Remembering Ara

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez

The Notre Dame community lost a legend in the early hours of Wednesday, Aug. 2, when two-time national champion and College Football Hall of Fame coach Ara Parseghian passed away at the age of 94.

“Notre Dame mourns the loss of a legendary football coach, a beloved member of the Notre Dame family and good man — Ara Parseghian,” Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. said in a statement issued by the university. “Among his many accomplishments, we will remember him above all as a teacher, leader and mentor who brought out the very best in his players, on and off the field.”…

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Mike Brey: Man of the People

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez

Jumping into a sea of students at a football pep rally. Speaking with and fielding questions from students in dorms. Embracing the front lines of the student section after a big win before joining them in singing the alma mater. Encouraging students to come to his weekly radio show at O’Rourke’s by ordering chicken wings for whoever shows up.

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QB Analysis: What's the Quarterback Situation?

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez

Between the time that sophomore Brandon Wimbush started studying for his final exams last semester and sitting down in his first class in the new semester, he had moved up two spots on the depth chart — presumably occupying the role of starting quarterback for the Irish once spring practice arrives in roughly two months.

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Season Analysis: What Went Wrong?

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez

Just as many on social media anxiously look toward a bright future in 2017 and attempt to put 2016 (what they refer to as “the worst year ever”) in the rearview mirror, Notre Dame football is in the midst of a very similar catharsis.

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#ByTheNumbers

Author: Juan Jose Rodriguez

4    The number of wins needed for Irish head football coach Brian Kelly to become the fifth coach in school history to reach 60 wins. The only other men to lead Notre Dame to 60 victories are legendary figures and members of the College Football Hall of Fame: Knute Rockne, Lou Holtz, Ara Parseghian, and Frank Leahy. Kelly has won more four or more games in each of his 12 seasons as head coach, averaging exactly 9 wins per season over that span.…

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