The Irish Legends
Newsletter, Irish Reveries is published monthly and
features stories, anecdotes, humor and news from the history of the
University of Notre Dame and its football teams.
This edition of
Irish Reveries will feature the little known story of Frank
"Shorty" Longman, Irish coach for the 1909-1910 seasons.
Longman was a fullback for Fielding Yost's powerhouse Michigan
"Point-A-Minute" teams from 1903-1905. In Shake Down The
Thunder, Murray Sperber described the new coach as he looked in
the team photo: "he sits in an ill-fitting suit with a
too-small bowler on his head, his face thin, his eyes mean, his
demeanor like a ticket-of-leave man released from a British prison.
The team photo is a reminder that football then, as now, was a violent
sport played by men willing to inflict and accept pain."
Many people think that
Notre Dame football made its first bid for national recognition after
the 1913 Army game, but the win over Michigan in '09, under the
direction of Shorty Longman, was the first of many great victories.
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