There was an ESPN writer who at one time worked for Sports Illustrated -- who took the University of Notre Dame to task early last fall for their influence over the college football industry...
Well, here's some "fun facts" that the NCAA and BCS Committee are staring at that might just answer those critics who wonder why Notre Dame has earned the respect it has...
- For the first time, since they started tracking this in 2005 -- average bowl game attendance dipped below 50,000
- Yet, the last three bowl games that Notre Dame has played in -- the IRISH have set attendance records in all three: Hyundai Sun Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl and Sun Life Stadium
- No other school played in more of the Top 25 televised football games this season than Notre Dame.