A True Notre Dame Man, Joe Hickey Made His Place ‘Home Away From Home’ For Irish

A good many folks – including 15 or so former Notre Dame football players – paid their respects last weekend to Joseph E. Hickey, great Notre Dame man (Class of 1950) and citizen of South Bend, who died Feb. 3 at age 86. There were heartfelt tributes from near and far, with sentiments like this:   Read Full Post

100 Years Ago, ND Shifted From Notable Defeat

A century ago this week, Notre Dame’s football team ventured from South Bend to play a premier opponent in a challenging environment; lost a game that included some controversial officiating; returned to receive accolades; and resolved to use the loss as a springboard to a greater future. Sound familiar? The parallels to the 2014 Notre   Read Full Post

90 Years Ago Today: “Outlined Against A Blue-Gray October Sky…”

Editor’s Note:  The following is excerpted  from the award-winning biography  Coach For A Nation: The Life and Times of Knute Rockne. As Notre Dame prepared to head to New York City to play Army at the Polo Grounds, football fans across the country grew eager with anticipation for the intersectional battle of the year. Under   Read Full Post

ND Once Mowed Down Four Straight Top 10 Teams

Mississippi State ascended to the top of the college football rankings this week after recording its third straight victory over a Top 10 opponent – something media sources said had only been accomplished five previous times in college football history. One of those times was actually a four-week stretch of wins over Top 10 foes…by   Read Full Post

100 Years Ago The Rockne Coaching Career Began

On Saturday, Oct. 3, 1914, the Notre Dame football team opened its season with a home game against Alma College of Michigan, the school where second-year ND head coach Jesse Harper had begun his coaching career eight years earlier. Assisting Harper on the Notre Dame sideline that day was 26-year-old Knute Rockne, making his coaching   Read Full Post

At 99, The ND Beat Goes On

Art Huber is just six months shy of his 100th birthday. Yet, when he closes his eyes and remembers, he can still clearly see himself as a 7 or 8-year-old, in the early 1920s, playing in the parks and backyards of his hometown, little Fort Atkinson, Iowa, choosing sides for ballgames. “My team was always   Read Full Post

Irish Players Honor History in Singing of Alma Mater, Win or Lose

Hats off to Corey Robinson and the Notre Dame football team for understanding that much of what makes Notre Dame football special is its history and tradition. Today the football team voted to sing the “Alma Mater” after every game — win or lose. “It’s bigger than us and it’s bigger than football,” said Robinson,   Read Full Post

On This Day…100 Years Ago Rockne Wed

100 years ago today, on July 15, 1914, exactly one month after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, Knute Rockne married Bonnie Skiles in a simple ceremony in the parish rectory of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio. The witnesses were Charles “Gus” Dorais, the groom’s   Read Full Post

On This Day…July 2

On this day (July 2) in 1891, Charles Emile “Gus” Dorais was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. As a child, Gus had a difficult home life, as his father “abandoned the family, and his mother Malvina was taking in laundry, working as midwife, and doing other odd jobs to clothe and feed Gus, older sister   Read Full Post

On This Day…July 1

On this date (July 1) in 1961, former Notre Dame football coach Jesse Harper died in Sika, Kansas, at age 77. Harper, a product of the University of Chicago under Amos Alonzo Stagg, became Notre Dame’s first full-time athletic employee when he was hired as athletic director and head coach of football, basketball, and baseball   Read Full Post