John Heisler | September 11, 2018
It has been exactly 17 years now.
University of Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw has pushed the events of that day as far into the corner of her memory bank as she can.
She still doesn't really want to talk about it.
But she does.
And she assuredly can't shake the emotions she felt then and still feels today.
On the fateful morning of Sept. 11, 2001, McGraw originally had been slated to fly from Boston to Los Angeles on United Flight 175. She was headed to visit eventual Irish commitment Courtney LaVere.
But several days earlier Notre Dame assistant coach Kevin McGuff convinced her to change her plans and instead fly with him out of Providence. He was headed back to South Bend on a Delta flight via Detroit.
So she switched her flight to join McGuff.
On that Tuesday morning, United Flight 175 was the second plane to crash into the World Trade Center, the south tower, in New York at 9:03. The 65 people on board the huge Boeing 767 died, along with more than 2,500 others that day in lower Manhattan. At the Pentagon, 125 were killed and 40 more died in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. During the attacks on September 11, 2,996 people lost their lives and more than 6,000 were injured.
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