For­mer Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian dies at 94

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SOUTH BEND, IND. | Ara Parseghian, who took over a founder­ing Notre Dame foot­ball pro­gram and re­stored it to glory with two na­tional cham­pi­onships in 11 sea­sons, died on Wed­nes­day. He was 94.

Univer­sity of Notre Dame Pres­i­dent Rev. John Jenk­ins an­nounced in a state­ment that Parseghian died at home at 1:30 a.m. Wed­nes­day. Parseghian had spent more than a week in a nurs­ing care fa­cil­ity in South Bend, In­di­ana. He was treated for an in­fec­tion in his sur­gi­cally re­paired hip, and was still re­ceiv­ing round-the-clock care at home.

Parseghian and the Ir­ish won ti­tles in 1966 and 1973, but he abruptly re­tired af­ter the 1974 sea­son at age 51 with a record of 95-17-4.

Parseghian, Knute Rockne and Frank Leahy are the only Ir­ish coaches to lead the sto­ried pro­gram to more than one na­tional cham­pi­onship. His .836 win­ning per­cent­age puts him third on Notre Dame’s coach­ing list be­hind fel­low Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Famers Rockne (.881) and Leahy (.855). Only Rockne (105, 1918-30) and Lou Holtz (100, 1986-96) won more to­tal games.

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