SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame's glory days seemed like a distant memory 50 years ago when Ara Parseghian took over as coach.
The Fighting Irish finished 2-7 in 1963. The only thing that prevented them from likely matching the worst record in school history was a game against Iowa being canceled because of the assassination of President John Kennedy. The Irish were 15 years removed from their last national title and hadn't had a winning record in five seasons.
"I think we had been beaten up so much we had almost given up on life," team captain Jim Carroll said at a reunion earlier this month.