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The Devine Years: 1975-80 At Notre Dame

Dan Devine coached Notre Dame football from 1975-80, won a national championship and introduced one of the great quarterbacks of all time to the American sports stage. Yet, to fans who weren’t around that period, his only exposure has been to be falsely portrayed as the bad guy in the movie Rudy. It’s time to let facts trump myth.



It was the era when Joe Montana stepped onto the national stage for the first time. Notre Dame had other great players, ranging from Ken McAfee to Ross Browner to Vagas Ferguson and Jerome Heavens and many more. Read about all six seasons in this download. 


In The Devine Years, you’ll read about

  • The rocky beginning as he stepped into the shoes of the legendary Ara Parseghian
  • The beginning of Joe Montana’s college career
  • The dramatic events of January 2, 1978 that made Devine a national champion
  • The incredible Cotton Bowl a year later that really began the Legend of Montana.
  • The difficult transition after Montana, followed by one last push for the top in 1980.

Each of Devine’s six seasons has its own article on All six are brought together into a single download for your reading convenience. Read through a short, but consequential period, in Notre Dame football history.