Notre Dame - A Glance At The Irish
Notre Dame - Fighting Irish
Situated in the Northern Indiana lies a college football team with a great history and tradition. Notre Dame - Fighting Irish play their football in the FBS Independents conference, coached by Brian Kelly they are currently 5-2. A win in week 9 on the road to the Air Force Falcons will take Notre Dame on a three game winning streak.
Just over 80,000 regularly turn out to see the Fighting Irish play their football at the Notre Dame Stadium. The stadium was built in 1930 and was renovated in 1997.
The foundations were laid for this famous football team by Knute Rockne. Rockne was a Notre Dame player between 1910-1913, he later coached the team from 1918-1930. In the years 1920 through 1930 he was also a Notre Dame administrator.
Although Knute Rockne did not invent the forward pass his Notre Dame team were one of the first to utilise this method of moving the football on a regular basis. A good running game was incorporated with the vertical pass to overcome a superb Army team 35-13 in 1913.
As the coach, Rockne claimed for National Championships and an impressive record reads 105-12-5. Knute sadly died in a plane crash in 1931, he left behind a legacy this lives on today.
Notre Dame can also boast legends Joe Montana and Jerome Bates as players that previously played in it’s ranks. Wide Receiver Tim Brown is one of 7 and was the last of the Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winners.
Notre Dame’s proud Bowl record is 15-17. Ironically no bowl games were participated in after 1925 for four decades. The Hawaii’ Bowl victory in 2008 ended a 9 consecutive bowl appearance run of defeats. The Fighting Irish met No.2 Alabama in January to contest the BCS National Championship loosing 14-42.
For now Senior QB Tommy Rees carries the mantel for a proud college football team. In fours season, Rees has passed for over 6,000 yards and has 49 touchdowns. It will only be a matter of time before the Irish produce another Heisman Trophy winner or a bowl winning teams the legend of Knute Rockne keep overwatch.