Grammy-winning country musician Tim McGraw will hold a concert at Notre Dame’s Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on April 13 at the end of IDEA Week, according to a Notre Dame press release published Wednesday. IDEA Week, which will be held from April 8 to April 13, celebrates entrepreneurship and innovation.IDEA Week will be open to everyone and held both at Notre Dame and in the surrounding community. Last year was the first annual IDEA Week, and according to the release, more than 18,000 people attended at least one event. This year’s week will feature speakers, the McCloskey New Venture Competition and workshops. The McGraw concert is the first event to be announced.According to the press release, the concert “is designed to bring people together.”“IDEA Week is not a conference,” Bryan Ritchie, Notre Dame’s vice president and associate provost for innovation, said in the release. “We want to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship and help people come together to produce what we call ‘productive collisions.’ Someone you meet at IDEA Week might be your next business partner, client or customer.”In addition to selling more than 50 million records and setting 43 worldwide No. 1 singles, McGraw has won three Grammys, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards and three People’s Choice Awards, the release said. He has also been named BDS Radio’s Most Played Artist of the Decade and, since starting his career in 1992, has become the most-played country artist. He has also acted in the movies “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side” and narrated “The Shack.”The announcement of McGraw’s performance at Notre Dame comes on the heels of the first standalone concert in Notre Dame Stadium by country musician Garth Brooks, held Saturday. The more than 84,000 tickets to Brooks’ concert sold out within three hours, and CBS will air a taped version of the show titled “Garth: Live at Notre Dame!” on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. EST.Tickets for the McGraw concert, according to the release, will be available at a later date, but prices will range from $40 to $125. According to an email sent to Notre Dame students, 750 tickets will be available at $30 per ticket for students starting Nov. 14.More information about IDEA Week and its events can be found at ideaweek.comTags: IDEA Center, Idea Week, Joyce Center, Purcell Pavilion, Tim McGraw
Well-travelled Dutchman Hiddink managed Australia at the 2006 World Cup, helping the team reach the second round. The official Socceroos Twitter feed also announced: “Our former boss has taken charge at @ChelseaFC – Good luck Guus!” It looked to be a question of when, rather than if, Chelsea would announce the appointment of 69-year-old Hiddink, who had a caretaker spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in the closing months of the 2008-09 season and helped the team win the FA Cup. Former Blues striker Mateja Kezman claimed Hiddink told him on Thursday that he had been given the Chelsea job. Kezman, quoted on the website of Croatian newspaper Index, said : “I do not know if it is officially confirmed, whether the club has announced it, but Guus told me earlier. “I am convinced that with him Chelsea will recover. I would even say they are one of the favourites for the Champions League.” Kezman, who briefly played under Mourinho during the Portuguese’s first spell in charge of Chelsea, said: “I am not surprised by (owner Roman) Abramovich’s decision to (get rid of) Mourinho. “Jose is a superb coach but the results and position in the league are catastrophic and unbecoming the reputation of a club like Chelsea. “It is incredible that this team were champions last season and are now fighting for dear life in the Premier League. “I think this decision is correct and Guus Hiddink is a great choice.” Press Association Former Socceroos boss Hiddink was reported by Football Federation Australia to have been appointed as a temporary successor to Jose Mourinho, who left Chelsea on Thursday. On its website, the federation stated: “Guus Hiddink has taken temporary charge at struggling EPL giant Chelsea after the club announced they’d sacked coach Jose Mourinho overnight following the club’s disastrous run in the English Premier League.” Guus Hiddink was named as Chelsea’s new manager by his former employers in Australia on Friday – before any official announcement from the Barclays Premier League club.