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Irish Insights


Southern roots

Notre Dame forward Carleton Scott is feeling at home in New Orleans, where the Irish will open the NCAA tournament against Old Dominion at 12:25 p.m. Thursday.

The junior grew up in San Antonio, and he said it is great to be in the south.

"I've missed the south," said Scott, who is averaging 4.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. "I've missed the heat. I've missed the humitity. It's close to home so it is good for me, I'm loving it.

"Being in South Bend, I love it, it is beautiful, but there is nothing like the south when it comes to weather."

Scott isn't the only person with the Notre Dame program that spend time in the south.

Irish coach Mike Brey played three seasons at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., before finishing his college career at George Washington.

Brey said he enjoys returning to the state he started his college playing career at.

"It was a great experience," said Brey, who was at Northwestern from 1977-80. "A guy from Maryland ends up down there, and you know, culture change, so on to speak.

"I did spend more time in South Louisiana than North Louisiana on my breaks. I found out you could have a heck of a lot more fun coming down into Lafayette. Scott, Louisiana, well, there are some good memories there, yeah."