Notre Dame Fighting Irish football

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the intercollegiate football team representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.wikipedia
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Brian Kelly (American football coach)

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The team is currently coached by Brian Kelly and plays its home games at the campus's Notre Dame Stadium, which has a capacity of 77,622.
He is currently the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame, a position he has held since December 2009.

NCAA Division I FBS independent schools

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Notre Dame is one of six schools that competes as an Independent at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision level; however, they play five games a year against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which Notre Dame is a member of in all other sports except ice hockey.
Notre Dame has a potential tie-in with the Orange Bowl.

University of Notre Dame

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team is the intercollegiate football team representing the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana.
Notre Dame is known for its football team, which contributed to its rise to prominence on the national stage in the early 20th century; the team, an Independent with no conference affiliation, has accumulated 11 consensus national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 62 members of the College Football Hall of Fame, and 13 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Notre Dame Football on NBC

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All Notre Dame home games have been televised by NBC since 1991, and Notre Dame is the only school to have such a contract.
Notre Dame Football on NBC is a presentation of college football games involving the Notre Dame Fighting Irish that are produced by NBC Sports, the sports division of the NBC television network in the United States.

Gus Dorais

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Led by quarterback Gus Dorais and end Knute Rockne—who was soon to be legendary coach—the Notre Dame team attacked the Cadets with an offense that featured both the expected powerful running game but also long and accurate downfield forward passes from Dorais to Rockne.
Dorais played college football at the University of Notre Dame, where he was an All-American in 1913 at quarterback, and then played professionally with the Fort Wayne Friars and Massillon Tigers.

Michigan State Spartans football

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This period would also mark the beginning of the rivalry with Army and the continuation of the rivalry with Michigan State.
Jim Crowley, one of Notre Dame’s immortal Four Horsemen, served as the head football coach at Michigan State from 1929 to 1933.

Notre Dame Stadium

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The team is currently coached by Brian Kelly and plays its home games at the campus's Notre Dame Stadium, which has a capacity of 77,622.
Notre Dame Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, the home field of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Knute Rockne

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Led by quarterback Gus Dorais and end Knute Rockne—who was soon to be legendary coach—the Notre Dame team attacked the Cadets with an offense that featured both the expected powerful running game but also long and accurate downfield forward passes from Dorais to Rockne.
Rockne helped to popularize the forward pass and made the Notre Dame Fighting Irish a major factor in college football.

Army Black Knights football

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This period would also mark the beginning of the rivalry with Army and the continuation of the rivalry with Michigan State.
Currently, Army is one of six FBS schools whose football teams do not belong to any conference; the others being BYU, Liberty, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, and UMass.

Michigan Wolverines football

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In their inaugural game on November 23, 1887, the Irish lost to Michigan by a score of 8–0.
A November 23 contest marked the inception of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program and the beginning of the Michigan–Notre Dame rivalry.

National Collegiate Athletic Association

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Notre Dame is one of six schools that competes as an Independent at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Football Bowl Subdivision level; however, they play five games a year against opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), which Notre Dame is a member of in all other sports except ice hockey.

Northwestern Wildcats football

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Gipp likely contracted strep throat and pneumonia while giving punting lessons after his final game on November 20 against Northwestern. The Irish began the season with a 25–0 win over Indiana, Notre Dame tied Northwestern in the season's second game.
Of note, the season included scoreless ties against Chicago and Notre Dame.

Notre Dame Box

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Rockne's offenses employed the Notre Dame Box and his defenses ran a 7–2–2 scheme.
The Notre Dame Box is a variation of the single-wing formation used in American football, with great success by Notre Dame in college football and the Green Bay Packers of the 1920s and 1930s in the NFL.

USC Trojans football

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Notre Dame has had 495 players selected in the NFL Draft, second only to USC.
They suffered winless streaks of 13 years (1983–1995, including the 1994 17–17 tie) to rival Notre Dame and 8 years (1991–1998) to crosstown rival UCLA which were unacceptable to many USC supporters.

Purdue Boilermakers football

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He led the 1901 Purdue team to a 4–4–1 record, but finished the season with consecutive losses to Notre Dame, Illinois, and Northwestern.

Boston College Eagles football

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Boston College head coach Frank Leahy was hired by Notre Dame to take over for Layden in 1941, and was another former Irish player who played during the Rockne era.
Boston College is one of only two Catholic universities that field a team in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the other being Notre Dame.

New York Giants

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Rockne coached his last game on December 14, 1930, when he led a group of Notre Dame all-stars against the New York Giants in New York City.
In December 1930, the Giants played a team of Notre Dame All Stars at the Polo Grounds to raise money for the unemployed of New York City.

Heisman Trophy

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Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ohio State share the record of seven Heisman Trophy winners.

Case Western Reserve Spartans football

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He made his coaching debut on September 28, 1918, against Case Tech in Cleveland, Ohio and earned a 26–6 victory.
Famed Notre Dame coach, Knute Rockne, made his head coaching debut on September 28, 1918 against Case held at University Circle's Van Horn Field.

Bowl Championship Series

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It was the only independent program to be part of the Bowl Championship Series coalition and its guaranteed payout, and it has one of the largest, most widespread fan bases in college football.
The term "BCS Buster" referred to any team other than Notre Dame not from an AQ conference that managed to earn a spot in a BCS bowl game.

Joe Savoldi

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The 1929 and 1930 teams both went undefeated, winning national championships, and the 1930 team was led by the likes of Frank Carideo, Joe Savoldi, Marchy Schwartz and Marty Brill.
After graduation from Three Oaks High, he enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, where, beginning in 1928, he played football for the Fighting Irish teams coached by Knute Rockne.

Frank Leahy

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Boston College head coach Frank Leahy was hired by Notre Dame to take over for Layden in 1941, and was another former Irish player who played during the Rockne era. By the time they met again in 1943, Layden had left Notre Dame and Frank Leahy had taken his place.
His winning percentage of .864 is the second best in NCAA Division I football history, trailing only that of fellow Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach, Knute Rockne, for whom Leahy played from 1928 to 1930.

Ara Parseghian

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The players that he recruited came to within 93 seconds of an undefeated season and a national championship in 1964 under first-year coach Ara Parseghian.
He is noted for bringing Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football program from years of futility back into a national contender in 1964 and is widely regarded alongside Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy as a part of the "Holy Trinity" of Notre Dame head coaches.

Indiana Hoosiers football

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The Irish began the season with a 25–0 win over Indiana, Notre Dame tied Northwestern in the season's second game.
Bernie Crimmins came to Indiana from his post as an assistant under legendary coach Frank Leahy at Notre Dame and brought along high hopes that IU football prominence would be restored.

Fay Wood

In 1908, the win over Franklin saw end Fay Wood catch the first touchdown pass in Notre Dame history.
A native of Syracuse, he played for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as an end from 1907 to 1909, catching the first touchdown pass in the history of Notre Dame football.