January 31, 1954 - Leahy's official resignation
Unknowingly, the 1953 season finale against SMU would be Frank Leahy's as Notre Dame head coach. Today Leahy officially resigned as head coach despite having two years left on his contract. There is some speculation as to the exact reason why Leahy chose to end his career early. One side says Frs. Hesburgh and Joyce forced him out but the official reasoning was due to health reasons. Leahy had some scares earlier and his doctors had recommended he quit coaching or risk possibly dying on the field.
Frank Leahy would finish his career second to Knute Rockne. In eleven seasons as head coach, Leahy's teams would post a 87-11-9 (0.855) record and win four national championships. Besides the championships in 1943, 1946, 1947, and 1949, Leahy's teams would finish ranked second twice (1948, 1953) and ranked third twice (1941, 1952). Four players would win the Heisman under Leahy; Angelo Bertelli (1943), Johnny Lujack (1947), Leon Hart (1949), and Johnny Lattner (1953); and a fifth, Paul Hornung, would be recruited by Leahy as well.
Keywords: football, frank leahy, smu, father hesburgh, father joyce, father ned joyce, knute rockne, angelo bertelli, johnny lujack, leon hart, johnny lattner, paul hornung, heisman
Posted On: 2012-01-31 00:15:01 by IrishTrpt07
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