Mother Mary’s Favorite Sons: The Resurrection of Notre Dame Football

“The Notre Dame fight song was one of the first things I ever learned,” Conor O’Rourke, a freshman at the College of Charleston and long-time Fightin’ Irish fan, said reminiscing about his fanatical origins for the Green and Gold. “Now to see them come from not even being ranked in the pre-season to being number one and undefeated is kind of amazing.”

 

Freshman, Conor O’Rourke, talks about his love for the Notre Dame football team. O'Rourk has been a fan of the team for as long as he can remember.

This year the Golden Domers have had a miracle run in college football. Not since Lou Holtz in 1988 has Notre Dame football been so relevant.

“They went up against everybody and they won’em.”

George Pothering, a Computer Science professor at the College of Charleston has deep ties to South Bend and its football tradition.

“It was really almost a golden time to be there, no pun intended on that,” Pothering explained, re-hashing his time as a graduate student at Notre Dame in the 1970’s. “Their football teams were always good and their basketball teams were always good.” The 1973 and 1977 championship seasons under Ara Parseghian and Dan Devine were truly the golden years of Fightin’ Irish football.

However, there has been a shortage of luck recently for Notre Dame football. For 13 years, starting in 1997, a total of five head coaches have come and gone, stringing together a slew of heartbreaking and disappointing seasons. Fortunately, in 2010, the Irish found their pot o’gold once again.

George Pothering is currently a professor at the College. Pothering attended Notre Dame as a graduate student.

 

“I think this team is really strong and they’ve grown under Brian Kelly,” Ezinne Agim, a junior at the College, answered when asked about her opinion of this year’s team. Coach Kelly went from having back-to-back eight win seasons to a perfect 12-0 mark in 2012.

You can just feel the luck coming back.

“We are always a good team but we never actually get this far,” Megan Judd, a junior at the College of Charleston and a true disciple of Notre Dame football, said gazing into the sky possibly searching for flying leprechauns adorned with golden helmets. “A lot of people contribute Notre Dame’s success to a soft schedule, but they also beat some good teams like USC.”

No question Notre Dame has beaten some excellent teams, taking down the likes of Oklahoma, Michigan, and Southern California.

Megan Judd, a junior at the College, considers her self a true Notre Dame fan.

A huge factor for their success is middle linebacker, Manti Te’o. With 103 tackles and seven interceptions on the year, Te’o has anchored the Irish’s defense by stuffing running backs in the backfield and injecting the core of the team with unshakable leadership and tenacity.

Te’o finished a close second in the Heisman race, bidding to become the first all-defensive player to win the award. Hopefully, Te’o will be hoisting the national championship trophy after they play Alabama – not a bad consolation prize if you ask me.

“I’m going to bet they they’re going to win, I have a lot of confidence in them,” Ezinne exclaimed, nodding her head with pride.

Junior at the College, Ezzine Agim, follows the succes of Notre Dame's football team.

 

Monday, Jan. 7 will determine if the Golden Domers will etch their miracle season among the greatest in Notre Dame football history as they battle Nick Saban’s Alabama squad in the BCS National Championship.

We know one thing, luck is on their side.

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