Coach Kelly Reflects on Challenges of 2010, And Spirit of Notre Dame That Prevailed

Coach Kelly Reflects on Challenges of 2010, And Spirit of Notre Dame That Prevailed

Coach Brian Kelly addressed a packed gathering of the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota and spoke, among other things, about the tragedy and turmoil of his first season as head coach of the Fighting Irish. It was the leadership of Rev. John Jenkins that helped the University get through some of its darkest days, and the resolve of his players that turned the football fortunes around, Kelly said. All of it, he noted, exemplifies what the spirit of Notre Dame is all about.


Sun Bowl Trip Special for Seniors in Band

On the Notre Dame campus, it’s not only the football players who start camp in August, putting in grueling days under the hot, humid Indiana summer before other students arrive. These students toil relentlessly Monday through Friday every week during football season, and “game day” for them is being on their feet sun-up til sundown.   Read Full Post

It Won’t Get Any Easier in 2011, 2012

This column is named in honor of Notre Dame’s teams of the 1920s, nicknamed “Rockne’s Ramblers” for their willingness to play anyone, anywhere, at any time.  Observations on the world of Notre Dame, college football, sports….and life in general. By Jim Lefebvre, Editor, Forever Irish. Thursday, October 21, 2010 Coach Kelly has been famously quoted   Read Full Post

7-5 Never Looked So Good

Saturday’s rain-soaked 20-16 victory over USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum may not have been a beauty – definitely more gritty than pretty. The naysayers will point out that it came against a Trojan team stumbling through its first season of the “Bush Penalty Era” and missing star quarterback Matt Barkley. The shine has definitely   Read Full Post

The Battle in The Bronx

Notre Dame 27, Army 3 Saturday, November 20, 2010 New Yankee Stadium The ND-Army rivalry at its height, during the 1940s in classic matchups — ND led by Coach Frank Leahy, and featuring Heisman Trophy winners Angelo Bertelli, Leon Hart and Johnny Lujack, against Army and its Heisman winners Don Blanchard and Glenn Davis, in   Read Full Post

A Week of Sadness, Loss, Frustration

A vibrant young life is needlessly lost. A campus is shocked and sorrowful. A football program is battered and reeling. Certainly, these have to be among the darkest days for Notre Dame in a long time – maybe since March 31, 1931. Yesterday, Declan Sullivan was laid to rest. At his wake and funeral in   Read Full Post

Thank You, Father Jenkins

No matter the eventual results of any investigation or lawsuit, members of the Notre Dame family were relieved to hear the right message from the University Friday. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins, in an open letter to the Notre Dame community, acknowledged what has been obvious: “Declan Sullivan was entrusted to our care, and   Read Full Post

Tragedy Hits ND Again

Disappointment over underperformance on the football field gets Irish fans in a tizzy. But at least it is not a life-and-death matter. Wednesday’s accident which claimed the life of ND student videographer Declan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., has sent shock waves across campus and beyond, and reminded all of the fragility   Read Full Post

Where is the Spirit, Desire?

So how are Irish fans describing Saturday’s 35-17 shellacking at the hands of Navy? Disheartening. Embarrassing. Depressing. “Walking across the (Meadowlands) parking lot after the game,” said one disgruntled ND rooter, “I just wanted to take my (ND) T-shirt off.” Ouch. Losses are one thing (and there have been plenty in recent years — 27   Read Full Post