SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Jack Swarbrick’s comfortable and spacious office is flush with many reminders of Notre Dame’s long history of athletic endeavors and excellence. For one, there’s the picture of that 1913 team captained by an end named Knute Rockne.
That was the season the Irish unleashed a potent passing game to upset heavily favored Army, a victory that signified Notre Dame’s emergence as a force in college football.
As a student in the 1970s, Swarbrick also recalls another landmark day when word broke that Ara Parseghian — who led the school to a pair of national championships — was leaving.