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NOTRE DAME n behalf of all of us at the University of Notre Dame — and, in particular, the Notre Dame athletics department and its football program — welcome to the University of Notre Dame, welcome to Notre Dame Stadium, and welcome to Notre Dame football for 2009. The sport of football has held a special place at this institution for decades, and Notre Dame, in turn, has been fortunate to carve out its own niche on the national collegiate scene. From the start of football on our campus in 1887, to the glory days of Knute Rockne, George Gipp and the Four Horsemen in the 1920s, all the way through championship seasons under Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz — Notre Dame’s ongoing record of tradition, success and excellence is unparalleled. Whether measured by national championships, All-Americans, College Football Hall of Famers, or Heisman Trophy winners, Notre Dame’s pattern of consistent excellence has stood the test of time. That level of achievement has been just as impressive in the classroom, where Notre Dame football student-athletes have earned their degrees at rates that set the standard among Football Bowl Subdivision programs in America. Charlie Weis enters his fifth season as head coach here at Notre Dame intent on returning his program to the level that saw us play in Bowl Championship Series contests following both the 2005 and 2006 seasons. From the top-flight recruiting efforts by him and his staff, to his team’s record-setting performance in winning the 2008 Hawai’i Bowl, Charlie has a keen appreciation for the expectations at Notre Dame and what it takes to reach those. This marks my second year as athletics director at Notre Dame. As a mid-1970s Notre Dame graduate, I have a strong sense of the unique significance of Notre Dame football. It is central to our legacy and our identity, and it is the vehicle by which we can most easily join together to celebrate the greatness of Notre Dame. When you are on campus on a home football weekend, you understand how the Friday luncheons and pep rallies, the painting of the gold helmets, the Band of the Fighting Irish marching through campus, the “Play Like A Champion” sign and all the other elements that represent Notre Dame football combine to create a tradition and a shared experience that is unmatched.


While football will always play a special role at Notre Dame, the leadership of this University is committed to creating the best possible experience for the more than 650 student-athletes in 26 sports who wear Fighting Irish on their uniforms. They deserve the best possible coaching, facilities and support services that we can provide. Just a year ago we opened the LaBar Practice Complex, three brand new practice fields that now benefit our football squad, as well as assist the soccer, lacrosse and RecSports programs. It complements our state-of-the art Guglielmino Athletics Complex that houses our football offices and operations. We’re in the process in 2009-10 of opening new facilities for soccer, lacrosse and track and field, and in recent years we’ve completed new homes for softball and golf. We’ll soon be completing the updating of the Joyce Center — to become Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center for basketball and volleyball — and improvements for hockey, fencing, tennis and rowing are right around the corner. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our student-athletes. A record five of them — Matt Besler in men’s soccer, Brittany Bock in women’s soccer, Jordan Pearce in hockey, Patrick Smyth in cross country/track and field and Lauren Buck in rowing — this past year won prestigious post-graduate scholarships from the NCAA. Our 26 sports in 2008-09 combined to produce 35 All-Americans, eight Academic All-Americans, and 10 conference championships. Two teams (women’s soccer and fencing) finished as NCAA runners-up, a third (women’s tennis) advanced to the NCAA team semifinals — while men’s soccer, hockey, and men’s and women’s lacrosse are among the other programs that enjoyed exceptional seasons. Our student-athletes combine to rank at or near the top of every listing of federal graduation rates and NCAA-authorized Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics. Our football players have combined for an unprecedented six 3.0 grade-pointaverage semesters out of eight since Charlie

Weis came on board. In addition, all of our student-athletes in 2008-09 combined to perform more than 6,300 hours of community service. For everyone involved — from the studentathletes on the field this afternoon to the fans in the stands — our mission is to make the Notre Dame football experience an extraordinary one. We hope you’ll take the time to wander our campus, enjoy all the elements that a football weekend here represents — and gain a sense of what the Notre Dame spirit is all about. God bless—and go Irish!

Jack Swarbrick Athletics Director


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Irish seniors finish their careers at Notre Dame Stadium against the Orange.

14 GETTING TO KNOW Meet sophomore cornerback Jamoris Slaughter.

105 PLAYER PROFILE Mike Anello went from the scout team to the first team, earning respect along the way.

120 GETTING TO KNOW Meet sophomore defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore.

122 RESURRECTION The miracle season that saved Notre Dame.

125 ULTIMATE CONSTRUCTION JOB Notre Dame’s 1964 spring footbal drills marked an amazing period of change.

130 GETTING TO KNOW Meet sophomore linebacker Steve Filer.

133 CATCHING UP WITH Get reacquainted with former Irish football star Bob Burger.

228 BLAST FROM THE PAST Lou Holtz leads the Irish once again in the Japan Bowl.

231 CATCHING UP WITH Get reacquainted with former Irish men’s lacrosse star Kevin O’Connor.

234 MOVING INTO SELECT COMPANY Former Irish defenseman Mark Eaton joins the ranks of Irish Stanley Cup winners. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME OFFICIAL SOUVENIR MAGAZINE The 2009 Program is an official publication of the University of Notre Dame. NOTRE DAME STAFF Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick Senior Associate Athletic Director John Heisler Assistant Athletic Director/ Program Editor Bernadette Cafarelli

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Irish open 2009 season using their actions, not words, to demonstrate abilities.

By Maura K. Sullivan


But these two teams do have some common roots. Both are coached by an alum with a respected coaching resume, while the other roots are by way of California. Several former teammates will meet on the field today. Nevada defensive back Thaddeus Brown graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif. — the same alma mater as Irish sophomores quarterback Dayne Crist and linebacker Anthony McDonald. Notre Dame junior wide receiver Christopher Gurries is a Reno, Nev., native. In past years, the Irish have had a motto for the season. In 2008, it was “Dive right in.” This year, Weis and the Irish are taking a different approach. Instead of adding a motivational phrase to a shirt or locker room wall, the Irish are simply making their statement on the field. “Don’t tell me about expectations, fellas, show me,” Weis said in response to reporters asking about the theme for this season during the 2009 Media Day press conference. “I’m not going to tell you how good we are going to be. It’s time for us to show you.”

or the second consecutive year, Notre Dame opens up the football season at home against a first-time opponent when the Irish entertain the Nevada Wolf Pack Saturday afternoon. Last season, the Irish bested the Aztecs of San Diego State, 21-13, in the season opener. Throughout its football history, Notre Dame has fared well against first-time opponents, boasting a 114-173 overall record. This is the third straight season that Notre Dame has started the football campaign at home. With a 70-8-3 all-time record in season openers, the Irish hope once again luck will be on their side this afternoon. Nevada will be entering unknown territory when it arrives in South Bend today. The Wolf Pack’s only other game versus a team from the state of Indiana was against Ball State in 1996 as Nevada beat the Cardinals, 18-15, in the Las Vegas Bowl. Today’s game marks the Wolf Pack’s first contest in Indiana, while the Irish have never faced a team from the state of Nevada.

Golden Tate caught 58 passes for 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named co-MVP, with Jimmy Clausen, of the Hawai’i Bowl last season.


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Charlie Weis (Notre Dame, ’78) begins his fifth season as the Notre Dame head coach in 2009. He came to Notre Dame after 15 seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL, including four Super Bowl Championships with the New England Patriots. Weis boasted an impressive record in his first two seasons with the Irish, finishing 9-3 in 2005 with an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, and 10-3 in 2006 with a berth in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Weis looks to lead the Irish to glory in 2009 after finishing the ’08 season on a high note with a victory in the Hawai’i Bowl. The Irish beat the University of Hawai’i, 49-21, in that game, to bring their season record to 7-6. Today’s game will be Weis’ first meeting with Chris Ault and the Nevada Wolf Pack. Chris Ault (Nevada, ’68) is entering his 25th season as the Wolf Pack head coach and his 38th year at the University. Ault was a standout quarterback during his undergraduate days at Nevada and returned to his alma mater as head football coach in 1976. From 1986-1992, Ault juggled his coaching duties with his post as director of athletics. In ’93, he took a one-year break from coaching, but returned to the sidelines in ’94 and ’95. Ault was hired as head coach for the third time in 2002, and 2009 marks the sixth season of his third stint as head football coach. Ault was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in ’02 and is also on Sports Illustrated’s 1999 list of the 50 greatest sports figures of the 20th century from the state of Nevada. Today’s game will be Ault’s first meeting with Weis and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Notre Dame enters the 2009 campaign with an all-time record of 831-284-42 (.736).

Charlie Weis enters his fifth season with a 29-21 overall record as the head coach of Notre Dame.

This is the first-ever game in which the Irish will host a team from the Western Athletic Conference. Hawai’i is the only other team from the WAC the Irish have ever faced (ND 3-0).

The Wolf Pack is the 136th different opponent in Notre Dame football history.

The Irish are 100-15-5 (.854) all-time in season openers, 95-19-5 (.819) in home openers and 70-8-3 (.883) in season openers inside Notre Dame Stadium.

This will be the third consecutive year in which Notre Dame will begin the season at home.

Under Weis, Notre Dame is 10-8 in the month of September as well as 21-16 in afternoon contests.

On this date (Sept. 5) 11 years ago (1998), Autry Denson rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns to help number-22 Notre Dame defeat number-five Michigan 36-20 in the Irish’s season opener in South Bend.

Junior wide receiver Christopher Gurries is the only member of the Irish squad who is a native of the state of Nevada (Reno/Bishop Manogue). The Wolf Pack has no players from the state of Indiana.

This is the second consecutive year Notre Dame has opened its season with an inaugural foe (San Diego State, ‘08).

Both teams are coming off of postseason bowl games following the 2008 season. Nevada suffered a 42-35 loss to Maryland in the Humanitarian Bowl, while Notre Dame defeated Hawai’i 49-21 in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.

Irish sophomore quarterback Dayne Crist and sophomore linebacker Anthony McDonald will be reunited with a former teammate today, Nevada sophomore Thaddeus Brown. All three attended Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Nevada defeated their only opponent from the state of Indiana on December 12, 1996 as they defeated Ball State 18-15 in the Las Vegas Bowl. Notre Dame has never faced an opponent from the state of Nevada.

It has been 15 years since the Board of Trustees approved the plan to expand Notre Dame Stadium from 59,075 seats to 80,795, improving its seating-capacity ranking from 44th to 15th among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football facilities.

HERE COME THE IRISH In 2008, Notre Dame made a triumphant return to a bowl game, beating the University of Hawai’i in the Hawai’i Bowl. The Irish look to carry the momentum of their outstanding performance in that game into the ’09 season. The team is returning 18 starters and 46 monogram winners from ’08, the most returning letterwinners of any season during Weis’ tenure at Notre Dame. Junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen led the Irish charge in the Hawai’i Bowl, completing 24 passes in 28 attempts for 413 yards and five touchdowns. He completed 24 passes in 28 attempts for 413 yards and five touchdowns. Clausen is coming off the third-best passing season in Notre Dame history and the best passing season by a sophomore. The future looks bright for Clausen, whose stats are comparable to those of former Irish standout and current member of the Cleveland Browns Brady Quinn. Quinn passed for more than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in both 2005 and 2006. In ’08, Clausen became the second Irish quarterback to reach that milestone. Eight of the top nine receivers return from a year ago. Clausen connected with fellow junior Golden Tate in the end zone most often last season. Tate is back on the gridiron after a successful season as a left fielder for the Irish baseball team. Tate had 58 receptions for 1,080 yards and 10 touchdowns in ’08. Sophomore Michael Floyd made a splash in the Irish offense last season, setting freshman school records with 48 receptions for 719 yards and seven touchdowns. Freshman Shaquelle Evans was named the best playmaker in the west by Sporting News and will be in the mix with seven other returning players looking for playing time. Notre Dame’s trio of standout running backs — James Aldridge, Armando Allen and Robert Hughes — is back. The three combined for 1,324 yards and 10 touchdowns in ‘08. Aldridge, a senior, and Allen and Hughes, juniors, were the top Irish rushers in ’07 as well. Sophomore Jonas


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FLAG PRESENTATION Our national colors will be presented before Saturday’s game by retired St. Joseph County Superior Court Judge Robert Miller Sr. and members of Miller’s Vets, a local organization dedicated to assisting homeless veterans of the U.S. armed forces. A Notre Dame graduate, Judge Miller is a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves who served in World War II and the Korea War. He founded Miller’s Vets earlier this year to help give veterans in need of assistance a sense of purpose and a fresh start in life.

duties and act as offensive coordinator in 2009. There are also three new additions to the coaching staff in running backs coach Tony Alford, offensive line/running game coordinator Frank Verducci and defensive line coach Randy Hart.

THE WOLF PACK Nevada is coming off a 7-6 season, including a loss to Maryland in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl. The Wolf Pack return 15 starters and 45 letterwinners in 2009. Ault and the Wolf Pack are well-known for their explosive Pistol offense, first created by Ault in 2004. The quarterback lines up three yards behind the center and the running back stands right behind him, a hybrid of the traditional single back and shotgun offensive schemes. Some other teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, have adopted this style, but it is mostly Ault’s squad that uses it. Supporters of the Pistol offense would argue that it works; the Wolf Pack have made appearances in four straight bowl games using this scheme. Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick is back as an experienced junior after earning 2008 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Year honors. He threw for 2,849 yards and 22 touchdowns during his sophomore season. The rising star finished the season ranked 11th in the nation and was the only quarterback in the country to be ranked in the top 50 in both passing yards and rushing yards. Kaepernick also was the 2007

Brian Smith notched 54 tackles and two sacks and recovered two fumbles in 11 games for the Irish last season.

Gray, who rushed for 90 yards in his freshman season, also looks to make a significant contribution to the offense. The Irish offensive line made the most improvement of any offensive line in the nation from ’07-’08. Seniors Sam Young, Eric Olsen, and Chris Stewart lead a line that allowed only 22 sacks in ’08. Last season, sophomore Kyle Rudolph became the first Notre Dame freshman to open the season as the starting tight end and started every game his first season. He set freshman school records with 29 receptions for 340 yards. He is quickly emerging as a player with the potential to replace former Irish great John Carlson, current star with the Seattle Seahawks. Fourteen players return to an Irish defense that is ranked in the top 50 in the nation in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, and passing defense. Junior Harrison Smith moved from linebacker to safety in the offseason, after recording the highest sack totals of the ’08 campaign along with sophomore Ethan Johnson. This is just one of the many changes on the defensive line this year, which made the switch from a 3-4 to 4-3 scheme in spring practice. Junior Brian Smith is the only returning starting linebacker this season, but there are several young players looking to step up and fill the void. Freshman Manti Te’o was a top Irish recruit from Hawai’i. He was named Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today and High School Athlete of the Year by Sporting News and looks to make an impact with the Irish defense. Sophomore Darius Fleming played in every game as a freshman. He spent spring practices rehabbing an injury to get back to full strength for the ’09 season. Last season, Notre Dame led the nation in kickoff coverage, allowing only 16.5 yards per return and the special teams unit wants to continue this excellence in 2009. Freshman Nick Tausch surprised Irish fans by winning the starting kicker spot over junior Brandon Walker, who made 14 of 24 field goal attempts a year ago. The Irish coaching staff underwent significant changes in the offseason. Offensive coordinator Mike Haywood departed to assume the head coaching job at Miami University (Ohio). Weis will resume play-calling

Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen was named one of four captains of the 2009 Irish squad. Clausen completed 268 passes on 440 attempts for 3,172 yards and 25 touchdowns a year ago.


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In Memoriam

WAC Freshman of the Year. He suffered an ankle injury in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl but will back at full strength in time to take on the Irish. Nevada has an interesting situation at running back. Three different Wolf Pack players in the past four years have earned the WAC rushing title, proof that Nevada has tremendous depth and talent at the position. Junior Vai Taua, the current Wolf Pack starter, earned first-team All-WAC honors with 1,521 yards and 18 total touchdowns in ’08. Senior Luke Lippincott was granted a sixth year by the NCAA after tearing his ACL in the second game of the season last year against Texas Tech. He was the WAC rushing champion in ’07 and will return to the lineup in ’09 looking to make a big impact. The Wolf Pack’s weakness may be with their receivers, as junior Chris Wellington is the only returning player with a start and more than one career catch. Their defensive line also lacks experience, with several seasoned players graduating or departing for the NFL. Nevada also lost a fouryear starter at kicker and no clear replacement has emerged. Today, the Irish take on the 136th opponent in their storied history in the hopes of adding to their long-standing tradition of season-opening victories.

Rich O’Leary • 1946-2009 The Notre Dame community lost a dear friend and devoted staff member on July 17, 2009, when Rich O’Leary, director of intramurals and club sports, a former men’s lacrosse coach and 37-year member of the University’s athletic administration, died at the age of 62 following a cancer-related illness. O’Leary was responsible for more than 60 intramural activities as well as supervision of Notre Dame's 24 club sports teams. He worked particularly closely with the Bengal Bouts, Notre Dame's historic club boxing tournament that benefits the Bangladesh missions (the Bengal Bouts and Notre Dame's tackle football intramural program are considered unique in college recreation). He also oversaw the outdoor recreational facilities and the St. Joseph Lake Beach and Boathouse. O’Leary served as the Notre Dame men's lacrosse and men's soccer coach in the early club years. He became the first Irish varsity men's lacrosse coach, handling that

assignment for eight years from 1981 through 1988 — following 10 seasons (1971-80) as the Irish club lacrosse head coach (79-53 record). The men's team room in the new Arlotta Stadium that will open this fall and be home to the Irish men's and women's lacrosse programs had been named in O’Leary's honor, based on contributions from his former players. He received a Presidential Award from then-Notre Dame president Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., in 1996 — and the Notre Dame Monogram Club awarded him an honorary monogram in 2002. He worked for many years in the timing booth at Notre Dame home football games at Notre Dame Stadium and on the Joyce Center scorer's table at Irish home men's and women's basketball games. Contributions can be made to the Rich O’Leary Memorial Fund that will benefit the Notre Dame men's lacrosse program and the Bengal Bouts (112 Joyce Center, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556).

FAC U LT Y H IG H L IG H T S S A RV D E VA R A J Management Professor Sarv Devaraj’s passion for research was ignited during his last year as an undergraduate student at Bangalore University in India when he and a team of other students designed a software program to route transportation systems for a business organization that resulted in a 10% savings for the firm year after year. With encouragement from his professor, Devaraj submitted his project as a paper to a top journal, which published it and paved the way for a career in research. Fast forward about two decades, and Devaraj continues to nurture his passion for research through his scholarship and teaching in Notre Dame’s Department of Management. With areas of specialty that include electronic commerce and the management of technology, Devaraj examines what has been termed the “technology paradox”—when a company invests millions in technology, the assumption is that performance will improve, but often companies instead experience a decline in performance. “I was motivated to get into this stream of research to determine what drives this paradox,” Devaraj says. Applying this interest to the healthcare industry, Devaraj is able to research the impact of technology investments by examining data for hospitals and the way in which hospitals use technology. “When compared to the competition, hospitals that used technology in concert with a change in business processes experienced greater improvement.” In 2002, Devaraj compiled his information technology research into a book co-authored with a colleague and titled The IT Payoff: Measuring the Business Value of Information Technology Investment, which is now used by practitioners and students alike. Electronic downloads of chapters of the book are being used in the U.S., China, India, and South America. A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1996, Devaraj is the Viola D. Hank Associate Professor of Management. This fall he is teaching an MBA course in statistics. 10

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f you’re wearing “The Shirt” to Notre Dame Stadium this season, marking the 20th anniversary of that beloved fund-raising tradition, you’re not only honoring the team of student-athletes playing on the field. Nor are you honoring solely the team of students that runs the annual Shirt Project, from designing and manufacturing this legend-laden apparel to marketing well over 100,000 units that garner more than $500,000 for student causes every year.

opportunity to publicly recognize teams that exemplify the University’s core values. While The Shirt Project is a student-run committee advised by the Student Activities Office, a team of several Notre Dame staff plays a significant supporting role every year. This energetic, expert, and eclectic team includes members of the Alumni Association, the Athletic Department, the Office of General Counsel, the Licensing Department, the Office of News and Information, Procurement Services, and the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. All together, the recognition they get for their assistance is sometimes “small,” but their indispensable support for this Fighting Irish tradition is “extra large.”

You Shirt-wearers are also sharing the spirit with a diverse team of University employees who support the students as they reach the goal line every year. This team of employees not only provides practical assistance, they also provide insight into organization, marketing, and project planning to make student involvement in the Project a true learning experience. With sales of The Shirt 2009 already reaching more than 60,000 units, it’s time to recognize these people from several offices that serve the University in many roles and also happen to be unsung heroes of The Shirt Project.

Members of this team for this anniversary year are pictured below left, clockwise from left: Javier Hernandez, Ryan Willerton, Michael Low, Shannon Chapla, Keith Kirkpatrick, Meeghan Mousaw, and Deborah Gabaree. Not pictured: Jim Fraleigh.

We all “defend their honor” today by bestowing upon them a Presidential Team Irish Award, which honors exemplary service, teamwork, and commitment. The award program has been designed to provide a special and unique

The members of the student committee are pictured below,left to right: Charlie Landis, Mary Jesse, Nicholas Weido, Matthew Barloh, Alexa Shoen, and Christian Gigante.


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JAMORIS SLAUGHTER No. 26 • 6-0 • 185 • Soph. | Stone Mountain, Ga./Tucker


ophomore cornerback Jamoris Slaughter looks to make an impact with the Irish after sitting out his freshman season. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native is currently second on Notre Dame’s depth chart at right cornerback and should compete for playing time in 2009. Prior to his arrival at Notre Dame, Slaughter was named a first-team all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior at Tucker and was the ninth-ranked defensive back and 53rd-ranked player on the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120 list. He was credited with 56 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass break ups during his senior season. GameDay’s Jason Norman gives Irish fans a chance to get to know Jamoris Slaughter.

Norman: What is your major and why does it interest you? Slaughter: I haven’t declared a major yet but I’m thinking about design. I took some drawing classes this summer and liked it, and I did pretty well in it. Norman: What is your favorite place on campus? Slaughter: I would probably have to say The Guglielmino Athletics Complex, because we are always here and sometimes I just come to chill, even when we don’t have football practice. Norman: What is your most memorable football moment? Slaughter: I would say my first interception as a freshman in high school. It was a deep ball, and I went up and got it and shook the whole team.

Norman: What is one thing you want to happen before you leave Notre Dame? Slaughter: I want us to win a national championship. Norman: What song always gets you ready to take the field? Slaughter: “Acid Rain” by Pastor Troy. It’s just a song that really gets me motivated and ready to go, its one of my favorite songs – other than “Crank Me Up.” Norman: If the Irish defensive backs had a theme song, what would it be? Slaughter: I would say “We Ready” by Pastor Troy, because we always are hyped up and ready to go all the time!

Norman: What do your fellow students always want to know? Slaughter: Sometimes they ask about who is playing, and for me personally, they will ask how am I doing and when am I going to play and stuff like that. I just tell them whenever they put me in. Norman: What TV show do you never miss? Slaughter: “Family Guy.” That might be the best show ever made. It is the funniest cartoon I’ve ever seen. Norman: If you had your own energy drink, what would it be called? Slaughter: Slaughter House. It would be red and would be in a Superman-style cup. It would look like a Superman logo.

Norman: What is the toughest stadium you look forward to playing in? Slaughter: I cannot wait to play in USC’s stadium, The Coliseum.

Norman: When you were younger, what were you always getting in trouble for? Slaughter: Coming in the house too late after a party or something, breaking curfew. My mom was hard on me on that up until I was a senior.

Norman: What is the most important thing you’ve learned while playing at Notre Dame? Slaughter: I guess everything that I have learned at cornerback, because coming in I hadn’t played corner. I had to learn all of the fundamentals of corner like footwork, drills, staying on top and reading the ball.

Norman: What do you miss the most about home? Slaughter: I miss the heat in the winter and I miss my family, the type of food we eat and just hanging out with them. Norman: North or South Dining Hall? Slaughter: South. It has more selections for food and a lot more people go to South Dining Hall.

Norman: What is your favorite Coach Weis saying? Slaughter: He always says, “I’m going to throw you guys a bone now,” and that’s pretty funny.


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Rev. John I. Jenkins President

Thomas G. Burish Provost

John Affleck-Graves Executive Vice President

Dick Notebaert Chair, Board of Trustees

Patricia Bellia NCAA Faculty Representative

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Thomas G. Burish




homas G. Burish, formerly president at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., and a 1972 Notre Dame alumnus, was elected provost on July 21, 2005. As provost and second-ranking officer of the University, he exercises responsibility for all academic matters. He is the fourth person to hold the office since it was established in 1970. Burish succeeded Nathan O. Hatch, who became president of Wake Forest University. He also is a professor of psychology. Burish had been president of one of the nation’s top liberal-arts colleges since July 2002. Prior to becoming president at Washington and Lee, he was the longest-serving provost in the history of Vanderbilt University, leading academic affairs at the nationally-renowned research university from 1993 to 2002. Known as a ground-breaking researcher, award-winning teacher and gifted leader, Burish exemplifies the excellence and humanity to which Notre Dame is dedicated. Through his work, he has helped “tens of thousands of cancer patients better cope with the emotional and physical pain of this disease,” according to John R. Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. Burish is a past chair of the American Cancer Society’s national board of directors. A native of Peshtigo, Wis., Burish graduated from Notre Dame, summa cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1972. He earned his master’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas in 1975 and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Kansas a year later. While at Kansas, Burish received the David Shulman Memorial Award of Excellence in Clinical Psychology. He moved in 1976 to Vanderbilt, becoming a full professor in 1986. He won Vanderbilt’s prestigious


ev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C, took office as the 17th president of the University of Notre Dame on July 1, 2005. He was elected by the University’s Board of Trustees to a five-year term April 30, 2004. An associate professor of philosophy and member of Notre Dame’s faculty since 1990, Father Jenkins had served from July 2000 until becoming president as a vice president and associate provost at the University. Prior to his service in the provost’s office, Father Jenkins had been religious superior of the Holy Cross priests and brothers at Notre Dame for three years. As religious superior, he was a Fellow and Trustee of the University. Father Jenkins specializes in the areas of ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy and the philosophy of religion. He is the author of Knowledge and Faith in Thomas Aquinas , published by Cambridge University Press in 1997. Father Jenkins earned degrees in philosophy from Oxford University in 1987 and 1989. He earned his master of divinity degree and licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., in 1988. Prior to entering the Congregation of Holy Cross, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from Notre Dame in 1976 and 1978, respectively. Father Jenkins was ordained a priest in Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart in 1983. He served as director of the Old College program for Notre Dame undergraduate candidates for the Congregation of Holy Cross from 1991 to 1993. A native of Omaha, Neb., Father Jenkins was born Dec. 17, 1953.

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and served as chair of the department of psychology from 1984 to 1986. Burish became Vanderbilt’s provost in 1993. He is the co-author or co-editor of four books, and has contributed to more than 16 other books and written more than 60 journal articles.


Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. PROVOST

John Affleck-Graves

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John Affleck-Graves


ohn Affleck-Graves was elected the first lay executive vice president of Notre Dame in April 2004. A vice president and associate provost the previous three years, he also holds the Notre Dame Chair in Finance in the Mendoza College of Business. Affleck-Graves, the fifth person to serve as executive vice president, administers the University’s annual budget of more than $1 billion and an endowment of approximately $5 billion. He oversees humanresource activities for a work force of more than 4,000 employees—the largest in St. Joseph County—and directs the University’s construction program. A native of South Africa and a naturalized U.S. citizen, AffleckGraves specializes in the study of initial public offerings, valuation and asset pricing models, and shareholder value-added methodology. He is the author of more than 50 refereed publications and the recipient of numerous teaching awards. Affleck-Graves joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1986 after teaching and conducting research for 11 years at the University of Cape Town, where he earned bachleor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.









Richard Notebaert

James J. Lyphout



ichard C. Notebaert, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International, was elected the sixth chair of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees in February 2007 and began service July 1, 2007. A member of the Notre Dame Board since 1997, Notebaert has served as chair of its University Relations and Public Affairs and Communication Committee. He also serves as a Fellow of the University. Notebaert led Qwest from 2002 to 2007. He previously served as chief executive officer of Tellabs Inc. and as chairman and chief executive officer of Ameritech Communications. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Notebaert is a member of the board of directors of Aon Corp. and Cardinal Health Inc. His professional activities include memberships in the Business Council and the International Advisory Council of the Executives’ Club of Chicago. In April 2003 he was appointed by President Bush to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Notebaert and his wife, Peggy, have two children, Michelle and Nicole, and five grandchildren.



atricia Bellia, professor of law and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow in the Notre Dame Law School,was appointed chair of the University’s Faculty Board on Athletics and its NCAA faculty athletics representative July 2009, by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president. Her appointment became effective Aug. 1.



John A. Sejdinaj A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 2000, Bellia teaches and conducts research in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law, cyberlaw, electronic surveillance law, and copyright law. She is a co-author of a leading cyberlaw casebook and has published several articles on Internet law and separation of powers. Bellia graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in government. As a Harvard undergraduate, she played varsity tennis and served on the executive committee of the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics. Before attending the Yale Law School, she worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, serving as an editor for Foreign Policy magazine and co-authoring a book on self-determination movements. At Yale, she served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law, and student director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic. Upon graduation in 1995, Bellia clerked for Judge José A. Cabranes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before joining the Notre Dame faculty, she worked for three years as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.


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record combined win total for the first two seasons of any University of Notre Dame head football coach, consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances for the first time in Irish history, the three most accomplished passing seasons in Notre Dame football annals, and a record-setting bowl triumph to cap off the 2008 season — those are the most notable by-products of the first four seasons of the Charlie Weis era in South Bend. Weis, a 1978 Notre Dame graduate and owner of four Super Bowl-champion rings as products of a stellar 15-season career as a National Football League assistant coach, wasted no time putting his signature stamp on his alma mater’s program in his first two years as Irish head coach in 2005 and 2006. Weis and his Irish followed up a 9-3 record in ’05 and BCS appearance in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl with a 10-3 overall mark in ’06 and a second consecutive BCS invitation, this time to the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Those 19 combined wins (including eight straight in the middle of the ’06 regular season) qualified as most in a two-year period by the Irish since they collected 21 in 1992-93. It was also the first time Notre Dame played in BCS games in successive years and the most prominent two-season bowl qualification since the Irish played in the Fiesta and Orange Bowls after the 1994 and ’95 campaigns. Notre Dame’s 10 regular-season wins in ’06 marked the ninth time that figure had been achieved in Irish history. Weis’ 19 combined wins in his first two seasons were the most by a Notre Dame head football coach in his first two years For the second straight season in ’06 Weis was one of three finalists for the George Munger Award presented by the Maxwell Football Club (of Philadelphia) to the national college coach of the year.

compared to the previous two seasons, the Irish improved their points per game by 11.5, and their total yards per game by 90.9. Offensive productivity, coupled with an opportunistic, physical defense that forced eight red-zone turnovers, and vastly-improved special teams, equated to a 9-3 mark in ’05 that was good for a number-six ranking in the BCS final regular-season standings and a guaranteed at-large BCS berth in the ’06 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl opposite Big Ten co-champion Ohio State. The Irish again picked up an at-large BCS position in ’06 after their final 11th-place standing in the BCS poll. Notre Dame’s 10 wins included two of the most dramatic comeback victories in Irish history — a 40-37 win at Michigan State after trailing by 16 points with nine minutes remaining and a 20-17 win over UCLA thanks to a three-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in the winning points with 27 seconds left. Notre Dame’s only defeats in ’06 came at the hands of fifth-rated USC thirdranked Michigan and fourth-rated LSU. Notre Dame finished ninth in the final Associated Press poll for ’05 (its first AP top 10 finish since the Irish were runners-up following the ’93 season), 11th according to USA Today. The Irish ended the ’06 season rated 17th by AP and 19th by USA Today. With an extremely youthful group that included eight starters with two or more years left of eligibility, Weis oversaw another productive offensive year in 2008 — with sophomore quarterback Jimmy Clausen producing the third-best passing season in Irish history (behind only Quinn’s efforts in ’05 and ’06). The ’08 campaign finished with a flourish, as Notre Dame defeated Hawai’i 49-21 in the ’08 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, with Clausen’s gaudy 22-of-26 passing effort producing 401 aerial yards and five TDs. Notre Dame’s 112.8 yards-per-game improvement for the ’08 Irish offense compared to the ’07 version marked the largest in the country. After only two seasons, Clausen already ranks second on the Notre Dame career completion percentage chart, fourth in completions, fifth in attempts, fifth in passing TDs and sixth in passing yards. He and Quinn are the only Notre Dame quarterbacks ever to throw for 3,000 yards and 25 TDs in a season (Clausen had 3,172 and 25 in 2008). The ’08 wide receiver tandem of Golden Tate and freshman Michael Floyd carried the torch left behind by Rhema McKnight, Jeff Samardzija and Maurice Stovall. Tate blossomed into one of the most improved wide receivers in the country. He ranked 28th in the NCAA FBS in receiving yards per game (83.08), punctuating his season with 177 receiving yards and three TD receptions in the Hawai’i Bowl. Tate also ranked tied for 18th in the nation with his 10 receiving TDs. Tate became the seventh Notre Dame wide-out to ever eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a single season and tied for sixth on the Irish single-season receiving TD list. Those 1,080 yards receiving in ’08 rank fifth-best in Irish single-season history and Tate is only the fourth Irish wide receiver to ever record five 100-yard receiving games in a single season.

IRISH POST GAUDY OFFENSIVE NUMBERS The architect in ’05 and ’06 of the two most prolific passing seasons in Notre Dame football history, Weis effectively transformed the Irish offense into one of the most productive in the country, as Notre Dame scored more points in ’05 (440) than in any previous season in school history — and also qualified as the most improved offensive attack in the nation, jumping its total offense production a national-best 131.8 yards per game better than in ’04. The Irish followed that up with another strong passing attack in ’06, with Notre Dame’s average of 264.1 passing yards per contest ranking 13th nationally and second all-time in the Notre Dame record book. The Irish protected the football nearly as well as any team in the country in ’06, with their 14 overall turnovers in 13 games ranking tied for fourth of the 119 NCAA I-A teams. On a combined basis in 2005 and ’06 under Weis, Notre Dame led the nation in interception avoidance with only 1.6 percent of Irish passes picked off over those two years. The Irish, thanks in large part to the play of quarterback Brady Quinn, finished third in TD passes with 69 and sixth in passing yards per game and passing rating. In ’05 and ’06 combined,


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CHARLIE WEIS CONTINUED Floyd wasted no time making a name for himself as a rookie for the Irish. Despite missing the last three ’08 regular-season games with the exception of three plays against Navy, Floyd established Irish freshman wide receiver records in touchdowns (seven), receptions (48) and receiving yards (719). Floyd became the fourth different Irish freshman in the last 20 years whose first career catch was a touchdown, joining Raghib “Rocket” Ismail and Derek Brown in 1988, and Derrick Mayes in 1992. Notre Dame rushed for 252 yards in the 2008 rout of Washington, the most since the Irish rolled up 275 against Pittsburgh in 2005. The Irish gained 459 yards of total offense against the Huskies. The Irish surpassed the 450-yard barrier in total yards three times in a four-week stretch. In fact, Notre Dame had 430-plus total yards in four consecutive ’08 games (Purdue, Stanford, North Carolina and Washington). The Irish had not surpassed 430 yards of total offense in four straight games since 1995.

Meanwhile, Samardzija finished as runner-up for the ’05 NCAA title in TD receptions with 15. He and McKnight finished one-two on Notre Dame’s career pass reception chart, after both surpassed Tom Gatewood during the ’06 season. Meanwhile, McKnight’s 15 TD receptions in ’06 tied Samardzija’s single-season Irish mark from ’05 and ranked him tied for second nationally in that category. Samardzija’s season total of 78 receptions in ’06 broke the season mark of 77 he tied in ’05. Weis guided the ’05 Irish offense to final national rankings of fourth in passing offense, eighth in scoring and 10th in total offense. Then, in ’06, the Irish finished 13th in passing and 16th in scoring. In ’07, his pass defense ranked second in the nation in average yards allowed per game, while defensive tackle Trevor Laws led the nation in tackles by a lineman (112). On an individual basis in ’05, Quinn ranked fifth nationally in total offense and seventh in passing efficiency and Samardzija stood fourth in receiving yards per game. Quinn in ’06 ended up 11th in total offense and 19th in passing efficiency. Samardzija in ’05 broke the Notre Dame season marks for receiving yardage and TD receptions, before claiming the singleseason reception mark in ’06 and the career receiving yards record and the career TD reception mark. Quinn finished 10th all-time among NCAA I-A quarterbacks in passing yards, 11th in completions and tied for seventh in TD passes (95).

FOOTBALL WRITERS HONOR IRISH COACH His team’s ’05 success helped make Weis winner of the 2005 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, as national college coach of the year as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. He also was one of three finalists for the ’05 Munger Award, one of five finalists for the ’05 Schutt Division I-A Sports Coach of the Year (presented by American Football Monthly) and finished third in the balloting for the AP national college football coach-of-the-year award. Weis saw his Irish offense flourish right out of the gate in ’05 — as Notre Dame set a school record by scoring at least 30 points in all but two outings and tied another record by scoring 40 points on six occasions. He helped put a handful of Irish players in contention for major national awards, as Quinn was a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, one of three finalists for the Davey O’Brien Award presented to the top quarterback in the country — and finished fourth in the ’05 Heisman Trophy voting. In addition, consensus first-team All-America wide receiver Jeff Samardzija was one of three finalists for the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver nationally, as was tight end Anthony Fasano for the John Mackey Award as the top tight end in the country. Weis’ charges added to that list of individual accomplishments in ’06 — as Quinn won the Maxwell Award as the outstanding player in the country and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (as the top senior quarterback), took third in the Heisman Trophy race (only the second time a Notre Dame player ever had finished fourth or better in consecutive seasons) and again was a finalist for the O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year Award. Meanwhile, Samardzija was a Biletnikoff finalist and first-team All-American for the second straight season — and tight end John Carlson was a finalist for the Mackey Award (as well as a first-team Academic All-American). Safety and kick returner Tom Zbikowski won third-team AP All-America honors in both ’05 and ’06.

WEIS’ IRISH ARE PASSING FANCIES The Irish in 2005 and ’06 were easily the two most productive passing teams in Notre Dame history, with their ’05 average of 330.25 passing yards per game shattering the previous high of 252.7 aerial yards per game from 1970 (and the ’06 mark of 264.1 easily breaking the record as well). Notre Dame set another school record by topping the 500-yard mark in total offense seven times in ’05, including a 663-yard performance against Stanford in the regular-season finale that marked the fifth-best single-game effort in the Irish record book. Notre Dame in ’05 became the first Irish team in history to boast a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers. Notre Dame in ’05 set 11 singleseason offensive team records, nine career individual records, 14 season individual records, seven single-game individual records, plus six other miscellaneous records.

QUINN A STAR UNDER WEIS’ GUIDANCE Quinn, turned into a star in ’05 and ’06 under Weis’ tutelage, as he set 36 career, single-season, single-game and miscellaneous records after breaking 25 in that ’05 season alone. Quinn qualifies as the Notre Dame career and single-season leader in passing yards, pass completions and touchdown passes. He ranked third in the country in ’06 with 37 TD passes and ranked third in ’05 with 32 TD passes, while setting an Irish single-game record with his six TD passes versus BYU in ’05. During the middle of the ’06 season, Quinn threw a best-in-the-nation 226 consecutive passes without an interception.


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CHARLIE WEIS CONTINUED coordinator of the New England Patriots. He played an integral role in New England’s victories in three of the previous four Super Bowls, including a 2421 victory over Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville to cap the 2004 season. That run by Weis and the Patriots marked the most sustained Super Bowl success in the history of that event — matching Dallas’ three wins in a four-year period following the 1992 through ’95 seasons. Weis qualifies as the first Notre Dame graduate to hold the football head coaching position at his alma mater since Hugh Devore (a ’34 graduate) served as interim coach in 1963. Weis is the first Notre Dame graduate to serve as the Irish football coach on a full-fledged basis since ’38 graduate Joe Kuharich did it from 1959 through ’62. Now pointing for his 31st season overall in coaching in 2009, Weis spent nine seasons with the Patriots and five as the team’s offensive coordinator — plus three seasons each with the New York Giants (1990-92) and New York Jets (1997-99). In those 15 NFL seasons, his coaching contributions helped produce four Super Bowl championships, five conference titles, six division titles and a 15-3 playoff record. WEIS TUTORS BRADY TO ALL-STAR STATUS In addition to his offensive coordinator responsibilities, Weis mentored the Patriot quarterbacks both in 2001 and 2002. In ’01, Drew Bledsoe started the first two games of the season before being sidelined with a serious chest injury. By the third week of the season, Weis was preparing former sixth-round draft pick Tom Brady for his first NFL start and, over the course of the season, Brady blossomed into a Pro Bowl performer and earned the MVP award in Super Bowl XXXVI. Brady only continued to improve, leading the NFL with 28 TD passes in 2002, then turning in a second Super Bowl MVP performance in ’03. The Patriots finished 2004 with a franchise-record 20 consecutive home-field victories (regular season and postseason combined) over three seasons, the longest current streak in the NFL at that time. Meanwhile, Patriot running back Cory Dillon rushed for 1,635 yards and 12 TDs in ’04 — then added a 144-yard effort versus Indianapolis in the playoffs. New England enjoyed a 21-game unbeaten streak, including the final 15 games in 2003 (including three in the playoffs) and the first six in ’04 and had won 32 of its last 34 games overall through the end of the ’04 season.

With the season-opening Irish victories at 23rd-ranked Pittsburgh and at third-rated Michigan in ’05, Weis became the first Irish head coach to win his first two career games on the opponents’ home fields since Knute Rockne in 1918 and the first Notre Dame head football coach ever to open with two victories over ranked opponents. The Irish also won at 22ndrated Purdue in ’05 to post three wins over ranked opponents in their first five games of the campaign. Notre Dame in ’06 added a season-opening victory over a solid Georgia Tech team that eventually finished 9-5 and played in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game — as well as wins over ’06 postseason participants Penn State (9-4), Purdue (8-6), UCLA (7-6) and Navy (9-4). IRISH ACHIEVE IN CLASSROOM AS WELL Weis has impacted the Irish program off the field as well, with his football players combining to top the 3.0 grade-point average mark in a record six straight semesters. His players achieved a then-program-record 3.044 combined grade-point average during the ’05 fall semester, with 56 of 97 players earning a 3.0 average or better — and added another 3.0 semester in the spring of ’06 with a program-best 3.072 mark. Notre Dame’s team produced a third-straight 3.0 semester with a 3.041 GPA for the ’06 fall semester — including 61 of 104 players achieving a 3.0 or better average. Ten Irish players were enrolled in graduate studies during the fall of ’06 — five others graduated in December ’06 after only three and a half years of study. Notre Dame produced its first football Academic All-American in 13 years in Carlson in ’06. The fourth 3.0 semester came in spring 2007 with a combined 3.041 GPA. Notre Dame’s fifth consecutive 3.0 semester came in fall 2007, with 51 players individually achieving that level or better. Carlson and Laws both were second-team Academic All-Americans in ’07, with Carlson winning postgraduate scholarships from both the NCAA and the National Football Foundation. The 2008 spring semester marked the sixth straight semester with a team GPA over 3.0. Fifty-four members of the team recorded a GPA over 3.0 and 14 players were named to the dean’s list. In ’08, special-teams standout Mike Anello won second-team Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine. In addition, Notre Dame received the 2007 Academic Achievement Award (shared with Northwestern) from the American Football Coaches Association — with both schools graduating 95 percent of their freshman classes that entered in 2001.

WEIS BEGINS NFL TOUR WITH GIANTS Weis started his professional coaching career with the New York Giants in 1990. After assisting in the Giants pro personnel department while also coaching high school football in ’89, Weis was named defensive assistant and assistant special teams coach. In his first season on the Giants coaching staff, the Giants claimed the Super Bowl title with a 16-3 overall record. In 1991, Ray Handley took over as coach of the Giants and named Weis his running backs coach. After two seasons on Handley’s staff, Weis began a four-year stint in New England. In Weis’ first tenure with the Patriots from 1993-96, he assisted in the development of some of New England’s all-time best individual season performances from Coates, Martin and Terry Glenn, respectively. In 1993 and ’94, Weis served as the Patriots’ tight ends coach and, in his second season at the position, Coates set an NFL record for receptions by a tight end with 96 and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. In ’95, Weis coached the Patriots’ running backs and was credited with developing Martin into one of the premier running backs in the NFL. That year, Martin won league rookie-of-the-year honors and set franchise rushing records with 1,487 yards and 14 TDs. In ’96, Weis coached the New England receivers, with Glenn leading the team and setting an NFL rookie reception record with 90 catches for 1,132 yards and six TDs. From 1997 to ’99, Weis called offensive plays for the New York Jets. In his first season, the Jets improved from 1-15 in 1996 to 9-7 in ’97. The eight-game improvement ranked as the best in franchise history. In ’98, Weis was named the offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach. By season’s end, his offense ranked among the greatest in franchise history and led the Jets to their first division title. The team scored 416 points, second-highest total in franchise history (after 419 points in ’68) and averaged 357.2 yards per game. It marked the second-best total-offense season average in Jets history. Both of Weis’ starting receivers, Johnson

SUPER BOWLS MARK WEIS ERA WITH PATS A widely-respected disciple of professional coaching standouts Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, Weis concluded his first year at Notre Dame in 2005 — after spending the previous five years as the highly-regarded offensive


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CHARLIE WEIS CONTINUED He returned to New Jersey as head coach at Franklin Township High School in ’89. That year, he directed Franklin Township to the New Jersey state championship while also assisting in the Giants’ pro personnel department. In ’90, he launched his professional coaching career with the New York Giants and celebrated the first of his four Super Bowl championships. Weis was born March 30, 1956, in Trenton, N.J. After graduation from Middlesex (N.J.) High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree in speech and drama from Notre Dame in 1978. While coaching at South Carolina, he earned his master’s degree in education in 1989. In 2003, Weis and his wife Maura established the Hannah & Friends Foundation, dedicated to children affected by developmental disorders. The foundation funds Hannah’s Helping Hands, which provides quality of life grants to families in Indiana and Rhode Island that care for children and adults with special needs. The Weis family, through Hannah & Friends, also has purchased 30 acres of land in the South Bend area and is in the process of building a farm and residential center for special needs adults age 18 and older. On June 26, 2008, Weis was sworn in as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. He was appointed by President George W. Bush in the spring and serves a two-year term on the committee.

and Wayne Chrebet eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving plateau for the first time in their careers. In ’99, Weis’ offense produced the NFL’s second-leading rusher and the AFC’s fourth-ranked receiver. Martin rushed for 1,464 yards, falling only 90 yards shy of the rushing title. Johnson led the Jets and established career highs with 89 receptions for 1,170 yards, earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl nod.

OFF THE FIELD Weis is the author of a 2006 autobiography (written with Vic Carucci) titled “No Excuses: One Man’s Incredible Rise Through the NFL to Head Coach of Notre Dame.” His wife, Maura, is author of a 2008 book (written with Jessica Trobaugh Temple) titled “Miles from the Sideline” — a journey with the Weis’ special needs daughter. Weis traveled to the Middle East (Bahrain, UAE, Qatar, USS Nassau) in the spring of ’08 with a contingent of college football coaches to visit United States military troops. Charlie and Maura have two children, Charles Joseph and Hannah Margaret.

BEGINS AT SOUTH CAROLINA AND NEW JERSEY PREP LEVEL The Trenton, N.J., native began his coaching career in 1979 at Boonton High School in New Jersey, then spent the next five seasons at Morristown (N.J.) High School as a football assistant. In ’85, he was hired by head coach Joe Morrison at the University of South Carolina, where he served four seasons with the Gamecocks finishing 8-4 and playing in the Gator and Liberty Bowls, respectively, following the ’87 and ’88 seasons.





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ASSISTANT COACHES the second round with the 47th pick overall, the earliest an Irish defensive tackle had been drafted in 14 years. Safeties Tom Zbikowski and Bruton both flourished from Brown’s defensive gameplans as they each set career highs for tackles. Zbikowski left Notre Dame as just the eighth player to reach the 300-tackle plateau and is the career leader for tackles by an Irish defensive back. He was selected in the third round of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Bruton had never started prior to the start of the ’07 season, and he started 11 games at free safety while ranking third on the team and first in the secondary with 85 tackles. Brown worked primarily with outside linebackers in ’07, focusing on the growth of then-sophomore John Ryan and then-freshmen Kerry Neal and Brian Smith. Ryan started eight games in ’07 and ranked ninth on the team with 39 tackles. Neal and Smith saw their roles increase throughout the season, as Neal started five contests and Smith started the final three games. The duo combined to record 45 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, six tackles for loss, one interception, two passes broken up, one forced fumble and two recovered fumbles. Brown was hired as Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator on Jan. 19, 2007. He moved to South Bend after coaching the defensive backs of the New York Jets for three years. In ’06, Brown was one of a few select coaches retained by first-year Jets head coach Mangini. Brown was part of a coaching staff with the Jets that generated six more wins than in ’05, tied for the second-best improvement in the 46-year history of the franchise. In ’05, Brown oversaw a secondary that allowed an average of only 172.2 passing yards per game, second best in the NFL, and recorded 18 of the team’s 21 interceptions. Hired as the assistant special teams/assistant defensive backs coach by the Jets on Feb. 17, 2004, Brown was elevated to defensive backs coach by head coach Herm Edwards prior to the start of training camp. Brown’s defensive backfield was credited with 14 of the team’s 19 interceptions, a 40 percent increase from the previous season. Brown received his first full-time coaching job on Jan. 12, 2001, as the special teams coach at the University of Virginia. He coached the Cavaliers’ special teams unit for three seasons, helping punter Mike Abrams earn allAtlantic Coast Conference honors in ’01. Brown retired in 2000 following an eight-year NFL career in which he was a safety and special teams stalwart for three teams, starting 20 of the 120 games he played. He totaled 177 tackles in his NFL career and was credited with at least 10 special teams tackles in each season except his rookie year. He was selected by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft and played four seasons for the Patriots. Brown then signed with the New York Jets and played there from 1997-98. While with the Jets, he was selected as the first alternate for the 1998 Pro Bowl as a special teams player. Brown finished his career playing two seasons with the Detroit Lions. Brown got his first taste of coaching in 1996 as he served as a volunteer coach at Boston University while playing for the Patriots. A member of four Big Ten Conference championship teams at Michigan, Brown played in three Rose Bowls during his time in Ann Arbor (1989-1992). Recruited to the Wolverines by legendary head coach Bo Schembechler, Brown was a four-year letterwinner who played on teams that finished with a combined 38-7-3 record and never finished a season ranked lower than seventh in the final Associated Press poll. He was a tri-captain of the 1992 Wolverine team and also earned first-team all-Big Ten honors that season after ranking second on the squad with 82 tackles. Brown started every game as a junior and received second-team all-Big Ten accolades following a 71-tackle season. He majored in English and received his degree in 1994. A native of Chicago, Ill., Brown was an all-state football player who also lettered in track and field at Julian High School. Born April 25, 1970, he and his wife Melissa are the parents of one son, Corwin, Jr., and two daughters, Tayla and Jaedan.

CORWIN BROWN Associate Head Coach Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Defensive Backs n his two seasons as University of Notre Dame defensive coordinator, Corwin Brown oversaw two of the best defensive seasons in recent memory. He was rewarded for that this offseason when he was promoted to associate head coach and will serve as second in command to Irish head coach Charlie Weis. In 2008, Notre Dame ranked 39th in total defense, 42nd in scoring defense, 43rd in pass defense and 45th in rushing defense. It marked the first time since 2002 that an Irish defense ranked among the top-50 nationally THE BROWN FILE in all of those catYear School/Team Assignment egories. Brown’s defense 2001-03 University of Virginia Special Team allowed 329.85 2004-06 New York Jets Defensive Backs yards per game, a 2007 Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator/ 27.15-yards-perOutside Linebackers game improve2008 Notre Dame Defensive Coordinator ment over 2007, Defensive Backs and the 22.15 2009 Notre Dame Associate Head Coach/ points allowed Co-Defensive per game was 6.6 Coordinator/ points better than Defensive Backs the previous year. Notre Dame was much stingier against the run in ’08, allowing 134.15 yards per game, 61.17 fewer rushing yards per game than in ’07. While the Irish passing defense slipped some in the rankings from its second-ranked unit in ’07, the Irish still permitted just 195.69 yards per game and the passing efficiency defense ranked 22nd. Brown switched from coaching linebackers to defensive backs in ’08 and helped safeties Kyle McCarthy and David Bruton record two of the most productive seasons in school history. The duo ranked first and second on the team in tackles and combined for 207 tackles. McCarthy set the single-season school record for tackles by a defensive back as he totaled 110 tackles and ranked 54th in the country averaging 8.46 stops per game. Bruton tallied 97 tackles and led the team with four interceptions adding six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was picked in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Denver Broncos and became the fourth Irish defensive back selected in the last three years. In Brown’s first season as Irish defensive coordinator in 2007, the Irish ranked 39th in total defense, 26 places higher than when it finished 65th in 2006. The strength of that defense was its secondary, demonstrated by the second-ranked pass defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision. As a coordinator, Brown helped put defensive end Trevor Laws in position to record a breakthrough season as Laws registered 112 tackles, the second most ever by a Notre Dame defensive lineman. Laws led the nation in tackles by a defensive lineman and wound up being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in



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Assistant Head Coach (Offense)/Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers

Assistant Head Coach (Defense)/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers

ith the Irish football coaching staff since 2005, Ianello has coached five of the most prolific receiving seasons in University of Notre Dame history as well as coordinated four-straight top-15 recruiting classes. This year he adds the title assistant head coach, as he’ll lead offensive meetings when head coach Charlie Weis is not present. As the recruiting coordinator for the Irish, Ianello has directed the talent rebuilding efforts since he and Weis arrived four years ago. From 2006-08, Ianello coordinated three consecutive top-10 recruiting classes. In the last five years, Ianello is the only coach named one THE IANELLO FILE of the 25-best recruiters Year School/Team Assignment in the country each year 1987 Alabama Graduate Assistant by Under 1988-89 Alabama Assistant Recruiting Ianello’s guidance, five Coordinator of the eight best receiving 1990-91 Wisconsin On-Campus Recruiting seasons in Notre Dame Coordinator history have occurred. 1992-93 Wisonsin Recruiting Coordinator In the past four seasons, four Irish receivers have 1994-96 Arizona Recruiting Coordinator caught more than 60 1997-2002 Arizona Wide Receivers/Recruiting passes in a season, Coordinator while five players have 2003 Wisconsin Tight Ends eclipsed 1,000 receiving 2004 Wisconsin Tight Ends/Recruiting yards. This past season Coordinator the Notre Dame school 2005-08 Notre Dame Wide Receivers/Recruiting records for most recepCoordinator tions, receiving yards 2009 Notre Dame Asst. Head Coach(Offense) and receiving touchdowns in a freshman Wide Receivers/Recruiting and sophomore season Coordinator were broken. Ianello has helped develop standout Irish receivers Jeff Samardzija, Maurice Stovall, Rhema McKnight, David Grimes, Duval Kamara, Golden Tate and Michael Floyd. Despite playing only two seasons under Ianello, Samardzija is Notre Dame’s career records owner with 179 receptions for 2,593 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also ranks first and tied for second in single-season receptions, first and fifth in single-season receiving yards and is tied for first and third in single-season TD receptions. McKnight ranks second in career receptions, fifth in all-time receiving yards and tied for second in career TD catches. In 2008, Tate and Floyd rewrote the Irish record book for freshman and sophomore receivers. Tate set the sophomore school record with 58 receptions for 1,080 yards and 10 TDs, while Floyd shattered the freshman marks with 48 catches for 719 yards and seven TDs despite missing almost three games. Tate tallied five games with more than 100 receiving yards, while Floyd recorded four games of at least 100 receiving yards. For his efforts, Floyd earned all-freshman second-team honors from Sporting News,, and Phil Steele. Before coming to Notre Dame, Ianello served as Wisconsin’s recruiting coordinator in 2004 and was named Wisconsin’s tight ends coach prior to the 2003 season following nine years on the Arizona football staff – all nine seasons as recruiting coordinator (19942002) and the last six as wide receivers coach. He helped the Badgers to postseason bowl contests in 2003 and 2004 – including a 7-6 record and Music City Bowl appearance following the 2003 campaign and a 9-3 mark and Outback Bowl slot in 2004. Ianello was the on-campus recruiting coordinator at Wisconsin from 1990-91 and the recruiting coordinator for the Badgers from 1992-93. It was during those years that Wisconsin built its 1994 Rose Bowl and Big Ten Conference co-champion squad. Prior to joining Barry Alvarez’s first staff at Wisconsin, Ianello was assistant recruiting coordinator at Alabama in 1988-89. That staff signed 17 of the eventual 22 starters on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. Ianello was a graduate assistant for the Crimson Tide in 1987 on an Alabama team that earned a Hall of Fame Bowl invitation. One of the most respected assistant coaches in the nation, Ianello was elected to the board of trustees of the AFCA in January 2003. A native of Port Chester, N.Y., Robert S. Ianello is a 1987 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in English. He and his wife, the former Denise Dove, have one son, Zachary, and two daughters, Ashley and Courtney.


nown as one of the top defensive coordinators in the nation, Jon Tenuta enters his second season in South Bend and returns to a familiar role within the coaching staff. Tenuta added the defensive coordinator title in February meaning he will direct the defense and call the plays on Saturdays this fall. Tenuta has served as defensive coordinator for 15 years in his career and served last year as the assistant head coach (defense) and linebackers coach with the THE TENUTA FILE Irish. He has served as defen- Year School/Team Assignment sive coordinator at six schools: 1981-82 Virginia Graduate Assistant Georgia Tech (2002-07), 1983 Maryland Graduate Assistant North Carolina (2001), Ohio 1984-85 Vanderbilt Defensive Backs State (2000), SMU (1990- 1986 Marshall Defensive Backs 94), Kansas State (1988) and 1987 Marshall Defensive Coordinator Marshall (1987). 1988 Kansas State Defensive Coordinator His aggressive and attack- 1989 SMU Defensive Backs ing defensive schemes helped 1990 SMU Defensive Coordinator/ improve Notre Dame’s defense Linebackers in 2008. The Irish rush defense 1991-94 SMU Defensive Coordinator was much improved com- 1995 Oklahoma Defensive Backs pared to 2007, which in turn 1996-99 Ohio State Defensive Backs helped the overall statistics of 2000 Ohio State Defensive Coordinator the defense. In Tenuta’s first 2001 North Carolina Defensive Coordinator year on the staff, Notre Dame 2002 Georgia Tech Defensive Coordinator allowed 61.27 fewer rushing 2003-07 Georgia Tech Defensive Coordinator/ yards per game and improved Defensive Backs its ranking from 96th nation- 2008 Notre Dame Asst. Head Coach ally against the run in ’07 to (Defense)/Linebackers 45th in ’08. The Irish main- 2009 Notre Dame Asst. Head Coach tained their 39th place ranking (Defense)/Linebackers in total defense from ’07 to ’08 but the ’08 defense allowed 27.15 fewer yards per game. Notre Dame’s scoring defense also improved in ’08 as the Irish allowed 22.15 points per game, 6.6 points less than the ’07 defense. In 2008, Tenuta’s linebackers combined to make 220 tackles including 22 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. The group added 10 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries including one returned for a touchdown. Three of the top five tacklers on the team came from Tenuta’s linebacking corps. Fifth-year senior and two-time team captain Maurice Crum Jr. paced the linebackers with 65 tackles and added 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass breakup. Tenuta developed sophomore Harrison Smith into one of Notre Dame’s top defenders in space. The converted safety had never played linebacker and in his first season of playing college football, Smith led the Irish with 8.5 tackles for loss and tied for team-high honors with 3.5 sacks. His 57 tackles ranked fourth on the team and his seven pass breakups were the second-most in ’08. The future leader of the Irish defense, Brian Smith moved to middle linebacker in ’08 and recorded career-highs under Tenuta with 54 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumbles recovered, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. In the six years prior to Notre Dame, Tenuta served as Georgia Tech’s defensive coordinator and helped Tech win at least seven games in every season while playing in bowl games following all six regular seasons. In 2006, Tenuta was promoted to associate head coach — and he also coached the Yellow Jackets’ defensive backs. In his six seasons in Atlanta, 18 Yellow Jacket defenders earned first- or second-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition, and 18 players from his first four units were either drafted or signed NFL free-agent contracts. Tenuta came to Tech in 2002 after one season at North Carolina, which he guided the top-rated defense, statistically, in the ACC in 2001. Under Tenuta, the Tar Heels led the ACC in total defense and pass defense while ranking third in run defense and scoring defense. From 1996-2000, Tenuta helped develop several Ohio State defensive backs into NFL players, including first-round draft picks Shawn Springs, Antoine Winfield, Ahmed Plummer and Nate Clements. Tenuta began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Virginia and Maryland, and then served as an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, Marshall, Kansas State, SMU and Oklahoma. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Tenuta is a graduate of Virginia. He lettered three years as a defensive back for the Cavaliers and earned the team’s John Acree Memorial Football Trophy and Kevin Bowie Award. Born Feb. 25, 1957, he and his wife, Dori, are the parents of three sons: Zach, Matt and Luke.



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Running Backs

Defensive Line


ony Alford, former running backs coach at the University of Louisville, was named running backs coach at the University of Notre Dame on Jan. 19, 2009. Alford has spent his entire 14-year coaching career working with running backs at five different schools and has produced a 1,000-yard rusher seven times. During the 2008 season, one of Alford’s pupils, redshirt freshman Victor Anderson, rushed for 1,047 yards with eight touchdowns and became the first Louisville running back to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards since 2005. Anderson was rewarded for his efforts as he was named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year and second-team all-BIG EAST. He was also placed on Sporting News’ Freshman All-America squad. Louisville averaged 164.5 THE ALFORD FILE yards rushing in 2008 and Year School/Team Assignment scored 18 rushing TDs. 1995 Mount Union Running Backs Alford spent nine years dur1996 Kent State Running Backs ing two stints as running backs coach at Iowa State where he 1997-2000 Iowa State Running Backs developed three of the school’s 2001 Washington Running Backs 2002-06 Iowa State Asst. Head Coach top six career rushing leaders. Darren Davis, Ennis Haywood Running Backs and Stevie Hicks combined for 2007-08 Louisville Running Backs five 1,000-yard seasons with 2009 Notre Dame Running Backs Alford as their position coach. Iowa State was one of only three FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools that produced a 1,000-yard rusher annually from 1995-2001. Haywood continued the tradition in 2000, as he led the Big 12 Conference and ranked 10th nationally with 1,237 rushing yards. Alford helped make Haywood a first-team all-Big 12 running back as the Cyclones’ rushing attack averaged 209.0 yards per game and totaled 27 rushing TDs. When Haywood was sidelined due to injury for a game versus Oklahoma State in 2000, Alford prepared freshman Michael Wagner and helped him rush for a freshman schoolrecord 170 yards and two TDs against the Cowboys. Alford also assisted the Cyclones in making school history by finishing their 9-3 season with the school’s first bowl victory at the 2000 Bowl (37-20 over Pittsburgh). During Alford’s initial four years in Ames (1997-2000), Iowa State improved from 103rd to 17th nationally in rushing. A driving force behind that was Alford’s coaching of Davis. Under Alford’s guidance, Davis produced three consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards en route to becoming the second-most prolific rusher in school history. Sandwiched between Alford’s stints at Iowa State was a year as Washington’s running backs coach in 2001. Under Alford, Husky tailback Willie Hurst became the ninth back in school history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards. Washington finished 9-4 and played in the Holiday Bowl. Alford started his collegiate coaching career with stops at Kent State in 1996 and Mount Union in 1995. With the Golden Flashes, he helped make Astron Whatley a first-team all-Mid-American Conference player as Whatley rushed for a career-best 1,132 yards, fifth most in school history. In Alford’s first college job, Mount Union rushed for 214.5 yards per game, as the Purple Raiders made it to the ’95 Division III semifinals and finished with a 12-1 record. Alford was a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference running back as a player for Colorado State in 1989 and was an honorable mention selection on USA Today’s All-America team. Alford played for the Rams from 1987-90 and was a 1989 Doak Walker Award nominee. His 1,035 rushing yards in 1989 were the sixth most in school history at the time, and he set the school record that still stands when he dashed for 310 yards versus Colorado. Following college, Alford was in the Denver Broncos training camp in 1991 and played for the World League of American Football’s Birmingham Fire in 1992. Alford earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State in 1992 and coached high school football in Fort Collins, Colo., and Lake Wales, Fla., in 1993-94. A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Anthony J. Alford was born Nov. 27, 1968, in Akron, Ohio. He was raised in Akron and moved to Colorado Springs while in high school and graduated from Doherty High School in 1987. Alford and his wife, Trina, have three sons: Rylan, Kyler and Braydon.


andy Hart, defensive line coach the past 21 seasons at the University of Washington, was named to the same post at the University of Notre Dame on Feb. 19, 2009. A 39-year coaching veteran, Hart has coached at five other schools in his career and returns to the Midwest where he coached for 17 of his first 18 years. Prior to Washington (1988-2008), Hart coached at Ohio State (1970-71, 1982-87), Purdue, (1977-81), Iowa State (1973-76) and Tampa (1972). Hart has been part of 22 bowl teams in his coaching career, including six Rose Bowls. At Washington he helped guide the Huskies to 12 bowl appearances, including three-straight Rose Bowl games. THE HART FILE His 1991 defensive unit allowed Year School/Team Assignment only 101 points and 1,191 1970-71 Ohio State Graduate Assistant rushing yards in 11 regular sea- 1972 Tampa Offensive Line son games en route to winning 1973-76 Iowa State Defensive Line the school’s first national cham1977-80 Purdue Defensive Line pionship. That unit still holds 1981 Purdue Defensive Line/Admin. six Washington defensive team Asst. to Head Coach records. Ohio State Defensive Line Four of the eight best sin- 1982-87 gle-season defensive rushing 1988-94 Washington Defensive Line averages in school history oc- 1995-98 Washington Asst. Head Coach/ curred under Hart’s watch, and Defensive Coordinator/ six times the Huskies allowed Defensive Line 120.2 rushing yards or less in 1999-2008 Washington Defensive Line a season. The 1990 defense 2009 Notre Dame Defensive Line owns the school record for fewest rushing yards allowed in an 11-game season (735 yards), while the 2002 unit permitted 1,270 rushing yards to set the standard for a 13-game schedule. With the Huskies, Hart coached 14 first-team all-Pacific-10 players and 11 NFL draft selections. Hart developed four All-Americans, three winners of the Morris Trophy (awarded to the Pac-10’s top offensive or defensive lineman) and two players who were named Pac10 Player of the Year. Hart’s prized pupil was Steve Emtman, the 1991 recipient of the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy. Emtman was a first-team All-American, two-time winner of the Morris Trophy and the first overall selection in the 1992 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts. In 2007, Emtman was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. D’Marco Farr also was a member of the 1991 national championship team and became the top defensive player in the Pac-10 under Hart’s guidance in 1992 and 1993. He was the recipient of the Morris Trophy in 1993 when he totaled 66 tackles and 19 tackles for loss. Hart produced the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1996 when Jason Chorak paced the conference with a school-record 14.5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss. He was named first-team All-America that season and followed that by being placed on the AllAmerica second team in 1997. Prior to his tenure at Washington, Hart was the defensive line coach at Ohio State, his alma mater, from 1982-87. His return to Columbus marked his second coaching stint with the Buckeyes and the third time he coached under Earle Bruce. Hart went to five bowl games in his six years at Ohio State, including the 1983 Fiesta Bowl, 1985 Rose Bowl and 1987 Cotton Bowl. Hart coached the defensive line at Purdue from 1977-81 under head coach Jim Young and broke into the coaching industry with his first full-time job at the University of Tampa in 1972 under Bruce. Hart served as the offensive line coach in his only season at Tampa before following Bruce to Iowa State where he switched sides and started his defensive line coaching career with the Cyclones from 1973-76. He worked as a graduate assistant, focusing on the offensive line, with Ohio State in 1970-71. Hart was a three-time letterwinner for the Ohio State football team as an offensive guard. He was a member of the 1969 Rose Bowl championship team that defeated USC 27-16, to cap a perfect 10-0 season en route to being named national champion. Hart was also a member of the Ohio State wrestling team for the 1966 season. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hart was born March 9, 1948 and graduated from South High School in Willoughby, Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State in 1970 and a mster’s degree in higher education in 1974, also from Ohio State. He and his wife Linda have two sons, Jay and John.


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Tight Ends

Special Teams Coordinator


hroughout Brian Polian’s tenure as special teams coordinator, the Irish special teams units have been some of the best in the nation and recorded some of the top marks in recent history. Over the last four seasons under Polian, the Irish special teams have blocked or tipped 22 kicks, tallied seven touchdowns and registered six takeaways. Notre Dame has blocked or deflected 10 punts, 10 field goals and two PATs since 2005. The Irish have returned three punts and one kick for TDs as well as scored on returns off of a blocked punt and blocked field goal and also on a fake field goal. Four times in the last four years Notre Dame’s kickoff coverage team has forced a turnover and the Irish have recovered two fumbles on punt coverage.


ver the last four seasons, arguably no position at Notre Dame has flourished as much as the tight end position. Bernie Parmalee has coached the group since Charlie Weis became head coach and has helped the Irish become “Tight End U.” Under Parmalee’s watch, four of the eight-best singleseason reception totals by a tight end have occurred and two of the top-three career totals by Irish tight ends have been tallied. Anthony Fasano, John Carlson and Kyle Rudolph have all etched their names in the program’s record book and have helped establish Notre Dame as the premier destination for top-flight tight ends. THE PARMALEE FILE Over the last three NaYear School/Team Assignment tional Football League 2002 Miami Dolphins Asst. Special Teams drafts, 11 tight ends have been selected in the first or 2003 Miami Dolphins Asst. Special Teams second round. Notre Dame Offensive Asst. is the only school to have 2004 Miami Dolphins Tight Ends multiple selections of the 2005-06 Notre Dame Tight Ends/Special 11 as Carlson was taken by Teams Asst. the Seattle Seahawks with 2007-09 Notre Dame Tight Ends the 38th pick overall in the 2008 draft and Fasano was drafted with the 53rd selection of the 2006 draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Carlson was drafted after recording 100 career receptions for 1,093 yards at Notre Dame. He ranks second all-time in receptions by a tight end at Notre Dame and third in career receiving yards by an Irish tight end. Fasano preceded Carlson and registered 92 career catches for 1,102 yards, ranking third and second, respectively, on the school’s receptions and receiving yards by a tight end lists. In 2008, the torch was passed to Rudolph as a true freshman. His efforts and the coaching of Parmalee not only led Rudolph to the most productive season by a freshman tight end in school history but helped earn multiple national postseason honors. Rudolph started all 13 games, becoming the first Notre Dame rookie tight end to ever start a season opener. He ranked fifth on the team with 29 receptions and his 340 receiving yards was fourth most last year. He set school records for receptions and receiving yards by an Irish freshman tight end and the 29 catches were the eighth most in a season by a Notre Dame tight end. Rudolph tallied two touchdown catches, one TD shy of tying Derek Brown’s freshman tight end record. Following the season, Rudolph was named a first-team all-freshman player by Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews. com and Phil Steele. Parmalee’s past role on special teams helped Notre Dame produce a consistent opportunistic unit that produced two TDs (both on punt returns), three blocked punts and two blocked field goals from 2005-06. Parmalee embarked on his NFL coaching career in 2002 as Miami’s assistant special teams coach after a nine-year playing career, including the first seven (1992-98) with the Dolphins and the final two (1999-2000) with the New York Jets. A featured running back, starting fullback, third-down back and special teams stalwart at different times during his professional career, Parmalee played in 134 NFL games, starting 26 of them. He rushed for 2,179 career yards and 17 TDs on 567 carries, caught 168 career passes for 1,485 yards and three TDs and returned 16 career kickoffs for an 18.1-yard average. He led the team in rushing two straight years – with 868 yards (216 attempts, six TDs) in 1994, then with 878 yards in 1995. He served as Dolphins special teams captain in 1997 and 1998. Parmalee was a four-year starter (1987-90) as a running back at Ball State where he remains the Cardinals’ all-time leading rusher with 3,483 yards and 26 TDs. He earned second-team all-Mid-American Conference honors as a senior in 1990 when he rushed for 1,010 yards and caught 30 passes. Parmalee also rushed for 1,064 yards and 13 TDs as a freshman when he was named the MAC Freshman of the Year. He earned his degree in business administration from the Muncie, Ind., school in 1991. A native of Jersey City, N.J., Bernard Parmalee lettered in football and baseball at Lincoln (N.J.) High School. Born Sept. 16, 1967, he and his wife, Angela, are parents of a daughter, Nakia Marie, and two sons, Tre Bernard and Torian.


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Michigan State Graduate Assistant (Offense)/Tight Ends, Offensive Line 1998 Buffalo Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line 1999-2000 Baylor Graduate Assistant 2001-03 Buffalo Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator 2004 Central Florida Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator 2005 Notre Dame Head Special Teams Coach/Defensive Backs Asst. 2006 Notre Dame Head Special Teams Coach/Linebackers Assit. 2007 Notre Dame Inside Linebackers/Special Teams 2008-09 Notre Dame Special Teams Coordinator Under Polian’s guidance, Notre Dame has averaged 10.0 yards per punt return while allowing only 7.6 yards per punt return. On kickoffs, the Irish coverage unit has limited opponents to 19.9 yards per return while the Irish return teams have averaged 20.5 yards per return. Polian has also proven to be a solid recruiter for the Irish. He signed four players in southern California and Hawaii in 2009 and was rewarded for his efforts by as he was named one of the top-25 recruiters in the country this year. In 2008, Polian helped the Irish lead the nation in kickoff coverage, allowing only 16.5 yards per return. On the other side, the Irish averaged 21.6 yards per kickoff return, the best by a Notre Dame squad since 2002. Polian’s special teams unit were also strong in ’07, as the Irish ranked 13th in the nation in net punting at 37.9 yards, marking the second-straight season in which they finished in the top 15 in that category. Polian also coached the inside linebackers in ’07 and aided the growth of Joe Brockington and Maurice Crum Jr. as well as helped develop Toryan Smith and Scott Smith. In 2006, Polian’s special teams were highlighted by the play of punter Geoff Price. He ranked fifth in the nation, averaging 45.4 yards per punt to set the Notre Dame single-season record for best punting average. The punt coverage unit, under Polian’s guidance, ranked 11th in the country at 37.8 yards per punt and helped Price land 12 punts inside the 20-yard line. Polian also assisted in the coaching of linebackers in 2006. He aided in accelerating the learning curves of Travis Thomas, who was playing defense for the first time since high school, and Brockington who started for the first time in his Notre Dame career. In 2005, Polian assisted in coaching the Notre Dame defensive backs. That unit produced 19 turnovers while contributing to Notre Dame’s plus-10 turnover margin. The Irish defense limited opponents to a 35 percent success rate on third downs while Notre Dame foes scored touchdowns on only 56 percent of red zone opportunities. Before coming to Notre Dame, Polian spent time at Central Florida (running backs/ recruiting coordinator), the University of Buffalo (running backs/special teams; tight ends/assistant offensive line), Baylor (strongside linebackers/defensive graduate assistant) and Michigan State (offensive graduate assistant). Polian graduated from John Carroll University in 1997 and earned a masters from Baylor in 2000. He lettered three years at linebacker at John Carroll and was named to the all-Ohio Athletic Conference team in 1996, twice helping his team to top-10 finishes in Division III. Born Brian Stewart Polian on Dec. 22, 1974, in the Bronx, N.Y., he’s married to the former Laura Maggiotto of Buffalo, N.Y. His father, Bill, is the current president of the Indianapolis Colts. Brian also was a contributing author to the AFCA book “A Complete Guide to Special Teams.”


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Running Game Coordinator/Offensive Line


rank Verducci, a veteran offensive coach with 27 years of coaching experience at the NFL and collegiate levels, was named offensive line coach and running game coordinator at Notre Dame on Jan. 14, 2009. Verducci joins the Irish after working eight of the past 10 years in the NFL with Cleveland, Buffalo, Dallas and Cincinnati. Prior to moving to professional football, he spent 19 seasons in the college ranks at Iowa, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Maryland and Colorado State. The past two years Verducci served as an offen- THE VERDUCCI FILE sive assistant coach with Year School/Team Assignment the Cleveland Browns. He 1980 Colorado State Graduate Assistant assisted the play caller 1981-83 Maryland Tight Ends on game days with situ1984 Northern Illinois Running Backs/Strength ational offense and was & Conditioning Coach responsible for clock 1985-86 Iowa Graduate Assistant management. Wide Receivers In 2007, the Browns 1987-88 Northwestern won 10 games behind 1989-91 Iowa Assistant Offensive Line an offense that was one Recruiting Coordinator of the best in the NFL. 1992-94 Iowa Offensive Line The 10 victories were the 1995-98 Iowa Offensive Line/Running most by the Browns since Game Coordinator 1994 and the offense ranked eighth in the NFL, 1999-00 Cincinnati Bengals Tight Ends Cincinnati Bengals Tight Ends/Asst. best by Cleveland since 2001 Offensive Line 1981. Verducci assisted Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line with an offense that sent 2002 four players to the Pro 2004 Buffalo Bills Assistant Offensive Line Bowl: Derek Anderson, Tight Ends Braylon Edwards, Joe 2005 Buffalo Bills Offensive Line Thomas and Kellen Win- 2007-08 Cleveland Browns Offensive Asst. Coach slow Jr. Verducci also as2009 Notre Dame Offensive Line/Running sisted a Cleveland offense Game Coordinator that resurrected the career of running back Jamal Lewis, helping him become the first Brown in 27 years to post consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. Prior to joining the Browns’ staff, Verducci spent two years with Buffalo as an assistant offensive line and tight ends coach in 2004 before being promoted to offensive line coach in 2005. He worked closely with tackle Jason Peters , a 2007 Pro Bowler. Verducci joined the Dallas Cowboys as offensive line coach in 2002 after being the tight ends coach of the Cincinnati Bengals from 1999-2001. With the Cowboys, Verducci worked with three Pro Bowl offensive linemen: guard Larry Allen, guard Andre Gurode and left tackle Flozell Adams. Ten years of working with the offensive line at Iowa preceded Verducci’s NFL coaching career. From 1989-98 he worked for Hayden Fry as the Hawkeye offense averaged 171.5 rushing yards per game during his decade in Iowa City. From 1989-91 Verducci served as the assistant offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator before becoming the offensive line coach in 1992. In 1995 he added run game coordinator to his title. Twelve of his offensive lineman at Iowa went on to make NFL rosters and six players were named first-team all-Big Ten performers. In 1992, center Mike Devlin was selected the Big Ten Lineman of the Year and was a first-team All-American. Verducci was part of the coaching staff that helped guide the Hawkeyes to six bowl games during his decade in Iowa City, in addition to helping Iowa to the Holiday and Rose Bowls from 1985-86 as a graduate assistant. Iowa won the Big Ten Conference title in 1990, and the rushing attack was a major contributor to the Hawkeyes’ success. Iowa averaged 224.9 rushing yards per game that year, the most by an Iowa team since 1968. Sandwiched between his stints at Iowa was a stop in Northwestern where Verducci coached wide receivers from 1987-88. He started his coaching career in 1980 as a graduate assistant at Colorado State before working with Maryland’s tight ends as a part-time coach from 1981-83. In 1984, Verducci was the running backs and strength coach at Northern Illinois. A native of Glen Ridge, N.J., Frank James Verducci was born March 17, 1957 in East Orange, N.J., and graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School. He played fullback and tight end at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point and received his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall in 1980. He and his wife, Noel, have a son, Jack, and a daughter, Cameron.


ver the past two seasons, Ron Powlus has helped develop Irish quarterback Jimmy Clausen from a freshman forced to start the second game of his freshman season to one of the most prolific passers in school history. Clausen’s improvement from his freshman year to sophomore season can be traced to the attention Powlus gave him during his first two seasons as Notre Dame’s quarterbacks coach. Guiding Clausen through his 22 starts for the Irish, Powlus helped Clausen climb the career passing charts. Clausen ranks fourth at Notre Dame in career passes completed, fifth in passes attempted and sixth in all-time passing yards. THE POWLUS FILE Clausen also ranks second in career Year School/Team Assignment completion percentage and passing yards per game, fifth in all-time pass2007-09 Notre Dame Quarterbacks ing touchdowns and sixth in lowest interception percentage for a career. In 2008, Powlus coached Clausen to the third-best passing season in school history. The sophomore completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 3,172 yards with 25 TDs and 17 interceptions while posting an efficiency rating of 132.49. The highlight was the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, during which Clausen set Notre Dame bowl records for completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns. As a true freshman in 2007, Clausen played in the season opener and started the following week at Penn State, the earliest any Notre Dame freshman quarterback had made his first start under center. The growth Clausen made during the season was readily apparent in the final three contests of the ’07 slate as he completed 57 of 104 passes for 636 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in those contests. Clausen set records for most starts by a freshman quarterback and ranked on the freshman quarterback single-season lists for passing yards, completions, attempts and completion percentage. After working for two years as the director of personnel development for the Notre Dame football team, Powlus was named quarterbacks coach in 2007. One of the more decorated quarterbacks in school history, Powlus has been able to impart the knowledge he gained as a four-year starter at Notre Dame and his three-year stint in professional football to a talented, young crop of Irish signal-callers. Formerly Notre Dame’s career leader in football passing yardage, pass attempts, completions and TD passes, Powlus rejoined the University in his previous position in March 2005. He worked closely with recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello as he helped direct the administrative aspects of Irish recruiting. A native of Berwick, Pa., Powlus was a two-time Irish captain and four-year starter who set 20 school records at Notre Dame. He started all 44 regular-season games (plus two bowl games) in which he played for the Irish and finished with 558 career completions on 969 attempts for 7,602 yards and 52 TDs. He set the Irish single-game mark for TD passes in a game with four (three times) and at one point completed 14 straight passes. Powlus signed as an NFL free agent in 1998 with Tennessee and then was on the Lions’ preseason roster in ’99 and the Eagles’ roster in 2000. He played with the NFL Europe Amsterdam Admirals in the spring of 2000. A high school standout at Berwick High School, Powlus was the Parade prep player of the year in ’92 and the USA Today offensive prep player of the year. Born July 16, 1974, Powlus received his Notre Dame degree from the Mendoza College of Business Administration in 1997 with a major in marketing. Powlus and his wife, the former Sara Ivanina, are parents of two sons, Ronnie and Tommy. They were married prior to his final season at Notre Dame in 1997.


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The Heisman Trophy Breakdown…

WINNERS BY POSITION When University of Chicago running back Jay Berwanger won the first Heisman Trophy in 1935 he started a trend that continues to this day. Out of the 74 college football players who have won the coveted Heisman Trophy, 41 of them have been running backs, by far the most of any position. Of those 41 running backs, three players have been fullbacks, most recently Oklahoma’s Steve Owens in 1969. Only one defensive player, Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson in 1997, has won the award. Quarterbacks have the second-most amount of Heisman wins at 28 and last year’s winner, the extremely accurate Sam Bradford of Oklahoma, became just the second sophomore ever to win the award. In 1987, Notre Dame’s Tim Brown became the first of only two wide receivers to grab the Trophy (Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991 is the other). Two ends have won the award, the last being Notre Dame’s Leon Hart in 1949. A look at the recipients by position…

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Charlie Ward Danny Wuerffel Chris Weinke Eric Crouch Carson Palmer Jason White Matt Leinart Troy Smith Tim Tebow Sam Bradford

Florida State Florida Florida State Nebraska USC Oklahoma USC Ohio State Florida Oklahoma

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Bo Jackson Auburn Barry Sanders Oklahoma State Rashaan Salaam Colorado Eddie George Ohio State Ricky Williams Texas Ron Dayne Wisconsin Reggie Bush USC



QUARTERBACK 1937 1938 1943 1944 1947 1956 1962 1963 1964 1966 1967 1970 1971 1984 1986 1989 1990 1992

Clint Frank Yale Davey O’Brien TCU Angelo Bertelli Notre Dame Les Horvath Ohio State John Lujack Notre Dame Paul Hornung Notre Dame Terry Baker Oregon State Roger Staubach Navy John Huarte Notre Dame Steve Spurrier Florida Gary Beban UCLA Jim Plunkett Stanford Pat Sullivan Auburn Doug Flutie Boston College Vinny Testaverde Miami (Fla) Andre Ware Houston Ty Detmer Brigham Young Gino Torretta Miami (Fla)

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Jay Berwanger Chicago Nile Kinnick Iowa Tom Harmon Michigan Bruce Smith Minnesota Frank Sinkwich Georgia Doc Blanchard Army (FB) Glenn Davis Army Doak Walker Southern Methodist Vic Janowicz Ohio State Dick Kazmaier Princeton Billy Vessels Oklahoma John Lattner Notre Dame Alan Ameche Wisconsin (FB) Howard Cassady Ohio State John David Crow Texas A&M Pete Dawkins Army Billy Cannon Louisiana State Joe Bellino Navy Ernie Davis Syracuse Mike Garrett USC O.J. Simpson USC Steve Owens Oklahoma (FB) Johnny Rodgers Nebraska John Cappelletti Penn State Archie Griffin Ohio State Archie Griffin Ohio State Tony Dorsett Pittsburgh Earl Campbell Texas Billy Sims Oklahoma Charles White USC George Rogers South Carolina Marcus Allen USC Herschel Walker Georgia Mike Rozier Nebraska


END 1936 1949

Larry Kelley Leon Hart

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Tim Brown Notre Dame Desmond Howard Michigan


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NOTRE DAME STADIUM College Football Tradition At Its Finest


otre Dame Stadium, maybe the most renowned college football facility in the nation, now qualifies as one of the most up-to-date as well, thanks to a major addition and renovations that boosted its capacity to more than 80,000 beginning with the 1997 campaign. The 1996 season proved to be the final one in which the customary 59,075 fans gathered for Irish home games. Nearly two years work of additions and improvements to the yellow-bricked arena were part of a $50 million expansion project that added nearly 21,000 seats beginning in 1997. The current capacity of Notre Dame Stadium stands at 80,795, a figure that was modified in 2001 from 80,232. In 1997, the figure was 80,225, which was based on computerized seating projections made prior to the completion of the construction of the new seating area. Notre Dame’s football team completed its 1995 home schedule on Nov. 4 against Navy and, by the following Monday, groundbreaking ceremonies had been held and work had begun on the 21-month construction project, which was completed on Aug. 1, 1997.

The construction included the following elements: • All field seating and the first three rows in the permanent stands were eliminated to improve sight lines. • A new natural-grass field and new drainage system were put in place. • Two new scoreboards were erected on the north and south ends of the Stadium. • The Jim and Marilyn Fitzgerald Family Sports and Communications Center, a three-tier press box with views of both the field and the campus, was constructed on the west side – with seating for 330 media in the main portion of the press box, three television broadcast booths, five radio broadcast booths and an overall increase in square footage almost four times the original space. • New landscaping created a park-like setting on the periphery of the Stadium. • The locker rooms for both Notre Dame and the visiting team more than doubled in size. In addition, a new expanded training room was constructed adjacent to the locker room. 41

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• Lights were installed in each corner of the Stadium bowl and on top of the press box for use in the final month of the 1996 season. • Material for the project included 240,000 concrete blocks, 700,000 new bricks, 500 cubic yards of mortar, 25,000 cubic yards of cast-in-place concrete, five miles of handrails and guardrails and eightand-a-half miles of redwood seating. • More than 3,500 sheets of drawings were used to build the project. • Eleven new openings, for a total of 31, were cut into the old Stadium brick exterior to allow fans to connect the old and new lower concourse areas. • The lettering at the north and south canopy as well as the interlocking ND logo at the top of the press box’s west face are gold laminate. • Within the design of the entry gates, fans may notice the diagonal stripes of the end zone, hash marks and a football. • All existing urinals were refinished as part of the renovation and there are approximately two-and-a-half times more new women’s toilets. • Each of the approximately 44,000 old seating brackets was sandblasted and recoated with an epoxy primer. • Glazed brick was salvaged and reused in the expanded varsity locker area. • Notre Dame players continue to enter the field down a set of stairs past the “Play Like A Champion’’ sign, but stairs to the visiting locker room have been eliminated, with the top of the processional tunnel ramp now serving as the visiting team entrance. Casteel Construction Corp., of South Bend was the general contractor on the project. Ellerbe Becket, Inc., of Kansas City, Mo., was the architect. The expanded Notre Dame Stadium was dedicated on the weekend of Notre Dame’s 1997 season-opening game against Georgia Tech, with events including a threeday open house, a first-ever pep rally in the Stadium the evening prior to the game (with more than 35,000 fans in attendance) and a Saturday morning rededication breakfast followed by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Every former Notre Dame football player was offered the chance to purchase tickets for the Georgia Tech game and, prior to the game, the 1997 team ran through a tunnel

of those former players in attendance (those practices continue for the first game of every season). The Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame approved the plan to expand the facility on May 6, 1994. The project was financed primarily by the November 1994 issuance of $53 million in tax-exempt, fixedrate bonds. The bonds were sold in 26 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 20 percent sold to retail buyers and almost 80 percent to institutional buyers. The incremental revenues from the expansion will exceed the debt service on the bonds by $47 million over the next 30 years, allowing the project to not only pay for itself, but also generate $47 million for academic and student-life needs. Notre Dame Stadium, at 59,075, previously ranked 44th in seating capacity among the 107 Division I-A football facilities. With capacity increased to 80,795 – it now ranks 17th – Notre Dame ranked eighth nationally in attendance in 1997, 11th in 1998, 10th in 1999, 13th in 2000, 14th in 2001, 12th in 2002, 14th in 2003, 15th in both 2004 and 2005 and 16th in 2006. Notre Dame’s average per-game increase of 21,150 fans in 1997 ranked second nationally and helped contribute to record attendance figures of 36.9 million in ’97 for all of college football, including 27.5 million for Division I-A games. Alumni are the major beneficiaries of the 1997 expansion, as about 16,000 of the 20,000 additional seats are allocated to Notre Dame graduates, with access primarily through a ticket lottery. Increased access to tickets also is in place for Notre Dame benefactors, the parents of Notre Dame students and University employees. Full-time University support staff now enjoys the same access to tickets as faculty and administrators. The most requested game in school history occurred in 2006, when the Notre Dame-Penn State contest generated 66,670 ticket requests for a lottery pool of approximately 30,000-plus, while the 2007 USC game ranks second all-time with 61,685 requests. With the seven home sellouts for the 2009 season, Notre Dame has sold out 212 consecutive games at Notre Dame Stadium, dating back to 1979, and 260 of the last 261 contests.



or all the legendary players and memorable moments it has hosted on its bluegrass turf the past 405 games, Notre Dame has unquestionably developed a lore all its own. Celebrating its 75th anniversary of service in 2005, the Stadium continues to be one of the most recognizable and revered structures in the world of sport. It was the success of Knute Rockne’s Notre Dame football teams – plus the legendary coach’s own personal blueprint – that prompted the addition of the original Notre Dame Stadium to the University’s athletic plant back in 1930. The spirit that was imbued by the Rockne Era – sustained by seven Heisman Trophy winners and dozens of All-Americans who have competed on that turf – has changed little in the 79 seasons in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish first played their games on Cartier Field, which was then located just north of the current stadium site. But as the University’s national football reputation expanded, thanks to the coaching of Rockne, the need for a new home for the Irish was voiced since no more than 30,000 fans could squeeze into the Cartier facility. Architectural blueprints and bids were received from prominent contractors throughout the nation once plans became more specific by 1929. The Osborn Engineering Company, which has designed more than 50 stadiums across the country – including Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds in -continued


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New York City, the original Comiskey Park in Chicago and facilities at Michigan, Indiana, Purdue and Minnesota – was awarded the contract and excavation began that summer. Actual labor on the foundations of the Stadium did not commence until April 1930, but four months later, Notre Dame Stadium opened its 18 gates. The Stadium measured a half-mile in circumference, stood 45 feet high and featured a glass-enclosed press box rising 60 feet above ground level, which originally accommodated 264 writers plus facilities for photographers and radio and television broadcasters. There were more than two million bricks in the original edifice, 400 tons of steel, and 15,000 cubic yards of concrete. The total cost of construction exceeded $750,000 and, architecturally, Notre Dame Stadium was patterned – on a smaller scale – after the University of Michigan’s mammoth stadium. Though Rockne only had a chance to coach in the new facility in its initial year of use, he took a personal hand in its design. The sod from Cartier Field was transplanted in the new Stadium, but Rockne insisted on its use for football only. He kept the area between the field and the stands small – to keep sideline guests, as he called them, to a minimum – and he personally supervised the parking and traffic system that remained much the same until the 21,720-seat addition in 1997.

With a crowd on hand of far less than the 54,000 capacity, the Irish opened the facility by defeating SMU, 20-14, on Oct. 4, 1930. Official dedication ceremonies came a week later versus traditional foe Navy. This time, more than 40,000 fans cheered a 26-2 triumph. Frank E. Herring, captain of the 1898 team and the first Notre Dame coach as well as president of the Alumni Association, delivered the major speech during the ceremonies. It took another year before the Irish played in front of their first capacity crowd (50,731 for the 1931 USC game), but full houses and Notre Dame victories have been the rule rather than the exception. Since that 1930 opening, the Irish have compiled an impressive 302-98-5 (.752) mark in Notre Dame Stadium, while an average of 62,137 fans have watched. During 25 of those seasons the Irish did not lose at home. Beginning with a 27-20 win over Northwestern on Nov. 21, 1942, and ending with a 28-14 loss to Purdue on Oct. 7, 1950, Notre Dame won 28 straight games at the Stadium. The largest crowd ever to witness a game in the Stadium prior to expansion was 61,296 in a 24-6 loss to Purdue on Oct. 6, 1962. However, attendance figures since 1966 have been based on paid admissions rather than total in the house, thus accounting for

the familiar 59,075 figure every week prior to ’97. Since that ’66 season, every Irish home game has been a sellout with the exception of a Thanksgiving Day matchup with Air Force in 1973. That game, won by the Irish, 48-15, had been changed to the holiday to accommodate national television and was played with the students absent from campus. Navy was again the opponent in 1979 when the Irish celebrated the 50th season at Notre Dame Stadium. Commemorative edition tickets, which were authentic reproductions of the 1930 dedication game, were used. The final home game of 1991 against Tennessee saw two more Stadium milestones reached. The 100th-straight sellout crowd entered the Stadium, which was hosting its 300th game since the 1930 opening. On the road, the Irish have played before 271 capacity crowds among 443 games (.611). Notre Dame has played to sellout crowds in 187 of its previous 221 games, including 69 of its last 79 contests. On Sept. 13, 2003, at Michigan, the Irish and Wolverines helped bring in the largest crowd in NCAA history at the time (111,726), marking the third time in the history of that series that an NCAA attendance record had been set. It also represented the sixth time in four seasons that Notre Dame had been a part of establishing a new stadium attendance record.


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accepted. Nor were admissions limited by religious preference. Father Sorin’s mission and inspiration were thoroughly and indisputably Catholic, but from the beginning he made it clear that would-be students of any religious persuasion were welcome; indeed, the fact that Notre Dame’s student body eventually would become overwhelmingly Catholic was more a reflection of American culture than of parochialism on the University’s part. Sorin was equally flexible when it came to his University’s academic offerings. While a classical collegiate curriculum was established early on, so too were elementary and preparatory programs as well as a manual-labor school, and for several decades the collegiate program never attracted more than a dozen students in any year. As Notre Dame’s chronicler, Father Arthur Hope, C.S.C., has written, “If (Sorin) was to begin at all, the head of this new college had to be mightily concerned about frostbite and empty stomachs. The more elusive problems of intellectual development would have to wait.” If Notre Dame in its infancy was the child of Sorin’s vision and will, its subsequent growth and development were the products of large and powerful social and historical forces. Just as the University was being established, the first waves of European immigrants, overwhelmingly Catholic, were reaching America’s shores, and Notre Dame’s location—though seemingly remote— in fact put it within easy reach of cities like Chicago, Detroit and St. Louis, all of which soon would have large immigrant Catholic populations. The immigrant experience and the growth of the University of Notre Dame would be inextricably linked.

otre Dame’s founding can perhaps best be characterized as an outburst of missionary zeal. How else can one describe the action of Father Edward Sorin, the 28-year-old French priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross who—with $310 and three log buildings in various stages of disrepair in the middle of the northern Indiana frontier—had the temerity to christen his enterprise the University of Notre Dame du Lac? Notre Dame at its founding was a name in search of, or perhaps in anticipation of, a university. The wonder is not so much what the University has become more than 165 years later, but that it survived at all in those early years of beginning almost literally from nothing. In his book, The University of Notre Dame: A Portrait of Its History and Campus, historian Thomas Schlereth of the American studies department has described the odds the University was up against: “Only nine other Catholic colleges existed when Notre Dame was founded, but that number had grown to 51 by 1861. Presently only seven of these antebellum institutions still exist. One historian estimates a mortality rate of approximately 80 percent among Notre Dame’s contemporary secular institutions. Yet Notre Dame survived ...” The University’s survival of those early years is a tribute not only to the faith of Father Sorin, but also to his pragmatism and wit. In the beginning, his institution’s only admissions requirement was the ability to pay—some payment, at least, and not necessarily in currency or coin; livestock or the services of a tradesman or some other “in-kind” payment also were cheerfully


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UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME C O N T I N U E D A number of forces were at work in this relationship. The “American Dream” was coming into being, and with it the hope and expectation that, through hard work and education, children would enjoy greater opportunities than their parents. At the same time, anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic sentiments were open and pervasive in American society, creating barriers to immigrant Catholic students. Equally strong sentiments among many Catholics regarded public schools at any level as dangerous places where young people might lose their faith. For all these reasons, education—primary, secondary and higher education— became a centerpiece of American Catholicism. Though it may not have seemed so at the time, this great historical movement of peoples and the creation of the American melting pot enhanced the odds of Notre Dame’s survival dramatically. What still had to be decided, however, was precisely the type of institution Notre Dame would become. How could this small Midwestern school without endowment and without ranks of well-to-do alumni hope to compete with firmly-established private universities and public-supported state institutions? As in Sorin’s day, the fact that the University pursued this lofty and ambitious vision of its future was a testimony to the faith of its leaders—men such as Father John Zahm, C.S.C. As Schlereth describes it: “Zahm ... envisioned Notre Dame as potentially ‘the intellectual center of the American West’; an institution with large undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools equipped with laboratories, libraries, and research facilities. Notre Dame should strive to become the University that its charter claimed it was.” Zahm was not without evidence to support his faith in Notre Dame’s potential. On this campus in 1899, a young Notre Dame scientist by the name of Jerome Green became the first American to transmit a wireless message. At about the same time, Albert Zahm, Father John’s younger brother, was designing the first successful helicopter and first wind tunnel while also launching the first man-carrying glider from the roof of a campus building. The University also had established the nation’s first architecture, law and engineering schools under Catholic auspices. The debate over Notre Dame’s future effectively was ended in the two decades following the First World War. In 1919, the University installed its first president to have earned a Ph.D., Father James Burns, C.S.C., and the changes he initiated were as dramatic as they were far-reaching. The elementary, preparatory and manual-labor programs were scrapped; the University’s first board of lay advisors was established with the goal of creating a $1 million endowment, with a national campaign conducted to achieve that goal; and the first annual giving program for alumni was launched. With this impetus established, the period between 1919 and 1933 would see the

University erect 15 new buildings and triple the numbers of both its students and its faculty. A new and utterly unanticipated element was added to the ethos of Notre Dame during this period, and the University forever after would be a national institution. That new element was, of course, the game of football. But for Notre Dame and for its legions of ethnic American loyalists—most, but not all, Catholic—the cliché was true: football was more than a game. Through its academic program, Notre Dame already was part of the striving of ethnic Americans to earn a place in the American mainstream. But in this golden era, even for those who had never and would never attend Notre Dame, the University became a symbol, so much so that its attraction persists literally to this day. The national recognition that football brought to Notre Dame was a mixed blessing at those times when it tended to overshadow the University’s growing academic distinction, but overall it has been an almost incalculable boon to public awareness of, interest in, and support of Notre Dame. It may be amusing to speculate how the University’s history might have been different without the phenomenon of football, but the University is happy to accept this legacy as is. If the post-World War I era saw Notre Dame’s first flowering as a true University, the seven decades since the Second World War have seen the vision of John Zahm reach full fruition. Father John Cavanaugh, C.S.C., began the process after the war by toughening Notre Dame’s entrance requirements, increasing faculty hiring and establishing the Notre Dame Foundation to expand the University’s development capabilities. Then, during the 35-year tenure of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s enrollment, faculty and degrees awarded all doubled; library volumes increased five-fold; endowment catapulted from less than $10 million to more than $400 million; campus physical facilities grew from 48 to 88 buildings; faculty compensation increased ten-fold; and research funding grew more than twenty-fold. In addition, two defining moments occurred during this period: the transference of University governance in 1967 from the Congregation of Holy Cross to a two-tiered, mixed board of lay and


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religious trustees and fellows and the admission of women to undergraduate studies in 1972. During the 18-year presidency of Father Edward Malloy, C.S.C., the University continued to grow in stature. Endowed faculty positions rose to more than 190, the student body became—and remains—one of the most selective in the nation (with one-third of entering freshmen ranking among the top five students in their high school graduating classes) and the graduation rate annually is in the top five in the nation. The University’s endowment of some $5 billion is among the top 20 in American higher education, and campus additions during the Malloy years included new research laboratories, a graduate student housing complex, residence halls for undergraduate women (who now compose 47 percent of the student body), the 84-classroom DeBartolo Hall, the Mendoza College of Business, the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts and the new Jordan Hall of Science. Father John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., who became Notre Dame’s 17th president in July of 2005, has challenged his administration and the faculty, students, alumni and friends of the University to, in the words from his inaugural speech, “build a Notre Dame that is bigger and better than ever—a great Catholic university for the 21st century, one of the pre-eminent research institutions in the world, a center for learning whose intellectucal and religious traditions converge to make it a healing, unifying, enlightening force for a world deeply in need. This is our goal. Let no one ever again say that we dream too small.” Some goals are self-evident. The University must strive at all times to bring new vigor to its teaching and to enhance both the breadth and the depth of the education it offers students. At the same time, it must strengthen significantly its graduate programs and faculty research to make ever-greater contributions in the quest for new knowledge. But the institutional mission of Notre Dame reaches beyond these goals. The higher aspiration of the University of Notre Dame is to seek out and assume leadership roles through which students and alumni, faculty, interdisciplinary institutes and professional programs can bring their accomplishments to bear on the most basic and pressing needs of humanity—for peace and social justice, for human rights and dignity, for ethical conduct in business, science


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and the professions, for a renewal of values in interpersonal and societal relationships and for a more-enlightened stewardship of the environment, to name but a few of the challenges. This aspiration is incumbent upon Notre Dame as a Catholic university. Today, as throughout its history, Notre Dame’s position in American culture mirrors that of the Catholic Church. The world is very different from the one encountered by Father Sorin on his arrival in this country. The tangible barriers faced then by Catholic students and scholars have largely been removed, and today one may find such students and scholars at Harvard and Stanford and Duke, as well as at Notre Dame. American Catholics are firmly implanted in the American mainstream. At the same time, the secularization of contemporary American society is an undisputed fact, and with that transformation has come a weakening of common values, an antipathy to belief and a resistance to the very notion of underlying truths. One expression of this viewpoint is the contention that a Catholic university is a contradiction in terms, that reason and belief are somehow mutually exclusive. The Catholic intellectual tradition and the Western university tradition itself stand in opposition to this contention, as does Notre Dame. It is a telling act that throughout Notre Dame’s history, and increasingly in recent years, many eminent scholars of various faith traditions have made the University their home simply because they have preferred to work in a community of learning where belief is not merely tolerated, but in fact is celebrated. Father Sorin’s dream was predicated on his conviction that a university would be a powerful force for good in this land that he embraced as his own. For the University of Notre Dame, Sorin’s conviction remains the inspiration, the mission and the driving force.


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• The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Notre Dame have collaborated to create a new Institute for Theoretical Sciences.

• Notre Dame is rated among the nation’s top 25 institutions of higher learning in surveys conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review, Time, Kiplinger’s, and Kaplan/Newsweek.

• Notre Dame is part of a consortium of universities that operates the world’s largest telescope in Arizona.

• The Wall Street Journal has cited Notre Dame as one of the “New Ivies” in American higher education, along with Duke, Northwestern, Johns Hopkins and others.

• Two Notre Dame theologians are members of the official translation team of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

• Notre Dame ranks fifth in a listing of “dream schools” in a survey of parents by the Princeton Review. Others include Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and New York University. • Hispanic Magazine ranks Notre Dame 13th on its list of the top 25 colleges for Latinos. • The Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame is rated second nationally by BusinessWeek magazine in its annual survey of undergraduate business programs.

FACULTY & PROGRAMS • Chemist Dennis Jacobs was selected the 2002-03 U.S. Professor of the Year for research and doctoral universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. • The Department of Philosophy is ranked 14th in the United States in a survey of nearly 200 philosophers, and Notre Dame and Yale are cited as the nation’s top two programs for the study of the philosophy of religion. • Faculty in the College of Arts and Letters have earned 37 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities during the past 10 years, more than any other university in the nation. • The School of Architecture is ranked ninth by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. • The National Science Foundation has joined with Notre Dame and two other universities to establish the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics. • Notre Dame established the first programs in law, engineering and architecture at an American Catholic institution of higher learning. • Notre Dame’s Institute for Medieval Studies was the first in the United States, and the University also founded the first publication series dedicated specifically to medieval topics. • According to the National Science Foundation, Notre Dame is one of the top three U.S. universities in low-energy nuclear physics research. • Notre Dame’s Department of Accountancy consistently ranks among the top 10 in the country in an annual nationwide survey of accountancy department chairs. • The Department of Mathematics ranks in the top quarter among all universities that grant a doctorate in the field. • U.S. News & World Report and Entrepreneur Magazine rank the University of Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies among the top 25 in the nation.


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• Notre Dame’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is the nation’s foremost Irish studies program, and Notre Dame has the most prominent presence in Ireland of any American university. The Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Study Centre-Ireland, housed in historic Newman House in Dublin, engages in extensive cooperative agreements with Trinity College, Dublin, and University College Dublin (UCD).

For more than 100 years, Notre Dame researchers have been at the forefront of numerous pioneering developments: • In 1893, 10 years before the Wright brothers’ first flight, Notre Dame engineering professor Albert Zahm organized the first International Aeronautic Congress in Chicago. Based upon experiments on campus, he presented a paper that proposed the first modern method for launching airplanes and manually controlling them in flight by using rotating wing parts to balance the aircraft laterally and a double tail to control pitching and side-to-side movement.

• At the request of Pope Paul VI, Notre Dame helped found the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies at Tantur, located on a hilltop on the road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem.

• Jerome J. Green, a member of Notre Dame’s engineering faculty from 1895-1914, was a pioneer of wireless communication. Guided by the findings of Guglielmo Marconi, Green became the first American to transmit a wireless message-from Notre Dame to neighboring Saint Mary’s College.

SERVICE • Community service is a hallmark of Notre Dame. About 80 percent of Notre Dame students, through the University’s Center for Social Concerns, are active in social service, and at least 10 percent of each year’s baccalaureate graduating class spends a year or more in volunteer service, prompting UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to say, “Notre Dame represents much that is best and most generous in the American tradition.”

• Beginning in 1907, Notre Dame priest and professor Rev. Julius Nieuwland, C.S.C., conducted research that 25 years later led to the discovery of the formulae for synthetic rubber. Produced commercially by the DuPont Company under the brand name Neoprene, the highly-elastic material is used for products ranging from waterfaucet washers to gasoline-pump hoses to the adhesive strips on disposable diapers.

• Notre Dame’s Social Concerns Seminars, in which undergraduates spend fall and spring breaks offering assistance in Appalachia and other impoverished areas, is one of the most comprehensive servicelearning programs in higher education.

• Germ-free technology developed by professors James Reyniers and Morris Pollard at Notre Dame’s LOBUND Laboratory has played a significant role in bone-marrow treatment for leukemia and Hodgkins disease, the prevention of colon cancer, the use of nutrition in preventing prostate cancer and the development of “statin” cholesterollowering drugs.

• The University’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) sends 135 recent graduates to teach in some 90 understaffed Catholic schools in the Southern, Southeastern and Southwestern United States and in South Bend. A national model, ACE has received the Higher Education Award from the Corporation for National Service for leadership in using national service resources through AmeriCorps.

• The late biologist George B. Craig Jr. was one of the world’s foremost experts on mosquitoes and their disease-carrying capabilities. For two decades he studied the genetics of Aedes aegypti, the Yellow Fever mosquito, using it to better understand disease transmission and to experiment with genetic control techniques. His later work included study of LaCrosse encephalitis in the Midwest and the Asian Tiger mosquito’s migration from Southeast Asia to the United States.

ALUMNI • The University’s network of 270 alumni clubs—including 60 international clubs—is the most extensive in higher education. • With graduates renowned for their loyalty and generosity, Notre Dame annually ranks among the top five universities in percentage of alumni who contribute. • In alumni satisfaction surveys, Notre Dame ranks among the top three nationally.

STUDENTS • Notre Dame’s graduation rate of 95 percent is exceeded by only Harvard and Princeton.

RESOURCES & FACILITIES • Notre Dame ranks in the top 20 among all American colleges and universities in size of endowment (approximately $5 billion) and in annual voluntary support. Since 1984-85, the University has ranked first in the amount of money contributed annually by parents. It has the largest endowment and yearly gift total of any Catholic institution of higher learning in the world.

• Notre Dame graduates are accepted into medical schools at a rate of about 75 percent, almost twice the national average. • Notre Dame has one of the highest undergraduate residential concentrations of any national university, with 80 percent of its students living in 29 residence halls. Some 40 Holy Cross religious continue to live and provide a pastoral presence in the halls.

• Notre Dame is one of just 10 major private universities to receive a rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investors Service.

• Fighting Irish athletics programs have produced the second most Academic All-Americans among Division I-A colleges and universities.

• The most recent report puts Notre Dame’s economic impact on the local marketplace at more than $873 million annually.

• The Notre Dame marching band was founded in 1843 and is the oldest college marching band still in existence.

• The DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts—a $63.6 million, 150,000-square foot complex with five distinct performance venues—opened in the summer of 2004.


• The University’s new Jordan Hall of Science, a 202,000-square-foot facility, opened for the fall 2006 semester. The $70 million facility is the largest building on campus devoted solely to undergraduate education.

• Notre Dame ranks seventh in the percentage of students studying abroad among major research universities. • Notre Dame offers 27 international study programs in 17 countries. The two newest programs are in Bologna, Italy, and Beijing. 54

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A Proud Tradtion of Irish Success, 96 Years Strong

NOTRE DAME’S CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICANS Quarterbacks Angelo Bertelli (1943) Frank Carideo (1929-30) Gus Dorais (1913) Ralph Guglielmi (1954) Terry Hanratty (1968) John Huarte (1964) John Lujack (1946-47) Harry Stuhldreher (1924) Bob Williams (1949) Guard Dick Arrington (1965)

Quarterback Terry Hanratty (1968)

Running Backs Jim Crowley (1924) Nick Eddy (1966) Vagas Ferguson (1979) George Gipp (1920) Paul Hornung (1955) John Lattner (1952-53) Elmer Layden (1924) Creighton Miller (1943) Marchy Schwartz (1930-31) Emil Sitko (1948-49)

Notre Dame has produced at least one consensus All-American in 27 of the last 46 seasons, including 18 straight years, from 1964 to ’81.

Defensive Secondary Luther Bradley (1977) Jeff Burris (1993) Clarence Ellis (1971) Todd Lyght (1989-90) Nick Rassas (1965) Tom Schoen (1967) Bobby Taylor (1994) Mike Townsend (1973) Shane Walton (2002) Receiver Jeff Samardzija (2005)

Defensive tackle Chris Zorich (1989-90)

Ends Eddie Anderson (1921) Dave Casper (1973) Pete Demmerle (1974) Bob Dove (1941-42) Tom Gatewood (1970) Leon Hart (1948-49) Ken MacAfee (1976-77) Wayne Millner (1935) Jack Snow (1964) Monty Stickles (1959) Chuck Sweeney (1937) John Yonakor (1943)


ince Gus Dorais became Notre Dame’s initial first-team All-America pick in 1913, Irish players have been honored as first-team All-America selections on 175 occasions. Recognition on at least one All-America second team has been received by Notre Dame players 73 other times. The NCAA recognizes members of a consensus All-America team each season, and 95 of those selections have worn an Irish uniform. Notre Dame has had 79 different players earn the consensus designation, more than any other university. The NCAA also recognizes first-team All-Americans chosen on a unanimous basis. Notre Dame has had 30 unanimous choices, more than any other university.

Offensive Linemen Dick Arrington (1965) Ed Beinor (1938) Art Boeringer (1926) Jack Cannon (1929) George Connor (1946-47) Gerry DiNardo (1974) Larry DiNardo (1970) Al Ecuyer (1957) Pat Filley (1943) Bill Fischer (1947-48) Jerry Groom (1950) Dave Huffman (1978) Art Hunter (1953) Mirko Jurkovic (1991) George Kunz (1968) Joe Kurth (1932) Tom Regner (1966) Jack Robinson (1934) Frank Rydzewski (1917) John Scully (1980) John Smith (1927) Aaron Taylor (1992-93) Jim White (1943) Tommy Yarr (1931) Linebackers Bob Crable (1980-81) Bob Golic (1978) Jim Lynch (1966) Frank Stams (1988) Michael Stonebreaker (1988, 1990) Defensive Linemen Ross Browner (1976-77) Greg Marx (1972) Mike McCoy (1969) Steve Niehaus (1975) Alan Page (1966) Walt Patulski (1971) Chris Zorich (1989-90) Receivers Tim Brown (1987) Raghib Ismail (1990) Jeff Samardzija (2005)


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ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS & COSIDA HALL OF FAME Academic All-America CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and ESPN The Magazine each year honor an Academic All-America football team made up of top scholar-athletes from universities around the country. A 3.3 minimum cumulative grade-point average is required for nomination. A total of 38 Notre Dame football players have been first-team selections including two-time honorees Tom Gatewood, Greg Marx, Joe Restic, Greg Dingens and Tim Ruddy and three-time selection Joe Heap, while 13 others have received second-team recognition. Ruddy was named team member of the year in 1993.

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS FIRST TEAM 1952 HB 1953 HB 1954 HB 1954 TE 1955 FB 1958 E 1959 G 1963 OG 1966 OG 1966 LB 1967 DHB 1968 OT 1969 OT 1970 QB 1970 OG 1970 SE 1971 SE 1971 DT 1972 DT 1973 TE 1973 K 1973 LB 1974 SE 1974 CB 1977 TE 1977 OG 1977 FS 1978 FS

Joe Heap Joe Heap Joe Heap Dan Shannon Don Schaefer Bob Wetoska Ken Adamson Bob Lehmann Tom Regner Jim Lynch Jim Smithberger George Kunz Jim Reilly Joe Theismann Larry DiNardo Tom Gatewood Tom Gatewood Greg Marx Greg Marx Dave Casper Bob Thomas Gary Potempa Pete Demmerle Reggie Barnett Ken MacAfee Dave Vinson Joe Restic Joe Restic

1980 1980 1981 1984 1985 1987 1987 1992 1993 2006


SECOND TEAM 1972 TE 1972 TE 1974 C 1978 FS 1979 FS 1979 OT 1984 DT 1988 K 1994 C 2002 SN 2007 TE 2007 DL 2008 DB

Bob Burger Tom Gibbons John Krimm Greg Dingens Greg Dingens Vince Phelan Ted Gradel Tim Ruddy Tim Ruddy John Carlson

Dave Casper Mike Creaney Mark Brenneman Tom Gibbons Tom Gibbons Rob Martinovich Greg Dingens Reggie Ho Mark Zataveski John Crowther John Carlson Trevor Laws Mike Anello


Defensive back Mike Anello became Notre Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree as a second-team selection in 2008.

Academic All-America Hall of Fame The CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame recognizes former Academic All-Americans who graduated 10 or more years ago and have community service accomplishments. To be nominated, the candidate must have been an Academic AllAmerican with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The inductees are selected by a committee made up of officers of CoSIDA and members of the media. The first class of inductees was in 1988 and since then four former Notre Dame football players have been honored.





Joe Theismann Dave Casper



Bob Thomas



Bob Burger


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CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICANS Players accorded the majority of votes at their positions by selectors are designated consensus All-Americans. Current teams utilized in designation of consensus selections are those chosen by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers Association of America, Walter Camp Foundation and The Sporting News. In previous years, different combinations of agencies and magazines have been used to select the consensus All-Americans.

Anderson, Eddie (Mason City, IA)


Miller, Creighton (Wilmington, DE)*


Arrington, Dick (Erie, PA)


Millner, Wayne (Salem, MA)*


Beinor, Ed (Harvey, IL)


Niehaus, Steve (Cincinnati, OH)


Bertelli, Angelo (Springfield, MA)*


Page, Alan (Canton, OH)*


Boeringer, Art (Bud) (St. Paul, MN)


Patulski, Walt (Liverpool, NY)


Bradley, Luther (Muncie, IN)


Rassas, Nick (Winnetka, IL)



Regner, Tom (Kenosha, WI)


Robinson, Jack (Huntington, NY)


Brown, Tim (Dallas, TX)* Browner, Ross (Warren, OH)*

Alan Page


Burris, Jeff (Rock Hill, SC)


Rydzewski, Frank (Chicago, IL)


Cannon, Jack (Columbus, OH)*


Samardzija, Jeff (Valparaiso, IN)


Carideo, Frank (Vernon, NY)* Casper, Dave (Chilton, WI)


Schoen, Tom (Euclid, OH)


Schwartz, Marchy*

1967 1930-31

Connor, George (Chicago, IL)*


Crable, Bob (Cincinnati, OH)


Scully, John (Huntington, NY)


Crowley, Jim (Green Bay, WI)*


Sitko, Emil (Fort Wayne, IN)*


Demmerle, Pete (New Canaan, CT)


Smith, John (Hartford, CT)*


DiNardo, Gerry (Howard Beach, NY)


Snow, Jack (Long Beach, CA)


DiNardo, Larry (Howard Beach, NY)


Stams, Frank (Akron, OH)



Stickles, Monty (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Dorais, Gus (Chippewa Falls, WI) Dove, Bob (Youngstown, OH)*

(Bay St. Louis, MS)


Stonebreaker, Michael

Ecuyer, Al (New Orleans, LA)


Eddy, Nick (Lafayette, CA)


Stuhldreher, Harry (Massillon, OH)*

Ellis, Clarence (Grand Rapids, MI)


Sweeney, Chuck (Bloomington, IL)

Ferguson, Vagas (Richmond, IN)


Taylor, Aaron (Concord, CA)

Filley, Pat (South Bend, IN)


Fischer, Bill (Chicago, IL)*


Gatewood, Tom (Baltimore, MD)


Gipp, George (Laurium, MI)*


Golic, Bob (Willowick, OH)


Groom, Jerry (Des Moines, IA)*


Guglielmi, Ralph (Columbus, OH)*


Hanratty, Terry (Butler, PA)


Hart, Leon (Turtle Creek, PA)*


Hornung, Paul (Louisville, KY)*


Huarte, John (Anaheim, CA)


Huffman, Dave (Dallas, TX)


Hunter, Art (Akron, OH)


1959 1988, 90

(River Ridge, LA)

Ismail, Raghib (Wilkes-Barre, PA)


Jurkovic, Mirko (Calumet City, IL)


Kunz, George (Arcadia, CA)


Kurth, Joe (Madison, WI) Lattner, John (Chicago, IL)* Layden, Elmer (Davenport, IA)* Lujack, John (Connellsville, PA)* Lyght, Todd (Flint, MI)

1932 1952-53 1924 1946-47 1989-90

Lynch, Jim (Lima, OH)* MacAfee, Ken (Brockton, MA)*

1924 1937 1992-93

Taylor, Bobby (Longview, TX)


Townsend, Mike (Hamilton, OH)


Walton, Shane (San Diego, CA)


White, Jim (Edgewater, NJ)


Williams, Bob (Baltimore, MD)*


Yarr, Tommy (Dabob, WA)*


Yonakor, John (Dorchester, MA) Zorich, Chris (Chicago, IL)*

1943 1989-90

1966 1976-77

Marx, Greg (Redford, MI)


McCoy, Mike (Erie, PA)


* elected to National Football Foundation Hall of Fame


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ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS ith eight ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans during the 2008-09 school year, Notre Dame continues to stand second all-time in the number of Academic All-Americans is has produced. Academic All-Americans are annually selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Since 1952, Notre Dame has had 210 Academic All-Americans and ranks second behind Nebraska’s total of 268. Notre Dame is first in the number of Academic All-Americans (84) it has had since 2000. The Irish rank in the top five in five different categories, including men’s at-large, baseball, football, women’s soccer and men’s track and field/cross country. The University of Notre Dame tops the list in both baseball (29) and women’s soccer (14). The Irish football team ranks third on the alltime list with 52 selections, behind Nebraska (98) and Penn State (53). In the men’s at-large category, the Irish rank third overall with 31 selections, while the men’s track and field/cross country team ranks fourth all-time with 12. The women’s softball team is also represented well as they rank seventh overall with 17 total selections, tied with both DePaul and Northern Illinois. Notre Dame’s Academic AllAmericans in ’08-09 included: women’s soccer players Brittany Bock (first team) and Elise Weber (second team); football player Mike Anello (second team); men’s soccer player Matt Besler (first team); hockey players Jordan Pearce (at-large first team) and Erik Condra (at-large second team); distance runner Patrick Smyth (first team) and women’s rower Lauren Buck (at-large third team). To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/ her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 14,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA covering all NCAA championship sports.


Lauren Buck

Mike Anello

Matt Besler

Brittany Bock


Men’s Soccer

Women’s Soccer


Second Team 3.93, Finance Orland Park, Ill.

First Team 3.52, Psych./Pre-professional Overland Park, Kan.

First Team 3.36, Marketing Naperville, Ill.

Third Team 3.87, Biological Science/MBA Flint, Mich.

Erik Condra

Jordan Pearce

Patrick Smyth

Elise Weber



Women’s Soccer

Second Team 3.55, Psychology/Pre-med Livonia, Mich.

First Team 3.75, Anthropology/Pre-med Anchorage, Alaska

Men’s Cross Country/ Track & Field First Team 3.75, History Salt Lake City, Utah

Second Team 3.73, Political Science Elk Grove, Ill.

Total Academic All-America Selections

Most Academic All-America Selections (Baseball)

1. Nebraska


1. Notre Dame


1. Notre Dame


2. Notre Dame


3. Penn State 4. MIT 5. Stanford 6. Augustana College (Ill.) 7. Bucknell 8. Texas 9. Emory 10. UCLA Illinois Wesleyan

157 155 136 130 117 115 114 111 111

2. Bucknell 3. Wichita State 4. Illinois Wesleyan 5. Delta State 6. Johns Hopkins 7. Mississippi State 8. Western Michigan 9. Arizona 10. Nebraska

28 26 25 22 21 20 19 18 17

2. Penn State North Carolina 4. Charlotte 5. Portland Navy Rose-Hulman

11 11 8 7 7 7

Most Academic All-America Selections (Football)

Most Academic All-America Selection Since 2000 1. Notre Dame


2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

82 73 63 62 59 50 49 49

Nebraska Emory Penn State RPI MIT North Dakota State Calvin College Gustavus Adolphus

Most Academic All-America Selections (Women’s Soccer)

1. Nebraska 2. Penn State

98 53

3. Notre Dame


4. Dayton Ohio State 6. Oklahoma 7. Stanford 8. Carnegie Mellon 9. Air Force 10. Texas

48 48 47 37 36 34 33

Other Academic All-America Selections Where Notre Dame Ranks Among The Top 10 3. Men’s At-Large 4. Men’s Track & Field/ Cross Country 7. Softball 10. Women’s At-Large

31 12 17 23


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he national championship team in college football generally is considered to be the top-rated squad in the final polls issued each year by the poll of sportswriters and broadcasters (Associated Press) and the poll of coaches (United Press International through 1990, ESPN/USA Today since 1991). Since the AP began certifying the winner of its national crown in 1936, Notre Dame has won more national championships than any other team in the country. The Irish have won eight titles (1943, ’46, ’47, ’49, ’66, ’73, ’77 and ’88) – with Oklahoma second on the list at seven. The coaches’ poll has voted a national champion since 1950. Notre Dame has won three UPI titles (1966, ’77, and ’88) during that period. Only USC (six) and Oklahoma (five) have won more. The UPI poll was taken following the end of the regular season each year until the 1974 season, when the coaches first waited until the bowl games had been played to issue their final poll. In addition, the NCAA also recognizes national championships

NOTRE DAME’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Here are Notre Dame’s 11 consensus national championship seasons: Year 1924

Team Notre Dame

Record 10-0


Pennsylvania Notre Dame

9-1-1 9-0

Pittsburgh USC Notre Dame Alabama Notre Dame Notre Dame

9-1 10-2 10-0 10-0 9-1 8-0-1



Georgia Notre Dame Michigan

11-0 9-0 10-0

Notre Dame Oklahoma Notre Dame

10-0 11-0 9-0-1

1930 1943 1946


1949 1966


1977 1988

Michigan State 9-0-1 Notre Dame 11-0 Alabama 10-1 Oklahoma 10-0-1 Notre Dame 11-1 Alabama 11-1 Notre Dame 12-0

Coach Knute Rockne

Selector DS, Helms, Boand, FR, Houl., NCF, Poling Lou Young Davis Knute Rockne DS, Dunkel, Boand, Helms, FR, NCF, Poling Jock Sutherland Davis Howard Jones Houl. Knute Rockne All but FR, tie for Davis Wallace Wade Davis (tie), FR Frank Leahy Unanimous Frank Leahy AP, Dunkel, Devold, Poling (tie), Helms (tie), Boand (tie), LS, NCF Red Blaik Houl., FR, Boand (tie), Helms (tie), Poling (tie) Wally Butts WS Frank Leahy AP, WS, Helms (tie) Fritz Crisler Dunkel, LS, Houl., Helms (tie), Boand, FR, Devold, NCF, Poling Frank Leahy All but FR Bud Wilkinson FR Ara Parseghian AP, UPI, FWAA, Dunkel, LS, Devold, FN, Matthews, NFFHF (tie), Helms (tie) Duffy Daugherty FR, Helms (tie), NFFHF (tie) Ara Parseghian AP, FWAA, NFFHF, Helms, FN Paul “Bear” Bryant UPI Barry Switzer Dunkel, FR, Devold Dan Devine All but FR (tie) Paul “Bear” Bryant FR (tie) Lou Holtz All but Berry, Sag.

awarded by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The FWAA has presented the Grantland Rice Award since 1954, with Notre Dame teams earning the trophy in 1966, ’73, ’77 and ’88. The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame has presented the MacArthur Bowl to its national champion since 1959. Notre Dame has won it on five occasions – 1964, ’66 (tie with Michigan), ’73, ’77 and ’88. A variety of other rating systems have been recognized through the years in attempting to determine the nation’s top college football team each season. Notre Dame generally is considered to have earned 11 consensus national titles (1924, ’29, ’30, ’43, ’46, ’47, ’49, ’66, ’73, ’77 and ’88). But there have been 19 seasons in which Notre Dame has qualified as a national champion from at least one legitimate poll, with all teams receiving national championship mention and their individual selectors noted in the chart to the left.


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SUPER SEASONS Winning is Part of the Notre Dame Tradition

The Fighting Irish have had 12 unbeaten, untied seasons, 10 others in which they were unbeaten but suffered one or more ties—and 28 seasons in which only a single loss spoiled an unbeaten record.

In 120 seasons of football beginning in 1887, Notre Dame has had 102 winning years, only 13 seasons with a losing record (1887, ’88, 1933, ’56, ’60, ’63, ’81, ’85, ’86, ’99, 2001, ’03, ’07) and only five others with a .500 mark (1950, ’59, ’61, ’62 and 2004).

Here is a compilation of Notre Dame’s outstanding seasons in its football history: UNBEATEN Year ....Record ................................ Tie 1892 .... 1-0-1 ................Hillsdale (10-10) 1903 .... 8-0-1 ..............Northwestern (0-0) 1907 .... 6-0-1 ......................Indiana (0-0) 1909 .... 7-0-1 .................. Marquette (0-0) 1911 .... 6-0-2 .................. Pittsburgh (0-0) ......................................... Marquette (0-0) 1941 .... 8-0-1 ......................... Army (0-0) 1946 .... 8-0-1 ......................... Army (0-0) 1948 .... 9-0-1 ...................... USC (14-14) 1953 .... 9-0-1 ..................... Iowa (14-14) 1966 .... 9-0-1 ....... Michigan State (10-10)

UNBEATEN, UNTIED Year ....Record .........................Coach 1889 .... 1-0......................................None 1912 .... 7-0......................... John L. Marks 1913 .... 7-0...........................Jesse Harper 1919 .... 9-0..........................Knute Rockne 1920 .... 9-0..........................Knute Rockne 1924 .... 10-0........................Knute Rockne 1929 .... 9-0..........................Knute Rockne 1930 .... 10-0........................Knute Rockne 1947 .... 9-0............................ Frank Leahy 1949 .... 10-0.......................... Frank Leahy 1973 .... 11-0......................Ara Parseghian 1988 .... 12-0..............................Lou Holtz

IRISH NEAR TOP OF WINNING PERCENTAGE LIST Notre Dame ranks as one of the winningest teams in college football history based on its .7364 winning percentage over 120 seasons of football and a 831-284-42 record during that period. Notre Dame is third in overall wins behind only Michigan (872) and Texas (832). The NCAA Top 20 teams in terms of winning percentage entering the 2009 season: Team Michigan

Years W 129 872

L 295

T 36

Bowl Games Pct. W L T .7398 16 20 0







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3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 9. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 17. 19. 20.

Texas Oklahoma Ohio State Alabama Penn State USC Nebraska Boise State Tennessee Florida State Georgia LSU Miami (Florida) Auburn Miami (Ohio) South Florida Arizona State Washington

116 114 119 114 122 116 119 41 112 62 115 115 82 116 121 12 96 119

832 791 807 799 800 766 817 339 775 459 723 700 544 681 649 87 545 650

317 297 306 316 308 303 337 144 327 221 384 383 310 395 379 52 334 400

33 53 53 53 41 54 40 2 53 17 54 47 19 47 44 0 24 50

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ONE LOSS Year ....Record ..............................Loss 1887 .... 0-1....................... Michigan (8-0) 1893 .... 4-1.........................Chicago (8-0) 1894 .... 3-1-1 ................... Albion (19-12) 1895 .... 3-1............ Indiana Artillary (18-0) 1897 .... 4-1-1 ...................Chicago (34-5) 1901 .... 8-1-1 ..............Northwestern (2-0) 1906 .... 6-1........................Indiana (12-0) 1908 .... 8-1..................... Michigan (12-6) 1910 .... 4-1-1 ......... Michigan State (17-0) 1915 .... 7-1...................Nebraska (20-19) 1916 .... 8-1.........................Army (30-10) 1917 .... 6-1-1 ...................Nebraska (7-0) 1918 .... 3-1-2 ......... Michigan State (13-7) 1921 .... 10-1......................... Iowa (10-7) 1922 .... 8-1-1 .................Nebraska (14-6) 1923 .... 9-1.....................Nebraska (14-7) 1926 .... 9-1.............. Carnegie Tech (19-0) 1927 .... 7-1-1 ....................... Army (18-0) 1935 .... 7-1-1 ............Northwestern (14-7) 1938 .... 8-1............................ USC (13-0) 1943 .... 9-1............... Great Lakes (19-14) 1954 .... 9-1...................... Purdue (27-14) 1964 .... 9-1.......................... USC (20-17) 1970 .... 10-1........................ USC (38-28) 1977 .... 11-1.............. Mississippi (20-13) 1989 .... 12-1..................... Miami (27-10) 1992 .... 10-1-1 ...............Stanford (33-16) 1993 .... 11-1.........Boston College (41-39)




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GOING BOWLING Notre Dame Football and Bowl Games Go Hand in Hand



hen it comes to bowl games, the University of Notre Dame has one of the country’s richest traditions in postseason matchups. The Irish have an overall record of 14-15 in bowl competition and have appeared in New Year’s Day bowls in 10 of the last 22 years. Notre Dame made its bowl debut in 1925 when it defeated Stanford, 27-10, in the Rose Bowl. School policy kept the Irish out of the bowl scene for 45 years, but revision of that policy was made in November 1969 by Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., who was then Notre Dame’s executive vice president. He noted that many Notre Dame athletes had engaged in NCAA postseason playoffs in other sports, and that there was a need to finance minority student academic programs and scholarships, so the Irish began playing in bowl games again.

Notre Dame is one of only four schools to play in each of the following New Year’s Day bowls: Rose, Cotton, Sugar, and Fiesta.

SEASON 1924 1969 1970 1972 1973 1974 1976 1977 1978 1980 1983 1984 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 2000 2002 2004 2005 2006 2008

BOWL WINS SCHOOL 1. Penn State 2. Nebraska Florida State 4. Tennessee Alabama 6. USC Georgia 8. Oklahoma 9. Notre Dame Miami Michigan

WINS 22 20 20 19 19 17 17 15 14 14 14

BOWL (DATE) Rose (Jan. 1, 1925) Cotton (Jan. 1, 1970) Cotton (Jan. 1, 1971) Orange (Jan. 1, 1973) Sugar (Dec. 31, 1973) Orange (Jan. 1, 1975) Gator (Dec. 27, 1976) Cotton (Jan. 1, 1978) Cotton (Jan. 1, 1979) Sugar (Jan. 1, 1981) Liberty (Dec. 29, 1983) Aloha (Dec. 29, 1984) Cotton (Jan. 1, 1988) Fiesta (Jan. 2, 1989) Orange (Jan. 1, 1990) Orange (Jan. 1, 1991) Sugar (Jan. 1, 1992) Cotton (Jan. 1, 1993) Cotton (Jan. 1, 1994) Fiesta (Jan. 2, 1995) Orange (Jan. 1, 1996) Independence (Dec. 28, 1997) Gator (Jan. 1, 1999) Fiesta (Jan. 1, 2001) Gator (Jan. 1, 2003) Insight (Dec. 28, 2004) Fiesta (Jan. 2, 2006) Sugar (Jan. 3, 2007) Hawai’i (Dec. 24, 2008)

OPPONENT Stanford Texas Texas Nebraska Alabama Alabama Penn State Texas Houston Georgia Boston College SMU Texas A&M West Virginia Colorado Colorado Florida Texas A&M Texas A&M Colorado Florida State LSU Georgia Tech Oregon State North Carolina State Oregon State Ohio State LSU Hawai’i

SCORE W, 27-10 L, 17-21 W, 24-11 L, 6-40 W, 24-23 W, 13-11 W, 20-9 W, 38-10 W, 35-34 L, 10-17 W, 19-18 L, 20-27 L, 10-35 W, 34-21 W, 21-6 L, 9-10 W, 39-28 W, 28-3 W, 24-21 L, 24-41 L, 26-31 L, 9-27 L, 28-35 L, 9-41 L, 6-28 L, 21-38 L, 20-34 L, 14-41 W, 49-21

Italics indicate Notre Dame victories.

Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate hold the 2008 Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Championship and Most Valuable Player trophies. Clausen and Tate shared MVP honors as the Irish defeated Hawai’i 49-21 on Christmas Eve 2008 in Honolulu.

BOWL APPEARANCES 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. 7. 9. 10.

SCHOOL Nebraska Alabama Ohio State Michigan Penn State Tennessee Texas Georgia Florida State Notre Dame

NO. 36 34 34 34 33 31 31 31 30 29

W-L-T (20-16) (19-14-1) (13-21) (15-19) (22-11) (19-12) (15-16) (17-12-2) (20-9-1) (14-15)

*NOTE: The Bowl Appearances and Bowl Wins boxes represent how Notre Dame and other schools have fared in postseason bowl competition during the past 39 years (beginning in 1969, the first season the Irish began playing in bowl games on a regular basis).


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SMU 27, Notre Dame 20 December 29, 1984 SMU came in ranked 10th according to both the Associated Press and United Press International with a 9-2 record. Notre Dame came in ranked 17th by AP and 18th by UPI with a 7-4 record. The SMU victory boosted the Mustangs to eighth in both final wire service polls, while Notre Dame dropped out of both polls.

Colorado 10, Notre Dame 9 January 1, 1991 Colorado came in ranked first in both the Associated Press and United Press International polls with its 10-1-1 record. Notre Dame came in ranked fifth by AP and sixth by UPI with a 9-2 record. The Colorado victory left the Buffs first according to AP and second by UPI. Notre Dame finished sixth in both polls.



Texas A&M 35, Notre Dame 10 January 1, 1988 Texas A&M came in ranked 13th according to both the Associated Press and United Press International with a 9-2 record. Notre Dame came in ranked 12th by AP and 14th by UPI with an 8-3 record. The Texas A&M victory boosted the Aggies to ninth in the final UPI polls and 10th according to AP. Notre Dame fell to 17th in the final AP poll and dropped out of the UPI rankings completely.

Notre Dame 39, Florida 28 January 1, 1992 Florida came in ranked third according to the Associated Press and fourth according to USA Today/CNN with a 10-1 record. Notre Dame came in ranked 18th in both polls with a 9-3 record. The Notre Dame victory left the Gators seventh according to AP and eighth by USA Today/CNN. The Irish finished 12th according to USA Today/CNN and 13th by AP.



Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21 January 2, 1989 West Virginia came in ranked third according to both the Associated Press and United Press International with an 11-0 record. Notre Dame came in ranked first by both AP and UPI with an 11-0 record. The Notre Dame victory left the Irish atop both polls in the final rankings. West Virginia dropped to fifth in both final polls.

Notre Dame 28, Texas A&M 3 January 1, 1993 Texas A&M came in ranked third by USA Today/CNN and fourth by the Associated Press with a 12-0 record. Notre Dame came in ranked fifth in both polls with a 9-1-1 mark. The Irish victory put them fourth in the final polls and placed the Aggies sixth according to USA Today/ CNN and seventh by AP.



Notre Dame 21, Colorado 6 January 1, 1990 Colorado came in ranked first in both the Associated Press and United Press International polls with its perfect 11-0 record. Notre Dame came in ranked fourth in both polls with an 11-1 record. The Notre Dame victory boosted the Irish to second in the final AP poll and third according to UPI. Colorado dropped to fourth in both polls.

Notre Dame 24, Texas A&M 21 January 1, 1994 Texas A&M came in ranked sixth by USA Today/CNN and seventh by the Associated Press with a 10-1 record. Notre Dame came in rated fourth by both Associated Press and USA Today/CNN with a 10-1 mark. The Notre Dame victory pushed the Irish to second in both polls. The Aggies dropped to eighth in both polls.

Rodney Culver finds the endzone on a 5-yard run against West Virginia in the 1989 Fiesta Bowl.

Tom Clements operates out of the back of his own endzone to help lead the Irish to a 13-11 upset victory over number one Alabama in the 1975 Orange Bowl. The win gave head coach Ara Parseghian a fitting finale to his storied coaching career.

Jerome Bettis dives into the endzone for his third TD against Texas A&M during the 1993 Cotton Bowl. 74

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1995 FIESTA BOWL Colorado 41, Notre Dame 24 January 2, 1995 Colorado came in ranked fourth by the Associated Press and fifth by USA Today/CNN with a 10-1 record. Notre Dame came in unranked with a 6-4-1 record. The Colorado victory left the Buffs third in both polls, while Notre Dame remained unranked.

1996 ORANGE BOWL Florida State 31, Notre Dame 26 January 1, 1996 Florida State came in ranked eighth by both the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN with a 9-2 record. Notre Dame came in with a 9-2 mark and was ranked sixth by AP and ninth in USA Today/CNN. The victory by Florida State put the Seminoles fourth in the final AP poll and fifth in USA Today/CNN. Notre Dame finished 11th in AP and 13th in the USA Today/CNN.

1997 INDEPENDENCE BOWL LSU 27, Notre Dame 9 December 28, 1997 LSU came in ranked 15th by both the Associated Press and USA Today/ ESPN with an 8-3 record. Notre Dame came into the contest with a 7-5 mark and was unranked. The victory by LSU gave the Tigers a final ranking of 13th in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN poll.

Armando Allen crosses the goal line on an 18-yard pass from Jimmy Clausen in the third quarter of the 2008 Hawai’i Bowl.

1999 GATOR BOWL Georgia Tech 35, Notre Dame 28 January 1, 1999 Georgia Tech came in ranked 12th by the Associated Press and 14th by USA Today/ESPN with a 9-2 record. Notre Dame came into the contest with a 9-2 mark and was ranked 17th by the Associated Press and 14th by USA Today/ESPN. The victory by Georgia Tech gave the Yellow Jackets a final ranking of ninth in the AP and 11th in the USA Today/ESPN. Notre Dame was ranked 22nd in both final polls.

the dismissal of Tyrone Willingham. Neither team appeared in the national rankings after the game.

2006 FIESTA BOWL Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20 January 2, 2006 Notre Dame entered the game ranked fifth in the Associated Press and Harris polls, sixth in the USA Today and BCS standings. Ohio State entered the game ranked fourth in the AP, Harris, USA Today and BCS standings. Ohio State’s victory ended up ranking the Buckeyes fourth in both the AP and USA Today top 25. The Irish fell to ninth in the final AP voting and 11th in the USA Today listing.

2001 TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9 January 1, 2001 Oregon State came in ranked fifth by the Associated Press and sixth by USA Today/ESPN with a 10-1 record. Notre Dame came into the contest with a 9-2 mark and was ranked 10th by both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN. The victory by Oregon State gave the Beavers a final ranking of fourth in the AP and fifth in the USA Today/ ESPN poll. Notre Dame was ranked 15th in the AP poll and 16th in the final USA Today/ESPN poll.

2007 SUGAR BOWL LSU 41, Notre Dame 14 January 3, 2007 Notre Dame entered the game ranked 10th in the Harris Poll and BCS Standings, as well as 11th in the Associated Press and USA Today polls. LSU entered the game ranked fourth in the AP, Harris, USA Today and BCS standings. The Tigers’ victory ended up ranking LSU third in both the AP and USA Today top 25. The Irish fell to 17th in the final AP voting and 19th in the USA Today listing.

2003 GATOR BOWL North Carolina State 28, Notre Dame 6 January 1, 2003 North Carolina State came in ranked 17th by both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN with a 10-3 record. Notre Dame came into the contest with a 10-2 mark and was ranked 11th by the Associated Press and 12th by USA Today/ESPN. The victory by North Carolina State boosted the Wolfpack to a final ranking of 12th in the AP and 11th in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Notre Dame was ranked 17th in both the AP poll and final USA Today/ESPN poll.

2008 HAWAI’I BOWL Notre Dame 49, Hawai’i 17 December 24, 2008 Both teams entered the Christmas Eve match-up at Aloha Stadium unranked, but the Irish prevailed, ending a nine-game bowl losing streak. QB Jimmy Clausen set Notre Dame bowl records for passing yards and touchdowns while Armando Allen returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown as the Irish rolled to victory. Neither team finished ranked nationally.

2004 INSIGHT BOWL Oregon State 38, Notre Dame 21 December 28, 2004 Both teams entered the contest unranked by both national polls. The Irish were under the direction of interim head coach Kent Baer after 76

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HEISMAN TROPHY An Enduring Legacy Among The Fighting Irish


he John W. Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is presented each year to the top college football player by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York. First known as the D.A.C. Trophy, the award was renamed in 1936 for John W. Heisman, the first athletic director of the Downtown Athletic Club, a football player at Pennsylvania and Brown, and a coach for 36 years. Heisman coached teams at Auburn, Oberlin, Clemson, Akron, Pennsylvania, Rice, Washington and Jefferson and Georgia Tech. The bronze trophy was sculpted by Frank Eliscu, with the help of Notre Dame “Four Horseman” Jim Crowley, whose Fordham players posed as models. Since the inception of the Heisman Trophy in 1935, seven Notre Dame players have won the award (no school has captured more). The seven Notre Dame players to win the Heisman are: Angelo Bertelli (1943), John Lujack (1947), Leon Hart (1949), John Lattner (1953), Paul Hornung (1956), John Huarte (1964) and Notre Dame’s most recent winner, Tim Brown (1987). Notre Dame has had a player finish among the Top 10 in the Heisman voting in 35 of the 73 years the award has been presented. In addition to the seven winners, Notre Dame has had three players finish second (Bertelli in ’41, Joe Theismann in ’70 and Raghib Ismail in ’90), six finish third (Bill Shakespeare in ’35, Lujack in ’46, Nick Eddy in ’66, Terry Hanratty in ’68, Ken MacAfee in ’77 and Brady Quinn in ’06), five finish fourth (Creighton Miller in ’43, Ralph Guglielmi in ’54, Tom Clements in ’74, Tony Rice in ’89 and Quinn in ’05), seven finish fifth (Bob Williams

All seven of Notre Dame’s Heisman Trophy winners were together at Tim Brown’s induction in 1987. From left to right: John Lujack (1947), Angelo Bertelli (1943), Leon Hart (1949), Tim Brown (1987), Paul Hornung (1956), John Huarte (1964) and John Lattner (1953). in ’49, Lattner in ’52, Hornung in ’55, Jack Snow in ’64, Ross Browner in ’77, Vagas Ferguson in ’79 and Reggie Brooks in ’92) and six finish sixth (Bertelli in ’42, Bob Kelly in ’44, Frank Dancewicz in ’45, Williams in ’50, Hanratty in ’66 and Mike McCoy in ’69).

A N G EL O BER T EL L I , 1 9 4 3 Frank Leahy’s switch to the T-formation starting in 1942 made a star of Bertelli, a Springfield, Mass., quarterback. Despite playing in just six of 10 games during the 1943 campaign, Bertelli played well enough to enable Notre Dame to average 43.5 points per game during the first six games of 1943 (before the Marine Corps called him into service). He threw 10 touchdown passes in those six games and helped the Irish to the national title despite a final game loss to Great Lakes while Bertelli was already at boot camp. In his senior year, he was 25-of-36 in the air for 511 yards, while his career numbers were 169-of-324 for 2,582 yards and 29 touchdowns. He joined the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1972. Bertelli passed away on June 26, 1999.

J O H N L UJ A C K, 1 9 4 7 When Angelo Bertelli was called to duty by the Marine Corps, this Connellsville, Pa., native stepped in and helped lead the Irish to three national titles and established himself as one of the great T-formation quarterbacks in college football history. Lujack spent nearly three years in the Navy, but returned in time to earn consensus All-America honors as a junior and senior on Notre Dame teams in 1946 and ’47 that went undefeated. He was 61-of-109 in the air his senior year for 777 yards and nine touchdowns, while his career numbers were 144-of-280 for 2,080 yards and 19 touchdowns. As a senior, Lujack earned the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year award.


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L EO N H A R T , 1 9 4 9 Hart is one of just two linemen ever to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Larry Kelly of Yale in 1936. The Turtle Creek, Pa., native was one of the last of the two-way players with the advent of two-platoon football. Hart earned the reputation as an outstanding blocker and superb rusher on defense, in addition to his strong receiving skills. A four-time letter-winner, he never played on the losing side during his career in an Irish uniform. The Notre Dame teams of 1946, ’47, ’48 and ’49 combined to go an incredible 36-0-2 and claim three national championships. Hart made 49 pass receptions in his career for 751 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1973. Hart died on Sept. 25, 2002.

Since the inception of the Heisman Trophy in 1935, seven Notre Dame players have won the award.

J O H N L A T T N ER , 1 9 5 3 Lattner claimed the Trophy in the second-closest balloting in Heisman history—despite not leading the Irish in rushing, passing, receiving or scoring. The Chicago native nosed out Minnesota’s Paul Geil for the award, benefitting from helping the Irish to a 9-0-1 record and to national title recognition from all but two wire services. He made his mark by running, catching and punting, while also returning punts and kickoffs and intercepting 13 passes in his career. He established a Notre Dame record for all-purpose yards—from rushing, receiving and runbacks—a mark that stood until Vagas Ferguson broke it in 1979. Lattner was elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1979.

P A UL H O R N UN G , 1 9 5 6 An outstanding all-around athlete who played quarterback, left halfback, fullback and safety, this Louisville, Ky., native remains the only player to win the Heisman Trophy and play for a losing team—the Irish went 2-8 in 1956. As a junior, he ran for one score, threw for another and intercepted two passes in a victory over fourth-ranked Navy. He also rallied the Irish to a come-from-behind victory against Iowa with a touchdown pass and game-winning field goal in the final minutes. In a loss to USC, he threw and ran for 354 yards, an NCAA high that year. As a senior, he ranked third nationally in total offense (1,337) and accounted for more than half of the Irish scoring. Hornung was elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

J O H N H UA R T E, 1 9 6 4 The Heisman Trophy victory of this Santa Ana, Calif., product ranks as one of the biggest upsets in the award’s history, considering the recipient missed much of his sophomore season due to injury and didn’t play enough as a junior to win a monogram. Behind the aerial efforts of Huarte and end Jack Snow (60 receptions for 1,114 yards and a record nine touchdowns in 1964), first-year coach Ara Parseghian turned the Irish from a 2-7 team in 1963 to a 9-1 squad that almost won the national title in 1964. Huarte set 12 Irish records that year with a 114-for-205 effort in the air for 2,062 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ended the year ranked third nationally in total offense. Huarte was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.


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In addition to the seven winners, Notre Dame has had three players finish second, six players finish third, five players finish fourth and seven players finish fifth.

T I M BR O WN , 1 9 8 7 The Dallas, Texas, native burst onto the scene as a junior with a scintillating season-ending performance in a come-from-behind upset of USC, then used back-to-back punt returns for touchdowns in an early season game in 1987 against Michigan State to cement his Heisman bid. Brown ranked third nationally in all-purpose yardage as a junior and sixth as a senior. He finished his career as Notre Dame’s all-time leader in receiving yards (2,493) and returned a remarkable six kicks for touchdowns (three punts, three kickoffs). Brown has gone on to a stellar professional career with the Oakland Raiders, being selected to play in the NFL Pro Bowl 11 times. Recently retired, Brown played 16 of his 17 years with the Raiders. He ranks second all-time in career receiving yards (14,934) and third in career touchdowns (100) and catches (1,094). Brown played in the 2003 Super Bowl as well. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009.

HEISMAN WINNERS Here is a year-by-year listing of Heisman Trophy winners and Irish players who placed in the voting: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943

Jay Berwanger, Chicago Larry Kelly, Yale Clint Frank, Yale Davey O’Brien, TCU Nile Kinnick, Iowa Tom Harmon, Michigan Bruce Smith, Minnesota Frank Sinkwich, Georgia Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame

1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949

Les Horvath, Ohio State Doc Blanchard, Army Glenn Davis, Army John Lujack, Notre Dame Doak Walker, SMU Leon Hart, Notre Dame

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966

Vic Janowicz, Ohio State Dick Kazmaier, Princeton Billy Vessels, Oklahoma John Lattner, Notre Dame Alan Ameche, Wisconsin Hopalong Cassidy, Ohio State Paul Hornung, Notre Dame John David Crow, Texas A&M Pete Dawkins, Army Billy Cannon, LSU Joe Bellino, Navy Ernie Davis, Syracuse Terry Baker, Oregon State Roger Staubach, Navy John Huarte, Notre Dame Mike Garrett, USC Steve Spurrier, Florida

1967 1968 1969 1970

Gary Beban, UCLA O.J. Simpson, USC Steve Owens, Oklahoma Jim Plunkett, Stanford

Bill Shakespeare (3rd) None None Whitey Beinor (9th) None None Angelo Bertelli (2nd) Angelo Bertelli (6th) Creighton Miller (4th) Jim White (9th) Bob Kelly (6th) Frank Dancewicz (6th) John Lujack (3rd) No others None Bob Williams (5th) Emil Sitko (8th) Bob Williams (6th) None John Lattner (5th) No others Ralph Guglielmi (4th) Paul Hornung (5th) No others None Nick Pietrosante (10th) Monty Stickles (9th) None None None None Jack Snow (5th) Bill Wolski (11th) Nick Eddy (3rd) Terry Hanratty (6th) Terry Hanratty (9th) Terry Hanratty (3rd) Mike McCoy (6th) Joe Theismann (2nd)

1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977

Pat Sullivan, Auburn Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska John Cappelletti, Penn State Archie Griffin, Ohio State Archie Griffin, Ohio State Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh Earl Campbell, Texas

1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989

Billy Sims, Oklahoma Charles White, USC George Rogers, South Carolina Marcus Allen, USC Herschel Walker, Georgia Mike Rozier, Nebraska Doug Flutie, Boston College Bo Jackson, Auburn Vinny Testaverde, Miami (Florida) Tim Brown, Notre Dame Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State Andre Ware, Houston

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Ty Detmer, BYU Desmond Howard, Michigan Gino Torretta, Miami (Florida) Charlie Ward, Florida State Rashaan Salaam, Colorado Eddie George, Ohio State Danny Wuerffel, Florida Charles Woodson, Michigan Ricky Williams, Texas Ron Dayne, Wisconsin Chris Weinke, Florida State Eric Crouch, Nebraska Carson Palmer, USC Jason White, Oklahoma Matt Leinart, USC Reggie Bush, USC Troy Smith, Ohio State Tim Tebow, Florida Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

Walt Patulski (9th) None None Tom Clements (4th) Steve Niehaus (12th) None Ken MacAfee (3rd) Ross Browner (5th) None Vagas Ferguson (5th) None None None Allen Pinkett (16th) None Allen Pinkett (8th) None No others None Tony Rice (4th) Raghib Ismail (10th) Raghib Ismail (2nd) None Reggie Brooks (5th) None None None None None None None None None None None None Brady Quinn (4th) Brady Quinn (3rd) None None


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KNUTE ROCKNE Rockne, who was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1951 — the first year of inductions — revolutionized the game of football with his wide-ranging ideas and innovations. Rockne was the first football coach to take his team all over the country and initiate intersectional rivalries. The Irish competed in a national arena. He challenged the best football teams in the land and almost always won. Using his medical and anatomical knowledge, Rockne designed his own equipment and uniforms. He reduced the amount of bulk and weight of the equipment, while increasing its protectiveness. He also introduced the gold satin and silk pants that cut down on wind resistance. Rockne foresaw the day of the two-platoon system and often used his “shock troops,” a full team of second stringers, at the start of most games. Inspired by the precision and timing of a chorus line, Rockne added the Notre Dame shift to his playbook. In the shift, all four backs were still in motion at the snap. Opponents were so dumbfounded by the shift that they couldn’t find a consistent way to handle it. The rules board finally enacted a law against the shift. Rockne also attempted to outsmart his coaching peers by downplaying his squads’ talent. He never boasted about his team or its strengths; rather, he lamented his squad’s lack of skill every chance he got. Rockne believed that half of football strategy was passing, while most of his counterparts kept the ball on the ground. But football was never enough for Rockne. He also served as Notre Dame’s athletic director, business manager, ticket distributor, track coach and equipment manager; he wrote a newspaper column once a week; he authored three books, including a volume of juvenile fiction; Rockne was principle designer of Notre Dame Stadium; he opened a stock brokerage firm in South Bend during his last season; he was a dedicated family man to his wife Bonnie and their four children and for years raised much of the family’s food in his garden. Rockne also made several public speeches a year and served as a public spokesman for Studebaker. For all of his contributions to the game of football, Rockne was recognized as the 76th most powerful person in sports for the 20th century by The Sporting News. After the championship season of 1930, Rockne tried to get away for a much-needed rest and vacation. But he was needed in Los Angeles to make a football demonstration movie An enthusiastic flier and never one to waste time, Rockne boarded Transcontinental-Western’s Flight 599 from Kansas City to Los Angeles on March 31, 1931. Shortly after takeoff, the plane flew into a storm, became covered with ice and fell into a wheat field near Bazaar, Kan. There were no survivors.


nute Rockne received a rude introduction to football. As a young Norwegian immigrant to the Logan Square district of Chicago, Rockne first played the game with his immigrant neighbors on the sandlots. A slender and swift ballcarrier, Rockne broke away from his pursuers for a long run, a sure touchdown. But a rowdy group of fans for the opponents stepped in, stripped the ball away from his cradled arms and mistook his body for a punching bag. When he finally arrived home, his parents took one look at his tattered body and announced that his football career was over. But a few bumps and bruises would not keep Rockne away from the game he loved for long. With his parents’ blessing, he returned to the gridiron in high school and later emerged as the country’s most respected, innovative and successful college football coach of all time. After Rockne finished high school, he worked as a mail dispatcher with the Chicago Post Office for four years and continued his athletic endeavors at the Irving Park Athletic Club, the Central YMCA and the Illinois Athletic Club. By then he had saved enough money to continue his education and boarded the train for South Bend and Notre Dame. After a difficult first year as a scrub with the varsity, Rockne turned his attention to track where he earned a monogram and later set a school record (12-4) in the indoor pole vault. Those accomplishments gave him incentive to give football another try. This time he succeeded and eventually was named to Walter Camp’s All-America football squad as a third-string end. During his senior season (1913) when he served as captain, Rockne and his roommate, quarterback Gus Dorais, stunned Army with their deadly pass combination and handed the high-ranking Cadets a 35-13 setback. But Rockne — who also fought semi-professionally in South Bend, wrote for the student newspaper and yearbook, played flute in the school orchestra, took a major role in every student play and reached the finals of the Notre Dame marbles tournament — considered himself primarily a student. He worked his way through school, first as a janitor and then as a chemistry research assistant to Professor Julius A. Nieuwland, whose discoveries led to synthetic rubber. Rockne graduated magna cum laude with a 90.52 (on a scale of 100) grade average. Upon graduation Rockne was offered a post at Notre Dame as a graduate assistant in chemistry. He accepted that position on the condition that he be allowed to help Jesse Harper coach the football team. When Harper retired after the 1917 season, Rockne was named his successor. Under Rockne’s tutelage, Notre Dame skyrocketed to national prominence and became America’s team. With their penchant for upsetting the stronger, more established football powers throughout the land, the Irish captured the hearts of millions of Americans who viewed Notre Dame’s victories as hope for their own battles. During Rockne’s 13-year coaching tenure, Notre Dame beat Stanford in the ‘25 Rose Bowl and put together five unbeaten and untied seasons. Rockne produced 20 first-team All-Americans. His lifetime winning percentage of .881 (105-12-5) still ranks at the top of the list for both college and professional football. Rockne won the last 19 games he coached.


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eorge Gipp, perhaps the greatest all-around player in college football history, would have become a legend even if he had overcome the streptococcic throat infection that led to his untimely death at the

age of 25. But ironically, his death on Dec. 14, 1920 — coming just two weeks after he was selected by Walter Camp as Notre Dame’s first All-American — assured Gipp’s place in Notre Dame’s history books. While on his deathbed, Gipp, who had contracted the strep throat while helping the Irish defeat Northwestern late in his senior season, made this often-repeated plea to his coach, Knute Rockne. “I’ve got to go, Rock. It’s all right. I’m not afraid. Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys — tell them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper. I don’t know where I’ll be then, Rock. But I’ll know about it, and I’ll be happy.” Rockne waited eight years to relay Gipp’s parting request. On Nov. 10, 1928, after losing two of its first six games, an injury-riddled Notre Dame team traveled to Yankee Stadium to face unbeaten Army. According to Francis Wallace of the New York News, Rockne made this pregame speech to his under-dog Irish. “The day before he died, George Gipp asked me to wait until the situation seemed hopeless — then ask a Notre Dame team to go out and beat Army for him. This is the day, and you are the team.” Notre Dame won the game 12-6 on a pair of second-half touchdowns. Jack Chevigny scored the first on a one-yard run and, after reaching the end zone, said, “That’s one for the Gipper.” Football experts who witnessed it said the game was the greatest demonstration of inspired football ever played anywhere. Even now, more than 80 years later, every aspiring football player, or anyone facing insurmountable odds, hears the tale of the Gipper. But George Gipp should be remembered for much more than his tragic death and dying wish. Gipp left his home in Laurium, Mich., in 1916 and headed to Notre Dame with ambitions of playing baseball. But one fall afternoon Rockne spotted Gipp, who had never played football in high school, drop kicking the football 60 and 70 yards just for the fun of it. The persuasive coach, sensing Gipp’s natural athletic ability, eventually convinced Gipp to go out for the team. Gipp experienced nothing but success on the gridiron.

A four-year member of the varsity, Gipp proved to be the most versatile player Rockne ever had. He could run, he could pass and he could punt. Still holder of a handful of Notre Dame records in a variety of categories, Gipp led the Irish in rushing and passing each of his last three seasons (1918, 1919 and 1920). His career mark of 2,341 rushing yards lasted more than 50 years until Jerome Heavens broke it in 1978. Gipp did not allow a pass completion in his territory. Walter Camp named him the outstanding college player in America in 1920. Gipp was voted into the National Football Hall of Fame in 1951. During Gipp’s career, Notre Dame compiled a 27-2-3 record, including a 19-0-1 mark in his last 20 games. With Gipp’s help the Irish outscored their opponents 506 to 97 in those contests. Notre Dame was undefeated in 1919 and 1920 and the Irish were declared Champions of the West. Despite his football achievements, Gipp’s first love remained baseball. He played centerfield for the Irish and had planned to join the Chicago Cubs after graduation.


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THE FOUR HORSEMEN It was 85 years ago that a dramatic nickname coined by a poetic sportswriter and the quick-thinking actions of a clever student publicity aide transformed the Notre Dame backfield of Stuhldreher, Crowley, Miller and Layden into the most fabled quartet in college football history.


uarterback Harry Stuhldreher, left halfback Jim Crowley, right halfback Don Miller and fullback Elmer Layden had run rampant through Irish opponents’ defenses since coach Knute Rockne devised the lineup in 1922 during their sophomore season. But the foursome needed some help from Grantland Rice, a sportswriter for the New York Herald-Tribune, to achieve football immortality. After Notre Dame’s 13-7 victory over Army on Oct. 18, 1924, Rice penned the most famous passage in the history of sports journalism. “Outlined against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama spread out upon the green plain below.“ George Strickler, then Rockne’s student publicity aide and later sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, made sure the name stuck. After the team arrived back in South Bend, he posed the four players, dressed in their uniforms, on the backs of four horses from a livery stable in town. The wire services picked up the now-famous photo, and the legendary status of the Four Horsemen was insured. The 1999 season marked the 75th anniversary of the Four Horsemen’s senior year and decendents of each member of that group were honored at the Notre Dame vs. Navy game on Oct. 30, 1999. “At the time, I didn’t realize the impact it would have,” Crowley said later. “But the thing just kind of mushroomed. After the splurge in the press, the sports fans of the nation got interested in us along with other sportswriters. Our record helped, too. If we’d lost a couple, I don’t think we would have been remembered.” After that win over Army, Notre Dame’s third straight victory of the young season, the Irish were rarely threatened the rest of the year. A 27-10 win over Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl gave Rockne and Notre Dame the national championship and a perfect 10-0 record. As it usually is with legends, the Four Horsemen earned their spot in gridiron history. Although none of the four stood taller than six feet and none of the four weighed more than 162 pounds, the Four Horsemen might comprise the greatest backfield ever. As a unit, Stuhldreher, Crowley, Miller and Layden played 30 games and only lost to one team, Nebraska, twice. Stuhldreher, a 5-7, 151-pounder from Massillon, Ohio, was a self-assured leader who not only could throw accurately but also

returned punts and proved a solid blocker. He emerged as the starting signalcaller four games into his sophomore season in 1922. He was often labeled cocky, feisty and ambitious, but his field generalship was unmatched. Crowley, who came to Notre Dame in 1921 from Green Bay, Wis., stood 5-11 and weighed 162 pounds. Known as “Sleepy Jim” for his drowsy-eyed appearance, Crowley outmaneuvered many a defender with his clever, shifty ballcarrying. Miller, a native of Defiance, Ohio, followed his three brothers to Notre Dame. At 5-11, 160 pounds, Miller proved to be the team’s breakaway threat. According to Rockne, Miller was the greatest openfield runner he ever coached. Layden, the fastest of the quartet, became the Irish defensive star with his timely interceptions and also handled the punting chores. The 6-0, 162-pounder from Davenport, Iowa, boasted 10-second speed in the 100-yard dash. After graduation, the lives of the Four Horsemen took similar paths. All began coaching careers with three of the four occupying top positions. Layden coached at his alma mater for seven years and compiled a 47-13-3 record. He also served as athletic director at Notre Dame. After a business career in Chicago, Layden died in 1973 at the age of 70. Crowley coached Vince Lombardi at Fordham before entering business in Cleveland. He died in 1986 at the age of 83. Stuhldreher, who died in 1965 at the age of 63, became athletic director and football coach at Wisconsin. Miller left coaching after four years at Georgia Tech and began practicing law in Cleveland. He was appointed U.S. District Attorney for Northern Ohio by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Miller died in 1979 at the age of 77. All four players eventually were elected to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame — Layden in 1951, Stuhldreher in 1958, Crowley in 1966 and Miller in 1970. 88

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The College Football Hall of Fame Recognizes 49 Notre Dame Players and Coaches 1974

Lou Holtz was a 2008 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee.

1979 1982 1983 1983 1984 1985 1985 1987 1988 1990 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1999

Heartley (Hunk) Anderson John (Clipper) Smith Creighton Miller Zygmont (Ziggy) Czarobski Frank (Nordy) Hoffmann John Lattner Bert Metzger Bill (Moose) Fischer Bill Shakespeare Emil (Red) Sitko Paul Hornung Fred Miller Tommy Yarr Bob Williams Wayne Millner Jim Lynch Alan Page Jerry Groom Jim Martin Ken MacAfee Ross Browner


2000 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009

Bob Dove Ralph Guglielmi Joe Theismann John Huarte Chris Zorich Tim Brown


1975 1976 1977 1978

COACHES Year 1951 1970

Coach Knute Rockne Frank Leahy

Record 105-12-5 87-11-9

1971 1980 1985 2008

Jesse Harper Ara Parseghian Dan Devine Lou Holtz

34-5-1 95-17-4 53-16-1 100-30-2

Years Coached 1918-30 1941-43, 1946-53 1913-17 1964-74 1975-80 1986-96

PLAYERS Year 1951 1951 1954 1958 1960

Player George Gipp Elmer Layden Frank Carideo Harry Stuhldreher John Lujack

1963 1965 1966 1966 1968 1970 1971 1972 1972 1973 1974

George Connor Jack Cannon Edgar (Rip) Miller Jim Crowley Adam Walsh Don Miller Louis (Red) Salmon Angelo Bertelli Ray Eichenlaub Leon Hart Marchy Schwartz


Years Played 1917-20 1922-24 1928-30 1922-24 1943, 1946-47 1946-47 1927-29 1922-24 1922-24 1922-24 1922-24 1900-03 1941-43 1911-14 1946-49 1929-31




1925-27 1941-43 1942-43, 1946-47 1930-31


1951-53 1928-30 1945-48 1933-35 1946-49 1954-56 1926-28 1929-31 1948-50 1933-35 1964-66 1964-66 1948-50 1946-49 1974-77 1973, 1975-77 1940-42 1951-54 1968-70 1962-64 1988-90 1984-87

Heisman Trophy Trophy Winner Winner Tim Tim Heisman Brown is is aa member member of of the the Brown College Football Football Hall Hall of of Fame Fame College Class of of 2009. 2009. Class


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IRISH DRAFT PICKS Since the National Football League began drafting players in 1936 – starting with the initial draft on February 8, 1936, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia – 462 Notre Dame football players have been chosen by NFL teams, according to the NFL. Based on the statistics provided by the NFL, Notre Dame has had 61 first-round draft picks, beginning with Bill Shakespeare by Pittsburgh in 1936. Overall, the Irish have had five players (tied with USC for most) chosen as the first pick in the entire draft – QB Angelo Bertelli by Boston in 1944, QB Frank Dancewicz by Boston in 1946, E Leon Hart by Detroit in 1950, B Paul Hornung by Green Bay in 1957 and DT Walt Patulski by Buffalo in 1972.

Here’s a listing of first-round selections by NFL teams with the overall pick in parentheses:


B Bill Shakespeare, Pittsburgh (3)


QB Angelo Bertelli, Boston (1) B Creighton Miller, Brooklyn (3)


B Frank Szymanski, Detroit (6) E John Yonakor, Philadelphia (9)


QB Frank Dancewicz, Boston (1) QB John Lujack, Chicago (4) T George Connor, New York Giants (5) B Emil Sitko, Los Angeles Rams (10)


QB Frank Tripucka, Philadelphia (9) G Bill Fischer, Phoenix (10)


E Leon Hart, Detroit (1)


B Bob Williams, Chicago (2) C Jerry Groom, Phoenix (6)

Notre Dame’s first No. 1 overall selection, Angelo Bertelli was taken by Boston in the 1944 draft.


T Art Hunter, Green Bay (2) B John Lattner, Pittsburgh (7) B Neil Worden, Philadelphia (9)


QB Ralph Guglielmi, Washington (3) T Frank Varrichione, Pittsburgh (6) B Joe Heap, New York Giants (8)


B Paul Hornung, Green Bay (1)


B Nick Pietrosante, Detroit (6)


QB George Izo, New York Jets, Phoenix (2) E Monty Stickles, San Diego, San Francisco (11)


WR Jack Snow, Minnesota (8)


DT Alan Page, Minnesota (15) G Tom Regner, Houston (23) G Tom Seiler, New York Jets (12)


DE Kevin Hardy, New Orleans (7)


T George Kunz, Atlanta (2) E Jim Seymour, Los Angeles Rams (10)

Selected by Detroit, Leon Hart was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1950 NFL draft.


DT Mike McCoy, Green Bay (2)


DE Walt Patulski, Buffalo (1)


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IRISH DRAFT PICKS CONTINUED DB Clarence Ellis, Atlanta (15) DT Mike Kadish, Miami (25) 1975

DT Mike Fanning, Los Angeles Rams (9)


DT Steve Niehaus, Seattle (2)


TE Ken MacAfee, San Francisco (7) DE Ross Browner, Cincinnati (8) DB Luther Bradley, Detroit (11)

Quarterback John Lujack was selected as the fourth overall pick in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;46 draft by the Chicago Bears.


RB Vagas Ferguson, New England (25)


LB Bob Crable, New York Jets (23)


TE Tony Hunter, Buffalo (12)


RB Greg Bell, Buffalo (26)


DT Eric Dorsey, New York Giants (19)


WR Tim Brown, Los Angeles Raiders (6)


OT Andy Heck, Seattle (15)


CB Todd Lyght, Los Angeles Rams (5)


TE Derek Brown, New York Giants (14)


QB Rick Mirer, Seattle (2) FB Jerome Bettis, Los Angeles Rams (10) CB Tom Carter, Washington (17) TE Irv Smith, New Orleans (20)


DT Bryant Young, San Francisco (7) OG Aaron Taylor, Green Bay (16) FS Jeff Burris, Buffalo (27)


DE Renaldo Wynn, Jacksonville (21)


OT Luke Petitgout, New York Giants (19)


C Jeff Faine, Cleveland (21)


QB Brady Quinn, Cleveland (22)

Defensive tackle Bryant Young was chosen by the San Francisco 49ers as the seventh overall pick in the 1994 NFL draft.

The Cleveland Browns chose center Jeff Faine as the 21st overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Quarterback Brady Quinn was selected as the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Tradition and History of Amateur Football Come Alive


he National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame represents the highest level of achievement for players and coaches, a shrine for amateur football. Through exhibits, programs and events, the Hall lends its visitors a vivid look into the rich tradition, pageantry and excitement of the game. The 58,000 squarefoot facility is regarded as one of the most exciting and interactive museums in the world. Upon entering the Hall, a downward spiraling 100-yard ramp leads to the core of exhibits and the heart of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Stadium Theater. The Stadium Theater’s powerful presentation educates the audience on the history and origin of the game by cleverly weaving pictures and video from the past and present, meshing images together to recreate the thrill of a college football Saturday from tailgating parties to the post-game embraces of game-day rivals. Decorated with priceless artifacts, the Hall of Champions combines impressive multimedia capabilities with football memorabilia honoring the accomplishments of each inductee while chronicling special moments in the history of the game. From the football mastermind to the professional tailgater, all visitors have a place in the Strategy Theater and Pigskin Pageantry. Kids and adults can test their basic physical skills in the Training Room and Practice Field. The Hall of Fame’s Press Box and Gridiron Plaza create the perfect setting for any occasion. The Press Box is ideal for receptions, parties, luncheons and business meetings of up to 300 guests. The Gridiron Plaza, the Hall’s 45-yard, newly renovated Sprinturf football field, has hosted alumni receptions of up to 1,500 people. In addition to the museum itself, the KeyBank Gridiron Legends Luncheon Series and the annual Enshrinement Festival bring some of college football’s greatest names to the Hall and rank among the best events in the sports hall of fame industry. One of the most anticipated programs of the year, the luncheon series has entertained audiences over the past 12 years with dozens of superstar players, legendary coaches and famous celebrities. Past KeyBank Gridiron Legends Luncheons guests include Peyton and Eli Manning, Jerome Bettis and Mike Ditka. The College Football Hall of Fame’s signature event is its annual Enshrinement Festival. The 2010 Enshrinement Festival will take place on July 16-17 and features Tim Brown, Gino Torreta and Chris Spielman among many others. Fans have a variety of opportunities to meet and mingle with the Enshrinees during this spectacular two-day event. From FanFest to the Celebrity Golf Scramble, Youth Football Clinic and Enshrinement Dinner and Show, the Enshrinement Festival offers unparalleled access to some of the greatest names in the history of college football. For more information on the College Football Hall of Fame, contact the Hall at 1-800-440-FAME (3263) or visit


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in 2001, 13th in ’02 and ’03, 19th in ’04, 16th in’05, 6th in ’06, 22nd in ’07, and 21st in ’08 and ’09. The other schools with that distinction include six from the Pacific-10 Conference (Stanford, UCLA, California, Arizona State, Arizona and USC), three from the Big Ten (Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State) and three from the Southeastern Conference (Florida, Georgia, and LSU), plus Texas (Big 12) and North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Conference).



Fall NCAA competition earned the Irish 237 points – 90 points from their national runner-up finish in women’s soccer, 50 from a second-round appearance in NCAA men’s soccer, 52 more based on their 19th-place finish in men’s cross country (36 points) and their 29th-place finish in women’s cross country (16 points) – and 45 from Notre Dame’s postseason football victory in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl.

In previous years in which the Directors’ Cup competition has been held, Notre Dame has finished 11th in 1993-94, 30th in ’95, 12th in ’96, 14th in ’97, 31st in ’98, 25th in ’99, 21st in 2000, 11th in ’01, 13th in ’02 and ’03, 19th in ’04, 16th in’05, 6th in ’06, 22nd in ’07, and 21st in ’08 and ’09. All but one of Notre Dame’s 26 varsity sports have scored points for the Irish in the NACDA Cup. Teams leading the way have included the men’s and women’s fencing programs, which have used 15 consecutive top-four finishes at the NCAAs to contribute 1,066 points since fencing was added to the NCADA Cup in 1995-96. Women’s soccer has contributed 1,087.5 points, highlighted by 10 national semifinal appearances and a pair of titles (’95, ’04). It also stands as the only team to have scored points in the NACDA Cup all 15 years. Eleven of Notre Dame’s sports have contributed points on 10 or more occasions while 16 have scored in at least eight of the NACDA Cup competitions. The Directors’ Cup competition honors institutions for maintaining athletic programs that seek to achieve success in many sports, both men’s and women’s. Begun in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, the program was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA. The scoring format – which has undergone yearly minor adjustments – awards the overall champion to the institution that records the highest number of points in their division’s Directors’ Cup standings.

or the 11th straight year in 2008-09, Notre Dame posted a top-25 finish (21st) in the United States Sports Academy Division I Directors’ Cup all-sports competition sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (formerly known as Sears Directors’ Cup). Notre Dame is among 14 schools to earn a top-25 finish in each of the past 10 years (2000-2009), as Irish programs finished 11th

WINTER Winter NCAA competition earned Notre Dame 205.63 points - 90 points from a national runner-up finish in men’s and women’s fencing (combined championship), 43 from a 31st-place finish in women’s swimming, 25 from a first-round appearance in women’s basketball, 25 from a regional semifinal appearance in hockey, 12 from a 60th-place finish in women’s indoor track and field and 10.63 from a 59th-place finish in men’s indoor track and field.

SPRING Notre Dame earned 344.50 points from its spring programs via NCAA competition - 83 from its national semifinal appearance in women’s tennis, 60 from a women’s lacrosse quarterfinal appearance, 50 from softball’s NCAA regional appearance, 50 from a 24thplace women’s track and field finish, 27 from a 46th-place finish in women’s golf, 25 each from first-round appearances in both men’s lacrosse and men’s tennis and 24.5 from men’s track and field’s 48th-place finish.

ALL-TIME NACDA CUP FINISHES 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01


11th 30th 12th 14th 31st (tie) 25th(tie) 21st 11th

2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09


13th 13th (tie) 19th 16th 6th 22nd 21st 21st

2008-09 FINAL STANDINGS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Stanford North Carolina Florida USC Michigan Texas California Virginia LSU Ohio State Washington Arizona State Texas A&M Minnesota Florida State UCLA Duke Georgia Penn State Illinois Notre Dame Oregon Tennessee Arizona Arkansas

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FROM WALK-ON TO WONDER BOY Mike Anello went from the scout team to the first team, earning respect along the way. By Stephanie Fischer Mike Anello notched his first fumble recovery against Michigan in 2008. He also totaled three tackles and forced a fumble in the 35-17 Irish victory over the Wolverines.

Everyone loves a good “Rudy story.” You know the one. After a successful high school career, a young man enrolls at his favorite college or university. He knows that all he needs is a chance to show the coaches his ability and decides to try out for the football team. After grueling workouts and stiff competition, the young man, if he’s lucky, is awarded a spot as a walk-on. He spends the next four years as a punching bag on the practice squad, competing against men twice his size, just for the chance to wear his team’s colors on Saturday. At practice and in the weight room, he’s always the first to arrive and the last to leave. He wins over his coaches and teammates with his heart, drive and determination to make his team a better one. During the final game of the season, the coach puts the young man in for one final play. Regardless of how he does, the young man basks in his glory as his proud parents watch their son being carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates. Mike Anello isn’t Rudy. Yes, Anello made the Irish squad as a walk-on, but he’s never been carried off the field in a moment of glory. He’s never had the entire team offer their jerseys so he could suit up for a game. But Anello is a leader, both on the field and off. He excels in the classroom. He’s active in the community and encourages his teammates to join him.

And, I’m pretty sure if Rudy was a punt returner, Anello would put him flat on his back, strip the ball and recover the fumble all before Rudy knew what hit him. Anello joined the Irish as a walk-on during his sophomore year in 2006. He spent his first season watching from the sidelines and learning from the veterans around him. He started his junior season on the scout team, but was promoted to the first team after impressing his coaches against the punt return unit in practice. Anello played in eight games in 2007, totaling six tackles on the season, his first of which occurred on his second play in an Irish uniform. The valuable experience he learned during his first two years with the Irish led to Anello’s breakout season in 2008. He earned a scholarship and saw action in Notre Dame’s first 12 games before breaking his leg against USC. The Orland Park, Ill., native led the Irish with 23 special teams tackles and became a fan favorite for his instinctive playmaking ability. Fans could always find their favorite No. 37 streaking down the field with the punt return team and coming out of nowhere to make the plays. Anello also managed to make an impression in the classroom. He graduated in December ‘08 with a 3.937 cumulative grade-point average and a degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business. Thanks to his performances on and off the field, Anello was named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America second


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FROM WALK-ON TO WONDER BOY CONTINUED This special teams stalwart fits into a rare category of student-athletes that have found a perfect balance between athletics, academics and community service. He attributes this quality to discipline. “I learned early on that discipline was key,” Anello says. “It just comes down to setting your priorities. Mine have always been family, school, football and everything else.” Many student-athletes might crack under the pressure of trying to find that balance. Mike Anello was named to the ESPN The MagaBut Anello has a solution – a zine/CoSIDA Academic All-America second team social life. in 2008 and was selected to the 2009 Lott Award “I just try to keep everything preseason watch list. balanced. I’m not always in the library and I’ve never stayed up past 1:00 a.m. studying. team and was named to the 2009 Lott Award preseason watch list. You can’t pull all-nighters as a Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given student-athlete,” Anello notes. “If I’ve got something that has to get done, to a player who exhibits the same characteristics former NFL defensive I try to do it ahead of time, so I can relax and have time for myself.” back Ronnie Lott, for whom the award is named, embodied during As one of the most respected and successful walk-ons in Notre Dame his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, football history, Anello knows he’s now not only pushing himself, but Community and Tenacity. his entire team. How does he do it? By getting it done on the field. Perhaps more important was Anello’s selection by his teammates “I want to be in there making every play that I can,” Anello says. “I’ll to the Irish leadership committee. The fifth-year senior joins the four take that extra step whether it’s watching more film or just working on captains, as well as eight other members on the 2009 leadership my footwork more. I just want to fine tune everything, so I’m in better committee. The leadership committee acts as a liaison between the positions than I was last year.” coaches and captains and the rest of the team. Even though, at times, Anello may be the smallest guy on the field, “To be honest, it’s been great having the guys support me and all it’s obvious to his teammates, fans and, even the opposition, that he’s the other guys on the leadership committee, but I don’t think the title got one of the biggest hearts. changed anything,” Anello says. “We’ve all been pushing each other He hasn’t been carried off the field in glory, and there’s not a movie and there’s so many guys that deserve a spot, but we can’t have being made about his career, but Mike Anello has earned something everyone on the committee. more satisfying – respect. “Everyone pushes each other, and that’s something we’re going to I think he’s made Rudy proud. try and continue to do. We’ve all got goals in our minds, and we’re going to make sure that we all get there.” Anello joins offensive captain Eric Olsen (55) on the 2009 When not devoting his time to football and academics, Anello gives leadership committee. The captains and leadership committee members were voted on by the Irish players. back to the community. One of his latest contributions involved St. Baldrick’s Foundation. According to their web site, www.stbaldricks. org, St. Baldrick’s is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Anello, as well as several other Irish football players, raised money for the organization by shaving their heads and requesting donations. As if that wasn’t enough, Anello has vowed to recruit more players and shave his head again. “It was a great experience, working with St. Baldrick’s, so we’re going to try and get as many guys as we can to go out and help,” Anello insists. “Seeing those little kids and the struggles they go through everyday, reminds me that my problems aren’t so big. I struggled with my broken leg a lot, and when I’m having a hard time, I just remember those kids, and I look down at this bracelet I wear that says ‘Support the Troops’ and I think about what our soldiers are going through. That all helps me get a better appreciation for the situation I’m in.” 106

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2009 FIGHTING IRISH 34 James Aldridge Fullback • Senior Psychology

37 Mike Anello Cornerback • Senior Graduate Studies

38 Chris Bathon Safety • Senior Economics

31 Sergio Brown Safety • Senior Marketing

86 Bobby Burger Fullback/Tight End • Senior Economics

64 Tom Burke Linebacker • Senior Finance/Economics

39 Ryan Burkhart Kicker • Senior Management Consulting/ Psychology

24 Brian Coughlin Wide Receiver • Senior Accounting

72 Paul Duncan Offensive Tackle • Senior Graduate Studies

42 Dan Franco Wide Receiver • Senior Psychology

21 Barry Gallup, Jr. Wide Receiver • Senior Graduate Studies

24 Leonard Gordon Safety • Senior Political Science/ Pre-Professional

6 Ray Herring Safety • Senior Graduate Studies

43 Eric Maust Punter • Senior Finance

28 Kyle McCarthy Safety • Senior Graduate Studies

8 Raeshon McNeil Cornerback • Senior Design

93 Paddy Mullen Nose Tackle • Senior Sociology

47 Mike Narvaez Fullback • Senior Science Pre-Professional/ Anthropology

55 Eric Olsen Center • Senior Industrial Design

82 Robby Parris Wide Receiver • Senior Finance

61 Martin Quintana Defensive Line • Senior Finance

53 Morrice Richardson Defensive End • Senior Management Consulting

90 John Ryan Defensive End • Senior Finance/History

13 Evan Sharpley Quarterback • Senior History

41 Scott Smith Linebacker • Senior Graduate Studies

49 Toryan Smith Linebacker • Senior Sociology/Computer Applications

59 Chris Stewart Offensive Guard • Senior Graduate Studies

43 Joshua Stull Cornerback • Senior Theology/History

85 Sam Vos Wide Receiver • Senior Management Entrepreneurship

97 Kallen Wade Defensive End • Senior Psychology/Computer Applications


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2 Darrin Walls Cornerback • Senior Sociology/Psychology

51 Dan Wenger Center • Senior Sociology

19 George West Wide Receiver • Senior Finance

74 Sam Young Offensive Tackle • Senior Management Entrepreneurship

5 Armando Allen Halfback • Junior Sociology

15 Brian Castello Quarterback • Junior Aerospace Engeneering

7 Jimmy Clausen Quarterback • Junior Sociology

75 Taylor Dever Offensive Tackle • Junior Marketing

62 Bill Flavin Long Snapper • Junior Biochemistry

29 Michael Garcia Cornerback • Junior Marketing

4 Gary Gray Cornerback • Junior Graduate Studies

38 Christopher Gurries Wide Receiver • Junior Chemical Engineering

33 Robert Hughes Halfback • Junior Sociology

18 Duval Kamara Wide Receiver • Junior Sociology

42 Nick Lezynski Cornerback • Junior Marketing

56 Kerry Neal Linebacker • Junior Sociology

76 Andrew Nuss Offensive Guard • Junior Finance

91 Emeka Nwankwo Defensive End • Junior Psychology

30 Steve Paskorz Fullback • Junior Marketing

83 Mike Ragone Tight End • Junior Sociology

77 Matt Romine Offensive Tackle • Junior Marketing

48 David Ruffer Kicker • Junior Economics

39 Ryan Sheehan Cornerback • Junior Accounting

62 Christopher Skubis Defensive End • Junior Accounting/Economics

58 Brian Smith Linebacker • Junior Anthropology

22 Harrison Smith Safety • Junior Management Entrepreneurship

40 Thomas Smith Safety • Junior Marketing

23 Golden Tate Wide Receiver • Junior Sociology

14 Brandon Walker Kicker • Junior Finance

95 Ian Williams Nose Tackle • Junior Film, Television & Theatre


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12 Robert Blanton Cornerback • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

52 Braxston Cave Offensive Guard • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

45 Darius Fleming Linebacker • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

3 Michael Floyd Wide Receiver • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

9 Ethan Johnson Defensive Tackle • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

50 Ryan Kavanagh Long Snapper • Sophomore Civil Engineering

89 Kapron Lewis-Moore Defensive End • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

17 Matthew Mulvey Quarterback • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

99 Brandon Newman Nose Tackle • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

36 David Posluszny Linebacker • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

78 Trevor Robinson Offensive Guard • Sophomore Marketing

9 Kyle Rudolph Tight End • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

26 Jamoris Slaughter Cornerback • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

73 Lane Clelland Offensive Tackle • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

10 Dayne Crist Quarterback • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

81 John Goodman Wide Receiver • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

57 Mike Golic, Jr. Center • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

71 Dennis Mahoney Offensive Line • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

98 Sean Cwynar Defensive Tackle • Sophomore Mgmt. Consulting

25 Jonas Gray Halfback • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

15 Dan McCarthy Safety • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

46 Steve Filer Linebacker • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

65 Mike Hernandez Offensive Guard • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

54 Anthony McDonald Linebacker • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

The Irish are looking to carry over the momentum from their 49-21 Hawai’i Bowl victory over Hawai’I into 2009.


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1 Deion Walker Wide Receiver • Sophomore Mendoza College of Business

79 Hafis Williams Defensive Tackle • Sophomore College of Arts & Letters

47 Kael Anderson Cornerback • Freshman First Year of Studies

60 Jordan Cowart Long Snapper • Freshman First Year of Studies

80 Tyler Eifert Tight End • Freshman First Year of Studies

11 Shaquelle Evans Wide Receiver • Freshman First Year of Studies

17 Zeke Motta Safety • Freshman First Year of Studies

32 Theo Riddick Halfback • Freshman First Year of Studies

92 Tyler Stockton Nose Tackle • Freshman First Year of Studies

40 Nick Tausch Kicker • Freshman First Year of Studies

5 Manti Te’o Linebacker • Freshman First Year of Studies

84 Roby Toma Wide Receiver • Freshman First Year of Studies

35 Ben Turk Punter • Freshman First Year of Studies

66 Chris Watt Offensive Guard • Freshman First Year of Studies

20 Cierre Wood Halfback • Freshman First Year of Studies

27 E.J. Banks Cornerback • Freshman First Year of Studies

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68 Alex Bullard Offensive Guard • Freshman First Year of Studies

88 Jake Golic Tight End • Freshman First Year of Studies

44 Carlo Calabrese Linebacker • Freshman First Year of Studies

70 Zach Martin Offensive Tackle • Freshman First Year of Studies

The Irish return 18 starters in 2009, including top passer Jimmy Clausen and offensive center Eric Olsen.

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he University of Nevada, Reno was founded in 1874 as the state’s landgrant and first institution of higher education. Today, the University continues to provide valuable outreach, teaching and research and serves as an economic anchor in a state that has ranked as the country’s CARY GROTH MILT GLICK fastest-growing for 20 of Director of President the past 21 years. Athletics The University has a student enrollment of nearly 17,000 and a broad range of programs and degree options, from baccalaureate degrees in more than 75 disciplines to more than 100 graduate-degree programs at the master’s and doctoral level. The University of Nevada School of Medicine includes campuses in both of Nevada’s major urban centers, Las Vegas and Reno, and a health network that extends to much of rural Nevada. The University was founded in Elko and relocated to Reno in 1887, where it remained the state’s only institution of higher education for 75 years. The University’s main campus in Reno is just north of downtown, the Truckee River and Reno’s Whitewater Park, and only 45 minutes away from beautiful Lake Tahoe. It has grown from a small cluster of buildings surrounding a beautiful central quadrangle to a 291-acre site. The first building on the Reno campus, Morrill Hall, is still in use today, and both Morrill Hall and the Quad are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The University is one of eight institutions of higher education governed by the Nevada System of Higher Education and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The University also hosts Cooperative Extension services, providing teaching and outreach to all Nevada counties.


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External funding for research projects at the University totaled $70 million in fiscal year 2007. The University is home to one of the world’s finest “earthquake teams,” with first-class researchers in seismology, geology, geodesy and engineering. The Davidson Academy of Nevada, the country’s only free, public specialized school for exceptionally gifted 11- to 17-year-olds on a college campus, is located at the University. The academy opens its fourth year of instruction in August 2009 at the Jot Travis Building — its new home. The University is home to the University Studies Abroad Consortium, one of the largest studies abroad programs in the United States, offering international education through its 39 programs in 25 countries. The University of Nevada, Reno, through its library system, is Nevada’s official center for all U.S. federal publications. The Reynolds School of Journalism has produced six Pulitzer Prize winners. The Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering is one of only 13 mining schools in the country. The campus’ passion for exploring environmental sciences reaches back to University classics professor James Church, who largely developed snow surveying techniques beginning in 1906. The science is used today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and others in forecasting seasonal water supplies. The part-time master of business administration degree program is ranked 17th in the United States by BusinessWeek magazine. The peer-reviewed journal Conservation Biology has ranked the University’s ecology, evolution and conservation biology doctorate program 24th nationally for its quality and quantity of publications in conservation biology research. A new environmental studies degree is available through the University’s Academy for the Environment and the campus’ computer science and engineering department recently added a minor in digital and interactive games. The University also offers a new interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship.


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4 Brandon Wimberly Wide Receiver

7 Luke Lippincott Running Back

10 Colin Kaepernick Quarterback

28 Isaiah Frey Defensive Back

33 Brandon Marshall Linebacker

34 Vai Taua Running Back

36 Mike Bethea Linebacker

46 Ricky Drake Kicker/Punter

49 Jonathon Amaya Defensive Back

50 Mike Gallett Offensive Lineman

52 James-Michael Johnson

55 Dontay Moch Defensive End

62 John Bender Offensive Lineman

73 Alonzo Durham Offensive Lineman

75 Chris Barker Offensive Lineman

90 Chris Slack Defensive Lineman

95 Nate Agaiava Defensive Lineman

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82 Tray Session Wide Receiver

14 Chris Wellington Wide Receiver

25 Mo Harvey Defensive Back

48 Brad Langley Punter

63 Kenneth Ackerman Offensive Lineman

85 Virgil Green Tight End


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KAPRON LEWIS-MOORE No. 89 • 6-4 • 270 • Soph. | Weatherford, Texas/Weatherford ophomore defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore looks to take advantage of his scout team experience when he takes the field in 2009. The Weatherford, Texas native spent his freshman campaign with the scout team competing against the first-team offense. He opens this season at the top of the depth chart at the left defensive end position. Lewis-Moore closed out his high school career as a member of the Austin American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55 team for top players in Texas. Lewis-Moore was named a SuperPrep All-American and helped lead his Weatherford squad to the playoffs as a sophomore and junior. He totaled 50 tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles during his junior campaign. GameDay’s Joe Nagle gives Irish fans a chance to get to know Kapron Lewis-Moore.


Nagle: What is your major and why does it interest you? Lewis-Moore: I am enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, but I have not chosen a specific major yet. I chose it because Notre Dame has a fantastic business school, and it also offers a great networking field for after school. Nagle: What is your favorite Coach Weis saying? Lewis-Moore: He likes to ask me if, “I am ready to come out of retirement.” Nagle: What attracted you to Notre Dame? Lewis-Moore: The prestige and the history really attracted me, and then when I got here the people were great. It made my decision to come here easy. Nagle: What one word would your teammates use to describe you? Lewis-Moore: They would probably describe me as loud. Nagle: What do you see yourself doing after football? Lewis-Moore: Hopefully having a beautiful wife, a couple of beautiful kids and a successful job in the business field. Nagle: What one stadium would you like to play in but haven’t? Lewis-Moore: I would love to go back home to play in the Cotton Bowl.

Nagle: What is your favorite Randy Hart saying? Lewis-Moore: I’m not sure what comment to say that would not make me run, so I am not going to give one. Nagle: What song gets you ready to take the field? Lewis-Moore: “All the Above” by Maino Nagle: If the Irish defensive line had a theme song, what would it be? Lewis-Moore: I am not the person to ask about our theme song. I would refer to an upperclassman about that one.

Nagle: What is your ring tone right now? Lewis-Moore: “All the Above” by Maino Nagle: What song on your iPod would surprise people? Lewis-Moore: “Kids” by MGMT Nagle: Other than playing in the NFL, what is your dream job? Lewis-Moore: My dream job would be to be a meteorologist. Nagle: North or South Dining Hall? Lewis-Moore: South Dining Hall because it has better food, much better food.

Nagle: If you could change one thing about Notre Dame Stadium, what would it be? Lewis-Moore: I wouldn’t change anything about it. I like it the way it is. Nagle: If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you have to have with you? Lewis-Moore: My cell phone, a toothbrush, and three cheesecakes. 120

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RESURRECTION: THE MIRACLE SEASON THAT SAVED NOTRE DAME An excerpt from the newest work by bestselling author Jim Dent that details former Irish h head coach Ara Parseghian and the 1964 Irish football team.

Ara Parseghian prowled the practice field that first day of spring drills like a husky cat on an empty stomach. A sense of urgency burned in his dark eyes. In a recent interview with Sport magazine he had said, “Seems I’m always in a rush. Don’t know where I’m going, but I’m always in a rush.” Now the masses were filing into Cartier Field as team managers tried to restrain the crowd. How is this possible? Parseghian kept asking himself as he watched more than 5,000 fans march into the rickety old stadium built in 1889. What are they expecting from me? This is spring practice! The clock was already ticking—five months and counting until the start of the 1964 season. What the starved faithful of Notre Dame football witnessed that warm April afternoon was a man who would never be compared to Joe Kuharich. Parseghian was starched and pressed and cleanly shaved. His dark, wavy hair was precisely trimmed. He wore a blue sweatshirt with Notre Dame emblazoned across the front in gold letters trimmed in white. A crease was ironed into his slacks. Even his coaching shoes shined like mirrors. Kuharich was known for his five o’clock shadow and rumpled suits. Parseghian was snappier in a sweatshirt than Kuharich in coat and tie. Everything about Parseghian seemed straight and orderly and properly filed. Some wondered if he counted his chews during breakfast. Practice was so precisely planned that everyone knew what they were doing from one minute to the next. Parseghian was a coach, father, priest, general, and cheerleader rolled into one. More than anything, he was a master organizer. The coaching staff already operated like a finely tuned military outfit. From Northwestern he had brought three close friends—Tom Pagna, Paul Shoults, and Doc Urich. The others—John Ray, Dave Hurd, Joe Yonto, George Sefcik, and John Murphy—were ex-Notre Dame players. Everything seemed symmetrical under Parseghian. Pareseghian was jacked up from the moment he hustled onto the practice field. He trotted to the front of the calisthenics formation and began clapping his hands. He then led the team in side-straddle hops. “Let’s go!” he yelled at the players in his raspy voice. “Pick it up! You guys are already lagging behind. You are wasting my time!”

Then he jumped straight up p on legs that seemed spring-loaded. He kicked up his feett in midair and touched hiss toes with his fingertips. It was an acrobatic act you would expect from an overcaffeinated graduate assistant, not some 40-year-old coach, father of three.

I must be in the huddle. I must be in the line. I must be in the action— I must. —Ara Parseghian

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“Jeez!” Ken Maglicic said to Tony Carey. “This guy is in better shape than us.” At the end of calisthenics, Parseghian instructed the players to form a circle around him. “This is all I’m going to tell you before we get started with spring practice,” he said. “Everybody is going to be treated equally. I’m going to give everyone a fair chance to win a starting position. At this moment, no one—and I mean no one—owns a starting job. Is that clear?” “Yessir!” the players shot back. They clapped their hands as practice began. Changes were coming at Notre Dame and they were happening fast. From dawn until late at night, six days a week, the coaching staff had labored to design a new blueprint. Parseghian wanted the roster torn down and rebuilt—like a car engine. No one would recognize this team when they were finished. That was the best news anyone around Notre Dame had heard in a long time. Kuharich’s offense, straight from the dark ages, had wasted the great passing arm of Daryle Lamonica for two seasons in 1961 and ‘62. Parseghian later coached Lamonica in an all-star game, and this was his assessment, “Daryle Lamonica is one of the best passers I’ve ever seen in college football. Period. I cannot believe what happened to him at Notre Dame. He should have thrown for thousands of yards.” Under Parseghian, Lamonica would have been everybody’s All-American.

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Ara Parseghian was hired in 1964 in hopes of reviving a fallen Irish football program. That first day of practice, Parseghian’s eyes In 1964, with gunslingers like Notre Dame was 34-45 in the eight years traced a high, spiraling punt that fell into the Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant, Texas’ leading up to Parseghian’s arrival. arms of number 27—Nick Rassas, who caught Darrell Royal, Arkansas’ Frank Broyles, the ball on the run and split the coverage unit USC’s John McKay, and Parseghian like a jackrabbit bolting through a herd of leading the way, college football standing cattle. Rassas was one of the fastest stood on the brink of a revolution. For players on the roster. the first time in more than a decade, Eyes widening, Parseghian turned to Pagna. teams would enjoy free substitutions “Tom, I didn’t know Rassas could do that.” during timeouts. New rules that season Pagna smiled. “Ara, I think there are a lot would also allow two substitutions of things about Nick that we don’t know about with the clock running. Instead of a yet.” core of 11 players, teams would now With a furrowed brow, Parseghian watched a need 22 starters. College football was smiling Rassas hustle back up the field. finally coming out of a fog; the best “This is what I don’t understand,” he said and the brightest minds would be the to Pagna. “How is it possible that the previous benefactors. coaching staff didn’t see the talent in this The game was changing faster than Rassas kid?” anyone could keep track. Around the “I think there were a lot of things the old coaches didn’t see,” Pagna country, smaller and faster players were at a premium now that the multiple offense was all the rage. The advent of two wide receivers was turning it said. “They couldn’t agree on much. A lot of backbiting, you know.” Parseghian pulled a notebook from his back pocket and placed a check into a vertical game. The last few years at Northwestern, Parseghian had operated one of the most wide-open offenses in the nation. Quarterback mark next to Rassas’s name. Then his eyes scanned the position changes, Tommy Myers threw the ball all over the field as Northwestern rose from moves he had contemplated night and day. A few days earlier, Parseghian had delivered this speech to his coaching staff: the bottom of the Big Ten to a Rose Bowl contender. Here is the X factor of coaching. Say you have 50 players. It Parseghian had come under the tutelage of several great coaches. These chessmasters taught Parseghian that football was more than a game of becomes the job of the head coach, and the assistant coaches, to elephant backfields and paper-thin playbooks. He soon discovered that recognize and to evaluate the talent where they can best help the X’s and O’s could dance all over the chalkboard—and all over the field. team. That is what coaching is all about. If you misplace them, or Offensive football was now off the leash. It was time to turn the game over you have talented players sitting on the bench, then the coach is not to quarterbacks like Joe Namath at Alabama, Roger Staubach at Navy, helping the team. A coach has to know what is the best thing for the team. That is coaching. That’s what makes the difference between Bob Griese at Purdue, and possibly even John Huarte at Notre Dame. Job one on that first day of practice was to break up the Notre Dame winning and losing. As coaches, we are going to go out there on the practice field and throw backfield. With that done, Parseghian’s next move seemed a bit radical. He reassigned all three running backs—Pete Duranko, Paul Costa, and Jim everything at our players but the kitchen sink. I want them to wonder what Snowden—to the defensive line. When news spread across the Midwest is coming next. I want them to know that things are changing around that Parseghian was converting running backs to tackles, everyone shook here. We are going to make serious changes with this football team—fast their heads. Had Notre Dame already scrambled poor ol’ Ara’s brain? To changes. Parseghian, it made perfectly good sense. The 1964 Irish football team finished with a 9-1 Duranko, Costa, and Snowden were among record, a six-and-a-half game turnaround from the biggest players on the team. Why 1963’s 2-7 record. shouldn’t they be in the line? “I really don’t know what Joe Kuharich was trying to accomplish with that elephant backfield,” Parseghian remembered. “It was one of those coaching decisions that you don’t see every day. The only thing I could think of is that Kuharich had a pro influence and he wanted Notre Dame to look like a pro team. I will say that Kuharich’s teams did not seem prepared or organized. They didn’t seem to have the fundamentals to be a winning team.” What Parseghian inherited was chaos, disorder, and despair. From top to bottom, the roster was out of whack. Players were lining up at the wrong positions, and some of the most talented players had no position at all.


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Quarterback John Huarte hands the ball off to Joe Kantor against Wisconsin in 1964. The Irish topped the Badgers 31-7 in the ’64 season opener after going 2-7 in 1963.



he spring of 1964 was a time of dramatic upheaval on the Notre Dame campus. President Lyndon B. Johnson was in South Bend in April to campaign for the ‘64 presidential election. Later that year, Johnson would award Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore Hesburgh the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his public service and work toward civil rights. Then on April 29, Alabama governor George Wallace made a speech on the Notre Dame campus, where he was heckled by a crowd of more than 5,000 after condemning the Civil Rights Bill that was in the U.S. Senate. Also on the Notre Dame campus, the finishing touches were put on the astounding new Memorial Library, officially dedicated on May 7. It was the largest campus library in the nation, and its mosaic mural on the façade depicted Christ the Teacher — not yet known as “Touchdown Jesus.” That’s because touchdowns had become a rare occurrence at Notre Dame, unless it was for the opposition. The eight seasons from 1956-63 were the darkest era of Notre Dame football during the 20th century. The Irish were 34-45, including 2-7 in 1963, the year they averaged 12 points per contest under interim head coach Hugh Devore. Thus, in December of ‘63, Notre Dame hired 40-year-old Ara Parseghian, whose marvelous work at Northwestern was no longer appreciated by its athletic administration. Although he had made the Wildcats a Big Ten contender, taken them to No. 1 in the nation at one point in his career and was 4-0 against Notre Dame, his squad was only 5-4 in 1963 after getting tabbed as the preseason conference favorite. Notre Dame cried for a football savior, and the energetic, charismatic Parseghian yearned for a new challenge. It became a perfect alliance. “We were a bunch of young kids just searching and reaching for help,” recalled 1964 team captain and linebacker Jim Carroll. “We came here to represent a place we love, but we felt we let everyone down, and we were embarrassed. We didn’t know where to turn or what to do.”

Similar to the Irish team, the fiery Parseghian was aching for redemption, and his powerful charisma, polished oration and tactic maneuvering left his players mesmerized. “He was so dynamic,” Carroll said. “The thing I remember is him telling us how proud he was to be at Notre Dame. Even though we had been losing so much, his speech impressed upon me — and I think all of us — how Notre Dame is still a special place.”

INSPIRATION AND CHANGE The 1964 spring drills had the most alteration in the football program’s history: • Catching Parseghian’s attention in the spring of ‘64 was senior John Huarte, who had yet to earn a monogram. By the end of the first week of practice, Parseghian decided Huarte would be his quarterback even though he would have him for only one year. “If we can only get John to stay down on the ground without trying to throw a jump pass every time, he’ll be all right,” predicted Parseghian on April 19. • Two other quarterback prospects, Tom Longo and Tony Carey, would end up starting that season in the defensive backfield. • Senior Jack Snow, a halfback who carried the ball only three times and caught six passes in 1963, was switched to split end. • Halfback Paul Costa was moved to defensive end and fullback Pete Duranko was shifted to linebacker (and later defensive tackle). • Offensive tackle Dick Arrington was switched to guard, providing more mobility to the line. • The best running back was Bill Wolski because strained knee ligaments had sidelined Nick Eddy, who was suspended from school in 1963. The other halfback was Nick Rassas, who Parseghian described as “a good journeyman.” • Meanwhile, the staff was impressed with the freshman talent inherited from Devore. Linemen Alan Page, Tom Regner and Kevin Hardy (all future first-


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CONSTRUCTION JOB CONTINUED round picks) began the spring on the third team, as did end Jim Lynch. By the end of spring, they were vying for starting spots. Nevertheless, after the team’s second major scrimmage on April 18, Parseghian wasn’t even cautiously optimistic. “We were terrible,” Parseghian told the local media. “We fumbled the ball away 20 times and should have had more than 200 yards in penalties … so far we haven’t accomplished much.”


John Huarte passes to Jack Snow

On May 2, one week before the end of in a 34-15 Irish victory over Purdue in 1964. Snow had carried the spring drills, history was made on the Cartier ball only three times and caught Field practice field. In 1964, a change in six passes in ‘63 before being substitution rules permitted use of “specialist” switched to split end to start the ‘64 teams. Players no longer had to play both campaign. offense and defense. Instead, the two units could platoon. For example, in the first three weeks of practice, Snow and Phil Sheridan were the starting offensive and defensive ends, with Page and Costa the backups. But in the May 2 scrimmage, Parseghian and his staff made their first attempt to platoon an offense and defense. The results were: Offensive Ends — Snow and Sheridan. Offensive Line — Regner and John Meyer at tackles, Arrington and John Atamian at guard and Norm Nicola at center. Backfield — Huarte (quarterback), Wolski and Rassas (halfbacks) and Joe Farrell (fullback). Defensively, the 4-4-3 alignment implemented by linebackers coach John Ray featured: Line — Page and Costa as ends, with Hardy and Mike Webster the tackles. Linebackers — Carroll, Duranko, Tom Kostelnik and Ken Maglicic. Backfield — Carey, Ken Ivan and Pete Andreotti. Later, Parseghian would tweak the lineup a little more. Regner would move from the offensive line to defensive tackle, with Bob Meeker taking Regner’s place on offense. Meanwhile, the emergence of Don Gmitter gave the Irish a rare all-sophomore starting defensive line of Page, Hardy, Regner and Gmitter. Furthermore, Rassas and Longo would shift to the secondary, where they would start with Carey. Rassas was moved to make way for the return of the explosive Eddy on offense. Finally, former end Lynch, a future captain and Hall of Famer, would replace an injured Duranko at linebacker. That May 2 scrimmage also included a calamity. Starting QB Huarte suffered a separated right shoulder, and surgery would truncate his season. Parseghian solicited second opinions, and the decision was made not to operate and let the shoulder heal on its own. Two days after the dedication of the Memorial Library, Parseghian’s first spring at Notre Dame concluded on May 9 with the Varsity defeating the Old-Timers, 30-23, in Notre Dame Stadium. Sandy Bonvechio, replacing the injured Huarte, completed 9 of 12 passes for 170 yards, highlighted by 19and 56-yard scoring tosses to Snow. Parseghian surmised that while some progress was made in the spring, the Irish were “probably weaker at some positions than we were at Northwestern.” “I think the biggest problem with all of us was a lack of confidence,” noted Carroll. “We didn’t know how good we were, and we still didn’t know what to think even in spring practice. It seemed like we were making progress, but it was in the back of our minds that we were 2-7 a year ago. It was difficult to get past that until you actually started winning.”

John Huarte launches a pass against Air Force in 1964. Huarte had never earned a monogram before being named the Irish starting quarterback prior to his senior season.

1964 RESULTS DATE Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17 Oct. 24 Oct. 31 Nov. 7 Nov. 14 Nov. 21 Nov. 28

OPPONENT at Wisconsin Purdue at Air Force UCLA Stanford Navy (Phila.) at Pittsburgh Michigan State Iowa at USC

RESULT W 31-7 W 34-15 W 34-7 W 24-0 W 28-6 W 40-0 W 17-15 W 34-7 W 28-0 L 17-20

• Huarte was the recipient of the Heisman Trophy before he picked up his first Notre Dame monogram. • Snow finished second in the NCAA with 60 receptions (easily a school record) and was fifth in the Heisman balloting. • Former running back Rassas and former quarterback Carey earned AllAmerica recognition as defensive backs. • Arrington, Page, Hardy, Lynch, Regner, Duranko and Eddy would also eventually receive All-America notice, the majority after position switches. The talent had always been there, but Notre Dame’s football orchestra lacked a conductor. In the spring of ‘64, the maestro and his assistants had arrived, making it the most productive spring in the school’s football history.

EPILOGUE That spring catapulted Notre Dame into one of the most special seasons in NCAA history — from 2-7 one year to receiving the MacArthur Bowl, emblematic of the national title among the four major services at the time, the next. The 9-1 finish was blemished only by a controversial season-ending 20-17 loss at USC, but the six-and-a-half game turnaround remains the best ever at Notre Dame.

NOTES • In the opener at Wisconsin, the Badgers finished with minus-51 yards rushing, still a record-low by an Irish defense. • In that same opener, John Huarte’s 270 yards passing eclipsed the 239 total that 1963 leading passer Frank Budka (one of four QBs used that year) had that entire season. Huarte would become Notre Dame’s first 2,000-yard passer (2,062) in one season. • In 1963, Notre Dame had lost to Wisconsin (9-14), Purdue (6-7), Stanford (14-24), Navy (14-35), Pitt (7-27) and Michigan State (7-12) – six teams it defeated by an average of 22.3 points a year later. • Entering 1964, Notre Dame had lost five of its last six to Purdue, four of its last six to Pitt, five of its last seven to Iowa — and a school-record eight in a row to Michigan State. • Prior to 1964, the Irish were 4-19 in the previous six years versus Big Ten teams — including 0-4 against Ara Parseghian’s Northwestern units.


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STEVE FILER No. 46 • 6-4 • 236 • Soph. | Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel ith a year as a special teams player under his belt, Steve Filer will compete for a starting spot at strongside linebacker in 2009. The Chicago, Ill., native saw action in 11 games in 2008 as a reserve linebacker and special teams performer. He recorded one tackle against Syracuse and made 98 special teams appearances on the year. As a senior at Mount Carmel, the 2007 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year was selected to the Parade All-America team as one of the 58 best players in the nation and was one of 30 players named to the EA Sports AllAmerica first team. Filer notched 107 tackles and led his Mount Carmel squad to the state semifinals as a senior. GameDay’s Phil Wicks gives Irish fans a chance to get to know Steve Filer.


Wicks: What is your major and why does it interest you? Filer: My major is management, and I probably want to be a consultant. It interests me because a lot of consultants travel a lot, and I am hoping to see a lot of different things. Wicks: What is your favorite thing about playing football at Notre Dame? Filer: The prestige, because people look up to you in a way that makes you feel good. Wicks: If you were playing any other sport, what would it be? Filer: Basketball, because I love basketball almost as much as I love football. Wicks: What is your favorite memory with one of your teammates? Filer: I will go with the cliché one – the Hawai’i Bowl. Wicks: Who is the toughest athlete you’ve gone up against? Filer: I’ll say (Irish halfback) Jonas Gray. Wicks: Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions? Filer: Not really. I just have to have my cross. Wicks: What is your favorite Coach Weis saying? Filer: To be honest, I really don’t know any. Wicks: What song always gets you ready to take the field? Filer: I listen to a number of different songs. I

don’t want to be too amped up for the game, so I’ll listen to some really high tempo music, then I’ll slow it down with some soul or classical music. Wicks: If the Irish linebackers had a theme song what would it be? Filer: “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses.

one line that would crack me up every time, he would say, “You know what, that makes me mad,” and he would go crazy, but he did it with a straight face the whole time and it made me laugh. Wicks: North or South Dining Hall? Filer: South, definitely, because I live in Dillon Hall so it is about 10 steps away, and I just think South is better.

Wicks: If you could make a cameo on any TV show, which one would you choose? Filer: I don’t think about stuff like that. Wicks: If you could have dinner with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be? Filer: (Baltimore Ravens linebacker) Ray Lewis, Martin Luther King, Jr., and I need some knowledge so I would choose Einstein. Wicks: If you could trade places with Coach Weis, what would you do? Filer: He has some nice horses, so I would take those out and ride those for a couple of days. Wicks: When you were younger, who was your favorite cartoon character? Filer: It would have to be Droopy, because he is funny and he didn’t care about anything. He had this 130

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BOB BURGER By Craig Chval

Bob Burger began his career with the Irish as a walk-on before earning Academic All-America honors and becoming just one of five Notre Dame student-athletes inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

ome remarkable stories, when they’re repeated, lose some of their magic. This is not one of those stories. In the summer of 1977, a young man named Bob Burger arrived at the University of Notre Dame. He had turned down opportunities to play football for and earn a degree from several Ivy League schools and service academies because he wanted to play football for Notre Dame. Burger’s determination to play football for the Irish originated in a love for the University that he inherited from his father. Growing up, Burger’s father was too poor to be able to afford a pair of football shoes; he tried out for the high school team wearing a pair of street shoes. But if Notre Dame was distant both literally and figuratively, that didn’t dampen his love for the place one bit. The love he passed along to his son meant that if playing football at Notre Dame required being a walk-on and starting out as the seventh-string center, so be it. Burger toiled in anonymity, providing practice fodder for the likes of AllAmerican defensive linemen Ross Browner and Willie Fry during that national championship season of 1977. He toiled with equal ferocity in the classroom, earning a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in Notre Dame’s rigorous engineering program during his first semester on campus. The hard work began to pay off on the football field as well. Burger saw a


little bit of game action as a sophomore, and earned a scholarship as a junior. To this day, Burger doesn’t take for granted those early opportunities he received from the Notre Dame coaches. “I’m grateful that (head coach) Dan Devine and (offensive line coaches) Brian Boulac and Bill Meyers had enough trust and confidence in me to give me a chance to play as a walk-on,” says Burger. Not only did the coaching staff give Burger a chance, but they prompted a position shift that eventually paid huge dividends both for Burger and the team, sliding him from center to guard. At 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, Burger was undersized in comparison to most of the other offensive linemen. But Notre Dame’s frequent use of pulling guards allowed him to showcase his quickness. “I fit fairly well there, because I could get out of my stance pretty quickly,” Burger explains. In 1980, seemingly from out of nowhere, Burger nailed down the starting left guard position for the Irish. It proved to be a perfect metaphor for the 1980 Notre Dame squad. Most of Dan Devine’s Notre Dame teams started off slowly and improved dramatically over the course of the season. The ‘77 national champs lost their second game of the season against a lackluster Mississippi team but were dismantling undefeated Texas and Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell by season’s end. The 1978 team started 0-2 before winning eight straight and claiming a remarkable Cotton Bowl comeback victory over Houston in the famous “Ice Bowl.” Devine announced at the outset of preseason practice that 1980 would be his last season at Notre Dame. That did little to raise the expectations for an Irish squad that many already had figured incapable of adequately replacing the likes of Vagas Ferguson, who graduated following the ‘79 season as Notre Dame’s all-time leading rusher, and talented teammates like Dave Waymer, Tim Foley and starting quarterback Rusty Lisch. To the surprise of everybody outside the team, the ‘80 Irish came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, due largely to the offensive line that included three new starters in addition to Burger. In the history of Notre Dame football prior to that season, three Irish players had rushed for at least 200 yards in a single game; in 1980, Notre Dame doubled that total. The Irish engineered upsets against Purdue and Michigan en route to an 8-0 start and a number-one national ranking. Burger was the team’s offensive player of the game in the historic “Harry-O” win over Michigan. While heartbreaking losses against USC and Georgia to close the season deprived

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Burger and his wife, Felicia, instilled the love of sports and Notre Dame in their four sons: Bobby, who is a senior tight end on the Irish football team, Chris, a varsity golfer at Xavier University, John (16) and Joe (15).

the Irish of a national championship, it remained an incredible season. Burger’s excellence on the football field matched his excellence in the classroom, earning him Academic All-America honors and admission to medical school at the University of Cincinnati. “It was a storybook dream come true,” says Burger, who is one of just five Notre Dame student-athletes ever to have been inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Today, Burger is a successful orthopaedic surgeon, devoting much of his practice to helping young athletes overcome serious injuries. He also serves as a team physician and consultant with the Cincinnati Reds and is the head team physician at Xavier University, while lending his professional expertise to the College of Mt. St. Joseph and his alma mater, LaSalle High School. “I love what I do every day,” Burger says. “It’s always changing and always challenging.” Beyond the technical aspects of medicine, one of Burger’s greatest challenges is in helping young people who are emotionally devastated as the result of suffering a serious injury. He tries to help by sharing some of the lessons he learned along the way. “Even though Notre Dame was a wonderful academic experience, and having gone through medical school and now working as an orthopaedic surgeon, I’ve encountered lots of situations that are very challenging, but I draw more on my lessons from playing football than anything else. “It gave me a sense of perseverance, a belief that if I use my God-given abilities, and keep hammering away, things have a way of working out.” Burger’s patients aren’t the only ones who enjoy the benefits of his wisdom and experience, as Burger and his wife Felicia are raising four sons. And this remarkable story becomes even more remarkable the second time around. The Burgers’ eldest son, Bobby, developed a love for Notre Dame just as his father and grandfather before him had. After all, when your parents are posing you and your three brothers in Notre Dame jerseys on horses for a Christmas card photo, there probably isn’t much question about where your college allegiance will lie. And just as his father before him had done, Bobby Burger spurned those Ivy League coaches because he wanted to play at Notre Dame. The only trouble was, not only were Notre Dame’s coaches not offering a scholarship, but the admissions office put Bobby on the dreaded waiting list. Worse yet, after it was too late for Bobby to accept any of the offers from

Ivy League schools, Notre Dame informed him that there wasn’t room for him among that year’s incoming freshman class. “From a personal perspective, it was rather difficult when [Bobby] didn’t get into Notre Dame,” admits Bob Burger, “because he had always really wanted to go to Notre Dame. “Eventually, I just came to the belief that God had different plans for him.” Those plans included enrolling at the University of Dayton and helping the Flyers to the 2007 Division I-AA national football championship. They also apparently included Bobby hitting the books hard enough to keep the dream alive. “We were driving up I-75 to start the second semester and Bobby said to me, ‘Dad I want to talk with you,’” Burger recalls. “I thought it was about a girl. “And he said, ‘I want to transfer to Notre Dame.’ “I almost wrecked the car, and then the first thing I said to him was, ‘Is this something you want to do, or is it something for your dad or your grandfather?’ “He said, ‘No, it’s for me. I don’t want to be 30 or 40 years old and wonder if I could have done it.’” There is no longer any need to wonder. Bobby Burger gained admission to Notre Dame as a transfer student, and quickly began to impress as a walk-on member of the football team, drawing accolades from the coaching staff for his work on special teams and at tight end. At the close of preseason practice in 2009, Irish head coach Charlie Weis announced that Bobby had earned a football scholarship, just as his father had done as a walk-on at Notre Dame over 30 years earlier. Back in Ohio, second son Chris is a varsity golfer at Xavier University, meaning that when the Burger’s hit the golf course, he’s the one giving strokes. John (16) is an aspiring golfer, while Joe (15) is making his mark in football and basketball. “What’s ironic with my sons is that I’ve never really tried to force them; I’ve tried to teach them certain values, virtues and how go about doing things,” Burger explains. “I try to give them enough latitude, encouragement and support and let them choose their own way.” It’s an approach Burger learned from his own parents, Bob and Marilyn. For Bobby Burger, the path to Notre Dame is at once both his own way and his father’s – with the original inspiration provided by his grandfather. The story is no less remarkable this time around.


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o the naked eye, humans may not appear to have much in common with the zebrafish, a small tropical freshwater species belonging to the minnow family. But a Notre Dame biologist is taking a much closer look at the two species and finding potential for treating a number of diseases and conditions. Research by David Hyde, the Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C., Memorial Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Zebrafish Research, uses adult stem cells in zebrafish to study how neurons regenerate. The work holds promise for treatments for such human problems as glaucoma and muscular degeneration in the eyes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in the brain, and even spinal cord injuries. “We are actively engaged in using adult neuronal stem cells to examine the processes involved in regenerating neurons,” Hyde explains. “We’re doing this in the central nervous system where these stem cells already reside. We’re working on zebrafish because it’s much easier to manipulate the organism and the regeneration response is very robust. These adult neuronal stem cells also exist in

the human nervous system, but they do not generate significant regeneration responses.” Zebrafish eyes, the size of a large pinhead, have an advanced visual system similar to the human eye, with different types of neurons located in different layers — photoreceptor cells in the outer layer of the retina, ganglion neurons in the inner layer, and different classes of neurons in specific layers between. Hyde’s

research focuses on cells in the retina, part of the central nervous system, but the cells also are in the brain. He came to Notre Dame more than 20 years ago and has been involved in the project for more than 13 years. The research has shown that zebrafish repair retinal degeneration within just four weeks. The regeneration apparently occurs because something is signaling the adult stem cells and radial glial cells to proliferate, divide and differentiate at an enormous rate. Furthermore, the regeneration replaces precisely the right kinds of lost photoreceptors in the area of the retina where they were lost. That’s important, because growth of inappropriate cells could further damage the organism. Understanding the process of how adult stem cells regenerate the zebrafish retina can lead to discovery of why humans lack the ability. Hyde suspects that some inhibiting mechanism has developed in humans, but the research could reveal ways to restore the power and, using adult stem cells, bring about healing of diseases that result from damage to nervous system cells. As a Catholic university, Notre Dame realizes the moral and ethical implications of working with embryonic stem cells and is taking a proactive approach in using adult stem cells. “Notre Dame science is distinctive from other institutions,” said Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science. “Our science is not just science alone; we also engage in other broader issues that influence science – ethics and morals and aspects of how our science will better other people’s lives.” For more information on Hyde’s research, visit and look for the “What Would You Fight For?” video featuring his work.


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ATHLETICS COMPLEX Home of the Fighting Irish


he Guglielmino Athletics Complex, one of the more recent additions to the Notre Dame campus, opened its doors in August 2005. Located on the east side of campus, just northeast of the Joyce Center and adjacent to the Loftus Center and the LaBar Practice Fields, the 96,000-square foot facility is home for the Notre Dame football program. “The Gug” is the gift of the late Don F. Guglielmino and his wife Flora and provides the Irish with one of the finest facilities in the nation The building features a players’ lounge with a 52-inch television, Gatorade station and kitchen in addition to several study lounges and the Morse Recruiting Lounge. The Romano Locker Room and the adjacent Allen Equipment Room feature 125 lockers, 22 showers and equipment storage. In preparation for practice and games, the Irish football team and the 25 other varsity sports at Notre Dame use the

150-seat Isban Auditorium, the 25,000-square foot Haggar Fitness Center (featuring a 50-yard Mondo track and a 45x18-yard Prestige Turf field) and the Loftus Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center (which houses two exercise pools, one with a treadmill on the bottom, and an on-site x-ray machine). The building also houses positionspecific meeting rooms and offices for the entire football coaching and support staffs. The Guglielmino Athletics Complex places Notre Dame at the cutting edge of collegiate athletics facilities. The Gug sits next to an even more recent addition to campus, the LaBar Practice Complex, which opened in 2008. The $2.5 million gift of John R. “Rees” LaBar and his wife Carol funded the three practice fields, two of which are artificial turf. All three fields are lit and provide football, lacrosse, soccer and RecSports with a facility that can meet a high demand for use year-round.

The LaBar Practice Complex is used year-round by football, lacrosse, soccer and Rec Sports.

The mural at the entrance to the Guglielmino Athletics Complex portrays the unique and storied tradition of Notre Dame football.

The Morse Recruiting Lounge houses a bust of legendary coach Knute Rockne. Banners representing Notre Dame’s 11 national championships hang from the ceiling.


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The 3,800-square-foot Isban Auditorium features 150 large chair back seats specially designed for size and comfort. The room will be used for meetings for all 26 of Notre Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity athletic teams.

The Haggar Fitness Center (pictured here and right) measures 25,000-square feet and houses state-of-the-art strength and conditioning weight equipment, a 50-yard Mondo track for speed training, a 45-yard by 18-yard Prestige Turf for team workouts and an updated sound and lighting system that includes six plasma television screens.

The Allen Equipment Room is located adjacent to the practice locker room. The playersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lounge is equipped with a 52-inch plasma television, a Gatorade station and a kitchen. Also available are study lounges.

The Loftus Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center includes two new exercise pools (one with a treadmill on the bottom), new office space for the athletic training staff, increased rehabilitation space and an on-site x-ray room.


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JACK SWARBRICK Director of Athletics


ohn B. “Jack” Swarbrick Jr., a University of Notre Dame graduate who has risen to national prominence as a lawyer, consultant and executive in the collegiate and Olympic sports industries, is in his second year as director of athletics at his alma mater. His first year on campus in 2008-09 featured the announcement of plans for a new, freestanding ice hockey arena; creation of an athletic administrative division to enhance athletic performance — plus the individual accomplishments of 35 All-Americans, eight Academic All-Americans and a record four NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winners. Notre Dame’s most heralded teams in ’08-‘09 finished as the NCAA runner-up in both women’s soccer (26-1, led by Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks) and fencing (men 33-0, women 32-2), while the women’s tennis squad advanced to the NCAA semifinals. The Irish men’s soccer squad was seeded 14th in the NCAA bracket, while the hockey team ranked fourth in the final poll after winning Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and postseason crowns. Men’s lacrosse

finished unbeaten in the regular season (and second in the final poll) — and women’s lacrosse won its first BIG EAST title. Overall, the Irish claimed 2008-09 BIG EAST championship honors in women’s soccer, men’s swimming, women’s swimming (for a record 13th straight year), women’s lacrosse, rowing, softball, women’s tennis and men’s outdoor track and field – added a BIG EAST regular-season division crown in men’s soccer – plus the CCHA hockey and Great Western Lacrosse League men’s lacrosse titles. Notre Dame also ranked number one in the country (among Football Bowl Subdivision schools) in the most recent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) numbers in 2008 with a 98 for all student-athletes – including 19 programs with a perfect 100 score. The 2009 Academic Progress Rate (APR) statistics included more perfect 1,000 scores by Irish teams (nine) than by any other FBS institution. Using the federal graduation rate criteria, nine programs produced 100 percent rates – and 11 ranked first in their respective sports. Another highlight of the 2008-09 school year was the year-long Notre Dame Monogram Club program “Celebrating Over 60 Years of Success by Black Student-Athletes at Notre Dame.” Meanwhile, Irish studentathletes volunteered 6,302 hours of their time in community service and outreach programs. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., and raised in Yonkers and Bloomington, Ind., Swarbrick is a 1976 magna cum laude graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Upon graduating from Stanford University Law School in 1980, he returned to Indiana to accept a position as an associate in the Indianapolis law firm Baker & Daniels, one


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J A C K S WA R B R I C K CONTINUED of the largest in the state. He was made partner in 1987 and spent 28 years overall with the firm. At the same time that Swarbrick began his career, the city of Indianapolis was beginning its effort to become a world-class center for amateur and professional athletics. Swarbrick quickly became an instrumental figure in that initiative. As a member of the Indiana Sports Corporation, including the chairmanship from 1992 to 2001, Swarbrick led most of the city’s successful proposals to a wide array of athletics organizations – from the National Football League (NFL) to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to the Big Ten Conference.

His leadership efforts have resulted in the city: • Earning the right to play host to the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. As vice president of the Indianapolis 2012 Super Bowl Committee, Swarbrick served as the architect of the city’s bid and the presentation to the NFL owners. • Becoming the home of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national headquarters in 1999. He coordinated the city’s efforts by assembling an incentive package, building community support and presenting Indianapolis in the bid process. His persistence helped deliver an extraordinary corporate partner for the community – the NCAA employs 400 people, creates an annual local operating impact of $63.5 million and offers direct impact to the community on a quadrennial basis of at least $100 million through its events.

years beginning in 2008 (Indianapolis now has played host to every women’s Big Ten basketball tournament except one since 1995). Creative elements of the bid included a large job fair and endowed student-athlete scholarships. He served as sports commissioner of the 1982 U.S. Olympic Festival in Indianapolis, competition director of the ’87 Pan American Games, chairman of the ’91 World Gymnastics Championships and an executive committee member for the 1994 World Rowing Championships in Indianapolis. He also served as a consultant to other communities playing host to or interested in attracting athletic events.

Swarbrick’s practice at Baker & Daniels focused on the representation of owners of sports teams and organizations which sanction or conduct athletic competitions. He served as general counsel for numerous national governing bodies of Olympic sports, including USA Gymnastics and USRowing, and as a consultant to the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. In his work as an advisor to the NCAA, Swarbrick: • Coordinated the men’s College Basketball Partnership, an NCAA-led group that addresses the opportunities and challenges in the sport. • Developed the business plan for the new NBA/NCAA youth basketball enterprise. • Worked with the NCAA’s Corporate Partners and Champions Program.

• Hosting the 1987 Pan American Games, where Swarbrick served as the director of competition.

• Served as a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Discussion Group.

• Hosting the 1991 World Gymnastics Championships. • Hosting NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Fours and other college championship competitions and a wide array of national and world championships in the Olympic sports. Indianapolis has played host to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four five times since 1991 (and will again in 2010) – and Swarbrick engineered an agreement in which the men’s Final Four will be played in Indianapolis on an average of once every five years through 2039. The economic impact of that agreement may reach $1 billion. • Securing rights to host the Big Ten Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at Conseco Fieldhouse for five consecutive

• Chaired the NCAA/USOC task force dedicated to developing proposals to expand sponsorship of Olympic sports among NCAA member institutions. He participated for two years as a midfielder with Notre Dame’s club lacrosse team during his undergraduate years. Born March 19, 1954, Swarbrick was named Notre Dame’s 12th athletics director on July 16, 2008. He and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of four children: Kate, a senior at St. Louis University; Connor, a junior at Wake Forest University; Cal, a senior in high school; and Christopher, a high school junior.


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SUPPORT STAFF BRIAN WHITE Offensive Graduate Assistant


rian White is in his first season at Notre Dame as the graduate assistant for the Irish offense. White came to Notre Dame from the University of Maryland where he had worked with the football program since 2006. This past season White served as a staff intern with the Terrapins before serving as the interim special teams and tight ends coach during the month

BRYANT YOUNG Defensive Graduate Assistant


ryant Young, a 1994 University of Notre Dame graduate and four-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive lineman, is in his first season as the graduate assistant for defense at Notre Dame. Young earned four monograms at Notre Dame from 1990-93 and helped the Irish to a 40-8-1 record during his four years. A first-team All-America selection in 1993 as a senior captain and defensive tackle, Young started 30 of the 41 games he played at Notre Dame and totaled 176 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss and 18 sacks during his collegiate career. He also played in four bowl games while at Notre Dame (started three of four bowl games but postseason statistics did not count toward individual totals). Young played all 14 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and only four 49ers have ever been with the franchise longer. From 1994-2007, he played in and started 208 games, trailing only Jerry Rice’s 224 starts and tied for third in all-time games played in 49ers history.

CHAD KLUNDER Director of Football Operations


had Klunder is in his fifth year as director of football operations at Notre Dame. In his role, Klunder coordinates and oversees all day-to-day administrative and operational details including team travel, budgets, pre-season camp arrangements, the annual coaches clinic and summer camps. A former graduate assistant coach at Notre Dame in 2003-04, Klunder worked with the Irish offense for two seasons. He previously served as running backs coach and coordinator of football operations at Harvard from 1998 through 2002. During his tenure at Harvard,

of December and for the Humanitarian Bowl. White’s special teams unit featured a 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown, setting a bowl record, and helped Maryland defeat Nevada, 42-35. White was a graduate assistant during the 2006 and 2007 seasons when he worked closely with the scout teams and was a member of the offensive coaching staff, focusing on the offensive line and running backs. Prior to his stint at Maryland, White spent two seasons at Hargrave Military Academy, a college prep academy in Chatham, Va., serving as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. White recruited the East Coast and organized an annual college showcase combine that attracted over 300 coaches. A native of Oakland, N.J., White was born June 29, 1982, and is a 2004 graduate of Juniata College where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in history. He received a Master’s degree in special education from Maryland in 2008.

Selected to the Pro Bowl in 1996, 1999, 2001 and 2002, Young finished his career with 89.5 sacks, good for third all-time in team history. He helped the 49ers make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons and at the conclusion of his final home game, Young was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates. Drafted with the seventh overall selection in 1994 draft, Young was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1994 after leading all 49ers defensive linemen with 49 tackles and totaled six sacks. He started all 16 games and helped San Francisco claim its fifth Super Bowl championship. Young suffered devastating fractures to his tibia and fibula in 1998, ending his season after the 12th week of action with Young leading all defensive tackles in the NFL in sacks that season. Undeterred, he regained his previous form in 1999 and tallied 11 sacks en route to his second Pro Bowl selection. Young was honored for his efforts when he was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year for 1999. His excellence was not just limited to on the field performance as Young was recipient of the team’s Len Eshmont Award, symbolic of the player who best exemplifies courage and leadership, an astonishing eight times including each of his final four seasons. Prior to Young, no other member of the 49ers had ever won the honor more than twice. A native of Chicago Heights, Ill., Bryant Colby Young was born Jan. 27, 1972, and graduated from Bloom Township High School. He graduated in 1994 with a marketing degree from Notre Dame. Young’s wife, Kristen, also graduated from Notre Dame in 1994 and the couple have four children: Kai, Colby, Kennedy and Bryce.

his running backs led the Ivy League in rushing on three occasions. He coached three all-Ivy League players, including Chris Menick, Harvard’s all-time leading rusher. Harvard in 2001 finished 9-0 in the Ivy League and became the first Harvard team to go unbeaten or untied in conference play since 1913. Klunder also served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Minnesota – and worked as a graduate assistant football coach at St. Cloud State. At St. Cloud, he coached Randy Martin, who was a finalist in 1995 and ‘96 for the Harlon Hill Trophy that goes to the NCAA Division II player of the year. The Waverly, Iowa, native played defensive back at Wartburg College in Waverly. He earned four letters, was twice a unanimous all-league pick and gained honorable mention All-America recognition. He served as a Wartburg co-captain in 1994 when his team advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. Born Aug. 28, 1972, Klunder received a degree in sports management from Wartburg in 1995 and has done master’s degree coursework at St. Cloud State, Minnesota and Notre Dame. He is married to the former Lisa Malin who is executive director of the College Football Hall of Fame.


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TIM MCDONNELL Director of Football Personnel


im McDonnell is in his fifth season with the Irish football office and third year as director of football personnel. In this capacity, McDonnell covers a variety of football-related matters, serving as a liaison between the team and NFL personnel, assisting with recruiting efforts, and helping to coordinate the walk-on program. Prior to his promotion, McDonnell served as the coordinator of quality control under

DAVID PELOQUIN Director of Football Development


he 2009 football season will be Dave Peloquin’s sixth season with the Notre Dame football program, and his third year as director of football development. In this role, Peloquin’s responsibilities deal primarily with the administration of Irish recruiting efforts. He works closely with recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello and has played an integral role as the Irish have secured top-10

KEVIN GREEN Director of Head Football Coach Relations


evin Green is in his second season with the Notre Dame football office and serves as the director of head football coach relations. In this capacity, Green works directly with head football coach Charlie Weis and manages his daily schedule as well as organizing daily meetings, appointments, appearances and speaking engagements. Green acts on behalf of Weis

BRENDAN DONOVAN Coordinator of Quality Control


rendan Donovan is in his third season working in the Notre Dame football office and second year as the coordinator of quality control. In his role, Donovan assists the head football coach in all football-related matters, handles special

head coach Charlie Weis. In this role, McDonnell assisted the head football coach in all football-related matters, handled special projects for the coaching staff and assisted with personnel development and recruiting. A 2005 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and a three-year football letterman as a receiver, McDonnell was the inaugural recipient of the Daniel Allen Sportsmanship Award in 2005, presented to the Holy Cross varsity athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship that coach Daniel Allen exhibited throughout his life. He also received the 2004 Unsung Hero Award as the player who supported the team spiritually, emotionally and physically for the good of the team. A native of Harrison, N.Y., McDonnell graduated from Iona Prep before starting his collegiate career at Holy Cross. Born April 15, 1983, he is the grandson of the late Wellington Mara, former president of the New York Giants who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997. recruiting classes two of the last three seasons. Prior to being promoted to director of football development, Peloquin served as coordinator of player personnel development where he assisted Ron Powlus (then the director of player personnel development) for two seasons in numerous administrative duties regarding Notre Dame’s recruiting. In 2004, Peloquin served in a similar capacity as a recruiting assistant, a role in which he worked with the entire coaching staff assisting in all recruiting aspects. Before rejoining the Irish, Peloquin worked as a sales representative for State Farm Insurance and Financial Services in the Chicago area. A 2003 Notre Dame graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from the Mendoza College of Business, Peloquin served as a student manager from 2000 to 2002 and was named head senior manager for the 2002 season. He is a native of Blue Island, Ill. by coordinating all University appearances, sponsorship, benefactor, alumni club, community and media requests and obligations. He schedules, plans, prepares and travels with Weis on speaking engagements and handles special projects and other personal matters. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Green worked seven years in health care consulting, most recently as a manager for Accenture LLP in Chicago. While with Accenture, he coordinated financial and operational due diligence for mergers and acquisitions of health care providers. A South Bend, Ind., native, Green attended LaSalle High School and later Notre Dame. He graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Mendoza College of Business and had a concentration in computer applications. Green is married to the former Sharon Bui (executive director of Hannah & Friends).

projects for the coaching staff and assists with personnel development and recruiting. Donovan started at Notre Dame in 2007 as a senior staff assistant for the football team. His duties primarily centered on serving as the main contact for all general communication within the Notre Dame football office. He also helped with other projects assigned within the office. A native of Piscataway, N.J., Donovan graduated in the fall of 2006 from Seton Hall University with a degree in history. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and was the 2005 Greek Man of the Year at Seton Hall.


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KINNON TATUM Defensive Quality Control


innon Tatum is in his second season with the Notre Dame football program, serving as the intern for the defensive coaching staff. His primary duty is assisting the defensive coaches with all aspects of the football program. Tatum is responsible for film breakdowns, scouting reports, playbooks and other duties assigned by coach Charlie Weis and the defensive staff. Tatum played four years at inside linebacker for Notre Dame (199396), starting 24 contests, and recorded 188 tackles with 3.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, two interceptions, four passes broken up, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He led the Irish in tackles in 1996

DAVID HANNA Intern (Offense)


avid Hanna is in his first season with the Irish football staff. His primary duty is assisting the offensive coaches in a variety of areas. He is responsible for film breakdowns, scouting reports, playbooks and other duties assigned by head coach Charlie Weis and the offensive staff. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Hanna was an assistant football coach and assistant professor of physical education at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., for two seasons. Hanna served as the Generals defensive

DREW McKENNA Intern (Defense)


rew McKenna is in his third season working with the Notre Dame football team but his first year as an intern for the coaching staff. McKenna was a junior student manager for the 2007 football team and one of three senior managers in 2008. His primary duty is assisting the defensive coaches

with 77 stops and was selected to play in the Hula Bowl all-star game following the season. Following his senior year, Tatum was drafted by the Carolina Panthers with the 27th selection in the third round of the 1997 National Football League draft. He played in 31 games from 1997-98 for the Panthers and spent the 1999 training camp with the club before being released due to injury on the final cut. Tatum signed with Tampa Bay in 2000 and went to training camp with the Buccaneers before being cut at the end of training camp. Tatum entered the business world following his stint in the NFL and worked for Allstate as a claims adjuster from 2004-07. He was based out of New Orleans in 2004-05 but transferred to Charlotte, N.C., following Hurricane Katrina. While in Charlotte, Tatum returned to football as the linebackers coach at Providence High School from 2006-07. Tatum was an all-state safety in high school who set the North Carolina state record with 12 interceptions as a junior. Born July 19, 1975, Tatum was raised in Fayetteville, N.C.

backs coach and special teams coordinator and helped guide Washington and Lee to a 10-9 record. From 2005-06 Hanna coached the wide receivers at Johns Hopkins University, helping the Blue Jays to the 2005 Centennial Conference title and the school’s first NCAA tournament berth. He studied in the doctoral clinical psychology program at the University of Albany from 1999-2003 and later served as a community investment specialist in the City of Baltimore’s mayor’s office. Hanna was a four-year letterwinner and two-time all-conference selection at free safety for Kalamazoo College. His senior season, Hanna tied for team-high honors with three interceptions and ranked second on the squad with 59 tackles in nine games. Hanna graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1999 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in sociology. A Michigan native, Hanna graduated from Okemos High School in 1995, where he was an all-area and all-state running back and an all-area wrestler.

in a variety of areas including film breakdowns, scouting reports, playbooks and other duties assigned by head coach Charlie Weis and the defensive staff. Kinnon Tatum also provides direction for McKenna. A 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, McKenna earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Mendoza School of Business. As the head manager for administration in 2008, McKenna worked closely with Weis both at practice and around the Guglielmino Athletics Complex. Originally from the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, Ill., McKenna graduated from Saint Ignatius College Prep in 2005.


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emorable finishes and heart-breaking losses have been part of Notre Dame football lore for more than 100 years. Nine Irish victories since 1961 have occurred on the game’s final play; seven of those wins as time expired were produced by Notre Dame placekickers. Among the most famous of those kicks were Harry Oliver’s 51-yard field goal against Michigan on Sept. 20, 1980, which propelled the Irish to a 29-27 victory and former walk-on Pat Dillingham’s slant pattern to Arnaz Battle in which Battle ran 60 yards for the game-winning score against Michigan State in 2002. In its long and storied history, 25 wins have come with under a minute to play in the game. Darius Walker’s six-yard run off a direct snap with 55 seconds to play propelled the Irish to a 38-31 win at Stanford in 2005 clinched a Fiesta Bowl berth for the Irish and capped a clutch 80-yard drive in the final 1:46 of the game. Brady Quinn threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Samardzija with 27 seconds left to give Notre Dame an improbable 20-17 comeback victory over UCLA in 2006. Below is a listing of the Notre Dame victories and some losses decided with under five minutes to play.

Memorable Finishes Resulting in Wins or Ties...

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Nicholas Setta 40-yard field goal vs. Washington State, 29-26 (2003) Joey Getherall nine-yard run vs. Air Force, 34-31 (2000) D.J. Fitzpatrick 40-yard field goal vs. Navy, 27-24 (2003) Nicholas Setta 38-yard field goal vs. Purdue, 23-21 (2000) Jim Sanson 39-yard field goal vs. Texas, 27-24 (1996) John Carney 19-yard field goal vs. USC, 38-37 (1986) Harry Oliver 51-yard field goal vs. Michigan, 29-27 (1980) Joe Unis extra point following Joe Montana eight-yard pass to Kris Haines in Cotton Bowl vs. Houston, 35-34 (1979) Joe Perkowski 41-yard field goal vs. Syracuse, 17-15 (1961) Scott Cengia 20-yard field goal vs. Hawaii, 23-22 (1997) Don Schaefer extra point following Ralph Guglielmi nine-yard pass to Dan Shannon vs. Iowa, 14-14 (1953) Mike Johnston 32-yard field goal vs. Miami, 16-14 (1982) Mike Johnston 35-yard field goal vs. Oregon, 13-13 (1982) John Carney 44-yard field goal vs. Navy, 18-17 (1984) Rick Mirer two-point conversion to Reggie Brooks following three-yard pass from Mirer to Jerome Bettis vs. Penn State, 17-16 (1992) Brady Quinn 45-yard pass to Jeff Samardzija vs. UCLA, 20-17 (2006) Bill Shakespeare 19-yard pass to Wayne Millner vs. Ohio State, 18-13 (1935) Monty Stickles 43-yard field goal vs. Navy, 25-22 (1959) Rodney Culver one-yard run vs. Michigan State, 20-19 (1990) Steve Oracko extra point following Red Sitko one-yard run vs. USC, 14-14 (1948) Jarious Jackson 16-yard pass to Jay Johnson vs. Navy, 28-24 (1999) Rusty Lisch two-point conversion to Pete Holohan following 14-yard pass from Lisch to Dean Masztak vs. South Carolina, 18-17 (1979) Bob Joseph extra point following John Lattner one-yard run vs. Iowa, 20-20 (1951) Darius Walker six-yard run vs. Stanford, 38-31 (2005) Jim Sanson 17-yard field goal vs. Purdue, 31-30 (1998) Joe Montana 80-yard pass to Ted Burgmeier vs. North Carolina, 21-14 (1975)

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Jim Sanson 48-yard field goal vs. Army, 20-17 (1998) Reggie Ho 26-yard field goal vs. Michigan, 19-17 (1988) Pat Dillingham 60-yard pass to Arnaz Battle vs. Michigan State, 21-17 (2002) Paul Hornung one-yard run vs. North Carolina, 21-14 (1956) Ron Powlus two-point conversion to Derrick Mayes after an Autry Denson seven-yard run followed by an Allen Rossum 76-yard interception return with 0:28 remaining vs. Washington, 29-21 (1995) Jarious Jackson 10-yard pass to Raki Nelson followed by an intentional safety with 0:03 remaining vs. LSU, 39-36 (1998) David Mitchell five-yard run vs. Purdue 31-24 (1977) Rick Mirer 18-yard pass to Adrian Jarrell vs. Michigan, 28-24 (1990) Chuck Sweeney safety of Alan McFarland in end zone vs. Navy, 9-7 (1937) Art Parisien 23-yard pass to Johnny Niemiec vs. USC, 13-12 (1926) Carlyle Holiday 67-yard pass to Omar Jenkins vs. Navy, 3023, (2002) Paul Hornung 25-yard field goal vs. Iowa, 17-14 (1955) Kevin Pendergast 31-yard field goal in Cotton Bowl vs Texas A&M, 24-21 (1994) Butch Niemiec 32-pass to Johnny O’Brien vs. Army, 12-6 (1928) Autry Denson one-yard run vs. Georgia Tech, 17-13 (1997) Jabari Halloway recovers Jarious Jackson fumble in the end zone vs. USC, 25-24 (1999) Bob Williams 30-yard pass to Jim Mutscheller vs. North Carolina, 14-7 (1950) Tom Clements three-yard run vs. Pittsburgh, 14-10 (1974) Terrail Lambert 19-yard interception return vs. Michigan State (2006) Scott Hempel 24-yard field goal vs. LSU, 3-0 (1970) Pat Steenberge two-point conversion to Mike Creaney after Fred Swendsen’s fumble recovery in end zone vs. Purdue, 8-7 (1971) Wayne Bullock two-yard run vs. Rice, 10-3 (1974) Jerome Heavens one-yard run vs. Air Force, 31-30 (1975)


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LAST MINUTE WINS & LOSSES CONTINUED 3:25 3:50 4:26 4:44 4:56 4:59 OT OT OT OT OT 0:00 0:00 0:00 0:01

0:02 0:02 0:03 0:04 0:11 0:19 0:19 0:33 0:36 0:38 0:42 0:48 0:54 1:00 1:05 1:07 1:08 1:08 1:25 1:33

George Izo 44-yard pass to George Sefcik vs. Iowa, 20-19 (1959) Dick Lynch three-yard run vs. Oklahoma, 7-0 (1957) Bob Thomas 19-yard field goal in Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama, 24-23 (1973) Harry Oliver 47-yard field goal vs. Georgia Tech, 3-3 (1980) Ron Powlus 11-yard pass to Bobby Brown vs. West Virginia, 21-14 (1997) Marc Edwards three-yard run vs. Vanderbilt, 14-7 (1996) Brad Otten five-yard pass to Rodney Sermons for USC, 27-20 (1996) Dallas Thompson 27-yard field goal for Air Force, 20-17 (1996) Eric Crouch seven-yard run for Nebraska, 27-24 (2000) Jason Teague 19-yard run for Michigan State, 44-41 (2005) Travis Thomas five-yard run for Notre Dame, But failed tw point conversion vs. Navy, 46-44 (2007) Mike Biselli 22-yard field goal for Stanford, 40-37 (1999) Max Zendejas 48-yard field goal for Arizona, 6-13 (1982) David Gordon 41-yard field goal for Boston College, 41-39 (1993) Josh Cummings 32-yard field goal for Pittsburgh, 41-38 (2004) Remy Hamilton 42-yard field goal for Michigan, 26-24 (1994) Frank Jordan 37-yard field goal for USC, 27-25 (1978) Matt Leinart one-yard run for USC, 34-31 (2005) Craig Fayak 34-yard field goal for Penn State, 24-21 (1990) Bill Kaliden five-yard run for Pittsburgh, 29-26 (1958) Doug Strang eight-yard run for Penn State, 34-30 (1983) Scott Campbell seven-yard pass to Steve Bryant for Purdue, 15-14 (1981) Steve Lach five-yard pass to Paul Anderson for Great Lakes, 19-14 (1943) Tommy Vardell one-yard run for Stanford, 36-31 (1990) Sandro Sciortino 26-yard field goal for Boston College, 27-25 (2003) Cameron Dantley 11-yard pass to Donte Davis for Syracuse, 24-23 (2008) Michael Harper one-yard run for USC, 17-13 (1982) Paul Peterson 30-yard pass to Tony Gonzalez for Boston College, 24-23 (2004) Johnny Baker 23-yard field goal for USC, 16-14 (1931) Adam Abrams 37-yard field goal for USC, 20-17 (1997) Ralph Kurek one-yard run for Wisconsin, 14-9 (1963) Kenneth Toulon one-yard run for Stanford, 17-13 (2001) Billy Dale one-yard run for Texas in Cotton Bowl, 21-17 (1970) Jeff VanHorne 29-yard field goal for Pittsburgh, 10-9 (1986) Craig Fertig 15-yard pass to Rod Sherman for USC, 20-17 (1964)

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Sean Pavlich extra point following John Kerschnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one-yard run for Air Force, 23-22 (1983) Anthony Thomas one-yard run for Michigan, 26-22 (1999) Jeff Smoker 68-yard pass to Herb Haygood for Michigan State, 27-21 (2000) Charlie Arnold 31-yard pass to Lon Slaughter for SMU, 19-13 (1956) Warrick Dunn five-yard run for Florida State, 23-16 (1985) Garry James two-yard run for LSU, 10-7 (1985) Richard King 35-yard pass to Michael Koski for Syracuse, 14-7 (1963) Jim Ellis 10-yard pass to Jim Story for Mississippi, 20-13 (1977) Todd Blackledge one-yard run for Penn State, 24-21 (1981) Levi Jackson four-yard run for Michigan State, 10-3 (1975) John Becksvoort extra point following Andy Kelly 26-yard pass to Aaron Hayden for Tennessee, 35-34 (1991) Marvin Tibbetts six-yard run for Georgia Tech, 13-10 (1959) Todd Spencer 26-yard run for USC, 14-7 (1981)

Brady Quinn threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Samardzija with 27 seconds left to give 10th-ranked Notre Dame an improbable 20-17 comeback victory over UCLA on Oct. 21, 2006. (Photo by Matt Cashore)

Overtime History (2-6)... WINS... 2000 2003

Joey Getherall nine-yard run after Air Force field goal, 34-31 Nicholas Setta 40-yard field goal after Washington State missed field goal attempt, 29-26

LOSSES... 1996 1996 2000 2005 2007 2008

Brad Otten five-yard pass to Rodney Sermons for USC, 27-20 Dallas Thompson 27-yard field goal for Air Force, 20-17 Eric Crouch seven-yard run for Nebraska after Notre Dame field goal, 27-24 Jason Teague 19-yard run for Michigan State, 44-41 Travis Thomas five-yard run for Notre Dame, but failed twopoint conversion vs. Navy, 46-44 (2007) Conor Lee 22-yard field goal for Pittsburgh in fourth overtime, 36-33


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otre Dame has helped build its football tradition with impressive records against top-ranked opponents and against teams entering with lengthy winning streaks. The Fighting Irish own eight victories over number-oneranked teams (most recently over unbeaten Florida State in 1993) — with five of those coming in bowl games beginning with the 1971 Cotton Bowl. Notre Dame also has played the spoiler role on numerous occasions — eight times coming up with a victory or tie in an opponent’s final game of the season to end a potential perfect season (Michigan State ’66, Texas in ’71 Cotton Bowl, Alabama in ’73 Sugar Bowl, Alabama in ’75 Orange Bowl, Texas in ’78 Cotton Bowl, West Virginia in ’89 Fiesta Bowl, Colorado in ’90 Orange Bowl, Texas A&M in ‘93 Cotton Bowl). Here is a listing of games in which the Irish have put an end to an especially impressive winning streak maintained by an opponent:

NOTRE DAME 0, ARMY 0 November 9, 1946 • Yankee Stadium The Irish snapped the Cadets’ 25-game victory string with this tie before 74,000 fans at Yankee Stadium in New York. Notre Dame defenders were the heroes — in particular Johnny Lujack on a late solo tackle of Doc Blanchard — as they successfully contained Blanchard and Glenn Davis. Each team barely eclipsed the 200-yard mark in total offense. The Irish avenged 59-0 and 48-0 defeats to Army the previous two years and thwarted the Cadets’ chances for a third straight national title. At the time there had been only 10 longer winning streaks in the history of college football. NOTRE DAME 27, GEORGIA TECH 14 October 24, 1953 • Notre Dame Stadium Heisman Trophy winner John Lattner and fullback Neil Worden keyed a dominating Notre Dame ground attack that helped the top-ranked Irish end fourth-rated Georgia Tech’s 31-game unbeaten streak, then the longest current streak in college football. The Irish finished with a 323-131 edge in rushing yardage — led by Lattner’s 96 yards and 101 by Worden. Notre Dame’s four touchdowns marked the most by a Tech opponent during the streak — and a third-period Ralph Guglielmi TD pass marked

the first against Tech in 22 games. The win came despite the loss of Irish coach Frank Leahy, who fainted due to a lower chest muscle spasm while walking into the dressing room at halftime. NOTRE DAME 7, OKLAHOMA 0 November 16, 1957 • Owen Field Notre Dame halfback Dick Lynch scored the only touchdown of the day as the unranked and twice-beaten Irish ended the second-ranked and defending national champion Sooners’ 47-game winning streak, still the longest in college football history, and OU’s 48-game unbeaten streak (fourth-longest in college football history). The Irish had been the last team to defeat Oklahoma before that contest, as they had been victorious on September 26, 1953, by a 28-21 count. Lynch’s score came on a fourth-down pitch from the three-yard line with just 3:50 left on the clock. The Sooners drove to the Irish 13 on their first possession but never got closer. NOTRE DAME 24, TEXAS 11 January 1, 1971 • Cotton Bowl Joe Theismann paced the sixth-rated Irish to victory in the Cotton Bowl that ended the topranked Longhorns’ 30-game winning streak and their bid for a second straight perfect season. Theismann accounted for three scores in the first 16 minutes of the game — throwing once to Tom Gatewood for a score and running twice for TDs himself — to give Notre Dame a 24-11 lead at halftime. The Irish defense, led by Walt Patulski and Mike Kadish, shut out the potent Texas offense in the second half, forcing nine fumbles, five of them recovered by Notre Dame. NOTRE DAME 23, USC 14 October 27, 1973 • Notre Dame Stadium Eric Penick’s 85-yard burst early in the third quarter keyed eighth-ranked Notre Dame’s triumph that ended the sixth-rated Trojans’ 23-game unbeaten string. The victory in Notre Dame Stadium was the pivotal triumph in Notre Dame’s 1973 national championship season. The Irish held USC’s Anthony Davis to 55 rushing yards, got field goals from Bob

The Notre Dame defense forced seven turnovers to help the fourth-ranked Irish end top-rated Miami’s 36-game regular-season winning streak. Irish safety Pat Terrell made the deciding play, batting down a two-point conversion pass attempt with 45 seconds to play.

Thomas in each of the first three periods — then watched Penick deliver the deciding blow. NOTRE DAME 31, MIAMI 30 October 15, 1988 • Notre Dame Stadium Despite giving up a record 424 passing yards to Miami’s Steve Walsh, the Notre Dame defense forced seven turnovers to help the fourth-ranked Irish end the top-rated Hurricanes’ 36-game regular-season winning streak. Miami also came into the game having won 20 straight road games and 16 games overall. The Hurricanes had not lost in an opponent’s stadium since traveling to Michigan in 1984. Irish safety Pat Terrell made the deciding play, batting down a two-point conversion pass attempt by Walsh with 45 seconds to play. NOTRE DAME 31, FLORIDA STATE 24 November 13, 1993 • Notre Dame Stadium Second-ranked Notre Dame rolled to a 21-7 halftime lead, then held on down the stretch until Shawn Wooden knocked down a Charlie Ward pass attempt as time ran out to ensure the 31-24 triumph over unbeaten Florida State. The Irish victory ended the longest winning streak in the country at 16 (Notre Dame also had won 16 straight coming in), with the Seminoles having lost only once to a team outside the state of Florida since 1989. Notre Dame rushed for 239 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns, two more than Florida State had allowed in its first nine games combined.


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NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS Since the NCAA began producing its annual statistical rankings in 1937, individual Notre Dame players have finished in the final top 10 on 84 occasions. From 1937 through 1969, all individual rankings were by season totals. Beginning in 1970, most season individual rankings were by per game averages. In total offense, rushing and scoring, it is yards or points per game; in receiving and interceptions, it is catches per

game; in punt and kickoff returns, it is yards per return-and in field goals, field goals per game. Punting always has been by average. Beginning in 1970, passers were ranked on completions per game, and starting in 1979, were ranked on efficiency rating points. The all-purpose running rankings have been compiled only since 1970. The field-goal rankings began when the goal posts were widened in 1959. Kick scoring is no longer an active category.

Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a complete listing of all those Irish players finishing among the top 10 in any individual statistical category: Total Offense 1944 4 1949 6 1954 6 1955 4 1956 2 1964 3 1970 2 2005 5

Frank Dancewicz Bob Williams Ralph Guglielmi Paul Hornung Paul Hornung John Huarte Joe Theismann Brady Quinn

1120 1437 1257 1215 1337 2069 281.3 334.1

Rushing 1943 1943 1944 1953 1979 1983 1992

1 7 10 5 5 5 7

Creighton Miller Jim Mello Bob Kelly Neil Worden Vagas Ferguson Allen Pinkett Reggie Brooks

911 704 681 859 130.6 126.4 122.1

Passing 1941 1942 1944 1950 1954 1990 1991 2005

3 6 2 10 10 10 8 7

Angelo Bertelli Angelo Bertelli Frank Dancewicz Bob Williams Ralph Guglielimi Rick Mirer Rick Mirer Brady Quinn

70 72 68 99 68 138.8 149.2 158.4

Brady Quinn Brady Quinn

Receiving 1964 2 1970 2

Jack Snow Tom Gatewood

Punting 1944 1973 1975 2006

Bob Kelly Brian Doherty Joe Restic Geoff Price

10 6 7 5

Interceptions 1955 t5 1961 t8 1962 t2 1963 t6 1964 1

Paul Hornung Angelo Dabiero Tom MacDonald Tom MacDonald Tony Carey

t8 t7 1 t5 t8

Nick Rassas Tom Schoen Mike Townsend Dave Duerson Todd Lyght

6 7 10 7 0.67

Punt Returns 1965 1 1967 6 1988 4 1996 1 2000 8

Nick Rassas Tom Schoen Ricky Watters Allen Rossum Joey Getherall

459 447 13.32 22.93 16.33

Kickoff Returns 1953 4 1956 2 1961 8 1975 7 1979 6 1982 9 1986 3 1988 1 1995 5 1997 6 2000 4 2002 8

John Lattner Paul Hornung Paul Costa Terry Eurick Jim Stone Allen Pinkett Tim Brown Raghib Ismail Emmett Mosley Allen Rossum Julius Jones Vontez Duff

331 496 359 26.7 25.9 25.3 27.9 36.1 27.9 28.50 28.47 27.68

All-Purpose Running (first compiled in 1970) 1976 9 Al Hunter 135.4 1983 6 Allen Pinkett 152.9

1986 1987 1990

3 6 9

Tim Brown Tim Brown Raghib Ismail

176.1 167.9 156.91

Scoring 1941 1943 1944 1947 1979 1983 1984 1991

10 t4 t2 t5 4 2 2 4

Fred Evans Creighton Miller Bob Kelly Terry Brennan Vagas Ferguson Allen Pinkett Allen Pinkett Jerome Bettis

67 78 84 66 9.3 10.0 9.8 10.0

Kick Scoring 1953 1 1958 t8 1965 7 1967 5 1968 t8 1966 t9 1973 t3

Menil Mavraides Monty Stickles Ken Ivan Joe Azzaro Scott Hemple Joe Azzaro Bob Thomas

27 18 48 61 60 47 7.0

Field Goals 1955 t3 1959 t9 1961 t8 1980 3 1982 8 1986 4

Paul Hornung Monty Stickles Joe Perkowski Harry Oliver Mike Johnston John Carney

2 3 5 1.64 1.73 1.91


Passing Yards 2005 3 2006 10

1965 1966 1972 1982 1989

60 7.7

37.8 42.7 43.7 45.44

5 5 9 5 8 Allen Rossum led the nation in punt returns in 1996 at 22.93 yards per attempt and was sixth in kickoff returns in 1997 at 28.50 yards per attempt. (Photo by Lighthouse Imaging)


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A number of Notre Dame players and teams occupy places in the NCAA’s all-time collegiate football record book: Tim Brown, 1987 vs. Michigan State (2) Allen Rossum, 1996 vs. Pittsburgh (2) (held by many others)


Most Single-Game Touchdowns Scored on Kickoff Returns Raghib Ismail, 1988 vs. Rice (2), 1989 vs. Michigan (2) (with seven others, though Ismail is the only player in history to score twice in two games) Bob Williams led the nation in passing efficiency in 1949 with an astounding rating of 159.1.

INDIVIDUAL Annual Champions Rushing Creighton Miller, 1943 (151 for 911 yards) Passing Efficiency Bob Williams, 1949 (159.1 - min. 11 attempts/game) Punt Returns Nick Rassas, 1965 (24 for 459 yards) Allen Rossum, 1996 (15 for 344 yards) Interceptions Tony Carey, 1964 (8 for 121 yards) Mike Townsend, 1972 (10 for 39 yards)

Season Total Offense – Most Plays Per Game 92.4, 1970 (924 in 10 games)

Most Career Touchdowns on Interceptions, Punt Returns and Kickoff Returns (Must have at Least One Touchdown in Each Category) Allen Rossum, 1994-97 (9) (3 interceptions, 3 punt returns, 3 kickoff returns)

Season Pass Defense – Lowest Completion Percentage Allowed (min. 200 attempts) .333, 1967 (102 of 306 attempts)

TEAM Annual Champions

Season Pass Defense – Fewest Yards Allowed Per Attempt (min. 300 attempts) 3.78, 1967 (306 for 1,158 attempts)

Total Offense 1943, 418.0 yards per game 1946, 441.3 yards per game 1949, 434.8 yards per game

Season Pass Defense – Fewest Yards Allowed Per Completion (min. 150 completions) 9.5, 1993 (263 for 2,502 yards)

Rushing Offense 1943, 313.7 yards per game 1946, 340.1 yards per game

Season Punt Return Defense – Fewest Returns Allowed 5, 1968 (52 yards) (tied with Nebraska 1995)

Scoring Offense 1966, 36.2 points per game

Season Fewest Turnovers Lost 8, 2000 (tied with Clemson 1940 and Miami, Ohio 1966)

Punt Returns 1958, 17.6 yards per return

Kickoff Returns Raghib Ismail, 1988 (36.1 average - 12 for 433 yards)

Kickoff Returns 1957, 27.6 yards per return 1966, 29.6 yards per return 1988, 24.2 yards per return

Highest Season Percentage of Field Goals Made 40 Yards or More John Carney, 1984 (.909 – 10 of 11)

Total Defense 1946, 141.7 yards per game 1974, 195.2 yards per game

Highest Season Percentage of Field Goals Made 40-49 Yards John Carney, 1984 (1.000 – 10 of 10)

Rushing Defense 1974, 102.8 yards per game

Most Consecutive Career Field Goals Made 40-49 Yards John Carney, 1984-85 (12) Most Single-Game Touchdowns Scored on Punt Returns

Single-Game Touchdowns Scored on Punt Returns 3, vs. Pittsburgh, 1996 (with six other teams) Single-Game – Most Defensive Extra Point Attempts Against 2, vs. Rice 1988 (2 returns, 1 scored)

Most Single-Game Touchdowns Scored on Fumble Returns Tony Driver, 2000 vs. Navy (2) (with Tyrone Carter of Minnesota, 1996)

Kick Scoring Menil Mavraides, 1953 (27 points)


Single-Game Touchdowns Scored on Kickoff Returns 2, vs. Rice 1988, vs. Michigan 1989 (held by many teams)

Most Consecutive Winning Seasons (All Time) 42 from 1839 to 1932 (no teams in 1890-91) Season Fewest Turnovers Per Game 0.73, 2000 (8 in 11 games)

Scoring Defense 1946, 2.7 points per game In addition to leading the nation in kickoff returns in 1988, Raghib Ismail became the only player in NCAA history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in two different games, doing that against Rice in 1988 and Michigan in 1989.


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STADIUM RECORDS SINGLE GAME Most Points: 73 vs. Haskell, 1932 Most Opponent Points: 51 by Purdue, 1960 Most Combined Points: 90 vs. Navy, 2007 (Navy 46, Notre Dame 44 - 3OT) 90 vs. SMU, 1986 (Notre Dame 61, SMU 29) Widest Margin of Victory: 73 vs. Haskell, 1932 (Notre Dame 73, Haskell 0) Widest Margin of Defeat: 40 vs. Oklahoma, 1956 (Oklahoma 40, Notre Dame 0) SEASON Most Wins: 7, 1988 Most Losses: 6, 2007 Most Points: 260, 1988 (seven games) Fewest Points: 0, 1933 (four games) Most Opponent Points: 223, 2007 (seven games) Fewest Opponent Points: 0, 1932 (four games) MISCELLANEOUS Won-Lost Record: 298-96-5 (.747) Last Tie Game: vs. Michigan, 1992 (Notre Dame 17, Michigan 17) Last Overtime Game: Pittsburgh, 2008 (Pittsburgh 36, Notre Dame 33 - 4OT) Consecutive Wins: 28 (from 11-21-42 vs. Northwestern through 9-30-50 vs. North Carolina; Purdue ended streak with 28-14 win on 10-7-50) Consecutive Losses: 6 (from 9-1-07 vs. Georgia Tech through 11-10-07 vs. Air Force)

LARGEST NOTRE DAME STADIUM CROWDS (PRIOR TO 1997) ATTENDANCE 61,296 60,564 60,128 60,116 59,955

DATE Oct. 6, 1962 Oct. 11, 1958 Oct. 27, 1956 Oct. 20, 1962 Nov. 19, 1955

OPPONENT Purdue Army Oklahoma Michigan State Iowa

SCORE ND-OPP. 6-24 2-14 0-40 7-31 17-14

COACHING RECORDS YEARS 1930 1931-33 1934-40 1941-43;46-53 1944 1945;1963 1954-58 1959-62 1964-74 1975-80 1981-85 1986-96 1997-01 2002-04 2005-present TOTALS

COACH Knute Rockne Heartley (Hunk) Anderson Elmer Layden Frank Leahy Ed McKeever Hugh Devore Terry Brennan Joe Kuharich Ara Parseghian Dan Devine Gerry Faust Lou Holtz Bob Davie Tyrone Willingham Charlie Weis (79 seasons)

WON 5 7 25 37 4 5 16 10 51 25 16 51 24 11 15 302

LOST 0 4 5 6 0 3 8 10 6 7 11 13 7 7 11 98

TIED 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5

PCT. 1.000 .625 .833 .844 1.000 .625 .667 .500 .888 .781 .593 .792 .774 .611 .577 .752

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COACHING RECORDS YEAR-BY-YEAR COACHING RECORDS YEAR 1887 1888 1889 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920 1921 1922 1923

COACH None None None None None J. L. Morison H. G. Hadden Frank E. Hering Frank E. Hering Frank E. Hering James McWeeney Patrick O’Dea Patrick O’Dea James Faragher James Faragher Louis Salmon Henry J. McGlew Thomas Barry Thomas Barry Victor M. Place Frank C. Longman Frank C. Longman John L. Marks John L. Marks Jesse Harper Jesse Harper Jesse Harper Jesse Harper Jesse Harper Knute Rockne Knute Rockne Knute Rockne Knute Rockne Knute Rockne Knute Rockne

CAPTAINS RH Henry Luhn RB Edward Prudhomme RH Edward Prudhomme QB Pat Coady RH Frank Keough RH Frank Keough RG Dan Casey QB Frank Herin RE Jack Mullen RE Jack Mullen RE Jack Mullen FB John Farley RT Al Fortin FB Louis (Red) Salmon FB Louis (Red) Salmon RE Frank Shaughnessy LG Pat Beacom QB Bob Bracken RH Dom Callicrate LH Harry (Red) Miller LT Howard (Cap) Edwards RT Ralph Dimmick RT Luke Kelly QB Charles (Gus) Dorais LE Knute Rockne LT Keith (Deak) Jones RG Freeman Fitzgerald LH Stan Cofall QB Jim Phelan RH Leonard (Pete) Bahan QB Leonard (Pete) Bahan LT Frank Coughlin RE Eddie Anderson LE Glenn (Judge) Carberry LG Harvey Brown

W 0 1 1 1 4 3 3 4 4 4 6 6 8 6 8 5 5 6 6 8 7 4 6 7 7 6 7 8 6 3 9 9 10 8 9

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Knute Rockne

C Adam Walsh




1925 1926

Knute Rockne Knute Rockne

7 9

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1927 1928

Knute Rockne Knute Rockne

LE Clem Crowe QB Gene (Red) Edwards RH Tom Hearden LG John (Clipper) Smith LT Fred Miller

7 5

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Knute Rockne

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Knute Rockne

RE Tom Conley




1931 1932 1933

Hunk Anderson Hunk Anderson Hunk Anderson

C Tommy Yarr RE Paul Host C Tom (Kitty) Gorman RE Hugh Devore

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YEAR 1934 1935 1936

COACH Elmer Layden Elmer Layden Elmer Layden

1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942

Elmer Layden Elmer Layden Elmer Layden Elmer Layden Frank Leahy Frank Leahy

CAPTAINS DE Dom Vairo LT Joe Sullivan RG Bill Smith LG John Lautar RE Joe Zwers LG Jim McGoldrick RE Johnny Kely FB Milt Piepul RT Paul Lillis RE George Murphy

W 6 7 6

L 3 1 2

T 0 1 1


6 8 7 7 8 7

2 1 2 2 0 2

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Frank Leahy

LG Pat Filley





1944 1945

Ed McKeever Hugh Devore

LG Pat Filley QB Frank Dancewicz

8 7

2 2

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Frank Leahy

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Frank Leahy

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1950 1951 1952 1953 1954

Frank Leahy Frank Leahy Frank Leahy Frank Leahy Terry Brennan

C/MLB Jerry Groom RE Jim Mutscheller RG/MLB Jack Alessandrini RE Don Penza LE Dan Shannon RE Paul Matz RT Ray Lemek RH Jim Morse LE Dick Prendergast C Ed Sullivan RG Al Ecuyer RT Chuck Puntillo RG Ken Adamson LG Myron Pottios LG Nick Buoniconti RG Norb Roy FB Mike Lind LG Bob Lehmann ILB Jim Carroll RE Phil Sheridan

1955 1956 1957

Terry Brennan Terry Brennan Terry Brennan


Terry Brennan

1959 1960 1961

Joe Kuharich Joe Kuharich Joe Kuharich

1962 1963 1964 1965

Joe Kuharich Hugh Devore Ara Parseghian Ara Parseghian


Ara Parseghian

ILB Jim Lynch






1967 1968

Ara Parseghian Ara Parseghian

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LH Bob (Rocky) Bleier RT George Kunz LILB Bob Olson C Mike Oriard RILB Bob Olson LG Larry DiNardo LOLB Tim Kelly






3 9

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CAPTAINS SE Tom Gatewood LE Walt Patulski RT John Dampeer RT Greg Marx

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WB Tom Clements OLB Greg Collins LT Ed Bauer OLB Jim Stock RH Mark McLane RE Willie Fry













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TE Dave Casper


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Ara Parseghian


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CAPTAINS DT Bryant Young FS Jeff Burris Lou Holtz TB Lee Becton ILB Justin Goheen DE Brian Hamilton OG Ryan Leahy Lou Holtz NG Paul Grasmanis OG Ryan Leahy SE Derrick Mayes CB Sean Wooden OG Dusty Zeigler Lou Holtz ILB Lyron Cobbins FB Marc Edwards QB Ron Powlus Bob Davie DE Melvin Dansby QB Ron Powlus CB Allen Rossum Bob Davie ILB Bobbie Howard OLB Kory Minor OT Mike Rosenthal Bob Davie QB Jarious Jackson Bob Davie ILB Anthony Denman TE Dan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary TE Jabari Holloway DE Grant Irons Bob Davie OLB Rocky Boiman FL David Givens DE Grant Irons DE Anthony Weaver Tyrone Willingham WR Arnaz Battle OG Sean Mahan SS Gerome Sapp CB Shane Walton Tyrone Willingham OT Jim Molinaro DT Darrell Campbell CB Vontez Duff WR Omar Jenkins Tyrone Willingham LB Mike Goolsby RB Ryan Grant WR Carlyle Holiday DE Justin Tuck Charlie Weis QB Brady Quinn LB Brandon Hoyte Charlie Weis QB Brady Quinn DB Tom Zbikowski LB Travis Thomas Charlie Weis DB Tom Zbikowski TE John Carlson HB Travis Thomas LB Maurice Crum Jr. Charlie Weis LB Maurice Crum Jr. SS David Bruton WR David Grimes












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FACTS & FIGURES ALL-PRO – Notre Dame has produced more than its share of talented players who have gone on to stellar careers in the National Football League. In fact, 60 former Irish greats have been selected to the NFL Pro Bowl, with the most recent including New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (years at Notre Dame – 2001-04) and New York Giants kicker John Carney (years at Notre Dame – 198386) in 2009. Hall of Fame defensive end Alan Page (Minnesota Vikings) and 1987 Heisman-Trophy winning wide receiver Tim Brown (Oakland Raiders) share the record for most All-Pro selections by a former Irish player, with both selected to the Pro Bowl nine times in their storied careers. ALMA MATER – Composed by Joseph J. Casasanta (a 1923 Notre Dame graduate), “Notre Dame, Our Mother” has been the alma mater of the University since it was written for the 1930 dedication of Notre Dame Stadium. Written in honor of the University’s patron, Blessed Virgin Mary, the song is part of the postgame show of the Band of the Fighting Irish and is the traditional conclusion to Notre Dame pep rallies and home athletic contests. Notre Dame, Our Mother, Tender, strong and true, Proudly in the heavens, Gleams the Gold and Blue, Glory’s mantle cloaks thee, Golden is thy fame, And our hearts forever, Praise thee, Notre Dame. And our hearts forever, Love thee, Notre Dame

1913-1917 1920-1930 1931-1933 1934-1940 1945 1947-1948 1949-1981 1981-1987 1987-1995 1995-2000 2000-2008 2008-present

Jesse Harper Knute Rockne Jesse Harper Elmer Layden Hugh Devore Frank Leahy Edward “Moose” Krause Gene Corrigan Dick Rosenthal Mike Wadsworth Kevin White Jack Swarbrick

For the record, here’s a look at the individuals who have served as sports information directors at the University of Notre Dame: Joe Petritz (1929-43), J. Walter Kennedy (1943-46), Charlie Callahan (194666), Roger Valdiserri (1966-88), John Heisler (1988-2003, now senior associate athletics director for media relations) and Bernie Cafarelli (2003-present). BAND – Notre Dame’s marching band, appropriately called The Band of the Fighting Irish, is the oldest university band in continual existence and has been on hand for every home game (all 405, heading into 2009) since football started at Notre Dame in 1887. Notre Dame’s band, born in 1845, celebrated its 150th season in ‘95 and held a reunion at the Northwestern game. The band was among the first in the nation to include pageantry, precision drill and now-famous picture formations. It first accepted women from neighboring Saint Mary’s College in 1970 before Notre Dame became coeducational in ‘72. The band was declared a “landmark of American Music” in 1976 by the National Music Council. Ken Dye, now in his eighth year as director of the band, holds degrees from the University of Houston, Long Beach State and USC. He has directed bands at Rice and Houston and arranged music performed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

ANNOUNCERS – Mike Collins is a 1967 Notre Dame graduate and serves as the voice of Notre Dame Stadium. He’s in his 28th season as public address announcer and was made an honorary member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club during the 2006 football season. Collins followed Frank Crosiar as announcer, who held the job from 1948-81 without missing any of the 170 home games in that period. Calling the action inside the press box for the 44th consecutive year is John H. “Jack” Lloyd, a 1958 Notre Dame graduate who also was the longtime former public address announcer at the Joyce Center for men’s basketball games. Lloyd gave up his basketball duties at the end of the 1995-96 season and was made an honorary member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club in ceremonies at halftime of the Notre DameVillanova basketball game on Jan. 14, 1997. ATHLETIC DIRECTORS – Here’s a look at the 12 individuals who have served as the director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame:


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I R I S H FA C T S & F I G U R E S CONTINUED BAZAAR, KANSAS – On March 31, 1931, Transcontinental-Western flight 599 traveling from Kansas City to Los Angeles crashed into a cornfield in Bazaar, Kan. All occupants of the plane were killed, including Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. The 70th anniversary of Rockne’s death was commemorated during a one-hour ESPN Classic program in 2001, entitled “SportsCenter Flashback: The Death Of Knute Rockne.” Friday, March 31, 2006, marked the 75th anniversary of the plane crash and the anniversary was marked – from Kansas to the Notre Dame campus to Norway – in a handful of ways, past, present and future: • Near Bazaar, Kan., where Rockne’s plane went down, the Wichita (Kan.) Rockne Memorial Club hosted a special memorial service at the crash site. Family members of the eight men who were killed in the crash were on hand. The memorial service included a program on Rockne’s life and legacy presented by former executive director of the College Football Hall of Fame Bernie Kish, films on Rockne and the plane crash and pictures and artifacts relating to the day. Among those sharing their recollections of the crash was the late Easter Heathman, caretaker of the memorial marker and crash site for 76 years. Heathman was made an honorary member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club in ceremonies at the pep rally of the Notre Dame-Michigan football game on Sept. 15, 2006. • In Voss, Norway, Rockne’s birthplace, a statue of Rockne was dedicated at the exact time Rockne’s plane crashed into the Kansas hillside 75 years earlier. • The statue, sculpted by 1962 Notre Dame graduate Jerry McKenna, is identical to the one that was dedicated in March 2005 in front of the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend. The molten bronze McKenna used to create the statue contained three particular elements - steel parts from Voss from a carriage made by Rockne’s father in 1888 (representing Knute Rockne’s birth), gold leaf from the golden dome at Notre Dame (representing Knute’s life at Notre Dame) and scraps of aluminum from the plane that crashed and carried Rockne to his death. • On the Notre Dame campus, there were multiple showings of a 52-minute video documentary on Rockne, titled “Knute Rockne and His Fighting Irish,” to recognize the anniversary of the Hall of Fame coach’s passing. • The video originally was shown on the PBS show “The American Experience.” • McKenna also created a life-size bust of Rockne that was dedicated March 4 (Rockne’s birthdate) in Rockne, an unincorporated Central

Texas town of about 400 residents a dozen miles southwest of Bastrop, in a ceremony in the front yard of the Rockne Historical Association Museum. Marian Nelson, president of the RHA, said she hopes the $20,000 bust lures visitors to the museum, which includes exhibits on the life of the German-Catholic community founded in 1846 and its namesake coach. At the time, Rockne (the town) was called Hilbigville, after W.M. Hilbig, the owner of the town’s general store. Before that, it had been called Walnut Creek and Lehman. The community never had an official name, so in 1931 the parish priest at the only school in town, Sacred Heart Catholic, decided that the town’s children should vote on one. The choice for the town’s name was between two national icons, Rockne and poet Joyce Kilmer. The vote was a tie, so the priest sent the children home to think about it. The next day, a student named Edith Ayers changed her vote. Ayers was very close to her father, and he was a big admirer of Rockne’s, so she changed her vote because it was something she could do to please her dad. • From May 27, 2006, through Jan. 7, 2007, the Center for History in South Bend offered the exhibit “Rockne: Crossing the Last Chalk Line.” The exhibit included a variety of Rockne artifacts and photos, an electronic field trip for students, an exhibit catalog and audio tour and a lecture series. Among the artifacts on display were a sweater and whistle used and worn by Rockne, a Rockne automobile developed by the Studebaker Corporation, a wristwatch worn by Rockne at the time of the crash –- and a telegram from Rockne to his wife sent just before the plane that sent him to his death took off. • Rockne is one of Notre Dame’s two representatives on the list of “100 Most Influential NCAA Student-Athletes” announced in March 2006 in conjunction with the NCAA Centennial celebration in 2006. The NCAA defines the 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes as those who have made a significant impact or major contributions to society. A special panel that included college presidents, athletics directors, faculty representatives, student-athletes and conference representatives chose the list. Rockne was a receiver for the Notre Dame football team in 1912 and ‘13, earning third-team All-America honors as a senior. He majored in chemistry, graduating magna cum laude with a grade average of 90.52 on a scale of 100. As an undergraduate, Rockne worked as a chemistry research assistant in the laboratory of Rev. Julius A. Nieuwland, the renowned chemist who discovered the formula for synthetic rubber. Upon graduating, Rockne was offered a position at the University as a graduate assistant


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I R I S H FA C T S & F I G U R E S CONTINUED in chemistry, which he accepted on the condition that he be allowed to work as an assistant to football coach Jesse Harper. When Harper retired after the 1917 season, Rockne was appointed head coach and Notre Dame’s football program soared to national prominence. He coached from 1918 through 1930, finishing with a 10512-5 (.881) career record that still ranks as the best winning percentage in the history of college football. His teams won consensus national championships in 1924, 1929 and 1930, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame with the inaugural class in 1951. Rockne’s memory was honored by two different organizations during the spring of 2004. The Kansas Turnpike Authority unveiled a new memorial at the Matfield Green Service Area, not far from where Rockne died. The dedication came exactly 73 years after Rockne’s death, with the new memorial occupying 175 square feet inside the new Matfield Green Service Area at milepost 97 on the Kansas Turnpike. The memorial features large photographic panels describing various aspects of Rockne’s life, plus a life-sized cutout of Rockne and audio clips from some of his famous motivational speeches. The College Football Hall of Fame also had Rockne memorabilia on display in its state-of-the-art RV Road Show traveling museum throughout 2004. Three weeks after the Kansas Turnpike ceremony, Rockne was one of six distinguished Americans honored with the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award in a ceremony at the Statue of Liberty. The award was presented to members of Rockne’s family, including his only surviving offspring, son John Rockne of South Bend. The award celebrates Ellis Island as the door to America for the 17 million immigrants who first set foot on United States soil there. Annually, a select number of Ellis Island immigrants or their descendants are chosen to be honored by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. Rockne came from Norway to the United States through Ellis Island in 1893 as a five-year-old with his mother and sisters (his father, a carriage maker, earlier had come to Chicago for the 1893 World’s Fair). The award included the presentation of a copy of the original ship’s passenger manifest documenting Rockne’s arrival at Ellis Island. A memorial to Rockne also stands in his birthplace of Voss, Norway, and he was knighted posthumously by King Haakov. BLUE-GOLD GAME – It’s a rite of spring at Notre Dame, a game that marks the end of spring practice. It took a new twist in 1996 and ‘97 as two games were played each year in Moose Krause Stadium (behind the Joyce Center) because of the renovation to Notre Dame Stadium. The game dates back to 1929, when it began as a contest between present Notre Dame players and former players (then known as the “Varsity vs. Old Timers” game). The varsity dominated play as it won 29 of 36 games versus the alumni, the last three by shutout scores of 72-0, 33-0 and 39-0. In 1968, coach Ara Parseghian made the game a scrimmage between the current team under game conditions and the “Blue-Gold” game was born. Interest always has been high, with a record crowd of 51,852 attending the Blue-Gold game on April 21, 2007, when the Gold defeated the Blue 10-6. The previous record of 41,279 fans was set in 2006, while other top crowds included 35,675 (‘81), 32,071 (‘86), 31,104 (‘09), 30,286

(‘08), 29,541 (‘90), 27,327 (‘94) and 26,537 (‘95). The game is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley and benefits the group’s scholarship fund. The Blue-Gold game has drawn 18,000-plus for 17 of the past 18 played in Notre Dame Stadium.

CAPTAINS – After naming captains on a game-by-game basis, then naming full-year captains at the end of the season from 2002-04, Notre Dame has returned to the tradition of naming captains before the season (began in 2006). The 2009 captains will be determined by a team vote in August. During the 2005 season, the Notre Dame coaching staff named a game-by-game special teams captain. All previous Notre Dame captains were honored at the Sept 6, 2003, Washington State game – receiving ceremonial pins that feature the interlocking ND monogram, with the words “Notre Dame Football Captain” and the year the player served in that role. Representatives from seven decades of Irish football teams were back on campus to celebrate their special place in the program’s history. The first set of pins actually was presented at the 2002 Notre Dame Football Awards Banquet to the ‘02 captains while the banquet’s keynote speaker – former Irish defensive end, 1984 captain and 2006 Blue-Gold game honorary coach Mike Golic – also received his ceremonial pin at the 2002 banquet. FORWARD PASS – Notre Dame’s 1913 team often is credited with “inventing” the forward pass, a statement that is not accurate. Passing had been a legal weapon for several seasons before quarterback Gus Dorais and end Knute Rockne used the passing game in 1913 to upset a heavily-favored Army team, 35-13. The game helped popularize the aerial attack and showed how it could be integrated with rushing into a complete offense. Previous games had been won with kicking, brute strength and defense, but Notre Dame helped shift the emphasis to a balanced offense, where it has remained ever since.


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I R I S H FA C T S & F I G U R E S CONTINUED GIPPER – Former Notre Dame football great George Gipp was born Feb. 18, 1895, in Laurium, Mich., and gained fame as the school’s first Walter Camp AllAmerican in 1920 before dying of strep throat weeks after his final season ended. Eight years later, Knute Rockne made his famed “Win One for the Gipper” speech at halftime of an eventual 12-6 Notre Dame win over Army. The legend emerged again in 1940, when future United States President Ronald Reagan portrayed Gipp in the motion picture “Knute Rockne All-American” (starring Pat O’Brien in the title role). O’Brien and Reagan were reunited at Notre Dame’s 1981 commencement, with Reagan providing the commencement address and O’Brien receiving an honorary degree. A 15-foot Lake Superior stone memorial to George Gipp was erected in his hometown of Laurium, located on Michigan’s northern peninsula. The memorial was reconstructed in 1999 and features a brick walkway constructed in the shape of a football. GOLD DUST – The Golden Dome, which tops the University’s Administration Building, is replicated in the gold helmets that are worn by the Notre Dame football team. The paint for these helmets is mixed on campus by student managers and features actual gold dust bought from the O’Brien Paint Company. The dust then is mixed with lacquer and lacquer thinner and applied to the helmet of each player dressing for Saturday’s game, up to 120 in all. The game helmets are painted on Monday prior to gameday.

HALL OF FAME, ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA – Notre Dame football has four honorees in the prestigious Hall, including 2006 inductee Bob Burger, ‘96 inductee Bob Thomas, ‘93 inductee Dave Casper and ‘90 inductee Joe Theismann. The Hall of Fame is administered by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), which also selects the annual Academic All-America teams. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, a candidate must have been an Academic All-American

with a grade-point average of 3.0-plus on a 4.0 scale and that person’s class must have graduated 10 years ago. Sports information directors from around the country nominate candidates and inductees are selected on an annual basis. Burger was a first-team Academic All-America selection as a starting offensive guard for the Irish in 1980. Burger walked on to the team in 1977 to be a part of that season’s national championship, before monogramming from 1978-80 and receiving a scholarship his junior and senior years. Thomas graduated from Notre Dame in 1973 with a 3.6 GPA in government. As a senior, he booted the game-winning field goal in the Sugar Bowl against top-ranked Alabama (24-23) to give the Irish the national championship. He went on to a 12-year career in the National Football League, including 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears, and he still is the team’s third all-time leading scorer. As a pro player, Thomas earned a law degree from Loyola University in 1981. He was elected a DuPage (Ill.) County Circuit Court Judge in 1988 and was elected Appellate Court Justice for the state of Illinois in ‘94. He currently serves as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Thomas is involved in numerous charitable organizations, including the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund. Casper, a consensus All-America tight end and Academic All-American in 1973, went on to an 11-year career in the NFL with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, Houston and Minnesota, earning a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. Casper now works for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Walnut Creek, Calif., and is actively involved in the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society’s fight to find a cure for the condition commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He also is a member of the board of directors for a Ronald McDonald House and chairman of the 100 Men Committee fundraising group for the University of Minnesota women’s athletic department. Theismann, a 1970 Academic All-American, enjoyed a successful pro career with the Washington Redskins and served as an analyst on ESPN’s coverage of NFL football. In 2003, he was chosen for induction into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. Former Notre Dame defensive lineman Alan Page, now a Minnesota Supreme Court justice, also was honored with the 2001 Dick Enberg Award, recognizing those whose “commitments have furthered the meaning and reach of the Academic All-America programs and/ or the student-athlete while promoting the values of education and academics.” In 2005, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president emeritus, was given the Dick Enberg Award at the CoSIDA Academic Hall of Fame ceremony. Mike Anello was named ESPN The Magazine Second-Team Academic All-American last year. He gives the Irish football program 52 academic All-American nominees in program history, which ranks third best in the nation. Notre Dame has had 38 first-team selections, 13 second-team honorees and one honorable mention choice. Anello, a finance major in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, owned a 3.93 cumulative grade point average (GPA). He earned dean’s list recognition every semester at Notre Dame and graduated in 3 1/2 years. Anello owned a 4.0 GPA in his major courses and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honors society. After joining the squad as a walk-on in 2007 and making six tackles on special teams in eight games, Anello was awarded a scholarship last fall and made quite a name for himself. He was 14th on the Irish in tackles with 23, including 15 solo stops, remarkable when you consider he plays exclusively on special teams. Anello not only recorded eight multi-tackle games, but Notre Dame’s opponents have a total of 78 punt (29) or kickoff (59) returns in 2008 and Anello has registered a tackle on 23 of those 78 opportunities.


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quarterback Angelo Bertelli quarterback John Lujack end Leon Hart halfback John Lattner

1956 quarterback Paul Hornung 1964 quarterback John Huarte 1987 flanker Tim Brown For many years, Heisman winners had to choose where to display their award because the Downtown Athletic Club presented only the single trophy to its winners. Leon Hart immediately presented his to the University – but many of the other trophies remained in the possession of the winners. The DAC eventually awarded two trophies – one to the winner and another to display at his school. Tim Brown was the first of Notre Dame’s recipients to receive both awards and the other six winners loaned their Heismans to the Sports Heritage Hall (overseen by the Notre Dame Monogram Club) for temporary display in the concourse of the Joyce Center beginning in Sept. 1988. That marked the first time all of Notre Dame’s winners had their awards on display simultaneously. Thanks to the cooperation of the DAC, the Notre Dame athletic department and the Monogram Club, arrangements were made for production of Heisman duplicates for the first six Irish winners. Those duplicates went on display in June 1990, enabling the originals to be returned to the winners. Bertelli passed away on June 26, 1999, while Hart died on Sept. 24, 2002.

HESBURGH – Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame for 35 years, retired from that position May 31, 1987. His effect on the University’s growth was profound, whether measured in public esteem, academic distinction, physical expansion or operating budget and endowment. Considered one of the most influential Americans in the areas of education and religion, he has been deeply involved in key social and moral issues, most notably civil rights. Father Hesburgh’s 35-year term marked the longest of any University president in the country and he holds a record for receiving more than 150 honorary degrees. His many distinguished honors include becoming the first recipient (in 2003) of the NCAA’s President Gerald R. Ford Award, honoring an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics on a continuous basis. Father Hesburgh served as co-chairman of the Knight Commission on Reform of Intercollegiate Athletics, whose landmark report was issued in May of 1991. Nearly a decade after releasing its initial series of reports, the Knight Commission reconvened in 2000 to determine what progress had been made and whether new issues need to be considered. Following their joint retirements, Father Hesburgh and the late Father Edmund Joyce, longtime University executive vice president, spent six months touring the country in a mobile home before serving as co-


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I R I S H FA C T S & F I G U R E S CONTINUED chaplains for a 1988 world cruise on the Queen Elizabeth II. Father Hesburgh now works out of an office in the Hesburgh Library (named in his honor in 1987) and devotes much of his time to the Institute for International Peace Studies. Hesburgh was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2000 in Washington, D.C., the highest honor bestowed by Congress and the medal has been awarded to only approximately 300 persons in the history of the republic, with Hesburgh the first recipient from higher education. The medal was created by the U.S. Mint and features Father Hesburgh’s visage on one side while the other side shows images representing his religious community, the Congregation of Holy Cross and the University of Notre Dame. Father Hesburgh added to his distinguished life’s work in 2002, when he carried the Olympic torch as it crossed the Notre Dame campus en route to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He previously received the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, bestowed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. The only other Notre Dame graduate to receive the Congressional Gold Medal was Dr. Thomas Dooley, in 1961.

IRISH GUARD – As the Band of the Fighting Irish enters Notre Dame Stadium for its pregame salute, it is led by the drum major who is closely followed by the famous Irish Guard. Each member is dressed in an Irish kilt and will tower more than eight feet tall including his bearskin shako. The guardsmen are skilled marchers who are chosen for this honor on the basis of marching ability, appearance and spirit. The late John Fyfe, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, served as the long-standing adviser to the Irish Guard. The uniform of the Guard is patterned after the traditional Irish kilt. According to Seumas Uah Urthuile, an Irish historian, laws were introduced in Ireland about 1000 A.D. concerning the use of colors in clothing in order to distinguish between various occupations, military rank and the various stages of the social and political spectrum. The Irish Guard’s colors are significant to Notre Dame and utilize the “Notre Dame plaid.” The blue and gold represent the school colors intermixed with green for the Irish. The doublets are papal red. In 2006, Tess Murray, then a junior, marched her way to one of five open spots on the Irish Guard. She was the first female to do so since Molly Kinder in 2000 and only the second in the Guard’s 57-year history.

as chief financial officer during the presidency of Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Father Joyce was born in British Honduras (now Belize) on Jan. 26, 1917, and graduated from Spartanburg (S.C.) High School. He was the first student from South Carolina ever to attend Notre Dame and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, magna cum laude, in 1937. He worked with the L.C. Dodge accounting firm in Spartanburg and became a certified public accountant in 1939. He entered Holy Cross College in Washington, D.C. - then the C.S.C.’s theological house of studies - in 1945 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1949 at Notre Dame’s Sacred Heart Church. After ordination, Father Joyce was named Notre Dame’s assistant vice president for business affairs and then acting vice president in 1949. His tenure was interrupted by a year of advanced study at Oxford University in England. He returned in 1951 as vice president for business affairs and in 1952 was elevated to executive vice president, also serving as chairman of the Faculty Board on Athletics and the University building committee. Father Joyce was an influential voice in the NCAA, particularly dealing with educational integrity in college athletics. He was instrumental in forming the College Football Association and served as its secretarytreasurer. The National Football Foundation honored Father Joyce with its Distinguished American Award. President Eisenhower appointed Father Joyce to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force awarded him an Exceptional Service Medal. He was inducted into the Indiana Academy in 1990 and three endowed chairs were established in his name at Notre Dame. After retirement, Father Joyce served as honorary chair of the Badin Guild, a planned giving organization for benefactors who provide estate gifts to the University. He also was a life trustee of the University. MASCOTS (CLASHMORE MIKE/ LEPRECHAUN) – The mascot of the Notre Dame football team during the 1930s through the ’50s actually was a succession of Irish terrier dogs. The first, named Brick Top ShaunRhu, was donated by Cleveland native Charles Otis and was presented to Knute Rockne the week of the 1930 Notre Dame-Pennsylvania game. There was a companion mascot There was a companion mascot named Pat in the 1950s along with several female terriers – but most of Notre Dame’s terrier mascots were known as Clashmore Mike. Football game programs in the 1930s and ’40s included a regular “column” from Clashmore Mike, who also was the subject of a 1949 book entitled “Mascot Mike of Notre Dame.” The feisty terrier appeared on the cover of the 1963 Notre Dame Football “Dope Book,” alongside head coach Hugh Devore and captain Bob Lehman. Two years later, the leprechaun – which is consistent with the Notre Dame athletic teams’ nickname of the Fighting Irish – was registered as an official University mark, with the leprechaun mascot going on to be a regular part of the gameday atmosphere alongside the Notre Dame cheerleaders.

JOYCE – Rev. Edmund P. “Ned” Joyce, C.S.C., a central figure in Notre Dame’s athletic success for nearly four decades, passed away on May 2, 2004, at the age of 87. Father Joyce, whose namesake is Notre Dame’s primary athletic facility, retired in 1987 after serving 35 years

McCARTHY, SERGEANT TIM – Since 1960, Irish football fans have grown silent for a moment during the fourth quarter of every home game as they strain to hear former Sergeant Tim McCarthy of the Indiana State Police. McCarthy has found that the atrocious pun is the best way to get the crowd’s attention for the serious message of auto safety. Some of his best groaners: “Drive like a musician: C Sharp or B Flat,” and “Those who have one for the road may have a policeman as a chaser.”


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I R I S H FA C T S & F I G U R E S CONTINUED MONTANA – Of the countless fabled names in Notre Dame’s football past, the one that still prompts as many questions as any other in the Notre Dame sports information department is that of Joe Montana, quarterback of Notre Dame’s 1977 national championship team. Many visitors to Notre Dame’s Heritage Hall often are surprised to discover that Montana never received All-America status and was not selected until the third round of the National Football League draft. Interest in Montana’s exploits remains keen partly because of his stardom in the NFL (he was a first-ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and was enshrined in July of 2000) and partly because his five years at Notre Dame were so eventful. Montana served as an honorary coach for the 2005 Blue-Gold game. Here’s a look at Montana’s Notre Dame career statistics: (JV in ’74; dnp in ’76 due to injury) G/GS Time PC-PA-Yds TD/Int TC-Yds-TD 1975 7/3 92:37 28-66-507 4/8 25-(-5)-2 1977 9/8 198:38 99-189-1604 11/8 32-5-6 1978 11/11 280:30 141-260-2010 10/9 72-104-6 Totals 27/22 571:45 268-515-4121 25/25 129-104-14 “MOOSE” – Fans who enjoy strolling the Notre Dame campus during a football weekend have a popular site to include in their agenda, as a bronze sculpture of legendary Irish student-athlete, head coach and athletic director Edward “Moose” Krause stands in front of the Joyce Center, looking over at Notre Dame Stadium. The sculpture – dedicated on Sept. 17, 1999, the day before Notre Dame played host to Michigan State–shows Krause sitting on a bench, looking toward Notre Dame Stadium and was produced by Jerry McKenna of Boerne, Texas, a 1962 Notre Dame graduate who also produced the Frank Leahy sculpture that was unveiled in the fall of 1997 outside of Notre Dame Stadium. Krause’s many honors include being inducted into the Knights of Malta–the highest honor a layman can receive in the Catholic church–at ceremonies conducted in New York’s St. Patrick Cathedral by Cardinal Terence Cook. The City of Hope National Medical Center honored Krause in 1997 and established an Edward Krause Research Fellowship, in recognition of his service to that organization’s philanthropic interests. Krause was named Man of the Year by the Walter Camp Football Foundation for his lifetime achievements and received the 1989 Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. He served as the University Division representative for district four of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and was elected to the Honors Court of the NCAA, in addition to serving on the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame honors court. He earned three football monograms as a tackle at Notre Dame in 1931, ’32 and ’33, in addition to earning second-team All-America honors in ‘32. But his biggest college athletic heroics were accomplished on the basketball court as a center, and he was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1976. Krause earned All-America honors in

both basketball and football and also earned a monogram in track. After graduating in 1934, Krause returned to Notre Dame in 1942 as an assistant basketball and football coach. During Krause’s tenure, the Notre Dame football team played in nine bowl games and won four consensus national championships. The basketball team advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 1978 and made a total of 16 appearances in the NCAA tournament. Krause helped spearhead the building of the multipurpose Joyce Center, which opened in 1968, by a fund-raising tour which saw him visit 175 cities. He also saw 10 new sports reach varsity status at Notre Dame and handled the establishment of women’s varsity sports beginning in 1974. Krause passed away Dec. 10, 1992, one day after attending the Notre Dame athletic department Christmas party and just weeks before he planned on attending Notre Dame’s appearance in the ’93 Cotton Bowl. (AT THE) MOVIES – Notre Dame football has been the subject of a number of motion pictures over the years. “Knute Rockne AllAmerican” starred Pat O’Brien as the legendary coach while future President of the United States Ronald Reagan played the role of George Gipp, with the film making its debut in 1940. In 1997, Librarian of Congress James Billington designated “Knute Rockne All-American” as part of the National Film Registry, qualifying the film as an “irreplaceable part of America’s cinematic heritage.” An earlier movie, “The Spirit of Notre Dame,” released in 1931, starred Lew Ayres and told the story of two fictional freshman Notre Dame football players. The picture featured a number of Notre Dame players in cameo roles and was reviewed as “the best college picture since the coming of the talkies.” The most recent movie involving Notre Dame football was the 1993 picture “Rudy,” the story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who earned a spot on the Irish squad as a walk-on and later played 27 seconds against Georgia Tech in 1975 in his last game as a senior.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS – Although the wire service polls crowned Florida State as national champion for 1993, Notre Dame was named the national champion by a few sources. The Association of College Football Fans – “the only national poll that gives the fans a voice” – named Notre Dame its national champion and presented the Irish


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I R I S H FA C T S & F I G U R E S CONTINUED with its trophy at halftime of the Notre Dame vs. Cal State Northridge basketball game on Jan. 31, 1994. Don Harris, president of the group, was on campus to give the award to head coach Lou Holtz and the Irish captains. The group, which represents over 300 fans from around the country, had a poll each week and members called an 800 number, gave their official ID number and voted. Notre Dame received 114 firstplace votes followed by Florida State with 92. Auburn finished third but did have 98 first-place votes. The Scripps-Howard News Service, the Matthews Grid Ratings and College & Pro Football Newsweekly each also named Notre Dame as the 1993 national champion.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS II – Notre Dame has always boasted 11 consensus national championships seasons in its official records, but the Irish have been mentioned as national champions in several other seasons. Dating back to 1919, Notre Dame can claim ownership to 21 national titles (including its 11 consensus crowns). The 10 additional national championship seasons in which the Irish received mention are (season record in parenthesis) – 1919 (9-0), 1920 (9-0), 1927 (7-1-1), 1938 (8-1), 1953 (9-0-1), 1964 (9-1), 1967 (8-2), 1970 (10-1), 1989 (12-1) and 1993 (11-1). POLICY – Following the 27-10 Rose Bowl win over Stanford that capped the 1924 season, University policy kept Notre Dame out of postseason bowls for 45 years. A revision of that policy, announced on Nov. 17, 1969, permitted Notre Dame to accept an invitation to play Texas in the 1970 Cotton Bowl. Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s executive vice president at the time, noted that athletes in all other sports at Notre Dame had engaged in NCAA postseason play, and that many football coaches and players had participated in postseason games on an individual basis. “The crucial consideration,” Father Joyce said, “was the urgent need of the University for funds to finance minority student academic programs and scholarships. “Notre Dame’s share of the bowl game proceeds will be dedicated to this pressing University need. Plus, bowl-connected activities of the football team will fall largely in vacation time.” In the past 38 seasons, Notre Dame has participated in 28 bowl games: seven Cotton Bowls, five Orange Bowls, four Fiesta Bowls, four Sugar Bowls, three trips to the Gator Bowl, and one visit to the Liberty, Aloha, Hawai’i, Independence and Insight bowls. PEP RALLIES – An essential part of a football weekend at Notre Dame is the traditional Friday evening pep rally. The band historically mustered the students with its march through the campus and arrived as the head of a parade of Irish faithful at the University’s Stepan Center. Interest in recent years has prompted a move to the Joyce Center arena for the 6 p.m. (with the team entering the arena at 6:30 p.m.) gatherings, while in ‘97 the first two pep rallies were held outside in Notre Dame Stadium, as was the first one in ‘98 and 2000. On Sept. 5, 1997, the pep rally before the Georgia Tech game – in conjunction with the rededication of Notre Dame Stadium – was held in the facility and attracted approximately 35,000 fans. Some of the featured pep rally speakers in recent years

have included television personality Regis Philbin, basketball analyst Dick Vitale, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda and Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker – while hockey legend Wayne Gretzky topped the special-guest list for the pep rally prior to the 1999 game versus USC. The pep rally for the USC game in 2005 could possibly be remembered as one of the greatest in the history of the program. Moved to Notre Dame Stadium, some 50,000 fans packed in to hear speeches from Rudy Ruettiger, Tim Brown, Chris Zorich and Joe Montana. In 2006, pep rallies prior to the Penn State and Michigan games were held in Notre Dame Stadium. PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION – It’s just a simple wooden sign, painted gold and blue and mounted on a cream-colored brick wall at the foot of a stairwell. Yet, the “Play Like A Champion Today” sign, found outside Notre Dame’s locker room, is so much more. The slogan “Play Like A Champion Today” is so synonymous with the University that one can be excused for believing that Father Edward Sorin, the school’s founder, received it as a divine revelation in 1842. While the exact origin of the slogan is not known, the sign that currently hangs in Notre Dame Stadium came courtesy of former coach Lou Holtz. “I read a lot of books about the history of Notre Dame and its football program,” Holtz explains. “I forget which book I was looking at - it had an old picture in it that showed the slogan `Play Like A Champion Today’. I said, `That is really appropriate; it used to be at Notre Dame and we needed to use it again.’ So, I had that sign made up.” Soon, the tradition of hitting the sign before every game developed. Holtz even used a copy of the sign when traveling to road contests to help motivate the team. The players took no time in embracing Holtz’s idea. “(The players) were encouraged by it; I told them the history of it, that this had been here years ago. I didn’t know who took it down, I don’t know why it wasn’t here when I came here, but this is part of Notre Dame tradition and this is what we’re going to do,” Holtz says. Chances are it will, as the sign still inspires the same feelings that Holtz hoped it would back in 1986. SUPER BOWL QUARTERBACKS – Notre Dame is one of just three schools that have produced three players who have gone on to start in the Super Bowl at quarterback. Daryle Lamonica started for Oakland in Super Bowl II, Joe Theismann for the Washington Redskins in Super Bowls XVII and XVIII and Joe Montana for the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowls XVI, XIX, XXIII and XXIV. The only other schools to have three Super Bowl quarterback starters are California (Joe Kapp, Craig Morton and Vince Ferragamo) and Alabama (Bart Starr, Joe Namath and Ken Stabler). Notre Dame is one of five schools that can claim two former quarterbacks who have won Super Bowl games while the Irish were the only program to produce quarterbacks who started Super Bowls in the 1960s (Lamonica), 1980s (Theismann and Montana) and 1990s (Montana). SUPER BOWL WINNERS – Several former Notre Dame student-athletes have performed on the highest stage at the professional level, with 43 of them playing for teams that have won the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Championship or Stanley Cup. That group includes 36 former Irish football players, listed as


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I R I S H FA C T S & F I G U R E S CONTINUED Rally sons of Notre Dame Sing her glory and sound her fame, Raise her Gold and Blue And cheer with voices true: Rah, rah, for Notre Dame We will fight in ev-ry game, Strong of heart and true to her name We will ne’er forget her And will cheer her ever Loyal to Notre Dame

follows in order of the Super Bowl champions on which they played: Bill (Red) Mack, Jim Lynch, Nick Buoniconti, Bob Kuechenberg, Rocky Bleier, Terry Hanratty, Dave Casper, Steve Sylvester, Bobby Leopold, Joe Montana, Joe Theismann, Dave Duerson, Tom Thayer, Mark Bavaro, Eric Dorsey, Steve Beuerlein, Ricky Watters, Bryant Young, Craig Hentrich, Lindsay Knapp, Derrick Mayes, Aaron Taylor, Todd Lyght, Marc Edwards, Jabari Holloway, Brock Williams, David Givens, Jerome Bettis, Rocky Boiman, Hunter Smith, Jerome Collins and Justin Tuck. Nine Notre Dame players own the double distinction of winning national championship and Super Bowl rings: Bleier (Pittsburgh Steelers), Casper (Oakland Raiders), Montana (San Francisco 49ers), Leopold (San Francisco 49ers), Lyght (St. Louis Rams), Lynch (Kansas City Chiefs), Kuechenberg (Miami Dolphins) and Watters (San Francisco 49ers). Current Irish head coach Charlie Weis, who did not play football as an undergrad at Notre Dame, owns four championship rings as a coach in the NFL. Weis won one ring with the New York Giants (1990) and three with the New England Patriots (2001, ‘03, ‘04). Weis’ third ring with the Patriots came after he had agreed to become Notre Dame’s head football coach in December of 2004. TRUE HERO – Former Notre Dame running back Mario “Motts” Tonelli, a native of Skokie, Ill., received the University’s 2000 Rev. William Corby Award for distinguished military service by a Notre Dame graduate. Tonelli was a fullback with the Irish in the mid-1930s and later survived the infamous Bataan Death March, spending 42 months as a prisoner of war before embarking on a distinguished career in Chicago politics. In March of 2002, he was inducted into the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame. Tonelli, who also played professional football briefly with the Chicago Cardinals, passed away on Jan. 7, 2003. His fascinating life story received national attention including a USA Today feature story and an in-depth feature that ran in Sports Illustrated just weeks after his death. VICTORY MARCH – The most recognizable collegiate fight song in the nation, the “Notre Dame Victory March” was written in the early 1900s by two brothers who were University of Notre Dame graduates. Michael Shea, a 1905 graduate, composed the music while his brother, John Shea, who earned degrees in 1906 and 1908, provided the corresponding lyrics. The song was copyrighted in 1908 and a piano version, complete with lyrics, was published that year. Michael, who became a priest in Ossining, N.Y., collaborated on the project with John, who lived in Holyoke, Mass. The song’s public debut came in the winter of 1908 when Michael played it on the organ of the Second Congregational Church in Holyoke. The “Notre Dame Victory March” later was presented by the Shea brothers to the University and it first appeared under the copyright of the University of Notre Dame in 1928. The copyright was assigned to the publishing company of Edwin H. Morris and the copyright for the beginning of the song still is in effect. The more well-known second verse, which begins with the words “Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame,” now is in the public domain in the United States (for both the music and lyrics) - but the second verse remains protected in all territories outside of the country. Notre Dame’s fight song was first performed at Notre Dame on Easter Sunday, 1909, in the rotunda of the Administration Building. The Notre Dame band, under the direction of Prof. Clarence Peterson, performed the Victory March as part of its traditional Easter morning concert. It was first heard at a Notre Dame athletic event 10 years later. In 1969, as college football celebrated its centennial, the “Notre Dame Victory March” was honored as the “greatest of all fight songs.” Michael Shea was pastor of St. Augustine’s Church in Ossining until his death in 1938. John Shea, a baseball monogram winner at Notre Dame, became a Massachusetts state senator and lived in Holyoke until his death in 1965.

Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame, Wake up the echoes cheering her name, Send a volley cheer on high, Shake down the thunder from the sky. What though the odds be great or small Old Notre Dame will win over all, While her loyal sons are marching Onward to victory. The original lyrics, written when all athletes at Notre Dame were male, refer to “sons,” but in recognition of the fact that the Victory March is now played for athletic teams composed of men and women, many modify the words accordingly. The “Victory March” earned a number-one ranking in ratings compiled in 1998 in a book, “College Fight Songs: An Annotated Anthology.” The “Victory March” was also the number-oneranked fight song in a survey in 1990 by Bill Studwell, a librarian at Northern Illinois University. WALK-ONS – Notre Dame has a long history of walk-ons who have made impressive contributions on the football field. One near the top of that list is Mike Oriard, who emerged as a starting center and team captain in 1969 after coming to Notre Dame from Spokane, Wash., without a scholarship. He went on to earn second team AllAmerica honors and a prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship before playing for the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. Oriard now is a literature professor at Oregon State University and authored “The End of Autumn,” a book detailing his football experiences. The Irish also have featured a number of kickers in recent years who have risen from the walk-on ranks, including the likes of John Carney, Chuck Male, Mike Johnston and Reggie Ho. Notre Dame’s punter and placekicker in 1987, Vince Phelan and Ted Gradel, respectively, both were walk-ons who earned Academic All-America honors (as did Ho). Other walk-on standouts were Bob Burger, a starting offensive guard on the team that played in the 1981 Sugar Bowl and a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, and Mike Brennan, a converted lacrosse player who developed into a starting offensive tackle with the Irish in 1989 before going on to a career in the NFL. Most recently, soccer player Shane Walton shifted to the gridiron and went on to be an All-America cornerback and leader of Notre Dame’s 10-3 team in 2002, while fullback Josh Schmidt took his game from the intramural fields to Notre Dame Stadium and emerged as a part-time starter in 2003 and 2004.


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MONOGRAM CLUB Annual Report n 1916, Irish athletic director and head football coach Jesse Harper formed the Notre Dame National Monogram Club. The forward-thinking administrator hoped to bring together the University’s varsity letter winners – past and present – to promote spirit, unity, leadership and sportsmanship. Football center J. Hugh O’Donnell, who would become Notre Dame’s 13th president in 1935, served as head of the club’s board.


Now, 93 years later, the Notre Dame Monogram Club continues to foster the mission of the University through the spiritual, intellectual and physical development of its students and alumni. Nearly 4,000 dues-paying members, who have earned a Notre Dame varsity athletic insignia for their competitive endeavors or team support contributions or as an honorary recipient, maintain a vibrant relationship

to the University through the common bond of sport. Members of the Monogram Club cross gender, age, geographical and sport lines, but they all share a love of Notre Dame and its rich athletic heritage and intellectual achievements.

Leadership In August of 2009, Beth Hunter assumed the position of assistant athletic director for studentathlete alumni relations. In her new position she will also serve as executive director of the Monogram Club. Hunter has worked with the Monogram Club since 2003 and was awarded an honorary Monogram in 2008 for her significant contributions to the club. Former Irish All-America running back Reggie Brooks ’93, joined the staff in April of 2008 as manager for Monogram/football alumni relations. He works with Fraleigh, the Board of Directors of the Notre Dame Monogram Club and Irish head football coach Charlie Weis to bring different generations of Notre Dame football players together through numerous projects and programs. Joe Restic ’79, a 1978 Academic All-American football player for the Irish entered his first year as president of the 37-member Board of Directors in April 2009. He is joined in the officer rotation by first vice president Dick Nussbaum ’74 & ’77, a Monogram winner in baseball and member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, and second vice president Haley Scott-DeMaria ’95, a former Irish swimmer and author of the book What Though

Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick with new members of the Monogram Club (cheerleaders) following the second Letter Jacket Ceremony held on March 25th in the Monogram Room.

The Monogram Club presented its 2009 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award to former Irish head fencing coach Mike DeCicco during the club’s Annual Dinner held April 16.

the Odds. Former basketball player Marc Kelly ’82, who served as the club’s president from 2007-09 sits on the board as the past president.

Contributions & Gift Giving The Notre Dame Monogram Club and its members continue to make significant financial contributions to enhance the University’s athletics facilities, opportunities and programs and to bridge the gap between legend and legacy. In 2005, the club allocated $1 million toward the ongoing Notre Dame Stadium enhancement project. As part of the project, each of the five entry gates at Notre Dame Stadium have been themed to celebrate aspects of Notre Dame’s illustrious football tradition. This fall, Gate C will be unveiled to display former Irish greats who have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2007, the Club pledged another $1 million to the Spirit of Notre Dame capital campaign, which will be used to support the campaign’s athletics priorities. In August of 2008, the Monogram Club completed a $600,000 renovation of the Joyce Center’s Sports Heritage Hall, Basketball Office hallways and Monogram Room. The Club also created a reception area for former football monogram winners in Notre Dame Stadium that debuted during the 2008 season.

One of the most important functions of the Monogram Club is its commitment to the Brennan-Boland-Riehle Scholarship Fund (BBRSF), which provides assistance to qualified undergraduate students who are children of dues-paying members. One of the more significant endowed scholarship funds that the University administers, the BBRSF offers a minimum award of 75 percent of the student’s normal work and loan component of the financial aid package. Last year, 22 students received a total of just under $193,000 in aid. The fund, named in honor of Joe Boland, Rev. Thomas Brennan, C.S.C., and Rev. James Riehle, C.S.C., currently boasts an impressive market value of over $5.2 million, one of Notre Dame’s largest endowments. In 2009, the Monogram Club established the Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of continued support to its members. Under the program, one female and one male student-athlete who earned a Monogram at any point in their undergraduate career will be annually awarded a postgraduate scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, service, leadership and potential for success in postgraduate study.

The Monogram Club is pleased to recognize Thomas Bemenderfer ’09 (football) and Mallorie Croal ’09 (volleyball) as the inaugural recipients of the Monogram Club’s Postgraduate Scholarships.

Former reserve offensive lineman Thomas Bemenderfer ‘09 was one of two Monogram winners selected to receive the inaugural Monogram Club Postgraduate Scholarship. This fall Bemenderfer will enroll in medical school at Indiana University.


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Programs & Events During 2008-09, the Monogram Club sponsored several programs, projects and initiatives that supported the University’s past and present student-athletes and brought Monogram Club members together for service and fellowship.

Opened in the fall of 2008, the Monogram Club Football Players’ Lounge serves as a resource for past, current and future generations of Notre Dame football players

Notre Dame’s first black Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown ’88 served as one of the keynote speakers during the 60th Anniversary of Black Student-Athletes weekend held April 16-19 2009.

THE MONOGRAM CLUB: • Purchased laptop computers for use by all of Notre Dame student-athletes while traveling and provided each student-athlete with an academic/athletic handbook and annual planner. • Provided close to $83,000 for post-season gifts and awards (championship rings, etc.) to various varsity teams. • Provided funding to help Notre Dame varsity sports travel abroad for competition and training, which included women’s volleyball to Italy in May 2009 and women’s golf to Ireland in August 2009. • Provided funding in support of the teamhosting program, in conjunction with local alumni clubs. • Financially supported student-athletes through the Dave Bossy Scholarship Grant. Scholarships are awarded to students-athletes who volunteer to work in summer service programs, in conjunction with the Center for Social Concerns. • Donated $125,000 to the Office of Student Welfare and Development to support events and programs for current student-athletes. • Provided players with their annual varsity monogram awards, which includes a monogram jacket, ring, blazer/stadium blanket and watch. • Welcomed back Notre Dame legends Adrian Dantley (’78 basketball), Pat Garrity (’98 basketball), Kerri Hanks (’08 soccer), and Brad Lidge (baseball), as well as the Notre Dame Monogram winners who competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics – Shannon Boxx

Awards & Honors uring its annual April meeting, the Notre Dame Monogram Club presented the 2009 Moose Krause Distinguished Service Award to former Irish head fencing coach Mike DeCicco. In conjunction with DeCicco being presented the Distinguished Service Award, the Monogram Club organized and sponsored a reunion for all Irish fencers. During his 34 years as head coach, DeCicco amassed a spectacular career record of 680 wins compared to just 45 losses for a career winning percentage of over 93 percent. He coached the Irish fencing program to five national championships and eight of his fencers won individual national titles. Among his proudest accomplishments was the development of the women’s fencing team, which emerged as one of Notre Dame’s first varsity sports for women in 1977. DeCicco was able to form a


(’99 soccer), Selim Nurudeen (’05 track & field), Kate (Sobrero) Markgraf (’98 soccer), Candace Chapman (’06 soccer), Thomas Chamney (’07 track & field), Kelley Hurley (’10 fencing), Mariel Zagunis (fencing) and Gerek Meinhardt (’12 fencing). • Supported Irish football alumni in the Notre Dame Japan Bowl played July 25, 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. • Hosted the 1988 national championship team in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Festivities included the dedication of a statue for head coach Lou Holtz inside Notre Dame Stadium at Gate D. • Welcomed more than 100 black Monogram winners and their families for the 60th Anniversary of Black Student-Athletes Celebration as part of this year’s Blue-Gold Weekend. The weekend’s festivities included a reception in the press box of Notre Dame Stadium, a town hall meeting to discuss “The State of the Black Student-Athlete” and a formal dinner held in the Joyce Center Concourse. Former Irish soccer player Marvin Lett ’87 emceed the dinner that featured keynote remarks from Notre Dame Trustee and former Irish cheerleader Phyllis Stone ’80 and Notre Dame’s only black Heisman Trophy recipient Tim Brown ’88. • Held its first two Letter Jacket Ceremonies to honor first-time Monogram winners. Over 200 student-athletes received their Monogram jackets at a special ceremony held in the Monogram Room. Student-athletes from winter and spring sports received their jackets at the inaugural ceremony held in October, while student-athletes from fall sports received theirs at a ceremony in March. The ceremony featured the presentation of jackets, a keynote address from Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick and a short video about the history and significance of becoming a member of the Monogram Club.


solid foundation for the women’s program which he coached during the first nine years of the program’s history. In addition to his success as a coach, DeCicco revolutionized the academic world as well. In 1964 under the guidance of Father Joyce, DeCicco created the academic advising program for student-athletes from scratch. The advising program created by he and Father Joyce was the first of its kind. Today the department is known as Academic Services for Student-Athletes. DeCicco headed the Office of the Academic Advisor for Athletes until 1990. During his tenure, DeCicco rapidly expanded the program to include all student-athletes and initiated the tutorial assistance program, class monitoring program and degree progress reports that remain the foundation of the office.

• Thomas Blum ‘68, longtime contributor to Notre Dame athletics • Beth Holtz, wife of former Irish football coach Lou Holtz • Beth Hunter, director of sports marketing who assists in the daily operations of the Monogram Club • Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C. ’76 & ‘78, University of Notre Dame President • Susan McGonigal, longtime sports information administrative assistant • Jim Rakers ‘65, former Irish football player and active member of the Notre Dame Club of Phoenix


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Ball ready for play *Untimed down


Loss of down



Incomplete fo rw ard pass Penalty declined No play , no scor e Toss option delayed

Offside defense or free kick team Encroachment (NF)


Illegal participation


False start Illegal formation Encroachment offense


Illegal shift - 2 hands Illegal motion - 1 hand

Delay of game

Substitution infraction




Sideline interference

Running into or roughing kicker or holder

Illegal batting Illegal kicking (followed by pointing toward toe for kicking)

Illegal fair catch signal (NF) Invalid fair catch signal (NF)




Illegal touching or 30-second timeout First touching (NF)

Sideline warning


Failure to wear required equipment






First down


End of period



Ball dead Touchback (move side to side)



Disregard flag



Touchdown Field goal Point(s) after touchdown


Inadvertent whistle (Face Press Box)




TV/Radio time-out


Legal touching of forward pass or scrimmage kick


Uncatchabl e fo rw ard pass

Time-out Discretionary or injury time-out (follow by tapping hands on chest)

Start clock




Illegal helmet contact


Forward pass interference Kick-catching interference




Illegal pass Illegal forward handling

Roughing passer


Unsportsmanlike conduct Noncontact foul


Intentional grounding


Illegal block in the back Ineligible downfield on pass


Personal foul


Blocking below waist Illegal block

Chop block

Holding/obstructing Illegal use of hands/arms

Helping runner Interlocked blocking

Grasping face mask or helmet opening

47 (NF) High School Note: Signal numbers 25 and 26 are for future expansion.


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he Notre Dame athletics department welcomes you to Notre Dame Stadium for the 2009 season – marking the 79th year of action in what is widely regarded as America’s greatest collegiate football monument. You are now part of the storied tradition called Notre Dame football in which we can boast the very best fans in the world. To help make this a memorable Notre Dame experience, we ask that all fans please respect the rights of everyone enjoying this sporting event. We would like to cheer for our players and coaches in a manner reflective of Notre Dame’s tradition of excellence. Also join us in giving our visitors a Notre Dame welcome and share with them why we “Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame.”

Please enjoy the weekend, and GO IRISH! Game Time Information: To obtain current Notre Dame football game times, as well as scores and summaries of all Irish athletic events, visit the official athletics department website at



Smoking Ban: In accordance with a St. Joseph County ordinance, there is no smoking allowed in Notre Dame Stadium. Passouts for smoking are not allowed. Fans are encouraged to bring ONLY necessary items into Notre Dame Stadium. In addition, Stadium Security personnel reserve the right to inspect all items.

The Stadium Ticket Office will open at least three hours prior to kickoff and will remain open into the second half. The Stadium Ticket Office is located on the east side of Notre Dame Stadium adjacent to the Joyce Center.

Prohibited Items Include: Alcoholic beverages; glass containers, any cans, aerosol/spray cans; seat backs; strollers; coolers, flasks, thermoses (non-disposable two-quart or less are permitted); artificial noise makers; and weapons of any kind. Permitted Items Include: Unopened, sealed water bottles, binoculars, cameras and limited use of camcorders; pagers, cell phones and radios; blankets or rain apparel. THROWING OBJECTS IN THE STANDS OR ONTO THE FIELD IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Exit and re-entry is NOT permitted. Please see the gate supervisor for emergency assistance.

• ALL persons, regardless of age, must have a ticket for admission. We do not issue child/lap passes. • General Public WILL CALL is serviced at Windows 4, 5 & 6 – Photo ID is REQUIRED. • Notre Dame and visiting player guest admissions are located at the Stadium Ticket Office. Photo ID is required and admission begins 90 minutes prior to kickoff. • The resale of tickets is prohibited on University of Notre Dame property. However, the Alumni Association operates a consignment program at the Gate 3 Ticket Office of the Joyce Center. (See for more information on the Alumni Ticket Consignment Program). • For wheelchair and disability accommodations, please visit Window 1 of the Stadium Ticket Office. All persons utilizing a wheelchair must have a ticket designated for wheelchair accessible seating. You may also call 574-631-7356 in advance of game day.


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• Persons leaving the Stadium will NOT be re-admitted. Please see a gate supervisor for EMERGENCY assistance. • Tickets that are lost, stolen or destroyed will NOT be replaced. • Stadium gates will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Please enter through the gate designated on your ticket. • Please retain your ticket stub with your seat location at all times. • Tickets returned in advance of game day will be sold through the Ticket Office and can be purchased by calling 574-631-7356. • Tickets with stub removed are void and will not be allowed into the stadium.

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION Game day parking is available on a drive-up basis for $20 per passenger vehicle. Game day parking is located north of Douglas Road accessible off of Juniper Road (White Field North). RV parking is only available in the White Field area at a cost of $100 per vehicle. Most parking lots will open at 8:30 a.m. on game day. Overnight parking is prohibited. Lots must be vacated within three hours of the game’s conclusion. Shuttle buses begin limited service (two buses) to the library circle shortly after the White Field opens (8:30 a.m.). Service will increase as game time approaches. These will run into the first half, with a minimum of one bus running the entire game. Post game, 12 buses will run in sets of four back to White Field. These will run until all the lines are gone or at least one hour after the game ends (whichever is longer). A wheelchair-accessible, disabled-patron shuttle is also available. Game day disabled patron parking requires either a valid stateissued placard (hang tag) or license plate. Game day disabled parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To accommodate our disable patrons, we provide a game day disabled lot, the D2 North Lot, located on the southwest corner of the intersection of Douglas and Wilson. Shuttles equipped to handle wheelchairs and scooters will transport all individuals parking in this lot directly to and from the Stadium. To gain access to this lot, you must have your state-issued disabled placard or license plate on display in your vehicle upon arrival. The cost of parking in this lot is $20 per vehicle. Please call 574-631-7356 in advance of game day for more details. Football parking information and directions to White Field are available on the official athletic department website: with parking listed on the tickets page.

STADIUM SERVICES Cameras and Radios: Limited use of cameras, video cameras, televisions and portable radios is permitted. Consideration of other spectators is expected. Concessions/Water: Full service concession stands are available around the stadium concourse. Concession services are provided by Notre Dame Food Services. (See permitted items on previous page). Disturbances: Please report any disruptive fans to the stadium ushers or to the Personnel Office under Section 4.

Doctor Calls: Doctors and others expecting calls, leave your name and seat location at the Stadium Ushers Office under Section 4. No announcements will be made on the public address system. First Aid: First aid stations (under Sections 4 and 25 on the lower concourse and outside Section 128) are staffed continuously by local physicians, nurses and paramedics from the South Bend Fire Department, from an hour and a half before kickoff until the game ends. Persons suffering from sudden illness or injury should report to the closest first aid room at once. Ask an usher to guide or escort you. Companions of (or persons nearby) patrons losing consciousness or otherwise not ambulatory should summon the nearest usher for rapid assistance and he or she will get medical help at once. Intoxicating Substances: The use of intoxicating substances inside Notre Dame Stadium is prohibited. Ushers and law enforcement officers have been instructed to refuse admission to ticket holders who are intoxicated or disorderly. Anyone found with alcohol or a controlled substance in the Stadium will be removed immediately. Lost and Found: The lost and found department is at the Public Safety and Information Office beneath Section 27 on the west (press box) side of the Stadium. Programs and Merchandise: Official souvenir programs are available from vendors in parking lots and both inside and outside the stadium gates. Officially licensed Notre Dame merchandise is available at souvenir stands located outside Notre Dame Stadium, at the Varsity Shops in the Joyce Center and at the Hammes Bookstore located just west of the Stadium on Notre Dame Avenue. Restrooms: Many restroom facilities are located throughout the Stadium. Should you need assistance, please contact an usher in your area. In addition, a unisex restroom is located on the east side of the Stadium. Note: These rules will be strictly enforced and violators will be removed from the Stadium. Repeat violators will have further football ticket privileges revoked.


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Thank you for your tremendous support of our entire athletics program. Our 800+ student-athletes, our coaches and administrative staff are very appreciative of your spirit and affinity for Notre Dame, in particular intercollegiate athletics. With that, your adherence to all applicable NCAA rules and regulations is essential as we strive to maintain and enhance our national athletic prominence while protecting the University’s tradition of integrity and values. Our Compliance Office staff stands prepared to assist you with your

questions and concerns regarding NCAA regulations. Please contact us immediately should you have concern regarding any situation. Your attention to these matters will ensure that the eligibility of both prospective student-athletes (“recruits”) and enrolled student-athletes is protected and maintained. Again, many thanks for your cooperation in this matter and your ongoing support. Go Fighting Irish! The Compliance Staff



(The following lists of examples are not all-inclusive. As always, ask before you act!) You are, if: • you are an enrolled student or graduate of the University.

(The following lists of examples are not all-inclusive. As always, ask before you act!)

• you have ever participated in or are a member of any organization promoting Notre Dame’s athletics program. (The former Quarterback Club, The 3-Pt. Club, The Fast-Break Club, etc.) • you have ever made financial contributions to the University of Notre Dame athletics department.

DO You may: • contact a current student-athlete regarding employment opportunities; however, no contact may be made without approval from the Compliance Office. • provide a student-athlete, not their family and friends, an occasional (once a semester) meal at your home.


• you have ever helped to arrange employment of or provided any benefits to prospective or enrolled student-athletes. • you have ever been a season ticket holder in any sport. • you have ever promoted the athletics programs at the University of Notre Dame. According to NCAA rules, once an individual has been identified as an institutional “representative of athletics interests” the individual retains that title for life. The University of Notre Dame is ultimately responsible for the behavior of all its athletics representatives in relation to NCAA rules and regulations. Violations of NCAA regulations by an athletics representative could result in the loss of eligibility for involved student-athletes (e.g. no participation in competitions) and/ or severe sanctions against the University (e.g. loss of scholarships, television and post-season bans).

CURRENT STUDENT-ATHLETE A student-athlete is any Notre Dame student who is a member of a varsity athletics team. NCAA regulations apply to all student-athletes, not just those studentathletes who were recruited or who receive an athletics scholarship. *Note: NCAA regulations concerning enrolled student-athletes remain in effect throughout the entire year (including summer break). If a student-athlete has completed his/her final season of eligibility, all NCAA regulations must be adhered to until he/she graduates or leaves school.

You may not: • provide a currently enrolled student-athlete, their parents or friends any benefit or special arrangement without prior approval from the Compliance Office. • pay for or arrange for payment of room, board or any type of transportation for a student-athlete or their family and friends. • entertain student-athletes or their family and friends. (Exception: NCAA rules do permit institutional staff members and athletics representatives to provide student-athletes (not including their family and friends) with an occasional meal (defined as once a semester) provided the meal is at the staff member’s or athletic representative’s home and not at a restaurant.) • use the name, picture or appearance of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend or promote sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. Any use of a student-athlete’s name, picture or appearance must receive authorization from the Compliance Office. • provide any payment of expense or loan of an automobile for a student-athlete to return home or to any other location. • provide awards or gifts to a student-athlete for any reason. All awards provided to student-athletes must first be approved by the Compliance Office and meet all NCAA regulations. • provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement. All speaking engagements must be approved in advance by the Compliance Office. • allow a student-athlete, his/her relatives or friends to use your telephone to make free calls.


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COMPLIANCE CONTINUED • continue established family relationships with friends and neighbors. Contacts with sons and daughters of these families are permitted so long as they are not made for recruiting purposes or encouraged by Notre Dame coaches.

• provide free or reduced cost lodging in your home to a studentathlete or a student-athlete’s family and friends.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE A prospective student-athlete is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. Any student younger than ninth grade who receives any benefits from an institution or athletics representative would also become a prospective student-athlete. In addition, student-athletes enrolled in preparatory school or two-year colleges are considered prospective student-athletes. * Note: An individual is considered a prospect (whether or not they have signed a National Letter-of-Intent) until the first day of initial collegiate enrollment or the first day they report for practice, whichever is earliest. Therefore, all NCAA regulations concerning contact with a prospective student-athlete are applicable until that time.

THE DOs AND DON’Ts FOR REPRESENTATIVES IN REGARDS TO A PROSPECTIVE STUDENTATHLETE: (The following lists of examples are not all-inclusive. As always, ask before you act!)

DO • forward information about prospective student-athletes to the appropriate coaching staff. • have telephone contact with a prospect regarding permissible preenrollment activities such as summer employment, provided the prospect has graduated from high school and signed a National Letter of Intent. • have a telephone conversation with a prospect only if the prospect initiates the call. Such a call may not be prearranged by an institutional staff member and you are not permitted to have a recruiting conversation, but may exhibit normal civility. You must refer any questions about our athletics programs to an athletics department staff member/coach. • view a prospect’s athletic contest at your own initiative provided you do not contact the prospect or his/her parents. In addition, you may not contact a prospect’s coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect. Jill Bodensteiner, Associate Director of Athletics (574) 631-9647 or

DON’T You may not: • write, e-mail or telephone a prospective student-athlete or his/her parents in an effort to recruit them to Notre Dame. • become involved in making arrangements to provide money, financial aid or a benefit of any kind to a prospect or the prospect’s family and friends. • make contact with a prospective student-athlete and his/her parents when the prospect is on-campus for an official or unofficial recruiting visit. • contact a prospect to congratulate him/her on signing a National Letter of Intent to attend the University. • transport, pay or arrange for payment of transportation costs for a prospect and his/her relatives or friends to visit campus (or elsewhere). • pay or arrange for payment of summer camp registration fees for a prospect. • provide ANYTHING to a prospect, the prospect’s family or friends without prior approval from the Compliance Office. The support of our alumni and friends is welcomed and appreciated. We ask, however, that you also help to keep Notre Dame’s tradition of athletics integrity intact by following the NCAA regulations. Your assistance will help ensure that the eligibility of both prospective and currently enrolled student-athletes is protected and preserved. Your efforts to know and follow the NCAA legislation are greatly appreciated because violations could affect the eligibility of involved prospects or student-athletes and/or result in NCAA penalties being imposed on the University. To that end, it should be our goal, as the best alumni and fans in the country, to preserve and protect each and every student-athlete’s eligibility. All NCAA legislation cannot be covered in a limited space such as this program. Therefore, any additional questions should be forwarded to the Compliance Office in the Department of Athletics. Please remember to ask before you act!

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amous for its storied football program and the mystique of its 1,250-acre campus, the University of Notre Dame anchors this community. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the 14-story Hesburgh Library with its 132-foot-high mural depicting “Christ the Teacher” and the Main Building with its famed Golden Dome are among the most widely visited university landmarks. The University’s Marie P. DeBartolo Center for Performing Arts offers a unique combination of performance venues, high-tech production facilities and academic space. Free, student-guided tours of the campus are available. Contact the Eck Visitors Center on Notre Dame Avenue at 631.5726 for more info. Whether you’re a casual enthusiast or a diehard fan, every day feels like a Saturday afternoon in autumn at the College Football Hall of Fame. The game of college football comes to life through interactive exhibits, video, photo galleries, sound and the nation’s largest collection of football memorabilia. Changing exhibits often correlate college football’s relationship to current and historical events. The greatest players and coaches in the history of college football are forever immortalized during the Enshrinement Festival. This summer, the great Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz was inducted, in addition to great players like Troy Aikman and Thurman Thomas. The community’s rich history can be found at the Museums at West Washington and Chapin, comprised of the Studebaker National Museum and Center for History. The Studebaker National Museum’s collection includes the first and last vehicles produced by the Studebaker Corporation, carriages of four U.S. Presidents, prototypes and industrial treasures. Copshaholm, the opulent and historic 38room mansion of industrialist J.D. Oliver, is a

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The South Bend Museum of Art, the public art museum of the greater South Bend area, includes collections and exhibits focusing on contemporary and historical American art. Shiojiri Niwa Japanese Friendship Garden is the beautiful garden located on 1.3 acres near the St. Joseph River in Mishawaka’s Merrifield Park. The garden contains more than 20 different varieties of large plant materials, over 200 boulders and a teahouse pavilion. The Robert C. Beutter Riverfront Park is a five-acre urban park located at the Mishawaka River Center, the former Ball Band/Uniroyal site in downtown Mishawaka. The park is comprised of an abundance of walking paths and contemplative sitting spaces that take advantage of the prevalent water features. Visitors enjoy endless recreation opportunities in greater South Bend. Adventurers will enjoy both rafting and kayaking on the East Race Waterway, the first artificial whitewater course in North America or fishing on the St. Joseph River. Potato Creek State Park, Indian’s second largest state park, is only 20 minutes southwest of downtown South Bend. Hiking, biking, nature trails, canoeing, inner tubing and cross-country skiing opportunities are found at the community’s four county parks and 90 city parks. Potawatomi Zoo, Indiana’s first zoo, is home to more than 400 animals including several rare and endangered species such as the tiger, red panda, cottontop tamarin, snow leopard and lemur.

Golfers will be challenged at Blackthorn Golf Club, one of Indiana’s top public courses and the Warren Golf Course, located on the University of Notre Dame campus. Mishawaka is the destination for shoppers with University Park Mall and the North Mishawaka Retail Corridor, which features hundreds of chain, discount and specialty stores – the second largest retail concentration in Indiana. South Bend’s Erskine Village adds to the retail mix. For the artisan in you, downtown South Bend features impressive galleries and boutiques to explore. To further enhance the Notre Dame football fan on-campus experience, numerous activities and attractions are available through the season. Downtown South Bend features entertainment and dining options in addition to the popular Football Friday Tent Party. A festival atmosphere with live music, food and drink is available. In addition, fans can immerse themselves in the glory of game day at the College Football Hall of Fame, visit Knute Rockne’s tribute wing at the Center for History or just enjoy the merchants and eateries that make up South Bend. Find out for yourself why football weekends in South Bend are special!

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ECHOES OF TRADITION By Kelsey Robertson, Trumpet Frankfort, Ill. Class of 2010

Saturday football traditions continue to bring together fans, young and old.


y amazing journey as a member of the Band of the Fighting Irish was made a lot more magical after a Concert on the Steps last season. As a trumpet, I’m exhilarated by almost everything on game day – from morning practice to Trumpets in the Dome and storming out of the tunnel onto the field. From the first time my spat-covered foot touched the hallowed ground of Notre Dame Stadium, I knew I was a part of something truly unique and wonderful. That feeling of honor and privilege that captures my psyche every home Saturday was deeply intensified after my dad told me about a man he had met during our Concert on the Steps before the Stanford game last year.

My mom was enthusiastically taking many pictures of me (I am short, so I was conveniently in the front row), and an elderly man asked my dad, “Is that your daughter up there?” My mom and dad proudly told them it was. The man went quiet for a moment, his face filled with emotion. “This is my first game,” he told my dad. “I’ve waited 60 years to see a Notre Dame game.” My dad was so choked up that he couldn’t even tell my friends and me about it until after Trumpets in the Dome. That man’s brief comment elicited a visceral reaction in me that has affected my playing experience ever since. It suddenly clicked in my mind that at every single home game, the stands are filled with people experiencing the magic and mystique of Notre Dame football for the very first time. For band members, playing the Victory March in practice and at games over and over has the dangerous potential of becoming routine or repetitive. However, I now play that glorious song with as much enthusiasm and gusto as I can muster, because I

always think of the man who waited 60 years to “cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame” in person. My heart still pounds with excitement and pride each time I trot out for pregame. Now, however, I always recall that kind elderly man and his emotional introduction to Notre Dame football. I will always remember him, and I hope he’s back this year. Now, as I play in my final season as a member of the Band of the Fighting Irish, I am confronted with a whole lot of “lasts.” Last first home game of the season. Last road game. Hopefully, last bowl game. But each time that I’m experiencing a “last,” someone in that crowd of 80,000 fans is experiencing a “first.” It’s a bittersweet cycle of tradition, of generations coming and going through the Notre Dame football experience. It’s what makes this ground so sacred: the sorrowful goodbyes and the joyous beginnings. Whether our fans are six or 60, I hope they each feel the echoes of tradition thundering through campus every Saturday afternoon.


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Welcome Football Fans! The Notre Dame Alumni Association welcomes you to our campus! Are you a Notre Dame graduate or friend? Stay connected with the Notre Dame family through your local ND club. And remember: ND club membership isn’t just for alumni. Friends of the University can participate in ND club activities, too. Find your local club at

Jewels of the Mediterranean and Greek Isles ONWARD and Upward Have you seen the ONWARD: Alumni Career Development Web site ( career)? It provides tools for job seekers, as well as alumni who are looking to network with other ND alumni. The site includes job postings, webinars on various career topics, links to useful articles, and access to the alumni mentor program. In addition, there are career advisors who are available to answer questions and provide guidance.

Senior Alumni Tackle Key Initiatives The ND Senior Alumni (NDSA) welcomes you to the 2009 Senior Alumni game. The NDSA was created to focus on alumni and friends age 55 and older, and is an actionoriented organization. Currently it is pursuing six initiatives, two of which are the Catholic Community Professional Assistance program (CCPAP) and the Prostate Awareness Cancer Education (PACE) program. The CCPAP initiative assists local Catholic communities with free professional services. The PACE program provides informational awareness on the risks and importance of early detection of prostate cancer. Information on these and other programs, as well as regional NDSA contacts, can be found at Pray at Notre Dame from wherever you are, and read daily Gospels and prayers from Holy Cross priests at The site includes links to additional spiritual resources and printable prayer cards. You can also subscribe to the site for regular updates and RSS feeds.

NDAA Football Ticket Consignment Program Members of the Notre Dame alumni community can buy and sell* Notre Dame football tickets using the Alumni Association Ticket Consignment Program, which can be accessed at If your tickets are sold through this program and then later resold by someone else for more than face value, you will not be liable for violating the University’s resale policy. Registered users can buy available tickets through the Ticket Consignment Web site for face value plus a small transaction service fee. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, and purchase limits may apply. Purchased tickets can be picked up at the Alumni Association will call window at Gate 3 in the Joyce Center on game day. Game day ticket sales also take place at Gate 3 of the Joyce Center. The sales window will open to alumni and students 4 ½ hours before kickoff (game day sales open to the general public 3 ½ hours prior to kickoff). *Listing football tickets on the NDAA Ticket Consignment Web site does not guarantee they will be sold.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST Lou Holtz takes the field once again to lead the Irish in the Japan Bowl A case of déjà vu? It certainly seemed that way. There was former Irish head football coach and recent College Football Hall of Fame enshrinee Lou Holtz, with that same white Notre Dame polo-style shirt, that same blue Notre Dame golf cap with the gold interlocking ND on the front – and those same khakicolored slacks. Folded in half and shoved into that same back pants pocket was that same manila-colored folder, with those same handwritten practice notes on it. And there was Holtz, pacing the practice field, at one point loudly making a point to his quarterback, Tony Rice, and in the next moment cracking a joke to lighten the mood. To watch Holtz operate, you might have thought the Irish were playing for the national title on Saturday. Said Holtz at one team meeting, “We’re going to represent Notre Dame the right way. If we’re gonna do something, we’re gonna do it right.” There were only a few slight differences. Instead of the grass fields of Cartier Field, this was an artificial turf venue at Nihon University in west-central Tokyo, Japan, on which Holtz was plying his craft. And instead of Michigan or Miami or USC, the Fighting Irish opponent this time was the Japan National Team. It was Notre Dame Japan Bowl 2009 – July 25 in the venerable Tokyo Dome, also home to the Yomiuri Giants of Japanese baseball fame. A team of former Notre Dame football players – ages 23 to 52 – billed as the Irish Legends squad, against the best American-style football players from Japan. But the scene might just as well have been out of 1989 as opposed to 20 years later. So, how did all this come about? Thank Patrick Steenberge, best known as Joe Theismann’s backup at quarterback for the Irish in 1970 (and a monogram winner in ’70 and ’71). Steenberge’s business is Global Football out of Granbury, Texas. He specializes in American football events in all other parts of the world. Steenberge also was responsible for a similar Fighting Irish-connected event nine years ago when Notre Dame took a team of former players to Germany and defeated the Hamburg Blue Devils. In fact, six of the players who went to Hamburg remained on the ’09 roster for the trip to Japan – and that didn’t include Reggie Brooks, who led the Irish in rushing in Hamburg, then exchanged his uniform for coaching gear this time around.

Lou Holtz prowls the sidelines during the Notre Dame Japan Bowl on July 25, 2009, at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.

Holtz gives his Irish Legends a few tips during practice before the Japan Bowl.

In fact, Holtz at times in Japan was sorely tempted to suit up some of his assistants – considering his staff included ’87 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown, All-American Chris Zorich and Brooks. What was the lure of this event? It was one more chance to wear a Notre Dame football uniform – and, in some cases, wear the gold helmet in front of wives, girlfriends, parents, kids and other family members. For the 22 rostered players who had played all or part of their Notre Dame careers in the Holtz era, they knew exactly what to expect from the head coach. For the 34 others, there was the solid attraction of spending a week around a Hall of Famer. And they weren’t disappointed. Truth be told, the week didn’t go much differently than many weeks during Holtz’s 11 seasons in South Bend. The Irish coach made sure his team understood the challenge it faced.

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Jay Vickers earned the Notre Dame MVP trophy after racking up 139 rushing yards and a touchdown in the Notre Dame Japan Bowl.

“Their skill people are as good as anyone’s,” Holtz told the assembled media at the Thursday pre-game press conference. “Their wide receiver (Noriaki Kinoshita, who had been with the NFL Atlanta Falcons practice squad) could play for anyone in the country. Their discipline, their effort, their intensity – I stand in awe of it. “Our guys have not played in a competitive game for a while. The mind may be willing – but the body ain’t. It’s like riding a bike. When they kick it off, you hope they’ll remember how to play.” At the Hall of Fame enshrinement in South Bend a week before the game, Holtz kidded that Rudy (former Irish walk-on Dan Ruettiger, subject of the feature film “Rudy”) would be a star on the Irish roster. Then, once the Irish got to Tokyo and hit the practice field, the injury bug bit hard. Hamstrings felled quarterback Gary Godsey and fullback Ray Zellars – and even Rice went down with calf and hamstring issues. Fullback Cole Laux received 28 stitches to repair a gash in his chin. Practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday resembled a MASH unit more than a country club. The week-long trip also provided its share of off-the-field highlights. The Irish were housed at a Ritz-Carlton in the Tokyo Midtown area of Rappongi Hills. They enjoyed memorable group dinners (with family members included) at local restaurants – Roti on Tuesday, T.Y. Harbor on Wednesday, Gonpachi on Thursday. The night before the game, the Notre Dame Club of Japan played host to the team at the New Sanno Hotel – with former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine (now with the Chiba Lotte team in the Japan league) one of the speakers. On Wednesday after practice, the Notre Dame travel party spent two hours in the Asakusa shrine area, snapping loads of photos and picking up a few samurai swords to highlight the souvenir-purchasing. Once game day arrived at the Tokyo Dome, it became a re-enactment of Holtz-style Notre Dame football. Would the size and strength of the Irish roster be a match for the younger, quicker and faster Japanese squad? It didn’t take long to find out. Remember back in ’88 when Holtz’s Rice-led teams made great use of a punishing ground game to win a national title? That season the Irish won eight of their 12 games with nine pass completions or fewer (including the Michigan State game with two, the Michigan game with three, the USC game with five). This time around, Holtz made sure the 10 offensive linemen on his roster had their chances to establish the line of scrimmage. He made sure his defensive front seven kept their arms up to make life

harder for diminutive Japan quarterbacks Tetsuo Takata and Shun Sugawara (that resulted in three passes knocked down by linemen and linebackers, plus two interceptions). And he threw former defensive standouts Brandon Hoyte and Ambrose Wooden into the offensive backfield – and both players made major Saturday contributions (Wooden started and played most of the second half at quarterback and completed the only pass of the afternoon for the Notre Dame team; Hoyte moved to fullback and bulldozed his way for 46 rushing yards on 10 carries). Notre Dame rolled up 271 rushing yards and held its Japan counterparts to 57 net ground yards. The Irish dominated time of possession (36:18 to 23:42), holding the ball more than 21 minutes in the second half and nearly 12 minutes in the third period alone. Maybe the most telling possession came in the final period when the Irish protected their lead while driving from their own 12-yard line to the Japan 19 while consuming 8:19 on the clock. The possession didn’t result in any Irish points but it effectively ended the football game. Japan took an early 3-0 lead with a little less than four minutes remaining in the opening period. Scott Cengia tied it less than three minutes into the second period on a 37-yard field goal. Then, running back Jay Vickers grabbed away the momentum for the Irish when, on first down from the Notre Dame 21, he broke away for a 77-yard gain down the Notre Dame sideline. Rice scored on second down from the one. Vickers, a Tallahassee, Fla., product who was hampered by injuries at Notre Dame and played in only seven combined games for the Irish in ’97 and ’98, finished with 139 rushing yards and scored the second Notre Dame touchdown (he had a long second-half gain called back by penalty) after a Mike Goolsby interception. All that earned him the Notre Dame MVP trophy. Maybe the most amazing scene came after the game when Holtz spoke to the gathered Japan team – with cameras and media recording every moment. As Holtz told the media on the field, “We won this game like we won a lot of other games when I was at Notre Dame – we just beat the heck out of them. They were quicker, we were bigger – and our offensive line and backs did a great job.” As the Irish celebrated in their dressing quarters, Holtz relaxed by himself in the coaches’ locker room, glancing at the final stat sheet. He may have been 13 years removed from his final season at Notre Dame, but, at least for one afternoon – a 12-hour-plane ride and what seemed like a million miles away from South Bend – it was as if he never left.

Irish Legends defensive line coach Chris Zorich gives a young player some pointers at a clinic during the week leading up to the Notre Dame Japan Bowl.

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s many Notre Dame athletic programs have established themselves as national powers in recent years, it has become easy to lose sight of the fact that many of those programs didn’t even exist as varsity teams 30 years

ago. When Kevin O’Connor arrived at Notre Dame in the fall of 1985, the Notre Dame lacrosse program was still in its infancy, having just attained varsity status four years earlier. The team wasn’t yet awarding scholarships, but O’Connor was encouraged by Notre Dame’s firstever varsity head coach, the late Rich O’Leary. O’Connor helped the Irish to a 25-13 record during his first three seasons on the squad and then prior to the 1989 season, Notre Dame decided it was time for another step in the program’s growth – a fulltime head coach. O’Leary had been wearing two hats, as he also was the long-time director of Notre Dame’s nationally-renown intramural sports program. “Coach O’Leary told us that for this program to get to the level where we all want it to be, it needs a full-time coach,” recalls O’Connor. So Notre Dame hired Kevin Corrigan, who completed his 21st season at the helm of the Irish last spring. “Even in one year, I could tell the difference when we had a coach who was able to devote full time to the program,” O’Connor says. The road wasn’t always easy. Corrigan decided to make a bold statement to capture the attention of his new team and the collegiate lacrosse world – he brought powerful Johns Hopkins University to Notre Dame for a match during the fall “exhibition” season. “Johns Hopkins was the Notre Dame of college lacrosse,” says O’Connor. “They were the gold standard. We had never played anybody in the preseason or regular season of that caliber. “We played in the brand-new Loftus Center in front of a capacity crowd on a Friday night before a home football game,” describes O’Connor. “And they beat us pretty good. “But Kevin Corrigan wanted to send a message to us and to them that we aspired to be at that level.” And since that less than auspicious first encounter with Johns Hopkins, the Irish have done just that, joining the nation’s elite. Under Corrigan’s direction, O’Leary’s vision for Notre Dame lacrosse greatness has come to fruition. The Irish went undefeated during the regular season in 2009 for the first time ever. The Irish have made 14 appearances in the NCAA tournament; they’ve finished in the top 10 of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association final poll 11 times. “I take great pride in having played for both of the only head coaches Notre Dame has ever had,” says O’Connor, “and I take great pride in the fact that the program has become a national power.”

Kevin O’Connor is one of a handful of players to have competed for both of Notre Dame’s men’s lacrosse coaches – Rich O’Leary and Kevin Corrigan.

While Notre Dame lacrosse has scaled the heights since the late 80s, O’Connor has similarly experienced dizzying success as an attorney and a public servant. Upon graduating from Notre Dame with honors, O’Connor returned to his home state of Connecticut and obtained his law degree, with highest honors, from the University of Connecticut. His stellar academic achievement led to a coveted clerkship with the Honorable William H. Timbers of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Competing against graduates of the most prestigious law schools in the country, O’Connor credits his experience as captain of the Notre Dame lacrosse team with helping him land the prestigious position. “The judge that hired me had never hired a UConn grad as a clerk before,” O’Connor says. “He had graduated from Dartmouth, and saw that I had played lacrosse at Notre Dame, and that’s all he wanted to talk about. “I think it was the only reason I stood out from all of those candidates.” O’Connor’s subsequent record certainly exposes that statement as being overly modest. Judge Timbers was impressed enough with what he saw that he suggested O’Connor follow in his own footsteps by working for the Securities and Exchange Commission. A two-year stint in the SEC’s enforcement division preceded a return to his native Connecticut.


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“I wanted to get involved in the community and see if there were any opportunities to run for public office,” O’Connor relates. O’Connor immersed himself in the private practice of law and also became involved in a number of charitable causes. In 1998, one of Connecticut’s five congressional seats came open when the incumbent ran for governor. Running as a Republican in a district that has consistently elected Democrats to Congress, O’Connor lost a vigorously-contested race. Much like the upstart Notre Dame lacrosse team testing itself against the Johns Hopkins powerhouse, the campaign proved to be a boon to O’Connor despite the outcome. “You develop a certain confidence when you run for office,” offers O’Connor. “I have a tremendous respect for anybody who is willing to do that. “You learn far more in difficult situations, when difficult situations are being asked, than you do when you’re being lobbed softballs,” he says. “It teaches you the ability to think on your feet, which is also an important attribute for any lawyer. “I also made a lot of great relationships and great friends.” Following the ‘98 congressional run, O’Connor returned to private practice until 2002, when he was confirmed by the United States Senate as the United States Attorney for Connecticut. After several years in that role as the chief law enforcement officer for the state of Connecticut, O’Connor served in other top-level positions within the A former men’s lacrosse team captain, Kevin O’Connor is now a partner in the firm of Bracewell & Guiliani, after several years of service in the United State Justice Department. United States Department of Justice, including Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, and Associate Attorney General, the third-ranking position in the Justice Department. The last two years of his tenure at the Justice Department required Dame, UConn’s law school, organizations connected to the Catholic O’Connor to commute regularly between Washington, D.C., and his Church and the Connecticut Science Center. “There is an outlet for public service while I’m in private practice,” growing family in Connecticut. In January 2009, O’Connor became a partner in the firm of Bracewell & Guiliani, with offices in New York O’Connor explains. “You can perform public service without having an elected or appointed position. and Connecticut. “I wanted to show my kids that even when you’re in private practice, While holding fond memories of his service in the federal government and acknowledging his long-standing desire to engage in public you still have an obligation to give back.” O’Connor is also sharing with his children his love for Notre Dame. service, O’Connor is thrilled with his current situation. “I am focusing on trying to build this practice,” he says. “The firm As an advisor to the Notre Dame Monogram Club, O’Connor is back on campus fairly often, and he’s starting is committed to me and I am committed to bring the children along on some to them. trips. The O’Connors are also reliably in “I had a great, great run with attendance when Notre Dame’s sports Justice, and I don’t know what the teams are playing in the Northeast. distant future may hold, but I’m in “I can assure you they’ve been a much different position now than thoroughly indoctrinated long before I was 11 years ago when I ran for visiting campus,” O’Connor laughs. “And Congress.” not just Notre Dame football, but all Notre The most important difference is Dame sports.” that O’Connor and his wife, Kathleen Beyond sports, O’Connor wants to Plunkett O’Connor, are parents to four share the essence of Notre Dame with his young children – Erin (8), Mary (7), children. Anne (5) and James (4). “What I always cherished about Notre “I’m making up for a lot of lost Dame is that faith is intertwined in time with them when I was essentially everything that you do there,” he says. doing two jobs during my last year of “And the Catholic Church has gone service at [the Justice Department],” through a pretty tough time in the past he says. few years, but Notre Dame stands for all Even while in private practice, that’s right with the Catholic Church. O’Connor continues to devote himself Kevin O’Connor and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four young children, Mary, James, Anne and Erin. “And I want my kids to see that.” to worthy causes, including Notre 232

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MOVING INTO SELECT COMPANY Former Irish defenseman Mark Eaton joins the ranks of Irish Stanley Cup winners

By Tim Connor


or former Notre Dame hockey defenseman Mark Eaton, Sunday, Aug. 16 is a date that he and his family will long remember. On that day at his summer home in Rhode Island, Eaton, a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, spent his day with hockey’s “Holy Grail,” the one and only Stanley Cup. Eaton, who begins his 12th pro season this fall, made the most of his time with the 35-pound silver chalice that represents the pinnacle of his profession. “It was such a thrill winning the Stanley Cup, that my goal was to share that feeling with as many people as possible,” says the 32-year old blue liner. The Cup started the day with a charity event for the MakeA-Wish Foundation. Over 1,000 hockey fans made donations and took advantage of an opportunity to get autographs and photos with the Penguin defenseman and the trophy. From there, the Stanley Cup and its entourage headed south for a stop at Eaton’s summer training facility. The group then moved to the ocean for family photos on the beach before Eaton became the fourth Irish hockey player – joining finishing the day with a private party with family and friends Defenseman Mark Eaton is in his fourth season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 32-year old Don Jackson, Brett Lebda and Bill Nyrop – to have his in Newport, R.I. blue liner also has played for the Philadelphia Flyers name etched on the Stanley Cup this past June. He and “It was a great day, no question about it,” Eaton says. and the Nashville Predators in his 12-year professional his Pittsburgh Penguin teammates captured the Cup in “We got to enjoy time with family and friends. It was a great career. Game 7 of the finals versus the Detroit Red Wings. way for me to share the moment with everyone. Looking back, and knee injuries that limited him to just 71 games. In 68 games last season, I think we accomplished that mission.” he had four goals and five assists and was third on the team with 148 blocked Eaton and his teammates started their summer of celebration on June 12, shots. In the playoffs, the 6-2, 205-pound defender played in all 24 games, winning the championship with a 2-1 win in game seven at Detroit. “Winning the Stanley Cup is definitely the highlight of my career,” Eaton picking up seven points (4g, 3a) while his four goals tied for the team lead among defensemen. remarks. His accomplishments led him to be Pittsburgh’s nominee for the 2009 Bill “From the time you first start playing hockey, winning the Stanley Cup is something you dream about. You do it so many times in your imagination as a Masterton Memorial Trophy that is awarded to the player who demonstrates kid and then, to finally do it as an adult is incredible. It’s really hard to describe perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. During his pro career, Eaton spent two seasons in the Philadelphia how you feel when it finally happens.” Getting handed the Cup on the ice to carry high over your head finalizes organization and four years with Nashville before moving to Pittsburgh in that dream. The look on Eaton’s face in the photo that accompanies this story 2006 where he enters his fourth season. He has played in 452 NHL games, scoring 20 goals with 42 assists for 62 career points. says it all. Known as a steady, shutdown defenseman as a pro, it was Eaton’s offensive “During my pro career when I wasn’t involved in the playoffs, I would always watch those final games to see them bring the Cup out and present it to the game that got him recognized in junior hockey and in his year at Notre Dame (1997-98). A second team USHL All-Star in 1996-97 with the Waterloo Black winners. Even then it would send chills down my spine. You always dream Hawks, he stepped right into the Irish lineup and put up impressive numbers about having it handed to you,” says Eaton. “Now, someone is handing you the trophy and it’s a reality. There isn’t in an Irish jersey. His 12 goals and 17 assists gave him 29 points and led to a word or group of words to explain how you feel. It’s the culmination of CCHA all-rookie team and rookie-of-the-year honors. Before the new season starts, the easy-going defenseman has one more everything you’ve worked for in your career. Hockey-wise, there is no better Stanley Cup event to celebrate when he is honored this weekend at Notre Dame feeling.” By winning the Stanley Cup, Eaton, who grew up in Wilmington, Del., joins during the season-opening festivities surrounding the Nevada game. The father of two young daughters (Kylie and Adriana), Mark and his wife, an exclusive company at Notre Dame, becoming the fourth former Irish player Dorrie, look forward to the weekend in South Bend. to win the Cup. He joins Brett Lebda ’04, who won the Cup just a year ago with “It’s been a few years since I’ve been back to campus,” Eaton says. the Detroit Red Wings; Bill Nyrop ’74, who won three titles with the Montreal “A few of my Notre Dame teammates where here in Rhode Island with the Canadiens (1975-78); and Don Jackson ’78, who won three times with the Cup and hopefully I will get to see many more of them this weekend. My wife Edmonton Oilers (1982-85). has been there a couple of times and having the chance to take in a football The 2008-09 season was a comeback year for the hard-working defenseman. During his first two seasons in Pittsburgh, Eaton battled wrist game should be a lot of fun. We’re really looking forward to it.”


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NOTRE DAME INTRODUCES IMPROVEMENTS TO FOOTBALL WEEKEND EXPERIENCE A variety of improvements to the University of Notre Dame football game-day experience have been instituted for the 2009 season in the areas of hospitality, communication, and safety and security. The new game-day initiatives are born out of an ad hoc committee’s study during the last academic year, and its subsequent report in the spring to Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. Assistant vice president for University events and protocol Mike Seamon, who in April was named director of football game-day operations, is leading the effort to implement improvements to Irish football weekends. “The University believes that Notre Dame home football weekends are and should be a great experience, and we know how important they are to our alumni and fans,” Seamon says. “This offseason has provided all of us at the University with the opportunity to drill down into all the various elements of the weekend in an effort to look at each one and see if there are ways to improve. “This is just the beginning of our commitment to make the Notre Dame football experience better than ever. We will be continually soliciting feedback from fans and making additions and changes in an effort to make the experience even better than it was the week and year before.” HOSPITALITY IMPROVEMENTS FOR 2009 HOME FOOTBALL WEEKENDS INCLUDE: • “Rally on the Green,” a hospitality village located on Irish Green (adjacent to the south side of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center), will be in operation from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to one-half hour before kickoff for each home game. Access to the area will be free of charge and open to the public. It will feature entertainment on a main stage (including bands and speakers), plus roaming “kid-friendly” entertainment throughout the grounds. Food and beverages (including alcohol) will be available for purchase, and Follett’s and other vendors will be on site. •

The hospitality village will close in time for the pep rallies, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evenings. Due to the renovation of the Joyce Center, pep rallies will be held in several locations, as follows:

Sept. 4 (Friday) , Nevada – on the South Quad as part of the annual Dillon Hall rally

Sept. 10 (Thursday), Michigan – an on-campus event at the Stepan Center for the Sept. 12 road game at Ann Arbor (Students Only)

Sept 18 (Friday), Michigan State – on Irish Green

Oct. 2 (Friday), Washington – on Irish Green

Oct. 16 (Friday), USC – tentatively Notre Dame Stadium

Oct. 23 (Friday), Boston College – on Irish Green

Nov. 6 (Friday), Navy – on Irish Green

Nov. 20 (Friday), Connecticut – in Purcell Pavilion in the Joyce Center

On home football Fridays, fans will be able to enter the north end of Notre Dame Stadium between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and walk down the tunnel to the field for photo opportunities. The only time the tunnel would be unavailable would be when any visiting teams conduct Friday practices or walk-throughs.

A corps of Notre Dame guest service representatives, identifiable by green blazers, will be stationed around the campus beginning at 9 a.m. on game days to answer questions, offer maps and lists of activities and otherwise be of assistance to fans.

The University has created a sportsmanship document that outlines ND Game Day Courtesy Guidelines, including the rights and responsibilities of all fans. Additional signage will be available in parking lots and at Notre Dame Stadium gates to encourage positive fan behavior.

Ticket scanners will be utilized at Notre Dame Stadium for the first time to ease entrance into the facility for fans attending games.

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the southwest corner of the campus, the course (once known as the Burke Memorial Golf Course) will offer two parking entrances – one on Angela Boulevard and another on Dorr Road. The parking will be of the drive-up variety, with no parking passes sold in advance for this area. The price will be $40. Football game tickets must be shown for entrance to the parking areas on the course. The parking area, as with all other Notre Dame football parking areas, will open at 8 a.m. Eastern time on game days. Tailgating will be permitted. If inclement weather makes the course unavailable, there will be signs to that effect at Exit 77 of the Indiana Toll Road and at entrances to the course. Only passenger vehicles will be permitted to park in this new area; no recreational vehicles, limousines, large trucks, buses or motorcycles will be admitted. All vehicles must exit the course by three hours after each game, so the course can be prepared for play on Sundays. Any vehicles remaining three hours after the conclusion of a game will be towed. FROM A SAFETY AND SECURITY PERSPECTIVE, NEW INITIATIVES INCLUDE: • In an effort to encourage appropriate behavior, fans will be able to utilize a new text messaging system to report any instances of unruly or disruptive behavior in conjunction with home games, including inside Notre Dame Stadium. The system will be in place beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturdays. Fans can simply text 41513 and type into the message the word “Irish” followed by a space, followed by a brief description of the issue and its location. Ushers, public safety personnel and/or University officials will respond as needed.

The University’s no trespass order has been reviewed and a new policy will go into effect beginning in the 2009 season. People who are disruptive on game days risk being issued a one-day Game Day Ban and will be prohibited from remaining on campus for the duration of the day. This does not change the University’s policy with respect to those who commit criminal or seriously offensive acts on campus, who are subject to being issued a full no trespass notice.

The University will continue to work with its community partners to provide the safest and most welcoming and enjoyable environment possible on game days – including a newly designed integrated command center in Notre Dame Stadium to respond to any issues.

COMMUNICATIONS INITIATIVES INCLUDE: • A new, enhanced football game-day Web site titled “Game Day: A Legendary Experience” will be available at A one-stop resource, the site will include information on pep rallies, special speakers on campus, parking, the Friday luncheon, the band and everything else that occurs on a home football weekend. •

Fans will be provided a variety of ways to provide feedback on their game-day experiences – including via the game day Web site and a toll-free phone number, 877-ND1-FANS.


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WORD By John Heisler


n 1973 I plunked down $9 for a three-month mail subscription to the South Bend Tribune. Why? I was headed off to college out of state and there was no other way to follow Notre Dame football fortunes on a daily basis. Hard to believe, isn’t it? These days you are absolutely inundated with options when it comes to Charlie Weis and his squad. Just last week we spent the better part of an hour with the marketing team from NBC Sports responsible for promoting the network’s new iPhone application on Notre Dame football. Meanwhile, CBS Interactive, representing, has produced its own iPhone app that includes everything that’s part of Notre Dame’s official athletic Web site – from press releases, features and media guides to press conferences to live video. Those are the just the most recent modes of following the Irish. In the absence of video boards in Notre Dame Stadium, you may be watching replays today as part of the live NBC feed on your iPhone. In fact, University officials made sure the campus had enough back-end technology to support the concept. Think how far we’ve come. In ’73, there was the South Bend Tribune, three live football games that season on ABC-TV (two national, one regional), Sunday morning television replays by the C.D. Chesley Company, and live radio on the Mutual Broadcasting Company. There was Joe Doyle, Van Patrick, Lindsey Nelson, Al Wester, Paul Hornung. That was it. Seriously. No Internet. No tabloids. Athletic communication with media covering the Irish back then moved at such a caterpillar pace that the favored mode was the then-state-ofthe-art Xerox telecopier that required six minutes to transmit a single page of copy via a telephone line. Imagine how much time would be spent monitoring that device when you were sending eight or 10 pages of a press release and statistics to a newspaper? No e-mail. No ESPN. No CBS College Sports. No Blue & Gold Illustrated. No Irish Sports Report. No Irish Eyes. None of the five web sites that now cover Notre Dame football all-year around. No Sirius or XM. No Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio. Very few of the dozens of other local, regional and national talk-radio sports shows. No access to every newspaper and essentially any other print publication via the Internet. No Hulu. No Kindle. No chat rooms anywhere in sight. No Lou Holtz (he was coaching at North Carolina State). No Mark May (he was 13 years old). Seriously, how did anyone ever keep up with Notre Dame football back then without Twitter? Weis Tweets regularly. Maybe you follow his Tweets. The Notre Dame athletic department has several other Twitter accounts.

I registered on Twitter some months ago. I still get e-mails every so often letting me know I have another Twitter follower. However, after investigating this new-fangled fad (will all these people be Tweeting a year from now?), I decided even my own family members had little interest in any of my Tweets about what I’m doing right now (that’s supposed to be the basic concept). Back in ’73, sports media relations were heavily print-focused. Press guides (until 1966 the Notre Dame football guide was known as the “dope book”). Press releases that went via traditional mail (there was no Fed-Ex or other express mail service). Printed game programs. Now, the immediacy of our need for information is so acute that printed pieces are all but obsolete. Why wait for the morning paper to show up in your driveway, when the same information could be found on various Web sites hours earlier? Media guides, long the staple of sports information offices, are going the way of the dinosaur. If they are being printed at all, they are now more likely to be found in a digital, online format. The Notre Dame print version must be in black and white, based on NCAA regulations, but the online version on is in full color and is easily accessible in nifty pageturning format by Issuu software. Meanwhile the social media revolution rolls on. Last week a colleague forwarded me a YouTube video (oh, by the way, there was no YouTube in ’73, either) on “socialnomics.” It contained some startling statistics: • One of every eight couples married in the United States last year met via social media. • It took radio 38 years to achieve 50 million users. It took Facebook less than nine months to reach 100 million. If Facebook were a country, it would be the fourth largest in the world (China, India, United States). • Ashton Kutcher and Ellen DeGeneres have more Twitter followers than the entire populations of Ireland, Norway and Panama. • Seventy percent of 18-34-year-olds have watched television on the Web. • Twenty-five percent of Americans in the past month say they’ve watched at least one short video on their phone. What this also means is that no student-athlete anywhere, not just at Notre Dame, has a shred of privacy remaining in his or her life. They are subject to social media coverage and criticism of every single solitary second of their behavior. Meanwhile, 24 of the 25 largest newspapers in the country have experienced record declines in circulation. That’s partly because my mail subscription to the South Bend Tribune became extinct some time ago. I can find all I can handle between the Tribune web site, the ISR site, not to mention the dozens of other options. As the saying goes, we no longer search for the news about Notre Dame football – the Notre Dame football news finds us. If you’re an Irish fan, consider yourself lucky.


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2009 Notre Dame Football Game Program - Sept. 5 vs. Nevada  

Rosters, profiles and other features in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame's 2009 football season opener vs. the University of Ne...