Shenanigans

From the new Knute Rockne era:

During spring practice, runners would be working on the cinder track encircling Cartier Field-the predecessor of today's stadium- while the padded gladiators butted beads on the infield, and somehow Rock seemed able to watch a half-miler and a left end simultaneously. In those days his only assistant was Hunk Anderson, who would finish his job at the Edwards Iron Works in South Bend and hustle out to the campus to serve as unpaid line coach. Most practice sessions started with Rock giving preliminary instruction to the backs and ends while Hunk got the interior linemen warmed up. At length, Rock would call, 'Ah, Heartley, would you be good enough to bring the behemoths over here?'
'Hell, Rock,' Hunk would say, "they ain't even bleeding yet."


Most Notre Dame fans would like to forget Joe Kuharich's elevens of 1960-61-62 (They won a total of twelve of their thirty games), but many would question how much that record could be blamed on Kuharich's No. I quarterback, Daryle Lamonica. Lamonica, whose daring play in the professional ranks was later to earn him the name of "Mad Bomber," didn't fancy Kuharich's pedestrian offense. A rumor on the campus those days had Lamonica missing practice and playing golf for three consecutive days. When a priest asked him what was going on, Lamonica reportedly replied: "I don't need to go to practice. I already know both of Kuharich's plays." Surprisingly, the following Friday, the priest saw Lamonica heading for the practice field. "I thought you knew both of Kuharich's plays," chided the priest. "I do," said Lamonica, "But I have to find out which one he is going to use against Michigan State tomorrow."


Ned Bolcar, senior linebacker for Lou Holtz:

Coach Holtz would tell us that we would have a half-day practice today. We were all excited until he said it would be a half day, eight in the morning until eight at night.


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September 1998
November 1998
January 1999
March 1999