The University of Notre Dame's Vice President for Mission Engagement and Church Affairs -- Rev. Bill Lies, C.S.C. -- will be honored this Saturday with the "Keep the Dream Alive Award" from Catholic Charities USA!
The Notre Dame women's basketball team's win on Saturday over then #1 UCONN has vaulted the IRISH to the #2 spot behind Baylor in the AP Poll -- yet the Coaches Poll still has UCONN ahead of ND -- go figure...
Alabama was so dominant last night, they would have done the same thing to my other favorite football team -- the Detroit Lions. (That's not saying much...)
Yet, I feel GREAT about our Notre Dame football program and the direction we're headed.
Here's why I'm excited:
We are a TOP TEN football program -- again -- and we're going to be for some time
We have a COACH who has proven he can build winning "CHAMPIONSHIP" programs
We have a QB who's going to be GREAT -- and will be a Heisman finalist before he's done
We have the most TALENT on our team since the days of Lou Holtz in the late 80's and early 90's -- combined with a coaching staff that can DEVELOP this talent
Everyone in our football program now knows -- WE CAN WIN -- and that is huge
The Notre Dame Family has been re-energized this season
And, we've been given a gift by the Alabama Crimson Tide -- EMBARRASSMENT -- a gift I believe will propel this team to a National Championship in the next three years.
What's also great is this -- the WORLD got to witness the power of the NOTRE DAME BRAND -- especially the "Y and Z" generations. No other university can stir the hearts and souls of so many people around the globe. It was fun to watch.
So what do we do now!
Remember where we've been and look FORWARD to where we're going
And, be THANKFUL for all of the joy of these past 18 weeks -- it's been off the charts
I'd like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to Coach Kelly, his STAFF and to the 105 student-athletes who wore the GOLD HELMET last night in Sun Life Stadium -- you have AWAKEN THE ECHOES!
Remember -- it's only 235 days to kick-off of the 126th season of Notre Dame Football!