Remembering '88 Championship, catching up with Tony Rice

The Irish’s upcoming play for the national title has Notre Dame fans recalling earlier championship teams. The last time the team took home a title was 24 years ago when Lou Holtz led the unbeaten 1988 squad to victory.

There has never been a quarterback that matched his coach’s offense than Tony Rice did for Lou Holtz.

Many devoted Irish fans relish the image of No. 9 executing Lou Holtz’s option to perfection against USC. Rice was the ultimate winner, running 65 yards for a touchdown in the Coliseum. In his junior and senior years as a starter for Notre Dame Rice boasted a record of 24-1.

“There have been a couple of years when I thought we had it in the bag,” Rice said in an interview on Notre Dame’s campus, “from these ashes Notre Dame will rise again. We will. I think we have a good shot at winning the National Championship.”

Even though the last time the Irish won a national championship was in 1988, Rice said “It was a long time ago. I lived a great life. Notre Dame treated me with so much respect, and I live for the lady on the dome.”

The Rice name lives on in Division-1 football, Tony’s son Anthony is a wide receiver at Central Michigan.

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