University of Notre Dame
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The University of Notre Dame du Lac is a private Catholic research university located in Notre Dame, Indiana.
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- Here, faith and football are intertwined. Thus the 132-foot-tall mosaic of Christ on the south wall of the Hesburgh Library is known as Touchdown Jesus, and a statue that depicts an Old Testament patriarch... is better known as First Down Moses... That confluence of God and gridiron even inspires humor. In the heated era of the 'Catholics vs. Convicts' rivalry with Miami, an annoyed Hurricanes chaplain declared that God doesn't care who wins a football game. "I don't think God cares who wins, either," agreed then Fighting Irish coach Lou Holtz. "But His mother does."
- There is no academic virtue in playing mediocre football and no academic vice in winning a game that by all odds one should lose...There has indeed been a surrender at Notre Dame, but it is a surrender to excellence on all fronts, and in this we hope to rise above ourselves with the help of God.
- Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., "The Facts Of The Matter," Sports Illustrated (1959-01-19), http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1070047/1/index.htm