Sport: A New Crusade at Notre Dame

Spirit and speed make Lou Holtz's Irish No. 1 again

Only a couple of seasons ago, the fans were dispirited, the alumni absolutely agonized. Notre Dame football, crucible of legends like Rockne and the Gipper, seemed headed toward the lower depths. The flailing Irish had not enjoyed an undefeated season in 15 years, and for only one brief spell in 1981 had they attained the No. 1 spot in the college rankings. Head coach Gerry Faust, who during his tenure from 1981 to 1985 racked up a lackluster 30-26-1 record, had let the Irish unravel. Once courted like a prom queen in postseason play, Notre Dame appeared in just two bowl...

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