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History of Notre Dame Football

  • The Forward Pass

    The Forward Pass
    In 1913, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish played the Army Black Knights as their rivalry had been created along with a legendary aspect of the game. The Irish won by a commanding score of 35-13 and essentially implemented the rivalry between Notre Dame and Army, and the use of the forward pass.
  • Knute Rockne and Notre Dame win national Championship

    Knute Rockne and Notre Dame win national Championship
    Knute Rockne won a national championship with Harry Stuhldeeher at quarterback, Jim Crowley and Don Miller as half backs as the Fighting Irish defeated Stanford 27-1in the Rose Bowl.
  • Knute Rockne dies in a plane crash

    Knute Rockne dies in a plane crash
    Knut Rockne dies in a plane crash in 1931 after 11 years coaching notre dame with an .881 percentage of wins, which still remains one of the top on that list
  • Catholics vs. Convicts

    Catholics vs. Convicts
    Notre Dame's landmark 31-30 win over top-raked Miami in 1988 was a key component and one that made all the difference in the Irish’s 1988 National Championship season. The game took place on October 15, 1988, when #4 Notre Dame took on the #1 ranked Miami Hurricanes.
  • Bob Davie Hired

    Bob Davie Hired
    Lou Holtz’s regime as a Notre Dame football coach ended in November of 1996 and the university ultimately hired Bob Davie as the head coach, who had previously been an assistant coach under Holtz for the previous four years under Lou Holtz. Davie’s tenure as a football coach started off on a bad note and seemed to stay that way for the rest of his time at Notre Dame making appearances in three bowls and losing all three contests.
  • George O'Leary Scandel

    George O'Leary Scandel
    In 2001 the University of Notre Dame decided to hire George O’Leary as their new head football coach. After only a week, news came to light that O’Leary had falsified his resume. After embarrassing the university and himself, O’Leary resigned as head coach, leaving Notre Dame needing a new leader of the football team.
  • Tyrone Willingham Hired

    Tyrone Willingham Hired
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    Tyrone Willingham Tenure

    Ty Willingham’s tenure at Notre Dame was an enormous failure and not only did their record take a turn for the worse in the two seasons after 2002, Willingham became notorious for lacking skills as a recruiter. Willingham had an unbalanced and awkward approach to recruiting leaving Notre Dame with one of the worst incoming classes of recruits in many years.
  • Tyrone Willingham Fired

    Tyrone Willingham Fired
  • Yankee Stadium Game

    Yankee Stadium Game
    This past summer, it was announced that Notre Dame Fighting Irish would face their rival, Army in the new Yankee Stadium. This was a special game for both teams because they both played at the old Yankee Stadium almost every year from 1925-1946, a time when they were two of the most powerful collegiate teams in the country.