Foreword by Ara Parseghian, 304 pages, 6” x 9”, introduction, heavily illustrated, appendix, index
Notre Dame's Era of Ara
Pagna, Tom with Best, Bob
Ara Parseghian’s appearance in 1964 to head the Notre Dame football squad put an end to the previous decade of mediocre seasons and returned Notre Dame to the status of a national contender in collegiate football. Over the next eleven years he led the team to an overall record of 95-17-4, coached numerous All-Americans, such as John Huarte, Terry Hanratty, Joe Theismann, Tom Clements, Alan Page, Ross Browner, and Willie Fry, and steered himself, his staff, and his players through the unpredictable social changes of the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Tom Pagna, a player under Ara Parseghian at Miami of Ohio and assistant coach for Ara at Notre Dame, teamed up with Bob Best, Notre Dame’s Assistant Sports Information Director at that time, to offer a unique and insightful understanding of Parseghian – as a coach, a man, and a friend – in this, their classic book, Notre Dame’s Era of Ara. As the authors reconstruct the seasons and games, they show us the coach behind the headlines and news bits, explain his philosophies, detail his challenges and triumphs, and reveal the qualities that were his trademarks. Here, Pagna and Best set the record straight on everything from the controversial strategy in the famous 1966 Michigan State game for which Parseghian was accused of “playing for a tie” to Parseghian’s startling resignation in 1974. Parseghian’s era was class college football, and Notre Dame’s Era of Ara is classic football literature.