Blue and Gold Illustrated

Oct. 15, 2012 Issue

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

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Second To None greatness is often overlooked Frank Leahy's coaching prehensive lists ever of the 50 greatest coaches — college and pro — in American history. An esteemed 118-per- I n July 2009, Sport- ing News compiled one of the most ex- haustive and com- BY LOU SOMOGYI son panel included not only longtime media members such as play- by-play man Brent Mus- burger and analyst Dick Vitale, and team execu- tives a la Jerry Reinsdorf, but was rife with former or current champion- ship coaches, including Notre Dame's Lou Holtz (1986-96). Among many other champions, it included World Series-winning managers such as Tommy Lasorda and Whitey Herzog, mul- tiple Super Bowl cham- pions Don Shula and Mike Shanahan, NBA champions Jack Ramsey and Lenny Wilkins, and Leahy won four national chmpionships with Notre Dame, but is often lost in the shuffle behind more iconic names like Ara Parseghian and Knute Rockne. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME MEDIA RELATIONS also NCAA champions Jim Boeheim and Larry Brown. Any time such a list is compiled, it's impossible not to incite debates or even inflamed rebuttals. For example, represent- ing Notre Dame were Knute Rockne (No. 10) and Ara Parseghian (No. 44). We wondered how Parseghian could be be- hind Woody Hayes (No.

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