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Not a song, but a prayer

Joe Zarantonello | Wednesday, October 2, 2013

I am writing to urge Coach Kelly to reconsider his policy of not allowing the team to sing “Notre Dame, Our Mother” after home football loses.

His rationale, besides being ludicrous (Worried about the battle-hardened pigskin warriors like Nix and Tuitt “being exposed” after they’ve been pummeled by 300-pound behemoths for 60 minutes?!), totally misses the point.

The ND alma mater isn’t just a tradition – it’s a prayer. Is Coach Kelly really going to hold fast to the policy that the players need to be in the locker room “under his guidance” rather than with the student community, praising and praying for the guidance of Our Lady?

For the good of the players, his own reputation and that of the University – Coach Kelly should admit the policy was a mistake and change it.

Joe Zarantonello  
Class of 1971
Oct. 1