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Notre Dame – Boston College Rivalry: The Holy War

Notre Dame - Boston College Rivalry

Though natural rivals as the two most prominent Catholic colleges playing Big Time Football,  it took quite a while for the Boston College-Notre Dame series to take root. Part of the reason may have been that Boston College felt that Notre Dame stole Frank Leahy back to South Bend. Frank Leahy  had coached at Boston College, spectacularly, in ’39 and ’40, and was a glistening 20-2 for a .909 winning percentage, the greatest in Boston College History.  Nevertheless, when Notre Dame came calling it was a swift and easy decision for Frank Leahy to return to his, and Rockne’s, alma ...

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Notre Dame – Pitt Football Rivalry History

Pitt first appeared on Notre Dame’s schedule in 1909. The rivalry was a natural. Relative proximity. Same independent status. Further, as Western Pennsylvania became settled with immigrants destined to work in coal mines and steel mills, many of the workers were from Catholic countries and families, and they were well aware of the significance of playing their new country’s pre-eminent Catholic University. Of course, Notre Dame was interested in poaching Pitt’s private preserve of football talent. Playing Pitt’s Panthers would increase Notre Dame’s exposure in this talent rich area. The Pittsburgh area yielded two of Notre Dame’s seven Heisman trophy ...

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Notre Dame – Texas Football Rivalry History

When old friend Charley Strong leads his Longhorns onto the field at Notre Dame Stadium, it will be the 11th time Texas and Notre Dame have played. The series had a surprisingly early start as the Irish first played Texas in 1913, winning in Austin 30-7. Knute Rockne was on that Irish team and perhaps got a nice taste of traveling to play. The Irish had drawn first blood. The teams played four more times between then and ’54, with the Irish losing only the ’34 game, 7-6 in South Bend. That game occurred during Notre Dame’s “Dark Ages” the ...

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