Marketing professor John Weber, nicknamed “Weebs,” said he lives by three rules — have fun, be nice to everyone and think about turtles once in a while. Weber taught his last class at Notre Dame Wednesday after 42 years as a member of the faculty, but said the “Turtle Club,” created by his seven grandchildren, will continue to grow. Weber invites his students and friends to join the club, even giving them laminated membership cards and a club certificate that lists the three rules, Weber said. “The silly stuff like that is reflective of my years here because I like to have a lot of fun and I like to be close to students,” Weber said. “That is the hallmark of my time here.” Weber built long-lasting friendships with many Notre Dame undergraduates during his time as a professor, a Hall Fellow in Morrissey Hall and the moderator of the Marketing Club. “I have always been very social,” Weber said. “From the start, the most enjoyable part of teaching for me has been interfacing with the students.” Weber began teaching at the University in 1969. He arrived at Notre Dame at the same time as Mendoza’s first copy machine. “There were only 40 faculty members in the College of Business at that time,” Weber said. Notre Dame began to expand and build a reputation as a research university, and Mendoza currently employs almost 200 faculty members, Weber said. “The research expectations in the College of Business have just gone through the roof. I feel very concerned about the younger faculty because it is very difficult to achieve tenure now,” Weber said. “That relates back to interfacing with students. It is difficult for young faculty today to set aside time for undergraduate students.” Weber saw positive changes in the University as well. “Admitting women allowed us to keep up the quality of our students and round out the male part of our student body from a maturity view,” Weber said. “Having women as an integral part of all dimensions of campus life better prepares all our students for the real world, a world where women are increasingly playing leadership roles.” Weber said leadership in the College of Business led the University to its current ranking as the No. 1 school for undergraduate business in the nation. “While some colleges still have relatively high student to faculty ratios, we have added more faculty,” Weber said. “We are willing to bring in the big guns to help improve our standing among national and international universities.” Campus facilities and technology also allowed students to learn more, Weber said. Senior Tom Smith signed up for Weber’s Business to Business marketing course because of recommendations from friends. “I heard he was a great professor even though this was an 8 a.m. course. I honestly never thought I would make it to every 8 a.m. class, but I can successfully say I did it,” Smith said. “And I stayed awake every day.” Smith said Weber constantly reached out to his class and even hosted a cookout for them in his home. “He visibly cares about his students,” Smith said. “Of all the teachers I have had here, he has done the most to connect to his students.” In 2001, Weber was made an honorary member of the Class of 1981 and remains close with students from that class. Dan Tarullo, a 1981 graduate, lived in Morrissey Hall while Weber was a Hall Fellow and is one of almost 30 alumni who participate in the “Weeb’s Open,” an annual golf tournament and informal reunion in late July. Over 15 members of this group hosted a surprise dinner for Weber Tuesday evening and visited his class Wednesday morning. “This group here has been together over 30 years and we come back together every year because of this man,” Tarullo said. The group shared stories about Thursday night bowling, cookouts and golf scrambles with Weber’s current students. They recounted tales of Weber when he stole bowling shoes and jumped into a pond at a local golf course in a victory celebration. Weber said the long-standing friendships he formed with students are the most valuable product of his time at Notre Dame. “It all starts with one-on-one personal relationships with students. The first rule of the Turtle Club is to have fun,” Weber said. “You have to have fun.”
The players did not address the crowd but James appeared to take a shot at the Warriors as he disembarked the plane wearing a blue ‘Ultimate Warrior’ T-Shirt while holding the glittering NBA championship trophy high above his head.The Cavaliers plane touched down at around 16:30 GMT and was given a water salute that saw giant arches of spray shoot over the aircraft.The plane then pulled up along a chain-link fence where thousands of fans on the other side, eager for a glimpse of James and his teammates, held up their mobile phones to capture a moment for which many had waited a lifetime.When the door to the plane opened and players started filing out, British rock band Queen’s iconic anthem “We Are the Champions” blared through the speakers.Many of the Cavaliers, who made a stop in Las Vegas after winning the title in Oakland, California, hung out on top of the staircase so they could capture overhead video of the crowd before descending the steps to the tarmac.The loudest cheer was reserved for James, who carried the Cavs all season and spearheaded the greatest Finals comeback in NBA history as Cleveland became the first team to rally from a 3-1 series deficit and win the title.In each of the 32 prior instances, the team facing such a deficit had lost the Finals and only two forced a Game Seven.But the Cavaliers kept Golden State’s high-powered offense from finding their groove and a dominant James became the first player in NBA history to lead the Finals in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.He was unanimously voted the Most Valuable Player of the Finals after the game.It marked the first NBA title for a long-struggling Cavs franchise and the city of Cleveland’s first professional sports championship since the 1964 Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.As James walked down the steps of the plane, the crowd showered him with shouts of “M-V-P, M-V-P” before breaking into a “Let’s Go Cavs” chant.Traffic was so bad near the airport that many Cavs fans reportedly abandoned their cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic and walked a mile to the hangar.There was also a throng of fans on the street leading up to James’s home in Akron, Ohio, many holding “Dreams Come True” signs while passing cars honked their horns.It was reminiscent of the scene two years ago when James announced he was returning to the Cavaliers four years after he left the team to play for the Miami Heat, where he won the first two titles of his storied career.“BELIEVE IT!” screamed the front-page headline of The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland on Monday above a full-page photo of a teary-eyed James holding the NBA’s championship trophy.Fans will get another chance to salute their Cavaliers as the team will have their championship parade and rally in downtown Cleveland on Wednesday.“Oh, my goodness. It’s going to be probably one of the biggest parties — I’m sorry, one of? It’s going to be the biggest party that Cleveland has ever seen ever,” James told reporters after Sunday’s game.“So if you guys still have a little money left over in your budget, you guys better make a trip to Cleveland and get a little piece of it.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A beaming LeBron James returned home to wild celebration yesterday when he stepped off the Cleveland Cavaliers’ team plane carrying the long-coveted NBA title he promised to deliver for the city’s long-suffering fans.Cleveland faced a historic Warriors team that defeated them in the 2015 NBA Finals, only to come back and set the record for the most wins in a regular season with a 73-9 record. No team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. In fact, only three teams out of 33 have forced an NBA Finals Game 7 after trailing 3-1. The other two teams are the 1951 New York Knicks (against the Rochester Royals) and the 1966 Los Angeles Lakers (against the Boston Celtics).The mere sight of James set off loud cheers from adoring fans who showed up to thank the greatest basketball player on the planet for leading Cleveland past the Golden State Warriors.
After struggling at cornerback, Henry is switching to free safety to back up Maragos.[/media-credit]Aaron Henry is not new to adversity.A torn ACL from late 2007 earned him two surgeries and forced him to redshirt for the 2008 campaign. Henry went from setting the school defensive back records for sacks one year to sitting out injured the next. In 2009, Henry is healthy and back on the field.However, a new challenge has been put before him.Head coach Bret Bielema has made the decision to switch Henry, who has been “in a little bump in the road” according to the coach, to free safety. The move places him behind starter Chris Maragos on the depth chart.“One thing that we think he can do is help us out on third down,” defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks said. “That was kind of one of the reasons we wanted to move him in (to safety). We wanted to get a guy in there with some range … and some cover ability.”Henry has not registered more than a tackle since his three against Michigan State and has yet to break up more than one pass in a game. Bielema’s decision became official during the weekly press conference Monday. The Badgers hope Henry will be more effective in his new role, allowing other players at the corner positions playing time.Although Henry is switching to safety, his sensibility and experience as a corner are what appeals to the coaching staff.“What this does is it changes us on third down,” Cooks said. “Now we’re feeling confident out there with four corners and one safety, you know, with Henry being the fourth corner and Chris Maragos the safety. You feel good about matchups.”Henry has had limited experience outside of his natural cornerback position.“I played (safety) a little bit in high school,” Henry said. “I think my sophomore year of high school I moved around, from strong safety to corner to free safety. I played a little bit of everything, but that’s about it. High school was the last time I played safety.”Henry was gradually introduced to the position.“Initially, I didn’t really take heed to it,” Henry admitted. “I didn’t really like it at all, I won’t sit here and lie to you. But whether it’s safety or cornerback, at the end of the day, you still have to come up and tackle, you still have to cover.”The move has taken place over three weeks. Prior to the Purdue game, Henry said he had begun taking a few reps in the new position in addition to his normal practice at cornerback. During the week before Indiana, he received a much higher workload there.The toughest portion of the position switch for Henry has been changing his mindset from a cornerback’s to a safety’s. The responsibilities of the safety, as a last line of defense, extend beyond those of a cornerback.“You have to do a whole lot more at safety than cornerback,” Henry said. “You’re the eraser guy. If the ball breaks past you, it’s more likely it’s going to be a touchdown. At free safety, you have to know what everybody is doing. You have to do your job, but you have to know all the calls. It’s just knowing everything.”Asked if he feels more pressure at his new position, Henry answered immediately, “No.”“I still don’t have it down pat at all,” he acknowledged. “But Chris Maragos has been helping me out. I’m definitely starting to learn more about the schemes of our defenses and our weakness.”“I think (moving to safety) has been good for Aaron,” Maragos added. “He understands the defense (and) he’s a great athlete. Just from what I’ve been seeing, from early on, what he’s been doing, he’s transferred pretty well.”Henry brings extra speed to the safety position that Maragos doesn’t quite have. He also has close coverage abilities safeties normally don’t have.“He’s got really good ball skills,” Maragos said. “He’s really rangy. He can cover a lot of field.”Maragos also voiced confidence that the biggest part of the transition, the mental aspect, will go Henry’s way.“I thought it might be a little much for him,” said Maragos. “But he’s really right along with it. He understands everything.”Henry cited Maragos as a great help and resource for him in the move.“[Maragos] has been huge,” Henry said. “He knows I can play. He’s been helping me with all the calls. … It’s more the pre-snap (part).”Henry’s coaches have taken notice of his play at his new position in practice. They have especially noted his ability to understand the intricacies of the defense.“He’s got an awesome mind,” Cooks said. “He’s real savvy. Having played corner, seeing the field from the safety’s side, it’s tremendous what he’s been able to do.”On top of everything, Maragos is enjoying the extra time he gets to spend with Henry.“It’s been fun because Aaron and I are best friends,” Maragos said. “We’ve been lockermates for the past three years, so it’s fun because he’s playing safety now and I can hang out with him at practice.”Henry didn’t make an appearance in the Indiana game last week. With Michigan coming Saturday and Henry fully integrated into the safety position, things will likely change.“We’re rolling him,” Cooks said. “He’s part of the package now.”This season has been frustrating for Henry, but it isn’t as if he hasn’t experienced some difficulties before.“It’s been rough,” Henry said. “But this is definitely a test, but I’ll just take it and roll with it. Sometimes we go through things to, in the future, make us realize what we went through. I can’t do anything about it but go out there and continue to play.”
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