About 18 months after leaving to serve an LDS mission in Ecuador, Chris Badger is back in Salt Lake City, Utah, eating steak sandwiches and programming his new iPhone. The former Timpview High football star is also anxious to begin training for his return to Notre Dame.
An article by Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune describes Badger’s return to Utah and eager plans for rejoining the Fighting Irish. Although 44 percent of the roster has turned over and there are new coaches on staff, Hansen says Badger never wavered in his desire to come back to South Bend, Ind.
“The one thing that didn’t change while I was gone was my feeling that Notre Dame was a match made in heaven,” said Badger, who could have transferred without penalty.
The article references some of the experiences Badger had on his mission, such as getting robbed three times, his daily schedule and the challenges of learning Spanish. Now he is focused on a new mission — helping the Irish “win a national championship.”
The biggest thing Badger learned on his mission? “To truly trust in God, trust in Christ and trust in myself,” Badger said.
For more on Badger, read this Deseret News article from 2010.
The BYU basketball team was recently featured in this Fox Sports article by Dan Wolken.
Despite the Cougars’s loss to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals, Wolken thinks BYU will still be invited to the NCAA tournament. He also discusses the unique dynamic of having two non-LDS players on the team, namely Anson Winder and UCLA transfer Matt Carlino. If you are a BYU basketball fan, Wolken’s article would be an interesting read.