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Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the football team of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States. The team competes as an Independent at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level. The current head coach is Charlie Weis. The Fighting Irish are one of the most successful football teams in the nation having won the most consensus national championships and produced more All-Americans than any other Football Bowl Subdivision school. In addition, seven Fighting Irish football players have won the Heisman Trophy. Notre Dame is one of only two Catholic universities that field a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the other being Boston College. The team plays its home games on Notre Dame’s campus at Notre Dame Stadium, also known as the "House that Rockne Built", with a capacity of 80,795.

Championships and distinctions
National championships
• Notre Dame has won eight wire (AP or Coaches) national championships. • Notre Dame claims national championships in an additional three seasons, for a total of 11 consensus national championships. Notre Dame, however, is often credited with 13 national championships in total. The 1938 and 1953 seasons are the reason for the discrepancy. In 1938, 8-1 Notre Dame was awarded the national championship by the Dickinson System, while Texas Christian (which finished 11-0) was awarded the championship by the Associated Press. In the 1953 season, an undefeated Notre

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Dame team (9-0-1) was named national champion by every major selector except the AP and UPI (Coaches) polls, where the Irish finished second in both to 10-1 Maryland. As Notre Dame has a policy of only recognizing AP and Coaches Poll national championships post-1936, the school does not officially recognize the 1953 national championship.[2][3] • Notre Dame has been voted "national champion" by at least one selector in an additional eight seasons (1919, 1920, 1927, 1964, 1967, 1970, 1989, 1993).[4] The following is a list of Notre Dame’s 11 consensus national championships: Year Coach 1924 Knute Rockne Selector Record Bowl Helms, CFRA, NCF 10-0 Won Rose

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• Notre Dame has 102 winning seasons in 120 years of football, and only 12 losing seasons.[1] 1929 Knute Helms, 9-0 • The football program is tied with USC for Rockne CFRA, most Heisman trophy winners at seven NCF (Ohio State has seven Heisman trophies 1930 Knute Helms, 10-0 that were won by six players). Rockne CFRA, • Notre Dame has produced the most AllNCF Americans of any college program, 1943 Frank AP 9-1 including consensus All-Americans (79 Leahy with 96 selections).[7] 1946 Frank AP 8-0-1 • Notre Dame is represented by 48 players Leahy and coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame, the most of any university.[8][9] 1947 Frank AP 9-0 • Ten former players are in the Pro Football Leahy Hall of Fame, second only to USC(11). 1949 Frank AP 10-0 Notre Dame has produced the largest Leahy number of players to go on to play in the 1966 Ara AP, 9-0-1 National Football League of any program Parseghian Coaches in the country. As of the 2008 NFL draft, 1973 Ara AP 11-0 Won 463 players have been drafted.[10] Parseghian Sugar • Helped by its status as a highly regarded academic institution (ranked 18th by U.S. 1977 Dan AP, 11-1 Won News & World Report),[11] Notre Dame is Devine Coaches Cotton second only to Nebraska in Academic All1988 Lou Holtz AP, 12-0 Won Americans (43). Coaches Fiesta • Since 1962, Notre Dame has graduated Consensus national 11 98.74% of its football players in four championships years. As of 2006, only 13 football players in this time have left Notre Dame without finishing their degree requirements. Also Distinctions* of note is the 90% graduation rate of ND’s • Notre Dame has the 2nd highest winning African-American players (only Navy and percentage in NCAA history (.736), second Boston College have higher African only to Michigan (.738).[1][2][5] American graduation rates).[12] • Notre Dame has the 3rd most wins in • Notre Dame holds the NCAA record for NCAA history (831), trailing only Michigan Most consecutive wins over one opponent, (872) and Texas (832).[6] beating the US Naval Academy (USNA) 43


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times in a row before falling to them in 2007.[13] • The football program is also known for ending the Oklahoma Sooners’ NCAA record winning streak of 47 games in 1957. Incidentally, Oklahoma’s 28-21 loss to Notre Dame to open the 1953 season was the last loss before the beginning of the streak.[14] • Notre Dame has had 12 undefeated seasons and 10 others with at most one loss or tie. Notre Dame has only had 12 losing seasons in 118 seasons of playing football.[15] • Notre Dame is 3-3-1 in games where the national title winners from the previous two years have met in a regular season game. There have only been 10 of these games played in college football history, the most recent being LSU (2007 winner) vs. Florida (2006 winner) in 2008. Notre Dame has played in 7 of the 10 games: • 1945 - Army def. Notre Dame 48-0 • 1947 - Notre Dame def. Army 27-7 • 1968 - Notre Dame tie USC 21-21 • 1974 - USC def. Notre Dame 55-24 • 1978 - Notre Dame def. Pitt 26-17 • 1989 - Miami def. Notre Dame 27-10 • 1990 - Notre Dame def. Miami 29-20 • The Bowl Championship Series’ "Notre Dame rule" gives the university unique privileges in the postseason, due to its independent status. If Notre Dame finishes in the top 8 of BCS teams, they are automatically selected. If they finish in the top 12, they are considered for a BCS spot. Notre Dame now receives $4.5 million for playing in a BCS game and $1 million when they do not. In essence, they are treated like a conference team in either case. This is a change from the previous arrangement in which the Irish received $14 million for a BCS appearance and no cash otherwise. • Notre Dame is one of only five of the 119 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) teams to have never played a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team since the divisions were created in 1978.[16] The number of teams with this distinction will go down to four when Michigan State opens its 2009 season against Montana State on September 5.[17]
*As of 2007

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Number 1 vs. number 2
Notre Dame has participated in nine "#1 vs #2" matchups since the AP poll began in 1936.[18] They have a record of 5-2-2 in such games, with a 4-0-1 record as the #1 team in such matchups. Here’s a list of such games: Date 9 October 1943 #1 Team Notre Dame #2 Team Outcome

Michigan W 35-14 Iowa PreFlight Notre Dame Notre Dame W 14-13

20 Novem- Notre ber 1943 Dame 10 November 1945 9 November 1946 Army Army

L 48-0 T 0-0

19 Novem- Notre ber 1966 Dame 28 September 1968 Purdue

Michigan T 10-10 State Notre Dame L 37-22

26 Novem- Notre ber 1988 Dame 16 Notre September Dame 1989

Southern W 27-10 Cal Michigan W 24-19

13 Novem- Florida Notre ber 1993 State Dame

W 31-24

Historic games
Notre Dame has played in many regular season games that have been widely regarded by both the media[19] and sports historians[20] as historic or famous games. Notre Dame has played in many games labeled as "game of the century" games as well as several #1 vs #2 matchups,[21] It has also participated in several games that ended record streaks in college football. The games listed are widely regarded as of historical importance to the game of college football and are written about by sports historians and make many sports writer’s lists. • 1913 Notre Dame vs. Army ("The Forward Pass")[22] • 1935 Notre Dame vs. Ohio State ("Game of the Century")[20][23][24] • 1946 Army vs. Notre Dame ("Game of the Century")[25] • 1957 Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma (End of Oklahoma’s NCAA record 47 game win streak)[14][26]


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• 1966 Notre Dame vs. Michigan St. ("Game of the Century")[27][28] • 1988 Miami vs. Notre Dame (Catholics vs. Convicts)[20][29][30] • 1993 Florida St. vs. Notre Dame ("Game of the Century")[31] • 2005 Southern Cal vs. Notre Dame ("Bush Push" game)[19] • 2007 Navy vs. Notre Dame (Navy ends 43-year losing streak to the Irish) Notre Dame has also played in several bowl games considered by many sportswriters to be among the best bowl games played:[32][33] • 1970 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas • 1973 Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama[20][28] • 1979 Cotton Bowl vs. Houston (Chicken soup game)[20]

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rivalry with Army and the continuation of rivalries with Michigan State. In 1913, Notre Dame burst into the national consciousness and helped to transform the collegiate game in a single contest. In an effort to gain respect for a regionally successful but small-time Midwestern football program, Harper scheduled games in his first season with national powerhouses Texas, Penn State, and Army. On November 1, 1913, the Notre Dame squad stunned the Black Knights of the Hudson 35-13 in a game played at West Point. Led by quarterback Charlie "Gus" Dorais and end (soon to be legendary coach) Knute Rockne, the Notre Dame team attacked the Cadets with an offense that featured both the expected powerful running game but also long and accurate downfield forward passes from Dorais to Rockne. This game has been miscredited as the "invention" of the forward pass but is considered the first major contest in which a team used the forward pass regularly throughout the game. (For example, Homer Woodson Hargiss regularly called the play for quarterback Arthur Schabinger at the College of Emporia as early as 1910.[34])

The beginning (1887–1917)
American football did not have an auspicious beginning at the University of Notre Dame. In their inaugural game on November 23, 1887 the Irish lost to Michigan by a score of 8–0. Their first win came in the final game of the 1888 season when the Irish defeated Harvard Prep by a score of 20–0. At the end of the 1888 season they had a record of 1–3 with all three losses being at the hands of Michigan by a combined score of 43–9. Between 1887 and 1899 Notre Dame compiled a record of 31 wins, 15 losses, and four ties against a diverse variety of opponents ranging from local high school teams to other universities. At the beginning of the 20th century college football began to increase in popularity and became more standardized with the introduction of the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS) in 1906. That organization would become the NCAA in 1910. Notre Dame continued its success during this time and achieved their first victory over Michigan in 1909 by the score of 11–3 after which Michigan refused to play Notre Dame again for 33 years. By the end of the 1912 season they had amassed a record of 108 wins, 31 losses, and 13 ties. Jesse Harper became head coach in 1913 and remained so until he retired in 1917. During his tenure the Irish began playing only intercollegiate games and posted a record of 34 wins, 5 losses, and one tie. This period would also mark the beginning of the

Rockne era (1918–1930)
See also: Knute Rockne Knute Rockne became head coach in 1918. Under Rockne the Irish would post a record of 105 wins, 12 losses, and 5 ties. During his 13 years the Irish won six national championships, had five undefeated seasons, won the Rose Bowl in 1925, and produced players such as the "Four Horsemen,". Knute Rockne has the highest win percentage (.881) in college football history. Among the events that occurred during Rockne’s tenure none may be more famous than the Rockne’s Win one for the Gipper speech. George "the Gipper" Gipp was a player on Rockne’s earlier teams who died of strep throat in 1920. Army came into the 1928 matchup undefeated and was the clear favorite. Notre Dame, on the other hand, was having their worst season under Rockne’s leadership and entered the game with a 4–2 record. At the end of the half Army was leading and looked to be in command of the game. Rockne entered the locker room and gave his account of Gipp’s final words: "I’ve got to go, Rock. It’s all right. I’m not afraid.


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Some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are going 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." The speech, although possibly fictional, inspired the team and they went on to upset Army and win the game 12–6. The last game Rockne coached was on December 14, 1930 when he led a group of Notre Dame All Stars against the New York Giants in New York City. The game[35] raised funds for the Mayor’s Relief Committee for the Unemployed and Needy of the city. Fiftythousand fans turned out to see the reunited "Four Horsemen" along with players from Rockne’s other championship teams take the field against the pros.[36] Rockne died in the plane crash of TWA Flight 599 in Kansas on March 31, 1931, while on his way to help in the production of the film The Spirit of Notre Dame. The crash site, located in a remote expanse of Kansas known as the Flint Hills, now features a Rockne Memorial.[37] Knute Rockne is considered to be one of the best football coaches in the history of football, professional or college level. Rockne was the subject of the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All American.

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Frank Leahy was hired by Notre Dame to take over for Layden in 1941, and was another former Irish player who played during the Rockne Era. After graduating from Notre Dame, Leahy held several coaching positions, including line coach of the "Seven Blocks of Granite" of Fordham University that helped that team win all but two of their games between 1935 and 1937. He then coached the Boston College Eagles to a win in the 1941 Sugar Bowl and a share of the national championship. His move to Notre Dame began a new period of gridiron success for the Irish, and ensured Leahy’s place among the winningest coaches in the history of college football.[38] Leahy coached the team for 11 seasons, from 1941 to 1943 and 1946 to 1953. He has the second highest winning percentage (.864) of any college coach in history.[38] He led the Irish to a record of 87 wins, 11 losses, and 9 ties including 39 games without a loss (37–0–2),[38] four national championships,[38] and six undefeated seasons. A fifth national championship was lost because of a tie in 1953 against Iowa, in a game that caused a minor scandal at the time, when it appeared that some Irish players had faked injuries to stop the clock. Leahy retired in 1954 reportedly due to health reasons, although he later maintained that he left because he felt he wasn’t wanted anymore. From 1944 to 1945, Leahy served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant. Ed McKeever, Leahy’s assistant coach, became interim head coach while Leahy was in the Navy. During his one year at the helm the Irish managed 8 wins and 2 losses. McKeever left Notre Dame in 1945 to take over as head coach of Cornell University. McKeever was replaced by Hugh Devore for the 1945 season and led the Irish to a 7-2-1 record.

After Rockne (1931–1940)
Upon Rockne’s death Heartley "Hunk" Anderson took the helm of the Irish leading them to a record of 16 wins, 9 losses, and two ties. Anderson was a former Irish player under Rockne and was serving as an assistant coach at the time of Rockne’s death. Anderson resigned as Irish head coach in 1934 and was replaced by Elmer Layden, who was one of Rockne’s "Four Horsemen" in the 1920s. After graduating, Layden played professional football for one year and then began a coaching career. The Irish posted a record of 47 wins, 13 losses, and 3 ties in 7 years under Layden, the most successful record of an ND coach not to win a national championship. He left Notre Dame after the 1940 season to become Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL).

After Leahy (1954–1963)
The departure of Leahy ushered in a downward slope in Notre Dame’s performance, referred to in various circles as a period of deemphasis. Terry Brennan was hired as the Notre Dame head coach in 1954 and would stay until 1958. He departed with a total of 32 wins and 18 losses. But note: the 32 wins included 17 in 1954 and 1955. From 1956 to 1958 his record was 15–15. Brennan was a former player under Leahy and before joining

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the Irish had coached the Mount Carmel High School team in Chicago, Illinois and later the freshman squad at Notre Dame. His first two seasons the Irish were ranked 4th and 9th respectively. However, in the light of what would follow those first seasons, some observers began to wonder if Brennan’s early success owed more to the residual effects of Leahy’s coaching on Brennan’s first two cadres than it did to any notable brilliance of his own. It was the 1956 season that began to darken his reputation, for it became one of the most dismal in the team’s history and saw them finish the season with a mere 2 wins, including losses to Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Iowa. The Irish would recover the following season, posting a record of 7-3 and including in their wins a stunning upset of Oklahoma, in Norman, that ended the Sooners’ still-standing record of 47 consecutive wins. In Brennan’s final season, though, the Irish finished 6-4. Brennan was fired in Mid-December and served as the conditioning coach for the Cincinnati Reds during spring training in 1959. Fifty years after Brennan’s appointment, one could look back at Notre Dame’s hiring policies and notice a curious pattern: the recurrent hiring of inexperienced coaches in the wake of legends. Brennan following Leahy; Gerry Faust following the hall-of-fame tandem of Parseghian and Devine; and, finally, Davie following Lou Holtz. In each case the Irish had hired a youthful coach with no experience as a head coach, and in each case the choices led to bitter disappointment on the field. Joe Kuharich took over for Brennan in 1959 and to date remains the only Irish head coach to leave the team with a losing record. During his 4 year tenure as coach, the Irish finished 17-23 and they never finished better than .500 in a season. Hugh Devore once again filled in the gap between coaches and led the Irish to a 2-7 record.

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Ara Parseghian Statue, dedicated September 22, 2007 In 1956 he moved to Northwestern University, where he stayed for eight years. In 1964, Parseghian was hired to replace Devore as head football coach and immediately brought the team back to a level of success comparable only to Rockne and Leahy in Irish football history. These three are the only coaches to have an 80% or greater winning percentage while at Notre Dame Rockne at .881, Leahy at .864, and Parseghian at .836. Parseghian’s teams never won fewer than seven nor lost more than two games during the ten game regular seasons of the era. In his first year the Irish improved their record to 9–1, earning Parseghian coach of the year honors and a cover story in Time magazine. It was under Parseghian as well that Notre Dame lifted its 40-plus year-old "no bowl games" policy, beginning with the

Parseghian era (Era of Ara)(1964–1974)
See also: Ara Parseghian Ara Parseghian was a former college football player for the Miami University Redskins until 1947 and became their assistant coach in 1950 and head coach in 1951, after a two year stint playing for the Cleveland Browns.


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season of 1969, after which the Irish played the number one ranked Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl, losing in the final minutes in a closely-contested game. The following year, Parseghian’s 9–1 squad ended Texas’ Southwest Conference record thirty game winning streak in the 1971 Cotton Bowl game. During his eleven year career, the Irish amassed a record of 95–17–4 and captured two uncontested national championships as well as the MacArthur Bowl in 1964. The Irish also had two undefeated seasons in 1966 and 1973, had three major bowl wins in five appearances, and produced one Heisman Trophy winner. In 1971, Cliff Brown became the first African-American quarterback to start a game for the program. Parseghian was forced to retire after the 1974 season for medical reasons.

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the 2006 team at the annual football awards banquet.

Holtz era (1986–1996)
See also: Lou Holtz Lou Holtz had 17 years of coaching experience by the time he was hired to lead the Irish. He had previously been head coach of William and Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, and Minnesota. Holtz began in 1986 where his predecessor left off in 1985, finishing with an identical record of 5 wins and 6 losses. However, unlike the 1985 squad, which was generally outcoached and outplayed, Holtz’s 1986 edition was competitive in nearly every game, losing five out of those six games by a combined total of 14 points. That would be his only losing season as he posted a record of 95–24–2 over the next ten seasons adding up to a 100–30–2 docket overall.[2] In contrast to Faust, Holtz was well-known as a master motivator and a strict disciplinarian. He displayed the latter trait in spades when two of his top contributing players showed up late for dinner right before the then top-ranked Irish played second-ranked Southern California in the final regular season game of 1988. In a controversial move, coach Lou Holtz took his 10–0 Irish squad to L.A. without stars Ricky Watters and Tony Brooks, who he suspended for disciplinary reasons.[39] This was not the first time these players had gotten into trouble and the players had been warned there would be serious consequences if it happened again. His move was vindicated when the Irish defeated USC anyway.[39] Holtz was named national coach of the year (Paul "Bear" Bryant Award) in 1988, the same season he took Notre Dame to an upset of #1 Miami in the Catholics vs. Convicts series and a win over West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl, thus capturing the National Championship. His 1989 and 1993 squads narrowly missed repeating the feat. Overall, he took Notre Dame to one undefeated season, 9 consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games, and top 10 finishes in the AP poll in five seasons.[2] Holtz resigned from Notre Dame in 1996.

Devine era (1975–1980)
See also: Dan Devine Dan Devine was hired to take over as head coach upon Parseghian’s retirement in 1975. Devine was already a highly successful coach and had led Arizona State, Missouri, and the Green Bay Packers. When he arrived at Notre Dame he already had a college coaching record of 120 wins, 40 losses, and 8 ties and had led his teams to victory in 4 bowl games. At Notre Dame he would lead the Irish to 53 wins, 16 losses, and 1 tie. The Irish were winners of 3 major bowl games and captured one national championship in 1977. Devine resigned as head football coach in 1980.

Faust era (1981–1985)
Gerry Faust was hired to replace Devine for the 1981 season. Prior to Notre Dame, Faust had been one of the more successful high school football coaches in the country. As coach of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio he amassed a 174-17-2 record. Despite his success in the high school ranks, his success at Notre Dame was mixed and his record mediocre at best. In his first season the Irish finished 5-6. The most successful years under Faust were the 1983 and 1984 campaigns where the Irish finished 7-5 and made trips to the Liberty Bowl and Aloha Bowl respectively. Faust resigned at the end of the 1985 season to take over as head coach for the University of Akron. Faust was recently invited by head coach Charlie Weis to speak to

Davie era (1997–2001)
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promoted to head coach when Holtz departed. One of his first major decisions was to fire long-time offensive line coach Joe Moore, who then successfully sued the university for age discrimination.[40] On Davie’s watch, the team suffered three bowl game losses (1997 Independence Bowl, 1998 Gator Bowl, and 2001 Fiesta Bowl), it failed to qualify for a bowl game in two others (1999 and 2001). The highlight of Davie’s tenure was a 36–20 upset win in 1998 over fifth ranked Michigan, the defending national champion. Davie also helmed the thrilling 25–24 home game victory over USC in 1999. Davie nearly defeated top ranked Nebraska in 2000, with the Irish comeback bid falling short in overtime 24–27. The aforementioned 2001 Fiesta Bowl was Notre Dame’s first invitation to the Bowl Championship Series. The Irish were humbled by 32 points to Oregon State, but would finish #15 in the AP Poll, Davie’s highest ranking as head coach. The 2001 squad was awarded the American Football Coaches Association Achievement Award for its 100% graduation rate. Following the 1998 season, the team fell into a pattern of frustrating inconsistency, alternating between successful and mediocre seasons. Scandal rocked the program when the NCAA placed the university on probation at the end of the 1999 season, citing gifts given to football players by a Notre Dame booster, Kim Dunbar.[41] Despite Davie’s rocky tenure, new athletic director Kevin White gave the coach a contract extension following the Fiesta Bowl-capped 2000 season, then saw the team start 0–3 in 2001 – the first such start in school history. Disappointed by the on-field results, coupled with the Joe Moore and Kim Dunbar scandals, the administration decided to dismiss Davie. On December 9, 2001, Notre Dame hired George O’Leary to replace Davie. However, New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Jim Fennell — while researching a "local boy done good" story on O’Leary — uncovered misrepresentations in O’Leary’s résumé that had influenced the administration’s decision to hire him.[42] The resulting media scandal embarrassed Notre Dame officials, and tainted O’Leary; he resigned five days later, before coaching a single practice.

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Willingham era (2002–2004)
Once again in need of a new head coach, the school turned to Tyrone Willingham, the head coach at Stanford. Bringing a feeling of change and excitement to campus, Willingham led the 2002 squad to a 10–2 regular season record, including an 8-0 start with wins over #7 Michigan and #11 Florida State, and a #4 ranking. This great early start, however, would be the lone highlight of Willingham’s tenure, as Notre Dame finished the year with a heart-breaking loss to Boston College, then lopsided losses to USC and North Carolina State (in the Gator Bowl). The program faltered over the next two seasons under Willingham, compiling an 11–12 record. During this time, Notre Dame lost a game by at least 30 points on 5 occasions. (For perspective, in the previous 40 seasons (1961-2000), Notre Dame had lost by at least 30 points only four times. Bob Davie lost by 30 points only once.) They also suffered a home loss to Purdue by 25 points. Furthermore, Willingham’s 2004 recruiting class was judged by analysts to be the worst at Notre Dame in more than two decades.[43] Citing Notre Dame’s third consecutive 4-touchdown loss to arch-rival USC compounded by another year of sub-par recruiting efforts, the university chose to pay out the remainder of Willingham’s five-year contract at the conclusion of the 2004 season. Reports circulated that Urban Meyer might be hired as Willingham’s successor. Meyer was a highly sought after coach and a former wide receivers coach at Notre Dame.[44] Following a well-publicized courtship by the Irish, Meyer chose instead to accept the head coaching position at the University of Florida. Notre Dame subsequently hired Charlie Weis, the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots (who at the time were en route to their third Super Bowl victory in four years). Weis had graduated from Notre Dame, but had never played for its football team.

Weis era (2005–present)
See also: Charlie Weis Charlie Weis became head football coach for the Irish beginning with the 2005 season. In his inaugural season he led Notre Dame to a record of 9–3, including an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, where they were defeated by the Ohio State Buckeyes 34-20. Weis’s impact


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games. Its losses to Navy and Air Force marked the first time Notre Dame has lost to two military academies in the same season since 1944, and the first time in the BCS era that Notre Dame went winless against midmajors. The Naval Academy recorded their first win over the Irish since 1963, breaking the NCAA-record 43-game streak. Notre Dame did manage to close out a season with two straight wins for the first time since 1992.[49] In 2008, the Irish started 4–1, but completed the regular season with a 6–6 record, including a 24–23 home loss to Syracuse, the first time that Notre Dame had fallen to an eight-loss team. The combined 15 losses from 2007–08 marks the most losses for any twoyear span. Despite speculation the university might fire Weis, it was announced he would remain head coach.[50] Weis’s Notre Dame squad ended the season breaking the Irish’s NCAA record nine-game bowl losing streak by beating Hawaiʻi 49-21.[51] In the process, Notre Dame scored its highest point total of the season, its highest point total ever in a bowl game, and broke 8 other bowl records.[51] The bowl win also helped Notre Dame to a 7-6 final record, its 102nd winning season in 120 years of football and Weis’ third in four years.[51]

Charlie Weis was apparent when, in the first half of the first game (against Pittsburgh), Notre Dame had gained more offensive yards than it had in 5 games combined, during the previous season. Quarterback Brady Quinn would go on to break numerous team passing records that season and rise to the national spotlight, by holding 35 Notre Dame records as well as becoming a top Heisman contender. The school administration was so impressed with the turnaround, it made the surprise move of offering Weis a (ten-year) contract extension midway through his inaugural season.[45] Weis and the Irish went into the 2006 season with a #2 preseason ranking in the ESPN/Coaches Poll. They finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, losing only to Michigan and USC. Notre Dame accepted a bid to the 2007 Sugar Bowl, losing to LSU 41-14. This marked their ninth consecutive post-season/bowl game loss, the longest drought in NCAA history. As a result, Notre Dame dropped to #17 in the final rankings. This also gave the program the Division 1-A record for the most consecutive bowl game defeats. In the wake of a graduating class that sent eleven players to the NFL,[46] plus All-American wide receiver and Notre Dame baseball pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the Chicago Cubs,[47] the 2007 season (3-9) included various negative milestones: the most losses in a single year (9);[48] two of the ten worst losses ever (38-0 losses to both Michigan and USC); and the first 6-game losing streak for home

All-time records
Notre Dame’s all time record stands at 831 wins, 284 losses, and 42 ties (as of the end of the 2008 season). The winning percentage of .7364 is second behind Michigan. Its 831 wins are third behind Michigan and Texas, while its 284 losses are the lowest of any college programs that have been playing football for 70 years or more.[52]

All-time coaching records
Tenure 1887–89, 92–93 1894 1895 1896–98 1899 1900–01 1902–03 1904 Coach None J.L. Morison H.G. Hadden Frank E. Hering James McWeeney Pat O’Dea James F. Faragher Red Salmon Years 5 1 1 3 1 2 2 1


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• Angelo 5–4–0 - 1943 .556 Bertelli • Johnny Lujack - 1947 12–1–1 .893 • Leon Hart - 1949 • Johnny 8–1–0 - 1953 .889 Lattner • Paul Hornung - 1956 .857 11–1–2 • John Huarte - 1964 13–0–2 .933 • Tim Brown - 1987 34–5–1 .863 Heisman Voting: .881 • 1938 - 105–12–5Beinor, 9th Whitney .630 • 1943 - 16–9–2 , Creighton Miller, 4th, Jim White, 9th • 1944 - 47–13–3 6th .770 Bob Kelly, • 1945 - Frank Dancewicz, 6th 87–11–9 .855 • 1947 .800 • 1949 - 8–2–0 Williams, 5th, Emil Sitko, 8th , Bob • 1950 - 9–9–1 Bob Williams, 6th .500 • 1953 - 32–18-0 .640 • 1954 - Ralph Guglielmi, 4th 17–23–0 .425 • 1956 .836 • 1958 - 95–17–4 Nick Pietrosante, 10th • 1959 - 53–16–1 Monty Stickles, .764 9th • 1964 - , Jack Snow, 5th 30–26–1 .535 • 1965 - Bill Wolski, 11th • 1966 - 100–30–2 3rd,.765 Hanratty, 6th Nick Eddy, Terry • 1967 - 35–25 Hanratty,.583 Terry 9th

1905 1906–07 1908 1909–10 1911–12 1913–17 1918–30 1931–33 1934–40 1941–43, 46–53 1944 1945, 63 1954–58 1959–62 1964–74 1975–80 1981–85 1986–96 1997–2001 2001* 2002–2004 2004† 2005–present Totals

Henry J. McGlew Thomas A. Barry Victor M. Place Shorty Longman Jack Marks Jesse Harper Knute Rockne Hunk Anderson Elmer Layden Frank Leahy Ed McKeever Hugh Devore Terry Brennan Joe Kuharich Ara Parseghian Dan Devine Gerry Faust Lou Holtz Bob Davie George O’Leary Tyrone Willingham Kent Baer Charlie Weis 30 coaches

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* George O’Leary did not coach a single practice or game, being fired five days after being hired; O’Leary misrepresented his academic credentials.

Leon 29–21- 1949[56] .580 Hart 119 seasons 831–284–42 .736 Johnny Lattner - 1952, 1953[56] Jim Lynch - 1966[56]

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† Kent Baer served as interim head coach for one game at the 2004 Insight Bowl after Tyrone Ross Browner - 1977[56] Willingham was fired.

Bowl games

Brady Quinn - 2006[57]

Walt Patulski -

• Ross Browner Notre Dame has made 29 Bowl appearances, winning 14 and losing 15.[53] It has played in the Rose Ken MacAfee - 1977 3 losses), the Sugar Bowl Chris Zorich Bowl (1 win), the Cotton Bowl (5 wins, 2 losses), the Orange Bowl (2 wins,[58] (2 wins, 2 losses), the Gator Bowl (1 win, 2 losses), the Liberty Bowl (1 win), the Aloha Bowl (1 loss), Tim Brown - 1987[59] Aaron Taylor the Fiesta Bowl (1 win, 3 losses), the Independence Bowl (1 loss),the Insight Bowl (1 loss) and the • Hawaiʻi Bowl (1 win). From 1994 to the 2006 football seasons, Notre Dame lost 9 consecutive bowl Raghib Ismail - 1990[59] games and setting an NCAA record for consecutive bowl losses. That streak ended with a 49-21 blo• Terry Hanratty wout of Hawaiʻi in the 2008 Hawaiʻi Bowl. In the process, Notre Dame scored its highest point total in post-season play. Tony Rice - 1989[60] Brady Quinn -

Players and coaches
See also: Notre Dame starting quarterbacks and Fighting Irish football players

Brady Quinn - 2006[60] • Brady Quinn - 2006[61]

Heisman Trophy

See also: Heisman Trophy • Seven Notre Dame football players have won the prestigious Heisman Trophy. As of 2006, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and USC are tied for the most Heisman Trophy winners, with 7. [54]

Coaching awards


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Date January 1, 1925 January 1, 1970 January 1, 1971 January 1, 1973 December 31, 1973 January 1, 1975 December 27, 1976 January 2, 1978 January 1, 1979 January 1, 1981 December 29, 1983 December 29, 1984 January 1, 1988 January 2, 1989 January 1, 1990 January 1, 1991 January 1, 1992 January 1, 1993 January 1, 1994 January 2, 1995 January 1, 1996 December 28, 1997 January 1, 1999 January 1, 2001 January 1, 2003 December 28, 2004 January 2, 2006 January 3, 2007 December 24, 2008 Total Bowl Rose Bowl Cotton Bowl Cotton Bowl Orange Bowl Sugar Bowl Orange Bowl Gator Bowl Cotton Bowl Cotton Bowl Sugar Bowl Liberty Bowl Aloha Bowl Cotton Bowl Fiesta Bowl Orange Bowl Orange Bowl Sugar Bowl Cotton Bowl Cotton Bowl Fiesta Bowl Orange Bowl Independence Bowl Gator Bowl Fiesta Bowl Gator Bowl Insight Bowl Fiesta Bowl Sugar Bowl Hawaiʻi Bowl 29 bowl games W/L W L W L W W W W W L W L L W W L W W W L L L L L L L L L W 14-15

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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 Hawaiʻi PF 27 17 24 6 24 13 20 38 35 10 19 20 10 34 21 9 39 28 24 24 26 9 28 9 6 21 20 14 49 PA 10 21 11 40 23 11 9 10 34 17 18 27 35 21 6 10 28 3 21 41 31 27 35 41 28 38 34 41 21

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Ara Parseghian - 1964[65] Lou Holtz - 1988[65] • Ara Parseghian - 1964[66] Lou Holtz - 1988[66] Charlie Weis - 2005[66] • Tyrone Willingham - 2002[67]

College Football Hall of Fame

See also: College Football Hall of Fame 49 former Notre Dame players and coaches have been in Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana.[68] Notre Dame le

Current roster and staff
• Team Roster:[69]


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Name Hunk Anderson Angelo Bertelli Tim Brown Ross Browner Jack Cannon Frank Carideo George Connor Jim Crowley Zygmont Czarobski Dan Devine Bob Dove Ray Eichenlaub Bill Fischer George Gipp Jerry Groom Ralph Guglielmi Jesse Harper Leon Hart Frank Hoffman Lou Holtz Paul Hornung John Huarte Johnny Lattner Elmer Layden Frank Leahy Johnny Lujack Jim Lynch Ken MacAfee Jim Martin Bert Metzger Creighton Miller Don Miller Edgar Miller Fred Miller Wayne Millner Alan Page Ara Parseghian Knute Rockne Louis Salmon Position Guard Quarterback Wide Receiver Defensive End Guard Quarterback Tackle Halfback Tackle Coach End Fullback Tackle/Guard Halfback Center Quarterback Coach End Guard Coach Quarterback Quarterback Halfback Fullback Coach Quarterback Linebacker Tight End End/Tackle Guard Halfback Halfback Tackle Tackle End Defensive End Coach Coach Fullback

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Year Inducted 1974 1972 2009 1999 1965 1954 1963 1966 1977 1985 2000 1972 1983 1951 1994 2001 1994 1973 1978 2008 1985 2005 1979 1951 1970 1960 1992 1997 1995 1982 1976 1970 1966 1985 1990 1993 1980 1951 1971


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Marchy Schwartz Bill Shakespeare Red Sitko John "Clipper" Smith Harry Stuhldreher Joe Theismann Adam Walsh Bob Williams Tommy Yarr Chris Zorich Halfback Halfback Halfback/Fullback Guard Quarterback Quarterback Center Quarterback Center Defensive Tackle

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1974 1983 1984 1975 1958 2003 1968 1988 1987 2007

The team in their current home uniforms

worn an away variant of the jersey: a white jersey with g ter of Notre Dame football and all Notre Dame athletics. During Gerry Faust’s tenure (1981–85), Notre Dame’s navy to royal blue with gold and white stripes on the slee 1986, navy blue returned. No uniform numbers have been retired by Notre Dam is given a card which lists some of the more famous play Number 3 is perhaps the most famous number in Irish fo Guglielmi, George Izo, Daryle Lamonica, Coley O’Brien, among others.[71] Number 5 is also notable, as it is the o Horseman (Elmer Layden) a Heisman Trophy Winner (Pa Quarterback (Terry Hanratty).[71] Number 7 has been w Trophy winner John Huarte, 1970 Heisman runner-up Jo Jackson.[71] It is currently worn by starting quarterback

Notre Dame’s home jersey is dark blue with white numerals, gold outlining, and a small interlocking "ND" logo at the base of the collar. The away jersey is white with blue numerals, gold outlining, and Notre Dame Stadium the interlocking "ND" at the collar. In recent years, neither jersey included the player’s name on the Notre Dame Stadium is the However, for the Irish’s back, but names were included during the Dan Devine and Gerry Faust eras.home football stadium for th football team. Notre Dame once again part of the Hawai’i Bowl appearance in 2008 vs. the University of Hawai’i, Located on the southeastwore last unive with a seating capacity of waist, Notre Dame Stadium i names on their jerseys. Gold pants, with a small ND logo just below the left80,795,are worn with both ums in college football. The Sporting News ranks Notre home and away jerseys. ball cathedrals.[72] With no emblematic of the Notre Dame’s helmets are solid gold with gray facemasks, the gold being JumboTron and just two mod evokes a more for the team’s student managers to University’s famed "Golden Dome." It is a Notre Dame tradition traditional feel. Notre Dame Stadium is u spray-paint the team’s helmets prior to each game, ensuring that they keep their gold shine each Cartier Field week. The paint contains actual gold.


Cartier Field was the original playing field of the Fightin Over the years, Notre Dame has occasionally worn green insteaddueblue as growing popularity of ND foot Dame Stadium, of to the its home jersey, sometimes adopting the jersey for an entire season—or more—at a time. Currently, Notre ND practices take pl bears the Cartier Field name. Most Dame reserves its green jerseys for "special" occasions. Often on such occasions, the Irish will take the field for warmups dressed in blue, only to switch to green when they go back to the locker room before kickoff. Guglielmino Athletics Complex This tradition was started by Dan Devine in 1977 before the USC game. Notre Dame has also been Known by fans as "the Gug" (pronounced "goog"), the Gu known to switch jerseys at halftime, as during the 1985 USC game, and in the epic loss to Nile Dame’s brand new athletics complex. The Gug houses th Kinnick-led Iowa in 1939, although this was to help avoid confusion between their navy uniforms and the-art weight room, and practice week locker rooms for Iowa’s black ones. The current design of the jersey is kelly green with gold numbers and white outNotre Dame athletes. The complex was underwritten by lining. For the 2006 Army game, Coach Charlie Weis broke out the Green jerseys as a reward to his senior players, as well finally ending the string of losses by the Irish when wearing green. Notre Dame wore throwback green jerseys in 2007 against USC in honor of the 30th anniversary of the 1977 National Championship team.[70] On at least one occasion (1992 Sugar Bowl) Notre Dame has Bo • USC, Michigan, Michigan St., Purdue, Pittsburgh,


Notre Dames’s rivals.


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Former quarterback Brady Quinn in the current away uniform

• USC is considered to be Notre Dame’s current primary rival. The Notre Dame-USC rivalry has produced more national titles, Heisman trophies and All-Americans than any other collegiate rivalry. This football rivalry is considered one of the most competition for all-time win percentage, whic schools’ important rivalries in college football,[73] and is often called greatest intersectional rivalry in college football, [74] meaning 2008). Fie currently leads in winning percentage as of that the rivalry is not dictated by conference affiliation or geography. Other thandisputesinterruption Dame student-athletes as well as a brief over Notre during World War II, both teams have been playing each conference also serve to Dame leads the Big Ten other since 1926. Notre fuel the rivalry. series 42 wins to 32 wins with 5 ties. • Navy and Notre Dame currently have one of the longe • Michigan is considered Notre Dame’s other (as well as their first and oldest) major rival, although 19 having played 80 games without interruption since the two teams did not play each other for many years. The rivalry is heightened by the twoNotre Dame having played uninterrupted since 1906).


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Notre Dame Stadium on game day, with student section and band

The First Jeweled Shillelagh, awarded to the winner of the annual Southern Cal vs Notre Dame game.

Home Current uniforms longest such streak in Division 1-A football. This win streak was finally broken on November 3, 2007. This series is scheduled to continue indefinitely.


See also: Band of the Fighting Irish Due to its long and storied history, Notre Dame football boasts many traditions unique to Notre The band playing in a pre-game ceremony beDame. Some of these are: fore a football game • Prior to each game, Notre Dame students paint all football helmets gold, using paint containing real gold dust.[28] • Prior to the start of the game, the team attends mass in formal attire at fourth quarters of Basilica. • Between the third and the Sacred Heart home games At the conclusion of mass, fans form a line from the chapel to 1812 Overture, as the crowd reacts with finale to the the stadium, which the team walks through.[75] fingers in the shape of a letter designating the name o • Coming out of the locker room, players slap the famous "Play Like a Champion Today" sign.


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• 2001: Nick Buoniconti - Boston Patriots 1962–68, Mia • 2002: Dave Casper - Oakland Raiders 1974–80, Houst

*McNally graduated from St. John’s (MN), but started hi of famer under both schools in the Pro Football Hall of F

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• Victor Abiamiri - Defensive End, Philadelphia • M Eagles Pa • Arnaz Battle - Wide Receiver, San Francisco • Se 49ers • Co • Bertrand Berry - Defensive End, Arizona • Jim Cardinals Co • Jordan Black - Offensive Tackle, Houston • Ch Texans Be Team raising their helmets to the student • Rocky Boiman - Linebacker, Kansas City • Jo section after a win (or loss) Chiefs • Lu • Darrell Campbell - Defensive Tackle, Tampa Bu • Since 1961, Sergeant Tim McCarthy for the Indiana State Police has read out a driving safety Bay Buccaneers • Br announcement to the crowd during the fourth quarter.Carlson - Tight End, Seattle Seahawks • John When Sergeant McCarthy begins his • M announcement, the crowd goes silent to hear his message, which invariably endsPanthers [76] • Deke Cooper - Safety, Carolina with a pun. Pa • At the conclusion of every home game, the team turns to the -student section toTexans them by • Glenn Earl Safety, Houston salute • M raising their helmets in the air. They do this afterJeff Faineafter a loss. [75] Bay Buccaneers • a win or - Center, Tampa Do • At the conclusion of every home game, the band plays the Fasano - Tight End, Miami Dolphins Alma Mater, "Notre Dame, Our • Anthony • Al Mother". Those who stay link arms and sing the lyrics. Fisher - Running Back, St. Louis Rams • Tony Re • Marcus Freeman - Tight End, Carolina • Tr Panthers Ea • Mike Gandy - Offensive Tackle, Arizona • Ge Irish in the NFL Cardinals Ra • David Givens - Wide Receiver, Tennessee • Hu NFL Draft Selections[77] Titans • Da 463 Total selected: • Joey Goodspeed - Fullback, Minnesota Vikings • Da • Ryan Grant - Running Back, Green Bay Do 5 First picks in draft: Packers • M 61 1st Round: • Ryan Harris - Offensive Tackle, Denver Bu [78] Broncos • Jo NFL Achievements • Craig Hentrich - Punter, Tennessee Titans • Ju 42 In the Super Bowl: • Carlyle Holiday - Wide Receiver, Green Bay • An 36 Won the Super Bowl: Packers Te • Grant Irons - Linebacker, Oakland Raiders • Re 10 Hall of Famers: • Julius Jones - Running Back, Seattle Seahawks Gi • Derek Landri - Defensive Tackle, Jacksonville • To Pro Football Hall of Fame Jaguars Ten former Notre Dame players have been inducted Lance Legree - Defensive End, San Francisco • into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, second only [79] to USC (11). 49ers • 1963: Curly Lambeau - Green Bay Packers 1919-49 • 1963: John McNally* - Milwaukee Badgers 1925–1926, Duluth Eskimos 1926–1927 , Pottsville Maroons 1928, Green Bay Packers 1929–1933, 1935–1936, Pittsburgh Pirates (Steelers) 1934, 1937–1938 Notre Dame is the only college football team to have all • 1964: George Trafton - Chicago Bears 1920–22 2006 Air Force game, Notre Dame had a record 169 the • 1968: Wayne Millner - Boston and Washington Redskins 1936–41, 1945 CBS.[81] The 2006 ND vs. Ai either NBC, ABC, ESPN, or • 1975: George Connor - Chicago Bears 1948–55 affiliate who had an exclusive contract with the Mountai • 1986: Paul Hornung - Green Bay Packers 1957–62, 1964–66 Dame is also famous for being the first te member. Notre • 1988: Alan Page - Minnesota Vikings 1967–78, Chicago 1978–81 ation, which controlled TV rights, and establish its own n • 2000: Joe Montana - San Francisco 49ers 1979–92, Kansas City 1993–94

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