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How come NO ONE Cares about Notre Dame Basketball?

How come NO ONE Cares about Notre Dame Basketball?
Writing about Notre Dame basketball usually means web traffic death. I’m almost afraid to write about it now for fear of losing my audience. Well, at least this post is going up on the weekend, which are slow page view days anyway. And at night, when fewer people are online to begin with. But here's a quote from a Chicago sports icon, hopefully that will get some eyeballs on this topic for once. Chet Coppock is the voice of Notre Dame football on WLS radio. “Mike Brey accepts it, even if Notre Dame won a national title this year, basketball would still be second fiddle at Notre Dame,” Coppock told me by phone. I love Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey, he’s a great regular season coach, tremendous recruiter, clever strategist, wonderful teacher and motivator of children, philanthropist and overall good guy. It’s just that no matter how much he wins, how much the media covers his team, people just don’t care. Certainly not en masse. And certainly not online. Even in 2011 when Notre Dame basketball was #4 in the nation, and just missed grabbing a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, stories about ND hoops just wouldn’t budge the needle at all. They’ve stayed consistently in the top 25 since then, yet no one seems interested in reading. The reason this IS a story is because it’s so weird. For a losing team, or historically losing program to not elicit the page visits that I would expect. No web traffic for a program lacking media coverage? Sure, that makes sense. However, as I chronicled earlier, ESPN College Gameday came to visit South Bend this year. CBS Sports went behind the scenes with the Fighting Irish for a program of their own very recently. Maybe my Mom looked at those posts; I’m not sure. Maybe my girlfriend did. Probably no one else though. Neither story made a blip in my traffic report. And it's just so strange to me...

ESPN College Gameday coming to Notre Dame vs. Louisville

ESPN College Gameday coming to Notre Dame vs. Louisville
ESPN College GameDay will be returning to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center this season. Notre Dame’s matchup with former #1 team Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 9 has been designated as the site for the show. Tipoff for the Big East (a soon to be defunct conference) primetime matchup will be at 8 p.m. (CDT). Notre Dame’s selection as the site was announced today during ESPN’s College GameDay telecast from Raleigh, N.C., as part of the North Carolina-North Carolina State game. (two teams that are grossly underachieving) ESPN College GameDay returns to the Notre Dame campus for the second time in 2012-13. The football crew visited South Bend on Saturday, Oct. 13 when the Irish played host to Stanford. And barely escaped with a victory...
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