Kuharich, although he is not much of a hand with excuses, has plenty available to explain his two less-than-sensational seasons at Notre Dame in which the Irish lost more games (13) than Rockne's teams lost in 13 years or Leahy's in 11. The main problem has been a dismaying number of injuries, which are worth looking at, even if they are history now. In '59 Kuharich lost Lind for the season, Red Mack, potentially his finest running back, and George Izo, perhaps the best college passer in the country when he did play. And last year disaster really struck, as if it had only been warming up before. At one time or another, no fewer than nine boys who had been counted on as starters were missing, plus a large supporting cast. Some were out for the greater part of the year: Red Mack again, Bob Scarpitto, Lind, George Sefcik, Tom Hecomovich, John Powers, Ed Hoerster, Gerry Gray, Myron Pottios and John Linehan. Yet Notre Dame lost four games by only a touchdown and another by a single point. It was enough to make Kuharich's hair begin to turn gray—which it has.
But this is another year and a bigger, more experienced and unquestionably healthier Notre Dame team. It has stout defense, a fine offensive line and the running of Dabiero and Lind. It has spirit and the backing of the loudest, loyalest student body in the entire land. And there is a vast tradition under the Golden Dome that others can hardly hope to match.
So send a volley cheer on high. Old Notre Dame will win—at least through the first game.