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Jun 23, 2010

A National School

In Murray Sperber’s definitive Shake Down The Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football, former AD and head coach Jesse Harper explained the program’s national schedule: “I had to go someplace where I could get some ball games.”

The cause was prejudice and blacklisting from regional teams. The result was the national identity that caused ND football to become America's team and the university to grow into America's Catholic school.

Almost a century after Harper first coached the Irish, Brian Kelly, fearful that potential conference alignment could regionalize ND recruiting, inherits a roster whose geographic diversity lives up to the University’s identity and strengthens the case for continued independence.


  1. Noone can hold back the ND Nation!

  2. I've been tracking this for the past several years.

    The State of Recruiting

  3. Thanks for the link, not sure how I missed it before. Great work. Love the ASR. I'm worried about California recruiting, but hopefully the Atkinson twins will keep it going for us.

  4. Sperber's book Shake Down The Thunder is a must read for any fan of Notre Dame Football. Just a fantastic, well researched and amazing look inside the creation of the Notre Dame Football mystique, traditional and excellence.

  5. Couldn't agree more. Best ND book ever with the possible exception of God, Country, Notre Dame.


2012 Notre Dame Football Schedule

2012 Notre Dame Football Schedule
DateOpponent / EventLocationTime / Result
09/01/12vs. Navy Dublin, IrelandW, 50-10
09/08/12vs. PurdontNotre Dame, Ind.W, 20-17
09/15/12at SpartyEast Lansing, Mich.W, 20-3
09/22/12vs. SkunkbearsNotre Dame, Ind.W, 13-6
Shamrock Series
10/06/12vs. Da UChicago, Ill.W, 41-3
10/13/12vs. TreesNotre Dame, Ind.W, 20-13 (OT)
10/20/12vs. BYU Notre Dame, Ind.W, 17-14
10/27/12at Oklahoma Norman, Okla.W, 30-13
11/03/12vs. Pittsburgh Notre Dame, Ind.W, 29-26 (3OT)
11/10/12at Backup College Chestnut Hill, Mass.W, 21-6
11/17/12vs. Fake Worest Notre Dame, Ind.W, 38-0
11/24/12at U$C Los Angeles, Calif.W, 22-13
1/7/13vs. AlabamaBCS CHAMPIONSHIP
(Miami, Florida)
L, :(