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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Weis Meets McCloy

Randal McCloy Jr., the lone survivor of the Sago Mine disaster (who seems to be wearing a Notre Dame had in every picture taken of him) got a visit from ND coach Charlie Weis over the weekend at their home in Simpson, Taylor County, West VA:

Weis wanted to chat with McCloy in person and offered his family a trip to South Bend, Indiana. I wouldn't be surprised of McCloy ends up speaking at a pep rally this upcoming season.

"He wanted to come in and meet Randy and wondered if that was that appropriate," Aly Goodwin Gregg, McCloy's spokeswoman, said. "Randy has never been to campus, so just to visit Notre Dame itself with the legacy of Notre Dame football would be special. I'm sure a game came up and they were invited to come at any time."

Notre Dame's involvement with McCloy goes back to January when the university, Weis and numerous alumni groups sent him care packages that included hats, blankets, and T-shirts. School officials became aware that he was a Notre Dame fan soon after his rescue when they noticed him wearing a Fighting Irish hat in family photos.

"The family is very touched by the Notre Dame family reaching out to them," Gregg said. "I think they're truly shocked by it. Anna has said on more than one occasion, ‘We can't believe how kind and generous they are.'"

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