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3/13/2008 03:32:00 PM
The Book On 'Gody
NEW YORK -- The Story of 'Gody, Notre Dame's breakout star and the Big East Player of the Year, ran in this week's Sports Illustrated. Since the Irish will be playing their conference-tourney opener in about five hours, now is as good a time as any to dispense of a few extra Luke Harangody nuggets:
• If 'Gody were to be placed on a New York magazine Approval Matrix, he'd be a lock for the lower-right quadrant: brilliant for the numbers he puts up despite looking like a tight end; low-brow for his sense of humor. In one of his favorite movies, Office Space, his favorite scene involves neither flair, red staplers nor a battered fax machine; 'Gody's parents said the clip he kept rewinding was when Tom Smykowski, the creator of the "Jump to Conclusions Mat," backs out of his garage and is blindsided by a pickup truck.
• 'Gody's brother, Ty, who's a junior at Indiana, is the more loquacious of the two, but shares the same taste in comedy. He told me a story from grade school in which the boys were reprimanded by a friend's grandfather -- "a guy who bled Notre Dame" -- for not displaying the proper mournfulness upon viewing the scene in Rudy where his pal, Pete, meets his end in a mill accident. "Rudy was holy territory for [the grandfather], and we were giggling," says Ty. Luke asserted to me, for the matter of record, that his humor has some bounds: "That's not a scene I'd actually joke about now," he said. "Notre Dame people would kill me."
• Neither of the boys, at that point, were fans of Notre Dame: They both grew up as die-hard Hoosier fans -- understandable, given that their dad, Dave, played football there while Lee Corso was coaching. Luke still has an autographed photo of Bobby Knight in his boyhood bedroom in Schererville, Ind., and a strip of IU logos covers the walls near the ceiling. (He does have a blue Irish blanket covering the bed, at least.) Had IU had a stable coaching situation when 'Gody was coming up through the high-school ranks, Dave says Luke "would have gone there in a heartbeat." As it was, the Hoosiers began recruiting 'Gody far too late in the process -- well after he had built a strong relationship with Notre Dame coach Mike Brey.
• Finally, the YouTube clip referenced in the SI story's lede -- the one that 'Gody had been playing for all of his teammates -- can be found below. The newsman, as far as I know, did not suffer any major injuries. Which means it's completely fine for you to laugh.