Sport: End of an Ara

Come Christmas, while the elect among football coaches are happily preparing for professional playoffs and college bowl games, many of their losing colleagues have already received preholiday presents in the form of dismissal notices from disgruntled owners or disappointed college administrators. The resulting scramble for jobs resembles a madcap game of musical chairs.

The annual ritual took a bizarre turn last week when Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian announced that he was stepping down. Before the shock wave subsided in South Bend, Notre Dame officials triggered another with the word that as Ara's replacement...

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