While the current 2010 Notre Dame team is at a crossroads deciding if they want to be average or something better under Brian Kelly, it was simultaneoWhile the current 2010 Notre Dame team is at a crossroads deciding if they want to be average or something better under Brian Kelly, it was simultaneously inspiring and despairing (in light of the program's slide after 1993) to read about when the Irish were on top of the college football world (with Miami). No one loved ND more than Lou Holtz and it is a shame that ND let go of the man with the golden coaching touch. (I would still like to see a book that investigates what really happened in the later Lou years with the ND administration. Carroll presents Holtz as a leader far from a saint.) The book is despairing because ND is still paying for this decision 15-20 years and 5 coaches later. Reading these accounts and recollections from 2 decades ago seems to spur the looming question: Will ND ever be great and/or tough again on the football field? The future in 1985 did not look good after the failure of Faust--similar to the inept head coaching from Weis. You could say that ND needs to make 1986-like adjustments with admissions, but this is not the easy answer when Navy and Stanford are currently imposing their will on the Irish. It's now or never with Kelly.
I enjoyed the reminder that Colorado may have been the real convicts of college football at the time and the shady stories of Luther Campbell (of 2 Live Crew)paying off some of the Hurricanes for their performances.
While the book is well researched, there is one oversight on page 46 which states Ara Parseghian won the National Championship in '77. He retired after the '74 season and Dan Devine led the Irish to the top in 1977. ...more
Despite some glaring errors on years (e.g., National Championship years, particular cars) this is a very solid and engaging college football read. I dDespite some glaring errors on years (e.g., National Championship years, particular cars) this is a very solid and engaging college football read. I didn't know Ara was all set to coach the Miami Hurricanes before Notre Dame (Ted & Ned) made their call. Also, the fact that George Steinbrenner was involved with college football (coaching at Northwestern and Purdue) was new to me. Resurrection reminded me that ND has a long tradition of hiring some excellent coaches (Ara, Devine, Holtz) and some terrible ones (Faust, Weis, Devore, O'Leary, Kuharich). The disclosure of the inept Kuharich/Devore era before Ara, echoed the blundering Weis' years (losing to Navy & Syracuse) to a T with talent all over the field and no direction. All in all, a great off-season read while we wait for Brian Kelly to hopefully turn ND football around with "passion and purpose."...more