Notre Dame week is here, and just like last season, there’s something different about the countdown to this game than any other week in the season.
To get OU fans juiced for the game Saturday in South Bend, Ind., our videographers, Damon Fontenot and Tim Money, put together a four-part video series on OU-Notre Dame history.
We assembled a variety of former Sooners to talk about the Fighting Irish. From the 1950s, Clendon Thomas, Chuck Bowman and Jakie Sandefer. From the 1960s, Bobby Warmack. From the 1999 game, Josh Norman. We caught up with Warmack on the OU campus, before the West Virginia game. The others came to our video studio at OPUBCO headquarters in Oklahoma City.
It was a series that was easy to ask about and apparently easy to talk about. “When that name (Notre Dame) was mentioned,” Bowman said, “you didn’t think anything but football.”
Our first installment centers around the Notre Dame mystique. As I write this, I’ve just arrived in South Bend, well after sundown, so I couldn’t see all that much yet. But driving past the campus, you can feel the tradition oozing from Notre Dame Stadium. Wake up the echoes, indeed.
There are more successful college football programs than Notre Dame, though not many. And there are plenty of tradition-rich programs, the Sooners among them. But truth is, no mystique matches the Fighting Irish’s. From the gold helmets to the Four Horsemen to Touchdown Jesus to the ghosts of Rockne, Leahy and Parseghian, Notre Dame lore rises above all.
Enjoy the series, which will be unveiled each morning through Thursday. Here’s the first video: