Devine joins Rockne, Parseghian, Leahy, and Holtz

Author: Andrew McKenna

Knute Rockne Statue

The Dan Devine Statue will be added outside Gate A, which will complete the last of the coach’s statues around the outside of the stadium. The dedication will take place Friday at 3:30pm outside of gate A and is free and open to the public.

Devine had been a leading candidate for the head coaching job at Notre Dame in 1964, when Ara Parseghian was hired. When approached for the job following Parseghian’s resignation, Devine accepted immediately, joking that it was probably the shortest job interview in history. In his six seasons at Notre Dame, Devine compiled a 53–16–1 mark (.764). His lasting achievement came midway through this run, when the Fighting Irish won the 1977 national championship, led by junior quarterback Joe Montana. The championship season was completed with a convincing 38-10 win in the 1978 Cotton Bowl Classic over previously top-ranked Texas, led by Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell. The win vaulted the Irish from fifth to first in the polls.

Here are the new gate names and the Irish Coaching Legends’ new homes…
  • North Tunnel, Knute Rockne Gate – Knute Rockne Statue
  • Gate A, Dan Devine Gate – Dan Devine Statue
  • Gate B, Ara Parseghian Gate – Ara Parseghian Statue
  • Gate C, Frank Leahy Gate – Frank Leahy Statue
  • Gate D, Lou Holtz Gate – Lou Holtz Statue

In addition, Gate A is now referred to as the Dan Devine Gate. Head to the Notre Dame Stadium page for all information regarding the House That Rock Built.

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