Notre Dame Football: How Irish Coaches Fared in Their Second Year

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Notre Dame Football: How Irish Coaches Fared in Their Second Year

All Notre Dame fans know the trend of how Irish head coaches' third season historically are a clear indicator of how successful the coach will ultimately be during his tenure under the Golden Dome. Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian, Devine and Holtz. They're the five coaches that have won titles for Notre Dame—and all of them won one in year three.

But how have Irish coaches fared in their second seasons at the helm? Was it as accurate an indicator as the third year or could it be deceptive?

Today, we investigate how Notre Dame coaches since World War II have done in their second seasons, analyze exactly where their stock stood at that juncture and whether the overall feeling at the time proved to be an accurate forecast for the rest of their tenure. 

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