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Knute Rockne on Book Cover "Quotable Rockne"-
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Knute K. Rockne: 1918-30 (105-12-5, .881)
Leprechaun Express: Notre Dame Football Intel Update, modified June 6, 2010
Knute K. Rockne was the winningest football coach of all time, with five unbeaten, untied seasons in 13 years and the highest winning percentage in college or professional football history history (.881) ... Leprechaun Express Fighting Irish Lore ....

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:: Term Limits for Notre Dame Head Football Coaches?
Leprechaun Express: Notre Dame Football Intel Update, May 29, 2010
Being Head Coach at Notre Dame is like being President of the United States. You only do it for five or ten years, and you only do it if you're at the top of your game ... essentially the only Notre Dame Head Football Coaches to stay more than five years have been Hall of Famers winning national championships ...

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:: Frank Leahy: Legendary Notre Dame coach also set the bar at Boston College
Leprechaun Express: Notre Dame Football Intel Update, Oct. 23, 2009
Frank Leahy, also a Notre Dame player at tackle under Knute Rockne from 1929-1931, was Fighting Irish Head Coach from 1941-43 and 1946-53, his coaching tenure interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy during World War II .... Leahy, the second-winningest coach in college football history and third winningest at Notre Dame, compiled a 87-11-9 record at Notre Dame, including at least five national championships and four Heisman trophies.

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:: Terry Brennan: Top-10 finishes bracketed Notre Dame football's 2-8 finish in 1956; Terry Brennan had higher winning percentage than Joe Tiller or Barry Alvarez (update 1)
Leprechaun Express: Notre Dame Football Intel Update, Feb. 13, 2009
... Terry Brennan, hired as Notre Dame Head Football Coach at age 25, had a 2-8 season his third year, but finished in the top-10 three of his five years, and in the top-20 a fourth year, his final one coaching the Irish ... Brennan's overall winning percentage was higher than Tiller or Alvarez, and anywhere else, Brennan would have had a long tenure and been considered a coaching legend

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Notre Dame Football Eras

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:: Jesse Harper (1913-17)

Knute Rockne on Book Cover "Quotable Rockne"-
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Knute Rockne Era (1918-1930)
Knute K. Rockne was the winningest football coach of all time, with five unbeaten, untied seasons in 13 years and the highest winning percentage in college or professional football history history (.881) ...

:: Hunk Anderson Era (1931-33)

:: Elmer Layden Era (1934-40)

:: Frank Leahy Era (1941-43, 1946-53)
Frank Leahy, also a Notre Dame player at tackle under Knute Rockne from 1929-1931, was Fighting Irish Head Coach from 1941-43 and 1946-53, his coaching tenure interrupted by service in the U.S. Navy during World War II .... Leahy, the second-winningest coach in college football history and third winningest at Notre Dame, compiled a 87-11-9 record at Notre Dame, including at least five national championships and four Heisman trophies.

 

:: Terry Brennan (1954-1958)

:: Joe Kuharich (1959-62)

:: Hugh Devore (interim, 1963)

:: Ara Parseghian Era (1964-74)

:: Dan Devine (1975-80)

:: Gerry Faust (1981-85)

:: Lou Holtz (1986-96)

:: Bob Davie (1997-2001)

:: Ty Willingham (2002-04)

:: Charlie Weis (2005-09)

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Leprechaun Express Headlines

:: New Leprechaun Express Site: click here
:: Notre Dame Football NewsWatch – updated Tuesday 6.4.13
:: NEWSLINK: Parseghian feels defense will carry Irish with Golson suspended
:: Notre Dame 2013 Schedule Tough, National, Diverse
:: (UPDATE 3) NEWSLINKS: Notre Dame confirms starting QB Everett Golson no longer enrolled
:: Brian Kelly Moves into Top-8 Among Notre Dame Head Football Coaches; Can Move into Top-5 with a 13-0 record in 2013
:: NFL Prospects: Entire Group of Notre Dame Pro Day Participants Get Chance in NFL
:: Notre Dame Football finishes in top-3/top-4 of major polls with 12-1 record, #1 in recognized computer poll; highest final ranking since 1993, best record since 1989

:: Notre Dame Football Recruiting Hub 2013

:: Notre Dame's Brian Kelly is Coach of the Year

:: Notre Dame's seven Heisman Trophy winners more than any other school

:: #1 Notre Dame beats Southern Cal 22-13, rises to 12-0 for first time since 1988 National Championship season, continues path to 2012 National Championship

:: Notre Dame routs Wake Forest 38-0; Irish rise to 11-0 for first time since 1989, are rightful #1 and rightful national championship front-runner

:: Notre Dame tops rival Boston College 21-6; in command the whole way against hard-playing Eagles, Irish stay undefeated, with rightful claim to #1 ranking

:: Notre Dame refuses to be denied, fights for 29-26 triple-overtime win over tough Pitt team; Irish remain undefeated at 9-0, maintain claim on national championship

:: Notre Dame routs Miami 41-3, stays undefeated at 5-0

:: Brian Kelly has never stayed longer than three years in Div. I-A/FBS

:: Notre Dame wins thriller in closing seconds over Purdue, 20-17 off Brindza FG capping Rees-led final drive; Golson steady, defense intense most of game, Irish bring home dramatic win in old Notre Dame style

:: Fighting Irish sink Navy in Dublin; Notre Dame rolls over Midshipmen 50-10

:: Fighting Irish Lore: Knute Rockne
:: Fighting Irish Lore: Frank Leahy
:: Frank Leahy: Legendary Notre Dame coach also set the bar at Boston College

Notre Dame Football NewsWatch

:: New Leprechaun Express Site: click here
:: Notre Dame Football NewsWatch – updated Tuesday 6.4.13

:: Notre Dame Football Signing Day 2013 - und.com
:: Fighting Irish Add 24 Names to 2013 Football Roster Brian Kelly; announces the student-athletes who have signed national letters of intent - und.com 2.6.13
:: TRANSCRIPT: Brian Kelly Press Conference - Signing Day 2.6.13

:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - Blue & Gold Illustrated/247sports
:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - scout.com
:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - ESPN
:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - yahoo/rivals.com
:: Notre Dame 2013 commit list - maxpreps

:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - Blue & Gold Illustrated/247sports
:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - scout.com
:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - ESPN
:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - yahoo/rivals.com
:: 2013 recruiting team rankings - maxpreps

:: ESPN recruiting database

:: Notre Dame Football statistical rankings/results - NCAA
:: Notre Dame Football official site

:: Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Dean Brown dies at age 44 - AP/NCAA 12.1.12
:: Notre Dame AD considers proposing 2013 'test run' playoff committee - CBS 12.3.12
:: Notre Dame Scores a First: No. 1 in Football and in Graduating Its Players - Players - The Chronicle of Higher Education
:: Notre Dame No. 1 In BCS and Graduation Success Rate - BGI
:: Brian Kelly showing Notre Dame can compete for national titles and graduate players - yahoo

More Links

:: 1977 National Championship Team: The Right Combination - und.com
:: Where Are They Now? Ryan Leahy - nocoastbias.com/ scout.com
:: Echoes: Who Knew? The New Lou - Notre Dame Magazine
:: Wounded Veteran, ND Alum Rocky Bleier never gave up on NFL dream
:: Echoes: As ND as football, Mother's Day and community service (Notre Dame Player/Coach Frank Hering)
:: "May I Have Your Attention Please" excerpt