Notre Dame football going off-campus for opening practices
Posted: 07/25/2013 at 12:10 pm
By: Rachel Terlep
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Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas (85) pushes a tackling sled during practice at the LaBar Practice Complex at the University of Notre Dame Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Niklas will switch from linebacker to tight end for his sophomore season with the Irish. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Notre Dame's Robby Toma, right, tangles with linebacker Prince Shembo during a drill at the morning practice Wednesday, August 8, 2012. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
The university announced that the football team will start its 2013 training camp on Aug. 5 at the Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center in Marion, Ind., about 100 miles southeast of South Bend.
“I’m excited to take our football team to a facility like Shiloh Park,” head coach Brian Kelly said in a release. “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.”
According to the release, Notre Dame will conduct four practices on site before returning to campus practice fields on Aug. 9.
Kelly’s move to Shiloh will mark the first time that Notre Dame started training camp away from campus since the Lou Holtz era. Holtz took his team to Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Ind., to open the 1995 and 1996 training camps.