Irish lose sophomore guard Robby Carmody for season with knee injury

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

It looked bad when it happened.

It is bad.

Fearful almost from the minute he fell late during Wednesday’s loss to No. 3 Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge that he’d hurt his knee, Notre Dame sophomore guard Robby Carmody knows now another tough truth — he’ll miss the second half of the season for a second straight year with a season-ending injury.

Notre Dame announced early Thursday afternoon that the injury Carmody suffered to his left anterior cruciate ligament will require surgery and sideline him for the rest of the year. Carmody missed the back half of his freshman year after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He played in nine games last season.

Having appeared in only 16 games his first two seasons, Carmody will have three full seasons of eligibility remaining starting next fall. He’ll have to petition the NCAA if he plans to return for a fourth year, which would be his sixth season.

Carmody was hurt in the closing minute Wednesday when he drove baseline and attempted a right-handed dunk. Fouled on the play, the 6-foot-5, 201-pound Carmody landed awkwardly on his left leg, then crumpled to the Xfinity Center floor. Carmody then looked to the bench, grabbed his left leg and said, “My knee.” He tried to get up and walk but couldn’t.

Unable to shoot the two free throws, Carmody was helped to the bench. A wheelchair moved him from the bench to the locker room. He later was heard saying about his knee “I tore it.”

Carmody’s injury leaves the Irish with eight available scholarship players. A ninth, sophomore power forward Chris Doherty, has left the team with the intention of transferring.

Carmody averaged 5.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 13.8 minutes a game this season. He missed part of one game and all of another last month after suffering a concussion against Marshall. He also missed part of a game after re-injuring the left shoulder he hurt last season.

He was one of the few Irish to routinely play with an attacking, aggressive nature. Against the Terrapins. Against anybody.

“Carmody came out of the womb driving to the basket and knocking the (heck) out of people,” Irish coach Mike Brey said last month of the guard. “He’s going to come after you and go and even force some drives. He just knocks the crap out of people and that’s OK.”

Handling injuries again will be an issue this season for Notre Dame, which has lost a combined 106 games to player injury/illness since 2017-18. Carmody’s loss will add at least 24 more games to that tally.

Notre Dame (6-2; 0-1 ACC) returns to action Saturday at home in its conference home opener against Boston College (4-5; 1-0).

Trainers tend to Notre Dame guard Robby Carmody late in Wednesday’s game at No. 3 Maryland. Carmody will miss the rest of the season with an ACL injury to his left knee.