As a member of the Class of 1989, I was able to witness the transformation of a football program under the leadership of Lou Holtz. The intensity and endless work ethic of my classmates was instilled by a man who simply knew how to motivate young men and guide them to achieve their ultimate potential. After six straight years in the national championship hunt (‘88, ‘93), Notre Dame has not been able to regain its consistent championship swagger. It was a shame when Lou was forced to leave the University he cared for so deeply, and it has been amazing observing the University’s misguided judgment in efforts to replace him.
Whatever decisions are ultimately made about Charlie Weis, we need to support the young men who enrolled at Notre Dame to be champions. The current group of players is the most talented roster to play at Notre Dame during the past decade, and they exude the Notre Dame spirit with their heart and competitiveness. I have confidence in them and I will cheer mightily for their success as this season comes to a close.
The University of Notre Dame is exemplified by the character and social contributions of its students, alumni, educators and administrators. Notre Dame continues to be a place that I think of as home and its spirituality resonates with all who visit her. However, the Notre Dame Spirit shines a bit brighter when our football team represents her in a winning tradition. To the football team: Believe and go beat up on Pitt this Saturday!
Class of ‘89