Legendary Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian dead at age 94


Notre Dame from 1964-74 and won two consensus national titles. Notre Dame Media Relations

A Mass for the Feast of the Transfiguration and Celebration of the Life of Ara Parseghian will take place Sunday at 2 p.m.at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame campus. "What is more important to me is the role of educator that a coach plays".

In his 11 seasons at Notre Dame, how many times did Ara Parseghian's teams lose more than two games?

Rutkowski said he and Lamonica have remained good friends through the years and the former Raiders great once said to him, "Ed, if Ara coached us, we would have won the national championship with all the talent we had".

An Ohio native, Paraseghian played for Miami (Ohio) Univeristy and played two years for the Cleveland Browns after which point he began coaching. While Notre Dame had success under Lou Holtz and to some degree now under Brian Kelly, Parseghian was the bridge to the modern era of college football in South Bend. More impressive, he had enough charisma to slide through walls, and what I said about Aaron regarding class as a famous athlete applied to Parseghian on the coaching side. The Hall of Fame coach also endured more than his share of personal pain.

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The 1964 turnaround created such an impact that 45 years later noted sports author Jim Dent wrote an entire book-titled "Resurrection"-about that Notre Dame football season". Of course, when you coach at Michigan State for 10 years the Notre Dame-Michigan State rivalry was huge.

In Parseghian's 11 seasons at Notre Dame, he led the football program to a 95-17-4 record, and won two National Championships in 1966 and 1973. "Until shortly before his death, he continued to help move the work of the APMRF forward", Cindy Parseghian, Ara's daughter-in-law and the foundation's president, told the Star. They undoubtedly remembered the 35-6 rout Northwestern had delivered to Notre Dame in 1962. Parseghian's pro playing career lasted just two years before a hip injury forced him to retire.

"It was a hard time", Parseghian told the Sun-Times in 2012. Notre Dame had lost twice and was ranked No. 9. Although Notre Dame was voted the national champion by the wire services, there were many who thought the game had taken some luster from the team's image. The Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation raises money to find a cure for Niemann-Pick Disease, which three of his grandchildren have died from.

After six seasons at Miami, Parseghian became Northwestern's head coach in 1956. He came to Notre Dame in 1964, with the Irish having gone five seasons without a winning record. Family members and former players and colleagues will speak. On third-and-8 from the 2-yard line, Parseghian called a long pass. Tom Clements threw 36 yards to his backup tight end, Robin Weber, whose second catch of the season sealed the game and the national championship. Much has been said about Coach Parseghian today as sports writers across the country have talked about Ara the coach and Ara the man.

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