It's a much-discussed fact that the third season has historically been the defining season for Notre Dame football coaches. Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz won national titles in their third year. Gerry Faust went 7-5, Bob Davie went 5-7, Tyrone Willingham went 6-6 and Charlie Weis went 3-9 in year three. That's been the boom-and-bust nature of the Notre Dame job over the last 50 years. Mostly bust of late.
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