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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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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