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Parseghian Was Far More Than A Great Coach

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The Era of Ara

By John Ventola

Ara Parseghian, the beloved former coach who restored Notre Dame football to prominence by winning two national championships during his 11-year coaching career (’64-’74) in South Bend, died earlier this month.

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Notre Dame Experience Can Be Habit Forming For Some

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South Bend Becomes Annual Bucket List Checkoff

By John Ventola

Eighteen years ago I satisfied a long-time sports bucket list item when I attended a Notre Dame football game in South Bend. Two weeks from today, I will enter Notre Dame Stadium for my fourteenth Irish home game. Except for a five-year absence following the Hurricane Katrina catastrophe in my Louisiana hometown, an annual flight northward has been a highlight of my fall schedule. Continue reading

LSU And Notre Dame Will Attempt To Play Good Music

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Bowl Mania Starts Three Week Run

Bowl-mania started in earnest yesterday and since it will be three weeks before the College Football Playoff national champion is crowned, football fans across the country should resign themselves to the fact that they will be spending two weeks of that time period visiting their friendly neighborhood sports bar or home recliner to watch inconsequential games played in less than exotic locations. Continue reading

Collegiate Football Rivalries Dwindling

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Conference Realignments Stop Some Longtime Rivalries

By John Ventola 

Rivalries have always played a major role in establishing the popularity of collegiate football. Whether they involved service academies (Army versus Navy), in-state rivals (Washington against Washington State, Oklahoma versus Oklahoma State, etc.), conference adversaries, (Minnesota against Wisconsin), or cross country rivals (USC versus Notre Dame), the games played under the rivalry heading kept fan interest at a maximum level because those were the contests that would be discussed until the two teams met again one year later. The winning fan base could enjoy bragging rights, but the losing team’s loyal followers could shout out, ‘wait till next year’, and know a chance at redemption was just twelve months away. Collegiate football rivalries are a colorful part of American sports history, but sadly conference realignments by the NCAA during recent years are causing some key rivalries to stop. Continue reading