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History

Notre Dame did some stuff with the radio College Bowl in the early days, that I may add at some point later.

The earliest record currently found is the listserv archives, which dates back to a practice reminder in September '04 from CPL Philip Mauro. It is uncertain whether that was when the team was founded - within the five years preceding 2007, both a NAQT State Qualifier and CBI Regionals were held at Notre Dame. However, it is clear that the team was mostly dormant until the 2007-08 season.

Between September '04 and September '07, the team travelled to three tournaments, all of which were NAQT. In fact, for the 2005-06 season it appeared that the Academic Competition Club of Notre Dame was in tatters. Early in 2006, Lou Pignatelli took the reins, and began the rejuvenation of the program. Relying on the only thing he knew - NAQT - he attempted to create a team that would be a force. Though they attended but a single tournament that year, it wasn't for a lack of effort. Scads of emails and a form he created listing potential tournaments as far away as Kansas attest to that fact.

The entrance of top Minnesota high-schooler Josh Mollner also assisted in the return of quizbowl to Notre Dame . The next year saw the rebuilding continue with the influx of several eager freshmen. This group of newcomers was led by local quizbowler Bryce Durgin.

Though Bryce possessed no great skill of his own (finishing 3rd in scoring among his own team at tournaments that year), he possessed two qualities equally as valuable - a passion for quizbowl and a knowledge of hsqb. The former drove him to spur on the rebuilding process as much as possible; the latter enabled him to inform the team about the numerous opportunities for competition available. Indeed, the team competed in more tournaments (five) that year than in the previous 3 years combined.