Ara Parseghian

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Two schools honored but only one winner

Two schools honored but only one winner

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish included mention of Ara Parseghian’s Miami of Ohio roots in an uplifting pregame tribute Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Sculptures of the College Football Hall of Fame coach stand on both campuses.Parseghian, who died in...

How Game of Century survived band attack

How Game of Century survived band attack

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...

Michigan State and Notre Dame celebration

Michigan State and Notre Dame celebration

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that rings out for 50 as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gathering. This will be the first...

Ara Parseghian outlived his history

Ara Parseghian outlived his history

Ara Parseghian, 94, outlived his history.The College Football Hall of Fame coach who resurrected Notre Dame’s program passed away early Wednesday morning at his home near campus in Granger, Ind., the school announced. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRag Sports...

Returning Notre Dame coaches and turnarounds

Returning Notre Dame coaches and turnarounds

We all know Notre Dame needs a bounce-back season, but where to start is another question. History lacks guideposts at a school with a .723 winning percentage covering 1,253 games and 128 seasons.The Irish won their first national title in 1924 under Knute Rockne. In the 93...

Notre Dame Stadium opens new look

Notre Dame Stadium opens new look

A trip to Notre Dame Stadium never gets old. Not for fans, coaches or players.Take Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, for example. He was a grizzled veteran of 35 college seasons when the Blue Devils traveled last year to Notre Dame, but he turned into a wide-eyed kid as the team...

Jurkovec chases western Pennsylvania QB roots

Jurkovec chases western Pennsylvania QB roots

Notre Dame celebrates a 4-star quarterback commitment as frequently as a new football season kicks off. In that respect, Phil Jurkovec is simply the latest on an annual list.But there is more to identify Jurkovec, who is committed to the Irish’s Class of 2018. This...

Game of the Century combined reunion

Game of the Century combined reunion

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that 50 rings out as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gatherings for the quasi-national...

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

Nevermore national titles at Notre Dame

Nevermore national titles at Notre Dame

On the same day Notre Dame and the ACC extended their agreement through 2037, coincidentally I re-read “The Raven.” English teachers will be happy to know I mean Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting Raven — not the Baltimore Ravens.With apologies to the great poet from Baltimore, allow me...