Gerry Faust's Tales From the Notre Dame Sideline

Gerry Faust's Tales From the Notre Dame Sideline


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From Joe Montana's heroics to Rudy's theatrics, Notre Dame football in the second half of the 20th century was always entertaining and more often than not successful. In Gerry Faust's Tales from the Notre Dame Sideline, former head coach Gerry Faust, Notre Dame sports information director John Heisler, and longtime beat writer Bob Logan combine to take readers where even a rare Notre Dame Stadium ticket cannot—into the locker room and onto the sideline of college football's most storied program. The tales begin with Notre Dame's return to prominence in the 1960s and '70s during the Era of Ara, when head coach Ara Parseghian boasted an .836 winning percentage while leading the Irish to two national championships. Then fans will read about Dan Devine picking up where Parseghian left off, winning another national title in 1977. The tales eventually turn to Faust's years under the dome, a period filled with great stories but no national championships. Then comes Lou Holtz, the ever-concerned sideline wizard who led the Irish to their last national title in 1988. Fans will also hear about the Bob Davie era and the team's first two seasons under new head coach Tyrone Willingham There are fascinating and humorous tales of some of the most famous players ever to strap on a gold-painted helmet, from Joe Theismann and Ross Browner to modern names like Montana, Chris Zorich, Tim Brown, Jerome Bettis, and Arnaz Battle. Gerry Faust's Tales from the Notre Dame Sideline is sure to be a fun read for anyone who has ever cheered for the Fighting Irish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582613994
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/15/2004
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Gerry Faust won more hearts than games during his time as Notre Dame's head coach in the early 1980s, going 30-26-1 in the five years before the hiring of Lou Holtz. The legendary prep coach compiled a 174-17-2 record at Cincinnati's Moeller High School before succeeding Dan Devine to become Notre Dame's 24th head coach. Faust later coached at the University of Akron before retiring in 1994.

John Heisler has served as Notre Dame's sports information director for 16 years. The South Bend, Indiana, native originally joined the Notre Dame staff in 1978 and was promoted to associate director in 1982. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Heisler assisted Lou Holtz on his 1989 book The Fighting Spirit and edited the 2001 book Quotable Rockne.

Love, a writer for the Akron Beacon Journal, earned his BA in journalism from California State University at Chico. He is a member of Sigma Delta Chi, a society of professional journalists.

Bob Logan is a longtime Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald writer who grew up in Philadelphia listening to Notre Dame radio broadcasts during Frank Leahy's dynasty years. He covered the Notre Dame beat during Lou Holtz's championship 1988 season.

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