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Notre Dame player's career could be over

Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: August 5, 2011 11:58 am
By Matt Norlander

Eric Katenda, the 6-9 incoming Notre Dame freshman, may never play for the Irish.

Katenda went permanently blind in his right eye after taking a shot during a July pickup game, and since he's not yet approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse because of grades and academic requirements (Notre Dame is a lofty school to get into, after all), his chance to play D-I basketball may already be over.

Katenda is from Paris and is still attempting to finish up requisite courses to enable him to enroll at Notre Dame. The eye injury has set him back in every possible way. He now may go back to Paris to recover, see his family, and attempt to start classes in January.

But the eye injury could very well mean he's no longer able to play basketball at an elite level.
"It was just the perfect storm, he's coming down with a rebound and the guy kind of came up and was going for the ball and got him on an angle where it really caused an injury," Irish coach Mike Brey said.

"The injury, as it was explained to me, the trauma (caused) a build-up of blood and the pressure became so bad behind the eye and that severed the optical nerve. There's no surgery that fixes a severed optical nerve. Modern medicine doesn't have that yet."

Brey said doctors discovered the severed optical nerve when they performed a procedure to allieviate the pressure on the eye. The Irish coach said he learned of the injury July 8, right at the outset of a critical summer recruiting window, and has taken the news perhaps even harder than Katenda.
The good news is that Notre Dame will not take Katenda's scholarship away, even if he won't play. The Irish are certainly hurt, relatively speaking, by this, as the 2011-12 team will be much different from last season's. Notre Dame loses Ben Hansbrough, Ty Nash and Carleton Scott from the group, which overachieved to the point of a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
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Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:03 pm

Notre Dame player's career could be over

Shot to the eye...HMMM!!!!!Kiss

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 8, 2011 5:02 am

Notre Dame player's career could be over

But when you put Notre Dame on a resume, you won't be unemployed for long ! My cousin graduated from ND in 2005 and she's never been unemployed and she's always landed great paying jobs ! Can't be that !

Hate to rain on your ND parade, phade2blaq, but you really need to grow up a little and spend more time on this earth.

How many jobs has your cousin had in that long career of SIX YEARS!

My niece is a grad of Baylor and she has had 3 great paying jobs in her field for 11 years now. That is what college and a degree are supposed to do. All of the young kids I know with a degree have had no trouble getting jobs. And none of my son's friends missed getting good jobs with their BA or BS. Of course, none of them were History majors. But hey, good for her.

Notre Dame did the right thing as many other schools have done with the same type of story. They did what they should have. Let's not get carried away. The story did say except for prayer or some currently untested ( or unknown) medical treatment, the kid's sight is gone forever in that eye. One of those things happening would be good reason for all the !!!!!!!

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: August 7, 2011 6:19 pm

Notre Dame player's career could be over

Oh, what a shame.  Perfect storm indeed.  Sounds like the kid has a good heart and a positive attitude, though - - that's what I take away from Brey's comment.  Maybe Dickie V will self-impose a one-year moratorium on "my one good eye" jokes? 

Agree with those who applaud Notre Dame for honoring Katenda's scholarship.  Classy move. 

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 1:24 pm

Notre Dame player's career could be over

I really feel for the kid. What are the odds of that happening. I applaud ND for honoring his scholarship. Eric should take advantage of this oppotunity and get a good degree. He could go on to do something more important than play basketball, who knows.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: August 7, 2011 8:10 am

Notre Dame player's career could be over

This is really too bad for the kid.  Hopefully he can still take advantage of the opportunity offered to him.

Who was the football player who suffered a seemingly career ending injury but still played for the Irish? 

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:55 pm

Notre Dame player's career could be over

My bad..forgot to mention the young man was hurt to the point he could not continue his high school career...His dad was so proud he was going to Notre Dame  - the whole town knew about it.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:54 pm

Notre Dame player's career could be over

For those of us who can post w/o an anti-ND agenda, kudos to Notre Dame. They did the same thing for a football player from the town I live in ...Collierville, Tenn. The young man was offered a scholarship by ND and other schools but only ND let him keep the scholarship. He ended up recovering and had a nice career with the Irish.

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:31 pm

Notre Dame player's career could be over

Too bad for this young man.  I hope he still is able to get a good education and enjoy his college years.  Also, tough luck for ND as it sounds as if he was a gifted player.  I wish both the best.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:22 pm

Notre Dame player's career could be over

It was the writer who tried to remind us how hard ND is to get into. I live in South Bend and Brey was on the verge of being fired last year. He was having an affair with a local newscaster. Classy guy, and it was ND who allowed a kid the go up in the air with 50 mph winds blowing and the totally denied any responsibility. They fought the 70 thousand dollar find laid on them by OSHA. And they allowed a kid with 3 alcohol related offenses ( the last one being a DUI where he ran a stop sign and had a .19 blood alcohol level) play without missing a game. So yea I guess they could be cosidered a claas university.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:02 pm

Notre Dame player's career could be over

Don't feel bad, Mr. Katenda.  Go back to beautiful Paris, France.  Be with your family.  You wouldn't want to play at this crummy school anyway.  Oui, oui.

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