The Alma Mater: What Would ‘Rock’ Do?

Amidst the flap over whether Notre Dame football players should join their fellow ND students in the singing of “Notre Dame, Our Mother” after the conclusion of games—win or lose—was this statement from Brian Kelly: “I just don’t think it’s appropriate to put your players after defeat in a situation where they are exposed.” Exposed?   Read Full Post

Of Myth-Making, Hoaxes, Pressure, and Truth

The ten days from January 7 through 16, 2013, will go down as a period of unrelentingly shocking developments in the history of University of Notre Dame football. And I think it’s not a stretch to say that the third in the series of shockers (the hoax surrounding the girlfriend of Manti Te’o) helps to   Read Full Post

Rally, Sons of Notre Dame!

Brian Kelly said it best in the cramped locker room at the Los Angeles Coliseum late in the evening of November 24. “We won this game the way we’ve won every game this season,” he shouted to the victorious Irish crowded around him. “With our will, our determination, our want and our desire.” Football analysts   Read Full Post

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.


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

Notre Dame vs. Army: Making College Football History

When Notre Dame and Army meet Saturday night in the first football game played at the New Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, one of the classic series in college football history will be renewed for the 50th time. But to a great many of today’s football fans, it’s just that – history. They have no   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

Legendary Coach Parseghian Sees A Bit of Himself in Kelly

The parallels are unmistakable. Experience as a winning head coach in major college football – yet with tons of youthful enthusiasm. Staffs eager to make their mark on a legendary college campus. And a fan base yearning for a return to the pinnacle of the sport. As Brian Kelly prepared his first Notre Dame football   Read Full Post