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Irish History 101: Leon Hart, 1949 Heisman Winner

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Hart was born in Pittsburgh, and was recruited to Notre Dame from Turtle Creek, PA, just Southeast of Pittsburgh.  Hart’s recruiting had some drama. Leahy had assigned the wonderful Moose Krause to recruit Hart and he had been on him like basmati on rice. Hart had not yet visited Notre Dame.  Read more about how Hart ended up at Notre Dame and became the third Heisman winner in school history.

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History 101: Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen

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Notre Dame’s preeminence in the history of college football is no accident. But it has been accelerated by the confluence of great coaching, great players and fertile circumstance. If the yang of Notre Dame folklore is “Win one for the Gipper,” a blend of a great coach, a great player on a hospital bed and great players on the field of honor, and the circumstance of a half time deficit against Army, then the yin is the lyrical saga of the Four Horsemen. Knute Rockne was no shrinking violet, and football may never have seen a more confident coach, but Rockne preferred to ...

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Irish History: Notre Dame Ends Oklahoma’s Streak

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With Notre Dame set to travel to Norman, Oklahoma to take on the Sooners this weekend for the first time since 1966, we will stroll down memory lane today with a look back at one of Notre Dame’s most famous wins – the 1957 victory over Oklahoma in Norman that ended the Sooners record long winning streak. This excerpt from Always Fighting Irish by John Heisler is printed with the permission of Triumph Books / www.triumphbooks.com/AlwaysFightingIrish Lynch’s Late Run Ends Record Sooners Streak The odds were stacked heavily against the Irish. The 1957 Sooners, defending national champions and No. 2 in the weekly polls, ...

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Irish History: Notre Dame and ESPN Gameday

Before this weekend's visit from ESPN's College Gameday crew, the last time they had been to Notre Dame for a live broadcast was for the 2005 thriller against USC.  (Photo: Andy Altenburger/Icon SMI).

With ESPN set to broadcast live from Notre Dame’s campus on Saturday for this weekend’s showdown wit #17 Stanford, we take a look back at Notre Dame’s history of playing in contests where ESPN has set up shop. Overall, Notre Dame has been in contests in front of the Gameday crew 20 times since the show first aired on the site of game – Florida State’s visit to South Bend in ’93 – with Notre Dame amassing an 8-12 record in those contests.  ESPN has been on site on Notre Dame’s campus for 7 of those 20 games with the ...

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Where Are They Now: Marv Russell

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Growing up in a Methodist family and wanting to become a minister, Marv Russell’s early path did not seem to include a later stop as a football player at Notre Dame. A young man who dealt with adversity many times and at one point was diagnosed with dyslexia, Russell put his strong work ethic and determination to good use on the way to a successful football career and becoming a book author, keynote speaker, consultant and nationally known leadership expert in the business world. Russell now commutes between Chicago and Florida with his wife (and fellow Notre Dame graduate) Catherine. The couple has two grown children, ...

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A Look Back: Notre Dame – Miami Rivalry

Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Carlo Calabrese (44) holds the Hyundai Sun Bowl trophy after Notre Dame defeated the Miami Hurricanes 33-17 at the Sun Bowl. (Photo: Matt Cashore / US PRESSWIRE)

With Notre Dame and Miami set to square off in this year’s edition of the Shamrock Series this weekend in Chicago, today we’ll take a look back at the history of the Notre Dame – Miami rivalry. Irish, Hurricanes Split First Meetings Notre Dame and Miami met for the first time in 1950 when the 5th ranked Terry Brennan led Fighting Irish traveled to Miami and beat the 15th ranked Andy Gufstafson led Hurricanes 14-0.  The two schools wouldn’t meet for a second time for another five years when the Hurricanes enacted some revenge on the Irish with a 28-21 ...

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Irish History: Notre Dame Upsets #1 Miami ’88

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This excerpt from Always Fighting Irish by John Heisler is printed with the permission of Triumph Books / www.triumphbooks.com/AlwaysFightingIrish The edges of the seats in Notre Dame Stadium may be worn thin, but the Stadium’s magic remains alive and well. The same could be said for Notre Dame’s football program. That was the end result when Pat Terrell batted away Steve Walsh’s two-point conversion pass with 45 seconds to play, as the fourth-rated Irish locked up a stunning 31–30 upset of No. 1–ranked Miami in 1988. Erased was Miami’s mystique and all the embarrassment it had handed the Irish in recent years. The game had such an impact on ...

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Irish Stewed: The Spoilermakers

I have a confession to make: I don’t hate Purdue. Both my sisters attended the school, as well as at least a dozen of my high school friends. I still cherish my tattered “Go Ugly Early” sweatshirt from Harry’s Chocolate Shop, and I still rank the unmitigated debauchery of Breakfast Club during Purdue’s Grand Prix weekend as one of my favorite all-time college parties. That being said, I sometimes struggle to get excited about this game. Oh sure, there have been glimmers of competitiveness, most recently during the Joe Tiller years. But when going .500 versus the likes of Bob ...

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Resurrection: The Miracle Season that Saved Notre Dame

The following is an excerpt from best selling author Jim Dent’s latest book – “Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame.”  The book chronicles Ara Parseghian’s first season as the head coach of the Fighting Irish and is available for purchase, along with the DVD movie “Echoes Awakened”. Chapter 14:  Disaster Ara Parseghian sprinted toward his fallen quarterback as calm turned to chaos on the practice field. Seconds earlier, Huarte had been driven into the ground by an onrushing lineman. Notre Dame’s future now lay in a broken pile. Down on both knees, Parseghian whispered, “John, are you okay?” ...

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Breaking Down Michigan State’s Streak

Much has been made about Michigan State’s six game winning streak inside Notre Dame this week.  The Spartans have made Notre Dame Stadium a second home since Lou Holtz left Notre Dame with the last Irish win over Sparty inside the House that Rock Built coming in 1993.  Here’s a look at how their last six trips to South Bend have played out. 2007 – MSU 31, ND 14 - During the disaster that was the 2007 season, Michigan State came into Notre Dame Stadium with Notre Dame still looking for its first offensive touchdown of the season in week ...

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The Centennial Celebration You Don’t Know About

On November 23, 1887, there were 38 states. Grover Cleveland was president, the first Democrat to hold the office since before the Civil War. The population of Los Angeles was 50,000. Geronimo had just surrendered, but the Indian Wars would continue for another 13 years. Coca-Cola and the Statue of Liberty were one-year-old. Mark Twain was fifty-four. The football teams for Southern Cal and Ohio State did not yet exist. The actual city of Miami, Florida did not yet exist. On November 23, 1887, the University of Michigan football team came to South Bend in their gleaming white uniforms. On ...

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