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!

17 days until Notre Dame kicks-off 2019 football season

Ohhhhh baby!!! Only 17 days until Notre Dame kicks-off its season on Sept. 2nd vs. Louisville. Ready?

To preview, and since I’m genuinely biased towards the quarterback position, let’s check in on how Irish QB Ian Book stacks up to the rest of the country prior to the season starting.

Pro Football Focus ranked every D-1 QB from 1 through 130 going into the season. Must be an awful feeling coming in at 130, eh. Yikes. Our guy, Book, is dialed in at No. 18. Here’s what they say about him:

C oming on strong during the Wake Forest game a year ago, Book firmly

Notre Dame Football is just around the corner

It’s here, baby! Notre Dame football kicks off fall camp starting this weekend which means the season is upon us. 33 days until ND kicks-off its season on Sept. 2nd vs. Louisville. It was also announced that the Oct. 12th USC game is an Irish Wear Green greenout game. Should they wear the 1977 throwbacks you wore against the Trojans in 2007? Yes, yes, yes!!! While I think it should be a “greenout” at every home game, I am glad they are doing it again this year.

Let’s go through a couple rapid fire topics: Phil

Notre Dame baseball FINALLY hires new head coach

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Notre Dame FINALLY hired a baseball coach. Former Florida State baseball alum and Colorado Rockies draft pick Link Jarrett was named Notre Dame’s 21st head baseball coach.

Jarrett was in South Bend through Wednesday and then hit the road recruiting, as this is a

Notre Dame baseball STILL without head coach

Notre Dame baseball is STILL without a new head coach. How is this possible? What it says to me is that this job no longer holds the same value it once did. Things have warmed up and cooled down in the search for Notre Dame’s next head baseball coach.

As we did several weeks ago, to put things in perspective, Notre Dame was in the NCAA tournament in 9 of Paul Mainieri’s 12 years and before that in 4 of Pat Murphy’s 7 years. For those with less than stellar math skills, that is a total of 13 NCAA appearances in 19 seasons through 2006. Since then, they have just one trip to the

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 -