Of Course Rockne Had A Hand In Developing ND-Wisconsin Basketball Ties

Notre Dame-Wisconsin Athletic Bond Has Roots Sunk A Century Ago

The two have met in basketball just once in last 47 years, but share earlier connections

By Jim Lefebvre

NDFootballHistory.com

March 22, 2016

Along the shores of Lake Mendota in Madison, Wis., stands a towering pine tree nearly 100 years old. Its owner, Walter Meanwell, Jr., lives in the tasteful lakeside home his father had built in the 1920s. The tree is known as the Rockne Pine, owing to the great friendship between Walter “Doc” Meanwell and Knute Rockne, legendary coaches of Wisconsin basketball and Notre Dame football, respectively.

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For the complete story and a great recap of Notre Dame and Wisconsin links to tradition and history click here. The two schools share a rich connection that comes to a head this weekend in the NCAA basketball tournament.

 

 

 

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