Football Facts You Should Know


Because I don't want you to go through what I did with my lack of ND football history knowledge, I've made this page. Read it, know it, live it. Trust me ;)

Things to Know

- All students stand for the entire game (except half time)

- At the end of every game, win or lose, the football team comes over to the student section and we all sing the Alma Mater together

- "The Shirt" is a long standing ND tradition. Every football season a new shirt is designed and unveiled. The colors alternate every year with variations of green, gold and blue. This year The Shirt is Kelly Green (laugh here). Students wear The Shirt to football games. The Shirt 2010 Design

- 11 National Championships

- 7 Heisman Trophy winners

- Our biggest rival is USC

- "PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY" is a sign posted in the stairwell that goes from the lockerroom into the tunnel of stadium where they make their entrance. Traditionally the players hit the sign before every game.


People to Know

Lou Holtz: Holtz coached 132 games in 11 seasons at Notre Dame and guided his teams to an overall record of 100-32-2 as he holds the Irish record for most games coached and is second to Knute Rockne in total victories. Holtz led Notre Dame to the 1988 national championship and remains 11th on the NCAA all-time win list for Division I-A coaches. Holtz took his Notre Dame teams to nine straight New Year's Day bowl games from 1987 through '95 and coached the Irish to finishes of sixth or better in the final Associated Press poll in five seasons. Holtz was named the national coach of the year in 1988 by several organizations and saw his team play the most difficult schedule in the country three different years. Holtz had a 32-20-2 mark against teams ranked in the Associated Press top 25 during his career. Before coming to Notre Dame, the Kent State graduate previously served as head coach at William & Mary (1969-71), North Carolina State (1972-75), Arkansas (1977-83) and Minnesota (1984-85).


Brian Kelly: Current ND football coach. This is his first year at ND. (Last year's coach was Charlie Weis)


Knute Rockne: Named head football coach in 1917, Under Rockne's tutelage, Notre Dame skyrocketed to national prominence and became America's team. With their penchant for upsetting the stronger, more established football powers throughout the land, the Irish captured the hearts of millions of Americans who viewed Notre Dame's victories as hope for their own battles. During Rockne's 13-year coaching tenure, Notre Dame beat Stanford in the '25 Rose Bowl and put together five unbeaten and untied seasons. Rockne produced 20 first-team All-Americans. His lifetime winning percentage of .881 (105-12-5) still ranks at the top of the list for both college and professional football. Rockne won the last 19 games he coached. Rockne, who was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1951 --the first year of inductions --revolutionized the game of football with his wide-ranging ideas and innovations. Rockne was the first football coach to take his team all over the country and initiate intersectional rivalries. The Irish competed in a national arena. He challenged the best football teams in the land and almost always won. He also served as Notre Dame's athletic director, business manager, ticket distributor, track coach and equipment manager; he wrote a newspaper column once a week; he authored three books, including a volume of juvenile fiction; Rockne was principal designer of Notre Dame Stadium; he opened a stock brokerage firm in South Bend during his last season; he was a dedicated family man to his wife Bonnie and their four children and for years raised much of the family's food in his garden.


Dayne Crist: quarterback. nough said


2010 Football Schedule


Typical Home Football Weekend

Wednesday: Alumni, families, and fans begin arriving on campus. The population on campus will more than triple before kick-off on Saturday.

Friday: Game preparation begins at the North gate of the stadium, where student managers wrap, buff, and paint those world-famous helmets. The paint used actually contains 24K gold flakes. Around lunch time Alumni boys come out in ridiculously crazy outfits and dance around people walking in front of their dorm. The pep-rally takes place on Friday night with speakers, the band, cheerleaders, drill team, and Irish guard. Be prepared to cheer on the team, get wild and crazy, and dress to the theme along with your fellow Lyons lions. Each dorm is assigned a pep-rally to host along with a few other dorms.

Game Day:
7 a.m
Band marches through the quads, waking you up to the sounds of Notre Dame football songs.

7 a.m. - kick-off
 Tailgates behind the stadium and in the JACC parking lots. If you walk around you'll find people are more than willing to share food, drinks, and games. The quads will be filled with club and dorm concession stands and fans. 90 minutes 
before kick-off
Band concert and Irish guard inspections on the steps of Bond Hall. The band performs, the guard clogs, everyone sings the fight song.
12:30 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. 
Procession of band to the stadium.

1:30 p.m.
* The games usually begin at this time, but check your tickets.