Notre Dame Foootball: Tinkering with Tradition

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Notre Dame Foootball: Tinkering with Tradition
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"Notre Dame" and "tradition" go together like peanut butter and chocolate. From Knute Rockne to Touchdown Jesus there are enough indelible images to fill an encyclopedia. 

With struggles on the field over the last few decades, those traditions have become even more entrenched and glorified to the Notre Dame faithful. Irish masses can listen to the Victory March, watch the band step off and march from the Administration Building to the stadium, and bask in the greatest game-day atmosphere in collegiate athletics and feel still connected to the echoes of the past.

Some traditions will never change.

Recently, however, there has been a subtle erosion to the collective football museum that is Notre Dame on a football Saturday.

Not everyone around South Bend is entirely thrilled with the changes, but as time marches on, they will come.

With a progressive coach pushing the envelope several long-standing traditions have already fallen and more seem poised to go... or at least change.

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