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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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Comments

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Notre Dame player's career could be over

Spare me the Notre Dame is classy nonsense. Isn't this the same school the let a student die under their watch and then offered his family free education at Notre Dame for it's members?


Before you comment maybe actually research how things went down and to somehow try take advantage of this as a chance to make irrelevant comments about Notre Dame only shows your classlessness. Stick to the topic and if you don't anything intelligent to add then stay off here. Can't stand when someone comes on here any chance they can with bs rhetoric.Yell



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Notre Dame player's career could be over

Also, can you name a similar situation where a Div 1 school did NOT act this way? I hope you have a long list because it seems to me that ND is, in this situation at least, doing what any school would do.  
Heck, Nick Saban pulls scholraships from kids all the time...who are already in school...just to get under the scholarship limit so that he can recruit "better" players.  Urban Meyer did the same thing. 

Sure ND is doing what a lot of schools would do, but not every school in every instance.  This is really a trajedy for the kid...the eye cannot and will not get better, he's blind in that eye forever.  Very sad.




Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:41 pm
 

Notre Dame player's career could be over

Exactly ! If the adults pushed education then we could truly have scholar-athletes ! Now having said that, not everyone is college material and not everyone wants to attend college but for athletes, it's almost a must that they attend college ! I played high school football with a guy who was a great football, basketball and baseball player but he had absolutely no interest in school period !

He got a D1 scholarship and flunked out his freshman year and never returned and this guy had loads of talent ! Really sad but he just didn't like school ! 



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 6, 2011 12:38 pm
 

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 !

I hope this kid recovers and gets his sight back ! Basketball and sports in general are secondary to ones health ! Wish him a speedy and full recovery ! 



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Notre Dame player's career could be over

Spare me the Notre Dame is classy nonsense. Isn't this the same school the let a student die under their watch and then offered his family free education at Notre Dame for it's members? It's like an airline crash where the pilot fell asleep and they offer you 10 free flights for your remaining family and free drink coupons. 

Also, can you name a similar situation where a Div 1 school did NOT act this way? I hope you have a long list because it seems to me that ND is, in this situation at least, doing what any school would do.  



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Notre Dame player's career could be over

 
Michigan will have a scholarship for 16 year-old Austin Hatch if and when he is able to go to school.  Most elite programs find a way to get kids in this situation an opportunity at an education.
I agree.  I think there are a lot of schools that try to do the right thing in these kind of situations.  But it's always good to see them step up when a kid gets knocked down like that.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 7:30 pm
 

Good to see ND do the right thing

It's great that ND is doing this, but they aren't the only school that does.  Michigan will have a scholarship for 16 year-old Austin Hatch if and when he is able to go to school.  Most elite programs find a way to get kids in this situation an opportunity at an education.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Notre Dame player's career could be over

I was reading about this on another site as well.  Kudos to Notre Dame though for offering to continue to grant him his scholarship as long as he keeps up his academics.  It's the right (and classy) thing to do.  It's a terrible shame what happened, but at least there's still a good opportunity in front of him to get a top-notch education.  I hope it works out for him in the long-term.
This is why I've always rooted for Notre Dame, even though I'm not an alum. Notre Dame is more than sports. It's mission is to educate and serve. Every Notre Dame student must do service in the community. That's how you instill a work ethic, compassion and a sense of self.

It's a tragedy the kid went blind, but hopefully, he can get his degree and be an inspiration off the court. He made a commitment to the school and they returned the favor. That's the way it's suppose to work.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Notre Dame player's career could be over

I was reading about this on another site as well.  Kudos to Notre Dame though for offering to continue to grant him his scholarship as long as he keeps up his academics.  It's the right (and classy) thing to do.  It's a terrible shame what happened, but at least there's still a good opportunity in front of him to get a top-notch education.  I hope it works out for him in the long-term.


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