It was a sad day in South Bend, Ind., and for Notre Dame football as famed head coach Ara Parseghian passed away on Thursday.
As dusk set in over Notre Dame Stadium, the scoreboard simply read “ARA.”
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 3, 2017
Parseghian died early Wednesday morning at the age of 94 in Granger, Ind. Parseghian won a national title in 1966, despite a tie with Michigan State. He also led Notre Dame to an 11-0 record and another national title in 1973. In 11 years as head coach for the Fighting Irish, he posted a 95-17-4 record.
An Ohio native, Paraseghian played for Miami (Ohio) Univeristy and played two years for the Cleveland Browns after which point he began coaching. He spent two years at his alma mater coaching under Woody Hayes, moving into the head coaching role when Hayes left for Ohio State in 1951.
He coached in Oxford for five years and then spent eight years at Northwestern from 1956-63.
In 1964, Parseghian contacted Notre Dame to notify them of his interest in the open Fighting Irish coaching job according South Bend Tribune. Despite his coaching success, the Fighting Irish brass was hesitant to hire him because he wasn’t a Notre Dame graduate, which is something their coaches always were up until that time.