Pat Connaughton To Play Senior Year At Notre Dame
Tuesday Jun 10, 2014 12:00am
(SOUTH BEND) – Pat Connaughton is going to be a two-sport athlete for a bit longer, only now he's going to be paid for one. Connaughton said Monday he has reached an agreement with the Baltimore Orioles, who picked him in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft last week, but has not yet signed a contract. He said the organization will allow him to play basketball at Notre Dame his senior year, saying his initial contract will be for six or seven weeks. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was 3-5 with a 3.92 ERA in 10 starts for the Irish and was a swingman on the basketball team, finishing third in scoring at 13.8 points a game. He dunked on Duke's Jabari Parker and struck out Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Connaughton plans to travel to Baltimore on Tuesday, then head to Sarasota, Florida, later in the week to begin his minor league career. He told Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Breay that he will be back in South Bend on July 30 so he can have a week to get ready for the team's trip to Italy Brey, who grew up a Baltimore fan and wore an Orioles baseball cap on Tuesday, said the experience should make Connaughton a better captain and leader.