The Notre Dame Fighting Irish suffered a major loss to their family on Wednesday, as word broke that legendary head coach Ara Parseghian passed away at the age of 94. Given his age and a report two weeks ago that Parseghian was facing a hip infection that wasn’t fixable with surgery, news of his passing does not come as a shock but, at the same time, the passing of a full-fledged legend is never easy and that is what Notre Dame is now dealing with at this time.
With that in mind, though, the Irish put together an awesome and touching tribute for their fallen former leader.
Notre Dame Stadium has been famously low-tech in the recent past, especially when compared to other top-tier programs nationally. That makes this decision all the more fantastic in that Parseghian’s name dons the scoreboard as the first thing displayed.
Parseghian won two national titles with Notre Dame (1966 and 1973) and he eventually retired from coaching in 1974 to go into broadcasting. He finished with a 95-17-4 record in his 12 seasons with the Fighting Irish. Still, his impact goes well beyond simple on-field contributions and that is quite clear by the presence of this kind of tribute, more than 40 years after he retired from the coaching profession.