan. 5), Northern Iowa at Illinois State (Jan. 8 & Feb. 13), Illinois State at Bradley (Jan. 23), Northern Iowa at Loyola (Jan. 30), Valparaiso at Evansville (Feb. 2), Loyola at Bradley (Feb. 13), and Illinois State at Northern Iowa (Feb. 13), among many others. Note the attached schedule for a complete list of men’s games this season on NBC Sports Chicago and on NBC Sports Chicago+.

NBC Sports Chicago’s women’s basketball schedule includes five games featuring perennial national standout/five-time defending Big East Conf. champion DePaul Blue Demons. The team’s first telecast takes place on Friday, January 18 at 7:00 PM CT on NBC Sports Chicago+ vs. St. Johns live from the new Wintrust Arena in downtown Chicago.  Additional DePaul match-ups on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule include games against Marquette (Jan. 3), Villanova (Feb. 8), Georgetown (Feb. 10), and Butler (Feb. 24).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will also carry the UIC Flames in home court action on Wed, Nov. 7 vs. Valparaiso (note the attached schedule for a complete listing of women’s games this season).

IMPORTANT NOTE: A number of men’s and women’s games on NBC Sports Chicago’s college basketball schedule this season will air exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago+. NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T, RCN, and WOW! homes among numerous other carriers and streaming services; viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER page for complete channel location details.

In addition to game coverage, NBC Sports Chicago will once again provide college basketball fans with team college coaches show this season (air dates may vary during the season) – Tuesdays (beginning in early December): Inside Notre Dame Basketball with Mike Brey (5:30 PM)…Wednesdays (beginning in late December): The Foundation: Northwestern Basketball (5:30 PM)...and The Steve Prohm Show: Iowa State Basketball (Season Preview Special - Wed, Dec. 12 at 5:30 PM; weekly airings on Mondays at 5:30 PM beginning in January).

2018-19 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL on NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

  1. Tue, Nov 6, 6:00 pm - Florida Gulf Coast @ Illinois State
  2. Tue, Nov 6, 8:00 pm - Loyola:  UMKC @ Loyola
  3. Fri, Nov 9, 7:00 pm - Loyola:  Furman @ Loyola
  4. Sun, Nov 11, 3:00 pm - Stetson @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  5. Tue, Nov 13, 7:00 pm - IL ST:  Chicago State @ Illinois State
  6. Thu, Nov 15, 7:00 pm - UIC:  William & Mary @ UIC
  7. Sat, Dec 1, 3:00 pm - UIC:  Loyola @ UIC
  8. Wed, Dec 5, 6:00 pm - UIC:  Illinois State @ UIC
  9. Wed, Dec 5, 8:00 pm - Loyola:  Ball State @ Loyola
  10. Sat, Dec 8, 7:00 pm - IL ST:  Ole Miss @ Illinois State
  11. Sat, Dec 15, 7:00 pm - Bradley:  Eastern Illinois @ Bradley
  12. Sat, Dec 15, 7:30 pm - North Dakota St. @ Missouri St. (NBCSCH+)
  13. Wed, Jan 2, 8:00 pm - MVC:  Indiana State @ Loyola
  14. Sat, Jan 5, 1:00 pm - Valparaiso @ Missouri State
  15. Sat, Jan 5, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Evansville @ Illinois State
  16. Sat, Jan 5, 7:00 pm - UNI:   Southern Illinois @ Northern Iowa (NBCSCH+)
  17. Tue, Jan 8, 7:00 pm - IL ST:  Northern Iowa @ Illinois State
  18. Sat, Jan 12, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Valparaiso @ Southern Illinois
  19. Sun, Jan 13, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Drake @ Northern Iowa
  20. Tue, Jan 15, 7:00 pm - Loyola:  Valparaiso @ Loyola
  21. Wed, Jan 16, 7:00 pm - MVC:  Drake @ Bradley
  22. Wed, Jan 16, 7:00 pm - UNI:  Indiana State @ Northern Iowa (NBCSCH+)
  23. Sat, Jan 19, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Northern Iowa @ Valparaiso
  24. Sun, Jan 20, 2:00 pm - Missouri St. @ Illinois State
  25. Wed, Jan 23, 6:00 pm - MVC:  Illinois State @ Bradley
  26. Sat, Jan 26, 3:00 pm - MVC:  Bradley @ Missouri State
  27. Sat, Jan 26, 7:00 pm - UNI:  Evansville @ Northern Iowa
  28. Wed, Jan 30, 6:00 pm - Loyola:  N. Iowa @ Loyola (NBCSCH+)
  29. Wed, Jan 30, 8:00 pm - MVC:  Indiana State @ Southern Illinois (NBCSCH+)
  30. Sat, Feb 2, 1:00 pm - MVC:  Valparaiso @ Evansville
  31. Sat, Feb 2, 7:00 pm - UNI:  Missouri State @ Northern Iowa (NBCSCH+)
  32. Wed, Feb 6, 7:00 pm - MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  33. Sat, Feb 9, 5:00 pm - MVC:  Northern Iowa @ Drake
  34. Wed, Feb 13, 7:00 pm - MVC:  Loyola @ Bradley
  35. Wed, Feb 13, 7:00 pm - UNI:  Illinois State @ Northern Iowa (NBCSCH+)
  36. Sat, Feb 16, 11:00 pm - MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Indiana State
  37. Wed, Feb 20, 6:00 pm - MVC:  Evansville @ Loyola
  38. Wed, Feb 20, 7:00 pm - Northern Iowa @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  39. Wed, Feb 27, 6:00 pm - MVC:  Missouri State @ Illinois State (NBCSCH+)
  40. Thu, Mar 7, 6:00 pm - MVC:  MVC Tournament: Opening Rd #1 (NBCSCH+)
  41. Thu, Mar 7, 8:00 pm - MVC:  MVC Tournament: Opening Rd #2 (NBCSCH+)

 

2018-19 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL on NBC SPORTS CHICAGO

  1. Wed, Nov 7, 7:00 pm - Valparaiso @ UIC (NBCSCH+) 
  2. Sun, Dec 16, 2:00 pm - Gonzaga @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  3. Sun, Jan 6, 2:00 pm - Evansville @ Missouri  (NBCSCH+)
  4. Fri, Jan 18, 7:00 pm - St. Johns @ DePaul (NBCSCH+)
  5. Sat, Jan 20, 2:00 pm - Missouri State @ Illinois State (NBCSCH+)
  6. Sun, Jan 27, 2:00 pm - Valparaiso @ Missouri State (NBCSCH+)
  7. Sun, Feb 3, 1:00 pm - Marquette @ DePaul
  8. Fri, Feb 8, 7:00 pm - Villanova @ DePaul (NBCSCH+)
  9. Sun, Feb 10, 2:00 pm - Georgetown @ DePaul (NBCSCH+)
  10. Sun, Feb 24, 2:00 pm - Butler @ DePaul
  11. Sun, Mar 3, 1:00 pm - Missouri State @ Indiana State (NBCSCH+)

(Schedules as of 11/1/18)  -- ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME

 

SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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