Photo: Duffy Daugherty and Ara Parseghian
Let your mind wander to imagine a seminal college football moment matching Notre Dame at Michigan State in the 1966 Game of the Century having not taken place. This is more than a whimsical thought as the teams prepare to meet on the 51st anniversary Saturday night at Michigan State.
It is based on then-Notre Dame president Father Theodore Hesburgh’s threat to shut down the football program — indeed, all of Notre Dame athletics. He made his case in a letter delivered to Notre Dame’s students on the eve of the 1965 Michigan State-Notre Dame game played in South Bend. ...