The seduction of Notre Dame

The coach is always looking over what he began. (Steve Hummer/AJC

The coach is always looking over what he wrought. (Steve Hummer/AJC

SOUTH BEND, IND. – Considering the fact that Georgia Tech (1990) has won a national championship since Notre Dame (1988) has. . .

Considering that three Florida State players have won the Heisman since a Notre Dame player last has (1987) . . .

Considering that staid Notre Dame has had five different coaches (if you count George O’Leary, until the resume blew up) over the same time Georgia has had the same one. . .

. . .Then can we still consider Notre Dame the college football equivalent of Camelot?

Trying to get a handle on the mystique of the Fighting Irish in modern times is a challenge, weighing all that history and tradition against the realities of today. Especially if you happen to live in SEC country, where all the current haughtiness has taken up residence.

Emotions are going to cloud subject. Preconceptions and jealousies, too.

Clearly, Notre Dame is not the power and the glory that it once was, a fact Georgia Tech certainly hopes to exploit Saturday afternoon.

Notre Dame does not wag the dog like it formerly, long ago, did. It is not every young recruit’s dream.

Still, a visitor who hasn’t been here in a very long time (me) took a stroll around the campus the other day and found himself getting lost in a bit of Fighting Irish reverie. You pass the Knute Rockne statue and get a close-up on Touchdown Jesus and it starts to shade your view. Notre Dame, a small school of 8,000 undergrads, can’t help but charm. It draws in even the borderline skeptic.

I’ve compared this place to Augusta National, as one of the most special sporting venues. Prolonged exposure to Augusta National has left me forever smitten. I need to get out of here soon, before Notre Dame has the same effect on me.

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JacketMan
JacketMan

Notre Dame is similar to UGA - what have THEY done lately, either? They always get great recruiting classes and have high expectations but seem to fall flat year-after-year. GA Tech has a more recent National Championship than UGA as well.

LongBeachJacket
LongBeachJacket

Went there for the 2007 game which Tech won, of course.  One of the classiest places you'll ever visit. Classiest fan base you'll ever mingle with.  Very respectful to visitors.  Proud of their team and their school (rightfully so) and also respectful to the visitors. 


Looking for a great game tomorrow.  Hope Tech plays very well (expect they will). Looking for the W....but if they don't get it while putting up a strong effort...all will not be lost.  Long season ahead.


Much respect for Notre Dame.


GO JACKETS

misterwax
misterwax

I am looking forward to this game even though I won't be there.  if the Jackets do not turn the ball over, they should prevail.  I hope to works out for the team to play mistake and penalty free.

R Tooty
R Tooty

Make us proud GT.  Looking for a great game from the boys on the flats tomorrow.

Peachs
Peachs

Where we fail to see is no football program is like that anymore.  The SEC hides behind the SEC but the old days Alabama layed teams like Georgia Tech out with 50 point plus margins, now days it is a bitter fight to the end, in every game. Alabama use to play Southern Cal or anyone else who dared to come to their place once and return the favor to travel to their's, now days they measure themselves in a vacuum very little known about them or any SEC team until the playoffs. Notre Dame did the reverse, they play an independent schedule and then refused to travel to a bowl game. They deserve the representation they earned it, but no team or conference deserve that kind of artificial reputation now, early draft choice, limited scholarships and parity of a less talented pool of players and enough money to buy the press is what we have to deal with today.

GMAB
GMAB

Stay until after GEORGIA TECH rolls the Irish. " GO JACKETS "

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

I think if Notre Dame had kept George O'Leary they would have won a heck of a lot more football games and avoided their unfortunate coaching carrousel in the years that followed.

Peachs
Peachs

@Birmingham__Jacket never understood that one, so what if his resume was not quiet right, he was what he represented which is more than i can say for Notre Dame. 

Peachs
Peachs

@AugustaJacket @Birmingham__Jacket ND doesn't have a world class football team, not much other reason to go to South Bends, the plant is closed. ACC teams don't live like that they have a life beyond athletics which the south needs to be competitive.