Frank Leahy of Notre Dame Returns From the South Pacific

In 1943, Frank Leahy coached the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame to a national title. He then departed for the South Pacific to serve two years with the Navy.  In 1946, he returned to South Bend and  coached a group of players who were letterman turned soldiers with eligibility left.  The Fighting Irish were hungry to play Army, who had beaten Notre Dame 59-0 and 48-0 in 1944 and 1945.  Going into the ’46 Notre Dame- Army game, the Cadets were 7-0 and the Fighting Irish were 5-0.  They met at Yankee Stadium on November 9.  Army, ranked number 1 in the nation, came into the contest averaging 30 points per game, while the Irish, ranked number 2,  were averaging 35.  They played to a scoreless tie, and Army’s 25-game win streak was over, and the Associated Press gave Notre Dame the National Championship.

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