In front of more than 3,000 people, Notre Dame formally dedicated its $8 million Memorial Library on May 7, 1964. The highlight of the event was seeing the completed Word of Life Mural, which featured 329 panels and cost $200,000 to create (equivalent to $1,578,000 in today's dollars).
We know the Word of Life Mural more commonly as "Touchdown Jesus." That nickname was in use by 1971, and probably earlier.
The mural, created by Millard Sheets, was the gift of Howard V. and Evangeline P. Phalin, then of Winnetka, Illinois.At the time of its erection, the Memorial Library -- later named the Hesburgh Library -- was thought to be the biggest university library in the world.
Before Bill Laimbeer was a two-time NBA Champion as a "Bad Boy" with the Detroit Pistons, he was a highly regarded 6-foot-11 recruit from Palos Verdes, Calif.
Laimbeer played three years for Notre Dame men's basketball coach Digger Phelps, averaging 7.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. He was also a member of the 1977-78 team that made the only Final Four in the program's history.
Spring games have a funny way of making second-stringers into stars.
Such was the case with Al Samuel, who had 15 carries for 130 yards to lead all rushers in the 1973 Blue-Gold game. Samuel would end up touching the ball just 34 times during Notre Dame's championship season that fall. But, for one day, the 6-foot-1, 178-pound tailback was a force to be reckoned with.
And, just to show that QB controversies aren't just a modern phenomenon, this Chicago Tribune article notes that Ara Parseghian had not made up his mind about which quarterback would start -- junior Tom Clements or senior Cliff Brown. (Clements, the incumbent, would eventually prevail.)
On May 4, 1971, then 29-year-old Richard "Digger" Phelps was named the new head coach of the Notre Dame men's basketball team.
"His family's future happiness was paramount, Phelps told me," Fordham University athletic director Pete Carlesimo told the Associated Press. "When the position at Notre Dame came open, he applied. As long as a year ago, he had told us that his ambition had always been to coach at Notre Dame."
C.J. Prosise is pretty nasty. He's 5th in the country in yards per attempt behind Matt Breida (10.91 YPA, Georgia Southern), Leonard Fournette (8.64 YPA), Nick Chubb (8.44 YPA), and DeAndre Washington (8.19 YPA, Texas Tech!) among backs w/ 50 or more carries.
DB suffered an ACL tear and will be out for the season.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced freshman CB Shaun Crawford suffered a torn ACL during practice Wed. and will be out for the season.— Eric Hansen (@EHansenNDI) August 20, 2015