Evan Sharpley

Alumni, Fan

I am very excited to add my knowledge, insight, and perspective to the ND Neighborhood! From my time as a youngster, my recruitment in high school, and the amazing opportunity to play at one of the most prestigious universities in the world, I have obtained a unique view of athletics, academics, spirituality, and community. I hope to open the eyes of die-hard fans and give them a glimpse into the world of the collegiate student-athlete and highlight the reason why Notre Dame is such a special place: The People. Most of what is seen on college football Saturdays only scratches the surface of the preparation and sacrifice required to lace up the spikes and put on the eye black. I have experienced the agonizing feeling of defeat at the hands of our rivals as well as the thrilling sense of victory on some of the biggest stages in college sports.

At the University of Notre Dame, I had the amazing opportunity to play football and baseball. I appeared in 19 games during my career with two starts at quarterback. As a member of the Irish baseball team I earned monograms and led the Irish baseball team in `08 with 13 home runs and .691 slugging percentage and recorded a .326 batting average while driving in 40 runs. Was drafted in the 50th round by the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft & played two years in the Mariner's organization winning championships with both teams.

I completed my B.A. in History and Education through Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters. I am also a licensed teacher in the state of Indiana. Also, completed a master's degree in teacher leadership. Most recently, I am the owner of Sharpley Training and go by the Twitter handle of @EvanSharpley if you want to give me a follow! I am honored to represent the University of Notre Dame and I will carry on the great tradition and excellence that has been passed down from previous Notre Dame men. Go Irish!

Irish baseball makes a coaching change

Mik Aoki is out after 9 seasons as Notre Dame’s head baseball coach. The Irish have been to the NCAA Tournament just once in the 13 seasons since HOF coach Paul Mainieri left to become LSU’s head coach.

Aoki finished 224-223-1, 96-129 in the ACC. He only had 3 winning seasons in 9 years.

Best year was 2015 where Irish finished 37-23, 17-13 ACC. They were 24-30, 13-17 this year and missed the NCAA Tournament for the 4 th straight year

How would YOU change football?

Long time NFL Writer Peter King asked 25 people who have either worked in or covered the NFL in other capacities. He asked each of them one thing they would do to change professional football. Here are a few...what would your suggestion be?

Dean Blandino: Make Every Play Replay-Reviewable

I now think coaches should be able to challenge anything they want. Don’t increase the number of challenges. Put the onus on the coach to save his challenges. This would simplify the rule because you wouldn’t have to wonder what’s reviewable and what isn’t. Now that

Indiana legalizes sports betting

How about this?

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Indiana sports betting bill H-1015 into law, making it the second state to legalize wagering this year. Montana legalized single-game wagering via the state lottery.

The Indiana Legislature approved the bill April 25 and had Holcomb passed on signing, it would have become law without his signature. Holcomb issued a brief release on his signing of the gaming bill:

“Gaming is a highly regulated industry that once had little competition, but now does from surrounding states and new technology. By modernizing our laws, this

2019 NFL Draft

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The NFL draft took place not too long ago, and for a handful of former Irish footballers, they heard their name called. Here is a list of the Notre Dame Players Selected in the NFL Draft: 1st Round – 28th – DT Jerry Tillery LA Chargers 3rd Round 93rd - WR Miles Boykin Baltimore

4th - 108th - CB Julian Love NY Giants 4th - 130th - LB Drue Tranquill LA Chargers 6th -

Blue-Gold Game wrap-up

Who went to the Blue-Gold Game? What are your thoughts on The Shirt? I neither went to the game, nor do I like this year’s edition of The Shirt. I’ll be honest, though, unless The Shirt was green, I wasn’t going to be on board. I am 100% on team “same color” every year. Anyways, let’s get back to the game. The Fighting Irish successfully put a button on spring practice and of course the chatter is about the quarterback position. Specifically, how good Ian Book looked, and how pedestrian Phil Jurkovec appeared.

McGraw goes viral

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Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame women basketball’s fearless leader, went viral yesterday for comments regarding her hiring practices. At the helm of the program, McGraw has vowed to only hire female staffers. Here is what she said:

“Did you know that the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1967 and it still hasn't passed? We need 38 states to agree that discrimination on the

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Welp, here we are. It's St. Patrick's Day in South Bend, IN. Outside of Ireland, where else would you want to be? Notre Dame spring football is in full swing, the Irish women will likely notch a 1 seed in the tournament, and hockey won an overtime thriller to advance to the finals of the Big Ten Tourney. So, why not grab a Guinness, eat some Irish stew, and do a little jig today.

Let's take a little closer look at each sport, though, save the men's basektball team (sigh), starting with football. What's everyone want to talk about? The quaterback position? Sure, why not. It'll be

Wrapping up my recruiting story

National Signing Day has come and gone. For many, it is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. It is a special day and ends one of the strangest periods in an athlete’s life known as the “recruiting process.” In a period of 24 hours, an athlete’s life changes drastically. These hours are filled with nervous energy as your dreams are about to become a reality. Every athlete recalls the day they made their decision "official." Here is what I experienced almost 15 years ago to the day:

The day before national signing day doesn't have the glitz and glamour, but there