Playoff Committee Rules: All May Vote For ND

News item: The College Football Playoff selection committee announced its official policy Thursday as nine of 13 committee members have been recused from voting for schools with which they are affiliated. The list, with five active athletic directors, includes: Mike Gould (Air Force) Jeff Long (Arkansas) Dan Radakovich (Clemson) Archie Manning (Mississippi) Tom Osborne (Nebraska)   Read Full Post

Saturating South Beach

It was an amazing scene Saturday as tens of thousands of Fighting Irish fans descended on South Beach to celebrate undefeated Notre Dame’s spot in the BCS title game. Ocean Drive was closed to traffic for several blocks, and taken over by swarms of fans (and restaurants that extended their outdoor seating) eager to enjoy   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.


Fighting Irish Coaching Legends Take Their Place Under the Sun

Fans attending games at Notre Dame Stadium this fall — or just visiting campus — can’t miss the new locations of the sculptures honoring Fighting Irish coaching legends Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz.  All have been repositioned, and each has a stadium gate named for him. The changes just make “everything look right,”   Read Full Post

Why Notre Dame Football Matters

In the swirling vortex that is the football coaching change at the University of Notre Dame, the occasional commentator raises the question: Is ND football still relevant? The Fighting Irish have seen their better days, the thinking goes, and they’re not coming back.  The college football world has shifted south and west, and the game   Read Full Post

Whatever Happened to ND Men Becoming Football Coaches?

With all the questions swirling around the Notre Dame football program at the moment, one thing is fairly certain: If there is a coaching change, the odds of a former ND player taking the reins are pretty remote. About the only possible candidate from the ranks of former Irish players is Tom Clements, the Green   Read Full Post

ND in Texas: Great from the Start

The 1913 Notre Dame team, led by senior captain Knute Rockne (center, with fooball) was the first ND squad to play a game in Texas — the last contest for Rockne, Gus Dorais and their senior teammates. When Notre Dame takes on Washington State at the Alamodome in San Antonio this Saturday night, it will   Read Full Post

Rock Revered

October is the time to remember and celebrate the legacy of Coach Knute Rockne, who is finally honored inside Notre Dame Stadium, and whose greatest team — the Four Horsemen and Seven Mules — is recalled on the 85th anniversity of its 1924 national championsip season. At Notre Dame, honoring its storied past is an   Read Full Post

Long and Winding Road: East Liverpool to the ‘Hall’

Lou Holtz Achieved a Lifelong Dream When Named Notre Dame Coach — Then Made The Most of It “It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test. ” — Lou Holtz On the weekend of September 12-14, 2008, former Notre Dame players from across   Read Full Post

Holtz Statue is Unveiled Prior to Michigan Game

In many ways, Lou Holtz is the perfect face of Notre Dame football. Much like the program itself, nearly every college football fan has an opinion of him, positive or otherwise. From the diminutive size to the endless enthusiasm to the much-imitated voice and mannerisms, Coach Holtz is truly one of a kind. And, until   Read Full Post