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An oral history of Notre Dame’s tumultuous 2013 offseason – The Athletic


As far as offseasons go, it does not get much crazier than everything Notre Dame endured in the winter, spring and summer of 2013. The Fighting Irish were coming off a renaissance season, going 12-0 in coach Brian Kelly’s third year before falling to Alabama 42-14 in the BCS National Championship Game. 

As one-sided as that Jan. 7, 2013, title tilt was, it did not figure to derail any of the program’s momentum.

“There are 121 FBS schools,” Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said after the game, “and we’re in pretty good shape relative to all but one of them.”

The Fighting Irish, at the time, had the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2013, according to Rivals and ESPN. They had a redshirt freshman quarterback, Everett Golson, who figured to only get better over the next three seasons. And they had a rock star coach who had just taken the program to heights it had not seen in 24 years.

What could go wrong?

The…

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