Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 21, 2013 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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under the DOME SingingStaying for the Alma(Mater Gold ) The Blues And after a loss might have run its course By Lou Somogyi A fter Notre Dame's 10-game home winning streak was snapped by Oklahoma Sept. 28, many Fighting Irish players became confused on whether or not to join the student body afterwards to participate in the Alma Mater. Many dispersed straight to the dressing room afterwards — which led to some boos from the student body — while others stayed. To say this is a longstanding Notre Dame tradition is not quite accurate. Under head coach Lou Holtz (1986‑96), the team after a win would walk toward the student section and lift its helmets in salute. With head coach Charlie Weis (2005‑09), it morphed into singing and swaying to the Alma Mater, win or lose. The day after the 35-21 loss to the Sooners, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly clarified that he Notre Dame's protocol since 2011 under head coach Brian Kelly has been to not participate in the Alma Mater after a defeat at home. photo by bill panzica

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