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Irish training camp to open at Shiloh Park

Jul 25, 2013, 6:49 PM EDT

Brian Kelly 2013 signing day

When Brian Kelly’s Fighting Irish open training camp in less than ten days, they won’t be doing it on the familiar LaBar Practice Fields on campus. Kelly announced they’ll spend the first days of fall camp in Marion, Indiana at the Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center, getting out of town for a few days before returning to campus to begin full contact drills.

“I’m excited to take our football team to a facility like Shiloh Park,” Kelly said in a released statement. “Training camp is vital in terms of developing team unity, character, camaraderie and ultimately a focused and specific identity for the upcoming season. We instituted a similar type off-site program for training camp at the University of Cincinnati and it played a huge role in the success of our team.”

After a tumultuous offseason, pulling the team together away from the early media attention and monotony of campus sounds like a good idea. (After all, it worked for Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans.) It’ll give the team’s natural leadership, with captains still yet to be announced, work itself out. Just as important, it’ll help focus a football team with lofty aspirations, even with the loss of quarterback Everett Golson.

Marion is 100 miles south of Notre Dame and Shiloh Park features a challenge course with climbing walls, zip lines, leaps of faith and other team building activities. (I’ll be very disappointed if the FIDM videos don’t get some good footage of this.)


  1. dudeacow - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Don’t let big Louis Nix on one of those zip lines…

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Who’s gonna tell him he CAN’T go on the zip lines? I’m not tellin him!

  2. mtflsmitty - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    My guess for Captains:
    Jackson or Grace

    • andy44teg - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      What…no Evrett Ghoulston??

      • bernhtp - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Martin is a given since he was captain last year
        Rees is a good bet
        Jackson, probably
        I bet it’s Shembo or Fox, but not Nix unless Nix decides he really wants it after all.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      I agree with you smitty,

      Timmy Reece
      Zak Martin
      Louise Nix
      And Bentley Jackson

  3. ndbcs2013 - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    C’mon guys, he’s a senior now. REES. That is how you spell it. Nice job, Bern.

  4. yaketyyacc - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    the change of venue sounds good. breaks the routine, and does provide the opportunity for getting to know each other in a new way.
    from the description of Shiloh Park, the emphasis seems to be more on the Shiloh(a Civil War battle sight) then on the Park, meaning, boys, it won’t be any picnic.
    Work hard, the season is fast approaching. Sweat it out Irish!

  5. 4horsemenrideagain - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Nice “remember the titans” reference Keith. I can just see big Lou and Martin singing “ain’t no mountain high enough” in the locker room between sessions. I bet opening camp off site helps the young pguys the most. It eliminates distractions and keeps the guys hanging out just with each other and not screwing around during the down times.

  6. florida727 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    All I can say as a Florida fan is…

    Roll Tide :)

    Commence with the thumbs-downs. I don’t care. Never liked Notre Dame growing up in Chicago. Never will like them now that I’m living in Florida.

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      yet you visit a ND blog and feel the need to express your dislike of ND to everyone else… have you met fnc or hargis?

    • yogihilt - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Like we care

  7. mediocrebob - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Probably not “Ghoulston”.

  8. bernhtp - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Isaac is taller and more highly ranked than Sheldon was per recruiting services. If he develops and contributes anything like Sheldon this year, we will all be very happy.

  9. fnc111 - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Can Kelly find a way to squeeze out 9-3 this season? If he does he will leave ND high and dry to go to the NFL.

    With his teachers pet at QB, 9-3 will be a tough record to obtain though. Just rewatch the BYU game. Games will be a coin flip all year with no ability under center.

  10. nchdomer - Jul 27, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    Enjoyed the Remember The Titans reference, too. Cool weather, talk of reporting to camp and my favorite team back in the national title conversation at the start of the season. Regardless of how the boys do this season, it is nice to hear the “buzz” around the ND program again. Even if it means putting up with childish negativity from some quarters. Rivalries are rivalries again – USC, MSU, Michigan and maybe even Purdue again. Really enjoy the give and take with my friends from those schools when everyone is competing at a high level. Looking forward to the season and the fun incites from this site. Go Irish!

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