Notre Dame to open training camp away from South Bend

Notre Dame to open training camp away from South Bend
July 25, 2014, 10:15 am
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For the second straight year, Notre Dame will spend the first week of its preseason camp away from South Bend.

Notre Dame announced Friday its preseason camp will begin Aug. 4 at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., which is located about 40 miles south of campus. The Irish opened preseason camp at Shiloh Park in Marion, Ind., in 2013.

"Culver Military Academy will provide a unique and rewarding opportunity for our football program as we embark on the 2014 season," coach Brian Kelly said. "Culver holds a special place in my heart as my family has participated in camps on the grounds for years. We were able to initiate a successful program last year at Shiloh Park Retreat and Conference Center. Culver will significantly help improve the experience for our team this fall."

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Notre Dame will return to South Bend Aug. 9 to resume practice on campus.

The Irish have a bit of history with Culver, as former coach Knute Rockne gave the dedication speech for the Culver Recreation Building in 1924.

"I believe that the great value of athletics lies in keeping the student body physically fit," Rockne said. "I know of no place, with the possible exception of the United States Military Academy, where the athletic program is handled as well or where they get the results that they do at Culver."