John Heisler | November 19, 2017
University of Notre Dame junior Alex Mansour admits he's not much of a sports fan.
Yet, when confronted with a crunch-time challenge, he came through with a prime-time performance befitting any Irish athlete making a game-winning play.
Mansour's assignment? Create the musical score for the 80-second video that would be shown on the Notre Dame Stadium video board just before the Irish team took the field.
Three days before the 2017 Irish season opener against Temple, the video remained incomplete--and Mansour was on the spot.
The end of the video piece, featuring game-action shots of current Irish players, needed more pizzazz. But time was running thin.
Mansour's reaction? "Give me an hour and a half."
Mansour locked himself in an audio booth with his laptop and keyboard and by 3 a.m. he had a final product.
"He played it for us, and that was it," says the Notre Dame athletics executive producer of live events, Mike Bonner, who produces the live video board show at each Irish home game.