Blue and Gold Illustrated

May 2016 Issue

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

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BY LOU SOMOGYI F or the first time since the 1978‑79 school year, the Notre Dame football team played in a major bowl game while men's basketball advanced into the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. This is noteworthy because of gen‑ eralizations in NCAA athletic compe‑ tition, that universities are demarcated as either "football schools" — Notre Dame, USC, Alabama, Texas, Okla‑ homa, Michigan, Ohio State, etc. — or "basketball schools" — Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, Indiana, Louisville, Syracuse, etc. However, it's notable that only Notre Dame ranks among the top 15 all time in both football victories Just Like Old Times Notre Dame's combination of success in football and men's basketball returned in 2015-16 Center John Shumate in basketball and quarterback Tom Clements in football highlighted a spectacular 1973‑74 school year. PHOTOS COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS

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