At 89, Parseghian Still Boosting His School

Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation

Ara Parseghian still sounds like he could lead a pep rally. He’s 89 years old, with a clear, booming voice that on certain Saturdays shakes the room like a foghorn.

His anecdotes drip with tradition and nostalgia, and he doesn’t mind when strangers stop him near his winter home in Florida and start yakking about Notre Dame as if it were a subject as universal as the weather. He’ll politely listen to their ruminations about Rudy, about how he twice beat Bear Bryant’s Alabama teams, about Brian Kelly’s wizardry … about anything remotely related to South Bend, really, from myths to miracle workers and modern-day renaissances.

“Not a day goes by,” says the man who coached the Irish for one glorious decade, “that it doesn’t all come rushing...

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