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Alumnus gifts $35 million

first_imgAlumnus Richard Corbett has gifted $35 million to the University to endow the head football coach position and to fund the construction of a new building that will house the psychology and anthropology departments, as well as a new media center, according to a Notre Dame press release.Twenty-five million dollars of the gift will be put toward the new Corbett Family Hall, located on the east side of the renovated Notre Dame Stadium, while the remaining $10 million will endow the coaching position, the press release said.“For many generations of Notre Dame faculty and students to come, Corbett Family Hall will represent a full integration of teaching, research and advanced technology on our campus,” University president Fr. John Jenkins said.“Likewise, the endowment of the head football coaching position will underwrite salary, provide stability and resources for the long term and create funds for use within the department and across campus.“We are humbled by and tremendously grateful for these extraordinary gifts from Dick.”Construction of the new building will begin in November and will be completed in August 2017, the press release said. The digital media center will occupy the first floor of the building and will include a main studio with audio/visual control rooms, editing and mixing studios and classrooms, the press release said.The Department of Anthropology will reside on the second floor, consisting of classrooms, offices for faculty and staff and labs for teaching and research, the release said.The third through fifth floors of the new Hall will house the Department of Psychology and will include teaching and research labs, classrooms and departmental offices, according to the press release.The top three levels will have hospitality space for football games, including food and beverage service, a press box for media, premium seating and open-air terraces, the release said.“This remarkably generous gift will help the University continue its commitment to provide its students with the finest college experience,” Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick said.Irish head coach Brian Kelly will be the first Corbett Family Head Coach; the head football coach position is the third athletic coaching position to be endowed at Notre Dame, after women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse.“I’m honored and quite humbled to be a part of this incredible gift from Dick,” Kelly said. “He has offered the University of Notre Dame and its football program an incredible gesture that will help so many people on this campus.“His generosity, vision and unyielding support reinforce our University’s commitment to provide all of its students with a truly unique and exceptional college experience. “Corbett earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Notre Dame and was class president his senior year, and he went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard, the press release said. Corbett worked on John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, financial manager for the Kennedy family, business manager for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign and in the White House, according to the press release.Corbett is now chief executive officer and president of Concorde Companies, a real estate investment firm in Tampa, Florida, the release said. He is also a supporter of the Notre Dame Sorin Society and MBA program.Tags: Brian Kelly, Corbett Family Hall, football, Richard Corbettlast_img read more

Yasmani Grandal on new diet, ready to contribute hitting right-handed

first_imgThe Dodgers made the obvious known to Grandal – that a better right-handed swing would mean more playing time in 2017 – and persuaded him to work with former big-league hitting coach Jeff Pentland this winter.“Coming up through the minor leagues, my splits were the same. I actually hit for more power from the right side,” Grandal said. “But it was the fact that I was playing every day. Whether it was a righty or lefty didn’t matter, I was in. It was the daily repetitions I was getting so my swing was there.”It was more than that, though. Grandal injured his right knee in July 2013 and then his left shoulder in August 2015. Both had a greater effect on his right-handed swing. He wasn’t able to “sit back (on his right leg) and turn on it” from the right side as much as he used – in 126 right-handed at-bats the first two seasons after the injury he had just one home run.And the shoulder injury appeared to affect Grandal’s swing plane. While his exit velocity from the left side (92.8 mph) and right side (91.1) last season were nearly equal, the launch angles were drastically different – 14 degrees as a left-handed hitter, 7.7 as a right-hander. The result was a 53.6 percent ground ball rate as a right-handed hitter.“It looks good. It’s not as steep. It’s not as in-and-out of the zone,” Roberts said of the adjustments Grandal has made in his right-handed swing this spring. “The balls he did square up (last year), the trajectory just wasn’t right. It was more negative, down into the ground.“So we’ve talked about elevating the ball to the pull side. That with the contact rate, it should be a productive right-handed player. He worked real hard. He’s healthy No. 1. But he also feels good about the right-handed swing.”Indeed, Grandal doesn’t lack confidence from either side of the plate.“I’ve always been very confident from both sides. I know I can do it,” he said. “It’s just a matter of gaining confidence from the coaching staff for them to say, ‘OK, we don’t have to think about who’s catching today. We know Yaz is going to be there.’”Quick hitsClayton Kershaw will start the Dodgers’ first Cactus League game on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox followed by Rich Hill on Sunday and Kenta Maeda on Monday. The starting pitchers will likely only throw one inning the first time around. The rest of the starting lineup will get two plate appearances each in the opener Saturday. … Last year’s assistant hitting coach on the major-league staff, Tim Hyers, will serve as a roving instructor in the minor leagues this year. Triple-A hitting coach Shawn Wooten will occasionally work with the big league team this year. GLENDALE, Ariz. >> Yasmani Grandal knew his new diet had really taken hold when his 7-year-old daughter was visiting her grandmother.“As soon as you mention vegetables to a little kid, they say, ‘No,’” Grandal said. “So we just started making food and we never really mentioned that it was all vegetables. We didn’t make a big deal.“Two, three weeks ago she was at her grandma’s house and her grandma bought her some candy. She goes back and reads the label and it said 57 grams of sugar or something like that. She goes up to her grandma, ‘Hey, grandma – this has too much sugar. I can only have one or two.’ It was pretty funny.”Grandal didn’t exactly take the idea of a plant-based, meatless diet seriously right away himself. His wife, Heather, works as a nurse. She wanted to watch a documentary that a cardiologist she works with had mentioned. “She put it on and I wasn’t too interested in it,” Grandal said. “Then as I started to hear things here and there and some athletes were giving their testimony about how their performance had improved and it kind of caught my attention a little. So I went back and watched the whole documentary by myself and kind of got into it.”The Dodgers catcher decided to give it a try for 15 days “and 15 days turned into a month, turned into two months and here we are now.”But the real focus of Grandal’s off-season was putting the meat back in his right-handed swing. The switch-hitting catcher did not want to platoon against left-handed pitching as he had the past two seasons with veteran backups A.J. Ellis and Carlos Ruiz – and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t want to have to sit his front-line catcher based on the opposing pitcher.“In a perfect world, I think it’s more contingent on the schedule and not left-vs-right,” Roberts said this spring. “I think in the past couple years it’s been that because his right-handed swing hasn’t been where we would have liked, where he would have liked.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more