Sport: Shaking Free of the Thunder

Gerry Faust gives up the ghost to Lou Holtz

The holiest ghost at Notre Dame, Knute Rockne, used to say, "One loss is good for the soul. Too many losses are not good for the coach." His reverent descendant, Frank Leahy, preached, "Prayers work better when the players are big." Their Protestant successor, Ara Parseghian, came to believe, "Notre Dame fans are bottom-line people." Next to Gerry Faust, these were all football coaches of little faith.

For the worse part of the past five years, Faust, 50, has led a life more damnable than Christopher Marlowe ever dreamed, saying touching things like "Don't read everything you believe in the newspapers."...

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