Championship Coaches Statues
Bob Davie. Tyrone Willingham. Chuck Weis. Gerry Faust. George O’Leary.
These are all coaches that definitely did not earn the right to have statues of themselves erected outside of Notre Dame Stadium. However, there have been a couple semi-decent coaches to work for Notre Dame, and those men have been forever enshrined and commemorated in large statues depicting them outside of the various gates leading into the stadium.
Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine, and Lou Holtz all earned statues thanks to the national championships they brought to South Bend, and so you should be sure to take a lap around the outside of the stadium and pay your respects to these wonderful coaches who established Notre Dame as the greatest (at least, historically) college football program in the country. Read the plaques, take a picture with them, and truly appreciate everything they accomplished with the Fighting Irish.
P.S. These statues also serve as excellent meeting points for groups of people after games, when cell service is quite difficult to come by and a simple “meet at Lou after the alma mater” is easy and efficient in terms of regrouping with your scattered friends and family after a big victory.
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